Feelgood Films

By no means a comprehensive list……

The Wizard of Oz

A favourite since childhood, I will never tire of this classic movie. I still get a thrill when Dorothy steps out of the sepia farmhouse into the technicolour Munchkinland. The songs are wonderful  – can you imagine that they very nearly cut Somewhere Over the Rainbow out? It’s just a joy from start to finish. And I would love to have a framed copy of this poster.

This is Spinal Tap

Always guaranteed to render me helpless through laughter. Even thinking about the Stonehenge scene is making me giggle right now.


A perfect Sunday afternoon film, with a great performance from Tom Hanks. The scene pictured above (in F.A.O. Schwartz, such an amazing toy shop) always lifts my spirits.


Who doesn’t love Grease? One of the films that I don’t have to be ‘in the right mood’ for – I could watch it at any time (although I will never watch it on ITV again – last time they showed it they cut a whole scene out! Morons). I first saw it a youth club film night when I was about 8 – my Dad remembers waiting to pick me up and hearing the whole of us happily singing along to “You’re the One that I Want”. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it since. Be warned though, the stage version is utter pants.

Sleepless in Seattle

I always, always, always cry at the end when Annie meets Sam and Jonah at the top of the Empire State building. Sniff.

School of Rock

If you took a photo of me watching this film (especially during the Battle of the Bands scene) you would have a picture of a huge cheesy grin. The perfect vehicle for Jack Black, the kids are also great (and thankfully not annoying).

And finally, because I am a big girl,

Dirty Dancing

Great dancing, wonderful soundtrack, sexy, source of many cheesy quotes. RIP Patrick Swayze. And why did Jennifer Grey have her nose ‘fixed’?


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