Warm and Fuzzy Movies

We are asked about our favorite ‘feel good’ movie.

“MOVIE?” As in ‘singular’?

I am a real movie hound. I have been pondering the topic and  how to choose just one?

Then I lit an idea: I would choose one favorite feel-good movie in several genres.

Yeah, right; that proved to be very difficult as well.

There are too many that I like to choose my favorite  in each category,  so I struck on the idea that since I have mentioned many of my absolute favorites before in posts, I would try to avoid those. Most of the movies listed below are not my ‘all-time favorites’ in each category, but mostly less famous ones which you may not know or have not seen, yet make me happy each time  that I watch them. (All, until the last, are at ‘worst ‘ rated PG-14 for themes, most of  them are probably PG.)

Feel-good drama: “All About Eve” The classic movie of theater people and how very human people can keep (or return to) values, after temptation and doubt. (And the connivers  reap what they sow.) Whenever ‘best movies’ movies were rated, this movie was usually #1 for decades, (or #2, if they decided to be artsy and go with Citizen Kane), but you never even see this on a list anymore. I hope that is never totally forgotten.

Feel-good musical: “Gigi” I am not a huge fan of musicals, but the dialogue and a few songs are truly cleverly written, (and admittedly, a few of the songs are truly annoying), but the story of a young girl who is from a long line of courtesans makes me cry happily. Her grandmother gave up the life long ago; her negligent mother became a (bad) opera singer instead of following in the family trade. If nothing else, the scenery and the comedy are worth your time, and the ending is sweet beyond words.

Feel-good adult family movie: “Donavan’s Reef”.  An anti-racism, pro-family comedy/drama  movie about doctor who left his motherless daughter with his wealthy family in New England while he stayed to administer to the South Sea island people where he served with his WWII buddies. The doctor’s now-grown daughter arrives and does not know that he remarried and that she has half-Polynesian siblings. (Again, I cry happy tears near the end every time.)

Feel-good rom-com: “Arranged”. Two young women teachers, one an Orthodox Jew and the other a devout Muslin, form a deep friendship as both try to maintain their lifestyles  in spite of  social, (and their principal’s), pressure. Both of their families are trying to arrange marriages for them, and for one, it isn’t working well. This has become one of my absolute favorites.

Feel-good foreign film: “After the Wedding”. This is a Danish film stars Mads Mikkelsen, who is a fairly unknown and unappreciated actor here in America. In this movie, he’s an ex-hippy who had gone to India for all the wrong reasons, but when he straightened up, found meaning in life by running a home for orphaned boys. When a rich industrialist from his native Denmark offers him a chance at a desperately-needed grant for his boys, he travels with the man to his mansion for his daughter’s wedding and finds that the man seems to have been misleading him. The ending will have you smiling, happy… and in tears.

Feel-good Christmas movie: “Christmas in the Clouds”. A lovely resort built by reservation Indians struggles for recognition and is besieged by a number of comedies of errors. Graham Green as their vegetarian chef is a true gem, along with many other incredible performances, (and a running joke about a western bodice-ripper making its way around the staff is very funny).

Feel-good animated movie: “Meet the Robinsons”. This is a lesser-known Disney film about an orphan who uses a time machine to find out about his mother.  It had a number of good messages about all aspects of the meaning of family and has a great, heart-warming ending.

Feel-good movie set in war: “Vacation From Marriage”. In WWII England, a frumpy wife and milquetoast husband separately enter into service and both grow as individuals. Ably played by Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr, the ending is better than you would ever expect.

Feel-Good supernatural: Here’s perhaps the hardest to choose, but I pulled out “Stranger Than Fiction”. A nice man with a quiet life starts hearing his life being narrated at the same time that we see an author with writer’s block trying to write the story of the man, whom she has no clue is real. Sometimes Will Ferrell is over-the-edge, but he plays the hapless man here with great restraint and the ending is incredible.

Feel-good horror film: Yes, it’s possible. Maybe I chose to list a horror film because next week is Halloween. Some would question my choice, but it’s “John Carpenter’s Vampires”. It’s raw, it’s not for kids, but it has its elements and a few surprises. Nice to believe that if there would be vampires, that there would be strong, brave people to do the work of getting rid of them. And, unlike most horror films, the ending leaves me hopeful.

I could have chosen more, like those of faith, mystery, fantasy, costume epics, and more, but I will stop at 10, (which is cheating terribly anyway!)

Do you like my choices?  Are there any that you do not know?  Have I sparked interest in any of them for you?


 

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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12 Responses to Warm and Fuzzy Movies

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m zero for ten on this list, and other than Gigi and All About Eve, I’ve never even heard of these titles. It’s amazing to me that you’re able to select a feel-good movie from ten different categories. When I saw the title of your post, I thought maybe “Fizzy Movies” referred to opening champagne to celebrate at the end – which would be appropriate for happy endings!

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    • No, Patty, it was just a typo.I tried to see if I could make it play into something that I said, but alas, no.
      My intention was to pull out lesser-known movies. I included “Eve” because it is falling by the wayside, and when it comes to musicals anymore, Mama Mia always comes up and gosh, that thing is horrible.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    “Stranger than Fiction” is a fascinating premise and I was enthralled by that film.
    I’ve seen “Donovan’s Reef” — many years ago — but don’t remember any of the plot.
    I’ve only seen portions of “All About Eve” — but it didn’t seem like my cup of tea.
    All the other titles are unfamiliar to me.

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    • I hoped to introduce lesser-known, ‘feel-good’ films to everyone. I figured if we all put up the same, great, better-known ones, it would be dull going. I hope that I sparked some curiosity or at least that if any of these were to be available, that some of you might take a chance on them and be pleasantly surprised.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Gigi is the only one I know. I need to look some of these up and watch them.

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  4. Nick Caton says:

    Ok, these are probably not as obscure as some of yours but off the top of my head from stuff I’ve seen recently :

    Feel-good war movie – Jojo Rabbit
    Feel-good rom-com – Palm Springs
    Feel-good family drama – Wonder
    Feel-good comedy drama – The Peanut Butter Falcon
    Feel-good rom-com/horror/musical – Anna & The Apocalypse
    Feel-good foreign language – Okja

    There’s a few to be going on with 🙂

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    • Actually, Nick, they are all unheard-of by me! Thanks for the input. I will certainly take a look at these when I can.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to join in and add to the spirit of the post. I truly appreciate it.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Always happy to discuss films. Gigi is definitely on my list as I work my way through the Best Picture winners.
        The Peanut Butter Falcon is a delightful film with Shia LeBoeuf & Dakota Fanning. The main guy in it has Down Syndrome and as I used to be a long term carer for 2 guys with Downs it struck a chord with me.

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  5. I’ve seen 6 of these movies listed. I really enjoy Donovan’s Reef. My kids will all come down and watch that one with me as well. Wyatt watched it for the first time while visiting an elderly friend from church. She and Wyatt both love John Wayne and she owns many of his movies. It seems it was her mission (before the pandemic) to introduce him to as many of those movies as she could.
    Of the 6 movies I have seen I think you made some great choices, they’re all enjoyable.

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