13 feel-good Netflix movies that are perfect for when life is just too much

Do you ever feel like you’ve been having “one of those days”, but for like 3 months? And no matter how hard you try to muster a smile, everything just puts you in a sour mood? We know how much it sucks to be trapped in a funk and there’s usually only one thing that has the ability to lift our spirits…a feel-good movie marathon.

There’s something about binge-watching your favorite comfort films that just makes life seem a little bit easier—or allows you to escape from reality for a while. That being said, here are a few of our favorite feel-good movies on Netflix right now that will undoubtedly make your day a little better. Binge on!

1. 13 Going On 30 (2004)

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If you’ve never had the chance to see this film, I highly recommend it for your next wine night with the girls. Jennifer Garner stars as 30-year-old version of an angsty teenager who couldn’t grow up fast enough. On her 13th birthday, she wishes on magic dust to become a full-grown adult and when the wish becomes reality she quickly realizes that being a grownup might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Even today, this is still one of my all-time favorite feel-good movies.

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2. Mean Girls (2004)

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There’s nothing that can cheer you up quite like a night spent quoting the most memorable one-liners from Mean Girls. If your day has been the complete opposite of “grool” and you’re just having a lot of feelings, a nice glass of wine and some seriously fetch rumors about the plastics might be just what you need.

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3. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

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The thought of a dreamy young Patrick Dempsey should already be enough to distract you from a stressful day, particularly when he’s starring alongside Amanda Peterson in this classic 80s flick. If you have never seen Can’t Buy Me Love, please do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix while you still can. It’s the perfect remedy for a rough day and a great addition to any cult classic marathon.

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4. Babe (1995)

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I can’t remember the last time I watched Babe from beginning to end, but just knowing that this adorable little guy is available for unlimited streaming makes my Monday infinitely better. How can you not smile at that face? That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

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5. Amélie (2001)

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Amélie is the perfect flick for anyone going through relationship troubles, a recent breakup, or perhaps just looking for the motivation to reinvent themselves. Shot in more than 80 locations throughout Paris, this film follows the life of a young woman on her journey to discover that being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely. Who knows, it may even inspire you to book a trip to Europe.

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6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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Though this incredible adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” has the ability to draw a few tears since we’ve said goodbye to the beautiful Heath Ledger, it never fails to boost my mood and distract me from a shitty day. Just don’t forget the essentials; a large tub of ice cream, wine, and tissues (just in case).

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7. Begin Again (2014)

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This severely underrated film is another solid choice for anyone facing the aftermath of a failed relationship. Kiera Knightley stars alongside Adam Levine (yes that Adam Levine) and Mark Ruffalo in a story about starting over and how sometimes the only person who can truly bring you happiness is yourself.

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8. Dolphin Tale (2011)

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In full disclosure, I have not seen Dolphin Tale yet, BUT I’m told that it’s one of those films that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. After a grueling Monday, I think we could all use that kind of positivity.

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9. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

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I’ve honestly lost track of how many times my brothers and I watched Homeward Bound growing up. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite childhood films and never fails to make me cry happy tears. Even on the crappiest of days, Chance and the gang can always provide a smile.

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10. The Secret Life Of Pets (2016)

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If you didn’t get a chance to catch this adorable film in theaters last year, please do yourself a favor and check it out on Netflix tonight. Any one who has ever owned a pet has likely wondered what their furry pals are up to when left alone all day—this film gives a goofy insight into just that. Needless to say, there’s no lack of lovable characters and hilarious pupper antics.

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11. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

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As I’m sure any 90s kid would agree, there’s something about watching old Disney Channel movies that’s inexplicably comforting. For me, this includes every Lizzie McGuire episode and of course, The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Can someone please take me on a spontaneous trip to Rome where I meet a handsome Italian and then magically get to sing on stage at the Colosseum!? K. Thanks.

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12. Happy (2011)

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From writer and director Roko Belic, comes a documentary about the true meaning of happiness. Belic combines incredible real life stories of people all around the world with in-depth interviews from the leading scientists in happiness research, to unearth the secrets behind our most treasured emotion. If there was any film that had the potential to boost your mood, this powerful documentary is definitely a top contender.

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13. Sing Street (2016)

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Last but certainly not least, is this feel-good flick from the same director who brought you Begin Again. John Carney’s Sing Street follows the story of a young boy growing up in Dublin in the 80s who escapes his rough family life by joining a rag-tag band to impress a girl. You won’t be able to get enough of this motley crew and their hilarious antics.

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