Our favourite films to curl up with on a rainy day
Our favourite oldie! Grace Kelly and Cary Grant are a joy to watch on a rainy day. When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence, helped by a beautiful heiress and her mother.
Buy To Catch A Thief
Tom Hanks plays a FedEx executive who washes up on a deserted island after a plane crash and has to overcome huge mental and physical challenges to survive. We reckon this is his best performance ever and it really pulls at the heart strings – especially when he finally arrives back in civilization only to find his fiancé’s life has moved on during his absence.
Buy Cast Away
The best of all girlie movies for sure with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as an Arkansas waitress and housewife who go on a roadtrip, inadvertently committing murder on the way and having to go on the run from the police.
Most of Meryl Streep’s movies are fabulous fodder for a rainy day but we reckon this is one of the best. A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl who is delicious in the role!
Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Judi Dench and Penelope Wilton wave the flag for British actresses in this hilarious and moving feel-good film about British retirees who travel to India to what they believe is a newly restored hotel. It’s a joy to watch this stellar cast finding their lives intermingling in a ramshackle but charming hotel run by Sonny (played by the gorgeous Dev Patel) who is dominated by his formidable mother. One to lift the spirits.
A New York magazine editor and gruff pilot crash land on a desert island during a storm and have to overcome their mutual loathing in order to survive. Only a week later the characters, played by Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, feel rather differently about each other. You may know where it’s going from the start but no matter – it’s very watchable!
A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson light up the screen.
This is director Ridley Scott at his most gentle and romantic and, boy, does it work, especially with the acting talents of Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence and, as he tries to renovate it to be sold, he discovers that not all the good things in life are driven by profit.
Buy A Good Year
A Women’s Institute chapter’s fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation. The thing about this movie is you can watch it time and time again and it still leaves you with a smile.
Buy Calendar Girls
The most charming movie of the 90s starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling. Everything happens just as you want it to!
Buy French Kiss