A long day at work, exam stress, relationship troubles or parental pressure - we know life’s a little hard, and there is just so much out there that can put us off! Some days, all you want is to curl up into a ball with a glass of wine and believe that there is hope out there for you too. If you’re in one of those moods and really want to feel better about things, a good movie can totally change your mood in minutes. So here’s a list of some tried and tested Bollywood and Hollywood feel-good movies that are guaranteed to cheer you up and show you that your happy ending is right around the corner, all you need to do is have a little faith.
Even if you’ve watched it already, it won’t fail to lift up your spirits a second or third time. There is nothing that warms our hearts more than watching the very innocent Queen on her honeymoon alone and finding herself on that journey.
One of Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s finest performances, Barfi! Is a cute and unconventional love story of a deaf boy and an autistic girl. If there is a movie that gives you hope, it is definitely this one.
Oh, the name says it all! This movie will put you into action immediately, making you want to ‘seize the day’ and make something great out of it - even if it’s only calling that old friend you haven’t heard from in ages.
A rom-com about marriage between a chubby girl and a lean boy, and how they accept each other and fall in love. The typical family setting of an arranged marriage and the many quirks of the characters will keep cracking you up throughout the movie.
One of the best comings of age movies, Wake Up Sid worked for a lot of reasons and Ranbir Kapoor was only one of them. It is about the life of a rich, spoilt slacker who slowly finds his passion and becomes a responsible adult. If you’re ever down and out, this movie is a must watch to remind you that life always gives you chances to do something big and make something out of yourself, even if you’ve failed your exams.
Set in a typical Indian engineering college, this movie not only takes us into the life of a student but also teaches us a lesson or two about relationships, friendship, life struggles and the challenges one overcomes - to truly be the best version of oneself.
Sridevi’s comeback movie was as sweet as it was touching. In life, sometimes we place our own self-worth and importance in the hands of those who may not value it as much. It is only after you truly discover yourself that you realise that you’re worthy of more - more love, more respect and more admiration.
How often have we heard that one of the most amazing things that can happen to you is falling in love with your best friend? Well, that’s what happens to Jai and Aditi, childhood best friends who realize they are in love only when they are with other people. Truly a touching and beautiful movie!
Some tout it as the funniest comedy movie ever made in the history of Indian cinema. And rightfully so - you’ve got to watch it to agree or disagree with us.
The one movie that captured the struggle of millennials perfectly - the many situations we’re caught in every day and how this fast-paced life is more than catching up with us. It also destigmatized self-care in a way that benefits you and seeking help from a professional when you’re feeling like you can’t do it all alone.
Colourful, ditzy and fun - this movie was all about Sonam Kapoor and her unending affair with cute rom-com. Plus, with Fawad Khan as the brooding, serious male lead, the movie was extremely easy on the eyes and the mind.
Probably Kareena and Shahid’s last movie before their break-up, Geet and Aditya changed how we saw relationships. Teaching us that love is all about making the other person happy and if you’re meant to be together, you will be, JWM gave us hope that true love will always find its way back to us.
Capturing friendships, wanderlust and the big fat Indian weddings perfectly, YJHD is one of the cutest pick-me-up movies of our time. The movie is about the journey of 4 friends from their college days to adulthood and shows that when the friendship is true, it withstands all tests of time.
A hilarious roller-coaster ride about a boy losing his dad’s car just before his sister’s wedding. The laughter riot will have you clutching your stomach in pain as every actor puts their best foot forward to entertain you to the max. Best movie to watch on a day you’re not feeling your best self.
The highlight of the movie is Rajkummar Rao in a scene where he changes his mannerisms from a scared, intimidated man to a mawali in a matter of seconds. Add to that Ayushmann Khuranna and his dreaminess and you’ve got a movie that you can’t miss.
Minions are all that one needs after a long, tired day. Their many quirks, along with those pretty little girls who win the hearts of the big villain - dancing and playing and saving the world are all you need to bring a smile to your face and restore faith in all things good.
Oh, when Carrie Bradshaw talks about the lives and struggles of four women - it’s fun, it’s scandalous and it’s super relatable. Watch this one for the little lessons in life Carrie leaves you with. And oh yeah, those dresses too.
If you need to restore a little faith in yourself and want to believe in the power that each of us holds within - this panda will do that for you, as he does it for himself.
First love! And the many things it makes us do - this movie will take you back to those days and leave you with a sweet lingering memory.
There is something so magical, so fantastic and yet so real about this one, that you won’t even notice the moment when you too fall in love with dragons and wish you had them too!
This is one movie that will make you shed as many happy tears as sad ones. It’s about finding joy when you thought none was possible. An old man and a little boy set out on an adventure - flown up by millions of balloons... Need we say more?!
This movie has the holiday season feels peppered all over it. It’s all about love - the love of a partner, family and friends - and how all of us eventually find the courage to love again and love someone who truly deserves it all.
How far are you willing to run for love? Well, Gump was willing to run a really long way - cross country in marathons to be precise. Anytime you want the reassurance that your disability cannot define your life, put on Forrest Gump, pour yourself a glass of wine and be prepared to believe in the power of miracles again.
If you’re an old school romantic at heart, this movie with its beautiful setting and soothing music will touch your heart and make it sing and dance to a beautiful tune.
She was a hooker and he was a rich businessman. When he paid her to hang out with him for a few nights, neither of them knew they’d fall in love. If you believe in larger than life romantic gestures and that you can find love in unexpected places, this should be your go-to movie.
Bollywood tried to remake this when they made Hum Tum, but the magic of the original is unmatched. This movie is about the journey of Harry and Sally over the years as they face love and loss only to find each other at last!
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