21 Movies On Netflix To Watch When You Need Some Cheering Up

Netflix is a genius invention. Hundred of movies to watch any time, beamed directly into your home, with very little effort on your part. It's great. And Netflix is useful in lots of different situations. You can find movies from your childhood to watch when you're feeling nostalgic; interesting documentaries for when you want to learn something new' and plenty of tearjerkers for when you need a good cry. And of course, there are a ton of movies to watch on Netflix that will cheer you up.

These are difficult times. It seems like the top story in the news every day has to do with either a deadly shooting, terrorist attack, or something offensive said by a megalomaniac who might become the next president of the United States. It's a lot to handle. Thankfully, Netflix offers plenty of ways to escape to a happier place for a couple of hours while you forget about the harshness of the real world. Some of these movies will make you feel like a kid again, some will leave you inspired, and a good number of them will cause you to gleefully laugh your problems away. So check out these 21 movies to watch on Netflix when you need some cheering up.

1. Back To The Future

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How could you not be happy watching this movie?

2. Meet The Parents

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You probably forgot how funny this movie is. Time to remember.

3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

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The declining quality of its many sequels may have tarnished the franchise, but the first Pirates movie is still a swashbuckling good time.

4. Tommy Boy

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A personal favorite of mine, Chris Farley and David Spade combine for one of the best comedic pairings ever.

5. Dear Mr. Watterson

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This documentary takes a look at the greatest comic strip in history, Calvin & Hobbes .

6. Big Trouble In Little China

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Jack Burton delivers big action fun in this cult classic.

7. Mean Girls

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Find out if butter is a carb once and for all.

8. The Emperor's New Groove

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Probably the funniest Disney kids movie ever.

9. Zoolander

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This 2001 original is considerably fresher (and funnier) than this year's sequel.

10. 13 Going On 30

They need to make a sequel called 30 Going on 13 — I think that would be very relatable to a lot of people.

11. High School Musical


Go Wildcats!

12. Coming To America

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Eddie Murphy in his prime, pre-Pluto Nash form.

13. Moonrise Kingdom

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Funny, heartwarming, and magical all at once; nobody makes movies quite like Wes Anderson.

14. The Little Rascals

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This movie's message of gender equality was a breath of fresh air in 1994.

15. Bring It On

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It's normal to cheer from your couch, right?

16. Lilo & Stitch

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Stitch's adorable face will cure whatever is ailing you.

17. Wet Hot American Summer

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A cast of big stars before they were big, just having the time of their lives.

18. Legally Blonde

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Watching this movie releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just aren't sad anymore.

19. The Princess Bride

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Just a warning: There's kissing in this movie.

20. Grease

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What could cheer you up more than a summertime sing along?

21. Clueless

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The quintessential '90s comedy. If this movie doesn't cheer you up, then I don't know what to tell you.

There you have it. A full three weeks' worth of movies to pick you up when you're feeling down. Honestly, these movies are all so good you might even be looking for a reason to get depressed just so you have an excuse to watch them.

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