Good Movies to Watch When You’re Bored

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

When you’re bored out of your skull, there’s nothing better than a good movie to get those synapses firing and the ‘ol blood pumping just a bit faster. I’m not claiming the following movies are the all-time best, but they are guaranteed to shake you from your lethargic state and make life seem fun again. So without further adieu, I present ten good movies to watch when you’re bored.

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The Fifth Element (1997) – Bruce Willis is Corbin Dallas, a badass former soldier who now works as a cabbie in the distant future. When the mysterious Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his cab, Dallas gets caught up in a galactic plot involving shape-shifting aliens, blue-skinned opera singers, and the ultimate force of evil in the universe. Gary Oldman plays yet another villain as industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg, and Chris Tucker will cause your eardrums to melt as the annoying galactic radio host Ruby Rhod.

eurotripEuroTrip (2004) – Imagine that you just found out your girlfriend is a huge slut who’s been doing the lead singer of a local band. At the same time, you also realize that your long-time pen pal from Germany who’s been flirting with you recently is actually of the female persuasion. The logical step would be to head off to Europe and track her down, and that’s just what Scotty Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) does. Along with three of his pals, he gets a crash course in Europe, complete with soccer hooligans, horny Italians, vengeful mimes, and a trucker wanted for raping a horse. I’m normally not a big fan of these sorts of films, but something about EuroTrip really tickled the ‘ol funny bone. Maybe it was all the cameos, including Matt Damon, Lucy Lawless, Fred Armisen, Diedrich Bader, Vinnie Jones, and Rade Serbedzija.

Duck Soup (1933) – Considered the masterpiece of the Marx Brothers, Duck Soup sees Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) appointed as the head of the bankrupt nation of Freedonia. His attempts at political maneuverings are horrible to say the least, and the film’s climax takes place during a madcap battle scene. Duck Soup features musical numbers, sight gags, one-liners, and much more (including the now-famous mirror scene). If you’re never experienced the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers, this is the place to start.

Battle Royale (2001) – This controversial film deals with a class of Japanese students who are taken by the government and forced to participate in a program called Battle Royale. Basically, in an effort to prove to the youth that they’re still in charge, the rulers of Japan place these teens on an island and force them to engage in lethal combat until only one is left. Their bitter ex-teacher, Kitano (Takeshi Kitano), has volunteered to help run the game, and it’s not long before sweet Japanese schoolchildren are dropping like flies. The contest also includes a few deadly “exchange” students brought in just for the game, including a previous winner and a teen with hair that’s almost as crazy as he is.

Aliens (1986) – If you’re looking for good movies to watch when you’re bored, why not try one of the biggest sci-fi/action films of the ‘80s? James Cameron directs, and Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ripley, the lone survivor of a deadly xenomorph attack. When a mining colony loses contact, Ripley accompanies a group of space marines to investigate. What they find makes the terror of the first film look tame by comparison, and the survivors of the initial encounter must band together to make an escape. Keep an eye out for the film’s most famous scene, a futuristic catfight between the alien queen and a seriously pissed-off Ripley.

quick-and-deadThe Quick and the Dead (1995) – The concept is simple: each year, a quick-draw tournament is held in the Wild West town of Redemption. This contest brings cutthroats of all sorts, each of them gunning for a huge cash prize. But the mysterious “Lady” (Sharon Stone) enters the tournament for very different reasons, as does the outlaw-turned-preacher named Cort (Russell Crowe). Gene Hackman plays John Herod, the ruthless killer who runs Redemption with an iron fist, and a young Leonardo DiCaprio co-stars as his cocky son. Directed by Sam Raimi, The Quick and the Dead has a quick pace and visually compelling style which is sure to make your day seem a little less boring.

Enter the Dragon (1973) – Nothing will get your attention quite like a flying kick from Bruce Lee, and there’s lots of that to go around in Enter the Dragon. Lee plays a martial arts master who goes to investigate a fighting tournament on the mysterious island owned by a former Shaolin monk named Han. That all leads to plenty of intrigue and kung-fu action, including appearances by John Saxon, Jim Kelly, and Bolo Yeung. Look for Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung in uncredited roles.

Crank (2006) – Playing out like a video game on drugs, the appropriately titled Crank features Jason Statham as a hitman named Chev Chelios who wakes up to find he’s been injected with a lethal Chinese poison. With just a short time to live, he’s told by his doctor (Dwight Yoakam) that the only way to fight off the effects are by keeping his adrenaline flowing. Chev does that with a vengeance, brawling and speeding his away across a seedy L.A. landscape. He even manages to have sex with his girlfriend (Amy Smart) in front of Chinatown tourists and a busload of Asian schoolgirls. Great fun as long as you don’t take it seriously.

quarantineQuarantine (2008) – A reporter and her cameraman follow an EMT crew on the graveyard shift in this remake of a Spanish horror flick. After responding to a call at an apartment building, they soon find that they’ve been quarantined inside by local law enforcement. And that’s when the zombies (or zombie-like creatures) begin popping up. Lots of rapid (and bloody) action for the easily bored.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Filled with plenty of comedy, singing, and dancing, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the few musicals I can actually watch more than once. Gene Kelly shows off his tremendous on-screen charisma and dancing abilities, and Donald O’Connor can still wow modern audiences with his acrobatic talents during “Make ‘Em Laugh.” A classic film that also deals with the transition from silent movies to the “talkies.”

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October 14, 2009

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Great list, going to go with The Quick And The Dead For Free. I have seen some of these and they are good movies, thanks for this list, love your website. Check out mine at http://www.movieswatchfree.net and comment on mine if interested in link exchange on my frontpage PR3.

October 17, 2009

What

Why is Quarantine on any list of good movies?

October 19, 2009

Shane

Mostly just to piss you off.

October 26, 2009

jeff

thankssss

October 30, 2009

Shane

Yooooure Wellllcome.

December 27, 2009

Alice

hahaha Shane, you seem funny

December 28, 2009

Shane

I try, Alice. I really, really try.

January 2, 2010

masterweiss

wow u guys r a bunch of fagets

January 2, 2010

Shane

I believe the correct spelling is “faggots.” Any suggestions on how we could be more masculine like you?

January 8, 2010

Carguy1994

website that lets u serch for any movie u can think of personaly i would go for a fast and furious, crank, get rich or die tryin ,12 rounds, hitch is a laugh, hustle and flow, hot fuzz, roadkill, final destination, 21, bank job, transporter,wanted, xXx, midnight meat train. thats my lot of decent movies. hope it helps

January 16, 2010

Tis

-reads comments-
LOL
You just made my day Shane.

January 17, 2010

Gay

I would suggest Sherlock holmes,alvin and the chipmunks 2,Avatar,all about steve and stuff like tht its good have any of you got good websites for just movies??

January 31, 2010

cockmeat

I would suggest you all to shut the fudge up, none of your comments are useful

January 31, 2010

Xenocide

well there are some good ones in your comments ppl but they dont help like umm “cockmeat” said not usefull….

February 17, 2010

ben

the yellow one is the sun!

March 6, 2010

tortoisewith3legs

haa very bored but these comments made me laugh.. wasnt too taken by the film suggestions though .. haa but some are good … and yeah i doo love the film 12 rounds too :P :D x

March 19, 2010

BCBG

woow lmao these comments are hilarr

March 26, 2010

lubu666

I agree with most of the choices on the list, though perhaps Singing in the Rain could’ve been replaced with something else, like Death Note (1/2, not 3), 28 Days Later, or 300 (which I cannot believe is off this list!)

March 26, 2010

Shane

I wouldn’t disagree with those three choices. I enjoyed them all, especially the chest-pumping machismo of 300.

April 6, 2010

cas

A really good movie would have to be
Tick Tock Doc.
It is really really good and is basically about a docter being threatened over phone calls

i cannot say much about it but it is an awesome move

watch it!!!!!!

April 8, 2010

stinkyNdapink

i would have to say my favorite movie to watch when drunk/high is Antz. movie kicks ass on so many levels, including in my rectum.

April 24, 2010

meeee

i loved euro trip
it was soooo funny

May 4, 2010

Lucy

these comments are silly. and so are most of the names people used.

May 16, 2010

K.K

if you wanna watch a great movie watch any of the following

Heat
Casino
Goodfellas
Blow
Donny Brasco
City of God
V for vendetta
The Fountain
Find me guilty
Universal Soldier 1 2 and 3
The spirit
catch me if you can
requiem for a dream
the usual suspects
Raging bull
Scarface
The lord of the rings 1 2 and 3
American History X
Commando
changeling
mystic river
lakeview terrace

May 26, 2010

bob marley

wooooow you people are sad mate !!! the best movie is and allways will be …… STARSTRUCK !!! woooooooow peacceeeeeee !!

May 26, 2010

alice in wonderland

DONT BE MEAN !!! STARSTRUCK IS SHIT !!!!! alice in wonderland come on best movie ever !!!!

June 5, 2010

cummer

watch “the jacket” it’s a good movie that most people haven’t seen.

June 16, 2010

Drew Diesel

Commando never gets old for me.
We have also made this movie into a great drinking game. Take a drink for every person killed in this movie. It becomes a waterfall towards the end.

June 21, 2010

emma

well theres twilight, and newmoon but eclipse is cumming out and that looks good and soon theres breaking dawn so when eclipse and breaking dawn cum out u should try dem!

June 22, 2010

ME ME

you guys r all freaking wierd………….
and all of these movies stink!!
no help at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 7, 2010

thekidkiller

To all the childish little kids that come on here, just coz you can leave a comment, doesn’t mean you HAVE to leave a comment or abuse others. If you have nothing constructive to say don’t type anything at all. Just go back to your little games or your saved porno collection.

To the normal GROWN UP’S here
a few films i would like to share

Never back down
Wanted
Jumper
300
The business
Face off
Gone in 60 seconds
Avatar
Personaly.. Rocky <<– All of them
And im a big fan of Adam Sandler he's class. But im just naming a few films you might like and forgotten about. Old films are the best films to me.. =)

July 10, 2010

jumboshrimpandcarpetmuncher

WTF???

July 10, 2010

jumboshrimpandcarpetmuncher

None of the comments bloody helped

July 17, 2010

funnyflump

I have no clue why the films on this list are so useless. I would class non of them as being a good film to watch when bored but hey thats just me

July 17, 2010

Shane

Thanks, funnyflump. Glad you liked the list!

July 24, 2010

Jingleporch

Sometimes I play with cheese.

July 25, 2010

lovebird

Where can i find Hugh Grant movies?

July 25, 2010

Avatar sucks

avatar is a terrible movie so boring and gay. also the movie 21 sucks the big one as well. lemme go head and recommend donnie darko, pan’s labyrinth, and night at the roxbury, o and matrix part 1 the rest of these recommendations suck

July 26, 2010

Shane

Now that’s what I call a high-quality post.

July 26, 2010

matthew

ayyye man i like few of these flicks mentioned.
but lemme add a few more recent films.

Grown ups

Get him to the Greek

Inception

Salt

The Sorcerers apprentice

Despicable me

Predators

in my opinion all great or at least entertaining movies
hope i helped.

August 1, 2010

Ben

DEVILS REJECTS
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
MOST FILMS WITH SETH ROGAN INVOLVED
BASKETBALL DIARIES
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
THE CROW
WAYNES WORLD 1 + 2
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
THE DOORS
DEAD MANS SHOES
BLOW
FOREST GUMP
FIGHT CLUB
FRIDAY
CITY OF GOD
CARLITOS WAY
HALF BAKED
HUMAN TRAFFIC
DAY OF THE DEAD
FULL METAL JACKET
HOMEGROWN (ITS GOT JON BON JOVI IN IT!! ITS QUALITY!)

August 3, 2010

Mmmmmmm

I think the movies you listed are not bad but i think Dumb And Dumber shoudl be on there it never gets old haha…

August 4, 2010

Shane

I especially enjoyed the recommendation of the Bon Jovi movie. Actually, Homegrown is pretty darned good.

August 13, 2010

Brynn

Well well interesting list you’ve got, but none caught my attention

~BJI

September 11, 2010

DragzMC

AHAHA Im bored shitless, reading these comments is better than a movie :P

buut if you want a good movie, you should probably watch:

District B13

and

District B13 Ultimatum

Extreme Parkour MOVIES!!

May 22, 2011

Nicki

Some suggestions I’d have are… Fargo, the deer hunter, kill bill, and I seem to reach for devil wears prada when I’m bored and want some humor

January 16, 2012

melly

well if your look for a movie that has a sequel, i would say the obvious… Harry Potter, just a thought :)

January 6, 2013

Wyatt

THE HANGOVER 1 AND 2!!!!!!!!!!

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