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Bad Day? These 28 Netflix Movies Will Lift Your Spirits

by Irina Gonzalez

You come home after a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Maybe you got chewed out by your less than competent co-worker or had a blow-out over text with your BFF. Either way, you're done. You feel deflated and can only muster enough energy to lay on the couch and turn on Netflix. Lucky for you, that sour mood you're in can improve by streaming one of the many Netflix movies to watch when you're sad.

Everyone has that movie that can make them feel good no matter what, right? (For me, that movie is Pitch Perfect.) Unfortunately, your go-to may not be on Netflix and the DVD may be scratched from so many views. That's when you need to rely on the Netflix stock to boost your mood. The good news is that Netflix has plenty to feel-good films to choose from and appeal to all movie preferences. From cinema classics like Forrest Gump to modern flicks like Mean Girls to movies that make you feel all of the feels (E.T., I'm looking at you), Netflix will be there for you. To get you started, here are 28 Netflix movies that are sure to put a smile on your face even after the worst of days.



A young Polynesian girl who is destined to become her island's chief seeks out a Demigod whose mistake cursed her island in Moana. With music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and voiceover from Dwayne Johnson, this inspirational Disney movie is sure to cheer you up in no time.



A Netflix original about the early college life of President Barack Obama, Barry tackles the issues of race, divergent cultures, and New York City life. It's not full of laughs, but the inspiring message will truly make you feel good.


'Grease 2'

Although the original is also available on Netflix, nothing can beat the campy fun of Grease 2, which stars Michelle Pfeiffer as the Pink Lady bad girl and Maxwell Caulfield as the shy, sensitive nerd hoping to win her heart. Plus, what movie with a song about bowling wouldn't cheer you up?


'Free Willy'

Admit it: You probably watched the 1993 classic Free Willy as a kid more times than you can possibly count. Thankfully, the sweet tale of a troubled boy and his friendship with a killer whale stuck living inside of a marine park is now on Netflix to give you all the feels once more.


'Finding Dory'

Finding Dory is one movie that's impossible to watch without having a huge smile on your face. Voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, forgetful Dory has a flash of memory and seeks out on a quest to find her loved ones in a heartfelt movie that will have you hugging your family close.



You may not have heard of legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz, but you are missing out if you have no clue who Celia is. This 2015 biopic begins in the 1950s to show how the young black singer overcame sexism, racism, and political strife to become the Queen of Salsa.


'Forrest Gump'

Although there's plenty of pain and strife in this 1994 classic, Forrest Gump is a surefire feel-good movie for when you are feeling blue. Tom Hanks stars as the friendly, simpleminded man who finds himself in the middle of some major world events in the '60s and '70s.


'Across The Universe'

The political upheaval of the of the 1960s serves as the backdrop of Across The Universe, a movie featuring the music of The Beatles. Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess star as the lovers caught in the middle. But don't worry, there is a happy ending perfect for all.


'Daddy Day Care'

Eddie Murphy stars in Daddy Day Care, a movie that is sure to send you into a fit of giggles as you watch the dads figure out how to run a daycare. Let's just say that a lot of hijinks ensue. The cute kids aren't hurting, either.



Cue all of the tears and all of the feels as you rewatch this movie, relieve good memories, and lift your spirits in the process.



If you couldn't get Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling" out of your head last summer, Trolls is probably why. Sure, it's an adorable kids movie inspired by our favorite childhood toy — but that doesn't mean we can't watch and feel just as happy as the rest of them.


'13 Going On 30'

What kid didn't wish that they were all grown up, and what adult didn't wish that they were a kid again? In 13 Going On 30, Jennifer Garner gets her wish and experiences life as a 30-year-old to, let's just say, shaky results. The movie has plenty of fun, though, and is definitely one of my top picks for cheering myself up once in a while.


'Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'

If you missed the first two, have no fear. In Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Rick Moranis is back as the inventor with a shrink ray who accidentally puts his family (and this time, himself) in peril. It's a reversal from the original, and it will have you laughing for hours.



For a movie that's less funny and more heartfelt, try Balto. The story about a canine-wolf hybrid has tons of heart as the outcast dog shows that heart and courage count for more.


'High School Musical'

The movie that made Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens household names, High School Musical is absolutely adorable and the perfect musical to bring you out of the doldrums. It's difficult to not smile when your favorite Wildcats are singing and dancing around.


'Burn After Reading'

Even if the Coen brothers films aren't usually your thing, their 2008 hysterical film Burn After Reading stars Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich in a tale of poorly executed espionage. The loony movie is sure to make you laugh.


'Turner & Hooch'

Tom Hanks stars in this buddy cop comedy with a twist: a fastidious detective (played by Hanks) gets partnered with a dog named Hooch, whose previous owner was killed. It's fun to watch the two try to get along, and it's even better because the movie is sure to warm your heart.


'The Secret Life Of Pets'

The Secret Life Of Pets showcases just what your pets are up to when you're staying at home. From funny moments with a very proper dog playing hard rock to some very amusing moments with an eagle, pets in a neighborhood band together to save two squabbling pet dogs who can't seem to get along — until they're accidentally stuck in the outside world.



This Oscar-winning musical has such an addictive beat that you will feel yourself shaking your hips and tapping your foot as you listen to Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones belt the tunes of Chicago. Just because it's a prison movie doesn't mean it can't be fun.


'Mean Girls'

The movie that introduced the world to "fetch," Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as a previously home-schooled girl who learns (the hard way) about high school cliques. You loved it in 2004, so why not love it now?


'Christmas With The Kranks'

Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star in Christmas With The Kranks, a movie where they decide to skip Christmas this year to hysterical results and reactions from their family and neighbors. And yes, the huge rooftop Frosty is definitely one to watch.


'Zack And Miri Make A Porno'

Two friends, played by Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, conspire to make a pornographic film in order to bring in some easy money in Zack And Miri Make A Porno. The only problem? Their unspoken feelings for each other might end up being their downfall. But don't worry, it's a romantic comedy that will surely delight.


'Johnny English'

You might know him as Mr. Bean, but Rowan Atkinson stars in Johnny English as a bumbling spy who spends time in a Tibetan monastery in order to sharpen his skills. When he returns to service, he has to protect the Chinese premier from an assassination. Part comedy and part action, this flick is sure to get you in a cheerier mood.


'The Mighty Ducks'

How many times did you watch The Mighty Ducks as a kid? Relieve those sweet, sweet memories as you watch troubled lawyer Emilio Estevez coach the ragtag hockey team as a sentence for his DUI. All of the feels and feel-good cheering are still here, I promise.


'Something's Gotta Give'

Something's Gotta Give stars Jack Nicholson as a womanizer who usually dates women half his age. But all of that changes unexpectedly when Diane Keaton (his girlfriend's mom) enters his life. The sexy comedy about old folks getting it on is surprisingly sweet and might even remind you that aging isn't so bad.


'Tropic Thunder'

A group of actors are forced to become real-life soldiers in Tropic Thunder, a film from writer-director-star Ben Stiller. Full of raunchy and oh-so-wrong humor (including Robert Downey, Jr. as an extreme method actor), this is definitely the movie to watch if you need something to lift your spirits.


'10 Things I Hate About You'

10 Things I Hate About You is actually a remake of Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew, but set in a modern world full of sarcasm and unrequited love.



Wacky misadventures ensue as two BFFs try to buy booze for a high school party in order to impress the girls they each have a crush on in Superbad. Get ready for maximum laughs in this comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.