Turning on the news today should come with a warning: "will cause deep depression and despair, turn back now." And, with things looking so bleak, it can be tough to find some happiness on your screen. But that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Netflix exists. To help you get away from this hellscape for an hour or two, here are 17 happy movies on Netflix to put you in an amazing mood, and get you ready to take on the real world. They might not fix the world around you, but they will put a smile on your face.
Never underestimate the power of a happy movie. Movies that leave you feeling weightless, giddy, happy, in love, or just plain good can change your entire day. Particularly powerful ones can even change your life — like, The Princess Bride, which will make you believe in fairytales, or Pirates of the Caribbean, which will make you think that drunk pirates are charming. Of course, not all happy movies are full of only happy moments — these are films, after all. But, happy movies all have one very important thing in common: a nice ending that will leave a twinkle in your eye and warmth in your heart. Next time you're having a bad day, start your way down these 17 happy movies on Netflix to put you in a good mood, and then repeat as necessary.
1'The Princess Bride'
The Princess Bride has a magical ability to turn any frown upside down.
Feeling down about life? Check out this sweet documentary about identical twins separated when their mother gave them up for adoption. They found themselves decades later online, and this movie chronicles their reunion.
Remember when a little boy and his alien was the sweetest relationship you'd ever seen?
Sing Street, a teenage story of romance and rock and roll, will definitely put a smile on your face — and probably have you dancing and cheering in your seat.
Working Girl is pure '80s fun. If the outfits and hair don't make you smile, the girl power definitely will. (Also: shirtless Harrison Ford.)
Tom Hanks directs and stars in Larry Crowne, a movie that's almost too optimistic. The movie is about a middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to community college, and features an impressive supporting cast, including Julia Roberts and Rami Malek.
7'For A Good Time Call...'
Two girls, one apartment, and a phone sex line. Put on For A Good Time Call... during a girls' night in, and watch your spirits soar.
Literally a documentary that's just two hours of babies.
Parties, drugs, music, and style, this coming of age story isn't all rainbows and butterflies, but it will give you a fun, new way of looking at the world.
10'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'
I mean, does it get any better than the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie? I think not.
Clueless won't just put you in a good mood with its amazing fashion and '90s jokes, it will also make you feel better about being who you are.
Animated animals are always guaranteed to improve your mood. It's science.
Penelope is a quirky, fairytale love story that's perfect for a romantic who's feeling down.
Two words: Channing Tatum.
15'High School Musical'
Because watching Zac Efron burst out into song in the middle of high school basketball practice is one of life's greatest pleasures.
16'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'
Lizzie McGuire, aka the most relatable heroine we will ever know, goes to Italy and becomes a pop star. You know, as one does.
17'Captain America: Civil War'
Civil War isn't exactly the happiest of Marvel movies, but if your heart jumped when Black Panther appeared on the scene, then it's really the only thing that will get your blood pumping at this point.
And, there you have it, 17 happy movies to cure you of all that ails you. Make it through the list and then....start all over again.