Quarantine Movie Recommendations

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Rupie Ramos

Hello fellow Ignatians! Below I have compiled a list of movies that would be perfect if you’ve run out of things to watch during quarantine. If you’re looking for a thrilling roller coaster of a movie, a comedy that will make you laugh until you cry, a drama that might bring an occasional tear to the eye, or a sappy romance that will give you that warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach, this list is for you! Most of these movies are childhood favorites that I strongly believe everyone should see at least once in their life. There are also a couple of hidden gems among this list that aren’t well-known. Regardless, they are all my favorites and I’d like to share them with you during this tough time. Stay safe!

  1. La La Land – This is my most favorite movie of all time. It‘s about the romance of an aspiring youngactress and a passionate jazz pianist and their climb to success. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling make movie magic as they sing and dance in this “love letter” to the world of Hollywood.
  2. Sleepless in Seattle – This classic romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks is hilariously what all hopeless romantics can only dream of. It centers around a child calling into a radio station on Christmas Eve, trying to find his heartbroken dad a new wife.
  3. Cinema Paradiso – This movie was shown to me by my mom and it is the single reason why I love movies. It’s a beautiful Italian film that follows the life of a boy from humble beginnings as he pursues his love for filmmaking.
  4. Princess Bride – I absolutely adore the witty comedy, giant/sword fights, and cliff climbs in this roller coaster of a movie. I believe every person both young and old should definitely see this at least once in their life.
  5. Casablanca – This iconic movie is still revered among all movie lovers today. I can’t help but admire Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s chemistry onscreen as they struggle to escape the city of Casablanca.
  6. Wall E – I love this movie because it shows what the world can possibly be like in a long time from now. This heartwarming Pixar movie tugs at the heartstrings a little as a robot goes on an adventure to save the world.
  7. The Sting – Robert Redford and Paul Newman are quite a dynamic duo in this con artist movie. Their chemistry on screen perfectly illustrates life back then and keeps the audience guessing what’s real until the very end.
  8. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – I like this movie because it teaches that no matter how dark life can get, happiness can be found in even the most unusual places. In this case, it is found in American TV icon Mr. Fred Rogers played by the brilliant Tom Hanks.
  9. Sing Street – This coming-of-age movie about a guy who tries to win a girl’s heart over with rock and roll was not only a joy to watch, but a joy to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed the original music throughout the film.
  10. E.T. – It’s a Steven Spielberg and John Williams collaboration that will never fail to captivate the audience. It’s a magical and entertaining story about an alien crash landing in a young boy’s backyard and its journey back home.
  11. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – This movie that defined a generation is still talked about today. Its amazing soundtrack and funny scenes make this film a coming-of-age classic that’s also a love letter to the city of Chicago.
  12. Inception – This mind-boggling science fiction movie about a “dream heist” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy and directed by Christopher Nolan might take more than one watch to fully understand. But if you follow the plot closely, you’d find yourself dreaming about it for days.
  13. Interstellar – Another Christopher Nolan masterpiece starring Matthew McConaughey, this movie follows a man in search of a better world for the people of Earth. But eventually he must face the difficult choice to save mankind or save his family. 
  14. Sky High – This instant classic of a film that we all grew up with as kids is a perfect depiction of what high school is like (if you’ve seen it already, you know I’m kidding). This hilarious movie about super-powered teens is incredibly cliché, but holds a very special place in my heart.
The first seven movies. (Courtesy of Courtesy of Golden Globes, Wikipedia, Newstimes, Rotten Tomatoes, Google, and Amazon.)
The second seven movies. (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMDb, and Disney Movies. )