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The best rainy day movies to watch for guaranteed, ultimate comfort


The last thing you want to see on a summer's day is a dark cloud and raindrops on what is meant to be burning hot asphalt. But unfortunately, not all summer days are made equal, and we need to be prepared for the non-beach days too.⁠

So, if you're dealing with a January downpour and are out of activities, we've put together a list of the best movies to watch on a rainy day. Settle in, close the curtains and grab your snacks of choice – we have a movie marathon that's almost as good as an ocean dip waiting for you below.


Notting Hill


If young Hugh Grand and Julia Roberts aren't your cup of tea, I have no idea how to help you. The sweetest of love stories complete with enough comedy to carry you through the slightly painful parts. Notting Hill is so comforting, I used to think it was a Christmas movie.


Bridget Jones' Diary


Another Hugh Grant special, and definitely an English theme going on so far. Perhaps we associate English films with comfort because it's always raining and people are often drinking tea, as a thought. Either way, we could watch poor Bridget's blunders all day. Thankfully, there are enough sequels to do so.


Any Harry Potter Movie


When I took the question of favourite rainy day films to the RUSSH WFH group chat, Harry Potter was a clear winner in the sheer volume of responses, and rightly so. Big castles, magic, England again, and candle-lit dinner halls, there are eight to choose from, so one at random will do or attempt to work your way through the entire set.


Coyote Ugly


If only to watch girls dance like that again. A feel-good film where women in tiny, early naughties outfits dance on bar tops and get up to no good, made all the better with Tyra banks, obviously. While the whole thing is cringe city, the nostalgia never fails us.


Oceans Eleven


The heist movie of all heist movies, with young Brad and George no less. We will always come back to the subtle action and cleverness of the entire production, once you start, it may be hard to stop at just 11.


Lost in Translation


A film for a completely different note to the above. Slow and drizzly like the outside world, lost in translation is the forever classic. An unlikely bond as none other, watch Bill Murray and Scar Jo find themselves trying to figure it out in a foreign country, together.

Searching for more films that will transport your elsewhere? Here's our list of the best movies about travel to indulge in.


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