What are good movies on Netflix?

Here are some of my favorites. They are not in any particular order except for the one they came to mind in.

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Drama- If you’ve ever experienced heartbreak, you have to see this (unless it happened recently, in which case you might want to avoid it for now). If you haven’t been there before, this film will show you what you’ve been missing.
  2. Resevoir Dogs, Crime/Thriller
  3. American Beauty, Drama- Kind of dark, a bit too real. Kevin Spacey plays a suburban dad that struggles to find satisfaction within the confines of his cookie-cutter existence.
  4. Boogie Nights, Drama
  5. Things We Lost in the Fire, Drama
  6. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Documentary- Keep a box of tissues nearby.
  7. Hoop Dreams, Documentary
  8. Punch-Drunk Love, Dark Comedy/Drama- you’ll really get a sense of who Adam Sandler used to be. It’ll almost make you forget about Pixels.
  9. Short Term 12, Drama
  10. Amelie, Comedy/Romance
  11. Chasing Amy and Clerks, Comedy- Kevin Smith.
  12. The Usual Suspects, Crime/Drama
  13. Trainspotting, Drama- A lot of internet things will finally make sense after you’ve watched this.
  14. Y Tu Mama Tambien, Adventure/Comedy/Drama- Mexican film that features Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as best friends on a journey to help their mutual crush find herself.
  15. Blue Valentine, Drama/Romance
  16. Ira and Abby, Comedy/Romance
  17. A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Drama/Sci-Fi- Stanley Kubrick was a genius. These films will all have you spinning for at least a week.
  18. Fish Tank, Drama
  19. Primer, Drama/Thriller- This film will take you down a rabbit hole that you might never get out of. There are multiple blogs dedicated to mapping out its events. Intense.
  20. The One I Love, Drama/Romance

I hope these are all still available to stream. I haven’t been on Netflix in a while. Enjoy! I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have after watching.

3 Replies to “What are good movies on Netflix?”

  1. I’ll make a suggestion that I imagine few people have seen:

    I myself did not find this movie funny (I don’t remember, anyway). Instead, I found this movie serious and thought provoking. If you watch it with a significant other, be ready for some potentially awkward questions about what you would do under the same circumstances.

    Even more impactful, however, is The Act of Killing, but it’s a dark documentary that not everyone should see.

  2. Parks and Recreation

    Created By: Greg Daniels and Michael Schur

    Starring: Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Retta, Jim O’Heir, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, and Paul Schneider

    Ah, Parks and Rec. This NBC series is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a sitcom by its first few episodes. The show’s first season—which is only six episodes in total—began as a semi-spinoff of The Office, but struggled to find its own voice. From the Season 2 premiere onward, though, this show is gold, and it’s really hits its stride in the third season, with the introduction of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe to the cast. What sets Parks and Recreation apart from other comedies is that it’s absolutely sincere and free of cynicism. It’s clear that even if the characters rib each other, there’s genuine love between them. But yes, the show is hilarious, and Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope is one of the seminal sitcom characters of our time. If you haven’t seen Parks and Recreation, get on it. If you have, treat yo’ self to a rewatch.

    Friday Night Lights

    Created by: Peter Berg

    Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Scott Porter, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, Jurnee Smollett, Matt Lauria, Madison Burge

    Before Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and other Netflix-made series seemingly designed to binge watch, there was Friday Night Lights. The show kicked off on NBC back in 2006, but now it’s almost as if it were made to watch over and over again from start to finish, and I’ve done so more times than I care to admit. It’s a brilliant and addictive mix of football, romance and drama that rocks a roster of conflicted yet especially charming characters you come to know and love. Soon after starting the show, Dillon, Texas quickly starts to feel like a cozy home, making the show extremely tough to turn off after each episode.

    The Great British Baking Show

    If only all reality TV was this good. Rather than stuff the competition with people who “aren’t here to make friends” and cut each others throats for a cash prize, The Great British Baking Show is all about people being nice to each other as they attempt various baking challenges to win the title of Britain’s best amateur baker. With the help of charming lead hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and thoughtful judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, there’s plenty of humor and a surprising level of intensity as you anxiously hope the contestants’ baked goods can come to fruition. My fiancée introduced me to this show, and while I was hesitant at first, I’m obsessed with it now. Try not to devour the series all at once.

    Better Call Saul

    Created by: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould

    Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean

    AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff goes back to find Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) at a time when he was known as Jimmy McGill (or “Slippin’ Jimmy”), a hustler with courtroom ambitions, whose life had yet to be turned upside down by Walter White. Though as comedically quirky as expected, the languid and artistically rendered Saul also proved to also be very dark, affecting, and dramatic, thanks to Odenkirk’s outstandingly nuanced performance. Jimmy’s complicated relationship with his brother Chuck (McKean) drives the emotional undercurrent of the season, alongside his being thwarted in his ambitions to join a real law firm. When he opens up his own business (in the closet of a nail salon), a revolving door of crazy clients appear, but it’s the selfless work that Jimmy does on behalf of an elderly contingent in town that imbues his journey with meaning, and gives the series truly dramatic stakes.

    Still, at every step, Jimmy finds himself running into walls, and his frustration with the misfires and betrayals that litter his life eventually start adding up to his transformation as the slick Saul Goodman. The show is at its best when it distances itself from Breaking Bad, and though it starts off slow with some curious digressions, Better Call Saul picks up tremendously towards the end of the first season. Ultimately, being swept along in the chaos, hilarity, and sadness of Jimmy’s rise and fall (and eventual resurrection as Saul) is an immersive experience.

  3. I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about Netflix USA. If you’re interested in Netflix UK, then go here.

    For a full list of the best movies available on Netflix USA go here.

    Here’s the Top 25 right now:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    3. Sunset Boulevard
    4. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    5. Amadeus
    6. Jaws
    7. The Princess Bridge
    8. Spotlight
    9. Boyhood
    10. Zootopia
    11. Unforgiven
    12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    13. Laura
    14. No Country for Old Men
    15. The Shining
    16. The Sting
    17. The Usual Suspects
    18. Nightcrawler
    19. Captain America: Civil War
    20. Reservoir Dogs
    21. The Imitation Game
    22. Trainspotting
    23. Moonrise Kingdom
    24. The Hustler
    25. Fantasia

    Netflix has a really amazing collection of movies available now.

    For the full 250 best movies on Netflix go here

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