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Feb 13

Some movies slap you round the chops with exploding helicopters, some make you laugh ’til a tiny bit of wee comes out, and others make you squirm in the face of horrific drama.

Those all have their place, but there are some movies that are altogether more special, even magical.  These are the movies that make you want to jump up, punch the air and get right back to living your life in the best ways you can imagine.

Some films leave you feeling alive, brimming with good-feeling, motivation and self-confidence. Here are my top 25.

(Click each film title to go to a video player to watch a clip, or hover over the icon next to each quotation to watch the clip in the little popup).

1. Dead Poets Society.
Because you’ve got to find your passion and let it live in the world.
I sound my barbaric YAWP from the rooftops of the world.

2. Toy Story.
Because it’s easy to forget who you really are.
To infinity, and beyond!

3. Scrooged.
Because generosity of spirit counts for a whole lot.
For a couple of hours outa the whole year, we are the people we always hoped we would be.

4. City Slickers.
Because quitting is the easy route.
Do you know what the secret of life is?

5. Once.
Because you have to let love happen.
What’s the Czech for “Do you love him?

6. Beautiful Girls.
Because connecting with another human being is amazing.
I just want something beautiful.

7. Grand Canyon.
Because things aren’t all bad and miracles do happen.
Everything’s supposed to be different than what it is.

8. L.A. Story.
Because love needs courage.
Let us just say I was deeply unhappy, but I didn’t know it because I was so happy all the time.

9. About Schmidt.
Because the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
What in the world is better because of me?

10. A River Runs Through It.
Because your life has the potential for grace.
The river was cut by the world’s great flood, and runs over rocks from the basement of time.

11. Spider-man 2.
Because you can be an example.
I believe there’s a hero in all of us.

12. The Incredibles.
Because you gotta be who you are.
Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.

13. The Polar Express.
Because you have to believe.
There’s no greater gift than friendship.

14. The Empire Strikes Back.
Because your mind shapes your reality.
No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

15. Jerry Maguire.
Because you have to live by your values.
In life, to be honest, I’ve failed as much as I’ve succeeded.

16. The Matrix.
Because you have to feel it in your bones.
You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief.

17. The Pursuit of Happyness.
Because you gotta get out there if you want to succeed, even if it hurts.
Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something.”

18. Good Will Hunting.
Because life is about heart, not head.
But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable.

19. Mr Holland’s Opus.
Because even the most ordinary life can have the most extraordinary impact.
Look around you. There is not a life in this room that you have not touched.

20. Facing the Giants.
Because you’ll never touch the ceiling of what you’re capable.
Don’t quit! Don’t quit!

21. It’s a Wonderful Life.
Because your life is precious.
I want to live again.

22. Field of Dreams.
Because you have to trust your instincts.
It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.

23. Awakenings.
Because it’s easy to forget how much fun life is.
the human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family.

24. Pay It Forward.
Because there’s always room for adding real value to the world.
The realm of possibility exists where? In each of you.

25. My Life Without Me.
Because you can’t wait to do what matters.
Without dreams you can’t fucking live.

My list will always be changing – let me know what I might have missed.  (And let me know if any links to YouTube break – I’ll fix ’em double-quick).

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  • sean

    Rudy, The Truman Show, Gattaca are 3 of my favorites I think you should add

    • Steve

      @Sean: The Truman Show is an awesome one – 1 guy pursuing what means the most to him at extraordinary cost. Nice call. Don’t know Rudy, and it’s been ages since I’ve seen Gattaca – I’ll take a look. Thanks!

  • Heartirica

    The Shawshank Redemption
    “Rember hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.”

    • Real to Real

      OMG my favorite movie of ALL TIME!

  • vik

    Take a look at “K-PAX(2001).

    IMDB link:

    It very much deserves to be on this list.

    Another one is “Peaceful Warrior(2006)”

    • Steve

      @Vik: K-PAX is a good one, I felt strangely serene after seeing it…

  • Lynn

    Yes, you may say it’s teen movie, it’s chic flick… but the movie theme itself is about loving yourself… It’s on top of the list for my little one to watch when she gets little older. :)

  • Gary Newton

    Interstate 60 a great movie with a twist

    • Steve

      @Gary: Another one I don’t know – I’ll add it to the viewing list!

    • ?????? ????????

      I’d throw in “3 Idiots” in the same bag.

      Mr. Nobody and Fight Club were kinda good too.

  • kirk

    august rush, you will not be disappointed

    • Jcfonz

      August rush is an awesome movie!

  • Sri

    Dude come one u have to add kungfu panda to the list, it s an awesome movie…..

  • Jennie

    This is a great list :) Thanks for posting it!
    One of my favorites you could consider is Fried Green Tomatoes.

    • jasmine

      agree..i just discovered the movie a month ago and i have already seen it 6 times…i love Idgie and Ruth and Ninny and Evelyn and Buddy threadgoode. :)

  • Brian

    Thanks Steve, great list! Got 7 new ones for us to try; now off to the library. By the way, LA Story has been removed.

  • Rowan

    You missed out Patch Adams, Remember the Titans, Coach Carter, The Notebook, the Bucket list, Freedom Writers, Grid Iron Gang, and Little Rascals! These are all at the top of my list.

    • Steve

      @Rowan: I’m darn sure there are loads I haven’t included, but Little Rascals?!

    • Guest

      the notebook is depressing

    • Jcfonz

      The notebook is amazing!

  • Stacy

    The Other Sister.

  • Praveen

    Hey Steve,

    Your efforts to build this site are really appriciated.
    I’ll nevr forget you, this site & the movies offcourse.
    you brought a difference in someone’s life buddy, you gave me back my power.
    god bless you and your family.

    cheers mate.

    • Steve

      @Praveen: Wow. Wow. Wow. I love doing what I do and just kinda carry on in a bit of a bubble. I’m always *thrilled* when I hear that what I do has made a difference to someone, no matter how big or small. Thanks so much, and let me know how else I can help.

  • M McKay

    I like classic films and both ‘Harvey’ and ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ both make me feel great and make me want to just befriend everyone I meet. Oh and I love ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’! I watch it at least 20 times a year.

    • Steve

      @M McKay: Harvey’s fun, and I must admit to having a real soft spot for “The Preacher’s Wife” – the remake with Denzel Washington. One of my favourite Christmas movies that always lifts me.

  • Dave

    This is an awesome list!! Such a great idea, I’m going to be watching all of these over the next weeks… here is my contribution.

    A Beautiful Mind

    Because if people love you, you are already a success. :)

    “You are the only reason I am. You are all my reasons. Thank you.”

  • six six

    Garden State, I don’t know how everyone missed this one, great story about how its never too late to start over and change your life.

  • L8DemJojo

    Fight Club, because Pitt is fucken hilarious and you want to be like Tyler Durden.

    • o0o0o

      I love Fight Club… but I think it’s not a “feel-good” movie. It’s depressing… and dark… It’s a great philosophical film though.

  • Carl

    Dum And Dumber – reminds you that true friendship will last forever
    Into The Wild – Money doesn’t make you happy
    Marley and me – About some deep love for a dog

    • Daniel

      The lesson I got from Into The Wild was actually that even the most wonderful experiences can seem empty when you have no one to share them with. From his diary. Good move though, got my vote.

      • Arianaholland1

        I just watched  into the wild based off reading ur comment. best movie ever. thanks, Ariana

  • Daniel

    I liked The Yes Man with Jim Carry. Because saying no to everything will lead nowhere.

    I actually write YES on my palm with a marker every day now just to remind me not to be so negative about everything.

  • April_ape

    i like it all… just by reading you lists i feel good already! thanks for sharing!

  • Brettandilze

    Yo, I think you should make the list longer mate:

    What about 
    Forrest Gump
    Joe vs the volcano
    Yes Man

    :) not enough movies like this out there….

  • Menotyoume525

    worst list of feel goods ever

  • DCya

    This is a great list, man!  A few that I love are Ip Man 2, More Than a Game, Rocky…  I mean come on guys…  Rocky!!!!

  • Duidlik

    try Big Fish, loved it

    • Ty

      i was just about to type big fish it makes things eaier 

    • o0o0o

      Agree. Big Fish. My favorite fantasy movie ever. Never gets old. 😉

  • srisri

    Nice list. well, I would like to add Click and Groundhog Day

  • Whatever

    Dead Poets Society, About Schmidt, and The Matrix are “brimming with good-feeling”??? That’s pure suicidal-melancholy-cyberpunk-good-feeling-my-ass.  

  • Taijun

    how about..Big Fish? I think it’s a must have…Nice list though… : )

  • Gret

    The Pursuit of Happyness…is the best of above…you can also try Coach carter movie…really motivational…

    • Adam

      I disagree, Pursuit of Happyness is 1 hour 50 minutes of misery, then finally 10 minutes of happiness.  Looking for a movie to put me in a better mood, this really wasn’t it.

  • ram

    the bucket list…give a look at it !!!

  • Matt

    This is the best list yet.. You should add How Do You Know

  • Menlosue

    I have always loved Tootsie.  I think it is about being yourself, and understanding that there will be consequences, but you do it anyway.

    • Charlie

      Braveheart is a must!

      “Every man dies, not every man really lives. It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom”

  • Diego Rodriguez

    great list, thanks !

  • guest

    august rush, a shine of rainbows, limitless, thats what i am, australia, the grace card, good will hinting

  • Daniel Lombardi

    Hi Steve,

    I watched
    all the 3 Toy story movies last Sunday with my kids. I would never believe it
    that a cartoon movie like Toy Story would touch my heart the way it did. I
    truly recommend it to everyone.

    Thank you for posting this amazing list,

  • Deepakakkiriyil

    pls add forest gumpa,A must watch movie

  • jj

    Obviously a joke, since “Love actually” is not included, and depressing movies like aboat Smith, spiderman and the matrix are included

  • Real to Real

    Thank you SOOO much for this list…and all the poster’s suggestions rock as well!

    I have always believed media can change the world, and this list is no exception…
    Been seeking a list like this online for years, no lie. Whenever I look at “10/25/50 Best” anything, it’s never met my quality standards…but you hit this one in the Bull’s Eye! I’ve bookmarked the page…please don’t take it down without telling us first!

    I have my stack of trieds and trues and just watch them over and over cause I don’t know what else to watch and don’t want to waste my time watching movies that leave me flat. That’s why I’m so excited to begin and watch them all!

    Here’s one that always lifts me when I’m down;

    Hairspray: If Stacy can make her dream come true, we all can!
    I’m off to watch “Into the Wild” thanks you on of your posters…Ta Ta~

  • anastasia

    Here’s my list:

    The Notebook
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Forrest Gump
    Pursuit of Happyness
    Soul Surfer
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Terminal
    Liar, Liar
    The Vow
    We’re the Millers
    Eat Pray Love
    Going the Distance
    Monte Carlo
    Just Married

  • Hannah

    Real steel?

  • Clair

    Thanks so much for this list. I’ve recently met a young man who has been downtrodden his whole life, by his mum no less, and is scared to even think about trying anything new. I really want to inspire him to live a bit without being too direct (initially) it sounds like The Dead Poets Society would be perfect, I’ll also try Good Will Hunting.

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