23 Movies That Are Instant Mood Elevators

23 Movies That Are Instant Mood Elevators

So-called “good” movies usually have something important to say — there’s not a lot of Oscar winners about the state of the world being fine as-is. It’s basically a prerequisite to examine at least one of society’s ills, like prejudice, poverty or war, or just one character’s experience of addiction, disease or having a plain old shitty life. After all, there’s also not a lot of Oscar winners about someone who had a perfectly nice day.

But sometimes, you’re just not in the mood for a “good” movie. You yourself had a thoroughly not-nice day, and you don’t need to deal with the protagonist's problems, too. You just want to watch a little guy have a little adventure — nothing too perilous or exhilarating, just a fun, lighthearted romp. It’s no surprise, then, that when user Klokk asked r/AskReddit, “What is the happiest, most uplifting film ever made?,” Reddit could easily name their favorite “crappy mood” movies.

My Neighbor Totoro

Star Wars



How to Train Your Dragon

Surf’s Up

Dead Poets Society

A Christmas Story

The Shawshank Redemption

Little Miss Sunshine

Being There



Yes Man

Cool Runnings



Fantastic Mr. Fox

101 Dalmatians

Almost Famous

The Lego Movie

Finding Nemo

Jurassic Park

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