Need To Smile? 10 Random Movies That Make You Feel Good

Feeling bad sucks. I hate it and there’s no need for it! Sometimes when something bad happens in your life you just need to lock the doors, sit down, and watch a fun movie. Here’s a list of movies that do the best at taking that frown and turning it upside down.


10: Ace Ventura- Pet Detective


Release Date: 1994

Jim Carrey is one of, if not ‘thee’ funniest people alive. Most of his comedic performances make my top 100 movies list. Out of all his movies, Pet Detective might be the best. There are just too many moments that make you laugh. “Finkle is Einhorn”, the shark attack scene, and the tutu wearing mental hospital bit are just a few that come to mind. Plus his monkey is adorable! Behind all of the comedy, this story actually is a great mystery that gets the audience engaged.


9: The Fifth Element


Release Date: 1997

Bruce Willis, for some reason, stars in some of the best action movies. The Fifth Element is the equivalent of how ridiculous Hollywood can make a movie, and yet it still be great. The plot almost makes no sense, but what makes this movie shine is the cast. Gary Oldman as a villian. Milla Jovovich in one of her funniest, and yet also kick ass, roles. Chris Tucker as one and only Ruby Rhod. And motherfucking Tommy Lister as the President of Earth. Spoilers…. The Fifth Element is Love.


8: Speed Racer


Release Date: 2008

I’m going to start off by saying this one might be a little too much of a personal choice. I loved the Speed Racer cartoon when I was a kid. When I found out the dudes behind the Matrix where making a live action film, I was thrilled. For some reason a lot of people didn’t like it, but I don’t understand. Its hilarious when it wants to be, touching when it needs to be, and beautiful all the way through. There are tons of references to the old cartoon while also making something unique. The film also has one of the best messages. Always be there for your family, even if you don’t want to be.


7: Rango

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Release Date: 2011

I can’t tell you enough how fun this movie is. It’s just so weird and absurd. I’m not too much of a fan of Johnny Depp, but this movie kind of makes you one. It starts out almost “meta” commenting on movies themselves. As you follow this story it only keeps getting more and more ludicrous. Not to mention how fucking beautiful it is. The design of every single animal is unique and imaginative. You will learn a thing or two about being true to yourself, even if you have to find out what you’re made of first.


6: The Hangover


Release Date: 2009

The Hangover is not an original movie by any stretch. The “bachelor party gets out of hand” genre has been around for decades. But this one added a twist that we all can relate too. I know I have blacked out before and had to ask “what the fuck happened last night?” This movie was fun and hilarious. I’m confident saying it was the break out role for all three main actors, especially Zach Galifianakis. Even if the two sequels weren’t as good, the first Hangover movie will always be good for a few laughs.


5: Back to the Future


Release Date: 1985

This movie is the definition of ‘iconic’. There isn’t a soul on the planet that doesn’t love Back to the Future. It’s the greatest what if story ever. “What would happen if you go back in time and change something, causing you to never be born.” Thinking of the soundtrack now even puts a smile on my face. The cast is great, even the bad guy. And everyone always enjoys when Marty McFly introduces the past to Rock and Roll.


4: Logan Lucky


Release Date: 2017

This might be another “personal favorite” but I can’t help but love this movie. I get there is some stigma around NASCAR; it is a guilty pleasure of mine. I didn’t watch Logan Lucky a bunch of times just because it has race cars. The plot is amazing and makes you think. It’s a feel good “Ocean’s 11” style heist film that doesn’t try to act like it’s too smart. The cast is spectacular. And I still get all warm and fuzzy when the little girl sings John Denver’s Country Roads.


3: Guardians of the Galaxy


Release Date: 2014

People can sit down and watch any Marvel movie and feel happy, that’s half the reason they’re so successful. Guardians of the Galaxy, however, is one of the most fun, exciting, hilarious, and colorful MCU movies they ever came out with. The comedic timing is priceless with characters like a childish Peter Quill, straight man Drax, and Groot being… well Groot. The movie is just a good weird Sci-Fi movie all on its own, or a great piece of the interwoven MCU chapters.


2: The Blues Brothers


Release Date: 1980

I could honestly watch this movie at any point in time, no matter what I’m doing, no matter how far into the story it is. Blues Brothers is one of the greatest films of all time. Dan Akroyd and John Belushi are comedic geniuses. There are great performances by some of the best musicians of the time. This movie almost makes no sense; They’re on a mission from god to save and orphanage while being chased by cops, nazis, and a crazy ex-wife, but it works. Also it does take place in the greatest city in the world, Chicago.


1: A Knight’s Tale


Release Date: 2001

You can’t help but smile while watching this film. Before the late Heath Ledger gave people nightmares as the Joker, he was melting hearts. I mean his accent alone, and those cheek bones…. where was I again? Oh yea! A Knight’s Tale is a movie that doesn’t take itself too serious (There is literally a scene where a band is playing David Bowie) and at the same time speaks to one of the most powerful messages. Be who you were meant to be, don’t let the world put you in your place.


Movies watched and list generated by: Troy Smith

Bonus: Taken


Release Date: 2008

Sometimes when shit happens, you aren’t sad. You don’t want to watch a movie that makes you feel good. Instead you want to watch a movie about a 6 foot retired CIA agent murder a metric shit ton of human trafficking scum bags. And even if you don’t realize it, the movie about torture and sex slaves actually teaches you a heart warming lesson… When a man tells you he has a certain set of skills that he’s acquired over the years, you let his fucking daughter go.

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