Best Light-Hearted Movies to Make Your Day Brighter

Each of us has days full of gloom, when nothing amuses us, and we don’t want to do anything. In moments like this, it’s very important to devote time to yourself and your favorite things, which can brighten any cloudy day and cheer you up.

Credit: Barefoot (2005) fan-made poster by Nonie Decamila, Flipped (2010) official poster, Amélie (2001) official poster

Slow down for a moment, listen to yourself and try to understand what you really want at the moment. To take a walk? To have some fun? Or perhaps, you would like to have a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and watch some light movie?

With that in mind, we have compiled a small selection of light-hearted movies that will help you forget about sadness and tears for a while. Make yourself comfortable and get ready to immerse yourself in happy stories of childhood, understanding, and finding love.

Barefoot (2005) / Barfuss

Screenshot from Barfuss (2005, Germany). Credit:
Screenshot from Barfuss (2005, Germany). Credit:

Director: Til Schweiger

Cast: Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek

Fully produced and written by the most famous German actor Til Schweiger, the movie will win over every heart. It tells the story of the meeting of two very different people.

Nick, an avid bachelor, a loser in work and family life, tries with all his might to convince his family that he lives luxuriously and doesn’t need anyone's help. Perseverance and lack of experience lead him to work in a psychiatric clinic, where he meets Laila, a girl suffering from a terrible past.

The completely destroyed lives of both bring them together and give them the opportunity to find a new life and hope for a bright future of freedom. If you think this is a typical love drama, then you are greatly mistaken, and you should give it a try.

— We danced together with him, and I know that I love him, because I know it here, in me, and you don’t understand anything at all, because I have a friend, and you don’t!

Flipped (2010)

Screenshot from Flipped (2010, USA). Credit:
Screenshot from Flipped (2010, USA). Credit:

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe

A ripping good story about the relationship of two eighth graders being total opposites. Viewers watch the story of the formation of two teenagers who have completely opposite feelings for each other. One event that broke Juli's heart and which was so indifferent to Bryce, transforms the characters and now they must find a new approach to each other.

Love is the least that you can expect from this iridescent movie. Family values, friendship, hatred, finding the meaning of life and the joy in every moment make you think about what is really important and valuable to everyone in life.

— Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss; but every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and once you do, nothing will ever compare.

Amélie (2001) / Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001, France, Germany). Credit:
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001, France, Germany). Credit:

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz

France, Paris, conversations in cafes, stories of people, unusual traveling… What could be more romantic? Telling the truth, this story is not about romance but about people and finding ways to make their lives happier.

The main character, Amélie Poulain, a modest girl who works in a cafe, has never been an adventurer. One day, life throws a surprise at her that completely changed her destiny. After which she decides to radically change the lives of those around her for the better while struggling with her own loneliness and isolation.

This movie is one of the best to relax, slow down, think about the unnoticed little things of life and just enjoy the dreamy atmosphere of slow-paced French life.

— I used to think the worst thing in life was being alone… It’s not. The worst thing in life is being with people who make you feel alone.

Hopefully, the stories told will be able to cheer you up and provide you with some inspiration and unforgettable emotions. Enjoy life and try to find happiness in every fleeting moment!

Written by Tatyana Mikityuk