Top 5 Classic Movies to Watch on a Sick Day

Posted by Claire Dunderman May 6, 2013 2 Comments 11262 views

Spring is a grand time for some. The sun is shining, the days are growing longer, and the smell of flowers is starting to fill the air. But for some of us, those very things are our downfall in the dreaded season of allergies. Getting sick when it’s beautiful out isn’t always fun, but what can be fun is sitting in bed with some ice cream and watching some classic feel-good movies to make the pain go away. Here are my…

What are your favorite sick day movies?

Top 5 Classic Movies to Watch on a Sick Day

Operation Petticoat (1959)


Attractive, sea-worthy (or mainly sea-worthy, if you don’t initially count Tony Curtis’ suave-with-the-ladies yet bumbling-with-the-crew Nick Holden) men in a pink submarine? What more could you want when you’re grabbing for the tissue box? Not only does this classic have some eye candy, but it’s a very fun film with plenty hijinks that are easy to laugh at when you’re coughing up a lung.

 The Thin Man (1934)

Still image from "The Thin Man"

Out of all the film noir murder mysteries, when can you honestly say that you have laughed more? A terrier, a sarcastic wife, and a witty, washed up detective try to uncover the truth of a slew of set-up murders. The fast-paced interaction and chemistry between Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy respectively) give obvious reason as to why there were so many sequels. The perfect movie (or even movie collection) to cheer you up.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Still image from "Arsenic and Old Lace"

Maybe I’m just partial to Cary Grant, but then again, who isn’t? Watching Grant as the newlywed Mortimer Brewster have to try to contain his murderous, yet incredibly sweet aunts is a gem, and if you’ve seen it before, it’s the perfect movie to watch, doze off to, then wake up again and still get in a couple laughs before going back to your nap.

Roman Holiday (1953)

Still image from "Roman Holiday"

Sometimes, you just want a good cry, and that definitely happens a lot when you’re sick. For me, Roman Holiday does just that, with the iconic ending just always putting me over the edge into tears. It’s a good kind of crying, though, as you feel as if you got to share their love with them. And an awesome trip to Rome without having to pay for travel.

Harvey (1950)

Still image from "Harvey"

The first time I stayed at my grandma and grandpa’s apartment overnight without my mom and dad, I cried. So, to assuage my homesickness, my grandma put on Harvey, which was my favorite movie at the time. It still is one of them, and it is the perfect movie to cure any kind of sickness: sick in bed, homesickness, lovesickness (let’s face it – that nurse and doctor are very cute together. Elwood could have been a matchmaker). 

What are your favorite sick day movies?

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  1. My sick day/comfort food movies are also a mixed lot:

    BEND OF THE RIVER (1952) western starring Jimmy Stewart. Revenge, redemption and Technicolor. My family wonders how many bad guys have to die before I feel better.

    SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954). If Howard Keel isn’t the cure then there is none.

    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951). If that alien thinks he’s going to get our blood, he’s got another think coming. Great Hawksian flare is a cure for anything.

    BLOCK-HEADS (1938). Oliver Hardy takes his old army buddy Stan Laurel home to meet the wife. What could go wrong?

    LIFE WITH FATHER (1947). William Powell is a hoot as the eccentric father of a 19th century family. “Madam, I am the character of my home.”

  2. - May 12, 2013
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    Great choices for a sick day! I wholeheartedly approve of this list.

    One day last year, I was dreadfully sick and probably took too much cough syrup. I was watching comedies from the 1960s and wowee! Those are trippy films when you’re on cold medication.

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