Lifestyle · May 11, 2020

An Ultimate List of Feel Good Films (with the best rom-coms around, if I say so…)


I’ve had a wobbly week (Liv, it’s Monday), have got my period and don’t know when I’ll next get to see my family again- and I’m unfortunately sure 100% of you will relate to at least one part of that too. So- throwing a stab in the dark here, might I suggest that it may be time to settle in to one of the below?

After asking Instagram for the finest chick flicks (a term which caused much discussion- with my stance being that we need to ‘reclaim’ the genre and celebrate it, in a nutshell)- lots of wonderful people online came to my rescue and supplied one of the heartiest (and heartfelt) lists of films I’ve ever seen. Obviously once you start scrolling, you’ll realise these films span all genres- from romance, drama, family, comedy and musical- with few tears left unshed too. Comprised of a list of films I turn to again and again when I need a lift, to the ones that you all love wholly too- hopefully you’ll find something to pick you up in these continually uncertain times- whether you’re after a love story, total weepy, big-town sing-a-long or a ‘SHIT! I haven’t seen that in years!’

As a disclaimer, I haven’t seen all of these, but based on your recommendations I’ve tried to categorize to the best of my ability and include near enough everything (I think!) that I think you’ll devour quicker than a batch of Anna’s cookies


Throw me a classic!
Bridget Jones (all of them) – Notting Hill – Dirty Dancing – Footloose – You’ve Got Mail – Legally Blonde – Jerry Maguire – Ever After – Roman Holiday – While You Were Sleeping – Four Weddings and a Funeral – Serendipity – Breakfast at Tiffanys – The Holiday – My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Pride and Prejudice – Emma (either version) – Muriel’s Wedding – Bridesmaids
The Sound of Music – Mamma Mia! 1 & 2 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  – La La Land – Grease –  Singin’ In The Rain – Blinded by the Light – Sing Street – That Thing You Do!  – Kinky Boots – Yesterday – Oklahoma! – The Young Girls of Rochefort! – Gigi – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Meet me in St. Louis – Dream Girls – Sister Act 1 & 2 – Some Like It Hot – Little Shop of Horrors – Annie – About A Boy (kind of…) – Funny Girl – The Sapphires – Umbrellas of Cherbourg – The Hannah Montana Movie (sorry not sorry)

Oh no, please no singing!
Julie and Julia – The Devil Wears Prada – The Princess Diaries – Love, Rosie – Crazy Stupid Love – Friends with Benefits – The Big Sick – Forgetting Sarah Marshall – About Last Night – Something’s Gotta Give – How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days – It’s Complicated – Mona Lisa Smile – Two Weeks Notice – French Kiss – Sense and Sensibility – Home Again – Sabrina – Crazy Rich Asians – The Women – Marie Antoinette – Say Anything – The Intern – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I’d quite like to just… let it all out with a weepy
Brooklyn – The Notebook – The Theory of Everything – About Time – P.S I Love You – Up – A Star Is Born
I want to be soppy (and still maintain that I like a ‘cool’ film)…
500 Days of Summer – Call Me By Your Name – Moonrise Kindgom – Amelie – Almost Famous – Empire Records – The Boat That Rocked

Give me teenage BRILLIANCE!
She’s All That – Never Been Kissed – The Perks of Being A Wallflower – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – 13 Going On 30 – Ladybird – Me Without You – Josie and the Pussycats – 10 Things I Hate About You – Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Pretty Woman – When Harry Met Sally – Sleepless in Seattle – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Working Girl – Mystic Pizza – Pretty in Pink – Father of the Bride 1 & 2 – Steel Magnolias – 9 to 5 – Gregory’s Girl – Sixteen Candles
So what if it’s only PG rated…
Paddington 1&2 – The Lizzy McGuire Movie – The Little Mermaid – A Cinderella Story – Princess Protection Programme – She’s the Man – Labyrinth – My Neighbour Totoro – Hunt for the Wilderpeople – The Parent Trap – Christopher Robin – That Darn Cat! – Big Hero 6 – 101 Dalmatians – Mary Poppins – The Goonies – The Railway Children – The Secret Garden – Matilda – Peter Rabbit – Inside Out – Tangled – Mulan – It Takes Two (and really any Mary-Kate and Ashley film)

The one you may not have heard of…
This Beautiful Fantastic – A Fish Called Wanda – The Truth About Cats & Dogs – I Love Lucy – Stepping Out – Tootsie – Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day – What If  – Only You – Begin Again – Little Manhattan – Last Holiday – Love Story – Sunshine on Leith – Under The Tuscan Sun – Mermaids – Man Up – What’s Up Doc – The Hundred-Foot Journey – Maggie’s Plan – Ladies in Black
For when you want to keep things platonic…
Clueless – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Little Women – Wonder – What We Did On Our Holiday – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Booksmart – Erin Brockovich – Chef – Hidden Figures – The Peanut Butter Falcon – 20th Century Women – Big – Mrs Doubtfire – The Help
Actually- can we just do a TV show?
Schitt’s Creek – Modern Family – Brooklyn 99 – Crazy Ex Girlfriend – Never Have I Ever – New Girl – Gilmore Girls – The Darling Buds of May – Derry Girls – Normal People – The Durrells
Housesitter – 27 Dresses – Bewitched – But I’m A Cheerleader – Now and Then – Letters To Juliet – Runaway Bride – Leap Year – Fools Rush In

Are there any others that should be added? The bigger the hair/the more songs the better!




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    May 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    The only one I would add is Three Men And A Little Lady for all the 90s nostalgia! ❤️

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      July 10, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Super excited to watch some of these films. I love sunshine on leith and mamma mia 1&2 lots. Great recommendations x

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    May 11, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    This is an incredible list of films! There’s some amazing choices, the singing films always get stuck in my head for days after watching them! x

    Lucy |

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    YZ Chan
    May 12, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Such a great list! I recommend An Education, Atonement and Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs). 🙂

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    May 12, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Excellent list! Particularly love ‘the boat that rocked’ so fun and lovely!
    Would HAVE to throw in ‘High Fidelity’ (2000)
    And also Stranger than Fiction which is so charming and lovely and silly xx
    Thanks for the recs everyone! xx

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    May 12, 2020 at 10:50 am

    I wanted to tell you my favourite Sound of Music trivia that will lead you to some movies I really love ? The boy who plays Friedrich in the Sound of Music is actually a famous Australian actor and he is in one of my favourite movies ever called Emerald City. It is an Australian movie set in Sydney starring a young Nicole Kidman and a great laugh. He is also in a movie called Ladies in Black that is set in a fancy Sydney department store and is very funny as the floor manager. There are so many gorgeous dresses and wonderful actresses, I’m positive you’ld really like them both.

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      May 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to put together this list, just what I needed for a boost on a flat kind of Tuesday. Now just to choose which one to watch first…!

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    May 12, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    What a brilliant list! My recommendations to add are Splash, Fried Green Tomatoes, Always Be My Maybe, Benny & Joon, Homeward Bound and Uncle Buck!

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    May 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    So many good 90s ones: My Best Friend’s Wedding, Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Singer, Blast from the Past… and please, let’s not forget Black Cinema EXCELLENCE! It’s a whole new world once you start watching some of these classics: Boomerang, The Best Man, Deliver Us from Eva, Last Holiday, Two Can Play That Game, Jumping the Broom….i could go on haha!

    Oh, and the true classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood: It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday, Carmen Jones.

    Great post, love!


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    May 12, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Just one key film missing: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. This was THE movie (and books) for me and my friends when we were teenagers (and I still secretly love the soundtrack).

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      June 28, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Love this list!! I keep coming back to it when I’m craving a film, but can’t decide on which. I’d also recommend A Little Chaos! Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman are so utterly charming ❤️ Xx

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    Holly White
    May 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Omg, just the blog post I needed! Was starting to run out of things to watch haha! xx

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    May 17, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Another addition to ‘ones you may not have heard of’ is Kodachrome, a heartwarming Netflix film with a great storyline and great cast! X

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    May 20, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Practical magic and riding in cars with boys! X

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    May 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Howl’s Moving Castle, The Princess and the Frog and Hercules.

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    May 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    That is one impressive list! And I haven’t watched a ton of these yet. I will keep it around for when I need to find something to watch.
    Thank you for putting it all together!
    My boyfriend desperately wants to show me The Hundred Foot Journey, so now may be the time 🙂

    Julia x
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    June 2, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Great information. Thanks!

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    Alexa Marsh
    June 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, you have everything covered in this post! I can’t wait to check out some of these films!

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