Watch away the rainy day

Classic films for inclement weather


Peyton Sims

Photo illustration by Peyton Sims. A teenage girl sit on her couch with a blanket and popcorn ready to enjoy a classic film.

Story by Peyton Sims, culture editor

You’re curled up on your couch as you listen to the falling rain outside. The rain drops bounce off the window pane, making it difficult for you not to doze off. When the stormy weather keeps you from leaving the comfort of your home, a cozy movie day is the perfect alternative to going out. If you want to reminisce on iconic films ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s and overwhelm yourself with nostalgia, the following list will provide you with the perfect movie to binge watch the rain away. 

“The Breakfast Club” 

If you’re looking for a classic film that’s full of 80s visuals and music, “The Breakfast Club” is the movie for you. Directed by the legendary John Hughes, the plot follows five teenagers who end up in detention together and are left with no other option except to get to know each other. All of the teens learn how to befriend one another despite their differences and varied cliques. After watching this movie, it’s likely that you’ll be adding top hits from the 80s to your playlist and begin to steal your parent’s old band tees in order to look like the 80s teen you so badly wish you were. 

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Yet another great John Hughes film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” follows a highschooler around the city while he plays hookie with his best friend and girlfriend. Ferris Bueller is ensured to remind you to take in every second of life because if you blink, you just might miss it. This comical movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Ferris Bueller through his day living every high schooler’s dream. 

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

One of the most classic romantic comedies is by far “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Released in 1961, the film stars Audrey Hepburn. She meets a man who moved into her apartment building as she’s in search of a rich man to marry. The movie features the song “Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn and will immerse you in the fashion and beauty from the 60s. 


This 90s film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater will leave you in shock as you watch the gory plot unravel before you. The lead character, Veronica, is dissatisfied with her bratty friend group which leads her to do the unthinkable. By the end of the movie, you’ll be hoping your high school experience will never be like that of Veronica Sawyer. 

“The Goonies” 

A classic comedic adventure. Need I say more? “The Goonies” follows a group of kids who hunt for hidden treasure based on a map they found in an attic. This movie will take you on an adventure as you grow to love the characters and begin to feel like you’re trying to find the hidden treasure along with them. Directed by Stephen Spielburg, this beloved 80s film has inspired numerous current shows and movies like “Stranger Things,” which even features one of the original goonies, Sean Astin. You will stay tied to the plot of this film and will without a doubt be entertained until the very end. 

“The Sound of Music” 

Starring Julie Andrews, this film follows a governess who cares for seven children while bringing the joy of music into their home. It’s likely you can sing along to at least one of the iconic songs whether it’s “Do-re-mi,” “The Sound of Music” or “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” without having seen the movie previously. If you’re a person who loves classic music as well as breathtaking videography, you can’t go wrong with watching “The Sound of Music.”

“Stand by Me” 

Based on a Stephen King novel, “Stand by Me” follows a group of young kids as they take a weekend trip hiking through the woods in an attempt to find a missing body. The kids face unexpected trials along the way but form an unbreakable bond on their journey. If you want a suspenseful yet wholesome plot that’s full of classic tunes from the 50s and 60s, this will be a perfect film to watch on a rainy day.  

“The Outsiders” 

Most people may remember reading this book when they were in middle school, making the movie even more enjoyable. The movie follows the journey of several young delinquent boys trying to escape town due to a crime they committed. You will undoubtedly be tied into the plot twists of the rival gangs, the Socs and Greasers. When you finish watching the film, the reference stay gold Ponyboy will take on a whole new meaning. 

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” 

If you want a movie that captures all of the high school drama from the consequences of first love to the regrets of high school, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is right up your alley. This movie tells the true trials of a teen in the 80s, so be prepared to be in shock at the scandalous love triangles and comical script. 


Featuring Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, “Clueless” brings you into the world of a rich and popular diva who is perfect at matchmaking. This movie proves that even a gorgeous popular girl shares imperfections with your everyday teen.This movie is often referenced when it comes to 90s fashion due to the trendy plaid skirts and blazers, along with some fun hats,  which are coming back in style today. After watching this rom-com, you’ll be clueless to why you haven’t watched it before. 

“Edward Scissorhands” 

Last but not least, a classic film with a not-so-classic plot, “Edward Scissorhands.” Starring the icons Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, this film is about a man who had been given scissors for hands as an experiment. He was left on his own in an abandoned mansion until he found his way into the life of beautiful Kim. Directed by Tim Burton, this movie has a plot unlike any other that will leave you wanting to watch it over and over again. 

After reading this list, hopefully a couple, if not all, of the movies make you want to curl up on your couch and get to watching these films. Check your local weather forecast, and when a thunderstorm is expected to approach, grab some popcorn, your favorite blanket and the remote to begin the marathon of your lifetime.