Covid - 19 Social Distance Must See Movie List

Someone suggested it would be fun to expose our kids to our favorite movies while we have more time for that type of entertainment thanks to Covid -19. Someone else suggested we create a separate thread for the movie list so here it is. This is simply a list of some of my favorites capturing different genres. I’m sure I could add many. Please feel free to add what ever you would to your must see list. I’m hoping we can revive some old memories and turn on kids on to some great flicks! Off the top of my head:

Godfather II
Donnie Brasco
Bronx Tale
Road to Perdition

Hunt For Red October
Saving Private Ryan
Battle of the Bulge
Guns of Navarrone
Deer Hunter
The Patriot

The Sting
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Shawshank Redemption
Goodwill Hunting
Dead Poet Society
Big Chill
A Few Good Men
The Verdict
Abscence of Malice
The Bounty
Breaker Morant
Terms of Endearment
Ordinary People
Raging Bull
Karate Kid
Elephant Man
And Justice For All
Kramer v Kramer
Great Santini
River Wild
Scent of a Woman
Devil’s Advocate
Forest Gump

Planes, Trains, Automobiles
Trading Places
Seems Like Old Times
Summer Rental
My Cousin Vinny
When Harry Met Sally
Forget Paris
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Young Frankenstein
Monty Python Holy Grail
Life of Brian
The Producers
High Anxiety
Blazing Saddles
The Three Amigos
City Slickers
The In-Laws
Austin Powers
Radio Days
Spinal Tap

Rear Window

Ben Hur
The Ten Commandments

Lion King

There, I feel better and lighter! Not my complete list of course but I good start. Please, everyone, add on. Fun!!!

Having a bad flashback to the time my youngest was recovering from wisdom tooth surgery and I decided it was a great time to show her Love Story and 2001 A Space Odyssey as cultural literacy.

I think she’s over it now, 12 years later.


“5 Feet Apart”

I think it is a great list. I’ve seen so manly of these movies multiple times.

My son Re-introduced his wife to the Harry Potter series. Star war, Star Trek movies were a part of his life. Maybe cuz of my work, I’ve seen the Twilight and Divergent series many times.

In the list above, I guess my favs are in the shamshawk redemption list. Love Big Chill , My Cousin Vinny, and so many more . Sometimes I watch anything with Meryl Streep or Richard here , or bogart or The Thin Man. I’ll watch Alfred Hitchcock movies, but my warning is that son was too distracted by the black/white and fake settings.

Now if you had only alphabetized it so I could easily see if any I want to suggest were already mentioned. :wink:

@doschicos it was way to fast and random for that. I was thinking of my favorite actors and their movies. I know I left out a ton. Please suggest away though!

Sleuth with Michael Caine and Sir Laurence Olivier. Oldy but a goody!

Risky Business and Jerry McGuire

This is College Confidential and one of the best college movies of all time hasn’t been mentioned yet?

Animal House


We did a James Bond over the years run of movies before D went to her co-op. Lots of commenting about the poor quality of the special effects and sound editing, not to mention the sexism.

^ all true, but you have to admit, Sean Connery was a pretty awesome James Bond.

@rickle1 , that’s funny you mention Risky Business and Jerry McGuire. For several years now we introduce movies we like that are older to our son. He now requests it. I just recently mentioned these two and ordered from the library.

These are all Daniel Day Lewis movies:

My Left Foot
Last of the Mohicans
A Room With A View
In The Name Of The Father

Tom Hanks

Cast Away
The Green Mile
Saving Private Ryan
Apollo 13

Directed by Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can
The Post (newer movie)
Men In Black
Schindler’s List
The Color Purple
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing is one of my all time favorites.

Here’s some more I posted on the “good movies” thread a few months back when someone else posed a similar question, some older and some more recent.

Schoolhouse Rock, The Holiday, Love Actually, The Pursuit of Happyness, Peanut Butter Falcon, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Captain Fantastic, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Good Will Hunting, The Help, Mrs. Doubtfire, Big, Inside Out, Lady Bird, The Blind Side, We Are Marshall, Remember the Titans, Juno, About A Boy, Hidden Figures, Tootsie, Mean Girls, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Fiddle On The Roof, Coach Carter, Bend It Like Beckham, The Outsiders, Marie Antoinette, The Truman Show, Stand By Me, Diner, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Brooklyn

When my daughter was young we went to Universal Studios. We didn’t realize at the time how many of the rides were based upon movies from our youth which she hadn’t seen yet. So we set out to correct that and she watched - Jaws, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Men in Black, and ET. All classics everybody should see at some point.

Another summer one of the TV stations was doing all of the James Bond movies and she watched them all. The ones with Sean Connery are the best, but they are all enjoyable (even for the corniness). She loved the music so much we bought a CD with all the original theme songs and listened to it in the car over and over again.

When she was finally old enough to watch the Godfather movies (a favorite in our house), she was shocked at how many expressions we had been using that came from the movie. I have found many kids her age (mid twenties) have never seen them. (well the first two - as far as I am concerned there is no 3rd movie).

@4kids4us well,
‘This is College Confidential and one of the best college movies of all time hasn’t been mentioned yet?’

Real Genius

How about Revenge of the Nerds? :lol:

Movie lists are largely a matter of preference. I more favor action/adventure/thriller type movies, particularly newer ones that take advantage of newer technologies (including in things like special effects), so my lists are completely different than most above.

I keep a record of my persona ratings of movies. Some of the movies that I have rated highest are:

Action / Superhero
Batman Trilogy (Christopher Nolan ones, not Zach Snyder)
The Avengers
Ip Man
Iron Man
Spider Man (like original with Tobey Maguire best)
Django Unchained

Thriller / Mystery
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Silence of the Lambs
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (like the Swedish movie from 2009 best)
Donnie Darko (with director’s cut additions)
The Usual Suspects

Sci-Fi / Adventure
Back to the Future
The Hunger Games
Star Trek (2009, JJ Abrams)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Office Space
The Hangover

The Ring
The Babadook

Gran Torino
Good Will Hunting