Top 5 Feel-Good Films
Need a little pick me up? Just want something light-hearted to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon? We’ve got you covered.
1. Dirty Dancing
Cliched, cringy and with some lines so cheesy you’ll want to clasp your hands over your ears – no film snob will want to admit to liking Dirty Dancing. But honestly, has there ever been a film more uplifting?
Whether you’re a romantic or not – you’ll be swept off your feet by Baby’s (Jennifer Grey) fairy tale love story, accompanied by a classic 60s/80s soundtrack and a dashing Patrick Swayze.
The film is not without its drama – Penny’s (Cynthia Rhodes) botched abortion is nauseating – but don’t fret, an exhilarating musical number is never far away. And if the ending doesn’t make you want to dance on the tables, I don’t know what will.
2. Peter Pan
When the pressures of adult life become too much don’t we all wish we could fly off to Neverland? Well, Disney’s classic adaptation of J. M Barrie’s masterpiece brings us pretty close.
Banish your worries in a land of pirates, mermaids, fairies and troublesome lost boys. We all need to embrace our inner child from time to time and there is no better way to do that than through the magical world of Peter Pan.
3. Mary Poppins
No feel-good film list would be complete without a musical and what could beat Mary Poppins?
Neglected by their workaholic father (David Tomlinson), siblings Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber) are paid a visit by a guardian angel in the form of Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Together they embark on a series of adventures – and more than a few songs – with pal Bert (Dick Van Dyke).
From the iconic chimney sweep sequence to that blissfully happy ending – you’ll feel like the world’s a better place.
4. The Princess Bride
”Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something,” while there may be truth in Westley’s (Cary Elwes) words, who says we can’t have a little fun along the way?
Rob Reiner’s hilarious classic – that follows star-crossed lovers Westley and Buttercup (Robin Wright) on their quest to live happily ever after – is the ultimate fairy tale for adults.
Filled with fierce duels, cunning villains, bitter revenge and true romance – The Princess Bride has all that’s needed to lift your spirits.
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Back when I was at school, this film would always find its way into my DVD player whenever I was ill in bed. Ironically, for rebellious teen Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) this is just a rouse to convince his parents to keep him out of school so he can enjoy an epic day off with his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck).
Their days activities include performing in a Chicago parade, stealing his friend’s father’s Ferrari and standing up to the school principle. Is it just me or should there be a National Ferris Bueller Day? After all, ”Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”