If you reside in Central Iowa, the weather today may bring several adjectives to mind. Blustery. Miserable. Disgusting. If you’re not super opinionated, or aren’t much for adjectives, you could simply say rainy. Or cold.

Either way you slice it this weather is conducive to a few things and only a few things. Laying in bed or on the couch, wrapped up in blankets, watching movies. It is NOT conducive to getting up at 5:50 and going and working out like I did. It’s not really conducive to leaving the house AT ALL, let alone before the sun comes up.

So today, because I can’t be at home snuggling with a bowl of popcorn and a remote control, we’re going to pay homage to the ten movies I would opt to watch on a rainy day. Some are chick flicks, some aren’t and they’re not really in any particular order—but I’m fairly certain that everyone can find something on this list.

Part of it takes place on a beach, it has a young Tom Cruise before he went all Scientological on us, and a pretty adorable Elisabeth Shue. What else do you need?

The Notebook
I think we can all agree that one of the best scenes in this movie is the rain scene. If that can’t make you feel better about a rainy day, I’m not sure what can.

Dumb & Dumber
It’s pretty easy to be in a foul mood when it’s this gross outside, so you need a little mindless humor. So sit back and let Harry Dunn and Lloyd Christmas take care of that for you.

Maybe you want to sulk on this rainy day. And listen to people curse. And watch a bunch of people get offed. You’ll realize at least only the weather has you down—at least you’re not Karen flushing kilos of coke.

I love this movie. You time it right you can watch it 14 times on TNT or TBS over the course of a weekend. Kurt Russell was ruggedly handsome in this and Goldie Hawn whipped him and his boys into shape.

The Replacements
There has to be a sports movie in there somewhere, why not have one with Keanu Reeves where for once in his acting career he’s not all serious? Throw in stripper cheerleaders, a deaf wide receiver, and an ex-con tailback and you’ve got your next hour and 40 minutes taken care of.

Dirty Dancing
Duh. How could this not end up on the list? Good music, good dancing, Jennifer Grey before her nose job, and a very much alive Patrick Swayze in his leather jacket reminding us that nobody puts Baby in the corner.

Rock of Ages
It’s like watching the best 80’s CD ever come to life. If I’m at home watching this by myself you better believe I’m singing along. And totally cheering for Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand.

The Shawshank Redemption
This is one of the best movies ever, regardless of when you watch it. Why not watch it on a rainy day? You’ll be thankful you’re not in jail and that you didn’t have to escape during a storm like Andy did.

Road Trip
Another funny one. You’re going to need one of those after Shawshank. Maybe you’ll find you can’t take the weather and need to actually go on a road trip. To Boston. Or Austin.

I realize you don’t have to wait for a rainy day to watch these movies, but if I were stuck at home on a day like today, these are absolutely ones I would pick to help me pass the time. And if you can’t find a single one in that list that strikes your fancy, I don’t know what to tell you. If Harry and Lloyd can’t pull you out of the dumps that this weather has put you in, I don’t know who or what can.


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