We’ve all been there: The pounding headache, the distaste for bright lights and the inability to do anything productive after a night of over-indulging. We also know that the best way to remedy a crippling hangover (or at least ignore it) involves eating greasy foods and watching movies. In fact, many of best hangover movies involve characters in a similar state—or at least someone who can sympathize with you.
So, find a spot on the couch, grab a burrito and some ice-cold water, and nurse yourself back to health with one (or a marathon) of these movies.
What’s your favorite movie to watch when you’re hungover?
Sometimes, there’s no better way to lift your spirits than by watching a hopeless romantic deal with her many vices: handsome men, booze and too many cigarettes. The accident-prone Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) certainly has a few too many drinks now and then, causing her to sing drunkenly on tables at office parties, wallow in her own sorrows to “All By Myself” and go to work hungover, but she eventually figures things out.
If watching someone else’s misery makes you feel better, this is the perfect hangover movie for you. Struggling novelist and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on a tour of California wine country. The film culminates—spoiler alert, we guess—with Miles drinking his most prized bottle of 1961 Château Cheval Blanc in a fast-food joint. In short, it’s a boozy, comedic masterpiece.
When reporter Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher (Chevy Chase) goes undercover as a bum to investigate a story, he discovers a secret world of drug dealing and lies in Los Angeles. From the one-liners to the zany plot, you’ll no doubt have a smile on your face by the time it’s over, and a new appreciation for your nine-to-five job.
Who better to cheer you up than San Diego’s leading anchorman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and foxy co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate)? Despite the never-ending battle of the sexes, this cast of bell bottom-clad newsmen and women make for a sure-fire way to cure—or rather, forget—what ails you. We’re sure you’ll also appreciate Burgundy’s appreciation of the finer things in life (leather-bound books, poetry, Scotchy Scotch Scotch, etc.). Plus, it’s time for a refresher: A sequel is set to hit theaters later this year.
After a long night on the town, you may feel like you’ve gone 15 rounds with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). So why not watch him and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) duke it out in this Oscar-winning film? It’s intense, it’s inspiring and it may turn your day into a marathon of all six Rocky movies.
Got a hangover so bad it reminds you of college? We recommend watching the low-brow comedy classic Old School. Whether Frank the Tank (Will Ferrell) is streaking down a busy street or the guys are starting their own fraternity, these thirty-somethings recapturing their glory days is enough to pull you out of the deepest funk and inspire you to rage again.
It may be a too-obvious choice for this list, but this Todd Phillips film is just what you need to feel better about your life. Appreciate the fact that you aren’t wandering through Vegas, hungover and confused, like Doug (Justin Bartha), Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) after accidentally taking roofies, marrying a stripper or finding yourself $80,000 in debt to gangsters. Really, it’s all about perspective. And if you’re feeling especially rough, keep things going with The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III.
It debuted in 2000 to less than stellar reviews, but, like The Hangover, Dude, Where’s My Car? was made for those days you can’t pick yourself up off the couch. No morning after could be quite as bad as the one Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Seann William Scott) experience. Their hungover search for a beat-up yellow 1985 Renault 5 and their girlfriends’ anniversary gifts ends up roping in an angry street gang, a UFO cult and actual aliens.
We’ve found that there are few times comedic duo Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd can’t make us laugh, and this famed 1984 film is no exception. When three parapsychology professors start a ghost-removal service in New York, hilarity and conflict ensue as they guys search for and exterminate the city’s poltergeist: It’s the perfect fit for a hangover party.
Perhaps all you need to get off the couch is a hair-of-the-dog White Russian and some time with The Dude (Jeff Bridges). Whether The Dude is seeking restitution for his soiled rug with the help of his bowling-alley buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi) or imbibing one of his signature drinks, The Big Lebowski is a classic that’s perfect for any situation, especially when you feel like a couch potato.