Stream This: 8 Movies About Self-Isolation

In quarantine, it’s a movie night every night

It’s no question that this pandemic feels like a plot of a movie—in fact, it has been the plot for many movies. We can only hope this one has a happy ending.

Quarantine is taking a toll on everyone in different ways, and what better way to spend your confinement than by watching movies about people being stuck in isolation? Everyone loves a relatable flick. So while the world is on pause, feel free to press play on any one of these films to get yourself out of your own head for at least an hour and a half.

1. Disturbia (2007)

Director: D.J. Caruso

Being stuck at home can make anyone feel like they are on house arrest, and for Kale Brecht, played by Shia LaBeouf, that is literally the case. But you can learn a lot from what his character decides to do during his domestic confinement. For example, you can build a Twinkie tower, play video games or spy on your murderous neighbor.

2. Everything, Everything (2017)

Director: Stella Meghie

The feeling of never being able to explore the outside world again is getting very real, and that is the harsh reality for Maddy Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg. But maybe some of you are lucky enough to have a cute neighbor who’d you be ready to risk it all and break quarantine for.

3. Room (2015)

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Do you ever get so bored you start walking around your home aimlessly from one room to another? Well, this film will make you feel lucky that you even have a door you can open and exit from.

4. Hush (2016)

Director: Mike Flanagan

The protagonist of this film is also being forced to stay in her home, but not for reasons you may think. After realizing there is a man outside her house trying to break in and kill her, Maddie Young, played by Kate Siegel, shelters herself in her own home to stay safe. Trying to escape a killer doesn’t seem easy, especially if you can’t hear them coming.

5. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Director: Shawn Levy

Being stuck at home is one thing; being stuck at home with your siblings is something that is not recommended for the weak. After a life changing event forces Judd Altman, played by Jason Bateman, to return to his childhood home, he is joined by his three siblings where they are demanded by their mother to stay home for a week and spend time with one another. This film tackles the struggles and the advantages of family coming together during hard times.

6. Home Alone (1990)

Director: Chris Colombus

Although being home alone during this quarantine does not sound fun for many, there may be people who prefer it. Eating all the junk food you want and not having to share anything with anyone sounds like heaven to some, and it especially felt like heaven for Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin for maybe a day or two.

7. Tangled (2010)

Directors: Byron Howard, Nathan Greno

If you ever feel like making a sign and going to Huntington Beach to protest a virus, just remember that Rapunzel was not allowed to leave her tower for 18 years—not even to buy toilet paper.

8. Cabin Fever (2002)

Director: Eli Roth

The coronavirus is scary and dangerous, but for these college graduates who decide to go on vacation together, it’s nothing compared to the flesh-eating virus spreading rapidly throughout their cabin. The scariest part is that the film is inspired by real-life events that occurred to the director and writer of the movie, Eli Roth.