Rather than aimlessly scrolling through Netflix the next time you're at a loss for what to stream on a Sunday night, take a peek at our queues for some serious watch-list inspiration. Spanning heart-warming romantic comedies, to cult classics everyone should see at least once, and fast-paced thrillers that'll have you on the edge of your seat, here are 30 good movies to watch when you're bored. So go ahead—pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for the evening.
Here are our picks for the best movies to watch when you're bored.
It's Complicated (2009)
This is a straight-up feel-good film. The plot isn't too complex, but watching Meryl Streep's character deal with her hilariously complicated relationship with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, is the perfect addition to a lazy weekend afternoon.
About Time (2013)
You can watch this movie when you're bored, when you're happy, when you're sad, and just about every emotion in between. The plot will make you realize how wonderful all the parts of your life that tend to go unnoticed really are, and will leave you feeling grateful for even the boring moments.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
A true classic, this heartwarming, nostalgic movie never ceases to entertain. Jennifer Garner is simply adorable as she plays a girl trying to figure out how to be an adult in New York City. Plus it has a perfectly timed 'Thriller' dance sequence, in case you needed another reason to watch this coming-of-age rom-com for the umpteenth time.
Park Chan-wook is one of the most talented directors of our time. This chilling thriller is an excellent introduction to his work.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video
Sour Grapes (2017)
This American crime documentary on counterfeit wines might blow your mind. It follows the investigation of one mad scientist/wine savant type who was investigated after reportedly making over $35 million after selling rare counterfeit wines at high-end auctions in a single year. It's oddly fascinating.
The Big Sick (2017)
The Big Sick is what all rom-coms should be: heartwarming and touching, but also realistic and intelligent. The movie follows the real-life love affair of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon—along with all the challenges of modern love and cross-cultural differences many millennials face today.
Obvious Child (2014)
Leave it to Jenny Slate to strike the perfect balance of humor and heart when tackling a tough topic like abortion. This quirky romantic comedy is an unexpected twist on the genre.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
There's no way you can possibly be bored while watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer, just make sure you're down for a truly unsettling film. And once it's over, you'll research it for hours. It's very mood-driven, intellectual, strange, quirky, and—rest assured—beyond disturbing.
Frances Ha (2013)
Frances Ha is a great movie to watch when you want something emotionally moving, but light-hearted and funny. It's about being a young woman and the way we weave in and out of friendship love. Many quotable moments, as to be expected from Greta Gerwig.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Beasts of the Southern Wild is so beautiful and unique, we can't think of anything else quite like it. It's one of those movies that you'll remember forever, but you probably won't be able to get through it without shedding a tear.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Lighthearted and fun to watch, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a coming-of-age movie that emphasizes the strength of female friendship, especially during those tricky teenage years. It also might make you miss the good ol' days when a three-month summer break was a thing.
The Graduate (1967)
A young Dustin Hoffman floating in his Pasadena pool—that opening scene is so iconic that we can't think of anything that can top it. Between the melancholic Simon & Garfunkel score, iconic love affair, and resonant post-college mood, it's hard to pick just one reason we love The Graduate. Though it's innocent and playful, it still has a fun "forbidden love" angle that's fun to watch unfold. There's also plenty of room for laughter and delight.
Wes Anderson fanatics, this dramedy is for you. It's set at a prep school and focuses on the relationship between two men who both try to woo a first-grade teacher. Aside from the hilarious, quirky humor, Rushmore is as stylistically and aesthetically delightful as you'd expect from Anderson.
Julie & Julia (2009)
This feel good film stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, a woman who is committed to cooking the entirety of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year. As she does so, the movie flashes back in time to the making of the famed cookbook, with Meryl Streep playing Child. It's filled with beautiful shots of delectable food, stunning scenes of midcentury Paris, and an ongoing message of determination to meet two shared goals.
Mamma Mia (2008)
Can you ever go wrong with this shamelessly happy film? Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried are perfection. Plus, there's catchy ABBA songs, dance sequences, and Greek scenery. Watch this movie if you're looking for a feel-good escape.
A Pixar is always a failsafe choice when you're bored, and we particularly love this one. The story centers around the revered Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos, and a boy named Miguel who is trapped in the land of the dead when he decides to become a musician against his family's wishes. The colorful 3D scenery is just one thing that will put a smile on your face.
Now and Then (1995)
Your favorite 90's film has finally come to Netflix, and it's just as good as you remember it. The coming of age film is a hefty dose of nostalgia as four girlfriends recall a past summer they spent together in 1970. Get ready for the best of seventies music, fashion, and décor.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
There's plenty to laugh about in this Julia Roberts movie, in addition to major food and travel envy, but the real-life tale will also stir up your emotions. It's a movie about finding yourself, spirituality, and love, set in Rome, India, and Bali.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
If you don't know what to watch when you're bored, go for a Nancy Meyers film. This one stars Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and you can expect plenty of romance, laughs, and design envy.
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