Feel-Good Films

Put a smile on your face with one of our specially-selected feel-good films. From ’80s classics to under-seen gems, there’s plenty to keep you and your family entertained.

Eagle Vs Shark (15)

Studiocanal have been adding entire movies from their back catalogue to view for free on their YouTube channel. Our pick of the selection available is Taika Waititi’s (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) sweet and hilarious debut, starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as a social misfit looking for love.

Free on YouTube

Love and Friendship (U)

“★★★★★ – A refreshing and invigorating delight” – Guardian. Kate Beckinsale stars as Lady Susan Vernon, a devilishly acerbic widow surrounded by a whiff of scandal and seeking a wealthy spouse for her daughter. Based on Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, Whit Stillman’s gloriously comedic period romp is overflowing with elegance and barbed wit.

Available on BFI Player
Déborah François stars in Populaire

Populaire (12A)

Nominated for five Cesars, this charming, stylish and witty French comedy will leave you beaming long after the credits roll. It’s the 1950s and Rose Pamphyle aspires to become a secretary, but unfortunately she’s very clumsy and disorganised. She does, however, possess one true talent and when her new employer discovers her incredible speed typing ability, her life changes forever.

Available on Amazon Prime Video

Local Hero (PG)

★★★★★ – Empire. Bill Forsyth’s “timeless masterpiece” (Mark Kermode) is gloriously reminiscent of Ealing’s comedies. A young Texas oil executive is sent to a remote Scottish seaside village to arrange the construction of a new refinery. But he finds himself facing opposition from the locals. A heart-warming film about community and the pleasures of small-town life.

Available on Amazon Prime

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Arriving in 2018 and raising the bar for all comic book and family films, Into the Spider-Verse is a triumph of animation, character, heart and filmmaking craft. Young Miles Morales has enough problems dealing with his fancy new school, but after a chance meeting with Spider-Man and an assortment of heroes from the multiverse, mild-mannered Miles must train to become the web-slinging protector of his city.

Available to rent on Amazon Prime

3 Idiots (12A)

One of the most successful Indian films of all time, this glorious comedy-drama features megastars Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi. Best friends in college, Rancho, Farhan and Raju get into student hijinks while struggling with the pressure to achieve good grades. Years later and now successful, Farha and Raju go in search of Rancho who disappeared on their graduation day.

Available on Netflix

Kenny (15)

Clayton Jacobson’s hilarious Australian mockumentary stars his brother Shane as a lovable plumber. Kenny is proud of his work supplying and servicing porta-loos, despite his family’s disdain. Offered the chance to be an executive after his performance at a trade show, and keen to impress his son, Kenny has to decide whether it’s time to hang up his plunger for good.

Available on Amazon Prime
The four siblings light foreworks in Koreeda's Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister (PG)

“★★★★ – An exquisite portrait of family life” – Guardian. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s beautiful and tender tale of sisterly love. Three twentysomething sisters are estranged from their parents – first their father left to live with another woman, then their mother walked out – but when their father dies they attend his funeral. There they meet their younger half-sister, which transforms all their lives.

Available to stream on Curzon Home Cinema

My Neighbour Totoro (U)

One of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films, My Neighbour Totoro is adored by young and old alike. Sisters Satsuki and Mei move into an old house with their professor dad to be closer to the hospital where the girls’ mother is recovering from a long-term illness. Encountering a creature who calls itself Totoro, the sisters embark on a magical adventure with woodland spirits.

Available on Netflix