The world was rocked yesterday when Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were confirmed dead along with seven other passengers in a helicopter crash. With bad news comes a necessity for self-care, and maybe even an unplug from social media if the grief is too overwhelming. 

One way to help cheer yourself up is by watching a genuinely heartwarming, feel-good movie. There are plenty of movie options on all of the streaming services, but these films are some of the most classic feel-good ones out there. 

Amazon Prime's Twitter account asked its followers to let them know their favorite feel-good movie in a tweet thread. It sparked a trend, and people shared their favorites in hopes of lifting everyone's spirits. 

The Princess Bride

"The Princess Bride" feel-good movies
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This 1987 classic has humor, heart, a little romance, and friendship all set in a medieval and sometimes magical period. Robin Wright and Carey Elwes star as the leads of this fantasy film that has become a cult classic. It's most beloved for its feel-good nature and incredible storytelling. 

Dumb and Dumber

Laughter truly is the best medicine, and a classic comedy is Dumb and Dumber. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are two best buddies going on a cross-country road trip to bring a woman her suitcase where absolutely nothing goes right. The slapstick humor makes life feel less serious.

The Sandlot

Feel like a kid again watching this '80s classic. Become one of the gang whose biggest trouble is getting a ball back from a ferocious dog next door. The Sandlot is a beloved classic for a reason, and definitely falls under the "feel-good" category. 

Inside Out

This animated Pixar film became an instant classic and was so brilliant in its depiction of mental health. Mindfulness and balance are so important, and the lesson this movie teaches about how to take care of your emotions is crucial. It will leave you crying a few tears of heartfelt joy. 


Another movie that teaches the value of true friendships, but mostly just leaves viewers clutching their sides from laughter, is Bridesmaids. If you're in a funk, just watch the wedding dress shop bathroom scene and you'll feel instantly better. Or watch the drunk airplane scene; in fact there are countless moments that will leave you smiling. 

Sweet Home Alabama

Reese Witherspoon has the ability to create any feel-good movie, because she is so genuine. From Legally Blonde to Sweet Home Alabama, early '00s Witherspoon had that genre on lock. The actor played New Yorker Melanie who gets back to her Southern roots after a trip back home. 

Nappily Ever After

Reclaiming her natural beauty, Violet (Sanaa Lathan) shaves her head after a drunken night out. What follows is her gaining self-confidence and true self-love. The story is both relatable and heartwarming. 

Bring It On

This early '00s cheer movie sparked a series of beloved films following along cheerleading competitions. The original will always be a fan-favorite, and it touches on important issues of cultural appropriation and privilege. 

The Pursuit of Happyness

If you need to release some tears, but want to feel uplifted, then this movie starring Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith could be the one for you. Smith plays a dad who loses everything, but still works hard to give his son the best life possible.

Girls Trip

Laugh along with raunchy comedian Tiffany Haddish in this fun flick about a group of friends' trip to New Orleans. The four best friends let loose and get chaotic on the reunion trip. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Haddish are strong forces in the film and definitely spark joy.