9 Movies That Will Improve Your Mood Immediately

Fun fact: I love movies. As such, I watch a lot of them. I mentioned before that I am lucky enough to have an encore theatre in town that plays movies a few weeks after they’ve premiered for only $2-4 depending on the night. You can find me there once a week.


I also love reading, but I tend to read heavier material. So when I am in need of a pick-me-up, I definitely go for a movie instead. Most of these movies have their sad moments too, but I enjoy the way they make me think about the nature of life and humanity. Often they inspire me to want to live better too, and they do this all while making me laugh. Here are my recommendations for movies that will improve your mood immediately.

9 Movies That Will Improve Your Mood Immediately

9 Movies that Will Improve Your Mood


1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

A funny and heartwarming story about a boy who has been growing up in the foster care system. He goes missing, and a manhunt ensues, while surviving in the New Zealand bush with his foster uncle.

This is my favourite movie of 2016.


2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Based on a novel, this comedy tells the story of a couple of awkward teenagers who hang out with a terminally ill classmate. At first it’s out of pity, but they all surprise themselves by creating a truly meaningful friendship.


3. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

A retired writer becomes the caregiver for a teenage boy in a wheelchair. They go on an incredible road trip, pick up a few passengers along the way, and learn a lot about hope and understanding.


4. The Way Way Back (2013)

An awkward teenage boy has to vacation at a beach house with his mother, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s daughter. To escape their company and attention, he secretly gets a job at a waterpark and finds a father figure in the unlikeliest of people.


5. Captain Fantastic (2016)

A father is committed to raising his six children deep in the forest and completely off the grid. The death of his wife causes him to bring his family into regular society for her funeral and thus confront their different lifestyle.


6. Man Up (2015)

A man mistakes the wrong woman for his blind date, and she decides to go along with it. They hit it off, but how can they carry on when she is not who he thinks she is?


7. St. Vincent (2014)

A single mother feels out of options besides paying the aging and unconventional man next door to look after her 12-year old son while she works. The two form an unlikely bond, but the influence he is having on her son is questioned.


8. Chef (2014)

A high-strung and controlling prestigious chef quits his job and launches a food truck business with his friend. The story follows them as they travel across America with his young son delivering up quality cooking and connection as they go.


9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

A man who feels he has done nothing worthwhile spends his time creating elaborate daydreams. Through his job he has the opportunity to go on a real adventure, take risks, and experience a whole new kind of life.


I want to hear your movie recommendations! Leave ’em in the comments please.


PS – The 5-day Facebook live series on 5 Things That Are Hurting Your Family Communication started yesterday by talking about device distractions. Today I’m covering ineffective listening and the skills you need to remedy it. Join me live on the Heartful Habits Facebook page at 4:00 PST every day this week or check it out any time to watch the replays.

9 Movies That Will Improve Your Mood Immediately


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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    March 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

    My favorite pick-me-up movie is Waking Ned Devine (1998). 🙂

    1. Reply
      March 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Oooh, I haven’t seen it – I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Reply
    March 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    You have a great collection over here. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    1. Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thanks! You can find quite a few of them on Netflix. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Reply
    Lori Hill-Smith
    March 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    The only one I’ve seen is “Chef.” I should check out the others!

    1. Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Definitely do! I loved Chef, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best on this list. There’s quite a few you can find on Netflix. 🙂

  4. Reply
    April 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Oooo you have two of my favorite movies on your list Grace and I have to agree with you about Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It was a beautiful movie from beginning to end. I can’t wait to see some of the others, especially Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I’ve heard so many good things about it.

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      April 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Oh, that’s awesome! Which two are a part of your favourites? One thing I really love is that almost all of these movies aren’t focused on just a romance. Yes, definitely watch Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – such a wonderful movie!

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