‘Tangled’ and 4 More Feel-Good Disney Movies to Stream When You Need a Smile

Disney movies are often the equivalent of a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup for the soul. Whether you’re having a particularly bad or if you’re feeling sick at home, sometimes a cheerful, animated tale of Disney magic and whimsical adventures can turn an awful day around and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best, feel-good Disney movies to enjoy when you’re feeling down and need something to put a smile on your face. So, without further ado, here are our picks for some of Disney’s best feel-good films: 

‘Tangled’ | Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage

‘Tangled’ (2010)

In an entertaining twist on the classic German fairytale Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm, Tangled unfurls a visually stunning fantasy world and tells a heartwarming, poignant story of facing your fears, finding true love in the most unlikely of places, and discovering who you truly are. 

The 2010 3D computer-animated feature film follows a lost princess named Rapunzel, played by Mandy Moore, with magical, flowing blonde hair who is kept in hiding in a secluded tower by her dismissive, overbearing guardian, Mother Gothel. Every year on her birthday, the nearby kingdom of Corona releases hundreds of sky lanterns into the night sky and meanwhile, Rapunzel watches the ceremony every year, hoping that one day she’ll be able to see the festivities in person. When Mother Gothel refuses to let Rapunzel leave the tower to watch the sky lanterns fly on her 18th birthday, she enlists an intruder and thief named Flynn Rider, played by Zachary Levi, to escort her to the kingdom as she explores a whole new world she’s never seen before.  

With a memorable, beautiful soundtrack, a ton of laughs, and stunning 3D animation, Tangled is a perfect Disney movie to escape from the real world and immerse yourself in a fairytale. 

‘Inside Out’ (2015)

Of all of Disney and Pixar’s animated productions, Inside Out takes a very progressive approach in its storytelling by focusing on exploring the importance of emotions and opening a dialogue about mental health that’s perfect for children and adults alike. 

The film is centered around an 11-year-old girl named Riley, voiced by American Crime’s Kaitlyn Dias. Her world is turned upside down when suddenly, her parents, voiced by Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan and Under the Tuscan Sun’s Diane Lane, are forced to move and uproot from their cozy Midwestern lifestyle to San Francisco because of her father’s new job. 

Riley’s emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear — are personified and live in a headquarters center inside of Riley’s brain. Through the control center, they try to help Riley manage her emotions while her dominant emotion, Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, tries her hardest to stick to the status quo and keep Riley happy despite everything. 

Inside Out is one of Disney Pixar’s most wildly imaginative films complete with an exciting adventure within Riley’s mind and an excellent moral about how we should feel and deal with our emotions… and yes, this one is a tear-jerker. 

‘Lilo & Stitch’ (2002)

Step aside, Elsa and Anna. Lilo & Stitch’s protagonists, Nani and Lilo showed Disney fans the power of sisterhood first, so let it go. 

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch follows the chaos that ensues after Experiment 626, a blue extraterrestrial creature created to cause chaos and destruction, escapes criminal persecution by the Galactic Federation and crash lands on Earth, specifically on the sunny shores of Hawaii. Meanwhile, a young rambunctious and lonely girl named Lilo is now under the care of her older sister Nani after the two tragically lost their parents in a car accident. Nani and Lilo mistake Experiment 626 for a dog and adopt him, naming him Stitch. 

Lilo and Stitch develop an especially strong bond, as both of them are trapped in feelings of loneliness and loss. But, as Stitch’s destructive nature causes trouble for Lilo and Nani, a social worker named Cobra Bubbles begins to keep a razor sharp eye on the family to make sure Nani is an appropriate guardian for Lilo, or else the sisters will be separated. 

As one of Disney’s most heartwarming stories, Lilo & Stitch shows that, no matter how large or small, family is family and no one in a real family will ever be left behind or forgotten. 

‘Ratatouille’ (2007)

Anyone can cook. Yes, even a rat from the streets of France. 

Disney and Pixar teamed up for their eighth animated feature film, creating an inspiring tale to encourage audiences to believe in themselves and their talents no matter who they are and where they come from. 

Young Adult’s Patton Oswalt stars as Remy, a Parisian rat that dreams of becoming a renowned chef like his hero, the late Auguste Gusteau, a famous chef and restaurant owner. After becoming tragically separated from his family, Remy’s fate leads him to Gusteau’s very restaurant. He teams up with the restaurant’s garbage boy named Linguini, voiced by Lou Romano, to create wonderful culinary dishes that will restore Gusteau’s reputation and earn a positive review from a terrifying food critic named Anton Ego, voiced by Peter O’Toole. Together as the ultimate unlikely duo, Remy and Linguini discover that with friendship, hard work, and a strong belief in oneself, anything is truly possible and anyone can cook. 

‘Up’ (2009)

Adventure is definitely out there, as an elderly widower and a young boy scout discover through a series of antics and misadventures to reach the untouched wild lands of South America. Up won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film also earned nominations for three more Academy Awards, including Best Picture, making Up the second of three Disney films to receive the nomination. 

Up is centered around an older man named Carl Fredricksen who has dreamed of exploring South America and discovering a mystical, forbidden waterfall called Paradise Falls, a hidden gem nestled deep within the jungle. After 64 years, Carl finally gets the chance to seek his adventure by tying thousands upon thousands of balloons to his house and flying from his pesky suburb to paradise. Things don’t quite go according to plan, however, once Carl discovers that a young boy scout named Russell accidentally became a stowaway on the venture. 

In this heartfelt, evocative tale, the two brave violent storms, threatening talking dogs, and a mysterious stranger who might have nefarious intentions in mind. Up is a film that will absolutely break your heart and mend it once again with a heartfelt message about following your dreams, releasing regret, and accepting the past. 

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