Old Movies To Rewatch


Marjorie Amaral, Editor

With school being virtual, restaurants being closed, and since we’re all in quarantine now is a good time to sit back and watch some good old movies.

You’re more than likely staying at home and with a fair amount of time on your hands and desperate to be entertained, here are some old movies you can go back and watch.

1. Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a DeLorean “time machine” invented by a crazy scientist. During his often hysterical, amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents meet and fall in love so he can get back to the future.

(Available to rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, ITunes, and Vudu.)

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his annoying sister along the way. Ferris enjoys his day with his friends, until the mileage of the Ferrari reads one too many miles driven and his friend Cameron has a blow out.

(Streaming on Netflix)

3. Mean Girls (2004)

This comedy follows a sweet homeschooled teenage girl, Cady (Lindsay Lohan), when she attends an American public school for the first time and gets tangled in with the popular girls. The schools mean girls is led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Mean Girls is hilarious and often insightful, and way better than your average teen movie, mixing the ridiculous with the realistic in a sharp but sensitive takedown of our desire to fit in. It’s got a lot to say about that peculiar girl-on-girl emotional violence that comes out of the desire to be the skinniest, prettiest and most desired.

(Streaming on Hulu, and available to rent on YouTube, Vudu, ITunes, and Amazon Prime Amazon.)

4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. However, E.T. gets ill, resulting in government intervention and a terrible situation for both Elliott and the alien.

(Available to rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, ITunes, and Vudu.)

5. Clueless (1995)

Cher and Dionne are best friends who live in Beverly Hills. They are popular, rich, pretty, and charming. One day, they spot a new girl at school, Tai, and decides to do a makeover on her.
They are very successful, but Cher realizes that she needed a makeover herself in a spiritual way. With this makeover, she learns about caring for others, going through pain, and love.

(Available to rent on YouTube, Vudu, ITunes, and Amazon Prime Video.)

6. The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel has just moved from New Jersey to Reseda, California and is getting picked on by the local bullies, who all are adept in karate. Determined to stick up for himself, Daniel begins to teach himself karate, only to discover that the caretaker at his apartment seems to be a grand master in karate. Agreeing to teach Daniel, Mr. Miyagi shows Daniel that there is more to karate than violence, and perhaps the best way to solve the problem he has with the bullies is in the All Valley Karate Championship.

(Streaming on Netflix)

7. Big (1988)

A young boy makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world?

(Streaming on HBO Now, and available to rent YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, ITunes, and Vudu.)

8. 10 things I hate about you (1999)

New kid Cameron James is head over heels for popular sophomore Bianca Stratford, but Bianca’s overprotective father forbids her to date Cameron unless Bianca’s older rebellious sister Kat dates. But Joey Donner wants Bianca, so he uses sullen senior Patrick Verona to attempt to win Kat’s heart. Will Patrick be able to win Kat over and Cameron will be able to have Bianca?

(Streaming on Hulu, and available to rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, ITunes, and Vudu.)

9. Breakfast Club (1985)

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

(Steaming on Hulu, and available to rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, ITunes, and Vudu.)

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on an adventure with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

(Streaming on Hulu and available to rent on YouTube, ITunes, Vudu, and Amazon Prime video.)

Hopefully with these movies your time in quarantine will pass by fast and soon we’ll be back to school.