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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and 5 other films guaranteed to make you feel great


With summer finally here, you can look forward to a selection of exhilarating blockbusters arriving in Cineworld to make your movie-going experience even brighter. And one film that promises to lift our spirits is musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which hits screens on 20th July.

The recently released final trailer showcases a selection of timeless ABBA hits ('Angel Eyes', 'Waterloo'), all of which play out against the sun-drenched backdrop of Kalokairi Island (which is actually the Greek island of Skopelos).

With the returning likes of Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan belting out classic ABBA tunes alongside new faces Lily James and music legend Cher, it epitomises the summer movie experience. But if you can't wait until July to get your feel-good Mamma Mia fix, here are five other films to get you prepared for its arrival.

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It might be summer, but it's never too early for some Christmas cheer – especially if said cheer is coming from Frank Capra's golden-age classic It's a Wonderful Life.

Recognised as being one of the greatest films in Hollywood history, It's a Wonderful Life follows family man George Bailey (James Stewart) as he contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. It sounds grim, but, at this point, his guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) intervenes, showing George what the world would be like if he got his wish that he was never born.

Although this classic might have become a little mawkish over the last 70 years, it's the film's heartfelt message that even our smallest actions can have the biggest impact on the world around us – a lesson that's always worth hearing. No matter how many times you've seen this gem, it never fails to conjure up that warm Christmas feeling inside – no matter the season.

2. Amelie (2001)

One sure-fire way to get the feel-good vibe is by treating yourself to a romantic comedy. So why not go for one brimming with personality in the form of Amelie?

The highest-grossing French-language film of all time, Amelie is in a class of its own when it comes to rom-coms, following the life of the eponymous Parisian waitress (Audrey Tautou) on a personal mission to improve the lives of those around her.

Everything about this film exudes an infectious charm. Whether it's the personal story of a man rediscovering his childhood from a long-lost time capsule, the film's vibrant visual style and razor-sharp wit, or Tautou's phenomenal performance, this is one film that will have a huge grin on your face throughout.

3. Grease (1978)

Just as the original Mamma Mia! film proved in 2008, musicals are the ideal way to hit those feel-good notes every time. There are so many film musicals we could've chosen that are perfect for this list, such as Singin' in the Rain, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Sing Street, but there's one musical that'll always be the one that we want: Grease.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Grease is the musical sensation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as high-schoolers Danny and Sandy, who find themselves at the same school after falling in love over the summer. However, with Sandy the do-gooder new girl and Danny the rebellious greaser, the pair must overcome their differences in this swinging, Romeo and Juliet-style love story.

Who isn't able to blast out every lyric to 'Summer Nights' and 'Greased Lightning'? Even after 40 years, this film is just as fun to sing along to as it ever was, whether you're a Pink Lady or T Bird.

4. The Breakfast Club (1985)

John Hughes has given us a lot of beloved 1980s classics, including Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which are both incredible feel-good films in their own right, but there's no way we could ever forget about The Breakfast Club.

Arguably the definitive high-school comedy, The Breakfast Club sees a group of students from across the social spectrum spend one Saturday together in detention, where they become the unlikeliest of friends. Memorable characters such as Molly Ringwald's star student Claire, Ally Sheedy as the quirky Allison and Judd Nelson's rebellious Bender, play off each other perfectly and share genuinely touching moments.

Throw in a Simple Minds number ('Don't You Forget About Me') and an iconic freeze-frame ending, and The Breakfast Club will always be one of our feel-good favourites.

5. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

This acclaimed, poignant and hilarious comedy-drama follows a family on a road trip. Their aim: to enter their daughter (Abigail Breslin) into the eponymous beauty pageant. Along the way, some realise their dreams will never come true, others' problems remain unchanged, and a family member even passes away on the trip. But out of this adversity emerges an incredibly uplifting experience.

In spite of all the characters' failures, Little Miss Sunshine is a film that teaches us the importance of self-acceptance and family. In this world of winners and losers that the film focuses on, the only real 'winners' are those who enjoy being themselves, a sentiment encapsulated in the awkward, but endearing, pageant performance by the family. Like its title suggests, this will bring more than a little sunshine to your day.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again arrives on 20th July, so don't forget to tweet us your favourite feel-good movies @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.