film The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Any film you'd enjoy watching if you are home sick from school or work.

You’re sick. We’re sorry. Instead of heading off to work or school, you’re stuck in bed with a bad case of the sniffles and congestion. But there is a bright side. You have the excuse you need to watch any film you want. Here are the best movies to watch when sick.

One of the obvious criteria of movies for sick days is that they shouldn’t be too complicated. Sure, Memento may be one of the best films of the past 25 years, but it’s complex and you really need to pay attention. Movies for sick days should be easy to follow, and if you happen to fall asleep for a few minutes, no big deal; sick films are easy to pick back up. Also, a sick person probably doesn’t want to watch anything too loud or gory.

There are certainly a lot of comedies on this list. The best movies to watch if you don't feel well should pick up your spirit, after all. A good laugh is perhaps the best medicine available.

There are also a few uplifting flicks on this sick movies list. If you’re feeling down, perhaps a classic underdog story will do the trick. Look no further than Forrest Gump, Rudy, or The Goonies. All three remind a viewer that despite great odds, hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end.

Make your voice heard. Vote up your favorite films to watch when sick. Or, if the movie you always reach for when home feeling under weather isn't listed, be sure to add it. In this way, you might just bring joy to another sick person's sick day watchlist.
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RosieS added The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd 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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Grease is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector ...more

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Gabrielle Monique added Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.

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The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
When Harry Met Sally... Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
SheilaGirl1661 added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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Miriam Blair added Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Billy Madison Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley Billy Madison is a 1995 American family comedy film directed by Tamra Davis. It stars Adam Sandler in the title role, along with Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald, and Darren ...more

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Wedding Crashers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Wedding Crashers Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper, Isla Fisher Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by David Dobkin. It stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken. Will Ferrell also has a notable cameo appearance. ...more

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JimmyMero added Kiki's Delivery Service Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more

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Miriam Blair added The Prince of Egypt Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los ...more

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There's Something About Mary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
There's Something About Mary Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...more

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Miriam Blair added Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more

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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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How to Train Your Dragon Franc... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
How to Train Your Dragon Franchise The How to Train Your Dragon franchise (also referred to as simply HTTYD) from DreamWorks Animation consists of two feature films How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 ...more

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NikkiWills added Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Fannie Flagg and Carol ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Emanuely Machado added Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Steve Sauter added Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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J Jonah Sharkey added DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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Emanuely Machado added Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a 2003 action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Emanuely Machado added Kill Bill Volume 2 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
(500) Days of Summer Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz "The freshness of Marc Webb’s love-me/love-me-not love story is epitomized by its perfectly framed tag lines…Boy meets Girl—Boy falls in love—Girl doesn’t. What else can you say about a ...more

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Neva Lovelady added Gone in 60 Seconds Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action/Heist film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton. The film was ...more

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Old School Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
The Royal Tenenbaums Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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Aria Danae added The Darjeeling Limited Natalie Portman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman ...more