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18 Movies You Should Watch on Rainy Days


18 Movies You Should Watch on Rainy Days

All around you’ll see ‘sweater weather’ posts and people having time to read books they’ve all long forgotten while the pitter-patter of rain sings in the background. (Admit it; we all take a break from work, even just for a few hours, to enjoy this kind of weather.) But there are also people who like to spend the rainy days hugged by their blankets while having movie marathons.

So if you are more of a movie person, you don’t need to worry over what movie to watch next because we got a whole list of films for the rainy days made just for you.

*arranged oldest film to latest.


 1. Grave of the Fireflies, 1988

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (People who watched this movie can fall into only two categories; those who cried their eyes out, or those who have no heart.)


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 2. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1993

After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (A performance to end all.) 


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 3. Moulin Rouge!, 2001

In the year 1900, a British writer who is suffering from depression begins writing on his typewriter. As he narrates, the film flashes back to one year earlier upon his move to theMontmartre district of Paris to become a writer, and where he falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress, and courtesan. (Everyone is singing, people on the streets are dancing, this movie will make you laugh a great lot before tearing your heart out.)


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 4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (I’ve never seen this movie, but I have heard only good things about it.)


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 5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008

The movie tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backward with bizarre consequences. (This film is one of my all-time favorites… and not just because it stars Brad Pitt.)


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 6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 2008

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (YOU WILL CRY)


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 7. Up, 2009

Seventy-eight year old widower Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (You can’t say no to this movie, okay. No one can.)


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 8. Coraline, 2009

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (Somehow, I found myself not looking at dolls or anything that has black buttons as eyes the same way ever again.)


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 9. Inception, 2010

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (Also one of my favorites, and also not just because Leo Di Caprio stars in it.)


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 10. Hugo, 2011

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (*ugly sobs*)


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 11. Les Misérables, 2012

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (“Occasionally, like its characters, ragged around the edges, this nevertheless rings with all the emotion and power of the source and provides a new model for the movie musical.” – Helen O’Hara, Empire)


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 12. Kill Your Darlings, 2013

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (On my top 5 favorites. All sepia tones and a few darker hues, this movie still haunts me even after years of watching it.)


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 13. The Great Gatsby, 2013

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, recounts his encounters with his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby, at the height of the Roaring Twenties in New York state. (“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… and one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current, born back ceaselessly into the past.” – Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald)


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 14. Her, 2013

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (Found it weird, but beautiful.)


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 15. Kimi no Na Wa, 2016

Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies, but their memories of each other fade quickly, like dreams. (You think you’re too old for romance films like this one? Nope. It will wreck you, okay. Ask my sister. Oh, wait, you can’t, she’s still crying.)


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 16. Moonlight, 2016

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. (“The first time I saw it I swooned: the second time I cried like a baby. I can’t wait to see it again.” – Mark Kermode, The Guardian)


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 17. Me Before You, 2016

A young English woman content with her small-town life is hired as the caretaker for an affluent Londoner paralyzed in a tragic accident. (“AND A PAIR OF BUMBLEBEE TIGHTS!!!” This film is another favorite. It’s a bit funny, bUT A WHOLE LOT SAD, OKAY? Starring Neville Longbottom, Daenerys Targaryen, and Finnick Odair. Yes.)


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 18. Sleepless, 2015

Gem and Barry are two lonely people who can’t sleep. Though there’s certain loneliness when you’re awake in the dead of night, there’s also a bond that develops. Together they fight the loneliness that keeps them awake. (Watch the trailer, and you’ll think: “Ah, love story ulit.” But nooooo, it only disguises as a romantic film but it’s a story of being broken and of being healed, that mostly occurs in the wee hours of the morning.)


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What’s your go-to movie on a rainy day? Share with us in the comments section!


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