Five essential feel-good films to binge on Netflix this weekend
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Five essential feel-good films to binge on Netflix this weekend

Weekends are the perfect time to unwind and rejuvenate after a long week of work or study. And one of the best ways to do that is by indulging in feel-good films. Netflix is home to many such films. 

We aren’t even talking about the mindless binges that are regularly storming the top ten charts. These movies can uplift your spirits and forget your worries, even if just for a couple of hours. 

This weekend, in particular, the streaming giant has released Thea Sharrock’s latest offering, The Beautiful Game, a feel-good but patchily written film featuring Bill Nighy and Michael Ward. Keeping in theme, it’s the perfect time to revisit some older feel-good fare in Netflix’s library. 

Here are five essential feel-good films to binge on Netflix this weekend.

Five essential films to binge on Netflix:

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbour Totoro is a heartwarming tale about two young sisters. 

Satsuki and Mei move to the countryside with their father as their mother recovers from a mysterious illness at the hospital. There, they encounter all kinds of magical creatures, from the soot sprites to the gentle and lovable Totoro. The film celebrates the wonder of childhood and the beauty of nature amid the most soothing country setting recreated with the gentlest handpainted strokes.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s novel, The Devil Wears Prada is a classic comedy-drama directed by David Frankel. 

The story follows Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a recent college graduate who lands a job as an assistant to the formidable fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (played with perfection by Meryl Streep). With stellar performances from the likes of Streep, Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, and Emily Blunt, this film was a witty and entertaining exploration of a new workforce full of Millennials coming of age and navigating toxic workplaces.

The Holiday (2006)

Directed by Nancy Meyers, The Holiday is a charming romantic comedy that revolves around two women, Iris and Amanda.

As these two women decide to swap homes for the holidays to escape their respective romantic troubles, cosy shenanigans ensue. Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black, this film is filled with plenty of humour and heartwarming moments.

Queen (2014)

Directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen is a comedy-drama that follows the journey of a young woman named Rani, who decides to go on her honeymoon trip to Europe solo after her fiance calls off their wedding. 

Kangana Ranaut delivers one of her last bankable performances in a long time. As Rani transforms from a sheltered girl to a confident and independent woman, the film floats by thanks to several bangers from music composer Amit Trivedi.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (2023)

Based on Judy Blume’s iconic novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is a coming-of-age film directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. 

Set in the 1970s, the movie follows the journey of Margaret Simon, a young girl navigating the challenges of adolescence, friendship, family, and religion. With its nostalgic charm and relatable themes about girlhood, this film is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for those who grew up reading Judy Blume’s beloved book.