Top 10 Comfort Movies To Watch On Streaming Services

Comfort movies can range in genre from fantasy to romantic comedies to even horror movies, depending on the preferences of the viewer. Here's 10 of them.

Valenti Govantes/Staff Writer

As FIU students are situated in their homes, many are currently looking for things to watch on various streaming services. Comfort movies are films that bring immediate joy to people, which is especially helpful during these trying times. They can range in genre from fantasy to romantic comedies to even horror movies, depending on the preferences of the viewer. Here are 10 great comfort movies to watch in the age of social distancing on a variety of streaming services.

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

This film follows the timeless tale of a young girl named Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, who travels along a yellow brick road with her friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. Laden with heartwarming performances, “The Wizard of Oz” is a classic fantasy film and continues to reach the hearts of viewers everywhere.

Currently Streaming On Hulu

9. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

This classic science fiction film focuses on a young man named Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who embarks on a journey to save a princess, played by Carrie Fisher, who leads a rebellion against the empire. Revolutionary in its storytelling and world building, “Star Wars” continues to be one of the most important science fiction films of the 20th century.

Currently Streaming On Disney +

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 

It may seem odd to see a horror film in this kind of list but someone’s horror film could be another’s comfort film. In “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a teenager named Nancy and her friends struggle against iconic movie character Freddy Krueger. The film succeeds in being comforting for horror fanatics due to its compelling coming of age story, a performance by teenage Johnny Depp and its campy nature.

Currently Streaming On Amazon Prime Video 

7.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

In this film, Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, decides to skip school one day to hang out with his friends and go on adventures around Chicago. This film is indeed one of John Hughes’s best teenage-focused films of the 1980s because of its likable protagonist and fun tone.

Currently Streaming On Netflix 

6.  Spider-Man (2002)

In this superhero film, Peter Parker, played by Tobey Maguire, gets bitten by a genetically engineered spider and becomes Spider-Man and battles the evil Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe. The film is now a modern classic of the action fantasy genre and the subject of many, many hilarious memes. With its special effects and a script that is true to the source material, it has proven to be highly influential to the modern slate of superhero films.

Currently Streaming On Hulu 

5.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

In the first film of the Harry Potter series, young boy Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, realizes his wizard lineage and begins his studies at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Adapted from J.K Rowling’s novels, the film benefits greatly from a fantastic cast, stunning production design and magical effects. The rest of the iconic saga is additionally available to stream for all your binging desires.

Currently Streaming On Amazon Prime Video 

4.  Back to the Future (1985)

This time travel film revolves around a teenager named Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, who inadvertently uses his best friend Doc Brown’s time machine and goes back in time to 1955. McFly spends the film by finding a way back to his own time. Deeply charming and clever, this film is the first in a classic trilogy.

Currently Streaming On Netflix 

3. Frozen (2013)

Princess Anna of Arendelle, played by Kristen Bell, goes on a journey to find her magical sister Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, to save their kingdom. Profoundly sweet, this film is one of the best in Disney’s run of modern CGI animated films, which include others such as “Tangled” and “Zootopia.”

Currently Streaming On Disney +

2. Spirited Away (2001)

In this film by famed anime production company Studio Ghibli, a young girl named Chihiro, played by Rumi Hiiragi, is placed into situations where she encounters bizarre and fascinating characters. This film manages to adhere admirably to the standards set by other great Studio Ghibli films, like “My Neighbor Totoro,” with its beautiful imagery and light atmosphere.

Currently Streaming On Amazon Prime Video (subtitled)

1.Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Charlie Bucket, played by Peter Ostrum, is a young child living in poverty who one day acquires a golden ticket to visit the title character’s factory along with other children. Led by the late Gene Wilder’s enchanting performance, this film is an endearing adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel.

Currently Streaming On Netflix 

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