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The Best Feel-good Movies and TV Shows on Cinemax

Finding a good Feel-good movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Feel-good movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Life Is Beautiful

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8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo80%
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91/100
Released: 1997Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Happy Gilmore

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7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo61%
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79/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Sport

What it's about: Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize money. Meanwhile, an attractive tour publicist tries to soften Happy's image.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. We Bought a Zoo

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7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo65%
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76/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and the rest of the staff, but, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. City Island

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7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo81%
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74/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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5. Reality Bites

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6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo65%
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73/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Get on Up

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6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo79%
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72/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Sugarland Express

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6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo89%
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71/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Mystery, Alaska

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6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo37%
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65/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, slick promoters and millionaire athletes come together.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Bandidas

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5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo57%
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62/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Set in the late 19th century. When a ruthless robber baron takes away everything they cherish, a rough-and-tumble, idealistic peasant and a sophisticated heiress embark on a quest for justice, vengeance…and a few good heists.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. The Dilemma

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5.3/10
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54/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Longtime friends Ronny and Nick are partners in an auto-design firm. They are hard at work on a presentation for a dream project that would really launch their company. Then Ronny spots Nick's wife out with another man, and in the process of investigating the possible affair, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. As the presentation nears, Ronny agonizes over what might happen if the truth gets out.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Reclaim

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5.2/10
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46/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: After their newly adopted daughter goes missing in a small town, Steven and Shannon will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the dangerous secret behind the adoption agency they trusted. Risking their own lives, they will discover just what being a parent means and how far they will go to get their child back.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).