Best movies and series to watch in self-isolation

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Read our article of the best 31 movies and series to watch during coronavirus crisis, take your mind off the fact that you’re running out of loo roll. Our list compiles all genres that can be watched on Netflix or Amazon Video. It’s great to take a cinematic break when you’re social distancing during this coronavirus crisis. Relax and enjoy!

Drama

1. The Shawshank Redemption

This Oscar-nominated movie tells the story of a banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) convicted of a double homicide. During his harsh time in prison, he creates an unlikely bond with a fellow convict Ellis “Red” (Morgan Freeman) but is that enough for him to survive 19 years of prison life?

IMDB rating: 9.3

Amazon video

2. The End of the F***ing World (series)

This British dark comedy-drama is about James, who is 17 years old. James (who thinks he is a psychopath) makes a connection with a cool and moody girl at school, Alyssa. The pair embark on a road trip in search for Alyssa’s real father.

IMDB rating: 8.1

Netflix and Channel 4

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3. Drive

Ryan Gosling stars as a mysterious, skilled mechanic with further jobs as a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver. But he finds himself in trouble whilst helping the neighbour he has fallen in love with.

IMDB rating: 7.8

Amazon Prime

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Thriller

4. Training Day

On his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, Jake (Ethan Hawke) a rookie cop tries to prove himself to narcotics agent Alonzo (Denzel Washington) during a ride along, but soon he believes that the veteran detective may be a criminal himself. What limit will he go to, to become a good cop?

IMDB rating: 7.7

Netflix and Amazon Video

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5. Parasite

There is a clear reason why this South Korean movie picked up so many awards including Oscars. Parasite is about a poverty-stricken family, who cunningly place themselves in the service of a wealthy household, only to realise that there is something in the basement.

IMDB rating: 8.6

Amazon Video

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Comedy

6. Coming to America

Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is an extremely wealthy and pampered African prince. He rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride that he can respect for her intelligence and will. Will he be able to survive in the middle-class environment?

IMDB rating: 7

Netflix and Amazon Video

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7. Booksmart

Fast-paced, funny and fresh, two academic superstars and best friends realise they should have worked less and played more. Through this realisation, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. The movie adds a smart spin to this coming-of-age-comedy.

IMDB rating: 7.2

Netflix and Amazon Video

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8. The Other Guys

It’s not many movies you get a stellar cast like Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel Jackson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Keaton and Ice-T. This movie is about two mismatched detectives that seize an opportunity to step up, however things don’t go quite as planned.

IMDB rating: 6.6

Netflix 

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9. Sex Education (series)

Sex Education is a British comedy drama series. A socially awkward teenage boy teams up with a high school classmate to set up a secret sex therapy clinic at school. He acquires the knowledge of sex from his mothers’ books as she is a sex therapist. However, can he use the advice he gives on himself as he becomes a young adult?

IMDB rating: 8.3

Netflix and Channel 4

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Documentary

10. Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness (series)

A very popular Netflix series right now, showcasing the true crime story about Joe Exotic. Joe is a wildcat enthusiast who keeps tigers, lions and other large animals at his park in Oklahoma. Follow Joe through his crazy journey to become an internet star, a local politician, and accusations that  he attempted to murder his chief rival, Carole Baskin.

IMDB rating: 7

Netflix

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Horror

11. Hereditary

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences. The family begin to unravel secrets about their ancestry, but where will it lead them?

IMDB rating: 7.3   

Amazon Video

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12. Get Out

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s family estate for the weekend. He becomes uneasy about the reception he receives and eventually it reaches boiling point. Will he get out?

IMDB rating: 7.7

Amazon Video

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Reality-TV

13. Love Is Blind (series)

This show is about a group of single girls and guys, who have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating. These hopeful romantics are ready to couple up without ever seeing each other. Will they take the ultimate vow and get married?

IMDB rating: 6

Netflix

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14. The Final Table (series)

Teams of chefs cook up some of the world’s toughest plates from different nations in this reality cooking competition. Twenty-four contestants cook for nine of the most accomplished chefs in the world, plus a cast of celebrity judges.

IMDB rating: 7.7

Netflix

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Animation

15. Spirited Away

A 10-year-old girl by the name of Chihiro Ogino, moves to the suburbs with her family. Only to realise she has entered a world ruled by gods, witches and spirits.

IMDB rating: 8.6

Netflix

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16. The Incredibles 1

A Pixar animation about a family of undercover superheroes, fighting evil and saving lives daily.

If you like this movie, be sure to watch the Incredibles 2 also.

IMDB rating: 8.0

Amazon Video

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Mystery

17. The Stranger (series)

This British mystery thriller is based on the book by Harlan Coben. Everything goes wrong for Adam Price, a happily married dad of two, when a stranger tells him a terrible secret about his wife.

IMDB rating: 7.4

Netflix

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Fantasy

18. Pan’s Labyrinth

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, a young girl called Ofelia escapes her sadistic army officer father by entering an eerie but captivating fantasy world. She meets a mystical faun who sets her tasks so she can become princess of the Underworld.

IMDB rating: 8.2

Amazon Video

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19. Stranger Things (series)

This science fiction, drama-horror investigates a young boy’s disappearance. His mother, local police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

IMDB rating: 8.8

Netflix

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Crime

20. Uncut Gems

With his debts escalating and angry collectors on his case, a charismatic jeweller risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

IMDB rating: 7.5

Netflix

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21. City of God

In the poor favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two best friends choose different paths: one as a photographer and the other as a kingpin. As things get out of control between two gangs, will their paths meet in order to end the violence?

IMDB rating: 8.6

Amazon Prime

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Action

22. Bad Boys for Life

Miami detectives and bad boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are the perfect comical duo fighting crime. They are back together for one last ride, but can the boys take down the Mexican cartel?

Make sure to watch Bad Boys 1 and 2 first if you haven’t already.

IMDB rating: 6.8

Amazon Video

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23. The Gentleman

Directed by Guy Ritchie, it boasts of many great actors such as Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell. This movie follows an American kingpin in England who is looking to sell his business, but this soon triggers an array of plots and schemes.

IMDB rating: 8

Amazon Video

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24. Black Panther

The heir to the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, T’Challa, must step up to lead his people into a new future but encounters a challenger from his country’s past.

IMDB rating: 7.3

Amazon Video

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25. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim is charming and jobless. He aims to do better and to conquer love by defeating his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

IMDB: 7.5

Netflix and Amazon Video

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Adventure

26. 1917

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack. An impossible mission, they must cross enemy territory and face head on the many challenges they come across. The fascinating thing about this movie is its bold cinematic style, as the entire film feels like a single, continuous take.

IMDB rating: 8.3

Amazon Video

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27. Mad Max: Fury Road

In a post-apocalyptic world, Max (Tom Hardy) teams up with Furiosa (Charlize Theron), to rebel against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland.

IMDB rating: 8.1

Amazon Video

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Sci-Fi

28. ArrivalAfter twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, an elite team led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) are brought together to investigate.

IMDB rating: 7.9

Amazon Prime

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29. A Quiet Place

A family of four must quietly live their lives as mysterious creatures take over and (with ultra-sensitive hearing) hunt by sound. If they hear you, they hunt you.

IMDB rating: 7.5

Netflix and Amazon Video

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Romance

30. Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks plays a slow-witted man from Alabama, whose only desire it to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. Along the way, Forrest inspires people around him with his childlike optimism.

IMB rating: 8.8

Amazon Video

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31. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

A middle-aged husband’s life dramatically changes after he learns his wife has been cheating on him and asks for a divorce. With his life being turned completely upside down, he seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob. Will he be able to find the one? Starring Cal Weaver (Steve Carell), Emily (Julianne Moore) and Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).

IMDB rating: 7.4

Amazon Video

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