Y’all, it’s going to be a long, long LONG 2020. By the looks of things, we’re going to be inside a bit longer than we all wanted. So get comfy and fall in love with some relatable content: here’s a list of movies about being stuck inside. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Movie Lists You’ll Love To Binge in 2020
So we’re all stuck inside for a while.
That’s the bad news of 2020.
The good news: you can catch up on all those movie lists you’ve been meaning to complete.
The better news?
I’m writing more of them every day. Here are a few to get you started:
- How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Order
- List of Harry Potter Movies in Order
- List of Shows Coming to Disney Plus this month
- Disney Parks Inspired Disney+ Watchlist
- Scary But Not Too Scary Movies For Teen and Tweens
- Best Thanksgiving Movies List
- Star Wars Movies in Order
So Relatable: Movies About Being Stuck Inside
While we’re all getting a lot of family togetherness around here, it’s not like we’re the first people in history to be stuck inside for long periods of time.
At least, not the first people in movie history, anyway!
I’ve pulled together some films that feature characters stuck inside for some reason.
Maybe because they earned detention, maybe because they broke a leg, or maybe because they are hiding from Nazis- which, honestly, are all good reasons to keep your booty indoors.
1. Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window is a classic stuck inside story.
Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelley, James Stewart- SWOON all around.
What’s it about? A wheelchair-bound photographer (Stewart) spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
2. Flowers In The Attic (1997 or 2014)
From classic to awful, this list of movies about being stuck inside is going to cover the gamut.
And no judgment if you loved Flowers in the Attic (we were all young and ready trashy novels once!).
What’s it about? Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother. FOR YEARS. It was wild, y’all.
3. Room (2015)
This one stars Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson in her Oscar-winning role as Ma.
Room: you’re going to cry, just so you know!
What’s it about? Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
4. Blast From the Past (1999)
Did you love Brendan Fraser? Yup, me too.
Throw in Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, and Alicia Silverstone and Blast From the Past was one cute movie!
What’s it about? A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.
5. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
The ultimate survival story of being stuck inside.
If Anne Frank could do it for 2 years with seven people in extremely cramped quarters, I think we can all manage to make it out of 2020 in good spirits.
What’s it about? During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
6. The Breakfast Club (1985)
So they were only stuck inside for a single Saturday detention. Except for Bender who notoriously earned himself 2 months of Saturdays. Ahem.
They still had to find ways to entertain themselves.
If you’re looking for inspiration or just a way to connect your millennial kids to your Gen X ways, introduce them to the Brat Pack. It is rated R, however, for adult content and language. So maybe stick to the highschoolers stuck inside with you.
What’s it about? Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
7. Five Feet Apart (2019)
Not to be confused with the current virus protection plan of 6 feet apart, this movie, however, will be relatable.
The OG experts at keeping social distance come from the community of folks who must stay apart in order to survive.
What’s it about? A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.
8. Clue (1985)
The flames, the flames- on the side of my face—!
Yup, this is me at least once daily now that the entire house has become my “coworkers.” But Clue is a favorite whodunnit movie- just like Knives Out.
And it features a group of characters locked inside to solve a mystery.
What’s it about? Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
9. The Terminal (2004)
I used to feel like I lived in airports. Back when, you know, we could go places.
Like, a month ago.
Why does it feel so long ago, y’all? Oh… yeah. Quarantine sucks.
But this movie does not suck. I mean, it’s Tom Hanks so you know it’s most likely going to be good!
What’s it about? An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.
10. Tangled (2010)
While the Frozen sisters were pretty isolated, I’m going to give the Disney movie with best stuck inside story to our girl Rapunzel in Tangled.
She wasn’t allowed to leave her tower for 16 very long years. Could you imagine that?
Thankfully, someone else did (thank you, Brothers Grimm) and laid it out in a classic fairytale.
Disney, naturally, turned it into a musical with adorable animal sidekicks and the best “Disney Prince” ever: Flynn Ryder.
What’s it about? The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
There’s a list of 10 movies about being stuck inside for your consideration.
Have more to suggest? Leave them in comments!
Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.