Feel-Good Films

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In the current climate it can be particularly difficult to disconnect or cope emotionally. Watching films can often be a place for reflection, comfort and joy and this list, which features familiar characters and beloved classics, may help with winding down or provide some time for laughter and imagination. The films on this list, ranging from musicals, animations, to heartfelt stories, have also been selected as many are particularly accessible for those with visual or hearing impairment.

Wonder Park

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration85 mins

Wonder Park(2019)

This animated adventure tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl comes alive.

Through it's fantastical and colourful story about an amusement park, this story gently touches on sensitive topics such as grief and loneliness, with the potential of offering a space for younger audiences to reflect on their emotional wellbeing and some useful ways of expressing how they feel.

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Finding Nemo

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration96 mins

Finding Nemo(2003)

The colourful world of the tropical sea is captured in all its glory in this moving and funny story of a lost fish.

A caring but overprotective clown fish embarks on a journey with Dory, a hilariously endearing blue tang fish, to find his son Nemo in this adventure set in the deep blue sea.

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Ratatouille

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration106 mins

Ratatouille(2007)

Animation in which natural chef Remi tries to get a start in the restaurant business, getting someone else to cover for the fact that he's a rat.

A Parisian rat does not let his size or reputation stop him from accomplishing his dream of becoming one of the best chefs in the business. Teaming up with a clumsy kitchen boy, the two raise havoc in the kitchen.

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Moana

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

Moana(2016)

A courageous teenage girl follows in the footsteps of her ancestors in sailing across the Oceanic seas, accompanied by a demi-god called Maui.

Moana does not let obstacles get in her way on a voyage to save her community. She finds strength within herself and by reconnecting with her culture in this visually stunning story of self-determination.

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The LEGO® Batman Movie

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration104 mins

The LEGO® Batman Movie(2017)

Animated adventure in which Batman must once again do battle with the Joker who is intent on taking over Gotham City.

The famous toy figurines make their screen debut in this hilarious and wonderfully tactile animation about teamwork and championing creativity.

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Wreck-It Ralph

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration97 mins

Wreck-It Ralph(2012)

Disney dazzles with this inventive comedy that imagines what would happen if arcade game characters could come to life and go game-hopping after dark.

Ralph is tired of being the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-it-Felix and goes on a journey through some of the most loved games to follow his dream of being a hero in this upbeat and very clever animation.

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School of Rock

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration105 mins

School of Rock(2003)

Vibrant, uplifting comedy in which an unemployed rock guitarist is faced with needing to get a job, and masquerades as a supply teacher.

A scruffy self-proclaimed rock star gets a new lease of life when he meets a group of very talented school students and secretly forms a band while working as their substitute teacher in this heart-warming comedy.

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Singin' in the Rain

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration98 mins

Singin' in the Rain(1952)

Widely considered the finest musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.

A joyful classic that looks back at Hollywood in the 1920s and cinema's transition from silent films to ‘talkies’. Three performers find their voice in this colourful and optimistic musical.

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The Sound of Music

CertU

Age group7+

Duration174 mins

The Sound of Music(1965)

The stunning Austrian mountains provide the backdrop for this wartime musical extravaganza.

Another undisputed classic musical for audiences of all ages about a strict household who is turned around by the charm of a young nun.

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Mamma Mia!

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration106 mins

Mamma Mia!(2008)

Musical about a young woman who's about to be married and is trying to find out which of the men her mother was briefly involved with is her father.

Inspired by some of Abba’s biggest hits, this cheerful and silly musical takes you on a sun-drenched trip to the Greek Islands.

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Wonder

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration113 mins

Wonder(2017)

A young boy born with genetic facial differences begins attending school for the first time.

This story shows the difficulties faced by a young boy who wishes he was ordinary. However, it’s through his uniqueness and kind heart that he finds a sense of belonging in this film that promotes celebrating differences.

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Cool Runnings

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration94 mins

Cool Runnings(1993)

Cheerful comedy about how hot and sunny Jamaica came to enter a bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

This very funny film follows a group of underdogs who are determined to make it to the Oympic games as a bobsled team regardless of the lack of snow in their home country.

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Freaky Friday

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration97 mins

Freaky Friday (2003)

A constantly quarrelling mother and daughter are forced to walk in each other's shoes after a magic spell switches their bodies.

A mother and daughter are forced to see from each other’s perspective when they wake up to find their bodies have been switched in this highly entertaining comedy about family and growing up.

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The Princess Bride

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration94 mins

The Princess Bride(1987)

The Princess Bride takes apart the traditional damsel-in-distress story and puts it back together again. A classic for children of all ages.

An enchanting celebration of storytelling that questions the conventions placed on female characters in classic princess stories and turns them on their head.

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The Gruffalo's Child

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration26 mins

The Gruffalo's Child(2011)

A brave, young monster hunts for the legendary Big Bad Mouse in this charming and witty animated sequel to the Oscar-nominated short The Gruffalo.

A beautiful animated adaptation of the bestselling book which celebrates courage, family and friendship.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration119 mins

The Personal History of David Copperfield(2019)

Comedic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ rags-to-riches novel about an orphaned boy who tries to find his way in the world.

This warm and creative adaptation of the novel explores how finding community positively affects the live of a young boy as a he grows up. Both comedic and heartfelt, this is a hugely enjoyable film that reimagines the period drama through immersive and creative filmmaking.

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Blinded by the Light

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration117 mins

Blinded by the Light(2019)

A British-Pakistani teenager is inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen in this uplifting musical comedy.

Set in 1987, a turbulent time in the UK which included austerity and racism towards migrant communities, a young man must navigate the realities of being a British person of colour. Through music and infectious performances, the film is a positive tale on how creativity can be a tool for expressing difficult emotions.

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School of Rock

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration105 mins

School of Rock(2003)

Vibrant, uplifting comedy in which an unemployed rock guitarist is faced with needing to get a job, and masquerades as a supply teacher.

A scruffy self-proclaimed rock star gets a new lease of life when he meets a group of very talented school students and secretly forms a band while working as their substitute teacher in this heart-warming comedy.

Read more
Singin' in the Rain

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration98 mins

Singin' in the Rain(1952)

Widely considered the finest musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.

A joyful classic that looks back at Hollywood in the 1920s and cinema's transition from silent films to ‘talkies’. Three performers find their voice in this colourful and optimistic musical.

Read more
Mamma Mia!

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration106 mins

Mamma Mia!(2008)

Musical about a young woman who's about to be married and is trying to find out which of the men her mother was briefly involved with is her father.

Inspired by some of Abba’s biggest hits, this cheerful and silly musical takes you on a sun-drenched trip to the Greek Islands.

Read more
Wonder

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration113 mins

Wonder(2017)

A young boy born with genetic facial differences begins attending school for the first time.

This story shows the difficulties faced by a young boy who wishes he was ordinary. However, it’s through his uniqueness and kind heart that he finds a sense of belonging in this film that promotes celebrating differences.

Read more
Cool Runnings

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration94 mins

Cool Runnings(1993)

Cheerful comedy about how hot and sunny Jamaica came to enter a bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

This very funny film follows a group of underdogs who are determined to make it to the Oympic games as a bobsled team regardless of the lack of snow in their home country.

Read more
Freaky Friday

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration97 mins

Freaky Friday (2003)

A constantly quarrelling mother and daughter are forced to walk in each other's shoes after a magic spell switches their bodies.

A mother and daughter are forced to see from each other’s perspective when they wake up to find their bodies have been switched in this highly entertaining comedy about family and growing up.

Read more
Stranger Than Fiction

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration108 mins

Stranger Than Fiction(2006)

Offbeat comedy starring Will Ferrell as a dull taxman who thinks he's having a breakdown when he starts hearing a famous author narrating his life.

This oddball romcom is a thought provoking tale about creativity and how it interacts with reality. Including narration, it can be accessible for audiences with visual impairments.

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X-Men 2

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration128 mins

X-Men 2(2003)

In this follow-up to the original hit superhero movie, there's a new generation of mutants eager to cause trouble.

This thrilling sequel will also appeal to audiences with visual impairments, featuring a soundscape that brilliantly captures all the action.

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The Princess Bride

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration94 mins

The Princess Bride(1987)

The Princess Bride takes apart the traditional damsel-in-distress story and puts it back together again. A classic for children of all ages.

An enchanting celebration of storytelling that questions the conventions placed on female characters in classic princess stories and turns them on their head.

Read more
Pitch Perfect

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration107 mins

Pitch Perfect(2012)

Musical comedy with humour, drama and plenty of girl power!

This uplifting, sing-along comedy follows a new university student who gains self-confidence and friendship when she joins an a capella singing group.

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Monsieur Lazhar

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration91 mins

Monsieur Lazhar(2011)

A poignant and hopeful classroom drama about a new teacher who comes in to help a class deal with a recent trauma.

Although it does include harrowing themes such a death and grief, this gentle drama is full of humour and optimism, and illuminates the importance of education.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Hunt for the Wilderpeople(2016)

A troubled teenager is sent to foster carers in a remote location, until a turn of events forces him to flee and try his luck living wild in the bush.

This wonderful take on the buddy film genre follows a young teen called Ricky running away with his foster father and a dog called Tupac.

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Brigsby Bear

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Brigsby Bear(2017)

A young man discovers the truth behind his favourite childhood TV show which ends suddenly, and sets out to make a movie to finish the story.

The impact moving images can have in our lives is explored in this unique tale about James, a young man recreating his favourite childhood TV show with his friends, after a big personal secret is revealed.

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

CertPG

Age group11–16

Duration110 mins

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty(2013)

When daydreamer Walter's job at a New York magazine is threatened, he embarks on a global journey that turns into an extraordinary adventure.

Starring Ben Stiller as an ordinary man unsatisfied with his life whose imagination allows him to escape into his wildest dreams .

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