20 Movies To Boost Your Mood

Need a quick boost? Watching one of these 20 feel-good flicks is guaranteed to put an instant smile on your face

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About a Boy (2002)

This Nick Hornby adapted screenplay does have its blue moments upfront, but don’t let a sullen Hugh Grant mislead you.  A few bumps in the road later, this film has everyone smiling (and singing) in the end.

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Mary Poppins (1964)

A magical nanny changes the life of a family and creates her own language along the way. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, anyone?

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Love Actually (2003)

Follow the lives of eight couples as they fall in and out of love. Some, even, use lines like this: “But for now, let me say - without hope or agenda - Just because it's Christmas - And at Christmas you tell the truth - To me, you are perfect - And my wasted heart will love you.” All together now: aww.

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The Birdcage (1996)

Hank Azaria steals the show as sassy housemaid Agador Spartacus. He’ll lift your spirits in a flash— watch as he sings along to Gloria Estefan in cut off jean shorts and a cropped top.

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Remember the Titans (2000)

Led by a new coach (Denzel Washington), this high school football team overcomes the odds of racism— and unites a small town.

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Roman Holiday (1953)

Plan a stay-cation this summer and watch movies set abroad, like this classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

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First Wives Club (1996)

Three ex-wives (played by Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton) hatch a plan in this comical flick about getting mad and getting even.

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Forrest Gump (1994)

Your emotions will run wild as you watch Forrest (Tom Hanks) go from Greenbow, Alabama to Vietnam and eventually, the White House.

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

After a custody hearing turns sour, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) dresses in drag as a nanny named Mrs. Doubfire so he can spend more time with his kids.

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned an Oscar for their breakthrough screenplay about a boy genius and the girl who (almost) got away.

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Clueless (1995)

Feeling gloomy? We dare you to watch Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) try her hand at driving on the freeway without laughing. That’s just one of the bright spots in a movie that introduced both a new vocabulary ("As if!") and a young Paul Rudd.

Some Like it Hot (1959)

Take Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag and add in Marilyn Monroe as a sexy singer? Yep, this one is a comedy classic—and an instant mood booster.

The Princess Bride (1987)

This movie has it all, from pirates to gentle giants to a six-fingered villain—plus a love story, of course. When you’re not smiling at the romance between Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes), you’ll giggle at Wallace Shawn’s portrayal of a Sicilian outlaw and Billy Crystal’s turn as a miracle worker.

Annie Hall (1977)

The quirky relationship between neurotic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and free-spirited Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) is sure to make you laugh. Bonus: The movie features some of Allen's most memorable comic dialogue.

Broadcast News (1987)

Only Holly Hunter, playing a feisty news producer on the verge of a breakdown, could make you laugh by sobbing at her desk. This classic film about a newsroom love triangle features great chemistry between Hunter and the always-hilarious Albert Brooks.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Has anyone ever been to a wedding as fun as those depicted in this comedy? Oh well, at least we can live vicariously through Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Pretty Woman (1990)

Just try not to smile at the sight of Julia Roberts strutting down Rodeo Boulevard to the tune of Roy Orbison’s classic song. Or when she triumphs (“You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge.”) over a snooty shop girl.

Rudy (1993)

Sure, it may bring a tear to your eye at points, but this true tale of a too-small football player (Sean Astin) fighting for his dreams will leave you feeling like you too can accomplish anything.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

The showdown between Will Ferrell’s clueless 1970s anchor and Christina Applegate’s ambitious rival newswoman is downright side-splitting.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

It’s impossible to be glum when Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) take the floor for their final dance—and don’t even try to stay in your seat!

 

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Green Fred07.25.2011

Oh my gosh 20 movies! I'm so excited to watch all of the movies to boost my mood. I like that amazingly dear!
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