I need to watch a "feel good" movie.. what would you suggest?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Danoz, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Mr. B

    Mr. B Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 28, 2002
    New Orleans
    Nothing like a little Idi Amin to brighten your day. :)
  2. PKTrekGirl

    PKTrekGirl Arrogant Niner Thug Admiral

    Aug 17, 2001
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Depends upon what I'm in need of feeling good about.

    If I've simply had a bad day at work or something, something that will completely take my mind off of things works best - something that bears no resemblance to my actual life.

    In truth, one of my favorite films under this circumstance is The Hunt for Red October. I love this movie, and it is so far removed from my actual life experience that it takes my mind off of things.

    If I am in one of those moods where I think that life just sucks in a million different ways, then Doctor Zhivago is the film for me. It's not at all a 'feel good' movie, but it does leave you with the feeling that no matter how bad things suck, it could definitely be worse...as this movie clearly demonstrates.

    (just as an aside, I think my Russian heritage is showing. :lol: )

    By the way, The English Patient works for me in the same way. Just about every main character in this film dies an incredibly tragic death. The moral of the story: things could be worse. :lol:

    Lastly, if I am depressed over men/bad luck in love or whatever, there is nothing like one of those Hugh Grant romantic comedies. The best for this purpose is Notting Hill. But there are a few others that will do just as well.

    Several Gary Cooper films work the same way for me under this circumstance - particularly Ball of Fire, Meet John Doe, and Mr Deeds Goes to Town. Gary Cooper is my favorite actor of all time...and these movies are really great.

    Lastly, if I just want to laugh - I mean REALLY laugh until I practically cry, there is only one film to watch. It's short - less than an hour. But it is by far one of the funniest movies I've ever seen period...and definitely the one that gives you the most bang for the buck, laugh-per-minute-wise. This movie is Charlie Chaplin's silent film called 1 AM. There is only 1 other actor in the entire film besides Chaplin, and that actor is gone about 2 minutes into the film. After that it is 100% Chaplin at his absolute finest.

    In fact, Chaplin films are really great in general for when you feel a bit beat down. The Tramp is the poster boy for the guy who continually gets beat down, but always gets up and keeps right on going.
  3. Festering Esper

    Festering Esper Admiral Admiral

    May 16, 2001
    ¯\_(°·O)_/¯ Under your bed ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    Keeping the Faith always makes me feel better.
  4. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 18, 2006
    Flying Spaghetti Western
    Remo Willians: The Adventure Begins.. cheese 80's film. See my thread in sci fi for some great lines!
  5. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    Major League
    City Slickers
    The Hunt for Red October
    When Harry Met Sally
  6. MANT!

    MANT! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 14, 2005
    in Atomo-vision
    What no "The Last Starfighter".. (Good old fashioned American Cheese)
    Kelly's Heroes
    The Longest Day
    Apollo 13
    The Right Stuff
    Kentucky Fried Movie
  7. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    Raising Arizona
    Singin' in the Rain
    Some Like it Hot
    Toy Story
  8. archeryguy1701

    archeryguy1701 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 1, 2007
    Cheyenne, WY
    This would be more of a niche movie/ documentary, but I really enjoyed "Running the Sahara". Very interesting and pretty feel-good movie.
  9. JPRyan

    JPRyan Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 13, 2003
    Land of lost souls
    Die Hard and a second vote for Major League.
  10. Brolan

    Brolan Commodore Commodore

    Jul 1, 2002
    With the French nation
    ST III. How can you NOT be happy after that ending?
  11. Kira's Mummy

    Kira's Mummy Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Apr 26, 2001
    Kira's Mom is in Virginia
    Mamma Mia! I always end up with a big smile on my face after watching it.

    Hairspray (the musical, not the original movie) is a good one, too.

    If I just need a laugh, Spaceballs, Airplane!, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Anchorman fit the bill.
  12. Captain Ice

    Captain Ice Cookie Constructor Moderator

    Dec 30, 2002
    Getting Captain Ice on to the naughty list
    Airplane, League of Their Own, Major League, Pleasantville.
  13. Nerdius Maximus

    Nerdius Maximus Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 29, 2008
    Oklahoma City
    The Astronaut Farmer.
  14. ST-One

    ST-One Vice Admiral

    Oct 28, 2004
    Germany - with UHC since the early 1900s
    The High School Musical movies (no I'm not joking)
    Hairspray (the one with John Travolta)
    A.I. (even though it has a very sad Happy Ending)

    or maybe you want to go with Frank and Jane Drebin's kind of a feel-good movie: Platoon

  15. jep

    jep Captain Captain

    May 22, 2005
    Southeast USA