10 Movies to Watch Based On Your Current Situation


created by Breanna Patierno

Breanna Patierno, Staff Writer

You see it in the movies: the girl with heartbreak sitting on her couch, with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, watching depressing, morbid, daunting movies about love at first sight. I mean, why would you put yourself through even more pain by watching certain films that would obviously make you mournful for your past love? I guess that’s just how the human heart works! The list put together below are categorized by different situations you may be in and how they might make you feel.

1. “Remember the Titans”(2000): When it’s 8:30 pm and you’ve snuggled on the couch with a hot beverage and a snack but don’t know what to watch.

“Remember the Titans” is a movie that teaches the importance of leadership, brotherhood, and loyalty within a community. It shows that it’s okay to be different but you’ll succeed better with a group that supports you rather than one that leaves you behind. “Remember the Titans” will leave you feeling inspired to do good in the world as the characters demonstrated in the movie. (WARNING: You may let a tear slip…)

2. “The Croods”( 2013): It’s a Saturday night and you’re being forced to watch a movie by your two little cousins but somewhere along the way you get attached to the story line.

The situation above was entirely fictional, it has never happened to me! It was my two nephews…moving on. “The Croods” is a fun, family friendly movie filled with adventure to satisfy your quarantine travel desires. In the end you will feel as joyful as the character ‘Thunk’ is whenever he is with his pet crocopup named ‘Douglas’.

3. “She’s All That”(1999): When you’ve just got home from school after talking to your crush for the first time.

“She’s All That” is a movie filled with your favorite 90’s kids: Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Gabrielle Union. She’s all that is a fun take on the basic ‘boy gets dared to date girl, boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, then girl leaves him in the dust’. Although the movie does have a happy ending, there are a few scenes where you may need to grab a tissue…or two.

4. “12 Angry Men”(1957): When you’ve just come home from a terrible day at work and open your mail only to be faced with jury duty.

“12 Angry Men” is a courtroom drama where where you will grow mad at the way the justice system works. It is the hottest day of the year, men need to get home to their wives, and the boy on trial is waiting outside to see if he would be convicted of murder. The men in the courtroom need to come to a clear verdict but there are some who just want to say guilty without looking at evidence and others who look too far in between the lines. You’ll look at juries differently after watching this movie.

5. Edward Scissorhands(1990): It’s Halloween and you don’t want to watch kids being chased by a psychotic clown before bed.

This 90’s fantasy film stars Johnny Depp(“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice”, “Stranger Things”) who create a love story like no other. A film directed by Tim Burton that takes you on an adventure through a flashback of a goofy sitcom neighborhood where everything always stays the same until ‘Edward’ arrives. ‘Edwards’ story is a sad one that will leave you wanting more.

6. “While You Were Sleeping” (1995): A movie to watch with the girls on a Saturday night with some Chinese food from down the street.

Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) stars in this sappy, romance movie alongside Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”) and Peter Gallagher (“A Bad Moms Christmas”) set in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra Bullock plays the relatable, quirky character who tries to win over the businessman while Bill Pullman plays the businessman’s goofy, underpaid brother who tries to win the girl. This seems like a cheesy movie with predictable events but you’ll find yourself drawn into the characters and storyline alike.

7. “Trading Places”(1983): When you’re deciding whether to study business or English: this chaotic movie will help you decide.

Trading Places is a comedy about two men, Eddie Murphy (“Coming to America”, “Daddy Day Care”) and Dan Aykroyd(“Ghostbusters”,”My Girl”), who have a bad run-in together and somehow end up literally trading places. Dan Aykroyd’s character goes from being a rich businessman to homeless, slumming it with a prostitute, while Eddie Murphy goes from a street beggar to taking Dan’s Job, mansion, and butler. A comedy that is sure to get you laughing; although, beware of bad language and mature themes.

8. “A Walk In The Clouds”(1995): It’s date night and you come home to a stack of movies with this on top.

Keanu Reeves(“Speed”, “John Wick”) stars in this romantic film alongside Atiana Sanchez-Gijon(“The Machinist”) as they play a newly ‘engaged’ couple in the World War II era. The emphasis on ‘engaged’ is because they had just met on the train, then again on the bus, but as fate would have it while walking along a path, Reeves finds her again crying. She’s pregnant without a husband and if her father finds out, he will kill her. Reeves sees the predicament she’s in and offers to pretend to be her husband for a day then leave as if he has abandoned her and the baby. He meets her family and that’s where the plan foils. The pair quickly grow fond of each other but Keanu Reeves’s character is already married so he stops anything before it gets too real, which doesn’t sit well with him when he is drunk as he sings a Mexican love song outside of her window. This movie will have you grinning the entire length of the film, guaranteed.

9. “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”(2016): When you want to learn more about the second ‘Great War’ but don’t want to watch a documentary.

This film starring Nicolas Cage(“Left Behind”, “National Treasure”) as ‘Captain McVay’, captain of the ship, takes a turn when Japanese enemies in a submarine shoot torpedoes into the US naval ship which had just dropped off the secret package to the Philippine islands containing the infamous atomic bomb set to be dropped over Hiroshima later that week. The movie focuses on the lives of different sailors as they fight to survive the shark infested waters with little to no supplies. The suffering they endure breaks your heart and leaves you asking, what happened to them after this? A good movie for students in US and World history.

10. “Star Wars”-all episodes(1977-2019): There is no situation you have to be in to watch Star Wars, they’re just that good!

These could have taken up all 10 spots but I figured I should probably include some other movies for all the “Star Wars” haters out there. When having a “Star Wars” Marathon, there are only two ways to do it.

One- Prequels-Originals-Sequels (Chronological order)


Two- Originals-Prequels-Sequels (Order they came out in)

The main titles star Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford while the stars of the prequel are Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. The latest movies, the sequels, have a wide variety of new faces including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver featuring the cast of the 70’s original. Taking place in space, the “Star Wars” experience will be sure to take you out of this world.