Lights, Camera, Action: Time for a Movie Marathon!

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While we are all practicing social distancing, it is likely that you’re getting a little stir crazy in your home. With all this extra time on your hands, how should you spend your days? If you’re looking for something to occupy your time this weekend, there is no better time than now to have a movie marathon. We’ve compiled some of the best movie franchises to give you some movie marathon inspiration.

Pirates of the Caribbean

In the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, follow Captain Jack Sparrow as he navigates the seas with his fellow pirates. A clumsy yet nimble pirate, Jack Sparrow definitely adds a streak of humor to this intriguing storyline. Discovering treasure, ending curses, and more fills the action-packed plot. From the Curse of the Black Pearl, all the way to Dead Men Tell No Tales, you’ll be hooked to find out what happens next.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

If you’re ready to occupy your time with 23 different movies, you’re prepared to dive into the crazy world that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With characters like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and more, the plots of these individual movies all play into one another. Beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger, follow the plot all the way through to Avengers: End Game. Ultimately, the plot follows the Tesseract, a cube containing the Space Stone with endless energy, from the 1940s to the present. Although this is quite a time commitment, it’s incredible how the storylines of these hit movies all intersect.

Harry Potter

Whether you’ve read the books or not, Harry Potter is one of the most popular movie franchises. We all know that people who love Harry Potter, really love Harry Potter. If you haven’t sat down and watched the beautifully crafted films in order, now you can understand what the hype is all about. Transport yourself into the world of Hogwarts, with wizards, magic, and more, as you watch each of the uniquely crafted films.

Indiana Jones

Take yourself on an adventure from the comfort of your couch when you watch the Indiana Jones movies from start to finish. Dr. Henry Walton (aka, Indiana Jones), an adventurous archaeologist, takes you on a crazy ride in each of the four films as he battles Nazi soldiers, ancient curses, and more. This series ranges from 1981 to 2008, and each movie is as good as the last. There’s been some talk of a fifth film in the works, so if you like the first four, you’ll have something to look forward to!

For Kids

The above movie franchises are all incredibly filmed, intricate, and action-packed. However, they may be a little confusing for your children! Not to worry, we have compiled some great movie marathon ideas for your kids as well. All of these movies are on Disney+.

High School Musical

Although a bit older, the High School Musical movies are instant classics. With 3 films, you will fall in love with the cast and follow them as they navigate through high school. High School Musical 3 ends with them in senior year, ready to go off to college. Full of fun songs, colorful sets, and lots of dancing, this is a perfect, family-friendly movie series.


It’s no surprise that Frozen has been all the rage within the past couple of years. Even better, Frozen II is now on Disney+ as well! These movies are a hit among people of all ages. The whole family will be singing along as they follow fan-favorites Anna, Elsa, and of course, Olaf throughout the two films.


With 3 different movies, the Descendants franchise is a spin-off of the Disney Princess franchise. The plot follows the lives of four teenage children of classic Disney villains such as Cruella de Vil, Jafar, the Evil Queen, and Maleficent. Having first aired on Disney Channel in 2015, Descendants was an instant hit. Children will love dancing and singing along with the 3 movies.

Teen Beach Movie

Another Disney Channel Original Movie series, Teen Beach Movie is a fun-loving, upbeat film. Although there are only two films in this series, the outfits, songs, and dancing make for a whole world of fun. Set in the present day, the two main characters are sucked into the plot of a 1960s musical movie where they are surrounded by surfers and bikers. How will they return to their real lives and the real world? You’ll have to watch to find out!

With all this extra time on our hands, there are so many amazing movie franchises that you can watch. How will you choose? Perhaps you can make a list and try to complete it. Pop some popcorn and settle in on the couch as you transport yourselves into the plot of whatever movie you choose.

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