Who knows how long this Coronavirus pandemic will run, so here at GSL we’ve decided to put together the movie list of all movie list. Whether you’re quarantined or not, these are some great movies for whatever mood you’re in.
When You Just Need A Laugh
“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.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986): Save Ferris! That’s it, that’s all you need to know.
“Groundhog Day” (1993): Bill Murray refuses to let a bucktoothed critter upstage him. Respect.
“The Hangover” (2009): Mike Tyson singing Phil Collins isn’t even in the top five nuttiest moments in this bachelor-party-gone-wrong classic.
“Old School” (2003): Indefinite self-isolation might make one ponder founding their own fraternity in their house. Just don’t go streaking, please.
When Coronavirus Isn’t Scary Enough
“The Exorcist” (1973): The dreadful thought of the devil possessing a young girl is even more unnerving seeing it unfold in front of you.
“Get Out” (2017): Good luck ever forgetting the image of Daniel Kaluuya’s teary horror upon realizing he’s in the Sunken Place.
“Psycho” (1960): Still an effective deterrent to showering, six decades later.
“Se7en” (1995): A splendid smashup of genres (detective, noir, horror) and an eerie exploration of the seven deadly sins, but don’t look in the box, Brad Pitt!
“The Shining” (1980): OK, maaaaaaybe not the greatest film to watch in a time of self-isolation.
When You Need A Superhero To Take The Wheel
“Big Trouble in Little China” (1986): Only Kurt Russell could sell being the two-fisted, macho-talking, truck-driving sidekick in his own movie.
“Black Panther” (2018): Wakanda – and Chadwick Boseman’s phenomenal royal warrior – forever!
“The Dark Knight” (2008): Heath Ledger’s Joker for the absolute win. (Christian Bale’s Batman is all right, too.)
“Flash Gordon” (1980): He’ll save every one of us. It’s right there in the song.
“Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003): Clad in a Bruce Lee jumpsuit, Uma Thurman’s The Bride marries the look of a fashion icon with supreme sword-swinging vengeance taking out umpteen goons.
When You Need A Little History Mixed With Your Entertainment
“All the President’s Men” (1976): Whether you see shades of the past now or not, crusading journalists taking on a corrupt administration is simply riveting.
“Amadeus” (1984): Mozart could write a mean classical tune, and his rivalry with Salieri here is a symphony of hedonism and drama.
“Hidden Figures” (2016): One way to honor NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, who died death last month at 101, is to watch Taraji P. Henson in this rousing civil-rights tale.
“Lincoln” (2012): Man of many hats Daniel Day Lewis rocks the stovepipe headwear of the 16th president especially well.
“RBG” (2018): Worried about the health of 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg? This documentary shows the notorious Supreme Court justice is made of the sternest stuff.
When You Need A Classic
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969): Find yourself a ride-or-die BFF like Paul Newman and Robert Redford as infamous Old West outlaws. (But don’t do all the robbing.)
“Casablanca” (1942): Hey, kids! If you ever wondered why Humphrey Bogart was a thing, watch this.
“The Departed” (2006): Leo, Jack and Damon in a Boston-set Scorsese mob movie? That’s wicked smaht casting.
“Jaws” (1975): The first summer blockbuster is the mack daddy of man-eating shark flicks.
When You Need A Guilty Pleasure Movie
“Armageddon” (1998): Let the record state that Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were Space Force before it was cool.
“Con Air” (1997): Much of Nicolas Cage’s whole career could fill this space, however, only one flick has characters named Diamond Dog, Swamp Thing and Cyrus the Virus.
“Over the Top” (1987): The underdog plot centered on arm wrestling is nonsensical and yet completely rousing. It’s also proof positive that turning your trucker hat around always means business.
“Road House” (1989): The one where Patrick Swayze rips a dude’s throat out.
“So I Married an Axe Murderer” (1993): Forget “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers.” This is Mike Myers’ greatest hit, as a beat poet afraid of commitment and even more fearful of his maybe-a-killer new love.
When You Need A Little Happinesses
“About Time” (2013): Domhnall Gleeson is a time-traveling dude, Rachel McAdams is his soulmate, and all the feels will be had.
“Field of Dreams” (1989): The magnificent baseball film embraces the power of faith, belief and having one last catch with your dad.
“Jojo Rabbit” (2019): Taika Waititi plays Hitler in a satire focusing on human love over learned hate.
“Rudy” (1993): The best football movie’s most impressive trick is making you believe Sean Astin would survive two seconds on the gridiron.
“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994): A memorable jailbird bromance from the mind of Stephen King.