Jill Layton
March 09, 2014 10:00 am

Boots were made for walking, jelly was made for peanut butter, Kurt Russell was made for Goldie Hawn and Sundays were made for laziness. There’s nothing better than a lazy Sunday. We get to sleep in late, eat brunch whenever we feel like it, maybe throw in a load of laundry and curl up on the couch for a marathon of our favorite movies.

Here’s a list of timeless movies for a lazy Sunday:


The Goonies

We all secretly hoped our neighborhoods would need saving from demolition, then we’d find a treasure map and go on the adventure of our lives with all of our friends. This movie will never stop being amazing, and Goonies will never say die.


Why can’t there ever be something strange in OUR neighborhood? We’d know who to call. Based on the recent outpour of love for Harold Ramis (RIP, Harold), it’s clear that everyone still loves Ghostbusters and will always love Ghostbusters.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Sarah Connor was a hero. She helped save the world from a nuclear war against machines. That’s pretty incredible and something most of us have never done.

Top Gun

Young Tom Cruise. Yes.

Jurassic Park

We don’t need to wonder how scary and adventurous life would be if dinosaurs still existed, because we get to live safely and vicariously through Jeff Goldblum and those two adorable kids.

Back to the Future

Back to the couch to watch the entire Back to the Future trilogy, because Marty McFly makes everything better.

Adventures In Babysitting

The adventures in this movie were, and still are, every kid’s fantasy. We all wanted our parents to go out, just in case Elisabeth Shue was in town and available to babysit.


Shark week has nothing on Jaws. Jaws is based on real-life fatal shark attacks that happened in New Jersey in 1916. Even though the chances of a great white shark devouring people on a beach are pretty slim, it’s possible. Which is why the movie is still frightening, thirty nine years after it was made.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Nothing says lazy Sunday afternoon like a good Western. At least, that was the case in my house growing up (hi, Dad). And no one does it better than Clint Eastwood (except maybe my dad?).

The Princess Bride

The ultimate classic fairytale. As grown ups, we’ve lost a bit (or most) of our  imagination skills. The Princess Bride is what imagination should be, and it’s important to be reminded of that.


Billy Madison

This is the number one most quoted movie of all time, probably. The jokes are so stupidly brilliant, and most of us could watch it every single day (some of us do).

Meet the Parents

In-law humor is always relatable, but the main reason this movie is so great is because Robert De Niro says Focker at least six hundred times, and it’s incredible.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

You either wanted to be Bueller or be best friends with Bueller, and you still probably do.

Sister Act

Whoopi Goldberg plays a singing nun, and Lauryn Hill plays a singing Lauryn Hill. Yes, please.


Watching the romance blossom between Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn never gets old, because it’s real. It’s like we’re getting a glimpse into their real family life, but, I imagine, with less showering and more yelling.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

It’s important to spend at least one day a week with the Griswolds, and it might as well be Sunday, the best day of the week.

Dumb and Dumber

How else would we know not to lick a frozen pole?

When Harry Met Sally

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal make life cozier. Try it. Put on When Harry Met Sally, and if you don’t immediately feel cozy, I’ll buy you a Coke.

Office Space

These guys make our jobs seem way less terrible.

The Naked Gun

This is the movie to watch if you want to laugh and then laugh some more. And then after all that laughing, there will be more laughing.


Did you know it’s legal to watch Christmas movies not at Christmas time? It’s is, and they’re good for the spirit. Will Ferrell is always good for the spirit, especially as Buddy the elf.

Father of the Bride

This is a great one to watch with your parents. Or if your parents aren’t around being lazy with you, it’s a great one to get you in the mood to call your parents.


Pulp Fiction

What’s a Sunday without hearing the F-bomb 265 times?

Lost in Translation

Bill Murray.

The Big Lebowski



I may be biased because I’m from Indiana. However, this is such a feel-good basketball movie, it couldn’t be left off the list. And Sundays are when sports games happen, right?

Dirty Dancing

This one needs no explanation. Maybe a little Rumba, but definitely no explanation.


The quirkiness of Ellen Page and Michael Cera is always refreshing and fun to watch. In fact, I wish they were in every movie.

Now and Then

Didn’t you want to have three best friends and then grow up into Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson and Melanie Griffith? I sure did.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

A true testament to what it’s like to take care of family members with disabilities. This movie will forever be relevant and (arguably) forever be Leo’s best performance.

Dazed and Confused

This sums up high school for all of eternity.

Good Will Hunting

Underdog success stories will never stop being great. And Janitors who are math wizards will never stop being fascinating.

And there are hundreds more. What are your favorite timeless movies to watch on a lazy Sunday?

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