15 Movies that Make it Worthwhile to Stay In

To make it meaningful to stay home (see prev. post about 20 pounds CO2 per gallon), herewith, a list of 15 worthwhile movies, defined as movies saying something necessary in a beautiful or funny way. Sissako’s films in particular will take your breath away, but Samba (by Nakache/Toledano with Charlotte Gainsbourg) is my favorite. No need to subscribe to Amazon.com to watch them from there for under $4.00.

Historical: Of Gods & Men (2010) Dir. Xavier Beauvois (set in Algeria)

Fanny’s Journey (2016) Lola Doillon (in WWII France)

Satirical: Bringing Down the House (2003) Steve Martin (race/U.S. society)

The Decoy Bride (2011) Sheree Folkson (Scotland/wedding frenzy)

Madea: Witness Protection (2012) Tyler Perry (his best)

Environmental Documentary (serious but delightful and treading lightly):

The Ants & the Grasshopper (2021) Raj Patel & Zak Piper

Drama: Bamako (2006) Abderrahmane Sissako

A Prophet (2009) Jacques Audiard (set in a French jail- R-rated)

Samba (2014) Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano

Timbuktu (2014) A. Sissako


Swades (2004) Ashutosh Gowariker

Lars & the Real Girl (2007) Craig Gillespie

The Band’s Visit (2007) Eran Kolirin

The Best Man Holiday (2013) Malcolm Lee

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) Lasse Hallstrom

Please add more names of any you like in the comments!

5 responses to “15 Movies that Make it Worthwhile to Stay In”

  1. Ann–One of my favorite movies is Chariots of Fire. I think I might have seen a few on your list, but they would be fun to check out. How you are doing well, friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi dear friend! Thank you for the comment and for the reminder about a movie it would be worth watching again! Have also been enjoying reading your posts.

      1. Thank you Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate you and your friendship via the blog world–you would definitely be someone I would choose to be friends with in the “real” world too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Thank you! I think so! And the proof is that I was worried when your blog posts were less frequent for a few weeks. Am glad you are back writing again, encouraging many friends yet unmet! ; )

      3. awww… that is sweet. Thank you for your concern! ๐Ÿ™‚

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