Feel-good realistic movies

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  1. spdruce

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    A good year - a lovely & funny feelgood movie directed by Ridley Scott & starring Russell Crowe!!
    Red dog - a small budget Australian movie that'll make you smile
    An unfinished life - one of my all time favourite films, tough to start but gets more heart-warming as it progresses. Robert Redford & Morgan Freeman.. What's not to like?
     
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    Apollo 13 — the one with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris... exceptionally uplifting, one of my favorite movies.
     
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    Gregory’s Girl
    The Full Monty
    About a Boy
    I’ll go out on a limb with The Italian Job ( not the terrible remake) which I think just about ticks the boxes here
    And a +1 to The World’s Fastest Indian
     
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    An Unfinished Life, is indeed a good movie, but as you mentioned, it starts out kinda rough, but it ends well.
     
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    CBGB really enjoyed it.
     
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    Salyut 7 is a very good Russian film. The dramatic real story of Russia’s own Apollo 13 like event.

    Dramatic and tense but a positive ending..
     
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    Sheldon Cooper said that 'A Beautiful Mind' is 'a feel-good romp if ever there was one.'
     
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    Yeah that one made me feel good.

    But so did Suicide Squad...

    Same sort of formula.
     
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    It's also a great book by Mark Spragg - like the film only more so
     
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    So, Shrek?
     
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    Seabiscuit.
     
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    That was going to be one of my suggestions. This film should have done better at the boxoffice.

    A few other choices:

    A Walk In the Woods. This is an adaptation of Bryson’s book of the same name, but reworked as rather than a couple guys in their 40’s walking the Appalachian Trail, they are in their 70’s. Still it has the spirit of the book, includes some great footage of the AT including Max Patch and the Fontana Dam.

    The Way. This film blew me away. Martin Sheen goes to France to claim the body of his son who dies the first night in his attempt to hike Santiago de Camino. He ends up walking the trail himself with three people he initially cannot stand, but they grow close and it is very uplifting.

    Secretariat. Not quite the emotional impact of the fore mentioned Seabiscuit, but a great tale.

    Gettysburg. On the 156 anniversary of the epic battle this one is worth the watch. General John Buford, there was a man.
     
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    One more to add:

    Captains Courageous. This is adapted from the novel by Kipling. I prefer the book but the movie is well paced. A rich brat falls overboard and is rescued by a fishing boat. Captain Disko literally slaps the bratiness out of Harvey.
     
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    I first learned of this from a friend who had seen it in a theater.
    He purchased a DVD which came with a digital copy, which he gave to me with his recommendation.
    After watching it and really enjoying it, I bought a Blu-Ray and have enjoyed it very much, but nobody that I’ve recommended it to had ever heard of it.
     
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    A couple people in the industry suggested that if this film had been made and distributed by Disney with Disney’s marketing expertise rather than New Line that it would have been one of the biggest hits of the early 21st Century.

    Disney may also have cut the superfluous scenes with the adult Walter.

    Regardless, what a cast: Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment. Great soundtrack, too.

    Quote “if you want anything you have to get it yourself. Better yet, learn to do without.’
     
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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; great, deliberately hammy performance by Michael Caine and Steve Martin's last (I think) funny part.

    Local Hero; my favourite feel-good film. Probably a bit subtle for some people. Nice soundtrack form Mark Knopfler too.
     
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    Nothing better than a feel good movie that is true.There was a documentary about a rock band called "this is spinal tap" they have hard times but in the end it all works out. Brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it.
     
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