From Reese Witherspoon fulfilling – and dismantling – all kinds of stereotypes in Legally Blonde 2 to Meryl Streep belting out ABBA hits in Mamma Mia!, here are the very best feel-good movies currently available to stream on Netflix UK.
Beautiful, uplifting stop-motion animation from the director of Kung-Fu Panda, in which a former pilot introduces a young girl to a world of endless possibilities. Featuring the voices of Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges and Ricky Gervais.
Yes, it has subtitles, and yes, it is over 2 and a half hours long – but this Italian classic is worth every second of your time. Cinema Paradiso documents half a century worth of history in a small Sicilian town, through the eyes of a young boy who befriends the projectionist at the local cinema.
Melissa McCarthy does her usual, hilarious thing as a CIA analyst whose dream to become an fully-fledged field agent are fulfilled when she is called upon to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer.
Before helming Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi was making quaint indie films in his native New Zealand. This gem is the pick of the bunch: a tale about a troublemaker orphan who develops a bond with his gruff, adoptive father when they find themselves on the run in the bush.
Matt Damon exhibits some impressive comic timing in space in Ridley Scott’s surprisingly uplifting tale about an astronaut who is accidentally behind on Mars by his team after an expedition goes wrong.
A few years before unleashing Star Wars upon the world, George Lucas directed American Graffiti, a hugely influential coming-of-age comedy about a group of high school grads on their last summer night before heading off to university.
Someone in the UK watched Bee Movie 357 times on Netflix in 2017 – which gives you an idea about its restorative qualities. Jerry Seinfeld lends his voice to Barry, a bee who decides to sue the human race for eating the honey that he and his fellow bees are producing without remuneration.