20 Best Movies To Fall Asleep To
If you’re anything like us, you most likely have a collection of your favorite movies to fall asleep to. There is just something so comforting in falling asleep to the sounds of a good movie, and being gently soothed with the voices of your favorite characters in the background.
Plus, sleeping is hard to do when you have a lot on your mind, but with these 20 movies, falling asleep can be a lot easier! From classics like “50 First Days” and “There’s Something About Mary” to newer favorites like “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” we’re offering you plenty of options for any mood. Whether it’s a deep, thought-provoking movie or just something lighthearted and funny, you will be taken on a journey that will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for bedtime with these movies to fall asleep to.
In this guide of 20 best movies to fall asleep to, you will find all sorts of genres: from dramas, to comedies to animation. And since each movie has an average runtime of about 2 hours, you should have no trouble nodding off after (or during) watching one. However, don’t think that these are some boring movies – that is not the case! Instead, all of these films offer a uniquely comforting feeling, which makes them the perfect movies to fall asleep to.
We hope this guide will help you drift peacefully into dreamland without any worries or stresses to keep your mind busy! So, without further ado, let’s dive right into our list of the best movies to soothe you into sleep.
20 Soothing Movies to Fall Asleep To:
1) Ratatouille (2007)
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or would you just like to fall asleep to the background noise of a comfort movie playing? If so, then Ratatouille is the perfect movie for you to watch. The movie isn’t too long and it has a soothing soundtrack that will lull you off into dreamland. Plus, let’s agree, there’s nothing more relaxing than watching a rat cook delicious food!
Set in Paris, this movie is just perfect for a night in. Allow yourself to unwind as you’re taking in the beautifully animated Paris scenery, lively characters, ambient noise of a busy kitchen and delicious food being prepared. Its slow pace and beautiful shots of the French capital will have a beautifully relaxing effect on you and your sleep.
2) The Intouchables (2011)
In this thought-provoking yet warm and comforting comedy-drama, Philippe, an aristocrat who has become paralyzed as a result of an accident, is looking for an assistant with the function of a caregiver. He doesn’t just need someone to be his hands and feet – he needs someone he can trust with his life. In his mansion, Philippe carefully selects candidates, but to everyone’s big surprise, the job goes to the one who seems least suited for it – an unemployed stranger who is fresh out of jail, who then moves into Philippe’s mansion and changes the lives of everyone around him.
This lovely French film has managed to create a life-affirming, witty, funny and adorable picture. It will move you to tears, while having you laughing throughout the entire runtime. It tastefully balances drama and comedy, and tells a wonderful story about how absolute opposites become great friends and change each other’s lives for the better. Best part? This movie is also based on a true story.
3) Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Of course, we couldn’t possibly not include this gem into our guide to the best movies to fall asleep to. This charming, funny, unpredictable romantic movie is the perfect bedtime story for anyone. The story begins with an exemplary family man, Cole Weaver, who was very satisfied with his life and would not want to change a thing. But at one point, his whole world falls apart when he learns about his wife’s infidelity. She was his first love back from high school, but now the love is gone and she demands a divorce, leaving Cole to pick up the broken pieces of his heart. However, everything changes when Cole meets a charming stranger named Jacob, who takes it upon himself to remake the dull family man into a stylish and sophisticated Casanova.
This adorable romance movie features some extremely talented actors like Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, and this great blend of professionals create a lovely comfort movie for people of all ages and genders!
4) Rio (2011)
The second 3D-animated movie on our list, this wonderful piece of work is one of the best movies to fall asleep too. Why? A million reasons! Beautiful landscapes of Brazil, exotic bird specimens, bright lights, colorful carnivals, upbeat music, lovable characters and a lovely storyline will be sure to induce only the most colorful, unforgettable dreams!
This movie follows the story of a parrot, Blu, who belongs to an endangered species of the Blue Macaw. On his quest to reunite with his owner and best friend – he finds love, friendship, adventure and self confidence. This movie is full of exciting musical adventures, and makes a perfect bedtime story for you or your whole family!
5) Just Go With It (2011)
In a rather common movie trope, the main character finds out that his fiancee has been cheating on him right before the wedding. This urges the guy to leave his cheating significant other, and turns him into a lying womanizer. Without giving too many details away, the main guy – Danny, is getting caught up in his own lies when he meets the woman of his dreams! Ready to settle down with his new girlfriend, Palmer, he suffers from his own silly schemes, which leads him to having to hire his assistant and her children to pose as his wife and kids. Attempting to impress Palmer, Danny has to gather the whole “family” and take them to Hawaii, where the already complicated situation is only getting more and more complicated.
Hands down, this is one of our favorite comfort movies of all time. The characters are just lovable and so full of charisma, the jokes are hilarious and the Hawaii setting is just dreamy! This is indeed the perfect movie to fall asleep to. With Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and other celebrity cameo appearances – you can expect to be fully entertained as you’re winding down from your day.
6) Instant Family (2018)
Funny, but in a subtle way, this movie is the perfect blend of drama and comedy: it makes you smile and laugh, not just at Mark Wahlberg’s jokes and childish antics, but at the realistically silly and relatable situations that the main characters find themselves in. Unlike actual sleep aids, this movie will relax your mind and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling that will soother you into a lovely sleep.
Pete and Ellie Wagner decide to adopt and, like many other adopters, they expect some picture-perfect, cute, curly-haired baby. But then, they suddenly come across a teenager named Lizzie. Although she is not exactly what they were looking for originally, the couple really likes the teenage girl, so they decide to adopt her. But they’re in for a big surprise: Lizzie has a little brother and a little sister. In order not to separate the children, they firmly decided that they would take all three of them in. But it’s not all that easy, and their life quickly goes into chaos. But they are not used to giving up so quickly…
7) Weathering with You (2019)
Out of all movies on this list, this one takes the cake. This film has absolutely everything you would need in movies to fall asleep to – gorgeous animation, heartfelt storyline, gentle pacing, magical score, and soothing characters. This literal masterpiece was written and directed by Makoto Shinkai in 2018, and has left a lasting impression on us.
This anime offers you the visual pleasure of hand-drawing animation of the highest grade and quality. The beautiful characters and their wonderful love story will spark up your imagination and make sure you see the most vividly beautiful dreams.
“Weathering with You” will surely leave you very impressed, as it completely lives up to Makoto’s other works – “Your Name”, “The Garden of Words” – to name a few. Next time you are struggling to fall asleep, just put one of his movies on, and enjoy the peaceful feel of his movies as you are gently soothed to sleep.
8) The Space Between Us (2017)
The story begins with the first ever human expedition to Mars, where a human boy is born. Unfortunately, his young mother could not withstand the tumultuous birth and died, without saying who the father of her child was. Her whole crew understood that the child will not withstand the Earth’s gravity, so the group leader decided to leave the boy to live on Mars. 16 years later, the boy — Elliot, tries to find any information about his father, but instead meets a girl named Tulsa in an internet chatroom. After a while, he sets off to finally visit the Earth. Upon arriving on our planet, the boy finally gets to meet his internet girlfriend, and then sets off with her on an unforgettable voyage in search of his father.
This movie is simple, relaxing and straightforward. It is rather pleasing aesthetically, unsophisticated and will not burden you with complicated plot lines or intense, emotionally charged conversations – thus making it an easy watch and a perfect movie to fall asleep to.
9) 50 First Dates (2004)
This classic movie is a story of the strongest love and devotion one can dream of. This is the story of Henry (Adam Sandler) and Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a match made in heaven. However, in order for Henry to be with his significant other, he is forced to fight her lifelong illness.
When Henry first meets Lucy, he is charmed by her charisma and beauty. He decides to pull himself together and approach the girl, trying to make conversation. After a whole evening spent together in a cafe, he knew without a doubt that it was love at first sight. The next morning he is excited to meet her again, only to realize that she does not remember him. Confused and heartbroken, he learns that her memory loss is a result of a car accident – and that she is unable to retain memories for longer than a day. However, Henry is deeply in love, and has no intention of giving up the love of his life..
10) The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
This movie has everything: a relatable main character, a “horrible boss” archetype, a boyfriend that every woman had at some point in her life, some wonderful actors and, well, New York City! The movie captures the essence of living the dream life of a fashion magazine editor in NY, and yet, it has a very cozy and familiar feel. Following a journey of the main character’s self-discovery, you will be amused, moved to tears, entertained and everything in between! A wonderful movie overall, this is also one of the best movies to fall asleep to.
11) There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Another 90’s classic, this movie follows the story of an amazing girl, Mary, and her admirers – Ted and Pat. Ted never had any romantic luck at school, this absurd teenager with braces only seemed to scare girls away. One day, he gathered the courage to ask Mary, his long-time crush, to the prom – and she said yes! But a botched zipper ruined the teenager’s plans.
Years later, Ted still hadn’t forgotten about Mary. His personal life did not work out, although in everything else he became quite a successful man. Realizing he has nothing to lose, Ted decides to look for his high school sweetheart, and pays a private detective Pat Healy to find his dream girl. When Healy finds Mary, he falls in love with her himself, and decides to lie to Ted – telling him that she’s not single. However, the hero decides to talk to Mary in person, in order to finally get rid of his long-term obsession. Ted and Mary meet, and the detective’s lies finally come out…
12) An American Tail (1986)
Unlike the other animated Disney rodent movie on our list, this “hidden gem” was produced by Don Bluth – the creator behind “All Dogs go to Heaven”, “Thumbelina” and “Anastasia”. Don’s movies always possess a certain magic that is inexplicable but very different from any Disney movie. Perhaps it is the animation style, or the detailed backgrounds – but just watching his movies makes you want to curl up on one of the beautifully drawn pieces of furniture.
Plus, the little Russian-Jewish mousekin named “Fievel Mousekewitz” will completely melt your heart – and there is something so comforting about watching the adventures of this brave little mouse on a quest to find his family.
13) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
If you’re looking for a movie to close your eyes and fall asleep to, look no further. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is just perfect for that! While the last few Harry Potter movies are definitely very dark – things are very lighthearted, warm and comforting in the first Harry Potter movie, making it one of the best movies to fall asleep to.
You get to watch wizards make potions, ride on brooms, play quidditch (a wizard sport), fly around on broomsticks, go through secret passages in Hogwarts Castle… and the best part is the nostalgia and the warm, cozy feel that you get as you watch the adventures on the young wizard unfold. Bonus points: there’s just something so magical in seeing Hogwarts and it’s beautiful hallways, classrooms and of course – the dining room. Nothing can compare with the comfort that the first few Harry Potter movies exude, so make sure to put it on the next time you find yourself sleepless!
14) The Princess Diaries (2001)
Ah, is there really anything better than being wrapped in a blanket, sipping on warm tea, and enjoying your childhood comfort movie before bedtime? We don’t think so!
This beloved classic features Anne Hathaway in the role of a princess – something that she isn’t quite aware of yet. There is something so relaxing in watching her grow into being a royal family member, and witnessing her satisfying make-over and glow-up. This movie is warm, lighthearted, beautiful to watch and endlessly entertaining. In short – one of the best movies to fall asleep to.
15) Planet Earth (2006)
If you enjoy being soothed to sleep by nature’s beauty – this is the perfect option for you. Available on Netflix, “Planet Earth” is a series that is made out of 5 episodes, each about 45 minutes long. Allow this documentary to amaze you with wonderful sights, beautiful shots of nature and a variety of exotic animals. Its camera footage will leave you in complete awe, that’s for sure!
Bonus points: this documentary is also beautifully narrated by David Attenborough. Let’s all agree that there is absolutely nothing more comforting than this man’s voice, making this a perfect option for anyone looking for movies to fall asleep to.
16) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
There’s something about early-2000’s romantic comedies that makes us curl up on a couch and drift off to sleep. Especially when Matthew McConaughey and his soothing, raspy voice is involved!
Started off with a bet, the romance between Andie (Kate Hudson) and Ben (Matthew McConaughey) slowly blossoms into something a lot more meaningful. The events that unfold within this couple are funny, engaging and very entertaining. However, the movie also possesses a comforting quality that makes it a great bedtime movie.
17) Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
This movie, quite honestly, is a masterpiece in all ways. The actors bring so much work and talent to this picture, that it makes you glued to the screen in complete awe.
The movie follows the story of a young, clumsy girl named Olive. Her whole life, she had a grand dream – to win a beauty contest. Pursuing that dream, Olive and her dysfunctional family embark on a long trip that brings the family together. While this movie is a powerful story about ordinary real people, it’s heartwarming quality makes it a great film to watch before bed.
18) Bambi (1942)
Another animated movie on our list, this film is among the first few Disney animated feature films. Produced in 1942, its gorgeous landscapes and masterful animation is a perfect movie to gently rock you to sleep. It has absolutely everything to that you drift off to wondrous dreamlands – oil painted backgrounds, beautiful forests, adorable little animals, artistic vision and a great plot. Next time you are browsing Disney+ in search of the perfect movie to fall asleep to, make sure to try out “Bambi” – you will definitely not be disappointed.
19) Hitch (2005)
“Hitch” follows the story of a charismatic New York matchmaker (Will Smith), who commits to helping out a client to win over the girl of his dreams. While it is not entirely impossible, the girl in question is definitely way out of his league.
“Hitch” is the perfect movie for falling asleep, as it will help you relax and make your mind stop racing with thoughts of all the things you need to do tomorrow. The story line is entertaining enough to keep your attention long enough for sleep to come over you. If you’re looking for something new or different from what you usually watch before bed, this might be your answer!
20) My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Another anime on our list, “My Neighbor Totoro” is a Japanese classic. Produced by Studio Ghibli, this soft and quiet movie possesses the magic that is inherent to all of Hayao Miyazaki films. It takes you on a wonderful adventure through its enchanted sceneries and lovely characters. In short, this 1988 movie is a magical bedtime story that is a must-watch for any anime lover, and really anyone looking for a friendly, soothing, surreal watching experience.