Ready Your Netflix Queue—These Are the Best Movies to Watch When You're Bored

Updated 08/16/19
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Picture this: It's Sunday evening. You're dressed in a cotton pajama set comfortably lounging on your bed, which is outfitted with lightweight linen sheets in an attempt to ward off the summer heat. The window is open, letting in a balmy breeze that's keeping you somewhat cool. There's even a chilled bottle of rosé in the fridge just waiting to be opened. You're all set to have a perfectly lazy Sunday night—the only problem is you don't know what movie to watch.

Rather than aimlessly scroll through Netflix the next time you're at a loss for what to stream on a Sunday night, take a peek at MyDomaine editors' 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 21 good movies to watch when you're bored. So go ahead—pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for the evening.

Keep scrolling for a definitive list of the best movies to watch when you're bored.

Assistant editor Christie Calucchia
It's Complicated

It's Complicated: "This is such a 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

About Time: "I watch this movie when I'm bored, when I'm happy, when I'm sad, and just about every emotion in between (it's my favorite movie, so there's really no wrong time to put it on). 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

13 Going on 30: "A true classic, this heartwarming, nostalgic movie never ceases to entertain me. 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."

Senior editor Sophie Miura
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: "I never get tired of this movie. Kate Hudson + Matthew McConaughey = rom-com gold."

I recently watched this film on the plane and was completely reduced to tears by the end.


Lion: "I recently watched this film on the plane and was completely reduced to tears by the end. It's an incredible real story about an Indian orphan who is adopted by an Australian family, and years later tries to find his mother and brother with only his memories to guide him."


Minimalism: "This Netflix documentary changed the way I think about shopping and gift-giving—it's a great one to watch during the holiday rush to remind you what's really important."

Weekend editor Dacy Knight
Fight Club

Fight Club: "I'll never grow tired of this cult classic. Every time I watch it, I notice something new. I also feel like it's the perfect 'reset button' for reevaluating your priorities from time to time."

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris: "This movie came out just before I moved to Paris for grad school, so it will always have a special place in my heart. If ever I want to reignite that wide-eyed wonder I had for the city or validate my choice of becoming a writer, this film is nothing short of perfection. It also happens to be my dad's favorite movie, so it's a great choice to queue up for a family night in over the holidays."

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles: "I turn to John Hughes's classics whenever I'm looking for a feel-good pick-me-up. This movie is one of my all-time favorites (and Say Anything is a close second)."


Oldboy"I think Park Chan-wook is one of the most talented directors of our time. This chilling thriller is an excellent introduction to his work."

Editor Gabrielle Savoie
Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes: "I randomly watched this American crime documentary on counterfeit wines last winter, and it kind of blew my 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

The Big Sick: "Full disclosure: I had to google the Rotten Tomatoes rating for this one because I watched it on a plane, and my perception of a movie's quality tends to be very skewed when I'm 10,000 feet in the air. But since it was rated 98% fresh, I knew I was right this time around. The Big Sick is what all rom-coms in 2017 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.

If you liked Master of None, you'll love this movie."

Managing editor Megan Beauchamp
Sleeping With Other People

Sleeping With Other People: "When I'm scrolling aimlessly through Netflix, I tend to gravitate toward quirky comedies. Recently, I stumbled upon Sleeping With Other People, which, despite starring some of my favorite comedians (Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, and Amanda Peet), I'd never seen. Definitely worth a watch."

Obvious Child

Obvious Child: "Leave it to Jenny Slate to strike the perfect balance of humor and heart when tackling a tough topic like abortion."

Hot Rod

Hot Rod: "I've seen this slapstick comedy starring Andy Samberg (of Saturday Night Live and Brooklyn 99) more times than I can count. The scene where Samberg's character gallops into a wooded glen and punch-dances out his rage (à la Kevin Bacon in Footloose) gets me every time."

Funny Face

Funny Face: "When in doubt, watching Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn sing and dance in Paris is an immediate pick-me-up for any dull afternoon."

Associate editor Hadley Mendelsohn
Almost Famous

Almost Famous: "I love Almost Famous for the soundtrack, set design, and fashion. The relationship dynamics across the board are also really entertaining and, for the most part, heartwarming."

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: "There's no way you can possibly be bored while watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer. 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

Frances Ha: "Frances Ha is my all-time favorite movie to watch when I 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 living legend Greta Gerwig."

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild: "Beasts of the Southern Wild is so beautiful and unique—I 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. "


Memento: "When you want to watch something super engaging and suspenseful, pick Memento. It's told in reverse, so you really need to pay attention to know what's going on (in a good way)."

This story was originally published on December 30, 2017, and has since been updated.

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