Good Movies to Watch When Bored – 2013 and 2014

Okay, so you’re looking for good movies to watch when bored. You may have a few hours to kill, or perhaps you’ve got a group of friends over and can’t decide which film to entertain you. This page will hopefully solve your problem deciding which movie to watch.

Pick a genre

In order to decide upon good movies to watch when bored, you need to pick what type of movie you feel like watching.

Good Movies to Watch When Bored: A Guide

Good Action Movies To Watch

bane_and_batman_the_dark_knight_rises Action movies are known for explosions, car chases, and gun fights, but there are many action movies out there with great stories too. Want a good action movie with an above average plot and solid VFX? There are 20 to choose from below!

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
The Dark Knight Rises Die Hard
Inception The Matrix
The Dark Knight Rises Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Batman Begins Heat
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 The Terminator
The Bourne Ultimatum Predator
Casino Royale Mission: Impossible
Avatar Speed
The Avengers The Rock
Minority Report Jurassic Park

Good Animated Movies To Watch

how-to-train-your-dragon-2 Disney and Pixar are known for producing great animated movies. Since Toy Story and Shrek 2D animation has become less popular, but there are still plenty of classics to enjoy.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Finding Nemo Toy Story
Up! Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3 Bambi
How to Train Your Dragon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Incredibles The Lion King
WALL-E Pinocchio
Ratatouille Beauty and the Beast
Monsters Inc. The Iron Giant
Spirited Away Dumbo
Coraline Aladdin

Good Comedy Movies To Watch

ted-movie Comedy is subjective so one person may be getting stomach cramps from laughing, while another will sit there stone faced. The comedies below should entertain most and should get laughs from even the most grumpy of people. Good comedy movies are always best to watch in groups, so grabs some friends and choose one from the list below.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Anchorman Airplane!
Ted There's Something About Mary
Superbad Groundhog Day
Shaun of the Dead American Pie
Team America: World Police Dumb & Dumber
Borat Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
The Hangover This Is Spinal Tap
Hot Fuzz Scary Movie
Wedding Crashers Monty Python's Life of Brian
Meet The Parents Annie Hall

Good Fantasy Movies To Watch

the-hobbit Fantasy movies have historically been quite campy and low budget, but The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter changed all that. If you want some escapism to magical and fantastical worlds you won’t go wrong with any of the movies below.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 The Wizard of Oz
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Labyrinth
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Jason And The Argonauts
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Edward Scissorhands
Pan's Labyrinth The Neverending Story
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Mary Poppins
How to Train Your Dragon Splash
Enchanted The Witches
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Fantasia

Good Horror Movies To Watch

The-Shining When it comes to finding a good horror movie to watch you can always rely on old classics. Horror movies just aren’t made like they used to be (with actual scares instead of gore and sudden load noises), but there are still a number of recent horror movies worth watching.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Let the Right One In The Exorcist
The Cabin in the Woods The Shining
28 Days Later The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Ring A Nightmare on Elm Street
Saw Scream
The Descent Psycho
The Host The Silence of the Lambs
Shaun Of The Dead The Omen
Drag Me To Hell The Evil Dead
Trick 'r Treat The Wicker Man

Good Kids Movies To Watch

Finding_Nemo_Marlin_Dory Good kids movies, also known as family movies, can become timeless. It doesn’t matter how old some movies are they will still be enjoyed by generations to come.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Finding Nemo Toy Story
Toy Story 3 Toy Story 2
The Incredibles Mary Poppins
Shrek The Wizard of Oz
Monsters Inc. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Hugo Babe
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit The Lion King
Up! Beauty and the Beast
The Muppets The Sound of Music
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Jumanji

Good Musical Movies To Watch

les-miserables-dvd-release-date Musicals aren’t as common as they once were, but recent movies such as Les Misérables and Mamma Mia! have shown there is still a demand for films where people burst into song.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Les Misérables The Wizard of Oz
The Phantom of the Opera Singin' in the Rain
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mary Poppins
Hairspray The Sound of Music
Enchanted Grease
Mamma Mia! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Good Romantic Movies To Watch

the-notebook This will be the category for all the females who want to watch a good romantic movie with friends (or alone if they’re feeling soppy). I’m sure there will be plenty of men who enjoy these types of movies too, they just don’t want to admit it!

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
The Notebook Casablanca
Brokeback Mountain When Harry Met Sally
Lost In Translation Gone With The Wind
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Titanic
Before Sunset Lady And The Tramp
Slumdog Millionaire Beauty and The Beast
(500) Days Of Summer Dirty Dancing
Once Pretty Woman
Atonement Shakespeare In Love
Love Actually Annie Hall

Good Sci-Fi Movies To Watch

looper-01 Classic sci-fi movies such as Star Wars have influenced many movies in this genre for decades, and with the advancement in technology and CGI sci-fi movies are more popular than ever.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
Avatar The Terminator
District 9 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Looper Blade Runner
Minority Report Alien
Moon Aliens
Cloud Atlas The Abyss
Star Trek Back to the Future
Inception The Matrix
Children of Men Star Wars
Sunshine 2001: A Space Odyssey

Good Superhero Movies To Watch

avengers In 2013 we are spoiled for choice when it comes to good superhero movies to watch. The genre really has started to dominate over the last decade, and that will continue for some time. Due to how recent the superhero craze is, the list below just contains all the good superhero movies regardless of how new or old they are.

The Avengers Superman The Movie
X-Men: First Class Iron Man 3
X2 Batman
Spider-Man 2 Chronicle
Batman Begins Kick-Ass
The Dark Knight Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises Watchmen
Iron Man Man of Steel
Thor Captain America: The First Avenger
The Incredibles The Amazing Spider-Man

Good Thriller Movies To Watch

he_departed A good thriller is hard to pull off as it requires a tight script and solid storytelling, instead of relying on explosions. Good thrillers keep you guessing, which is where the ‘keeping you at the edge of your seat’ line comes from.

Recent Movies Older Movies (before 2000)
The Departed Silence of the Lambs
Oldboy The Usual Suspects
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reservoir Dogs
Shutter Island Se7en
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Heat
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Talented Mr. Ripley
Insomnia Run Lola Run
Zodiac Leon
The Bourne Ultimatum Scarface
Casino Royale The Sixth Sense

Are there any good movies to watch when bored that have been missed? Add yours in the comments section below?

  • McGygas

    No Robocop?. lame

  • Soyer Arigumus

    Insomnia? Come on!

  • Roger Senra

    What about the WESTERNS?? Its a sinful ommission!

    • nasilele lisselo


      The Proposition
      3:10 To Yuma
      True Grit
      Shanghai Noon
      The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
      No Country for Old Men (Modern)


      Young Guns
      The Quick and The Dead
      Wyatt Earp


      The Good the Bad and the Ugly
      A Fistful of Dollars
      The Wild Bunch

      etc etc

  • guest

    seriously musicals and no “my fair lady”? you have no clue

  • carapera

    Zodiak is so boring…ah, ok yes, It’s a David Fincher movie, we are not allowed to say nothing.

    • Amanda

      you are right, mister!!!

  • nasilele lisselo

    Magician Movies


    The Prestige
    The Illusionist
    Now You See Me
    The Great Buck Howard


    House of Games
    Nightmare Alley
    Lord of Illusions

  • Cerone


  • imbaputa

    fuck?broke mountain?LOL!

    • Amanda

      it’s a great movie, actually

  • Heavy Guy

    This is the End, should be in the comedy section.

  • Irina

    Meet Joe Black.

    • Elizabeth

      can also the the princess bride not cartoons

  • aswin

    definitely liking the thriller section right about now,,,

  • mr chicken legs

    the great gastby?

  • Guest

    The outsiders???

  • Guest

    any of the lion kings?


    ^-^ I hate like 7 movies on each list. So get better ideas, cause i’m bored sitting on the couch all day searching for movies!

  • Licka

    This is a stupid list..I’VE ALREADY WATCHED ALL OF THISS!! -.-

  • asdkfjaksjdlfjaklsjdlfka

    the purge? come on guys…

    • Amanda


  • crazy geena

    you forgot about the gremlins its an amazingly funny film 1 and 2 ok :) :) :-)

  • Kirk T Jinks

    the edge

  • pitch perfect fan

    *cough cough* Pitch Perfect *cough cough*

  • ilovecupcakes

    the hunger games mann