My 10 Favorite Feel-Good Movies – That Will Uplift And Inspire You

If you know me, you know that I am all about creative productivity, self-improvement and a balanced healthy lifestyle. I don’t think that it is a good idea to waste our precious time away in front of the TV. There is so much trash out there, don’t even get me started.

But: I do appreciate a good movie. I love to get inspired and to dive into another world that a good movie provides. It’s the same reason why I love books.

And I think it is totally legit to use movies as part of our self-care to just zone out, get all the warm fuzzies or inspire the crap out of us.

The movies I listed below, do exactly that for me.

I watch them again and again, watch them from time to time – especially when I’m feeling down. Good inspiring movies can be a real remedy when things are going bad. They can ground you and calm your mind just like a good book or exercise. It really depends on what you need that day. But if you feel like you need some downtime: Feel-good movies are a considerable choice.

My favorite combination:

  • Diffuse a good uplifting essential oil
  • Drink self-made ice tea
  • And enjoy some dark chocolate while watching feel-good movies on a rainy day.

(Check out THIS article if you want more self-care tips for bad days)

With that being said, here they are: The 10 Greatest Feel-Good Movies That Will Leave You Inspired And Impressed

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1. Eat, Pray, Love

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self in Eat Pray Love. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and steps uncharacteristically out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life.

This movie inspires the crap out of me.

2. Hidden Figures

An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Pure women empowerment. 

3. The Pursuit Of Happyness

Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story about a struggling single father who dreams of a better life for his young son. Finding themselves homeless, he risks everything by embarking on an unpaid internship in a highly competitive stockbroker training program where only one in twenty interns make the grade.

If this doesn’t leave you inspired, then I don’t know what does.

4. Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.

There is not much more to say, except: Most epic feel-good movie ever made.

5. Lion

A 5 yr old boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. Surviving many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia, he sets out to find his family.

I cried rivers, this movie is so touching!

6. The Intouchables

‘The Intouchables’ tells the true story of a quadriplegic aristocrat whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored ex-con as his caretaker.

Watch this. It is the most funny-deep movie I’ve ever seen.

7. The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures’ inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner “Irish” Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) – a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime.

Strong and intense movie that tends to fully absorb me.

8. Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

This does not even half describe the emotions and greatness this movie delivers.

The end is the best. So good!

9. Gladiator

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Another movie that tends to completely suck me in and leaves me with a sense of empowerment.

10. Robin Hood (2010)

‘Gladiator’ director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe reteam in this thrilling, revisionist take on the ‘Robin Hood’ legend.

Yes, maybe that’s why I love it so much. But it could also be the beautiful love story that is woven into the epic story.

Or Robins sympathetic companions. Or just Russell Crowe himself. Go and find out!

Alright, I really hope at least one of these movies inspires you as much as me and makes one of your bad days better and brighter.

What is your favorite uplifting movie? Share it with us – leave a comment!

Also: Check out the free printable with the 20 most inspiring journaling prompts for your self-discovery. Perfect (not only) for bad days.