Watching films is an excellent way to escape reality and gain some new perspective. Therefore, if you wish to learn more about some meaningful and interesting movies to watch while you’re stuck at home, read on.
1. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump will pull at your heartstrings, whether it’s your first or hundredth time watching it. It stars none other than one of Hollywood’s favorite actors – Tom Hanks.
The film follows Hank’s character, starting from his days as a young and bullied boy in Alabama, to his time serving his country in war-torn Vietnam.
2. The Florida Project
This movie touches on the subject of poverty, against a colorful Floridian backdrop. The slice of life indie film follows six-year-old Moonee, and her young mother, living out their lives on the outskirts of the Happiest Place on Earth. It breaks the typical linear three-act structure. However, the phenomenal acting and storytelling draw the viewer in. The Florida Project will have you feeling like a child all over again.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This film is a favorite among critics and audiences. Though it was released in 2004, it’s still regarded as one of the best dramas in film history. When Joel, the film’s central character, is going through a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, Clementine, he vows to rid her from his memories.
Initially, it sounds like a familiar breakup story. However, in a sci-fi twist, Joel manages to find a clinic that could erase memories of her and their entire relationship from his brain.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is only made greater by the stunning and heart-wrenching performances from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
4. Marriage Story
This Academy Award Winning film boasts an all-star cast that includes Scarlett Johanson and Adam Driver. The story follows a couple, falling out of love, and going through one of the darkest things a marriage can encounter – a divorce. Their willingness to keep their family together for their son’s sake is the film’s dramatic driving force.
Prepare some tissues when streaming this one.
5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Full of symbolism and mystery, the Killing of a Sacred Deer is a must-see for any movie buff. It’s worth the two-hour watch time if you love edgy psychological thrillers.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer follows a single family who has been cursed with a debilitating illness after the patriarchal figure accidentally kills a patient during one of his routine surgeries.
6. The Two Popes
The incredible performances by acting veterans, Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, will leave you on the edge of your seat through the 126-minute screentime.
Filmed as if it were a documentary, this mockumentary (based on true events) follows Pope Benedict, and future Pope Francis as they try to settle on a path for the future of the Catholic Church.
This film is geared more towards families. However, animated films by the studio that brought classics such as Finding Nemo and Toy Story are known for dazzling audience members of all ages. This animated film follows a teen elf named Ian. He and his older brother Barley is on a quest to bring their dead father back from the dead for one day after an enchanted spell goes horribly wrong.
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This timeless film is set in 1930s New Orleans and follows the remarkable story of a man who ages backward. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt in one of his most diverse and interesting roles to date.
Parasite cleaned out the Oscars in 2019 – and it’s easy to see why once you watch this masterpiece of a film. Filled with incredible acting and poignant social commentary, you’ll find yourself thinking about this film days after you’ve watched it.
Parasite follows a poor family, initially conning their way into the wealthy upper class. However, there are so many layers to this film, you’ll struggle to discern who is taking advantage of whom in the end.
10. Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel by the same name is absolutely classic. This film is suitable for the entire family. It stars some of Hollywood’s youngest and brightest actors at the moment, such as Emma Watson, Timothee Charlamet, Saoirse Ronan, and Florence Pugh, to name a few.
Little Women centers on a group of sisters during the late 1800s and their unbreakable bond.
These films will surely make you smile, laugh, and cry. Furthermore, they offer some unique perspective on life, love, and what it means to be human. They can also provide some relief if you’re stuck at home with too much free time on your hands.