There are some days where settling into the couch for hours of endless viewing, snacking and warmth seem like the only option. Now, with streaming platforms and a decades-long entertainment catalogue at our fingertips, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. And while we all watch movies for different reasons, finding one that can cure all levels of boredom on any given day is no easy feat.
From cult-classics to tear-jerkers, psychological thrillers that will get your heart racing and a trilogy of Baz Luhrmann masterpieces, here are eight of the best movies that are guaranteed to cure boredom.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
It only seems natural to cure weekend boredom with a movie that is all about saying a big "no thank you" to the mundane happenings of everyday life. A trio of cool, rich Chicago teens who skip school in the name of fighting the feelings of boredom associated with high school life. Not only with Ferris Bueller's Day Off inspire a sense of teenage disobedience and adventure, but the incredible 80s fashion is reason alone to add this classic to your watchlist.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
When life slows down, the best way to stimulate the mind and heart is with a tale that engages all the senses. The Grand Budapest Hotel by our beloved Wes Anderson does just that. If the storyline of Gustave H, a concierge wrongly framed for murder isn't enough to get your crime senses tingling; stay for the unforgettable interiors and facade of faraway places.
The Red Curtain Trilogy
So, technically, this is actually three films; which is perfect for those days when only a series of movies will be able to cure your overwhelming boredom. Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom make up this formidable trio of Baz Luhrmann films perfect for an afternoon of tragedy, cinematic mastery and the grandest of love stories.
Is there a better distractor from everyday life than a brilliant love story? The answer is no, so naturally, Notting Hill has secured a firm place on this list. Our boy High and leading lady Julia remind us that love can conquer all. Also, who can resist a British accent?
The Pursuit of Happyness
If you like to cure boredom by crying instead, Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness is one of the movies you definitely need to have on your list. This story of hardship turn triumph is made all the more sweeter when you're reminded Jaden Smith actually plays Will's character's son in the film. Totally wholesome and heartbreaking.
Need some fright in your life? Hannibal is the clear option. Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins will have you gripped every second of the way with this psychological thriller. Falling asleep might be a challenge, but it's better than being bored – right?
The Talented Mr. Ripley
While we might not be able to get there right now, the Italian coastline which forms the backdrop of this cult-classic film is enough to whisk us away from life's dreariest moments. Plus, how can you possibly resist seeing Jude Law in tiny swimming trunks?
My Best Friend's Wedding
Rounding off this list with a film that's good for the mind and the soul, watching Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz go head-to-head in this timeless rom-com will melt all thoughts of everyday life away. We love to see it – especially the fashion, which is remarkable.