Here you have a list of 20 best films that give a happy feeling.
Why? Because sometimes in life, you just want to watch something that makes you happy and put you in a good mood, without any serious conflicts. For those moments, turn to these films. Feel free to leave your own happy movie favorites in the comment section below!
1) Due Date – What can you expect when you combine that guy from Hangover (Zach Galifianakisinsigisnsdisss) and Robert Downy Jr? Well you get the balance of crazy, unreal and more crazy. This film is great to watch with bunch of friends as it doesn’t disappoint with its comedy and little anecdotes. The mandatory comically mute dog is also there. Good times! Make sure you have some drinks around for this one.
2) Rum Diary – Starring Johnny Depp (did you know that Depp means a penis in German!?), Giovanni Brindisi and some other dude, this film is positive injection of positiveness. You got heat, rum, Johnny Depp, crazy Giovanni doing perhaps his most suitable role (think My name is Earl). No sadness here, its all about the Rum.
3) Lapland Odyssey – Absolute delight of a film from Finland, depicting the northern Finnish way of life (in the Lapland region) with pinch of salt. This is a hilarious self discovery film with amazing sceneries and never seen before Finnish humour and conflicts. Its a story about 3 friends who are trying to get a digital TV box for the main character’s girlfriend on a friday night in middle of nowhere. It will cheer you up and provide a cool (literarily) access to a very interesting culture.
4) I love you Phillip Morris – Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in a hilarious film with a script based on a incredible true story of a conman that does the crazies shit and which didn’t get the publicity it deserves because the main characters were homosexuals? Yes. But I think that Jim and Ewan have given one of the best performances of their careers here. Perhaps the censorship of the film has turned into an advantage as it is beginning to enjoy a decent cult following. Take my word for it folks, this film is a absolute gem. The very start of it will make you gasp and then some! It has everything that a decent film demands: Hook, fire, controversy, two amazing and capable main characters, great storyline, stunning story turns and the wow factor. Go ahead and watch this film on a bleak sunday afternoon and the rest of your day will be bright! Guaranteed!
5) Death at the funeral (The Original British version) – Three things come up in your mind when you are watching this: 1) What the fuck is going 2) Do people like this exist (yes they do I can assure you) and 3) What the fuck is going on here. Umm, this film is hilarious and I know it should be in the comedy section but it just makes me so happy to watch it and I know you guys will love it too because its so wacky and has no sadness in it, besides the fact that the film is based in a funeral (it is really insane). There is a “american” version of this but do your self a HUGE favour and dont watch that one.
6) Up – this CGI animation has to be one of the best animation feature films. The story is so charming and the supporting characters are contagiously funny. The depiction of the dog has to be the best I’ve ever seen, it makes you agree with it all the time and even helps you to imagine how would your dog “speak” if it could. This is a story of a elderly man who wants to fulfil his dream of going to South America, so he decides to tie bunch of airballoons to his house (famous scene) and float towards South America.. Here you can see National Geographic team trying to get a real house to fly with bunch of balloons.
7) Julie & Julia – Story about a woman called Julie – a real life blogger -, who lives in the present and wants to write a blog about cooking everyday different recipes based on Julia Child‘s recipe book. Other main character, Julia (Child) who lives in the past, became a renown American chef who learnt complicated French recipes and introduced them to the American public. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, this story is about two ladies who take on life and want to change their future. It is based on a true story of Julie the blogger (read the blog here) and Julia Child the chef.
8) Get him to the Greek – Seen this one three times and it is still hilarious. Starring Russel Brand and Jonah Hill, this story is about a guy who works in a music label, led by P Diddy (hilarious in this one, no, really he is!). Brand plays a rock star with deteorating public image who needs to be delivered to a music hall called the Greek for his anniversary gig. But lots of shit happens before that. Geoffrey also visits (you’ll get it once you see the film). Umm…dont drink lots of liquids during this one because it can get really messy – thats how hilarious it is.
9) Despicable Me – Another fantastic animation and its NOT from Pixar, strange ha? Story about a bad guy, Gru, who wants to rule the world and ends up stealing the Moon. Hilarious with loads of good feelings and funny little supporting characters – suitable for families!
10) Wall E – Well this one is from Pixar and without a doubt their most beautiful work. When you start watching this amazing animation you cant believe your eyes and the most strangest thing is that you really fall for the main character, Wall E. Its a instant love affair. You end up rooting for Wall E and loudly so! I wish I had a Wall E at home…we’d go out to the park and throw some frisbee…
11) Nousukausi/Upswing– Well-off Helsinki couple Katri and Janne are always on the look-out for a new thrill. At a party, Janne meets a man from a small travel agency who suggests a “poverty vacation.” The couple have to give up their life for a month, hand over their keys and credit cards, and live in a run-down apartment in a bad part of town, supported only by welfare checks. Katri and Janne get to know their criminal and violent new neighbors with a mixture of curiosity and contempt. Suddenly, however, they discover the travel agent doesn’t exist, their house has been sold and they’ve been cut off from everything they own. Now its bit tricky to find trailer for this one or even the actual movie, but if you do, it is worth it. Because its so unusual and pretty insane. Made in Finland.
12) 21 Jump street – A pair of underachieving cops (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. Its funny and really without any downsides. Yeah there is the typical American cheese ending and so on, but hey, this is a Happy movie list. I like Ice Cube’s role. Jonah Hill has never been so skinny and it kind a looks weird…but it works. Favorite scene, the house party fight. Good times!
13) Best exotic Marigold Hotel -A group of British retirees decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. Its a smooth sailing movie with some of the best of British actors in history – Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and rising actor Dev Patel (slumdog millionaire). Great film for those relaxed weekend days. Made in the UK.
14) Big miracle – No, its not about the ice hockey game and no, its not a magic show or a cheesy rom com, its actually a true story about a village in Alaska who found out that few whales were stuck between the ice sheet and could not return to the open ocean. So the village aided by outsiders started to help the whales in most creative ways. What you end up with is a great human story that has strong moral bottom line. BUt the best thing about this one is that its NOT cheesy. Drew Barrimore is actually giving a believable performance here and I think that should be her role from now on, playing a activist of some kind.
15) Goon – Love this film! Really great story and even better acting! I think it might be loosely based on a Ice hockey player called Tie Domi. Anyway, labeled an outcast by his brainy family, former Stifler, Sean William Scott (3 first names!!!) overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. Hilarious, bit violent so I would’t watch with kids, women, baseball players or politicians. Otherwise, you are good to go! Made in Canada.
16) The Guard – Do you get offended easily? Do you know the difference between a racial slur and a cultural heritance? Well, thats what you will be getting in this film. But in a good way. Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to his door. Oh this one is hilarious man. An Irish film by the way.
17) Goodbye Lenin -In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma; a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. Starring multi-lingual Daniel Bruhl (this guy can act and has done so in English, German, Italian and in Spanish!!) this movie is original as it gives you a great insight to the German history (the late 80’s). Made in Germany.
18) City Island – A family’s bizarre and layered lies to one another come unraveled. Starring Andy Garcia and that woman from ER, city island is a well presented multi-layer story about a complicated family with comical outbursts. Its hilarious to watch and gives you the feeling of: “Geez and I thought my family was mental”. Well your family most likely is bit mental but this family is taking it a bit further. Family friendly? Not sure.. Gather a nice group of friends and enjoy this brilliant motion picture. Made in USA for sure.
19) Captain Abu Raed -Abu Raed is an old airport janitor who has always yearned of seeing the world but has never been able to afford to travel. One day a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume he is a pilot (because he finds a pilot’s hat in a bin at the airport, where he works) and beg him to share his stories. Through imaginary tales, a friendship forms amongst Abu Raed and the children and he finds out about the grim realities of the children’s home life. He takes it upon himself to make a difference. Its a touching film but above all its a happy one. You get a very privileged peek into the Jordanian culture and understand little better what makes that part of the world tick. The film is much better than the trailer. Made in Jordan.
20) Life in a Day – A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. This one is special and it will make your day. Promise. Made in Earth.
Hope you enjoyed the list. Feel free to add your own movie in the comment section!