7 Timeless, Feel-Good, Oscar-Winning Films

It's Oscar night


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Over the past 88 years Oscar winners for 'Best Picture' have touched upon every kind of subject imaginable. The magic of a good film is that, at its core, it has the ability to relate to a range of audiences - whether they can directly identify with the film's characters or not. Since 1927 the Academy Awards have put the spotlight on harrowing, inspiring and emotional dramas, comedies, and everything in between. Ahead of the festive celebration of film this Sunday, we've highlighted a host of feel-good cinematic gems that have been awarded the ultimate recognition of 'Best Picture'.


1. THE ARTIST (2012)

We dare you to watch this unexpectedly and universally joyous French film without a smile plastered on your face - the combination of song, dance, classic black and white nostalgia and stellar performances pulls out all the stops.


This wildly-acclaimed drama set off an uproarious Bollywood trend in the States, got everyone dancing with its infectious soundtrack and catapulted its two lead actors into overnight international success.


A Shakespearean romantic comedy with an all-star cast that is equally thoughtful and witty, this sweet film is dripping in enchanting performances and intriguing prose.  

4. FORREST GUMP (1994)

One of the most quotable films even 20-plus years later, Forrest Gump is full of happy tears, all-out laughter, and heart-warming sequences - entirely thanks to the admirable, loyal and heart-wrenchingly sweet character played by the flawless Tom Hanks.

5. RAIN MAN (1988)

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, playing two polar opposite characters, are a dynamic duo that achieve onscreen perfection - and common ground - while on a road trip.

6. ANNIE HALL (1977)

Arguably one of Woody Allen's best films to date - out of a career of over 40 films - Diane Keaton is a revelation as the namesake lead character in a role that still defines her career close to 50 years later.


Based on the original Broadway production, this uplifting musical starring the venerable Julie Andrews and her sweet nightingale voice, is a charming adaptation of sing-a-long performances that sweep viewers off their feet.