Movie night has always been a childhood favorite that hasn’t gone away, even as I have entered my adult years and married life. One of my favorite places to be is curled up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, a steaming cup of something sitting on a coaster on the coffee table, watching the newest, or sometimes oldest, flick. Rain hitting the roof and the soft rumble of thunder was just an added bonus.
You definitely would find me curled up at home versus an actual theater, but for date night, that is always a go to. (not so much anymore, thanks corona!) However, I have my other reasons too….I just could never justify spending three bucks for a bottle of water. Don’t blame me. Every penny counts.
Plus, being at home you can be as loud as you want and no body judges you for how emotional you become.
I decided to create a list of my top ten rainy day cinema choices in no particular order.
Let’s get to it!
1. Wreck it Ralph
I am a kid at heart. Anything animated brings back childhood nostalgia and who doesn’t want that? Adult life is hard! If you can slow down and at least pretend for an hour and a half that you do not have adult responsibilities looming over your head, wouldn’t you want that? 😉 When Wreck it Ralph came out, it was immediately a family favorite. Because how often do we feel like Ralph? An outcast, misunderstood, lonely, left out? I love how they navigate his story in a way that helps him to see that he is valued, that what he does matters. A burger and fries accompanied by a milkshake would round out this cinema choice rather well.
2. National Treasure 1 + 2
I might not be the one to jump head first into a series of documentaries, but I do like history and learning more about things in our world. National Treasure has always been a family favorite that we watch for family movie nights consistently. Seeing Ben so interested in treasure hunting and believing in something when everyone else was against him was inspiring. He was passionate and was willing to do anything because he believed. He was also willing to do anything to save those around him. The first move is all on finding an expensive treasure by use of a sunken ship and the Declaration of Independence….which eventually gets stolen by someone, but I’ll let you figure that out. And then in the second one, is all on the President’s Secret Book, Sebola, and the lost city of gold. Someone also gets kidnapped in this one as well, but I won’t spoil it for you. 😉 A large pizza and a two liter bottle of something, would complement this movie fairly well.
This one….man….where do I start. This has been a favorite for a long time. I quote this movie more times than not. For example:
“Oh my giant blue head!”
“Here’s my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that’s right… I’m falling to my death. Guess they can’t. How did it all come to this? Well, my end starts at the beginning… The very beginning!”
This movie hits all the feels as he finally realizes that money, fame, and drama isn’t everything. He came to realize that being the villain was lonely. He had no friends. It was an awesome movie to watch as you saw him go from a villain who everyone hated, to the new superhero who is counted on to save the city. It is always neat to watch his growth as he came to realize what was important in life. A great movie to watch with a bag of Doritos and a root beer float. Childhood at its finest. 🙂
4. Saving Mr. Banks
This movie is one of my all time favorites. More than anyone in my family probably. It brings back the memories of watching the original with Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. A timeless classic. This one was interesting because it shows the behind the scenes of what making Mary Poppins could have actually looked like.
Emma Thompson is pure gold and does such an amazing job in this movie and does such a great job portraying a character that probably was not an easy one to play. Cuddled up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows would complete this rainy day favorite.
5. The Princess Diaries
The first and second movie are both favorites of mine. I think because Mia reminds me so much of myself. No, I’m not an heir to a throne and have my own castle, but she reminds me of me in the way she acts, in the way she talks. She is clumsy, but does not let that stop her from living life. She wants a normal life, but knows how important her family is to her. She may not be the prettiest at the beginning, but those closest to her see her true beauty, far beyond what is just skin deep. I admire her fierce determination, her grit, her love for family, and her ability to take every struggle in stride and continue moving forward. Any type of chocolate would go with this one extremely well. Girls night anyone?
Full honesty here, I have only ever watched this one a handful of times, but have thoroughly enjoyed it the times that I have. This one deserves a bed full of miscellaneous candy and chocolate as well as a cup of warm apple cider accompanied by a cool, fall night.
I am not a huge fan of horror movies, and honestly, would more so classify this one as suspense, but what do I know? I actually enjoyed this movie though. It wasn’t all based on blood and gore, and dead people coming alive. There was a creepy clown that I would not want to come across in a dark alley, but I wasn’t terrified like I was in other horror movies. Here was this clown that feasted on the fear of children, and after those children were not afraid anymore, he grew smaller and smaller and not as scary. I definitely liked this one, but would not watch it by myself. As suspenseful as it is, it’s still scary. Perfect to watch with all the lights on and a cup of something strong in your hand.
8. War Room
Out of all of these, this is by far my favorite. The Kendrick Brothers have made many films and I have a couple that stand out, but this one is mainly on prayer and it is amazing. It is all about how prayer is our main line of defense. How we need to go to God in prayer before anything else. It shows how He restores, how He redeems, how He brings people out from horrible places. He can take anything and make it beautiful again. He can restore broken homes, broken relationships, broken people, if only we come to Him in prayer and admit that we cannot do anything ourselves. That we need Him for everything. That He is enough. This movie had me so entranced that you probably could watch it start to finish without needing something to snack on. Just my personal opinion. It is that good.
This movie is absolutely phenomenal and one of my favorite lines is: “Devil, you just got your butt kicked!”
9. Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit
This one really needs no explanation. Both of these franchises are beautifully and artistically done. All of the actors and actress outdo themselves. You can watch these for hours and still get something out of it that you missed before. These are my brother’s favorites too and it is nice to have something we can connect on. Popcorn would also complement this movie nicely, coming from someone who is not a big popcorn fan. For some reason, popcorn just seems right for a movie that is two to three hours in length. These movies are stellar and I would highly recommend them. I honestly cannot wait to read the books soon.
10. A Walk to Remember
A couple years ago, I was reading and watching everything Nicholas Sparks. I truly enjoyed how he wrote his books and how descriptive he was in his writing. I eventually decided to stop reading and watching them due to the fact of how descriptive the love scenes were. For personal reasons, I made the decision to not allow myself to watch those. However, this one I would for sure watch again. I fell in love with this story and the movie when I watched it. It was so different than any of his novels that I had read. I read the book in one sitting: two hours, start to finish, and then watched the movie at a later date. I loved how he fell in love with her without her changing anything about her. He loved her for her and I think that is rare nowadays. I loved watching their story transpire as it went from her being a social outcast, to him falling head over heels in love with her. This one is perfect for a rainy, cold night with a glass of wine, some popcorn with movie theater butter, and a box of tissues.
I am a huge movie nut so I definitely have more favorites than just these listed above. However, if I went through every single one, it would eventually turn from a blog post into a full blown novel and I do not think you guys want to listen to me talk for that long. 🙂
Keep an eye out for another post on my top 10 favorite TV series’. As much as I love movies, I am excited to share my favorite TV shows because those hype me up!