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Get Through the Winter with These Feel-Good Movies

February 19, 2021

Inspiring entertainment for the whole family


Cold weather and more time at home is giving us even more of a reason to cozy up on the couch to watch movies. There are so many great titles out there — both classics and new releases — that tell inspiring, feel-good stories. So grab your popcorn and candy, a few fleece blankets and pillows and dive into these 15 feel-good movies using your Cox Contour TV service. 


1. Rudy


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


This inspiring movie about a working class kid never giving up on his dream to play football for Notre Dame is a must watch. It's perfect for multiple generations to watch together. 


2. Hidden Figures


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


This true story tells the story of three Black women who were instrumental in the early days of NASA. Hidden Figures has an all-star cast, including Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner.


3. Good Will Hunting


Where to Watch: Amazon Video


Good Will Hunting, the movie that launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with an Oscar-winning screenplay by the duo details the life of a janitor (Damon) at MIT who is also a math genius. He gets some direction in life when a psychologist (played by Robin Williams, in an Oscar-winning turn) helps him find his path.


4. Mamma Mia


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


It's hard to keep still during this movie, which will certainly motivate you to get out of your seat and start dancing.  Mamma Mia fills your heart with a soundtrack of ABBA hits and lots of laughs as a bride-to-be searches for her father.


5. Remember the Titans


Where to Watch: Cox On Demand


This inspiring, story about a real life high school football team will have you tearing up at the end. Denzel Washington gives a remarkable performance as coach Herman Boone, who fought to integrate his team. 


6. The Greatest Showman


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


Hugh Jackman stars in this musical spectacular about the trials and tribulations of P.T. Barnum. You'll be inspired by the visuals, the dancing and the music.


7. Love Actually


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand; Peacock


This classic rom-com follows an all-star cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thomspon, as they experience various kinds of love. Make sure to have your tissues ready for this one!


8. Mrs. Doubtfire


Where to Watch: Amazon Video


Playing the title character, Robin Williams tries assumes the role of the nanny to prove he's a capable father to Sally Field and his children. You'll fall in love with Mrs. Doubtfire, too, after watching this film, too.


9. Sister Act


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


Whoopi Goldberg is a delight in this movie about a lounge singer who hides from the mob in a convent. The soundtrack from this film will have you belting out Motown's greatest hits.


10. Pursuit of Happiness


Where to Watch: Amazon Video


Anchored by a powerful performance from Will Smith, this heartfelt drama tells the true and touching story of a father looking to build a better life for his young son.


11. Miracle


Where to Watch: Netflix


Sometimes there are sports events so monumental that they become lifelong inspirational stories. That's the case with the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, which triumphed against the odds. Watch their amazing "miracle on ice" in  this film.


12. Mr. Holland's Opus


Where to Watch: Amazon Video


The influence of a great teacher is seen in this film where composer-turned-music teacher (Richard Dreyfuss) inspires students and supports his family. It's a heartwarming movie for all ages.


13. Bend it like Beckham


Where to Watch: Amazon Video


Two British, female soccer players set out to make it to the pros in this movie even if their families are one of the obstacles to their success.


14. A League of Their Own


Where to Watch: Cox on Demand


The story of the first professional women's baseball team is one that will make you laugh, cry and cheer. It's hard not to fall in love with the dynamic cast of this film, which co-stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna.


15. Sing


Where to Watch: YouTube


This isn't just an animated flick about a koala putting on a singing competition to save a local theater — its bigger message about chasing your dreams is one to which we can all relate.


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