Best new Feel-Good movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best feel good movies of 2019 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. 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.

New feel good movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best feel good movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 feel good movies

  • Paddington 2

    DIRECTOR: Paul King
    CAST: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant Hugh Bonneville

    It's rare that sequels are good. What's even more rare, is a sequel that is better than its predecessor. Paddington 2, which might not bring much new to the table story-wise, is one of the most delightful, cozy films you're about to see in a long time. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 10th, 2017

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  • Souvenir

    DIRECTOR: Bavo Defurne
    CAST: Isabelle Huppert Kévin Azaïs Johan Leysen

    A forgotten European Song Contest singer, fading away in a pâté factory, falls in love with a young aspiring boxer. Together they decide to attempt her comeback. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 10th, 2017

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  • 20th Century Women

    DIRECTOR: Mike Mills
    CAST: Annette Bening Elle Fanning Greta Gerwig

    The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 10th, 2017

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Best feel good movies on Netflix or DVD in 2019

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

  • Intouchables

    DIRECTOR: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
    CAST: François Cluzet Omar Sy Anne Le Ny

    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 irresistible, the jokes are really funny (for a change) and the script is just flawless. Unparalleled so far this decade. Read more

    RATING: 86/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2011

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  • La La Land

    DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle
    CAST: Ryan Gosling Emma Stone Rosemarie DeWitt

    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. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 25th, 2016

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  • Beyond the Lights

    DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood
    CAST: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Nate Parker Minnie Driver

    '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. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 14th, 2014

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  • Inside Out

    DIRECTOR: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
    CAST: Amy Poehler Bill Hader Lewis Black

    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? Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 19th, 2015

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  • The Artist

    DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius
    CAST: Jean Dujardin Bérénice Bejo John Goodman

    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. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 20th, 2011

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  • Pride

    DIRECTOR: Matthew Warchus
    CAST: Bill Nighy Imelda Staunton Dominic West

    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. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2014

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  • Soul Kitchen

    DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin
    CAST: Adam Bousdoukos Moritz Bleibtreu Pheline Roggan

    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. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 25th, 2009

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  • Dope

    DIRECTOR: Rick Famuyiwa
    CAST: Shameik Moore Tony Revolori Kiersey Clemons

    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. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 19th, 2015

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  • We Are The Best

    DIRECTOR: Lukas Moodysson
    CAST: Mira Barkhammar Mira Grosin Liv LeMoyne

    In 1999, Swedish first-time director surprised the international world of cinema with his irresistible 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. Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2014

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