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

Ann Casano
Updated April 9, 2020 29.6k votes 4.4k voters 163.7k views 54 items

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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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Lauren M. P. added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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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
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Lauren M. P. added Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Lauren M. P. added Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

Released: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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