Best new Feel-Good movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best feel good movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Robert Zemeckis, Cameron Crowe & Steven Spielberg feel good's biggest directors?

Cinema can be very powerful. A meticulously paced, written, acted and shot scene can make you stare right in the abyss or make you rise to great hights. Movies can be comforting too; show you that life isn’t so bad, right when you need it. For those occasions, THEVORE selected the very best feel-good films. Films that avoid being overtly sappy, but will leave you full of optimism afterwards anyway.

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Popular actorsTom Hanks, Ryan Gosling & Julia Roberts
Trending moviesLa La Land, Intouchables & Pride

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Best feel good movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated feel good movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Pride (12-09-2014, 119 minutes)
  2. Back in the 1980’s, there were as an obscure supporting group for every obscure minority you could imagine. At the height of the 1984 UK miners’ strike, a group of LGBT’s Londoners founded a support group; the ‘Lesbian and Gay Support the Miners’. The problem was, the miners weren’t really eager to accept their help at first. This great premise, which is almost stranger than fiction, is the heart of this brilliant British feel good comedy.
    StarringBill Nighy, Imelda Staunton & Dominic West
    DirectorMatthew Warchus (Simpatico )
    Similar moviesBilly Elliot
    Themesactivism, pride, comedy, lgbt / gay,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Keywordsbiographical, historical,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Soul Kitchen (22-04-2010, 99 minutes)
  4. Zinos runs a small restaurant in the suburbs of Hamburg. Hardships fall upon him as his girlfriend leaves him, while at the same time customers practically cease to come. Zinos asks his brother to help him out with the restaurant, but unfortunately his ‘help’ only makes things worse. A charming and raw feelgood comedy about love, family but most of all FOOD.
    StarringAdam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu & Pheline Roggan |
    DirectorFatih Akin (Auf der anderen Seite & Gegen die Wand)
    Similar moviesKebab Connection
    Themesfamilies, relationships, comedy, drama,
    Keywordsauthentic, fun,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Beyond the Lights (14-10-2014, 116 minutes)
  6. 'Beyond the Lights' is one of those rare, sincere melodrama’s they stopped making since the 1990’s. Vagely reminiscent of 1992 Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston vehicle ‘The Bodyguard’, the films tells the sweeping story of a successful popstar and her destined-to-fail romance with an ambitious young police officer. What makes ‘Beyond the Lights’ stand out, is its flat-out earnestness; there are no obligatory stupid jokes here or ironic pop culture references. Director/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood aims right at the heart.
    StarringGugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker & Minnie Driver
    DirectorGina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees )
    Similar moviesThe Bodyguard
    Themesambitions, love, drama, romance,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsinspirational, touching,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Dope (19-06-2015, 103 minutes)
  8. Malcolm is a nerdy teenager from a rough neighbourhood in Los Angeles. He has two best friends, is obsessed with 1990’s hip-hop and tries avoid trouble as much as possible. Until one day, he and his accidentally end up in posession of a large amount of drugs. Now what? ‘Dope’ is a smart coming-of-age comedy that pays homage to great 90’s movies like ‘Boyz n the Hood’. Colorful, slightly subversive. A film that makes you crave for the golden age of rap.
    StarringShameik Moore, Tony Revolori & Kiersey Clemons
    DirectorRick Famuyiwa (Our Family Wedding )
    Themeshigh school, lifestyle, comedy, coming-of-age,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsgreat, nostalgic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Inside Out (19-06-2015, 95 minutes)
  10. 2015’s summer smash hit ‘Inside Out’ is without a doubt the most abstract and philosophical Pixar movie ever made, and yet the most heartwarming and funny one too. Quite an achievement by directors/writers Peter Docter and Ronnie del Carmen. A childrens’ movie in which emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) are the protagonists… who would think of such a thing?
    StarringAmy Poehler, Bill Hader & Lewis Black
    DirectorPete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen (Up )
    Themesemotions, growing up, adventure, animation,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordssurprising, thought provoking,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Everybody Wants Some!! (30-03-2016, 117 minutes)
  12. When director Richard Linklater announced ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’, he called it the ‘spiritual sequel’ to 1993’s hit ‘Dazed and Confused’. And indeed, just as ‘Dazed..’, this film takes places in a single weekend, (in 1980, one year after..) deals with young Americans having fun, is all about nostalgia and lacks any plot whatsoever. In the hands of someone else, this might have become a drag, but Linklaters’ college comedy is a true gem.
    StarringBlake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin & Ryan Guzman
    DirectorRichard Linklater (Boyhood & Dazed and Confused)
    Themesmen, university, comedy, slacker,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsfunny, nostalgic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. The Artist (12-10-2011, 100 minutes)
  14. Paying homage to the silent cinema of the 1920’s, this adorable art house hit from 2011 tells the touching story of a famous Frech Hollywood actor losing his job with the introduction of the ‘talkies’. As his carreer falls apart, his life becomes entangled with that of a promising young actress. ‘The Artist’ is an absolute delight. A sprawling love letter to the bygone days of Hollywood and a sweeping romance that’ll knock you of your feet.
    StarringJean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo & John Goodman
    DirectorMichel Hazanavicius (The Search )
    Themesfilmmaking, love, melodrama, romance,
    Keywordsadorable, historical, marvelous,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. We Are The Best! (11-10-2013, 102 minutes)
  16. In 1999, Swedish first-time director surprised the international world of cinema with his irresistable lesbian coming of age drama 'Fucking Åmål '. Ever since, Moodysson steadily worked on a resume filled with impressive, yet rather though-to-swallow art house drama’s. We Are the Best! is a return to his old, frivolous style and it’s damn good. Based on a graphic novel written by his wife, it tells the heartwarming story of three young Swedish girls trying to form a punk rock band in 1981.
    StarringMira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin & Liv LeMoyne
    DirectorLukas Moodysson (Fucking Åmål )
    Themesfriendship, growing up, lifestyle, coming-of-age, drama,
    Keywordslife-like, spot-on,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  17. La La Land (25-12-2016, 128 minutes)
  18. Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ gained quite some attention in 2014. Indeed, his depiction of a monomaniac music conservatory student was gripping and his love for music utterly palpable. But who would thought his next feature film would be a classic, escapist, over-the-top-romantic musical? La La Land will make you forget everything dreary and depressing for two hours without a doubt. The love story of an aspiring actress and a struggling jazz musician in Los Angeles is simply too catching too resist.
    StarringRyan Gosling, Emma Stone & Rosemarie DeWitt
    DirectorDamien Chazelle (Whiplash)
    Themescareer, dreams, musical, romance,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsretro, romantic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  19. Intouchables (02-11-2011, 118 minutes)
  20. Breaking nearly every box office record there is to break, ‘Intouchables’ is THE feel-good movie of the decade so far. The unlikely bromance between a paralyzed Parisian aristocrat (Francois Cluzet) and his caretaker, a bratty macho from the banlieueu’s (Omar Sy), stole the hearts of even the most cynical cinephiles. The chemistry between Cluzet and Sy is irresistable, the jokes are really funny (for a change) and the script is just flawless. Unparalleled so far this decade.
    StarringFrançois Cluzet, Omar Sy & Anne Le Ny
    DirectorOlivier Nakache & Eric Toledano (Samba )
    Themesfriendship, hospital, illness, comedy, drama,
    Keywordsbrilliant, exceptional,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix


Groundhog Day (12-02-1993, 118 minutes)

Bill Murray at his very best in this classic and heartwarming 90's flick about a journalist who has to live the same day over and over again.
StarringBill Murray, Andie MacDowell & Chris Elliott
DirectorHarold Ramis (Analyze This )
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Clueless (19-07-1995, 118 minutes)

Loosely based on Jane Austen's classic novel 'Emma', 'Clueless' was great when it came out in 1995, but is even more enjoyable today. The cleverly written film about a spoiled Californian high school girl is a brilliant 1990's time capsule w
StarringAlicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash & Brittany Murphy
DirectorAmy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High )
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Stand By Me (22-08-1986, 118 minutes)

Based on Stephen King's bittersweet novel about four boys looking for a dead body in the woods of Oregon, 'Stand By Me' is the quintessential feel-good movie of the 1980's.
StarringWil Wheaton, River Phoenix & Corey Feldman
DirectorRob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally... )
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The Breakfast Club (15-02-1985, 118 minutes)

Without a doubt THE high school film of the 1980's. The clever plot around five very different high school students in detention is very 80's and yet so universal and timeless.
StarringEmilio Estevez, Judd Nelson & Molly Ringwald
DirectorJohn Hughes (Sixteen Candles)
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix