feel-good films to watch when you’re depressed, lonely, or have a general feeling of worthlessness

unfortunately, we’ve all been there. whether you had a bad day at work/school, a falling out with someone you care deeply for, recovering from a relapse and everything in between, hopefully this list can help you find just what you need to get out of a funk. and of course, suggestions are always welcome! <3 

p.s: all suggestions are subjective! what qualifies as a feel-good film for others may not inspire the same reaction in you! and that’s okay! this list was conceived with the intention of allowing everyone the space to have their opinions heard, regardless of how audacious or unpopular. 

p.p.s: La La Land is never getting removed from the list so don’t even suggest it >:(

There are 36 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • Cinema Paradiso
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Princess Bride
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Little Mermaid
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • Back to the Future
  • Airplane!
  • Follow That Bird
  • The 'Burbs
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Thunder
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Major League
  • Wings of Desire
  • Big
  • Midnight Run
  • Field of Dreams
  • Raising Arizona
  • Moonstruck
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy II
  • Radio Days
  • Summer School
  • A Grand Day Out
  • Stand by Me
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Care Bears Movie
  • Adventures in Babysitting