8 best movies and shows to watch at the airport

Parasite movie: Ki-jung Kim So-dam Park and Ki-woo Park Woo-sik Choi in Parasite. Photo via EPK.tv
Parasite movie: Ki-jung Kim So-dam Park and Ki-woo Park Woo-sik Choi in Parasite. Photo via EPK.tv /

We know that waiting for your flight to Cancun can be a drag. Between running out of social media posts to laugh at to getting tired of checking the family group chat over and over, you may be in dire need of some entertainment. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the best movies and TV shows to watch at the airport.

There are tons of films and shows out there that could pass the time, but these ones will leave you entertained enough to almost miss your flight. (Please, don’t miss your flight.)

The 8 best movies and shows to watch at the airport

1. Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is a never-ending chaotic trip from start to finish. Taking absolutely no breaks to allow you to process what in the world is happening, this film will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Starring Hollywood favorite actor Adam Sandler, NBA athlete Kevin Garnett, and Broadway’s Idina Menzel, this film’s cast is nothing less than a doozy, yet you will be surprised to see how well everyone meshes together to deliver an amazing performance.

The best part of all is that Uncut Gems is available to watch on Netflix right now.

2. Parasite

This international film was certainly worth all the hype and was certainly deserving of all the awards it won, including the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2020.

Helmed by the renowned South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, Parasite is a film that is dark and heart-gripping yet comical and informational—a perfect blend to create one of the best movies. This movie is guaranteed to have you refusing to pause for a bathroom break; it’s just that good.

Parasite is available to watch on Hulu as well as on Amazon Prime.

3. Snowpiercer

It would be absolutely beside any Bong Joon-ho fanatic to mention Parasite without also mentioning Snowpiercer.

Once again creating a cinematic path to discuss socio-economic issues as well as environmental issues such as global warming, Joon-ho revolutionizes storytelling with Snowpiercer and displays his talented ability to succinctly portray an experience with keeping the experience as action-filled as possible.

Marvel‘s Captain America himself, Chris Evans, plays another hero in this film; however, saving the day looks and means much more in Snowpiercer.

This movie is also currently available on Netflix.

4. Money Heist

The Netflix original series Money Heist is about a group of outcasts and former criminals who come together to pull off the most insane heist that their country has ever seen.

The show is nothing less than an emotional rollercoaster, and it will have you wondering what your country alias would be if you were a part of this red-hoodied group.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you while you wait, the Money Heist currently has four seasons available to binge, which means that you’ll be able to continue your binge whilst on the plane and even while you’re on the beach in Cancun.

5. Tiger King

If you’ve never watched Tiger King then there may not exist a way to properly tell you what an absolute ride you are in for.

Seriously, this Netflix docuseries is full of non-stop action—from someone getting their arm bit off by a tiger to a married throuple to even someone being accused of feeding their spouse to a tiger to collect money. And yes, you read every single one of those phrases correctly.

As if that wasn’t enough for you, all of this happened in real life. There is no “based off a true story” disclaimer; it is a completely, utterly, and almost hilariously, true story. You really are in for a wild ride.

6. Black Mirror

By now, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that this recommendation list is full of shows and films that feel like you’re on an acid trip. (Hey, I did say that these are going to keep you entertained, didn’t I?) However, there is no more mind-boggling series that does it like the Netflix original Black Mirror does it.

Here is the best analogy that could sum up this show: take The Twilight Zone, mix it up with Jordan Peele’s Us, blend it with Hannah Montana, season it with Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs, add in a bit of Mortal Kombat, sprinkle it with some WandaVision, before topping it all off with the tears that you cried while watching the Disney film Up. 

Yeah, that’s Black Mirror. 

7. Whiplash

How about I trade you mind-boggling for some Whiplash? (Get it? Y’know, because it’s the title of the fi—okay, fine.)

One cannot mention the best movies to watch at the airport without mentioning Whiplash. This film may make you quiver in your boots as you experience what it means to be an extreme perfectionist drummer.

Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards, this film should only be watched if you’re already on the plane, otherwise, you may end up crying all the way to your mama when you hear the words “not my tempo”.

8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Yeah, this one is a no-brainer.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an absolute must-watch before you go anywhere.  Before you head to work, watch the film. Before your cousin’s wedding, watch the film. Before your five-day trip to Cancun, watch the film.

From the amazing coming-of-age superhero story to the absolute fire that is this film’s soundtrack, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is for sure among the best movies that’ll have your stay at the airport turn into a well-spent wait.

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What are your go-to films or shows you watch while you wait at the airport? Let us know in the comments below.