It’s been a while since an illness has put me in bed. Or sent me to the doctor for that matter. I’m usually the kind to self-treat with Advil and cold meds and just push through it (not the best philosophy, but it generally works and saves me some money, as bad as that sounds). But this past week, I’ve spent several days in bed with a fever, and then another couple curled up with Netflix just because I felt miserable. So I dragged myself to the doctor. And I’m actually starting to feel a little better. But when I’m sick, there’s generally only one thing I feel like doing. Unfortunately, it’s not reading. It’s watching movies. And while I have spent the past two days rewatching episodes of Futurama, I decided it was still a good time to share some of my favorite sick day movies with you. (Somehow this post feels more fall-appropriate, but I’m the weirdo that literally always gets sick in summer, when it’s more uncomfortable.) Here are the movies I always reach for when I don’t feel well (warning, they’re all a bit cheesy):
- Roman Holiday. You can’t get any better than Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess, an American reporter, and the debut of a very iconic pixie cut. It’s a classic, and one of my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies. (How to Steal a Million and Breakfast at Tiffany’s also make excellent sick day movies.)
- Ella Enchanted. When I’m sick, there’s nothing better than watching a ridiculously cheesy musical. The first time I saw this one, I was home sick and my dad rented it for me (probably from Blockbuster that’s how long ago this was), and I watched it over and over. It’s a bit sentimental, but it’s also funny. I love Cary Elwes as the villain.
- Down with Love. If you haven’t seen this one, you need to. The story is awesomely feminist, set in the 1960s, and really fun. It’s kind of a battle of the reporters, but on a whole different level. What makes this for me is the hilarious innuendos and brilliant cinematography. Plus, Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor sing. Yes, please.
- Pride and Prejudice. (The Kiera Knightly one.) To be fair, I usually watch this when I don’t know what else to watch. But that’s especially true when I’m not feeling well. Jane Austen makes everything better, and when I don’t feel like reading, this is an excellent substitute.
- My Neighbor Totoro. Whenever my sister and I are sick together, we have a tradition of dusting off the VCR and plugging in an old favorite. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love this movie, and it always makes me feel warm and cozy. If only I could spend the day riding around in a bus that is actually a giant cat…
Bonus: Any Disney classics currently on Netflix. They recently removed Mulan and Hercules (my two favorites), but I made do with Lilo & Stitch and Robin Hood this past week.
What are your go-to movies when you’re having a sick day?