9 Feel-Good Movies on Netflix Right Now That'll Make You Smile

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We've all used Netflix as a distraction. Maybe it helped to push off a project that eventually needed to get finished, or it delayed sleep until it was late enough to go to bed. Perhaps it also was a welcome form of entertainment when Saturday night plans changed, or even a way to make a Wednesday evening more exciting. But more than being a common distraction, Netflix offers the chance to escape. And that's especially true of feel-good movies, which manage to pass the time with transformative stories of love, friendship, and personal growth.

We gathered nine feel-good movies on Netflix that encapsulate those three heartwarming themes and more for those moments when you just want to get away from the comfort of your couch. Some of the picks are romantic, some are dramas, and others are laugh-out-loud comedies. These will provide you with all the distractions you need to recharge, so go ahead and delve into these feel-good flicks. By the end of one—or three, no judgment—you'll likely feel the calm that comes from feeling connected to an optimistic story.

Here are our picks for the best feel-good movies on Netflix right now.

01 of 09

Julie & Julia (2009)

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There are plenty of reasons this movie is destined to make you feel good. Not only is it directed by the timelessly charming Nora Ephron, but it also stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, a woman who is committed to cooking the entirety of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year. As she does so, the movie flashes back in time to the making of the famed cookbook, with Meryl Streep playing Child. It's filled with beautiful shots of delectable food, stunning scenes of midcentury Paris, and an ongoing message of determination to meet two shared goals. 

Available on: Netflix

02 of 09

What a Girl Wants (2003)

What a Girl Wants


This Amanda Bynes film is a typical chick flick that will also make you a little bit emotional. The coming-of-age film follows a young girl getting to know the father she's never met. There's also Colin Firth, and plenty of London scenery to inspire your wanderlust.

Available on: Netflix

03 of 09

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Eat Pray Love


There's plenty to laugh about in this Julia Roberts movie, in addition to major food and travel envy, but the real-life tale will also stir up your emotions. It's a movie about finding yourself, spirituality, and love, set in Rome, India, and Bali.

Available on: Netflix

04 of 09

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring

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Paul Rudd takes on a heavier role, starring in this dark comedy with Selena Gomez. Rudd stars as a caregiver to a young boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and the two take a road trip together. It's an inspirational story of friendship.

Available on: Netflix

05 of 09

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince

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OK, so this one might be a little cheesy, but aren't all great feel good movies? An aspiring journalist is sent abroad to report on a foreign prince, who's soon to be king. It's part romance, part comedy, pure holiday magic.

Available on: Netflix

06 of 09

Patrick (2019)


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If you're a dog-lover, this movie is a must. The British feel-good film is about a school teacher who inherits an adorable pug. Warning: It might make you want to buy a puppy.

Available on: Netflix

07 of 09

The Little Prince (2016)

The Little Prince

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This 2016 film boasts some seriously stunning animation. An over-scheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator who regales her with stories about an unusual boy who lives on an astroid. It's a feel-good tale for the whole fam.

Available on: Netflix

08 of 09

The Princess Switch (2018)

The Princess Switch


Another feel-good, romantic Christmas movie, Vanessa Hudgens stars in this flick that's The Parent Trap meets The Princess Diaries. Trust us—you won't want to wait for Christmas to watch this one.

Available on: Netflix

09 of 09

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Princess and the Frog

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This rags-to-riches tale takes place in New Orleans during the jazz age. A beautiful girl has a fateful encounter with a frog prince who longs to be human again. Oprah Winfrey lends her voice to this film.

Available on: Netflix

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