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The Best Rainy Day Movies

Updated September 9, 2020 176.6k votes 16.9k voters 1.2m views355 items

List RulesFilms 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 where you're doing basically nothing. 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 cozy 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. Got cabin fever? Then maybe a claustrophobic thriller is the way to go.

Don't let rainy days get you down. There are definitely a lot more things to watch when bored on this list. So after you're done voting for your favorite movies to watch on a rainy day, get ready to add a new movie to your watch list. Who knows? Some of these rainy day movies could turn into ones that you would watch over and over again for movie night. Check out a list of the most rewatchable films of all time, which include some great movies to watch when you're bored. Or, if you need more of a time investment, these shows are a great watch on a rainy day.

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber o is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • 6
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 9
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • 10
    Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • 12
    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Harry Potter and the Order of  is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Harry Potter and the Philosoph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rainy Day Movies
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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