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

Updated February 17, 2021 33.5k votes 5.0k voters 173.2k views60 items

List RulesAny 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.
  • Forrest Gump1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the...  more
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    Toy Story Franchise

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen


    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the...  more
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    Harry Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    Released2001 - 2011

    Directed byChris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates

    Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J....  more
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  • The Princess Bride5

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright


    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more
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  • Clueless6


    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy


    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It...  more
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  • Back to the Future Franchise7

    Back to the Future Franchise

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985 - 1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Goonies8

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin


    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more
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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off9

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick


    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Mean Girls10

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams


    Directed byMark Waters

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  • Finding Nemo11

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • Jumanji12


    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams


    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • The Sound of Music13

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise...  more
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    Home Alone (stylized as HOME ALONe) is a series of family comedy films directed by Chris...  more
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  • Beauty and the Beast15

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens


    Directed byBill Condon

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    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series...  more
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  • Grease17


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • Pretty Woman18

    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere


    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A...  more
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  • Love Actually19

    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert


    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • Wreck-It Ralph20

    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch


    Directed byRich Moore

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    Indiana Jones Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1981 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Titanic22


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial23

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit24

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Wedding Singer25

    The Wedding Singer

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler


    Directed byFrank Coraci

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