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RAT PATROL Oswalt lends his voice to Ratatouille's rodent gastronome.
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The most uplifting movies to stream right now

Stuck at home? Or just not up for a night out? If you’re feeling trapped in your apartment, these streaming options are guaranteed pick-me-ups

By Zachary Shevich
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As we know pretty well by now, real life and current affairs can really get you down. For many of us, watching movies is the perfect antidote. However, with so many titles to choose from, it can be hard to know which films will leave your spirits high.

Well, we’re here to help. If you’re stuck inside, feeling trapped in your apartment, and looking for a movie that’s a guarnteed pick-me-up, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most uplifting movies to stream right now on Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. 

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The most uplifting movies to stream right now

The Avengers
The Avengers
Photograph: Zade Rosenthal © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2011 Marvel.

The Avengers

Movies Action and adventure

When Loki rains doom upon New York, Earth’s mightiest heroes combine their powers to save the world. Director Joss Whedon laces Marvel’s first team-up movie with his signature banter, setting the tone for a decade of heroic exploits.

Most Uplifting Moment: The Avengers assemble in NYC

Where to stream: Disney+ 

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Photograph: Paramount

The African Queen

Movies Action and adventure

Two of cinema’s biggest icons navigate a river full of dangerous creatures, treacherous rapids and hostile German soldiers. Come for the riverboat adventure but stay for the crackling chemistry between Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

Most Uplifting MomentThe embrace after shooting the rapids

Where to streamAmazon Prime

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Photograph: Anna Kooris

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Movies Comedy

An aimless, overweight young woman changes her life by training for a marathon in this delightful romantic comedy. Jillian Bell’s inspiring body transformation will get you up off the couch, if only to grab another snack.

Most Uplifting MomentBrittany’s triumphant run

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Free Solo
Free Solo
Photograph: Jimmy Chin

Free Solo

Movies Documentary

Without using any ropes, a death-defying adventurer scales Earth’s tallest cliffs in this jaw-dropping, Oscar-winning documentary. “Free soloist” Alex Honnold demonstrates his will power—and a bit of madness—by attempting the impossible: climbing El Capitan with only his bare hands.

Most Uplifting Moment: Are you kidding? All of it

Where to stream: Disney+, Hulu

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Good Will Hunting

Movies

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were underdogs themselves when they penned this story of an unrecognized genius working as a janitor at Harvard. Will’s math prowess might only be topped by his ability to humiliate people who underestimate him.

Most Uplifting Moment: “How do you like them apples?”

Where to stream: Hulu

The 25 best feelgood movies on Netflix: Ratatouille (2007)
The 25 best feelgood movies on Netflix: Ratatouille (2007)
Photograph: Disney

Ratatouille

Movies Animation

It’s fitting that the story of a brilliant chef who’s overlooked just for being a rat has become one of Pixar’s most overlooked movies. The film’s enduring mantra (“Anyone can cook”) celebrates the fact that greatness can come from unexpected places.

Most Uplifting Moment: Anton Ego’s final review 

Where to stream: Disney+

 

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The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
Photograph: Columbia Pictures

The Shawshank Redemption

Movies Action and adventure

A timeless cable staple now on streaming, this Stephen King adaptation tells the story of a falsely imprisoned man and the friends and enemies he meets behind bars. It’s a movie full of little victories and one major win.

Most Uplifting Moment: Andy in the rain

Where to stream: Netflix

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior
Photograph: Lionsgate

Warrior

Movies

It’s “no guts, no glory” for a pair of estranged siblings who enter the same MMA tournament. Gavin O’Connor’s bare-knuckled saga stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy as brawling brothers who have to beat their grudges out of one another. 

Most Uplifting Moment: The epic final fight

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Hulu

 

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