Prescription for Fun: 14 Sick Day Movies That Are the Perfect Cure

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When you're not feeling well, settling in with the perfect movie can be just the cure. From dramas to comedies, the best sick day movies will have you feeling better in no time. Which are your favorites?

1. Surf's Up

surfs up
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.

What better vibe for a sick day than a surfer movie? It's a go-to movie favorite to watch when you aren't feeling well, as the film features a great story, humor, and fun music.

2. My Neighbor Totoro

my neighbor totoro
Image Credit: Toho.

Many movie fans recommend something from Studio Ghibli as prime sick day viewing. My Neighbor Totoro is a fan favorite for being feel-good and positive — the perfect pick-me-up! 

3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Wait, you spent your sick day binging movies? Is that the best way to honor the iconic legacy of Ferris Bueller? Get out of bed, steal your friend's dad's Ferrari, and cause some mayhem!

4. The Scorsese Crime Movies

Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Mean Streets. Goodfellas. Casino. The Departed. If you get through those, it's time for The Irishman. By the end of the binge, you'll be free of your fever, rocking a gold pinky ring, and head of a complex criminal racket.

Don't look at me. That's just how Scorsese marathons end.

5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Orlando Bloom
Image Credit: Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

Ending a great movie is bittersweet, especially when you have a day to kill in bed. With The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you can prolong the comedown until The Return of the King ends. That's like nine hours away, though, so get to binging.

6. Home Alone and Home Alone 2

Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

While Kevin McAllister wasn't technically sick, he handled his Home Alone status just as any “sick” kid with a house to themselves should. Ordering room service, using their parents' stuff, and cleverly outwitting the Wet Bandits.

7. The Modern Planet of the Apes Series

Karin Konoval and Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes righted all the wrongs of 2001's Tim Burton-led atrocity, Planet of the Apes. The modern trilogy will have you amped up, ready to emerge from your sniffles stronger than ever.

8. Paddington and Paddington 2

Paddington Ben Whishaw
Image Credit: StudioCanal.

Sometimes when you're sick, the best feel-good cure is a talking Peruvian bear. If the good vibes of Paddington wear off before you've recuperated, rinse your soup bowl, refill, and repeat with Paddington 2. 

9. The Ace Ventura Movies

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Jim Carrey
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

They say laughter is the best medicine, so why not mix in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls with your Benadryl? You have time on your hands, so you can justify watching both.

Whatever you do, though, do not watch Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. Dare to, and you'll be calling in sick for the next year.

10. Star Wars Series

Solo: A Star Wars Story Joonas Suotamo
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

You could have a fever for a decade and still not get through the entire catalog of Star Wars films and TV series. You'll have your sickness saying, “Luke, I'm not your head cold” in no time.

11. L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Symba
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

A noir a day keeps the doctor away. More specifically, the mystery and intrigue of L.A. Confidential will make you forget about that pounding behind your eyes while longing for 1950s Los Angeles.

12. Big

Big Tom Hanks, Jared Rushton
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Josh Baskin's transformation from teenager into full-grown man (thanks, Zoltar) in Big will make your flu or sinus infection look downright quaint. Plus, this 1988 Tom Hanks classic is the definition of nostalgia.

13. Any Animated Disney Classic

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Image Credit: RKO Radio Pictures.

Snow White. The Lion King. Mulan. Heck, even modern classics like Finding Nemo will do the trick. Sick days aren't about facing your adult responsibilities. They're about embracing your inner Disney princess and maximizing the warm and fuzzies.

14. Palm Springs

Palm Springs Andy Samberg
Image Credit: Hulu.

Once you're rested and done laughing, you can book your own relaxing trip to Palm Springs. You've earned it, trooper.

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