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 75 films in this list released in the 2000s.

  • WALL·E
  • Spirited Away
  • The Incredibles
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Almost Famous
  • School of Rock
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Polar Express
  • Speed Racer
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Finding Nemo
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Mamma Mia!
  • I Love You, Man
  • Superbad
  • The Holiday
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • A Knight's Tale
  • Bring It On
  • Shrek
  • Shrek 2
  • Shrek the Third
  • Up
  • Amélie
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Sione's Wedding
  • The Room
  • Best in Show
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Coraline
  • Ratatouille
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • August Rush
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Before Sunset
  • Legally Blonde
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Knocked Up
  • Treasure Planet
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Snatch
  • Elf
  • School House Rock
  • Hot Rod
  • 13 Going on 30
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Adventureland
  • Stardust
  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Big Fish
  • Bad News Bears
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Juno
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Whip It
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Hairspray
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie