Sick Day Movies

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):

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Down with LoveIf 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.
  4. 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.
  5. My Neighbor TotoroWhenever 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?

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8 thoughts on “Sick Day Movies

  1. These are all such great sick day movie recommendations! I kind of forgot Ella Enchanted existed, but now that you mention it I remember loving it! My usual go to movies are oldies but goodies like There’s Something About Mary, Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St Elmos Fire, etc.

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  2. I can never think of things to watch when I’m sick, so I just whatever happens to be on tv when I plonk myself in front of it. I really like ‘Roman Holiday’, although I’ve only seen it a couple of times, and the Keira Knightley P&P has often been my go to when I don’t know what else to watch (I haven’t watched it in ages though) – Matthew Macfadyen is definitely my favourite Darcy.
    Hope you feel better soon – I feel that you should definitely spend some more quality time recuperating in front of the tv.

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    1. Thanks! I’m starting to feel better, but I’m definitely going to take a few extra days in front of the TV. Just in case.

      P. S. Matthew McFayden is my favorite Darcy, too! I always hesitate to admit it because the Colin Firth fans are crazy haha (I love him, too, though).

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      1. I’ve never even seen the Colin Firth P&P – is that bad? I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m just not into Colin Firth. I can see how he would be appealing, but he’s just not for me. I also quite liked Sam Riley’s Darcy in P&P& Zombies. Not the traditional Darcy, but I thought he was perfect.
        I can send you an excellent chicken and corn recipe if you need – my mum made it for me on the weekend and it was so delicious and took zero time to make.

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        1. I didn’t see it until after the 2005 one. And I still haven’t seen P&P&Z, though I’ve read the book. I need to watch it soon – I love Lily James! And thanks so much for the recipe offer, but I’m vegetarian (which, admittedly, has made being sick that much harder – I still haven’t found a vegetable broth I like).

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  3. Oo i’ve never watched Roman Holiday, in fact the only Audrey Hepburn film I have watched is Breakfast at Tiffanys! I definitely want to check it out now, whenever i’m sick I usually try to go for any happy feel good film. I love Adam Sandler films and recently watched Blended and loved it, it made me laugh and just left me feeling happy. Perfect film for a night after a long shift at work 🙂

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  4. I hope you’re feeling better! I’ve never seen any of those. When I’m sick, I usually find something I haven’t seen before, but when it’s a mental health day, it’s 50 First Dates every time.

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