20 Movies That Instantly Put a Smile on Your Face 

Movie musicals have been enchanting audiences for decades, with songs and dances that transport us to another world. In this post, we’ll round up 18 of the best movie musicals of the 20th century that have stood the test of time and continue to captivate viewers today.

Amélie (2001)

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The whimsical journey of Amélie Poulain, a young woman who discreetly orchestrates the lives of those around her, creates a delightful atmosphere that is bound to uplift anyone’s mood. The color-saturated visuals and quirky humor make for a heartwarming experience.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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This classic musical with its cheery tunes and vibrant dance numbers, including the iconic Gene Kelly sequence in the rain, can instantly boost your spirits. It’s impossible to resist the infectious joy of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.

The Princess Bride (1987)

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Whether it’s the swashbuckling swordplay, the timeless love story, or the unending quotable lines, ‘The Princess Bride’ has a charm that is undeniably uplifting. This enchanting adventure comedy captivates you from start to finish.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Walter Mitty’s transformation from a daydreamer to a world explorer is empowering and uplifting. The beautiful cinematography, the inspiring storyline, and the whimsical soundtrack make for a true cinematic delight.

Ratatouille (2007)

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A rat who aspires to be a chef in the city of love? ‘Ratatouille’ inspires you to chase your dreams, no matter how big or small. The film’s wonderful animation and heartwarming story create a feel-good movie that’s hard to forget.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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The joyous and rebellious spirit of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is infectious. Ferris’s devil-may-care attitude towards life, along with the film’s humor, can brighten your mood in an instant.

Legally Blonde (2001)

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Reese Witherspoon’s turn as the cheerful and tenacious Elle Woods, who heads to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend, is a delightful experience. Her positive outlook and determination are truly infectious.

Paddington (2014)

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The misadventures of this lovable bear navigating life in London are filled with humor, charm, and a lot of heart. ‘Paddington’ and its sequel are sure to bring a smile to your face.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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This beloved classic with its iconic music, unforgettable characters, and inspiring story can instantly make your day brighter. Julie Andrews’s charm and the uplifting songs make for a joyful viewing experience.

School of Rock (2003)

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Jack Black’s infectious enthusiasm as a fake substitute teacher forming a band of school kids is hilariously heartwarming. The catchy music and Black’s comedic performance can instantly make you happier.

Love Actually (2003)

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This British rom-com, with its interwoven stories of love and friendship, is sweet, funny, and touching in equal measure. It’s a feel-good film that is bound to cheer you up.

Inside Out (2015)

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Though it tugs at your heartstrings, ‘Inside Out’ is an emotionally uplifting movie. The journey of Joy and Sadness inside the mind of a young girl gives a heartwarming message about the importance of all emotions.

Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump’s tale, filled with love, heartbreak, and accomplishment, reminds us of the beauty of life. Tom Hanks’s stellar performance is bound to leave you feeling positive.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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‘Mamma Mia!’ is a joyous ride filled with ABBA’s timeless hits. The movie’s sunny Greek island setting, charming characters, and infectious musical numbers are sure to lift your spirits.

Julie & Julia (2009)

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The parallel narratives of Julia Child discovering her passion for French cuisine and Julie Powell challenging herself to cook through Child’s first cookbook are both inspirational and heartening. The delightful performances and mouthwatering food scenes are a recipe for happiness.

Chef (2014)

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The journey of a chef rediscovering his passion for cooking while bonding with his son is heartwarming. The film’s delectable food scenes, vibrant music, and touching story make ‘Chef’ a real mood booster.

About Time (2013)

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This romantic film mixes time travel with a tale about cherishing every moment in life. ‘About Time’ is sure to leave you feeling uplifted and appreciative of the little things in life.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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A delightful and heartwarming film about an Indian family opening a restaurant in the south of France. It’s a feast for the senses and a testament to the power of food in bringing people together.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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This enchanting Studio Ghibli film about two sisters’ friendship with woodland spirits is brimming with wonder and innocence. Its beautiful animation and storytelling are sure to leave you feeling happier.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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While it deals with serious themes, this inspiring tale of perseverance, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, is uplifting and motivational. The film’s heart-rending moments leading to a fulfilling climax can be an instant mood enhancer.


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