Top 10 Movies to Watch When You're Stuck Inside

Everyone agrees: if you or a loved one feels under the weather (or cooped up due to the weather), the best course of action is to snuggle up with a soft blanket and watch a movie.

At Netflix DVD, we hate to miss a day of work (because work here is so fun!), but, just in case, we’ve prepared a list of the best films to view with kids of all ages or on your own. From comedy to adventure to mystery, there’s something for everyone in our list of top 10 movies to watch if you’re stuck inside.

Child-Friendly Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy

For the Little Ones:

Curious George (2006)

Let George explore when you can’t! Based on the famous book series, this slower-paced, sweet, and silly movie is a good match for the youngest of viewers. Part mystery and part adventure, this animation and its bright colors and adorable monkey will delight your child on their not-so-good day.

Bigger Kids and Tweens:

Home Alone (1990)

This hilarious romp relies on slapstick humor to tell the story of Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who accidentally gets left at home while his family jets off to Paris. There is some profanity and bratty behavior, but there’s nothing that makes this film too out-of-bounds for older kids. 

National Treasure (2004)

History buff parents will get a kick out of this family-friendly, thrill-packed action film that is a good pick for kids that won’t get too stressed by scenes with perilous and explosive situations. If you can take in stride some of the sillier, not-so-historically-accurate aspects (like a hologram on the back of the Declaration of Independence), this treasure hunt mystery is bound to entertain the kid in all of us.

Cartoons That Work on So Many Levels:

Home (2015)

The whole family will giggle at the wide-eyed innocence and silly-phrasing of Home’s main character, an alien named Oh. This beautiful animated film is a fast-paced adventure that spans the globe and beyond. Good messages about family, love, acceptance of others, hope, courage, and fear abound. 

Bonus? No matter how under the weather your little one is feeling, you’ll both end up dancing to the fun and invigorating soundtrack. 

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

This animal adventure story entertains kids and adults alike. What do our pets do when we’re out for the day? It’s a great premise for this imaginative story that details the antics of pets of all shapes and sizes, including a female character that saves the day.

Cabin Fever-Friendly Movies to Watch When You’re Stuck Inside

Adventure for the Temporary Non-Adventurer

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

What’s better than watching a kid play hooky when you’re forced to stay home? Nothing, that’s what! This classic will have you wishing you owned a sports car and could dance on parade floats. Whether it’s your first-ever viewing or a nostalgia-filled return to this John Hughes masterpiece, there’s no better cinematic escape than to settle in with some popcorn and help “Save Ferris.”

Goldfinger (1964)

Arguably one of the best Bond films, the third installment of the franchise has Sean Connery playing the ultimate anti-hero 007 with charm and humor. The characters are over-the-top, and so are Bond’s ever-present gadgets. Its boozy witticisms, fast car chases, and silly torture scenes make it a winner for a homebound day.

Romancing the Stone (1984)

A romance novelist finds herself in Columbia searching for a lost jewel to save her sister. While this could rely on the tried-and-true damsel-in-distress romantic narrative, this sharply-written, tongue-in-cheek adventure-comedy delivers much more than that. It’s a quest featuring ‘80s powerhouses Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito, replete with vine-swinging, huge snakes, and rainforest mudslides. It’s a mental escape into the great outdoors for a day when you’re stuck indoors. 

Horror for the Homebound:

The Shining (1980)

A movie about the dangers of being trapped indoors is the perfect film for scary-movie-loving adults that are trapped indoors. In addition to being visually stunning, this Kubrick-created Stephen King novel adaptation is haunting in the creepiest of ways. If you watch this spooky film, be prepared to sleep with the lights on. 

Cabin Fever (2002)

A list of movies to watch while having cabin fever wouldn’t be complete without this cult classic indie film about, well, cabin fever. A group of teens take a vacation to a remote cabin in the woods. What could go wrong? A lot, naturally. While it’s not for the faint of heart, as it has its fair share of gore, this film is a fan favorite for its campy, over-the-top scenarios and an underlying narrative about the dangers of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.