The 9 Best Movies To Watch While Social Distancing [Guide]

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Now that social distancing is a thing; it’s time to find some ways to occupy ourselves at home. You could start writing that great novel you’ve always dreamed about. You could use this time to organize your kitchen and closet.

Or, you can just relax and watch a lot of TV.

With bars, restaurants, retail stores, sports venues and theaters closed, now is the perfect time to kick back on the couch and watch hours upon hours of movies. Whether it’s movies you love or ones you’ve never seen, the options are endless.

And if you need some ideas, here are 9 of the best movies to watch while social distancing.

Movies That Will Make You Hate People

Social distancing is a whole lot easier when you remember how horrible some people are. Just think about it, are you going to miss that waiter bringing you a burger loaded with onions when you specifically asked for no onions?

Are you going to miss those creepy guys hitting on you in bars when all you want to do is hang with your girlfriends?

Are you going to miss the road-ragers beeping and giving you the finger because you hesitated two seconds at a green light?

Probably not.

These movies all have characters that are so awful you won’t even want to socialize, meet new people or leave the house.


Let’s be clear here, Titanic is one of the greatest movies of all time. But there are a few characters in this flick that are so wretched that they actually make you hate society.

We’re looking at you Cal Hockley and Ruth Dewitt Bukater. Rose’s fiancé and mother are the epitome of evil (just all dressed up in really nice clothes).

Cal is smug, shallow, controlling … and has murderous tendencies. And Rose’s mother, well she’s just awful on every level. For a woman with no money, she sure does like to pretend she’s got a lot of it.

Wedding Crashers

In between the off-color remarks and belly laughs, one character in Wedding Crashers stands out – because he’s awful.

Bradley Cooper is amazing in the role of Zack, but the character is downright cringe-worthy. Rude, obnoxious, and pretentious don’t even begin to describe this guy. It’s hard to hate him completely because Cooper is so lovable, but this is the type of guy that social distancing was made for.

Pulp Fiction

Just about every character in Pulp Fiction is a “bad guy,” but they all have redeeming qualities. All except for one: Zed.

Watch the Zed scene, and you will embrace social distancing to its fullest. In fact, you may never want to walk into another retail store again (and certainly not a pawn shop).

Classics That You Should Have Seen By Now

No matter how much of a movie buff you may be, there are surely some classics that you’ve missed. Use social distancing as a chance to catch up on all the classics that you have always wanted to see but haven’t yet.


In addition to being one of Hitchcock’s best films, Vertigo is one of the greatest movies of all time. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak are riveting in their roles as they take viewers up, down and all-around in a whirlwind of mystery and suspense.

Hitchcock made 49 movies, many of which are simply incredible.

So when you’re done watching Vertigo, you can turn this into a week-long Hitch marathon. Rope, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, To Catch a Thief … they are all must-sees!

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Believe it or not, there are some people who have not seen any Indiana Jones movies. If you’re one of them, there is still time. Start at the beginning and watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you love it (and you probably will), there are three more movies in the series.

The Indiana Jones films are perfect if you’re in the mood for a one-day movie marathon!


Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are two of the greatest actors of the 20th century. So it makes sense that their union in Casablanca is nothing short of amazing.

Casablanca is one of the best love stories of all time, and you should watch it, especially if you love romance against the backdrop of war.

Movies That Will Help You Escape

If you want to survive your quarantine, you’ll need to find a way to take your mind off the fact that you can’t leave the house. These three films are perfect for getting lost in a new (less coronavirus-y) world!

Lord of the Rings

Three minutes into The Fellowship of the Ring and you’ll feel like you’re in a different place and time. Because you will be, your quest for toilet paper will become a distant memory as you join the journey across Middle-earth.

Whether you are into the fantasy genre or not, LOTR is a must-see. The three films in this series tell one long, continuous story – over 17 hours long, to be exact.

It’s the ultimate escape —perfect for when you have zero plans to leave the house.

Toy Story

There’s almost nothing more lighthearted than Toy Story. So take a break from the chaos and escape to Andy’s room with Buzz and Woody.  Spend your day with these beloved characters through three more movies, and you’ll forget about everything that’s going on in the world (and everything that’s not).

If having bars and restaurants closed indefinitely means we get to stay home and watch animated movies all day, I’m here for it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is one of the greatest on-screen escapes of all time. She literally falls down a rabbit hole and lands in a magical world filled with all sorts of strange characters. It’s sure to take your mind off of the fact you haven’t left your house for days.

But do yourself a favor and skip the remake with Johnny Depp. Stick to the original Disney animated version from 1951 instead. You won’t be disappointed.

What are the Best Movies to Watch While Social Distancing?

While you’re keeping your distance from other people and spending extra time at home, watch some movies! There is no better time to check some boxes off your movie-watching bucket list.

Dive into a world of fantasy, horror and mystery or keep it lighthearted with rom coms and animated films.

Regardless of what you’re into, movies are a great way to distract yourself from the corona-craziness. And there are thousands of movies available on streaming services that you can start watching right now.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some snacks, snuggle up on the couch, and get this movie party started.

Jessica Heston

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