Comforting films to watch while social distancing

Movies can provide much-needed escapism and comfort in difficult times.

March 2020 • Jules Verne

Comforting films to watch while social distancing

With the pandemic forcing people all over the world to self-isolate, there’s one thing for certain - there's going to be a lot of down time. Movies can provide much-needed escapism and comfort in difficult times. While the joy of a cinema visit might not be possible right now, there’s so much to be discovered from the comfort of your own home that can certainly provide a few hours of distraction when we need it most.

From childhood favourites to comforting classics, we have put together our top ‘feel-good films to keep you entertained during self-isolation.

The Lion King (2019) - After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

The Jungle Book (2016) - A man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Bridget Jones’s Diary - Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is an unattached 30-something who realizes she's got to change her life. After a New Year's Eve, she vows that this New Year is the one in which she'll get her act together. She'll lose weight, she'll smoke and drink less, and she'll document it all in a diary.

Paddington - A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home.

Paddington 2 - At a time when all of us feel like nothing more than self-isolating and eating marmalade direct from the jar, here is one of the most profoundly comforting comedies of recent times. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Mary Poppins (1964) - Mary Poppins (Dame Julie Andrews) is a kind of super nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children, Jane and Michael, and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers.

Notting Hill - The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop.

It’s Complicated - Meryl Streep is the divorced woman with grown-up kids who is now a “chocolatier”, of all the outrageously implausible things, running an upscale deli/eaterie. Her roguish lawyer ex-husband broke her heart by running off with a hard-faced younger woman who is now failing to satisfy him on the life-affirming laughter front, so he starts having an affair with his ex-wife.

The Devil Wears Prada - Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is an aspiring journalist fresh out of Northwestern University. She lands the magazine job "a million girls would kill for"; junior personal assistant to icy editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), who dominates the fashion world from her perch atop Runway magazine.

Dreamgirls - Based on the 1981 Broadway musical comes Dreamgirls, a story of greed, tough hate, and romance.

The Terminal - An Eastern European visitor becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal when a war breaks out and erases his country from the map, voiding his passport. He makes friends with the airport staff and falls in love with a flight attendant.

Free Willy - When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale. Fishermen separate a young orca whale from his parents and he ends up in a fish bowl at a marina.

Jumanji (1995) - Alan Parrish has been trapped in Jumanji, an ancient magical board game, for 26 years. When he is finally freed by two children, a herd of exotic wild animals has accidentally been released as well, and he must try to save his hometown from destruction.

Dumbo (2019) - A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus.

Downtown Abbey (2019) - Downton prepares for a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary in 1927.

Julie & Julia (2019) - A frustrated secretary decides to cook all 524 recipes in legendary chef Julia Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".