BOSTON - Whether you are riding out this pandemic in self-isolation to stay safe (kudos to you!) or you are in self-quarantine, cabin fever can start to kick in. With that in mind, we have created a Top 10 list of the best Boston movies. Rewatch them again! And if you haven't seen these Boston-based movies....well can you really call yourself a true Bostonian?
10. Black Mass
The 2015 true-crime drama starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger was an excellent lens into some of Boston's most notorious criminals.
9. Fever Pitch
This rom-com that centers around the Red Sox is an underrated film. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore have such sweet and wholesome chemistry together!
8. Gone Baby Gone
A harrowing story of how far one will go to protect his family, Gone Baby Gone is a tough watch, but a worthwhile one all the same. It's also Ben Affleck's directorial debut!
Spotlight, the story of how The Boston Globe broke the news about child sex abuse in the local Catholic Church, won the Best Picture award at the Oscars for 2015 in film.
6. Mystic River
Another movie that's a tough hang, Mystic River chronicles the lives and the traumas of three friends who grew up in the city. Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins are absolutely incredible throughout the film.
5. The Social Network
Considered by many to be the best film of the decade, The Social Network recounts the origins of Facebook at Harvard through a stellar performance by Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg.
4. Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea, a gripping drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, is one of the best movies I will only ever watch once. It is terribly sad, but for high-quality technical filmmaking, you couldn't find any film better than Manchester.
3. The Town
The Town still remains the unimpeachable crown jewel of Ben Affleck's entire directorial filmography. After all, what could be more Boston than a movie centered around a heist of Fenway Park?
2. The Departed
One of the most iconic Boston films ever made, The Departed is Martin Scorsese's gangster epic that sees Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon running in circles. Not all is what it seems.
1. Good Will Hunting
Speaking of Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting is one of his earliest films and it's still one of his best. Watch it just for the scene between him and Robin Williams on the Boston park bench. It's the best we've ever seen filmed in the city.
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