What defines a feel-good movie? For some, a thrilling fight sequence or a series of Michael Bay-style explosions brings joy; for others, a jump scare does it. For others still, a satisfying mystery; for others romance is key. As a staff, we at Rotten Tomatoes asked ourselves a basic question: What are the movies that, without fail, leave us feeling better than we did before we pushed play.
A sort of criteria emerged from our responses. Let us know in the comments. Synopsis: This wistful drama is set in the summer of and follows the adventures of four year-old girls as they Synopsis: Steven Spielberg filters J. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter Synopsis: Updated from the film of the same name, Angels In The Outfield takes liberties with the original to bring Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.
Synopsis: Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays year-old bachelor Synopsis: Master of infantilism Adam Sandler stars as the title character, an overgrown rich kid who wiles away his days poolside, Synopsis: When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to Synopsis: Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little Synopsis: In this comedy-drama, a former classmate's suicide reunites three middle-aged college friends from the class of ' These classmates have Synopsis: Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious Reilly re-team with that film's director, Adam Synopsis: Georgia Byrd lives a small life tucked inside big dreams.
A shy cookware salesperson for a New Orleans retail outlet, Synopsis: In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect Synopsis: Loosely adapted from the classic horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3, Synopsis: An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy.
Henry Biggs Courtney B Synopsis: The Sandlot is a coming-of-age story about a group of young boys growing up in California in A new, Synopsis: Edward is a rich and sophisticated businessman who specializes in corporate raiding - buying up businesses to break them up Synopsis: The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in Synopsis: The hard work, dedication, and personal politics behind "rah rah rah!
Synopsis: At long last, the secret of just what the Great Gonzo happens to be is revealed! As Gonzo and his Synopsis: Keenen Ivory Wayans wrote, directed and stars in this spoof of the blaxploitation genre, playing Jack Spade, an Army vet Synopsis: After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Jenna Shana Dowdeswell has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy Synopsis: A woman wonders if it's just friendship or real love she feels when a close male friend announces he's tying Synopsis: The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest Synopsis: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play the title roles though viewers may find themselves debating which is which in this Synopsis: Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads Synopsis: A dating doctor claims that with his services he can match anyone with their soulmate in just three dates.
Synopsis: Mousse up your hair and pull your Missing Persons records out of mothballs for this romantic comedy set in that Synopsis: A big city doctor is stranded in a small rural town, where he finds love, professional challenges, and a pet A family rule forbids her from dating until her unpopular, rebellious, Synopsis: Where the original Gremlins was a horror film spiked with comedy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is essentially a black Synopsis: Beck The Rock is a "retrieval specialist" in hock to a powerful and not particularly nice gentleman named Walker William Synopsis: Elle Woods has it all.
She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus Synopsis: A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater in Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: What do you do after love at first sight? That's the question posed in this romantic comedy-drama set in Chicago There's nun better than Sister Act. Synopsis: A sleeper hit that received a lukewarm reception from critics but was a success with audiences, Sister Act was Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and Synopsis: An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native Synopsis: "Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word.
Synopsis: Andrea is a small-town girl in her first job out of college, who tries to navigate the waters of the Synopsis: From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a Synopsis: The sleepy English village of Wall is so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for eons, kept the villagers Synopsis: Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver Synopsis: Danny and Wheeler trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender.
Upon their arrest, the court gives them a Synopsis: The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in , when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far Synopsis: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver Steve Carell is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his Synopsis: Jane Austen might never have imagined that her novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look Synopsis: This offbeat romantic comedy has some rather dark underpinnings that add, rather than detract from the fun.
It is the Synopsis: Teenaged Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes Synopsis: Based on Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget Renee Zellweger , a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who Synopsis: World-traveling documentary filmmakers Nigel and Marianne Thornberry have come to Africa with their family--precocious Eliza, rebellious Debbie and adopted wild Synopsis: Beca Anna Kendrick is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out Synopsis: The best-selling novel by J.
Synopsis: This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad Williams , Vivica A. Fox , Nia Long , Irma P. Synopsis: An attorney who tells the truth for 24 hours straight? This has got to be the movies! Fletcher Reede Jim Synopsis: Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 's GoldenEye, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring Synopsis: A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile Synopsis: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama.
Quincy McCall Omar Epps and Synopsis: Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also Synopsis: Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score.
As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably Synopsis: Unhappy with her job and her loser boyfriend, Melanie Griffith takes a secretarial post at a major Wall Street firm Synopsis: One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story Synopsis: Engaged to the woman of his dreams yet uncomfortable with the prospect of not having a best man for his Synopsis: Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order Synopsis: Disney's animation team dipped into the rich well of ancient mythology for this musical comedy.
The son of Greek gods Synopsis: When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation Synopsis: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is re-imagined as a contemporary high school comedy in this tale of a scheming student Synopsis: Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in