1. Pitch Perfect
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance.
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson.
You have watched this movie a thousand times, you know the dialogues and you have memorized the songs; but will that stop you from enjoying while watching this musical again? Definitely not. The movie revolves around The Barden Bellas, an all-girls acapella singing team which contains an ensemble of girls of all sizes and colors. When Beca, a girl who likes to keep to herself with music blasting in her headphones arrives at her new college, she somehow joins The Barden Bellas. The only common thing they have with each other is their impeccable sound. Together, they bring a mixture of their individualities in performances that will blow you over. The humor is refreshing and the fabulous singing will get you grooving even inside the bundle of pillows and blankets.
2. You’ve Got Mail
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear.
Romantic comedies are not everyone’s cup of tea, but when you are sick lying in bed, a feel-good movie is all you need; and this film stands among the top ones of its genre. Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox become business rivals when Joe opens up a super-sized bookstore across the street from Kathleen’s children bookstore in New York, putting Kathleen’s livelihood in threat. While they despise each other in person, they start to talk to each other on the internet as anonymous people and start sharing intimate conversations. It offers one of the best endings ever and the fact that the chemistry does not get boring even if watched for the 20th time is an ode to the intelligent script, the believability of the lead pair, and good pacing.
3. Beauty and the Beast
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical.
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.
A tale as old as time itself, yet feels refreshing to watch even for the 1000th time. A sore throat will not stop you from singing along to the songs. An egotistical prince is cursed to live as a hideous beast until he can learn to love someone truly. When Belle, an innocent and sweet human girl arrives at his castle, he begins to see hope after a very long time. Belle slowly makes friends with enchanted servants voiced by Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, and Ewan McGregor; and soon she wins over the distant and repulsive beast by her kindness. Emma Watson is the ideal choice for Belle and no one else would have worked. Seeing this will take you back to the glorious times of childhood bedtime stories.
4. Love, Actually
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Cast: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson.
Written and directed by Richard Curtis, this rich in character movie follows the story of eight very different couples and their relationships. During the five weeks preceding December, these 16 lives and their problems are highlighted in this classic tale of love and loss. The magnificent acting and expert screenwriting makes the characters so lifelike that you end up rooting for all of them to be happy. Love, Actually is one of the movies that choose to offer fairy tale endings and relies on love that multiples itself after complications arise.
5. The Parent Trap
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama.
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson.
The Parent Trap is the perfect movie for you if you feel nostalgic while you are sick. It tells the tale of identical twins Hallie and Annie, who meet at a summer camp and realize that they were separated after birth due to their parent’s separation. Eager to meet their other parent, they decide to swap with each other and later devise a plan to reunite their mom and dad. Young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakthrough role, the comedy is light and sweetly timed, the direction is smart and assured, and the visuals are bright and colorful.
6. High Rise
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi.
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller.
Based on the cerebral science fiction novel by J.G. Ballard, the movie follows Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants but the building soon starts to encounter frequent power outages during which the social strata begins to unravel, and drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny. Tom Hiddleston goes above and beyond to give a performance that is arguably one of the best of his entire career. This movie works as a strong metaphor on social status and class systems, and becomes slightly unsettling for some viewers.
7. Groundhog Day
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance.
Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott.
As Bill Murray relives his worst day over and over, being sick would not feel like the worst thing ever. He plays a weatherman who is sent to cover a story he calls “rat”. Frustrated on being stuck with this story for the last four years, he awakens the next day only to find that it is Groundhog Day all over again. Gradually he comes to the realization that he is stuck in an endless loop for eternity. It is not only one of the most original and funniest comedies ever made, it brings forth a lot of questions about having eternity at your hands. After you are done laughing at Murray’s desperation of reliving the same day and meeting the same people, this movie will turn out to be one of the deepest movies of its decade.
8. 13 Going on 30
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance.
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer.
On the surface, it may look like an average romantic comedy, but through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, we come to see how shallow and wrong modern society is. Thirteen-year-old Jenna is humiliated at her 13th birthday party and thinks her life cannot get any worse. She locks herself inside her cupboard and wishes to be thirty years old with a hot body, a cool boyfriend, an amazing job and her dream wardrobe. Thanks to some wishing dust, she wakes up the next day to see that all of these things have come true. But she realizes that something is missing, and she had taken for granted the only good thing in her life. This is the perfect rom-com to watch when you are feeling low and Mark Ruffalo will help wipe away all your woes.
9. Doctor Strange
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams.
Doctor Strange offers a splendid combination of its weird mystical origin with the blockbuster elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, giving this already amazing movie further depth. Doctor Strange is an acclaimed neurosurgeon who comes to know that he cannot practice surgery anymore after a tragic accident. Frustrated by this incident, he goes on a journey of physical and spiritual healing but ends up uncovering a whole new world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. A powerful mystic, known as the Ancient One, takes him under her care and he has to undergo extensive training after which he becomes the protector of reality. The jaw-dropping visuals will get you out of that lethargic feeling that comes with being sick.
10. Wonder Woman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright.
Born and raised on a remote sheltered island, Diana is a princess of the Amazons, who are fierce female warriors. When a pilot crashes nearby on the shores of the island, he informs them of the massive conflict of World War I that is engulfing the planet. Diana vows to use her powers to ensure peace in the outside world and as a result, discovers her full powers and true destiny. Gal Gadot’s charming performance combined with a thrilling plot makes this movie one of DCEU’s best. Amid all the spectacular action sequences, a slight amount of humor and romance was a wise decision.
11. How To Train Your Dragon
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure.
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
This movie is as good as an animated film can get on almost every level: beautifully written, well-designed and imaginatively executed. Living on the Island of Berk, Hiccup is a small, clumsy, but inventive son of a strong and huge Viking chief, who is always disappointed in him. Hiccup aspires to become a true Viking and hunt the dragons that frequently attack his village. However, to prove his worth to his father, he ventures out into the battle to capture a dragon and ends up befriending a Night Fury, the mysterious dragon that is feared by everyone. He names him Toothless and a new doorway opens for the friendship and cohabitation between dragons and humans.
12. The Princess Bride
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy.
Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright.
A grandfather reads the story of a farm boy-turned-pirate, who undergoes a long and hard journey to be reunited to his true love, to his sick grandchild who wants a story filled action and adventure. Westley is a farm boy who goes out to look for a fortune so he can marry his true love, Buttercup. He is presumed dead at sea so Buttercup is promised off to the evil Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Westley must do all it takes to rescue Buttercup from the evil villain. A post-modern fairytale jam-packed with action and revenge, so much so that it uses satirical humor to almost laugh at the conventions of the age-old fairytale genre.
13. Pride and Prejudice
Genre: Drama, Romance.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn.
The movie is a spirited modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel and follows the story of the five Bennet sisters (namely Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia) who have come of age to step into the adult world and find appropriate suitors for themselves. While their mother is anxious about finding wealthy partners for her daughters, young and wealthy Mr. Bingley and his best friend, Mr. Darcy arrive in their neighborhood. Jane and Charles seem to like each other immediately, but Elizabeth takes a dislike to the egocentric Darcy, who seems distant and proud. Elizabeth and Darcy frequently find each other in the same places and start to learn more about each other. Even though they don’t care for one another, they can’t stop thinking about each other, either. Keira Knightley excels in her first leading actress role and she captures the true essence of the quick-witted Elizabeth from the novel. Even if you have a fever and cannot really focus on complex things, this is a pretty simple movie that you can never get enough of.
14. Home Alone
Genre: Comedy, Family.
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.
This highly successful and beloved family comedy is one of the movies that everyone grew up watching on Christmas Eve. The night before Christmas, Kevin and his brother fall into a scuffle and as a punishment, Kevin has to spend the night locked in his room on the third floor. The next day, the whole family leaves for their vacation in Paris, completely forgetting about the 8-year-old Kevin. Being home alone is all fun and games for a while until he has to protect his house from two burglars, Harry and Marv, who are planning to rob every house on the street on Christmas Eve. The whole thing is gloriously tinged with nostalgia and it will remind you of better days to come.