• Abbi Bayliss

100 Films you need to watch in Quarantine

The Ultimate Film Bucket List

I’ve never been a film junkie. Like most of us, I have a ranging attention span at best, causing me to have seen the first episode of every TV series on Netflix and every trailer on Youtube. However, staying at home 24/7 has given me the time to watch all the films I've been putting off in my iphone notes. My taste in films is made obvious if i tell you my two favourites: Back to the future and Forrest Gump. My love for American classics is possibly rooted in my indulgence of American Literature and even more so, American sitcoms. On the other hand, I possess the rare talent of subconsciously knowing the soundtracks to every film musical without ever watching them. (Rent, Wicked, Funny Girl etc.)

In the process of being semi productive during isolation, I’ve tried to broaden my film knowledge from cult favourites to early 20th century film. I’ve compiled this list of new films I've discovered during quarantine and old favourites I highly recommend.

In the mood for a killer soundtrack:

1. Baby Driver

2. Dazed and Confused

3. Black Panther

4. Straight Outta Compton

5. American Pie

6. Yesterday

7. Amy

8. Shaft

9. Dirty Dancing

10. 10 Things I Hate About You

Dazed and Confused, 1993

Underrated masterpieces:

11. 500 Days of Summer

12. Big Fish

13. Atlantics

14. Short Term 12

15. In This Corner of the World

16. Malena

17. Brooklyn

18. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

19. The Untouchables

20. Surviving: A Family in Crisis

Big Fish, 2003

Binge watchable film series:

21. The Maze Runner

22. The Godfather

23. Divergent

24. Indiana Jones

25. Back to the Future

26. The Spider-Man Series (or the whole Marvel cinematic universe if you’re feeling ambitious)

27. Oceans series

28. Now You See Me

29. The Dark Knight trilogy

30. Barbershop

Back to the Future, 1985

Comedies that never get old:

31. We’re the Millers

32. Coming to America

33. Legally Blonde

34. The Inbetweeners Movie

35. Hot Fuzz

36. Crazy Rich Asians

37. Superbad

38. Girls Trip

39. Scary Movie

40. The Wolf of Wall Street

Coming to America, 1988

Artsy aesthetic:

41. The Grand Budapest Hotel

42. Waves

43. Rear Window

44. Boyhood

45. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

46. Whisper of the Heart

47. The Theory of Everything

48. Weathering with You

49. Mid90s

50. The Farewell

The Last Black Man in San Francisco, 2019

Beautiful coming of age films:

51. Stand by Me

52. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

53. The Edge of Seventeen

54. Rocks

55. Lady Bird

56. Clueless

57. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

58. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

59. Monte Carlo

60. Girlhood

Rocks, 2019

When you want a singalong:

61. Wizard of Oz

62. Singing in the Rain

63. Dreamgirls

64. La la land

65. Grease

66. Hamilton

67. Hairspray

68. Meet me in St Louis

69. Oliver

70. West Side Story

Singing in the Rain, 1952

Classics from the past:

71. Roman Holiday

72. An American in Paris

73. How to Steal a Million

74. 12 Angry Men

75. Some Like it Hot

76. Vertigo

77. Rebecca

78. The Women

79. Funny Face

80. The Gold Rush

Roman Holiday, 1953

Animated films you're never too old for:

81. Shark Tale

82. Incredibles

83. Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse

84. Toy Story

85. Bugs Life

86. Mulan

87. Big Hero 6

88. Shrek

89. The Emperor's New Groove

90. Lion King

Toy Story 2, 1999

Icons for a reason:

91. Forrest Gump

92. Inception

93. Taxi driver

94. Pulp fiction

95. Shawshank Redemption

96. Roma

97. Dead Poets Society

98. Rain Man

99. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

100. Parasite

Forrest Gump, 1994

For a side activity, just ask Siri, Alexa or whatever device you own for a random number between 1 and 100, that way the number correlating with the film is chosen for you.

Happy watching and stay safe!