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 116 dramatic films in this list.

  • La La Land
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • 20th Century Women
  • Frances Ha
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Harold and Maude
  • Almost Famous
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Chungking Express
  • Clueless
  • Breathless
  • Short Term 12
  • Bottle Rocket
  • City Lights
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Old Man & the Gun
  • Rushmore
  • The Sound of Music
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Little Women
  • The Sapphires
  • That Thing You Do!
  • The Big Sick
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Paper Moon
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • Support the Girls
  • Your Name.
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • A Knight's Tale
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • About Time
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Forrest Gump
  • Groundhog Day
  • Inside Out
  • Sing Street
  • Brigsby Bear
  • The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Wolf Children
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Knight of Cups
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • The Room
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sneakers
  • Pleasantville
  • I.Q.
  • The Lunchbox
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • August Rush
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Destination Wedding
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • American Graffiti
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Knocked Up
  • A Little Romance
  • Pollyanna
  • Joy
  • Mommy
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Table 19
  • Paterson
  • Wings of Desire
  • Only Yesterday
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Rocky
  • Big
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • Our Little Sister
  • Comet
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Field of Dreams
  • Big Fish
  • The Kid
  • Wonder
  • Moonstruck
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Radio Days
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Green Book