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Best Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

Updated on June 24, 2012
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It’s pouring outside and you are trying to pick a good movie that you haven’t already seen a million times. Well, here are some of my favorites (some very recent) that I think you’ll enjoy.

Click on the genre you want to watch and it will take you to the list of my favorite movies with my review, the trailer, the link to buy the film, and my special rating system that will help you choose the best film for the people who will watch it.

If you have any genre requests, please leave them below in the comments section and I will make one as soon as possible.

Thank you and enjoy your rainy day movie.

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COMEDIES

ROMANTIC COMEDIES

THRILLERS

ACTION FILMS
SCI-FI FILMS

DRAMAS

HORROR FILMS

FAMILY FEATURES

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Comedies

What Makes A Great Comedy?

A witty script, good acting, ironic plot twists, and a followable story line.

For this list, I have collected some of the best comedies I have seen. These are not the most popular movies out there, because I want to share some real gems that aren't found on every "best movies" list.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Our Idiot Brother, The Other Guys, Cedar Rapids, Office Space, Johnny Dangerously

Classic Comedy: Fargo

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Romantic Comedies

What Makes A Great Romantic Comedy?

A great cast, a love triangle, a dorky or unworthy main character, and a happy ending.

For this list, I have collected some of the best romantic comedies that will keep you laughing and longing the whole way through. They may not be the most popular, but these movies are definitely some that I have watched multiple times.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Just Friends, Bridesmaids, Just Married, Raising Helen, Waitress

Classic Romantic Comedy: My Best Friend's Wedding

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Thrillers

What Makes A Great Thriller?

A suspenseful story line, an mysterious plot, great actors, an unexpected twist.

For this list, I have collected some of the best thrillers that I have seen in a while. I have not included the obvious favorites because I wanted to offer movies that a lot of people haven't seen or maybe never even heard of. I'm sure you will find on of the following to be just mysterious enough to keep you guessing on this rainy day.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

The Butterfly Effect, Super 8, The Number 23, Taking Lives, Shutter Island

Classic Thriller: Momento

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Action Flicks

What Makes A Great Action Movie?

A unjust situation, a hero (or two), great CGI or none at all, amazing stunts.

For this list, I have collected some of the best action films that I have seen. This list includes many that I just stumbled upon and found so enjoyable, I watched them again. I hope you enjoy your rainy day watching some of these action-packed films.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Ong Bak, Cop Out, Burn After Reading, Red, Tropic Thunder

Classic Action Film: Pearl Harbor

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Sci-Fi Movies

What Makes A Great Sci-Fi Films?

An alternate reality, accurate, scientific explanations, and a great cast.

For this list, I have collected some of the best sci-fi films that my mind has to offer. Sci-fi has always been one of my favorite genres for books and movies, but sometimes the science is so unbelievable, that I can't enjoy the film. This list has some of the most believable story lines and exciting plots. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Solaris, Moon, Deep Blue Sea, I Am Legend, Being John Malkovich

Classic Sci-Fi Film: Jurassic Park

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Horror Movies

What Makes A Great Horror Movie?

A believable plot, a terrifying story line, vulnerable characters, and an unexpected twist.

For this list, I have collected some of the best horror movies that I think will scare your pants off. If you enjoy realistic movies with no (or very little but good) CGI, this is the list for you. I am usually not an easy scare, but this list made me sleep with the lights on.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

The Orphan, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Paranormal Activity (1, 2, and 3), The Skeleton Key, and Hide and Seek

Classic Horror Movie: The Sixth Sense

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Dramas

What Makes A Great Drama?

Some great actors, a suspenseful and engaging storyline, an emotional ending.

For this list, I have collected some of the best dramas that this time has to offer. I have included films that I feel are very emotional and touching. These films really tear at your heartstrings while keeping you hanging on the edge of your seat. I hope you enjoy this collection.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Elephant, Proof, Half Nelson, Scoop, The Descendants

Classic Horror Movie: Cold Mountain

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Family Films

What Makes A Great Family Film?

A positive story line with fun characters, adult themes that can keep the parents entertained, and a happy ending to keep you talking about the movie after it's over.

For this list, I have collected some of the best family films that everyone can enjoy. I chose ones that my family watched together (and I have a great grandmother, two parents and two younger siblings, so you know these films are good for all ages). These films will keep your family laughing and crying together on this rainy day.

For this genre I have chosen the following films:

Up, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3, Cars, Spirited Away

Classic Family Feature: Hook

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, hush4444. I love watching movies on a rainy day. I'm about to watch American Splendor with my hubby right now. Sunday night movies are the best!

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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      How fun - I enjoyed scrolling through the selections and voting. Rainy days have been few and far between lately, but these movies are a great addition to my Netflix queue anytime.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, savingkathy. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it and found some films you haven't seen. Mahalo.

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. It was very well organized, and I appreciate that you tried to include some lesser known movies that you like. I found quite a few movies on your list that I have not seen yet - thanks for the suggestions!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you caroline. Barry, I tried to choose newer films and focus on ones that people haven't seen, but I am working on a hub on the best classic films (and that will include many black and whites). Thanks for reading!

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      interestingly your lists do not include black and whites

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Wow. Great hub! Your choices are awesome.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you so much, thesingernurse.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Oh my! I love UP, Despicable Me, I Am Legend, and the Butterfly Effect! Interesting hub!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you so much, BWD! I will have to check out some of your hubs soon.

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      great lists and awesome layout and linked hubs! very well done voted up!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you so much, rorshak. I love Shutter Island too. It's so complex. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

      Great write up. Glad you included Shutter Island on the list. That is my favorite movie.