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

Updated April 9, 2020 33.3k votes 4.9k voters 167.8k views54 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.
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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

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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
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Raiders of the Lost Ark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Curl Up And Watch When You're Sick
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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