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Films to Watch on a Rainy Day

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It’s April, which means it’s time for rainy days and being indoors. Sometimes it’s nice to stay cozy, nap all day, spend time with family, or talk to friends. Maybe you want to laze around with a cup of tea and a journal or book. The possibilities are endless. Personally, I love to spend the day wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket and watch some films. Sometimes action, maybe a rom-com, doesn’t matter – just any movie that makes me happy. I will share some movies from different genres that I think are perfect for a day inside.

Let’s start with some franchises. It’s hard to pick just one movie when some come from different series.

Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, directed by Steven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Trevorrowm, J.A. Bayons

The Jurassic Park franchise is a series of science fiction and adventure films. The franchise started in 1993, adapted from a novel, and is a continuous success to this day. Exactly as the title suggests, these are dinosaur movies with a lot of action and stunts. But there are a lot of sweet moments along with the action. Plus, the CGI and editing are amazing to see. There’s a reason why the movies were such a success and continue to be a success to this day.

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Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton

This is the perfect choice to watch with the family, as Disney movies are also fun for adults. A fun animated animal film that has humor and heart – two things that Disney and Pixar portray well in movies. The animation in this movie is beautiful, with a lot of bright colors and a lively environment both underwater and on land. I used to love this movie, especially when my family was traveling. This movie has a talented cast, from Albert Brooks to Ellen DeGeneres, who do a great job delivering those comedic lines and being serious during the emotional scenes. Bonus points if you watch this at night – those emotional scenes hit differently then.

Harry Potter, directed by Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates

A film franchise adapted from the novels written by J. K. Rowling was released from 2001-2011. More movies that are perfect for the entire family. These films fall under fantasy, action, and adventure. These films transport you into the world of Hogwarts as you follow the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. There are loveable characters and fun adventures with magic and mythical creatures. There is also a series of spin-off prequels called Fantastic Beasts that currently has three films, with two more coming in the future.

The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes

The coming-of-age film that should be on everybody’s watchlist. The 1985 film follows five students from different crowds as they spend their Saturday in detention together. We see this unlikely group of people leave as a group of friends in the end. I picked it because it is not a fantasy or animated film like the others. It’s just a nice comedy film that’s not hard to follow, and it’s just fun to watch. This is a popular film and has been referenced in a lot of things, from just the mention of the name to people making parodies in TV shows and movies. It has even been picked to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

These are just a few films I picked, but there are many more out there. These movies don’t require too much attention, you can just turn them on and watch. These aren’t films you watch only once, they are fun to go back to later. In the end, the perfect rainy day films are the ones that you enjoy and make you feel warm and comforted while watching. I believe those films can come from any genre, and this list proves that.

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