So right now, you might feel like your passport is taking its own vacation while you’re busy social distancing. The world might be feeling a little smaller than you’d like, but if you’re looking for some movies to watch while under self-quarantine we have a solution —  #QuarantineAndChill. 

In times like these, no matter how hard the travel bug bites you, it’s best to stay put, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead right? Featuring drool-worthy food and stunning scenery, here are some movies to watch while under self-quarantine.

Here Are Some Amazing Movies To Watch While Under Self Quarantine

1For Those Who Love Intense Conversations ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995)

Before Sunrise 1995
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If you’re wondering what to watch during coronavirus quarantine, why not pick ‘Before Sunrise’? Though not very much happens in this film, it’s a quiet story of two strangers who meet on a train and spend the night strolling through the cobbled streets of Vienna. The silent and empty streets might be a familiar sight these days, but it’s the perfect opportunity to disconnect you from the news and get lost in some brilliant conversation and a budding romance. 

Where to watch: Netflix

2To Remind Yourself That You’ll Travel With Your Friends Again ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
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Bollywood movies are often filmed in locations around the world but only a few take you through the streets of a country like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (literally “Life Doesn’t Come Again”) does. It features tons of adrenaline-pumping adventures and dramatic sights as four friends go on a trip through Spain. Apart from its stunning visuals, it also visits exciting festivals like La Tomatina and San Fermin. A must-watch when you’re looking for things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime/Netflix

3For Those Who Enjoy Light-Hearted Action Movies ‘Murder Mystery’ (2019)


A Netflix original starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, this film doesn’t need much convincing. It will take you on a cruise along the Mediterranean Sea, stopping at Malaga (Spain) and Milan (Italy) and Monaco, while the characters try to solve a murder. It’s an excellent choice for some action and comedy. 

Where to watch: Netflix

4When You Want To Relax With Some Great Drama ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (2015)

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Another movie featuring a Mediterranean cruise (and filmed on an actual cruise ship), ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (literally “Let The Heart Beat”) will take you to locations across Tunisia, Turkey, and Italy. It’s a perfect pick if you’re still choosing what to watch during your quarantine. Between all the amazing locations, there’s family drama, heartwarming relationships, and tons of romance. As a bonus, the family’s super cute dog acts as the narrator for the film.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime/Netflix

5If You Need To Remember To Enjoy Life To The Fullest ‘The Bucket List’ (2007)

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We’re certain you have a list of places to visit on your bucket list, and you’re probably frustrated that you can’t tick any off right now. Until you can actually travel, why now watch Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson take you to the Great Pyramid, Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and other stupendous places around the world, while they indulge in some kickass adventure sports and live life to the fullest.

Where to watch: Netflix

6For Those Looking For A Feel-Good Pick-Me-Up – ‘Maska’ (2020)


This Indian film is a must-see for anyone nostalgic for old Mumbai. It follows a boy whose family owns an Irani café. However, he wants to become an actor and must learn the cultural importance of his heritage. Full of sweet moments and delicious food, it’s sure to leave you hungry for soft buns slathered with mounds of butter (the titular bun maska). Bright and chirpy, watch it to elevate your mood. 

Where to watch: Netflix

7If You Want An Old-School Musical – ‘La La Land’ (2017)


‘La La Land’ is a movie about movies (and the entertainment industry), but its depiction of Los Angeles that will transport you to the city’s wide-open parks, Hollywood vistas, and exciting movie lots. Get lost in the sunsets, lilting jazz riffs and cocktails, while you sing along to its upbeat soundtrack. A wonderful thing to watch during coronavirus quarantine

Where to watch: Vodafone Play

8When You Want To To Bring Out Some Roadtrip Nostalgia – ‘Karwaan’ (2018)

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Though it starts with an untimely death, ‘Karwaan’ (literally ”Caravan”) is the story of three extremely different people coming together in a difficult time and going on a road trip across South India. Perfectly timed comedy and hilarious chaos are just some of the things you’ll enjoy while watching this feel-good film.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

9For Those Who Want To Enjoy Some On-Screen Food – ‘Chef’ (2014)

Open Road Films

Director Jon Favreau plays a gourmet chef who leaves his job to travel around the US in this refreshingly original film. Food is the star of the show, with uplifting family bonding moments served on the side. It’s a very comforting watch while stuck inside due to a pandemic, and it nails what being a chef is really like. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

10When Your Hearts Want What It Wants – ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001)

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This Bollywood classic (whose title translates to “The Heart Wants”) explores the importance of living every moment as it comes. Parts of the films are set in Goa, with amazing scenes inspiring post-college travel goals for a whole generation. It’s also set in Sydney, Australia,  featuring its famous Opera House and harbour. It was a huge hit when it was first released, and is still an excellent option to watch while you’re stuck at home. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

11For Those Who Like Feel-Good Musicals (And Meryl Streep) – ‘Mamma Mia!’ (2008)

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This absolutely stunning film is set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi. However, it was actually filmed on the island of Skopelos. Upbeat, unashamedly emotional and – of course – packed with ABBA songs, it’s the perfect feel-good movie to watch during the coronavirus quarantine.

Where to watch: Hotstar

12And Finally, For Those Who Want To Escape Their Current Reality – ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy (2001-2003)

New Line Cinema

Peter Jackson’s award-winning epic fantasy trilogy was shot in New Zealand and will leave you awestruck by the stunning landscape of the country. From mountains to forests, rivers, and glaciers, New Zealand was one of the stars of the movie. It’s also a wonderful way to remind yourself that even when the world is a dark place, there’s still good out there and that humanity will prevail in the end.

Where to watch: Netflix

Also Read: These Are 18 of the Best Travel Movies To Inspire Your Wanderlust

So, Which Of Thes Movies Are You Going To Add To Your Must-watch List?

So, all you travel buffs out there, stop waiting! If you’re wondering what to do while in coronavirus quarantine, why not start watching some films to escape from your everyday life. You can even use these movies to watch while under self-quarantine to create your own bucket list of places you’ve always wanted to see based on travel movies.


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