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What's your favorite "Feel Good" movie?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Mysto, May 21, 2019.

  1. RMajidi

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    Fully agree with you both, about It’s a Wonderful Life.

    I don’t know what I was thinking omitting Apollo 13, one of my go-to inspirational films whenever my faith in humanity starts to dim.

    Shame-faced am I, Jeff - I’ve not seen either of those Aussie films, but I’ll have to seek them out now. I just had a gander at your list too and found a bunch of films in your list that I absolutely love. It also made me want to revisit Enchanted April, which I haven’t seen for many years now. I didn’t know much about Michael Kitchen (other than his Out of Africa role) at the time I saw it, but since then he has become one of my favourite actors for his extraordinary characterisation of Dectective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle in the astonishing Foyle’s War.

    Marv, this thread of yours has become reminiscent of your other fun thread about movies seen most repeatedly.
     
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  2. Mysto

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    I love these kind of threads. Every one gets to share their passions. We get a chance to learn a bit about our fellow posters. And perhaps best of all, gain great lists of films that we should consider or re-visit. What better for a forum about Home Theater.:)
     
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    Pedro Almodovar‘s films are often feel good movies.
    My favourites are “Volver” and “Tobo sobre mi madre” (All about my mother).
     
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    I would add to my list The Sound of Music and the Alastair Sim St. Trinians movies.
     
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    Agreed. Still waiting for that one to come out on Blu-ray. I'd buy it as soon as it hit shelves.

    Some others:
    The Family Man
    Rudy
    Miracle
    We Bought a Zoo
    August Rush
    Begin Again
    Love Actually
    (unless you're Emma Thompson's character)
    Nicholas Nickleby (the 2002 Douglas McGrath adaptation)
    Uptown Girls
     
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    Forrest Gump is one of my favorites
     
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    Aside from some well-known (and already mentioned) feel-gooders like Groundhog Day and Back to the Future, here are a few of mine:

    The Dish (2000)
    Come September (1961)
    Calamity Jane (1953)
     
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    Some of my favourite feel-goods are;
    Around the World in 80 days (1956). (I hope we have it on Blu, or even better, 4K, soon)
    Moonstruck
    Green Book
    The Ballad of Cable Hogue
    The Castle (Aussie Film)
    Stan and Ollie
    My Father's Glory
    My Mother's Castle
    High Society (On Blu soon?)
    Roman Holiday (Ditto)
    Cinema Paradiso
    The Whales of August
    O Brother, Where art thou?
    Farewell my Lovely
    The Black Stallion
    Darkest Hour
    Steamboat Bill Jr.
    City Lights
    Midnight in Paris
    City Slickers
    The Princess Bride
    The Martian
    Hugo
    The Birdcage
    Disney's Aladdin
    Disney's Up
    Mary Poppins
    The Bridge to Terabithia
    Mamma Mia (Both)
    Oklahoma
    My Fair Lady
    Topsy Turvy
    A Room with a View
    Brooklyn
    Romancing the Stone
    The Blues Brothers
    Blazing Saddles
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Duellists
    Love Actually
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Mon Oncle
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Chariots of Fire
    The Sting
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Babette's Feast
    Born Yesterday
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Miracle on 34th Street
    Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy)
    Holiday Inn
    Bicycle Thieves
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    About Schmidt
    Kenny (Aussie Film)
    Educating Rita
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    and all Laurel and Hardy Movies.
     
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    Great list, Warren.

    Of course, The Blues Brothers!

    For me also, everything by Harold Lloyd - especially the films he did with Jobyna Ralston - including:

    Girl Shy
    The Freshman
    The Kid Brother

    ...and let’s face it... Rocky
     
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    I like the last Wander Woman movie. It's very good one for watching with friends.
     
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    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
    There. I said it.

    If Joan Staley and "Atta Boy, Luther!" don't make you feel good, you've probably got carpet tacks in your slippers.
     
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    Scrooged is my favorite Christmas movie. The ending still gets me choked up to this day, and I've seen it dozens of times.
     
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    One movie that always makes me feel good is Local Hero. It is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold night. I want the world to be like that...like it is in the movie. I think because it expresses so much of how I feel about the world, about people, places, being somewhere where you just fall in love with the place, the people, the moment ...when I'm down, as I am now, it wraps you in hope. And when I watch it I feel all that hope.

    In some ways as I travel and spend time with people I kind of carry that feeling of the film with me and try, as best I can, to share that feeling with others. I mean, I love a lot of movies and I love a lot of movies that say and do a lot of different things...some dark, some light...but what Bill Forsyth did with that film, as far as I am concerned, is he released something really good, really hopeful, really beautiful into the world. That's an amazing thing to do. Over the last few years of my life this has become an obsession of mine...to try to release good things into the world...to do, say, and just be some sort of part of the light so other people feel the way Bill Forsyth's film made me feel. I don't think a movie could ever do something more magical than that.

    I have never met Bill Forsyth but the man made such an impact on me with that picture, there just are no words suitable to thank him for what he created.

     
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    What a great little movie! I had forgotten all about it until your post. I can tell it affected you in a good way.
     
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    And Criterion will be releasing it soon!
     
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    In addition to the so many great ones already cited:

    City Lights
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    You Can't Take It With You
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    Summertime
    The Music Man
    Waking Ned Devine
    My Left Foot
    Don Juan DeMarco
    Walk the Line
     
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    Don Juan DeMarco - good call, I had forgotten that, need to rewatch soon.
     
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    Two films that instantly leap to mind are Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and A
    Christmas Story.
     
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    Adventures in Babysitting
    Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
    Lady And The Tramp
    Yankee Doodle Dandy
    She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
    Victor Victoria
    The Princess Bride
    Tangled
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    Begin Again.
     

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