Top 9 Movies to Watch This Winter Break

Faizi Tofighi, Writer/Editor

Let’s be honest, we’re all bored out of our minds going into the 67th month of quarantine – or at least it feels like it’s been that long. It’s only worsened by the fact that it’s winter, and we wouldn’t go outside even if we could. If you’ve got a lot of free time this upcoming Winter Break, one way to spend it is by immersing yourself in some great motion pictures. So here are 9 (technically 11) good movies, in no particular order, to watch in your spare time during this upcoming winter break. 


Inception – This movie absolutely blew my mind the first time I saw it. If you haven’t seen it already, you’re definitely missing out. In fact, you may end up watching it a few times just because of how complex and amazing it is. 


Inglourious Basterds – This is an incredibly written action and drama film set in France during the peak of Hitler’s reign in World War II and what I would consider to be Quentin Tarantino’s best work. Definitely worth a watch this upcoming holiday break.


The Shawshank Redemption – This movie is an absolute classic, telling a story of a man wrongfully locked up in one of the toughest prisons in the country. The people he meets and the experiences he has throughout the film are some to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.


The Hateful Eight – Although one of Tarantino’s less sought-after films, I personally believe this is one of his best creations and the quick changes of pace combined with a beautifully written script and soundtrack make this a really incredible film.


Lord of the Rings Full Trilogy – I consider this to be the best movie trilogy of all time as it completely breaks the expectations of a usually mellowed fantasy tale in a manner as great as Game of Thrones at its peak, while staying consistently good throughout in its dialogue and action.


Forrest Gump – This movie is one that takes the viewer on a wild ride, at first appearing to be a bit comedic but then morphing into a movie that makes us question our definitions of friendship and love and pulls on the heartstrings. 


Hamilton – I actually had the privilege of seeing this show live a couple years ago, and I remember walking into the theater having my initial expectations completely blown out of the water. A live action movie recreation is available to watch on Disney+. It is definitely worth your time!


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – The original cast of Star Trek reunited a decade after the original TV series for a six movie trilogy that had all the great qualities of the original Star Trek. The fourth movie in particular is one worth watching, as it’s got great writing, a topical subject, and witty humor throughout.


Groundhog’s Day – Many of the movies on this list can be very serious, depressing, or mind-bending, but if you want a feel-good, well-written movie with a simple premise, Groundhog’s Day is the way to go. This movie will leave you with a cheerful mood and a smile on your face.


Although this list may seem a bit unorthodox considering it’s suggesting movies to watch during a holiday season, I figured I’d stray away from the norm of only recommending Christmas movies, since I’m sure everybody’s already planning to see plenty of those. Go ahead and enjoy these movies on those days where you’re not with the family celebrating Christmas or the new year. Trust me – you won’t regret seeing any of these movies.