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The Best Rainy Day Movies 

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List Rules Films that are favorites to watch when bad weather makes you want to just curl up on the couch

For many, rainy days are no fun—but it doesn't have to be that way. A great way to spend such days is watching movies, and some are perfect for rainy days. So, if it's pouring outside and you find yourself bored, try watching the films below. Some of the most loved Hollywood films of all time are perfect for rainy days because they help cure boredom. Gloomy weather can even cause a bad mood, so it's important to remember to relax whether by yourself or with family and friends. Spend some quality time with a movie and watch the hours pass. Films like the ones on the list below can take viewers away to fantastical places, transport them to magical lands or back in time. If you have kids at home while rained in, pop in a movie to keep them entertained.

During a rainy afternoon, staying home alone, being lazy, and watching great movies all night is something everyone can enjoy. 

The Hollywood films on this list of best rainy day movies ever span different genres, including romantic comedy, drama, action, and sci-fi. If you feel like laughing until your tummy hurts even when it's dreary outside your window, then pick a hilarious comedy film starring the most popular actors and actresses in show business. Need a good cry? Then choose a heartfelt drama or classic romantic film from the list. Action-packed films and sci-fi movies are the way to go if you simply want to escape from gloomy weather. Don't let rainy days get you down. The list below is also an open list, so after you're done voting for your favorite movies to watch on a rainy day, add any that you don't see at the bottom of the page.

Who knows? Some of these rainy day movies could turn into ones that you would watch over and over again. Check out a list of the most rewatchable films of all time, which include some great movies to watch when you're bored.

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
wiabux added Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
dee123 added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
CauêIseuCapozziPaiano added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
aldous_42 added Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Yates

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The Lord of the Rings fi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Yates

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Up is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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