The world can be overwhelming sometimes. When that happens, it's wonderful to be able to slip away and watch something cozy and wholesome as you lay in the comfort of your bed after a long and stressful day. Each of these movies is handpicked to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face.
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
For those searching for a sci-fi movie that's all fun and not complicated, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a great start. So many hilarious and ridiculous moments will leave you with tears. The movie and storyline don't take themselves seriously, nor should you. It's about a human whose planet is destroyed and who then gets whisked onto an intergalactic adventure by his alien friend.
2. Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romancing the Stone is an excellent choice for those who prefer something out of the ordinary. We follow Joan as she receives a treasure map from her murdered brother-in-law, then sets out to save her kidnapped sister by venturing into the Colombian jungle. She is joined by a mercenary who helps her search for a jewel to trade for her sister. It is weird, hilarious, and somehow works.
3. A Knight's Tale (2001)
There's a lot to love in A Knight's Tale, which stars Heath Ledger as a peasant impersonating a knight. As he wins all the jousting tournaments, he befriends historical figures and becomes more affluent. Even if the movie is set in medieval times, there are numerous pop culture references with a classic rock soundtrack. It's worth noting that this movie should not be taken seriously.
4. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
With a plotline where a person gets turned into a llama, you should know that this movie will be a wild and goofy ride. There are a lot of memorable characters and moments in this movie that make it iconic and beloved by all. Kuzco, the emperor, becomes a llama and has to find his way back to being a human with the help of Pacha, a llama herder.
5. The Proposal (2009)
The combination of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock equals a humorous rom-com with a lot of heart. This movie has much to love, especially as Margaret (Bullock) meets Andrew's (Reynolds) family and bonds with them by preparing for a fake wedding. In the process, they eventually fall in love.
6. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Most Studio Ghibli movies are comforting and wholesome, which is one of the reasons why they are so beloved. Howl's Moving Castle is no exception. It has breathtaking animated visuals, beautiful characters, and an intriguing, whimsical plotline. You'll laugh and cry with Sophie, Calcifer, and Wizard Howl.
7. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
For those who prefer a fluffy romcom, When Harry Met Sally is a great option to remind you that love is real and can sometimes be right in front of you the entire time. The situation between the two is quite realistic. It culminates in a beautiful ending, leaving you believing in love again.
8. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Another wholesome movie from Studio Ghibli, Kiki's Delivery Service touches on finding your purpose in the world. This relatable and cozy story follows little witch Kiki as she tries to find a job in a new town. She goes through a lot of challenges but, at the same time, learns a lot about life and how to make friends.
9. All of Me (1984)
Looking at something more hilarious and lighthearted, we have All of Me. A dying millionaire, Edwina, wants her soul to be transferred into a younger woman's body. Yet somehow, her soul ends up in her lawyer's body with his soul still intact. Chaos and hilarity ensue as the two dominant personalities clash in one body.
10. Paddington (2014)
A movie as wholesome and soft as Paddington is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone's face. The plotline is simple: we have a walking and talking teddy bear named Paddington as he travels to London from the jungles of Peru. He is adopted into a family and goes through all sorts of adventures in the big city.
11. Labyrinth (1986)
A small part of us all wishes to be taken into the enchanting world of the Goblin King, just like Sarah. Labyrinth tells the story of Sarah, who wishes her baby brother away and is now forced to solve a labyrinth to get him back from the Goblin King. The movie's rich scenery and imaginative figures will constantly draw you back for more.
12. Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins is a character and movie that we've all grown up with and thus holds a special place in our hearts. Plus, it can't get more wholesome than having Julie Andrews sing to you! The movie is magical, bringing its values and heartwarming sequences into our lives regardless of age.