The 17 Best Movie Marathons You Can Stream Right Now
Settle in for an epic streaming marathon with James Bond, Indiana Jones, or Ellen Ripley.
When it comes to what we're streaming while social distancing, sometimes we're looking for quality over quantity—but who says we can't have both? If you've already made it through an epic TV binge or two, perhaps it's time you dived into one of the many film franchises currently streaming. Some of these movies are on platforms you probably subscribe to already, while others can be rented at a relatively low cost. Either way, you'll be entertained for many hours (and in some cases, days) by these movie marathons you can stream right now. And if you're looking for something the whole family can enjoy, try these 16 Classic Family Movies to Stream With Your Kids.
The Star Wars movies
Where to watch: All nine movies in the Skywalker Saga (Episode I to Episode IX) are streaming on Disney+, along with the standalone films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently streaming on Netflix.
At last, Star Wars fans can watch the Skywalker Saga from start to finish, all from the comfort of their homes. (We recommend food and bathroom breaks, and maybe some sleep.) But if you're not satisfied by watching the stories of Anakin, Padme, Luke, Leia, Han, Rey, Finn, and Poe, you can supplement your viewing with Rogue One, Solo, and The Clone Wars, the last of which also spawned a seven-season animated TV series. And to make the most of your Disney+ subscription, These Are the Best Movies to Stream on Disney+.
The James Bond movies
Where to watch: All four Pierce Brosnan James Bond movies are streaming on Netflix. The other 22 movies can be rented on Amazon.
Yes, you will have to pay for access to most of the James Bonds: Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Daniel Craig, but if you have Netflix and want a much shorter marathon, you can watch the four Pierce Brosnan films there. Either way, there are far worse ways to spend your day than with a suave international spy—and maybe a martini (shaken, not stirred). Plus, a James Bond marathon is a great distraction from the delay of the next upcoming Bond movie, No Time to Die.
The Toy Story quadrilogy
Where to watch: All four Toy Story movies are streaming on Disney+.
Feeling nostalgic for your childhood, or just in the mood to cry…a lot? You've got a friend in Disney+, which has you covered with all four Toy Story movies, including the most recent release, 2019's Toy Story 4. And for even more recent films to stream, here are 18 2020 Movies Streaming Right Now and Where to Find Them.
The Fast & Furious movies
Where to watch: Fast Five and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw are streaming on HBO. The other seven movies can be rented on Amazon.
Sadly, we have to wait another year for F9, but at least we can enjoy the existing Fast & Furious films in the meantime. You can watch the series in its original release order or in the proper chronological order—you're almost guaranteed a good time either way.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Where to watch: All three Lord of the Rings movies can be rented on Amazon.
What can you see on the horizon? Could it be you revisiting Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy? While there are only three Lord of the Rings movies, they're long enough to keep you busy for quite a while. Plus, if you just can't get enough of Middle Earth, you can always dive into Jackson's (less beloved) Hobbit trilogy, also available to rent on Amazon. And for more movies that will lift your spirits, check out these 15 Uplifting Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now.
The Halloween movies
Where to watch: Seven movies in the original Halloween series can be rented on Amazon, while Halloween: Resurrection can be rented on YouTube. The two Rob Zombie movies can also be rented on Amazon, along with David Gordon Green's 2018 reboot.
Let's get this out of the way first: The movies in the Halloween series varies wildly in terms of quality. Also, if you're going to watch all 11 of these movies, you're going to notice some serious continuity errors, both intentional and otherwise. But hey, a horror movie marathon is one of the best ways to distract yourself from real-life horrors, and you could do a lot worse than Michael Myers right now. And if you want to stay scared, these are The 18 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now.
The Jurassic Park series
Where to watch: All three Jurassic Park movies and the two Jurassic World movies can be rented on Amazon.
It might be a while before Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters, given that production was shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn't mean that you can't watch the preceding two Jurassic World films, as well as the original Jurassic Park trilogy, which is plenty of dinosaur entertainment to keep you occupied for a while.
The Matrix trilogy
Where to watch: All three Matrix movies are streaming on Netflix.
Starting to feel like we're living in a simulation? You're not alone. That ought to make revisiting the Matrix trilogy right now an extra thrilling experience. Sadly, The Matrix 4 is another production currently on pause thanks to coronavirus, so for now you'll have to sit back and enjoy the original three films.
The Mission: Impossible series
Where to watch: Mission: Impossible – Fallout is streaming on Hulu. The other five movies can be rented on Amazon.
Another franchise, another coronavirus-induced delay. No matter—there are still six Mission: Impossible movies to enjoy right now, and the stunts (and Tom Cruise) somehow get better in each one. That's especially impressive when you realize this series has been going strong for nearly 25 years.
The Before trilogy
Where to watch: All three Before movies can be rented on Amazon.
In the mood for something a little mellower than one of the major action or horror franchises? Perhaps you'll enjoy the quieter aims of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, which picks up with Ethan Hawke's Jesse and Julie Delpy's Céline every nine years. Just be prepared for some serious emotional turmoil.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies
Where to watch: Disney+ has 20 of the MCU movies streaming. The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home can be rented on Amazon.
Pesky streaming rights mean you won't be able to watch all 23 of the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on Disney+, but if you're feeling like a completist, you'll probably be willing to shell out a few extra bucks for the three that are missing—perhaps even the much maligned The Incredible Hulk. Either way, you are in for an epic marathon that even the hardiest couch potatoes couldn't conquer in one sitting.
The Indiana Jones quadrilogy
Where to watch: All four Indiana Jones movies are streaming on Netflix.
Sure, there are some people out there who like to pretend that Indiana Jones was a trilogy, but those original three films and the much more divisive 2008 sequel are all streaming on Netflix, so you might as well give the entire quadrilogy a go. You can pair it with your Star Wars marathon if you want your viewing choices to be all Harrison Ford, all the time.
The High School Musical movies
Where to watch: All three High School Musical movies are streaming on Disney+, along with the standalone film Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
Whether you're young, young at heart, or just really into Zac Efron, the High School Musical movies can offer some surprising delights. While the original trilogy is hard to (bop to the) top, you might as well add Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure to the mix for the ultimate HSM marathon. And if you're feeling really ambitious, you can also check out the truly great Disney+ original series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Get your head in the game.
The Rambo series
Where to watch: All five Rambo movies can be rented on Amazon.
From 1982's First Blood to 2019's Rambo: Last Blood, Sylvester Stallone has done some serious damage as John Rambo. If you're sensitive to violence, this probably isn't the movie marathon to stream—but if you're still in the mood for some Stallone, you could always opt for the Rocky series instead, which has considerably less bloodshed overall and can also be rented on Amazon in its entirety.
The Alien movies
Where to watch: The four original Alien movies are streaming on HBO, along with Alien vs. Predator. The prequel films Prometheus and Alien: Covenant can be rented on Amazon, as can Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.
If you want to watch Sigourney Weaver's Ripley take on some bloodthirsty Xenomorphs, HBO has got you covered. If you want to enjoy the prequels and spinoffs on top of that, you'll have to do some renting. Whatever journey you choose, it's hard to beat the terror and thrills of this ambitious and iconic sci-fi series.
The Millennium trilogy
Where to watch: All three Millennium movies are streaming on Amazon Prime.
While David Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film didn't earn any immediate sequels, the original 2009 Swedish adaptation—starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander—got two follow-up films, completing the series based on Stieg Larsson's literary trilogy. (And if you can't handle subtitles, the American Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the quasi-reboot The Girl in the Spider's Web are available to rent on Amazon.)
The Pirates of the Caribbean series
Where to watch: The first four Pirates of the Caribbean movies are streaming on Disney+. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales can be rented on Amazon.
If you're missing Disney World right now, you can enjoy the virtual ride that is the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, most of which is streaming on Disney+. (The most recent film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, will be added to the service in December.) Whether you're a fan of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow or just in need of some seafaring adventure, this marathon will help your homebound imagination set sail.