18 Happy Movies on Netflix Are Guaranteed to Make You Feel Better

Lia Beck
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Sometimes you want a movie to make you think deep thoughts, feel big feelings, and ponder the meaning of all existence. And sometimes, you...don’t. Sometimes you just want a happy movie. One that will only make you ponder whether two people will end up together, whether you should plan your own trip to Napa, or whether you actually even want a third Sex and the City movie.

Thankfully, Netflix is streaming a number of easy, joyful, relaxing movies that range from rom-coms and ’80s classics to animated films and adaptations. Here are 18 happy movies you can stream on Netflix right now.

Always Be My Maybe

Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this romantic comedy about a couple of old friends who realize they are maybe a good romantic fit as adults. If that’s not selling it enough, you should know that Keanu Reeves shows up as himself.

Austin Powers

If the absurdity of the Austin Powers movies makes you happy, you’ll be glad to know all three of them—International Man of Mystery, The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Goldmember—are on Netflix.

Back to the Future

If you’d rather time travel with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), all three Back to the Future movies are also streaming.

Can’t Hardly Wait

Nothing makes for an easy, feel-good viewing experience like a ’90s teen comedy. Thankfully, Netflix has Can’t Hardly Wait, about a last-day-of-high-school party filled with drama, romance, and Seth Green’s stupid goggles.

A Christmas Prince

In the past couple of years, Netflix has released a ton of original Christmas movies that are both ridiculous and very easy to watch. A Christmas Prince is a good place to start, but any Netflix Christmas movie is going to be a happy movie, any time of year.

Failure to Launch

Failure to Launch has one of the silliest rom-com premises out there: A “professional motivator” (Sarah Jessica Parker) is hired by a man’s (Matthew McConaughey) parents to secretly convince him to move out of their house. But does their fake relationship turn real??

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is basically about a teenager (Matthew Broderick) getting to do a seemingly endless series of fun things throughout one day. So, yeah, it very much belongs on a list of happy movies.

Hot Rod

It doesn’t get much lighter than Andy Samberg playing an amateur stuntman attempting to jump a motorcycle over 15 school buses.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey is about rival restaurants—one French and one Indian—with the owners of each soon learning to get along and discover each other’s cuisines. Low stakes. High happiness.

Incredibles 2

The first Incredibles movie isn’t on Netflix, but if you feel like spending some time with the superhero family, the 2018 sequel is.

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia tells the true story of chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) alongside the other true story of writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams), as she attempts to cook every recipe from Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Mary Poppins Returns

In 2018, Mary Poppins returned with Emily Blunt in the titular role. The film will make you smile…but also cry, if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic. Happy tears, though, right?

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The sequel toWreck It Ralph takes Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) into the wild world of the internet, where there are plenty of jokes for kids and plenty of jokes that will go right over their heads.

Set It Up

This Netflix original rom-com is about two assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) who try to set up their exhausting bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs). But will they find love themselves? This eternal romantic comedy question remains unanswered until you watch.

Sex and the City 2

Is Sex and the City 2 a “good” movie? No. But it is ridiculous, has beautiful sets and luxurious fashion, and is way happier than the first movie. No depressed brown-haired Carrie here.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It’s impossible to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse without a smile on your face. The adventure brings together several different Spider-People, including Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Yep, that’s a Spider-Man pig.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before features one of the classics of the rom-com genre: People pretending to be a couple only to find that they are actually in love. Both the first movie and the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, are streaming and oh, so easy to watch.

Wine Country

A bunch of Saturday Night Live alums and buddies (Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Rachel Dratch, Emily Spivey) star in this comedy about a bunch of friends who get together to hang out in Napa. I’m sure it’s not based on a true story at all!! Enjoy it with a glass of wine. Actually, enjoy all these with a glass of wine. Tends to up the happiness.

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