In today’s world of every morning having a new disaster headline (Jersey Shore Reunion for instance) it can be a little hard to keep your chin up. With so much negativity around, we here at RDR combed through some of our favorite feel good movies to get you out of that slump and back onto that camel hump… we couldn’t think of anything else that rhymed with slump.
- August Rush
Ahh I miss young Freddie Highmore. Not that old Highmore is doing poorly, but young Freddie had such an adorable air about him. August Rush shows how one boy with a love for music can connect across all cultures and even reunite him with his estranged parents. With a wonderful Zimmer-composed soundtrack as well as some great performances from Highmore and Robin Williams, August Rush will give your stomach butterflies through and through.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on the popular young adult novel of the same name, Wallflower explores the danger of being unique in a youth’s world heavily regulated by peers. It also explores its’ beauty, showing how being different can help you realize that it’s not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. There is also a super cute trio in the form of Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller so if anything, see it for that.
- The Intouchables
Remember Up? Well this as just as cute but this time it’s French and it focuses around a grumpy old guy and his I’m-not-going-to-take-any-of-your-bull-sh*t caretaker. By the end of this film, you won’t be sure if your tears are from laughter or sadness.
- Silver Lining’s Playbook
Leave it to director David O. Russel to realize the brilliant pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Playbook starts off a little dark with Cooper’s character being hospitalized for undiagnosed bi-polar disorder after he nearly killed the man that his wife was cheating on him with. But as soon as Lawrence pops in, their mesh of dark humor and mutual understanding of being looked upon as broken people creates a beautiful connection between the two that is heartwarming to say the least.
- The Artist
This masterpiece took the world by storm upon its’ release due to its’ reinvigorating use of silent movie era tactics, showcasing some stellar acting without the use of any dialogue (for the most part). Taking home a large number of Oscars for its’ brilliance, The Artist will make you smile just for the character’s silliness alone. Think of it as watching Charlie Chaplin film, but with a plot that has a hint of seriousness to it.
- Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
Remember when people though Matthew Brodrick was going to be this cool, suave movie star instead of the nerdy, stuttering mess he is today? If not, check out this John Hughes directed fun-fest focused on the value of taking a day off. Every kid’s role model, Ferris Bueller is the coolest thing around and knows that he won’t be a kid forever so he takes matters into his own hands. Bringing along his friends for a fun filled day in Chicago, the trio learns a little about having fun and a bit more about themselves. Enlightening and empowering, this film will give you guaranteed feels.
4.Lord of the Rings 3: The Return of the King
THE BEACONS ARE LIT!!! GONDOR CALLS FOR AID! Technically I am cheating here as humanity is not the only race that comes together against all odds, but this is my article so I’m counting it dammit. Two Hobbits with the world against them must overcome all odds while at home, races that have been tense with each other for centuries must find a way to band together over a common enemy. IF you are not crying by the time Viggo Mortenson starts singing then you may be possessed by the one ring.
- Schindler’s List
In my opinion this is director Steven Speilberg’s masterpiece. Fun fact, he did not make this film to impress, he made it for a school project. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure none of my macaroni portraits for my school projects ever made the whole world laugh and weep altogether. In this award winning masterpiece, Oscar Schindler played by Liam Neeson uses his immense wealth to buy Jews from the Nazis and save them from being placed into concentration camps. What originally starts off as a way to get cheap labor turns into more of an ark (The original novel was actually named Schindler’s Ark) and saves countless lives, allowing for family lines to survive and live on past Hitler’s tyranny.
- The Shawshank Redemption
A man wrongfully convicted. A prison that has all the characteristics of hell on earth. Morgan Freeman’s delicious narration. There is almost no better formula for a devastatingly wonderful film. This is definitely one of those movies where you have to wait till the end to get the happy feels, but if you can take the two and a half hours of grief that our protagonists endure, you’ll be pumping your fist in victory when the credits roll. Also, did we mention Morgan Freeman narrates in it?
- The Breakfast Club
Schindler’s List and Shawshank are incredible films, but their message stays inherently miserable until the end. With The Breakfast Club there are hard times to be sure, but there are also moments of victory, sticking it to the man, and overcoming all of life’s obstacles. Not only that, but everyone can relate to one of the characters. We have a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal, all with their own hopes and dreams. What begins as what should be just a boring day in detention ends up as a journey into exploring the teens’ fears and opinions of themselves and others. And by the time you see that fist rise into the air, you’ll know I’m right. Sooo Don’t you, forget about me…. Don’t don’t don’t don’t!