A rainy day sounds like a good time to watch some feel-good movies. It’s that time of the day when the skies are darker, setting the mood. The cold also helps set up good movies while tucked in a warm blanket. Here are the 13 best rainy day movies to enjoy.
1. The Notebook (2004)
English 2h 3m IMDb
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams
The Notebook tells the story of Noah and Allie. The two are desperately in love, but their situations in life are different. Noah is a mill worker, and Allie comes from a wealthy family. The gap in their situations leads Allie’s parents to disapprove of their love.
When Noah leaves for World War II, it appears to end their relationship. During this time, Allie is acquainted with another man.
However, when Allie is about to get married, Noah returns, and they realize their love is far from ending. If you are someone soft-hearted when it comes to films, you will like The Notebook. This film has many romantic moments that are beautifully portrayed, touching viewers’ hearts.
Noah’s loyalty and love are rare nowadays, making it an ideal movie to make you believe in love again. It’s nice to shed tears and giggle watching a movie, especially when it’s raining.
2. Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
English 1h 43m IMDb
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Perks of Being A Wallflower tells the story of change for a teen named Charlie. Charlie is one of the awkward kids that stays on the sideline most of the time, in other words, a wallflower.
However, his life begins to welcome change when he meets two charismatic friends, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick. The two become Charlie’s mentors who help him navigate through life. Together, they discover the delights of friendship, joy, music, first love, and more!
As the story progresses, Charlie’s desire to become a writer is sparked by an instructor. However, Charlie faces the looming threat to his newfound confidence as Sam and Patrick prepare to leave for college.
This film exudes natural energy as it speaks of something familiar to everyone. The characters are authentic and feel very close to reality. There is warmth and comfort in this film which makes it a perfect movie for a rainy day.
3. Little Women (2019)
English 2h 15m IMDb
Director: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh
Little Women is a movie adaptation of a book with a story set in the post-Civil War times. It tells the story of four sisters. Meg, the oldest sibling, is married to a teacher, Jo March is a writer in New York, Amy is pursuing painting in Paris, and Beth.
The family is reunited after Beth suffers a devastating illness. The film shows the story of the sisters and their journey through life, joy, affection, intimacy, and struggles. Beautifully staged, with plenty of humor and delicacy when necessary, Little women captures hearts.
The creativity of execution and plot is not the only strength of this movie, and there are more reasons why Little Women is an excellent film, including good casting. This movie is filled with a lot of heartfelt passion and warmth. You might shed some tears too, like the sky, when you watch this on a rainy day.
4. Tune In For Love (2019)
Korean 2h 2m IMDb
Director: Ji-woo Jung
Stars: Kim Go-eun, Jung Hae-In, Park Hae-joon
Set in the 1990s, this film tells the story of two individuals with quite different personalities, diligent and hard-working Mi Soo and cheerful Hyun Woo. The two meet in a bakery, where they get to know each other and eventually fall in love while sharing stories on a radio station.
However, even though their paths collide, nothing seems to align. Tune In For Love is a film that portrays love and timing in the most realistic sense. While the film is not so much in the exciting category, it will still keep you watching because of the movie’s extraordinary charm.
The frames, scenes, colors, and acting is outstanding, evoking the emotions they want to produce. It is subtle, simple, and beautifully paced, and the waiting is worth it.
5. Notting Hill (1999)
English 2h 4m IMDb
Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
Notting Hill is one of the classic romantic comedy movies that gives you butterflies in your stomach. It follows the story of a simple guy named William Thacker, his mundane life as a bookstore owner, and how everything changed when he met Anna Scott, a famous actress.
They had a pretty careless encounter with an orange juice which leads them to share a kiss. From then on, the relationship starts to bloom into a love affair. William and Anna then face the challenge of living different lifestyles from each other.
They realize the compromises they need to make for love. Notting hill is an excellent movie portraying love shared between two people with different life situations. The characters are beautifully played, and they complement the storytelling perfectly.
Some may say that the plot is cliche, but the film shows a fresh and lovely angle on this type of romantic trope.
6. The Holiday (2006)
English 2h 16m IMDb
Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
The Holiday is a charming movie about two lovesick ladies, Iris and Amanda. And so, the fun starts when they agree to swap homes allowing them to experience a different environment than what they are used to.
While Iris wanders the halls of a lavish Hollywood estate, Amanda is navigating the streets of an idyllic English village. They are left with the challenge of adjusting and trying to have fun in different environments.
Soon, Iris and Amanda get to meet local guys that could be the start of a romantic story for both of them. The film has a comforting vibe, and the characters play their roles very well. The Holiday is one of the best feel-good movies to watch.
The characters in the story are complex and close to real life. Overall, the movie is a heartfelt masterpiece that’s good to watch during the holidays or the rainy seasons.
7. Klaus (2019)
English 1h 36m IMDb
Director: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López
Stars: Jason Schwartzman(voice), J.K. Simmons(voice), Rashida Jones(voice)
Rainy days are also good days to watch some heartfelt adventure-comedy animated movies, and Klaus is a great choice! This movie tells the story and adventures of a postman and Klaus.
When Jesper proves that he is the worst student in the program, he is sent to the cold north, where he meets Klaus, a solitary toymaker. They then develop a friendship and take on an adventure to make the town’s kids happy.
While you might assume this to be a typical story about Santa, the story develops to be more profound and interesting than taken. The dialogues and scenes in the movie are beautifully executed; it helps with the storytelling too!
Klaus is not just a film for kids, but people of all ages! This film has one of the good animations and scripts out there.
8. Inside Out (2015)
English 1h 35mIMDb
Director: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Stars: Amy Poehler(voice), Bill Hader(voice), Lewis Black(voice)
Inside Out is a unique take on human emotions and gives a good story about how it goes inside us. The story follows a happy, hockey-loving young girl named Riley. Conflict starts when their family decides to move to San Francisco.
This sudden shift in her life seems to take a toll on her. Meanwhile, Riley’s emotions with Joy as the leader trying to guide her through the situation. Because of the stressful move, Sadness takes center stage as a result. Joy and Sadness are accidentally swept away from Riley’s mind.
This leaves just Anger, Fear, and Disgust in the headquarters. Inside Out is a very creative film with a neatly crafted plot incorporating familiar things to childhood, giving it a nostalgic tone.
The unique personification of emotions and how they work is one of its strengths aside from good animation and voice acting. As the rain pours, it might be nice to walk down memory lane and watch a 2015 animated film.
9. 27 Dresses (2008)
English 1h 51m IMDb
Director: Anne Fletcher
Stars: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman
On a rainy day, what you might need is a fix of a heartfelt, romantic comedy movie. In that case, 27 Dresses is sure to have you swooning. The story follows a woman named Jane, who, as a constant bridesmaid, becomes the go-to gal for anybody who needs help with wedding planning.
Jane is the type of girl to put the needs of others ahead of her own. Things get interestingly complicated when her younger sister Tess gets the guy she secretly loves.
And for the first time in her life, Jane questions her role as a seemingly wedding junkie. On the other hand, Jane’s odd narrative piques the interest of an attractive reporter. This movie is very wholesome, and the characters are very endearing.
While the film industry is swarmed with cliche romcoms, 27 dresses offer a fresh and captivating story. The film perfectly portrays a romantic out-of-the-blue picture. 27 Dresses might be a film to spark belief in love again!
10. Eight Below (2006)
English 2h IMDb
Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood
Eight Below, more than adventure, is a story about friendship and loyalty. This tale of friendship takes place in Antarctica’s freezing wasteland, where all you might see is white. The film follows the story of three people involved in a scientific expedition; Jerry Shepard, Cooper, and a Geologist.
Conflict starts after a tragic accident, and escalating dangerous weather circumstances force them to abandon their beloved sled dogs. The decision leaves the dogs to fend for themselves against the bitter cold of Antarctic winter.
Emotional and touching might be the perfect words to describe the story of Eight Below. The script is well-made, and an accurate tale inspires it. It tells about good friendships and how their warmth is the comfort despite being in an oh-so-cold place.
If you are fond of dogs, this movie will touch your heart. Eight Below is a film that lets you experience joy while potentially bringing tears to your eyes.
11. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005)
English 1h 55m IMDb
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
This fantasy comedy is based on a Roald Dahl tale. The movie tells the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe. One day, Willy Wonka’s company announced a contest that allowed winners to explore the inside of the great and mysterious factory.
The place is being opened up to a small set of contest winners, including Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe. Willy Wonka has an unusual group of workers called Oompa Loompa, who helps him with work and setting up the tour.
However, throughout the trip, Wonka has a secret motive. His hidden reason will only be revealed once the children in the group have shown their true selves. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is one of the timeless films out there.
It leaves you curious and searching for answers, so the whole journey keeps on being interesting as the movie continues. This film offers good music and quality acting by the actors too.
12. The Breakfast Club (1985)
English 1h 37m IMDb
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
It might be nice to take a trip further down on a rainy day and watch older feel-good movies like The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is one of the iconic 1980s comedies you should not miss out on, especially if you like comedy-drama movies.
This story follows five high school students with quite different personalities: John the rebel, Claire the princess, Allison the outcast, Brain the brainy, and Andres the jock. They are tasked to do a Saturday detention by their authority-hungry principal.
The detention time together allows them to tell stories about each other, giving them new angles on each other’s lives. And so, the time spent makes them individually perceive each other differently.
At the end of the day, they wonder if the school will ever be the same for them again. The casting is perfect, and they acted their clique very well, which significantly helps with storytelling.
13. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
English 1h 39m IMDb
Director: Susan Johnson
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
This film follows the story of a young girl named Lara Jean. She composes heartfelt letters to her five crushes with no intentions of sending them. However, under some circumstances, the letters get sent to them.
And now that her feelings are out in the open, these guys get involved in her life again, taking Lara Jean on a roller coaster ride. The story is good, and it’s light, so if you want some lovey-dovey chill movie to watch on a rainy day, this one’s for you.
This film is based on a book showcasing stories of love, family, and friendship, making it very relatable. If you have siblings, this movie might be much more relatable.
If you are someone who loves to go out, the rainy day may be a tool to make you realize that you can have fun indoors! So grab your snacks, your favorite blanket, and whatever you need to make you extra comfy and choose from these 13 best rainy day movies.