These days, most people are banking some serious alone time during this era of self-quarantining. With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak going strong, social distancing is the new normal. But solo time doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, some of the most epic films are all about solitary characters.
Whether they’re creating a cure, thwarting thieves, looking for answers, or just trying to get home, these lone wolves have become some of our most beloved big-screen idols. With that in mind, here’s a list of the five best movies about solo heroes to watch while you’re hunkered down at home.
5. Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone is a classic Christmas film that revolves around a precocious tween named Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin. When his family inadvertently leaves town without him, the unaccompanied minor savors the sweet taste of independence — which, based on the film, probably tastes a lot like ice cream sundaes and Pepsi Cola.
4. I Am Legend (2007)
Will Smith’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, I Am Legend, showcases the actor’s ability to evoke emotion even without the benefit of a scene partner for most of the movie. In the story, a plague has transformed many humans into a new race of flesh-eating beings that thrive in the darkness.
In this world, most of humanity has been wiped out, but Smith’s character, Robert Neville, survives alone in a deserted New York City. Neville is on a mission to find a cure, search for other survivors, and save the world. I Am Legend delivers some decent scares, raw feelings, and Smith’s one of a kind brand of Hollywood swagger. It is an entertaining popcorn flick and a welcome escape into an alternate reality.