In celebration of this years International Day of Happiness, we have curated a selection of our favourite feel-good films that we know you will love.
The marmalade-loving bear is back in the film that won hearts this Christmas. Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington is a much love member of the community who spreads joy (and marmalade) wherever life takes him and this film see's him go on his biggest adventure yet as he sets out to unmask a thief who stole a book that Paddington had set his eyes upon. Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the beloved bear.
'Pride vibrates with the same energy and uplift as a great stage show', says the Telegraph's Robbie Collin and he isn't wrong. Two unsuspected groups join forces, the LGBT community and the miners after realising common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the right-wing press and the media. When a group of gay activists witnessed the repressive tactics of Thatcher's administration towards miners protesting pit closures, they raise money for the labourers and their families. This heart-warming and moving film sees the miners overcome their initial mistrust and homophobia, and develop friendships that changed lives forever.
This musical is a family favourite not only for it's catchy music but it's heartwarming story that is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known musical groups in the years following WW2. Julie Andrews plays Maria, a postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with a large family whilst she is deciding whether she will become a nun. She brings a new love of life and music into the home and it isn't just our hearts that she wins, it's the children's Father who she flees from Austria with in oppostition of the Nazi's.
''The Sound of Music has a confidence and a sense of moral purpose that warms the hardest heart'' - the Telegraph
Little Miss Sunshine is the hilarious and unexpectedly moving film that follows the dysfunctional Hoover family on their chaotic road trip to California. They pile into the VW bus and embark on their journey from New Mexico, right across America in the hopes of their seven year daughter winning the 'Little Miss Sunshine' contest. Her desperate parents take the front seats and sanity takes the backseats as along for the ride are her foul-mouthed, horny, drug-taking grandfather, a suicidal uncle and her moody teenage brother in what turns out to be a bizarre, but endearing to watch, bonding trip.
Everyone loves a deserving winner and everyone loves a love story even more - Slumdog Millionaire presents a combination of just those things. Jamal is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai and he is just one question away from winning a life-changing 20-million rupees on India's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' But as the show breaks for the night, Jamal is arrested by police who cant' comprehend how a street kid would be so knowledgeable and assume he has cheated. Jamal desperately wants to prove his innocence - but it isn't the money that Jamal is concerned about winning. He tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of dangerous confrontations with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost in hope of proving his innocence and winning her back.
It was a huge hit in the French Box Office and it's no wonder - this film is delightfully charming and holds the power to brighten up even the coldest snow day. Amélie is played by a young Audrey Tautou who has lived a sad life, lacking any affection from her Father and a mother who commits suicide but this film is far from bleak. It's full of humour and light as Amélie shines light into the lives of those in need as she finds her calling in life... and falls in love.
The Notebook is perfectly fitted to you hopeless romantics. It has been deemed the most romantic film since The Titanic but unlike Jack and Rose's fictional romance, The Notebook is not only adapted from a book, but inspired by a true love story. The film is split between the 1940's and the present day and follows an elderly man, visiting his wife in hospital to read to her stories from what appears to be nothing more than an old faded notebook. The story soon uncovers a passionate love story about a young couple, Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton, whose love was almost lost forever as their romance was abruptly ended by the sudden outbreak of WW2. Unable to erase the treasured memories of their affair, seven years on, Noah returns from the war and realises that he cannot forget the promises they made and is determined to rekindle their love - despite the fact Allie is now married to another man.
This hilarious but heart-warming comedy stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall and Kate Walsh who present a genuine chemistry. The story follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Sisterhoods are rekindled and their younger wild sides are brought back to life -dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing, this charming film gives a authentic taste of womanhood.
A charming story of a wonderful, bright young girl with a magical imagination and exceptional intelligence but despite her outstanding academic ability, her family neglect her and her needs. Matilda's biggest dream is to go to school and when her parents finally give in, not to please her, but to get her out of their hands, Matilda's talents are soon acknowledged by her teacher, Miss Honey who adores her not only for her impressive academic ability, but her kind and humble personality. But all is not sweet, as we are soon introduced to the schools aggressive and violent head teacher, also Miss Honey's aunt, Miss Trunchball, who Matilda's dad has recently done business with. As they say, moths are drawn to light and Trunchball is drawn to Matilda - but not to recognise her talents, instead to belittle and bully her... Can Miss Honey save Matilda from a life of hell at home and at school?
This true-life romance between two star-crossed lovers; a white English office clerk and the future king of Botswana that will make you swoon, laugh and cheer in triumph as her puts his country is put into political turmoil all in the name of love.
You can take a look through our complete collection of feel-good films here: