So you're down with the flu? Lucky you! Fever, dripping nose, coughing fits, chills, headaches, sneezing, or good old excruciating muscle pain? Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? Yikes!
There's no doubt that being sick sucks big time. The one upside is that it's an excuse to catch up on movies that you've been meaning to watch. After all, being sick is a legitimate excuse to do nothing but stay in bed.
These 12 movies won't cure your sickness, but are guaranteed to make you feel (sort of) better.
If you're looking for some light-hearted and humorous horror movies:
1. 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' (2016)
- Director: Burr Steers
- Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth
There's no better time for you to watch this movie than when you're stuck in bed all day. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies puts a horror spin on Jane Austen's classic novel, #PrideAndPrejudice, resulting in a rather humorous take of the timeless love story between Elizabeth and Darcy. If you're into Jane Austen novels and like slaughtering #zombies, this movie is definitely for you.
2. 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' (2012)
- Director: Timur Bekmambetov
- Stars: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a mashup of history and horror. It reimagines the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, as a ruthless #vampire hunter. Lincoln, after witnessing the murder of his mother by a vampire, is determined to save the states from the undead. This might not be one of #TimBurton's masterpieces, but the absurd subject matter along with the surreal visual style makes this a great movie to watch when you're down with the flu.
3. 'Warm Bodies' (2013)
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco
In a post-apocalyptic United States, the majority of the population has been infected by the zombie virus. Warm Bodies is an intentionally hilarious horror movie that parallel's #RomeoAndJuliet's storyline. R (as in Romeo) saves Julie (as in Juliet) from a horde of zombies and the rest is history. Unlike other movies, you'll be able to empathize with these living dead. R's existential internal monologue about zombies will echo too close to home, because having the flu is almost like you're part of the undead.
If you're looking for comedies, check these ones out:
4. 'This Is The End' (2013)
- Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
- Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel
This Is The End isn't flawless but it's an audacious comedy and that makes it a great movie to watch when you got the sniffles. Celebrities, who are acting as themselves, attend James Franco's house party, where things go south as the apocalypse begins. It's crude, vulgar and not afraid of making fun of itself. What better time to watch This Is The End when you feel as if this is the end?
5. 'Bridesmaids' (2011)
- Director: Paul Feig
- Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy
Chick flicks and ice cream make things better when you're sick, or so Hollywood wants us to think. #Bridesmaids isn't your typical chick flick. It's female driven, pulling jokes that often only associated with men, making it a very progressive comedy. Many say it's the female version of #TheHangover. If you're looking for an uplifting movie (and what's more uplifting than female empowerment?) then this is a great movie to watch when you're down with the flu. Plus, you don't want to miss Melissa McCarthy's Oscar-nominated performance.
6. 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' (2016)
- Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
- Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer
Popstart: Never Stop Never Stopping is a mockumentary about the mainstream music industry. The mockumentary follows popstar Connor at the height of his career to his downfall. It's hilarious as it's making fun of over-the-top performances and people's narcissism by being over-the-top itself. A feel good movie for your sick self.
Looking for romantic movies? How about these?
7. 'The Notebook' (2004)
- Director: Nick Cassavetes
- Stars: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner
#TheNotebook has become a classic and you've most probably seen this one already (If not, what are you doing here? Go watch it now!). This tear-jerking romantic movie make a great addition to your list of movies to watch while stuck in bed all day. By the time Allie and Noah are kissing under the rain, your tears will have cleansed your flu-related congestion. I don't know what's about romantic movies, but they're usually much better when you're ill.
8. 'Definitely, Maybe' (2008)
- Director: Adam Brooks
- Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher
What's special about Definitely, Maybe is its format. Will (Ryan Reynolds) tries to explain his divorce and past romantic relationships to his daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin) in the form of a bedtime story, where he conceals the names of his girlfriends. Maya and us, the audience, have to guess who's her mother. Definitely, Maybe will make you feel like Will is telling this story to you, as if you were a child. Don't we all want to feel taken care of when sick?
9. 'Midnight In Paris' (2011)
- Director: WoodyAllen
- Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody
Gil (Owen Wilson), a writer, is on a trip to Paris with his fiancée and her family. One night, as he wanders the streets of Paris, he accidentally travels to the golden age of 1920s and continues doing so every night at midnight. In his travels through time he is able to meet many of his favorite artistic geniuses, who help him to reevaluate his life. The magical qualities of this film will take you on an impossible journey through history in the midst of your fever-induced hallucinations.
Looking for teen movies? Check out these ones:
10. 'Mean Girls' (2004)
- Director: Mark Waters
- Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey
#MeanGirls is an American phenomenon. Even if you never liked this movie, you've definitely seen it one too many times. What's better than a trip down memory lane when you're sick with the flu? Cady's (Lindsay Lohan) attempt to handle high school life and The Plastics is the perfect mix of teen #drama and #nostalgia to make you feel better about how awful your body feels. Seeing Lindsay Lohan in her heyday may lead you in some existential question of where you're going with your life, but that's a story for another place and time.
11. 'The Princess Diaries' (2001)
- Director: Garry Marshall
- Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo
When talking about nostalgia movies, #Disney's #ThePrincesDiaries gets the crown (pun intended). This teen movie has it all — the underdog protagonist, the nerdy best friend, the popular bad guy, the nerdy good guy, and the list goes on. The Princes Diaries, a fairytale at its core, will remind you of the "better days," when you probably has less responsibilities and life was much easier.
12. 'The Spectacular Now' (2013)
- Director: James Ponsoldt
- Stars: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson
The Spectacular Now is a coming-of-age movie with a touch of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Say Anything. Both Shailene and Miles deliver their roles as 18-year-olds Sutter Keely and Aimee Finecky very naturally. This teen movie is in touch with reality in a way others aren't. The characters will really draw you in, giving you a great escape from the reality of being ill.
What did you think of this list? Do you have anything to add? What do you watch when you're sick? Let me know in the comments section below!