Rainy days don’t have to be blah. In fact, they can kind of be amazing. When the weather isn’t prime for a picnic in the park or a long walk on the beach, you’ve got yourself a perfect excuse to throw yourself a little movie party. Luckily, there are plenty of rainy day movies to watch on Netflix right now to keep the marathon going as long as the rain is falling.
If you’re anything like me, you actively use the “My List” feature on Netflix to keep track of movies you want to watch but just don’t have time for. But also, if you’re like me, your list is probably way too full of films to ever make an easy choice when decision time comes. So, to narrow down this never-ending list for rainy day viewing, be sure to follow careful requirements: Your choice can’t be anything too sad, because the gross weather could already be poorly affecting your mood. So, maybe watching All The Bright Places or Remember Me isn’t the best solution. Similarly, anything that’s too happy can leave you feeling restless. After all, it’s raining and you’re trapped inside! Watching a sun-soaked movie about travel, like Eat Pray Love, should be saved for a brighter day.
With these guidelines in mind, here are 10 movies to watch on Netflix that are perfect for rainy days:
1. ‘I Care A Lot’
One of Netflix’s many contenders for the 2021 awards season, I Care A Lot is one of those movies you kinda need to watch if you want to have a conversation with your ~film buff~ friend. Luckily, it’s got a stellar cast (hello, Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage) and is visually stunning, so even if the infuriating plot makes you want to storm out in a rage, you’ll stay inside and watch it.
2. ‘Work It’
Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy are so freaking fun in Work It. Centering on a nerdy girl (Carpenter) who needs to start up a dance team to get into college, the movie is equal parts funny and heartfelt. Plus, the killer soundtrack and epic dance numbers will make you want to stay indoors and bust a move all day long.
3. ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’
Look, I know I said no sad movies, but The Perks of Being a Wallfloweris more emotional than it is outright sad, so it still counts, OK?! This iconic coming-of-age film will take you through all the feels of discovering true friendship, young love, and heartbreak — all from the comfort of your own couch.
4. ‘Someone Great’
If you wish you were out gallivanting around New York City with your gal pals instead of watching raindrops fall down your window, Someone Great is either the best or the worst choice for you. For those who are OK with living vicariously through a fictional character, Jenny’s Gina Rodriguez) big night out with her best friends is for you. But for those whose only takeaway from something like this would be extreme FOMO, you might want to look for something else.
5. Mudbound (2017)
Mudbound introduces two World War II veterans, one Black and one white, who must deal with adjusting to their post-service lives in Mississippi. It was one of the first Netflix films to be recognized by the Academy Awards with multiple nominations. It scored Rachel Morrison the first-ever Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for a woman; Mary J. Blige was also nominated for her supporting role in it.
6. ‘Lady Bird’
Greta Gerwig’s 2017 hit Lady Bird has everything you want in a coming-of-age classic: an angsty protagonist, a witty best friend, family drama, and Timothée Chalamet. Need I say more?
7. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
Chadwick Boseman’s final film released after his untimely death, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is moving for so many reasons. Telling the story of real-life blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), the Oscar-nominated film chronicles one dramatic recording session in the 1920s.
8. ‘The Half Of It’
One of the most thoughtful modern teen rom-coms out right now, The Half Of Itis a new take on the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, in which shy teenager Elli Chu (Leah Lewis) begins ghostwriting love letters to a girl she likes — on behalf of another guy. It’s sweet, it’s lightly funny, and it’ll make you want to curl up and escape into Ellie’s small, sleepy town of Squahamish for a while.
9. ‘The Bling Ring’
Emma Watson starring as a teenage party girl who does bad things with bad friends? Um, yes please. The Bling Ring is a comedic retelling of the real-life drama surrounding a string of robberies that happened in Hollywood. If you want your rainy day to feel luxurious and a little bit ridiculous, this is the movie for you.
10. ‘Bee Movie’
Hear me out: Bee Movie is one of the best animated movies in recent memory, and not just because it’s inspired many (like, so many) memes. It may be a kids’ film, but the cast is full of A-listers who have been around for decades, and the jokes will keep even the most bored-in-the-house viewers entertained.