New movies aren’t being released as frequently during these times of uncertainty, but there’s already a MASSIVE lineup of iconic films you can always check out in the comfort of your own home. If you’re in the mood to smile, laugh out loud, shed some tears, reminisce or even quake in your boots, there are a ton of classic movies that are bound to lift your spirits. Here’s a handful of some of our favorites:
The Wizard of Oz — If you haven’t seen this movie by now… we’ll try not to judge. Escape to a fantasy world that happens to be full of magic, color and a diverse cast of unique characters. As charming as that all sounds, you’ll eventually realize there’s no place like home.
The Godfather — Say hello to the tight-knit Corleone brothers and their powerful father, who go to extra lengths to have each other’s backs and protect their clan at all costs. Just don’t even think about double-crossing them in any way.
Jaws — Who wouldn’t want to go to the beach on a warm summer day? People who don’t want to become instant shark bait; that’s who. Staying at home, behind locked doors and away from vicious sea creatures suddenly doesn’t sound like a bad idea. At all.
The Shining — One of the very first movies that naturally comes to mind when thinking about the horror genre. You may be tempted to go on a vacation every now and then, but checking in at a remote hotel with a questionable reputation? No, thank you.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial — Clear proof that aliens *do* exist! In movies, at least. Got some obscure places hidden around the house, or possibly have an unattended tool shed nearby? Exploring might as well lead to discovering something from out of this world. Don’t forget to lure it with a trail of candy.
The Land Before Time — An animated memorable adventure that stands the test of time. It’s about a young dinosaur who learns how to cope with loss and meets new friends on a journey to find their way back home. Be sure to steer clear of those ferocious Sharpteeth that stand in your path.
Malcolm X — Hands down one of Denzel Washington’s best performances. He steps in the shoes of a convict who completely turned his life around in hopes of securing a better life for his family and surrounding communities, going on to become one of the most renowned human rights activists in American history.
Schindler’s List — The one-and-only Liam Neeson stars in this gripping tale about the Holocaust and the countless tragic events associated with it. But in the end, you’ll find that it’s a true testament demonstrating that no matter how bad things are, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Shawshank Redemption — A man is sentenced to prison after being accused of murdering his own wife. Despite his claims of innocence and with all the odds seemingly stacked against him, he comes to realize that all hope isn’t lost after establishing allies. Plus, having a character played by Morgan Freeman by your side is encouraging in itself.
It goes without saying that there’s a countless amount of classics, so it would be practically impossible to list them all. With that being said, here are some honorable mentions that are also totally worth seeing at least once or twice: