With everyone being stuck inside their houses due to the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are getting super bored.
If somebody told us six months ago that 2020 would be spent sitting at home not working, we’d all have been over the moon. However, now that’s actually the reality, it’s finally hitting us that we took normal life for granted.
The best thing we can do at a time like this, is make the most of the well deserved rest that we needed.
Of course, not everyone has the luxury to spend a month at home in self isolation, and I want to take a moment to give thanks and recognition to all the key workers around the world who are putting themselves and their families on the line to support the community.
Supermarket workers, delivery drivers, factory and warehouse staff, police, healthcare and social workers are just a few of the key workers who we really need to thank for continuing to travel to work to support us all through this time – so thank you, your commitment doesn’t go unnoticed.
For those of us that don’t fall into any of those categories, and are in fact staying indoors at the moment, I have put together a list of nostalgic movies which you’ll get a real kick out of re-watching whilst normal life is on hold.
At times like this, depression, anxiety and general mental health can suffer, and whilst simply watching movies won’t fix those issues, television can help us to escape into a world of fantasy and action and temporarily give us a way to switch off.
So I hope you can enjoy this post for what it is – a bit of fun – and however you’re spending your time during this period, I hope you’re all staying safe.
Nearly all these movies are available to stream in the UK on Netflix, Amazon or Disney+ but make sure to check the streaming services you have access to in your country.
27 Nostalgic Movies To Re-Watch During Quarantine
The beautiful story of the incredible journey of Chance, Shadow and Sassy who travel across San Francisco to get back to their humans after losing their way. I watched this one recently and I cried like a baby!
This was such a favourite of mine as a kid. Matilda was the adorable bookworm with magical powers that let her move things with her mind. Who couldn’t fall in love with her and Miss Honey?
10 Things I Hate About You
That scene at the end of the film where Heath Ledger’s character sings to Kat in front of the whole school will go down as one of the most adorable rom-com moments in history – and really makes us wish that Heath was still with us 😥
Bring It On
Ugh – this upbeat cheer movie made me wish I could be a cheerleader so badly back in the day. Sadly its not really a thing in the UK where I’m from…
What A Girl Wants
This Amanda Bynes flick has to be one for the list. This wholesome classic with Colin Firth also among the cast, is a feel good tale that we can still relate to today.
Lizzie McGuire Movie
After being in love with the series, when we found out in 2003 that our girl was getting her own movie, we were ecstatic! This is what dreams are made of… 😜
The beautiful Johnny Depp played the alluring character of Edward Scissorhands so well. This stunning movie is the perfect blend of romance, fantasy, comedy and tear-jerking moments.
The Parent Trap
The movie that put Lindsay Lohan on the map – she played both the long lost twins so well! Hallie and Annie switch places to live with opposite parents when they meet by accident at summer camp – and they come up with a plan to reunite their separated parents once again.
Another Lindsay Lohan classic… about switching places… there’s a theme going here! This time, she and her mother accidentally switch bodies just before her mum’s wedding day, and must work out their typical mother/daughter squabbles to switch back the way they belong just in time.
George Of The Jungle
The modern day take on Tarzan sees, “George” (Brendan Fraser) of the jungle tries to fit in everyday society, all whilst winning the heart of the beautiful Ursula (Leslie Mann).
This hilarious chick-flick with Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd is one of the most iconic films from the 90’s. With its cheesy one liners, killer fashion and superstar cast, this one is unforgettable.
The Twilight Saga
Who else was obsessed with Twilight when they we’re in school? Whether you were Team Edward or Team Jacob – honestly, I could never decide – these movies are such a guilty pleasure, even though we realise how cheesy they really were now were older!
The Hunger Games Series
Even though The Hunger Games seemed to be marketed a young adolescents, the dark, political themes in this film make it just as appealing now we’re older as it was when the books first came out. The action packed tales of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark fighting to the death has us on the edge of our seats – even though we know how the story ends.
Elle Woods was the girl power icon of the early 2000s after she starred in this classic. Elle (Reese Witherspoon) sets out to attend Harvard University to prove to her tool of an ex-boyfriend that she ain’t no dumb blonde…
However, she soon learns that she has a lot more to offer than just her looks, and she ‘needs a boyfriend who’s not a complete bonehead’.
She’s The Man
Possibly Amanda Bynes‘ funniest role – IMO. To prove that girls can play football, Viola transforms herself into her twin brother so she can participate in the tournament – but how’s she gonna hide that she’s falling for the gorgeous team captain, Duke (Channing Tatum)…
A Cinderella Story
This rags to riches interpretation of the fairy-tale of Cinderella couldn’t be a better combination of classic storytelling in a modern day setting – and with our favourites Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray among the cast, how are we gonna resist watching this one again?!
Watch toys Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Slink, Hamm and Mr Potato Head all come to life – literally – in this magical tale. The adventures that the gang encounter across the four movies are totally gripping.
I gotta say, these are my personal favourite Disney movies.
The original Jumani adventure starring Robin Williams is a total throwback to the 1990’s and even though the graphics might look a bit janky in this day and age, the story line itself has us totally hooked.
Watch the 2017 remake starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart straight afterwards to see how the two compare.
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) does everything she possibly can to drive Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) round the bend, as research for an article she’s writing on how to get a guy to dump you in ten days or less. She doesn’t plan on actually falling for him for real though…
High School Musical
Even though I’m not in high school anymore, this movie isn’t any less enjoyable today. See how many of the song lyrics you can still remember whilst you watch Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay and Ryan all fight their way for a place in the high school’s musical performance.
Cheaper By The Dozen
As an only child, the idea of having 11 siblings like in Cheaper By The Dozen sounded like a dream come true to me as a kid. When Tom and Kate Baker move to a new affluent neighborhood with their 12 children, they really struggle to fit in with their snooty, uptight neighbours – and the kids causing havoc isn’t helping.
The most iconic role from the late Robin Williams sees him disguise himself as a housekeeper in his ex-wife’s home so that he can spend more time with his children – the antics he gets up to in this movie have us howling every time.
13 Going On 30
Be careful what you wish for… angsty teen Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday that she can be thirty, flirty and thriving… but when that wish comes true, she soon realizes that adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Back To The Future
See the adventures of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he travels back to the past to try and fix the future – can he make his high school ages parents fall in love once again – if not, he’d never have existed…
The Devil Wears Prada
The most fabulous, fashion-forward movie of the last few decades see’s frumpy Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) land an intern position at the most well know fashion magazine in New York – how is she not going to lose sight of who she really is as she tries to impress the boss?
I Know What You Did Last Summer
If you fancy an old-fashioned teen horror movie, then I Know What You Did Last Summer has the superstar cast including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prince Jr, Ryan Phillippe and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the cheesy one liners and all the totally ridiculous plot lines that you could possibly ask for.
To Finish Off…
I really hope this post gave you a few movies to add to your quarantine viewing list.
Enjoy a blast from the past as a way to escape from what’s going on in the world at the moment, and remember to stay safe, and stay inside.
If I missed your favourite throwback-movie from the list, then let me know in the comments below, or just let us know what you’ve been up to in order to stay occupied indoors?
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