February 28th, 2021 | Updated on June 28th, 2022
As soon as the lockdown was announced, the people were caught unawares. Sitting at home with nothing to do was a real put down for them. Some of them did not usually spend much time with their family. Now the same category of people is stuck at home with nothing significant to do. Maybe you were also one of the people stuck in this dilemma, and we are here to help you out. Mention below is the 25 best movies you can watch with your parents during quarantine.
Light, Low-Stress Movies
Most parents want to watch only low-stress movies as the present situation is too taxing for them to handle. These are comic movies that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Julie and Julia (available to rent on Amazon)
This is probably one of the most light-hearted movies you can find. Meryl Streep enjoys playing the charming and attractive Julia Child. Stanley Tucci accompanies her as the world’s best husband. You will see some authentic French cuisines and Amy Adams to complete the cast.
Cadillac Records (available to rent on Amazon)
The movie depicts the history of Chicago’s Chess Records, and after you go through the regular stuff, there is a musical biopic awaiting you. You will see the characters of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and Etta James prominently displayed with the actors playing them, giving a performance of a lifetime.
Laggies (available to rent on Amazon)
A Keira Knightly movie, this one is an adorable film to watch. Keira plays a directionless girl who starts spending time with a group of high schoolers. Though it may be an already done concept, the movie makes for a great watch in present circumstances.
The Station Agent (available to rent on Amazon)
This is the movie that introduced Peter Dinklage. He plays a person obsessed with trains and comes out of his shyness thanks to his friendship with Bobby Cannavale and Patricia Clarkson’s well chalked out characters.
Late Night (available on Amazon)
Another vintage movie this movie feels like an extended episode of a television show. Mindy Kaling is a chemical plant worker who brings life to a late-night talk show. Though it is slightly boisterous, some of Kaling’s one-liners are sure to bring out a laugh.
Eighth Grade (available on Amazon)
Bo Burnham’s endless empathetic comedy brings back the memories of your teenage years. You should be thankful that your parents at least grew up without Instagram
The Farewell (available on Amazon)
You would think, who wants to watch a movie about a sick grandma at this point. But this movie is more than just that and can be a perfect dramedy about a family that comes together to face the crisis they are exposed to. Lastly, it is a story of Awkwafina, who realizes her parents are right, a message your parents would love too.
A Simple Favor (available on Amazon)
If your parents would love watching some dark content, you should play this movie. There is infidelity, incest, murder, and all other vices possible, yet this movie makes up for a fascinating watch in such times.
The Shawshank Redemption (available to rent on Amazon)
Though the plot has some stressful parts, it is still a must-watch. Not only that, you would love playing it again and again, and no one in the family would object to it.
Sumptuous Period Pieces
This is another genre that people love to explore when it comes to binge-watching. Thankfully there is loads of content available in this genre as well.
Elizabeth (available to rent on Amazon)
There is nothing more lavish than Shekhar Kapur’s 1998 film about Queen Elizabeth, played by Cate Blanchett. The movie is a colorful fest of oranges, yellows, and reds. The Tudor history may not be correct, but actors like Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Emily Mortimer, and Kelly MacDonald shine through.
The King’s Speech (available to rent on Amazon)
Another gem of a movie, this one has some astounding performances to boast of. The King’s speech has acclaimed actors and is well shot, highlighting the best parts of the storyline explored.
The Aftermath (available on Amazon)
Another of Keira Knightley’s wonders this costume drama includes Jason Clarke as well. You might as well call it the leader in this genre if it comes to that.
Mary Queen of Scots (available to rent on Amazon)
An astounding performance from Saorise Ronan, this movie is a class apart from the rest. The film is an adaptation of a book club pick about the Channel Islands. This was the only area of Britain that did not come under German occupation during World War II.
The Aeronauts (available on Amazon)
Half part of the movie is a survival story on the patterns of Gravity movie. This is followed by stuffy drawing-room stories where people discuss women who belong in balloons or otherwise. It seems to be an interesting combination indeed.
The British Corner
British stories are captivating, and so are their movie ideas. Here is a selection of such charming movies that you can explore.
Yesterday (available to rent on Amazon)
A unique storyline is bound to keep you entertained for long. The story is about a young musician, Himesh Patel, who wakes after a bus accident and finds that he is the only one left who remembers the Beatle’s music. Patel’s performance is sure to make you notice and relish the movie.
So, you have the dark side to you and would love to watch a movie that combines mystery, evil and total gore, then here are some options.
Cold War is at its peak, and George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, is a mid-level bureaucrat in the British secret service. Facing the loss of his mentor, wife he is now almost about to lose to a Russian rival. This 1979 film adaptation is a reflection of the ugliness of the 70’s scenario.
Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Irishman (all available on Netflix)
If you are crazy about some Martin Scorsese films, just gorge on these exciting offerings from his stable. You can even have a film festival of his movies and enjoy them with your family in tow.
Olympus Has Fallen, and Angel Has Fallen (all available on Netflix)
The Has fallen Trilogy has Gerard Butler playing a service agent named Mike Banning. He is the only guy who can stop the US government from facing destruction. However, the second movie in this series, London has Fallen, is not free, but you can always balance two.
The Usual Suspects (available on Hulu)
Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey are rocking together in this movie. There are twists and too many of them, making it an enjoyable experience all the time.
Locke (available to rent on Amazon)
Tom Hardy talks on a car phone for 90 minutes, yet the suspense is enough to keep you tongue-tied. The effect of this movie remains with you for a long time.
Smilla’s Sense of Snow (available on DVD)
You would also love some Scandinavian noir movies as well. This one is a 90’s mystery about a scientist finding out the story behind the death of an Inuit child in Copenhagen. The end is worth remembering.
How about gorging on some documentary fun?
American Factory (available on Netflix)
This documentary is the first movie to come out from Obama’s production company and has won an Oscar. The story is about a simple Ohio town where a decrepit auto parts factory is reopened to work under a Chinese conglomerate. Despite their good intentions, the friction is apparent. However, it does lead to some permanent friendships forming within the two countries.
The Biggest Little Farm (available on Hulu)
Two guys leave their well-paying jobs to start their farm and document the whole process on video. This entire process takes a decade, and husband John Chester’s nature documentaries provide more content on plant and animal life.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (available on Netflix)
Dylan had a small venue tour in the mid-70s, and this documentary is all about the same. It’s hard to figure what is real and what is an invention. Some of the archived photographs look photoshopped. However, the concert footage is absolutely real.
Apollo 11 (available on Hulu)
There are mixed reviews on this documentary, but it is an excellent way to go back to your past. Made only out of the footage and audio found in the Government archives, it gives you an exciting behind the scenes account of the moon landing. You go back to 1969 and the life and time of that era.