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100 movies to watch while stuck inside and quarantined

You’re stuck inside, we’re stuck inside, Idris Elba‘s stuck inside, everybody’s stuck inside. And whether working from home or just chilling, it’s good to take a cinematic break when you’re social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

With movie theaters closed and blockbusters-in-waiting being postponed all the way to next year, it’s a lot for a film fan to take in. (Well, that and avoiding being part of the outbreak.) Thankfully, there are many, many flicks – ranging from the fantastic to the fantastically bad – that offer some escape and comfort in a storm of distressing news.

In other words, we got you.

Here are 100 movies to watch (or perhaps, in some cases, revisit) that are perfect for every mood you might be feeling in the coming days and weeks. (If you don’t have copies of them lying around, search on your favorite streaming service or video on demand.)

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When you need something out of this world

1. “Aliens” (1986): Our queen Sigourney Weaver vs. a cosmic queen is a sci-fi all-timer.

2. “Arrival” (2016): Amy Adams communicates with aliens and at this point we’re envying her hazmat suit.

3. “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982): Honestly, hanging out with E.T. sounds cool until the little guy eats all your Reese’s Pieces.

4. “Independence Day” (1996): Will Smith clocks an outer-space creature in the face, more for invading Earth than eating his Reese’s Pieces.

5. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014): I am Groot, obviously.

Sigourney Weaver (from  left), Alan Rickman, Tim Allen and Tony Shalhoub star as former sci-fi TV stars who find themselves on a hostile alien planet in

6. “Galaxy Quest” (1999): Like “Star Trek” if it was funny.

7. “Star Trek” (2009): Like “Star Trek” if it was “Star Wars.” 

8. “The Martian” (2015): It’s nice to know that Matt Damon’s recipe for Martian poop potatoes is right there if ever needed.

9. “Moon” (2009): You get two Sam Rockwells for the price of one awesomely intriguing lunar mission. What a deal!

10. “Star Wars” (1977): Because who doesn’t want to learn the ways of the Force with Han, Luke, Leia and John Williams’ blasting score?

L.A. is a futuristic, lit-up noir metropolis in Ridley Scott's

When you need a change in scenery

11. “Blade Runner” (1982): Is Harrison Ford a robot or not? Feel free to think about that as you immerse yourself in neon noir.

12. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998): Going on a Vegas acid binge with Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro is indeed a trip.

13. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001): Kids going off to a magical school and dealing with seriously dark stuff is somehow not child endangerment.

14. “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010): A Viking boy having a scaly best friend is totally OK, though.

15. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001): A three-movie, 11-hour trudge through Middle-earth to drop a ring into a volcano needs to start somewhere.

Frodo (Elijah Wood) begins a journey to rid the world of the One Ring in

16. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015): Ride eternal, shiny and chrome into a splendiferous post-apocalyptic wasteland with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

17. “The Matrix” (1999): You’ll want to choose the red pill because Keanu Reeves’ cyberpunk kung fu is top notch.

18. “The NeverEnding Story” (1984): Come for the flying dragon dog, stay for that cult tune the “Stranger Things” kids sang.

19. “The Princess Bride” (1987): Head to Florin, save Princess Buttercup and, most importantly, have fun storming the castle!

20. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939): Good friends, cool shoes and Midwestern chutzpah are a must along the Yellow Brick Road. (Which has more flying monkeys than Fury Road.)

Steve Martin plays the dad giving his daughter (Kimberly Williams) away in

When you need family bonding time

21. “Back to the Future” (1985): Teenage kid travels back to the 1950s to make sure his parents fall in love and Mom hits on him. That’s some future therapy bills right there.

22. “Father of the Bride” (1991): Steve Martin’s overprotective patriarch is a must-see for the dads with daughters out there.

23. “Frozen” (2013): From wanting to build a snowman to letting it go, Anna and Elsa are a sister act for the ages. (All ages, in fact.)

24. “The Incredibles” (2004): With a bevy of superpowers and dinner-table issues, the Parr clan’s tale is the best Fantastic Four movie ever.

25. “The Godfather” (1972): But don’t forget about the Corleone family, whose business involves betrayal, crime and murder. So that’s less than fantastic, in terms of the law.

Greg Kinnear (from left), Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Toni Collette and Abigail Breslin play the dysfunctional family in

26. “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006): The Hoover family is crazy dysfunctional – and just plain crazy – but man, can they bust up a pretentious kid beauty pageant.

27. “Mary Poppins” (1964): The Banks family is a hot mess when Julie Andrews thankfully flies in on her umbrella.

28. “Meet the Parents” (2000): No one’s in-law circle of trust can compare to Robert De Niro whipping out a lie detector or discussing his nipples.

29. “The Sound of Music” (1965): Even though there are Nazis, there’s plenty to sing about for the tuneful Von Trapps.

30. “Step Brothers” (2008): Sorry, Anna and Elsa, as a sibling duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are much more fun in that nunchucking, boat-crashing, man-child way.

Ray Charles (center) cameos alongside Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in

When you need a belly laugh

31. “Animal House” (1978): It would never be made in the #MeToo era but the Deathmobile, the food fight and John Belushi in a toga destroying a guitar still have no college-comedy equal.

32. “The Blues Brothers” (1980): While the guys in the suits and shades get the title love, praise the gods of country and Western for a scene-stealing Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

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