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5 Happy Movies to Watch

March 13, 2020

It’s important to try to counteract all the negative messages about coronavirus by exercising some self-care. While countless people have chosen to watch scary movies about pandemics, others might want to temporarily escape with a feel-good movie. Here are a few options—so you can stream and be happy.

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Amélie: Hulu, iTunes

Set in Paris, Amélie follows the delightful adventures of a young woman who surreptitiously orchestrates the happiness of people around her. She enchants a group of eccentrics, including a hypochondriac waitress and an eccentric painter. Eventually, she herself finds love. It’s a quirky story with lots of serendipity—and a subplot involving a traveling gnome.

Knives Out: Google Play, Prime Video

A good old-fashioned whodunit involving a wealthy crime novelist named Harlan Thrombey and his greedy family, Knives Out keeps the twists coming. Although the police believe it’s a suicide, someone has anonymously hired a private detective named Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) to investigate. 

Love Actually: Hulu, Google Play, iTunes

This Christmas-themed movie involves many different love stories, some of which interconnect as the movie unfolds. Set in London, Love Actually gets people to come together in unlikely and creative ways. It’s cute and happy without being cloying.

The Princess Bride: Google Play, iTunes, Prime Video

A hilarious take on the classic fairy tale, this movie follows Princess Buttercup and her one true love, Westley, who must save her from the horrid Prince Humperdinck. Along the way, there are sword fights, Rodents of Unusual Size (ROUS), pirates, poison, and the Pit of Despair.

When Harry Met Sally: Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Prime Video

Harry and Sally meet in college on a cross-country drive that quickly devolves because they really dislike each other. Although they never expect to meet again, they both end up moving to New York City, where they become best friends. Can a man and a woman really be friends? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.