Written by DiveThru Team
Reviewed by Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW
17 Feel Good Movies To Watch When Bored
Published Jun 3rd, 2021 & updated on Jul 27th, 2021
Hello there! Yeah, you! You probably clicked this article ‘cause you’re looking for some of the BEST feel good movies that you can just rewatch over and over again. There’s nothing like cuddling up with fuzzy blankets and a glass of wine (and maybe some chicken nugs) and watching a movie that you know will bring on alllll the good vibes!
So, whether you’re looking for feel good movies on Netflix, feel good movies on Amazon Prime, on Crave, or on Disney Plus, we’ve got you covered! No more clicking through countless things you don’t wanna watch on a Saturday night, ‘cause here are the 17 TOP feel good movies to watch when bored.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
If heartwarming movies are what you’re going for, 10 Things I Hate About You has exactly 10 reasons for it to be your pick! Bianca represents all of us who say we’re “so over dating,” until a Heath Ledger type swoops in and convinces us otherwise. Through some proclamations of love from the bleachers with a touch of heartbreak, this movie leaves us all wanting to find someone to have 10 reasons for!
2. Mamma Mia
ABBA, beautiful Grecian beaches, AND Meryl Streep?? Come on, nothing gets better than that! Mamma Mia is one of those happy movies we always go back to for an evening spent jamming out to some ‘70s bops. It never gets old! Plus, there’s ALSO a second movie, so you can get a whole other spin on that beautiful story and sing your heart out some more.
3. The Parent Trap
We looove a classic twin swap, and The Parent Trap does it perfectly (we mean the Lindsay Lohan one, unless Hayley Mills is more your jam — then all the power to you!). Isn’t it just sooo fun watching actors play two people at once? And, absolutely fooling everyone around them while doing so? Talk about dramatic irony, and we live for it!!
4. The Princess Bride
Looking for pirates, royalty and André the Giant all rolled into one movie? Well, The Princess Bride has you covered. Westley and Buttercup are the definition of unconditional love! Even after he joins a pirate ship and she gets engaged to a major a-hole, they still find their way back to each other. But let’s be real…it’s Inigo Montoya who steals the show by finally getting revenge for the death of his father!
5. The Breakfast Club
If you’ve ever been in detention, you’ve probably realized it’s nothing like The Breakfast Club. It should pretty much be illegal to be locked up at school on a Saturday. But that doesn’t take away from this incredible story of 5 misfits who become friends by spending a whole day together! A strict principal, one awkward dance sequence and some weird talents later, and everyone has learned a LOT about themselves. With a killer soundtrack to boot, we’re not gonna be forgetting the date March 24th anytime soon!
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love
None of us probably ever thought Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell would make a good pair, but then came Crazy, Stupid, Love! We may not totally relate to Cal’s mid-life crisis after his wife asks for a divorce, but it’s hilarious watching a much younger Jacob try to help him change his ways (velcro wallet and all). Of course, the “other man” and “best friend dating my daughter” tropes make it all even more interesting, and it somehow gets funnier every time we watch it!
7. Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is the movie that literally changed Hollywood. Hello, Asian representation! While the movie has been criticized for only showing the highest of classes, many in the Asian community support the film for the change it signals within the major motion picture industry. With a ground-breaking all-Asian cast, tons of luxurious scenes filmed throughout Asia and a beautiful love story — plus, Awkwafina AND Ken Jeong! — this movie is sure to steal your heart and make you want to head to Singapore immediately!
8. The Princess Diaries
If you’ve got room for 2 feel good movies in one night, then The Princess Diaries (and the sequel!) is the way to go! We loooove watching Mia Thermopolis awkwardly stumble along princesshood, with her beautiful grandmother (a.k.a. our queen, Julie Andrews) trying her best to not make Genovia look bad. Mix in some cringey foot pops and one hell of a royal makeover, and you’ve got yourself a great night. Oh, and it’s probably a good idea to catch up on these 2 flicks sooner rather than later, because it sounds like there’s a 3rd one on the way!
Drumline, featuring a pre-Mariah Nick Cannon and early Zoe Saldana, is a classic rival-school tale keeps you laughing and dancing in your seat from start to finish. Cannon’s character, Devon, starts out only caring about playing in his college drumline, even when it means alienating himself against his bandmates. And, of course, there’s a little romance sprinkled in between the impressive music moments! Proving that marching to the beat of your own drum doesn’t have to be a lonely experience, Devon learns that you’re always stronger as a team.
10. 13 Going On 30
Sometimes we all feel like a 13-year-old trapped in a 30-year-old’s body who has NO clue what’s going on… but it kinda feels better watching Jennifer Garner do it, right? It’s a perfect example of how much we wanted to be adults when we’re young, and how much we want to go the fuck back once we’re older! How are we supposed to book a doctor’s appointment BY OURSELVES? For real though, 13 Going on 30 is such a cute love story about a girl finding her way back to her roots, and we love to see it!
11. Death At A Funeral
Released just 3 years after its British counterpart, the American version of Death At A Funeral takes you on a hilarious and WILD ride. (Seriously, we always put it on in the background and then end up watching the whole thing, end to end!) The INCREDIBLE cast — Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Zoe Saldana, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Peter Dinklage, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and more — is loveable, funny and downright bizarre. You won’t be able to stop yourself from watching it over and over!
12. 50 First Dates
50 First Dates is the EPITOME of uplifting movies! A woman who has memory loss spends every single day thinking it’s October 13th, and she STILL manages to find love. Plus, it’s kinda nice to see Adam Sandler working his ass off to impress her in a new way each day! It’s a beautiful love story that seems impossible, yet we can’t HELP but watch it over and over again.
We couldn’t choose just ONE Jane Austen story, ‘cause this one also takes the cake! We LIVE for Cher and her pals living their rich and fabulous high school lives in Clueless. The fits are fab, the driving is terrible and never-ageing Paul Rudd is the (mostly) supportive older stepbrother. So, are we ever gonna say no to rewatching this movie for the 37th time? Ugh, as if!
14. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
If you’re a fan of lighthearted movies, look no further than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! Ferris pulls off what we all wish we could’ve in high school and plays hooky for the day…AND gets away with it. We can alllll relate to his super anxious bestie, Cameron, who he somehow convinces to tag along! After breaking his girlfriend out of school, partaking in a parade and many more crazy antics, Ferris still escapes unscathed — despite a jealous sister and a principal hell-bent on catching him. A great movie that lets you live vicariously through a high-schooler that does all the crazy things you only wish you could’ve done!
15. Pitch Perfect
If you’re looking for an acca-awesome movie filled with singing, dancing and a LOT of laughs, then Pitch Perfect is the one for you! Not only that, but you get to witness some super awkward romance, mermaid dancing,AND horizontal running — all the things you never knew you needed! Plus, we LOVE that we get some lesbian representation in this movie. And, there are 2 more in the series if you’re feeling like a marathon!
16. Legally Blonde
Did someone say #GIRLPOWER? That’s what Legally Blonde is alllll about! Elle Woods teaches her shitty boyfriend a lesson and looks pretty in pink while doing it. Everyone told her she couldn’t get into Harvard Law School, but SHE. DID. THAT. Plus, we get some Jennifer Coolidge action and we’re never gonna say no to a classic bend and snap dance sequence!
Last, but certainly not least, Bridesmaids gives you some stupid laughs mixed with the harsh realities of friendship! Considering the two main actors were on Saturday Night Live, of course they’re gonna be serving us some comedy. Mix in some Melissa McCarthy and you’re on the ground laughing. Of course, there’s also some not-so-nice jealousy with a dash of food poisoning, but our two main gals find their way back to each other and show what true friendship is all about!
Whether you’re looking for movies to watch when bored, for some nostalgia, or just a good ol’ fashioned rom-com to sob to, these 17 feel good movies will do the trick! So, get your popcorn ready and have fun watching (and rewatching).