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 79 fantasy films in this list.

  • Coco
  • Spirited Away
  • The Little Prince
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Polar Express
  • The Princess Bride
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Yellow Submarine
  • The Lego Movie
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • The Wiz
  • Groundhog Day
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Shrek
  • Shrek 2
  • Shrek the Third
  • Shrek Forever After
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Wolf Children
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Christopher Robin
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Pleasantville
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Hercules
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Brave
  • Maleficent
  • Ratatouille
  • Matilda
  • Hook
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Thunder
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Treasure Planet
  • Swiss Army Man
  • 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
  • Wings of Desire
  • Elf
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • 13 Going on 30
  • Big
  • Stardust
  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • Field of Dreams
  • Big Fish
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Harvey
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ghostbusters
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • The Care Bears Movie
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mirai
  • Isn't It Romantic
  • The Shape of Water
  • The BFG
  • Wonder Woman