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Is your whole city on lockdown? Have you been officially quarantined? Self-isolating for your own good? Whatever your situation, along with most of the world you probably have a lot more time on your hands than usual and are searching for ways to fill the void. 

Life may be very stressful right now and picking a movie could get rather overwhelming, and having something as background noise can seem pretty pointless. 

We want to try and make things just a little simpler among all the madness, so we’ve got a list of our ten favorite movies that are guaranteed to have you laughing, crying, and everything else in between. 

No matter the mood, get one of these on your screen; they’re perfect for any moment.

The Fountain (1h 36m)

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This romantic drama has it all; history, fantasy, spirituality, science fiction. Released in 2006 and directed by Darren Aronofsky, the leading actors are High Jackman and Rachel Weisz. You get a trio of stories that weave around each other, one each from the past, present, and future, all wrapped around the idea of a man pursuing eternity with his love. This movie is an exercise in meditation and some of the scenes will have you gripped. Highly recommended if your brain needs some downtime.

3 Idiots (2h 50m)

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With a stellar Bollywood cast comprising Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Omi Vaidya, you follow three university friends at engineering school together in India, yet on a deeper level, it’s a scathing satire of the social pressures at play in the education system in India. Two buddies start a hunt for their missing link and begin to reminisce about their college days and what they learned from their friend; think differently, no matter if you’re seen as an “idiot”. This film has great comedic elements along with insightful social commentary about education and is well worth the time you invest in it.

The Aftermath (1h 49m)

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As World War II concludes, an extra-complicated love triangle forms between the three stars, Jason Clarke and Keira Knightley, who play a colonel in the British army and his wife, and Alexander Skarsgard, a homeowner from Germany who has to allow the couple into his home that he shares with his daughter. You probably know what’s coming up… All you need to remember is Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard…

My Neighbor Totoro (1h 28m)

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Whichever movie you pulled out of the Studio Ghibli treasure trove, you’d be unlikely to pull a doozie, but lay your hands on Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 My Neighbour Totoro and you’re watching the wonderful, pure, sweet joy of a classic. Whether you’ve got kids to bring this into their lives, or you’re just a wide-eyed adult looking for fun, this film will resonate with ideas on family upheaval and how there is still real magic in the world.

Mr. Nobody (2h 37m)

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Although it won three awards at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, it took another four years for this surreal, trippy, and slightly sci-fi spiked beauty to land up in commercial theaters. The wait was definitely worth it. The titular character is a 118-year-old man, played by Jared Leto, who does a retrospective of his super engrossing life as he splits into many versions of himself. This movie is unique for sure, and you’ll be thinking about what it all means for a few days after whilst you’re in isolation.

Shutter Island (2h 19m)

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We all know that Martin Scorcese is one of the best film-makers ever, and this movie forms part of that stunning legacy. Starring Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley, Shutter Island will bend your mind, subvert your expectations, and tell you a tale of self-discovery that will have you questioning your own sanity at times. The soundtrack from Max Richter makes the experience even more powerful and if you’re a fan of complex storylines and films you need to watch twice, this is for you.

The Blind Side (2h 9m)

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After another amazing performance in Gravity in the same year, Sandra Bullock did herself another solid with The Blind Side. The movie was written and directed by John Lee Hancock and defies your expectations to be satisfying on a deeper level. It’s based on a true story about a football star whose future gets interrupted by circumstance and he lands up with a good-natured family. This Oscar-winner has a happy vibe with tear-jerking moments too.

Gone Girl (2h 29m)

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There are certain moods that can only be satisfied by a spine-tingling thriller. When that mood strikes, search out Rosamund Pike’s amazing turn in Gone Girl to get the goosebumps raised. The movie is set in Missouri and starts out as a mystery, telling the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who winds up the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Pike) disappears. Some say that it’s the psychological thrillers that freak them out the most, and this is one of the most terrifying ones in years.

Julie & Julia (2h 3m)

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This one is a biopic of the life of the celebrity chef Julia Childs (Meryl Streep), and one of her most dedicated fans. You’re going to be inspired to cook for sure, once you see all the food porn on offer, and there’s a hearty and wholesome feel to it that goes well with a chunk, yes chunk, of cake. Get inspired to cook up a storm with your quarantine supplies and feed your fellow isolators after the movie is done.

Life is Beautiful (2h 2m)

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To round off the list, this timeless classic will raise your spirits and bring some cheer, regardless of your situation. The story tells a sad tale of a Jewish librarian and his son who fall victim to the Holocaust. Directed by Roberto Benigni, the narrative holds a perfect mixture of humor, imagination, and will from the father who goes to great lengths to protect his son whilst in a concentration camp. Filled with satire, social commentary, physical comedy, and surreal moments, the story is unique and moving in its depiction of love. You’re not going to forget this fable, proving that love, imagination, and family are what’s important.  

When times are tough, we need to find ways of getting some peace whilst protecting those around us. We hope we can give you some moments of respite during these tough times with these movies to make you think. 

They’re available on a range of platforms, such as Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu, Netflix, and Kanopy, ready for you to draw on at a moment’s notice.

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