Are you feeling a bit down? Perhaps you are just not in an even state of mind? Whatever the reason, there is sure to be a movie on Netflix to help break you out of your current mental fugue.

Movies are a special form of art that has the ability to influence our moods and in many cases motivate us to make a change. If you are looking for a Netflix movie that has a powerful storyline, we have you covered.

We have put together a list of our top 8 Netflix movies that you can stream right now. Some of our picks are heavy but will send a message of resilience, while others are lighthearted to help you laugh and feel optimistic. Be sure to let us know in the comments which movie was your favorite or which shows we should add to our list.


Sometimes old is gold and when it comes to the show Girlfriends, we definitely give it the gold. The whole series follows the journey of four black women who happen to be friends. They are all in different places in their lives but come together for healing, conflict, growth, and more. As they navigate their lives and relationships, you will be able to laugh and love right along with them. There are 172 episodes on the series, so you can dig in for the long haul. As an added bonus, you will be graced with style and flair for the entire show.


What can be a better story than one that involves food and wine? This movie is part drama part comedy and all good entertainment. The movie follows the main character who works in the family food business but has dreams of becoming a premier sommelier. During his journey, he is handed the chance of a lifetime to pursue his dreams. However, he is faced with chasing his dreams or following his family’s footsteps by maintaining the barbeque business. There is plenty of comedy, drama, and energy in this film that will keep you engaged from start to finish.

Marriage Story

Marriage can be fraught with hardships, but it can also offer an abundance of love. For some, things are just not meant to be, and this movie explores that. The Marriage Story follows the divorce of a couple and is filled with hilarious scenes and gut-wrenching heartbreak. The divorce saga may seem like an odd choice to lift your spirits, but we guarantee that this instant classic will break you out of your current mood.

The Good Place

If you are looking for a good redemption story mixed with a whole lot of comedy, The Good Place is going to be the perfect choice for you. The story follows a woman who dies, but rather than going to purgatory or hell, she ends up in “the good place.” Of course, she doesn’t realize she has been a bad person at the start, but throughout the show, she learns she is not in the right place. What follows next is a comedy beyond compare followed by her eventual redemption and change of behavior. For those looking for an effortless watch with a lighthearted slant, turn this on Netflix and tune out.

The Prom

This title is packed with big stars telling a feel-good story. The movie follows four older stars from Broadway who go to a small town to give aid to an LGBT+ teenager. The town is conservative, and a teenager has been barred from taking her same-sex partner to the school dance. The four Broadway stars make it their mission to get the teen and her date to the prom while teaching everyone in the town a lesson on tolerance at the same time. This fun-filled movie is sure to banish your bad days and put a smile on your face.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith is one of the best character actors on the planet. Despite his recent controversy, his talent is clear. In this film, you will follow the tale of a father doing everything he can to succeed and teaching his son the same along the way. It can be hard to watch at times being that the subject matter hits so close to home for many people. The main character lost his wife, his job, and his home, but he has his child and a dream. The story of prevailing over adversity will break you out of your funk and inspire you to get up and chase your dreams no matter what stands in the way.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Life has a way of throwing challenges at you, but if you want to see how to find a silver lining, this movie is for you. The story is about an art dealer who went outside of his marriage but decided to come clean with his wife. As part of their deal to work things out, he went to spend time with those less fortunate. While spending time with those in the homeless shelter, he meets an ex-con with whom he becomes fast friends. During the course of the movie, there are lessons taught about life, forgiveness, acceptance, and moving on. If you are looking for a way to move past the guilt, you may be feeling, this is a great movie to help you work through it.

The Lunchbox

Let’s take a Netflix trip to South Asia with this thoughtful title. This is one of the last movies Irrfan Khan made before he passed away, but like his other titles, it was an instant classic. Though the main gist of the movie follows a near-miss at starting an affair, the point is to show that there is more than one perspective on life and love. As one of the supporting characters says, there are times when the wrong train can help you get to the right station. The story follows an unappreciated wife who goes above and beyond for her husband. One day the lunch she made for him lands in the hands of the wrong recipient. What follows is a casual exchange of notes and food as the two navigate through the perplexing situation.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Viola Davis has been on fire for the past few years, and this movie is another of her hits. If you have not seen it already. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a story of struggle, hard work, betrayal, and triumph. It is filled with twists and turns while also letting viewers in on important historical facts. If you want to break through your blues and get fired up, this is the perfect movie for you.

Feel Good Movies To Help Improve Your Mental Health

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