I’ve always loved cinema. And curling up on the couch on a rainy day is one of my favorite things to do when there’s nowhere to go. Rainy days are such a great opportunity to cozy up indoors and watch a good movie. Whether you’re in the mood for an epic adventure, a classic musical, or a heartwarming comedy, there are plenty of great films to choose for those most coziest of days.
Because it’s easy to get distracted on rainy days, and let your eyes wander out the window to whatever storm might be raging outside, I find rewatching old favorites is the way to go. I’ve written below my list of my rainy day go-tos, including some of the most beloved franchises and timeless classics.
Note: I think a lot of these rainy day movie options are equally good for winter & snow days, too. When the weather’s shit, it’s just so comforting to put on a guilty pleasure movie.
What makes a movie perfect for a rainy day?
For me, a rainy day movie offers an escape from the doldrums of a shit weather day. So, what kind of movie gives you the opportunity to feel free from reality? Fantasy, of course! Epic fantasy and sci-fi movies are the perfect escape!
I also find cheery, bright movies are a good option when it’s grey and wet outside. That’s personally why I often end up putting on a musical—whether classic Rogers & Hammerstein musicals, or newer ones like Pitch Perfect, La La Land, or even Mamma Mia!
Favorite & Classic Rainy Day Movies
Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most beloved and iconic fantasy franchises of all time. Directed by Peter Jackson, the trilogy consists of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. I still remember the midnight movie showings when they were first released, which is probably why I enjoy them on cold, rainy days. Each film is a masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking, with stunning visuals, memorable characters, and epic battles. This is a must-watch for any fan of fantasy and adventure.
The Star Wars franchise is another iconic and beloved series that is perfect for a rainy day. From the original trilogy to the newer films, Star Wars has captured the hearts of fans around the world. Whether you’re in the mood for space battles, lightsaber duels, or unforgettable characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, there is something for everyone in this epic saga.
Like so many other fantasy movie series, the Harry Potter series is a timeless classic for a cold, winter day. From the magical world of Hogwarts to the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, this series is full of unforgettable moments and characters. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for a fun and entertaining movie to watch on a rainy day, the Harry Potter series is a great choice. It’s pure comfort and the fact it’s all school-age children makes it that kind of perfect movie for a gross day outside.
Dune is a science-fiction epic based on the novel by Frank Herbert. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film tells the story of a young nobleman named Paul Atreides who must navigate a treacherous political landscape on the desert planet of Arrakis. With stunning visuals and an all-star cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac, Dune is a must-watch for any fan of sci-fi and adventure.
Shrek is a classic animated film that is perfect for a rainy day. With lovable characters like Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona, this film is full of heart and humor. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or revisiting it for the umpteenth time, Shrek is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady is one of my favorite classic musicals. It’s long, has beautiful cinematography, incredible costumes and features none other than Audrey Hepburn. The songs are memorable, and the movie takes place in dreary London anyways, so you know the music is going to brighten up your day just like it does in the film. Other similar movies: Singin’ in the Rain or The Sound of Music.
Paddington is a heartwarming and charming film that is perfect for a rainy day. Based on the beloved children’s book character, Paddington tells the story of a young bear who travels to London in search of a new home. With a great cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, this film is sure to put a smile on your face.
Bridget Jones is a romantic comedy that is perfect for a rainy day. With a great cast including Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant, this film is full of laughs, romance, and heartwarming moments. Whether you’re a fan of romantic comedies or just looking for a fun and entertaining movie, Bridget Jones is a great choice for a rainy day.
This film by director Andrew Haight tells the story of two men who meet and fall in love over the course of a weekend. It’s a powerful and honest portrayal of modern gay romance and relationships. With great performances and a moving script, Weekend is a must-watch for anyone who loves thought-provoking and emotionally resonant cinema. And while it’s an iconic LGBTQ film, it’s appealing enough for every audience.
From Disney, Luca is a charming and whimsical animated film that is perfect for a rainy day. Set in a small Italian seaside town, the film tells the story of a young sea monster named Luca who dreams of exploring the world beyond his underwater home. With stunning animation, a great voice cast, and a heartwarming story, Luca is a great choice for anyone looking for a fun and uplifting movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is a swashbuckling adventure film that is perfect for a rainy day. Starring Johnny Depp as the iconic pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, this franchise is full of action, humor, and memorable characters. Whether you’re in the mood for sword fights, sea battles, or treasure hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean is a great choice.
Mamma Mia! is a musical romantic comedy that is perfect for a rainy day. With a great cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Amanda Seyfried, this film is full of catchy ABBA songs, colorful visuals, and feel-good moments. Whether you’re a fan of musicals or just looking for a fun and entertaining movie, Mamma Mia! is a great choice.
Pitch Perfect is a comedy-musical film that follows a group of college students who join an a cappella group and compete in a national competition. The film is known for its catchy songs, humor, and fun performances. It’s definitely a great choice for a binge-watch session, especially if you love music and comedy. So add Pitch Perfect to your list of binge-worthy titles and get ready to sing along!
There are plenty of great movies to watch on a rainy day, ranging from epic adventures to classic musicals to heartwarming comedies. Whether you’re in the mood for fantasy, romance, or comedy, there is something for everyone on this list. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy a cozy day indoors with one of these great films.