Quarantine Streaming Guide: The Best Feel-Good Movies on Every Service
Thank the streaming gods above that at least we're not lacking stuff to watch right now.
Before the days of coronavirus descended upon us, the sheer number of streamers -- Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now and Disney+ and CBS All Access, with a new service seemingly launching every day -- had become overwhelming. Now, it's what's getting us through all this time quarantining at home. (Who decided there should suddenly be 32 hours in a day?)
Since staying at home is the easiest way to be of service amid our ongoing pandemic, streaming all day, every day is practically philanthropic. And if you aren't the sort of person who is enjoying watching shows and movies about lockdowns and outbreaks right now, perhaps opt for one of these feel-good films available on the streamer of your choice.
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Eat Pray Love
There was never a better time to watch Julia Roberts eat her way through Italy and let a sexy stranger come within six feet of her. Watch it here.
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Career-best performances from Michael Cera and Kat Dennings and the reason we became obsessed with Ari Graynor. Watch it here.
Something's Gotta Give
If you can't self-isolate in the house from a Nancy Meyers movie, the next best thing is to live vicariously through Diane Keaton. Watch it here.
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
Kate Bosworth (hey, where'd she go?) plays a small town girl who wins a date with a movie star played by Josh Duhamel. (Hey, where'd he go?) Watch it here.
Imagine what the Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust in your mind are going through right now. Watch it here.
Miracle on 34th Street
The sweetest tale of friendship, family and deforestation you're bound to find on any streamer. Watch it here.
10 Things I Hate About You
Also streaming: Marvel's most feel-good movie, Ant-Man; the live-action Lady and the Tramp; the original The Muppet Movie; the true story of a chess prodigy in Queen of Katwe; and Three Men and a Baby.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The original -- and still the best -- Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling collaboration. La La Land wants what Crazy, Stupid, Love has. Watch it here.
Come to see Jacob Tremblay say the F-word, stay because they really are such good boys. Watch it here.
Feel free to scream-sing along to "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at the end. And remember: To us, you are perfect. Watch it here.
Hellooooo! If you've not already fired up your HBO app to watch the late, great Robin Williams pie himself in the face, what more do you need to hear? Watch it here.
There's none of the darkness and grittiness of Batman or Superman here. Just a tween who's super amped to be a hero. Watch it here.
Watch Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein's Big Night Out and fantasize about how many Big Nights Out you'll have when this is over. Watch it here.
Hearts Beat Loud
Come to think of it, Nick Offerman is probably a good quarantine buddy. Anyway, in this movie, he will make you cry! Watch it here.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
If you thought Taika Waititi's take on Thor was cute, just wait until you meet orphan and self-dubbed gangster Ricky Baker. Watch it here.
It's like The Morning Show but less coo coo crazy and starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Watch it here.
When Harry Met Sally
There's never a bad time for a Nora Ephron movie. There's never a bad time for a Meg Ryan rom-com. There's never a bad time for a Carrie Fisher supporting turn. This is the trifecta. Watch it here.
Also streaming: Fighting With My Family asks, "Can you smell what the Florence Pugh is cooking?!"; Will Smith plays cupid in Hitch; best friends tag team wedding season in Plus One; John Cusack holds up a boombox in Say Anything; and Wonder.
Rachel McAdams, please make another rom-com! In the meantime, we have a perfect one also starring Domhnall Gleeson. Watch it here.
Always Be My Maybe
Ali Wong and Randall Park are the headliners here, but just know Michelle Buteau and Keanu Reeves steal the show. Watch it here.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Who'da thunk we'd see a day where kids couldn't wait to go back to school. Until then, Matthew Broderick makes the best of it. Watch it here.
Plan to press play at the same time as your girlfriends and then meet up on Zoom afterward for a Lizzo dance party. Watch it here.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
You won't find any of the MCU Spidey movies on Disney+, but that's OK because you can watch Spider-Verse as many times as you want on Netflix. Watch it here.
Also streaming: Farmhands fall in love in God's Own Country; Amy and Meryl cook something up in Julie & Julia; Emily Blunt drops in for Mary Poppins Returns; an office scheme-turns-meet cute in Set It Up, and The Two Popes.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Turns out, the Venn diagram between our Bridget Jones selves and our selves in quarantine is a perfect circle. Watch it here.
Brittany Runs a Marathon
We want the world for Jillian Bell. Bonus points for the inspiration to go on a social distance jog you'll feel afterward. Watch it here.
The subject matter might not seem feel-good -- a family hides its matriarch's cancer diagnosis from her -- but trust us on this one. Watch it here.
First Wives Club
Don't get mad -- get everything*. (*A perfect Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton vehicle in the comfort of your own home.) Watch it here.
Viola Davis. Allison Janney. A box of Girl Scout Cookies (if you haven't quarantine-binged them yet). Watch it here.
Also streaming: Nathan Lane and Robin Williams have a kiki in The Birdcage; Reese Witherspoon takes in three eligible bachelors in Home Again; the Greta Gerwig masterpiece that is Lady Bird; Emma Thompson's tour de force, Late Night; and Moonstruck.
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