Happy Movies of All Time

watching a happy movie

Grab some popcorn, take a seat and get ready to grin until your cheeks hurt.

Movies are the great escape. They take us to places we’ve never been and will likely never go. They let us enjoy heart-racing excitement without ever leaving our chairs and can even inspire us to try new things. (Seriously, who hasn’t thought about building a time-traveling DeLorean after watching Back to the Future?)

Of course, not all movies are created equal—some are designed to make us think, some to make us cry, some to make us terrified of ever taking a shower again. Yet others make us want to get up on a table and dance! Or hug the person in the theater next to us with happy tears in our eyes as the closing credits roll. They capture the magic of childhood or the ineffable moment of falling in love. They bring us beauty, music (literal or figurative), emotion—stardust. With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 of the happiest movies ever made.

Little Miss Sunshine
Anyone who has taken a family road trip knows how quickly tensions rise. Rarely is conflict as funny or heartwarming as in this dysfunctional family quest set on the way to a beauty pageant. As the journey unfolds, the familial quirkiness becomes endearing and, ultimately, we’re reminded of the true meaning of family and the joy of living life on your own terms.
Good Will Hunting
Who knew that a movie about a guy doing math problems could turn into such a beloved classic? This movie resonates for many reasons, from its stellar cast (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams) and snappy dialog to the unmistakable message about being true to yourself and following the path that’s right for you.
Forrest Gump
Watching this movie (again) makes life feel like a celebration, regardless of which underlying theme you choose to focus on: the value of love and friendship; the importance of letting your passions guide you; or the beauty of a good heart and good intentions. It’s a great reminder that we don’t have to “be” better to “do” better in life.
Despicable Me
The battle of good vs. evil has been going on since the beginning of time, but rarely does it play out with such entertaining characters. This animated film plays


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