Everyone loves a happy ending. If you’re tired of watching movies which leave you feeling flat, then you’ll love our top picks for mood-boosting movies. You’ll laugh, you’ll get a little teary because it has a happy ending and most of all, you’ll probably want to watch it again.
Based on true stories
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
After losing his wife, Benjamin Mee, an animal behaviour specialist, decides his family needs a brand new start. Using his entire savings, he buys a rundown zoo in the countryside complete with 200 exotic animals. Taking a leap of faith, they decide to rebuild the zoo to its former glory. The race is on to get it ready in time for the official opening.
The Blind Side (2009)
The true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who provide homeless teenage African-American, Michael Oher, known as Big Mike, with a loving home environment. With little education, Leigh Anne sets about to help Big Mike acquire skills and foster his love of football. Hiring a tutor, they help him improve his grades to qualify for an athletic scholarship, which he acquires before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
The last thing Rudy wanted to do when he grew up was to work in the local steel mill. His dream was to play football for Notre Dame. The fact that he was too small, his grades were too low and his athletic skills weren’t anything to write home about didn’t stop him from from setting his sights on making the team.
Cool Runnings (1993)
When Derice Bannock fails to qualify for the 1988 Olympic track team he tries to convince ex-USA gold medal-winning bobsled team member Irv Blitzer to help him recruit a Jamaican bobsled team. Overcoming financial obstacles, unmitigated setbacks and a distinct lack of snow, they start training to qualify for the winter Olympics.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Who knew Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson could sing? This comedy hits all the right notes with Kendrick playing the role of a freshman called Beca who finds herself roped into singing for the Barden Bellas — an all-girl a capella group. With a fresh new look and sound, the Bellas go to musical war as they pitch against their male rivals for first place in a campus competition. Loaded with laugh-out-loud moments.
Happy Feet (2006)
In the icy world of the Emperor Penguins, they find their soulmates through song. When Mumble is born he discovers he has the worst singing voice ever, but he can tap dance like no other penguin in Antarctica. Shunned by the other penguins, Mumble teaches them it’s okay to be different. A hilarious feel-good movie which will leave you smiling.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Hugh Grant is irrestible as Alex, one half of a pop duo and now a washed-up eighties has-been. He hasn’t written a decent lyric since his highly successful musical partner ditched him for a solo career. Faced with writing a hit song for a teen idol and only a couple of days to come up with a hit, he begs the rhyming hypochondriac (Drew Barrymore) who waters his plants to help him out.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
It’s everything you loved about the eighties — the clothes, the invention of the CD player, the hairstyles and a killer soundtrack that will have you singing along. It’s the story of Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who is heartbroken when his fiancée jilts him at the altar. However, he soon realises he is in love with Julia Sullivan. There’s just one problem, she’s engaged to someone else.
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Feel-good animal movies
A Dolphin’s Tale (2011)
Based on a true story of Winter, a blue dolphin who was rescued off the coast of Florida in December 2005. This is the incredible tale of a friendship between a lonely boy and a dolphin. After being caught in a crab trap, the dolphin’s tail must be removed. However, the little boy believes the dolphin can learn to swim again with the use of a specially-designed prosthetic.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Three pets (Chance an American Bulldog, Shadow a wise old Golden Retriever and Sassy, a chocolate point Himalayan Persian) are left behind when their family goes on holiday to California. The animals set out on a dangerous adventure across America to find their family.
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