Best Movies on Netflix Updated August 2016
Best Movies available on Netflix can be perfect to binge-watch. Having grown itself to over 193 countries already, the largest streaming rental thrives because of the availability of great films that are sure to make anyone a movie-buff. The most difficult part being a Netflix subscriber is to decide on what movie to watch. Well, we have a list of some of the best movies available to stream on Netflix at your disposal.
We’re constantly checking the Netflix library to assemble the list of some of the best movies ever made and all you need to do is run down your eyes through this list.
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1. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is considered a must-see movie of the 1990s because of its brilliant and varied use of many different genre conventions as well as its irreverent and clever dialogue. The movie’s script was awarded an Oscar, and you will soon realize why when you see the film itself. Truly unique, Pulp Fiction features two hitmen (brilliantly played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) who have strikingly abstract, philosophical discussions on various remarkably random subjects. The movie has also been noted for its costumes and settings, as well as its famous dance sequence involving John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
Pulp Fiction’s edgy subject matter led to extensive use of strong language and portrayals of drug use and graphic violence, thus causing its R-rating. However, this movie plays a strong role in film history and is one that every adult should see and appreciate. It encapsulates a great deal of its influences from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and in turn is now an inspiration for new movie makers.
2. Good Will Hunting
ith a screenplay famously written by two of the film’s leading actors (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck), Good Will Hunting is a unique and captivating movie. Good Will Hunting tells the story of a young man and math genius named Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon), who works as a janitor at M.I.T in Boston.
Will Hunting grew up in a poor area of Boston, along with his close friend, Chuckie Sullivan (played by Ben Affleck). While working as a janitor at the famous M.I.T, he solves math problems on a board outside a classroom at night. The professor who posed the problems, Gerald Lambeau (played by Stellen Skarsgard), is brilliant and highly lauded, but not exactly the most empathetic of people. A professor at a nearby community college and acquaintance of Lambeau, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), however, is much more understanding and sensitive, and he takes Will under his wing.
Sean Maguire is a psychologist as well as a professor, and like Will, he grew up in a working-class area. He and Will become very close friends, but not without some contention. Will eventually meets and falls in love with a British woman, but will they last?
3. Forrest Gump
Starring Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, an intellectually disabled but remarkably insightful man, Forrest Gump was easily one of the most prominent movies of the mid-90s. The story follows Forrest from his childhood to well into his adulthood, the only constants in his life really being the loyalty of his mother and his love for his childhood friend, Jenny Curran (played by Robin Wright). Jenny is a tortured soul, having been abused as a child, and drifts through life for quite some time.
Forrest eventually asks Jenny to marry him, but she declines. In probably the best example of Forrest’s quirky decisions and actions, he suddenly decides to run across the country. Jenny ends up with a young son whom she supports working as a waitress. Her son, also called Forrest, is understood to be Forrest’s son. Jenny and Forrest Gump are reunited when she becomes extremely ill, and they finally get married.
4. Django Unchained
Django Unchained is a remarkable movie set in the pre-Civil War Southern United States. The protagonist, Django (played by Jamie Foxx), is a slave. Django’s unlikely companion on his journey is a bounty hunter looking for the Brittle brothers, who are murderers. This bounty hunter is called Dr. King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz). Django is the sole person who can help him in his quest, and he does so. However, Django’s main goal is to track down and rescue his wife. She was sold away from him as a slave years beforehand.
Both searches (Schultz’s for the Brittle brothers, and Django’s for his wife) eventually culminate in finding “Candyland,” a terrifying plantation owned by a man called Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django and Schultz lie about their reason for being there, and take the opportunity to explore. Calvin Candie is a ruthless man, and Django has to find a way to rescue his wife from his clutches.
Mel Gibson not only produced and directed Braveheart, he starred in the film as well. Braveheart is an epic war drama, and focusses on a fictionalized version of the life and struggles of William Wallace. William Wallace was a Scottish historical figure who lived from around 1270 (the date of his birth is uncertain) to 1305, when he was executed by the English for treason.
William Wallace was a leader in the movement for Scottish independence, and Gibson portrays many of Wallace’s strategies and battles. Braveheart has been acclaimed as a masterpiece of cinematography, and highly praised for its costumes, settings, and acting. The movie is successful in portraying the main character’s life as both a fearless leader of men in battle, and a romantic man who deeply loved one woman. Wallace’s wife, Murron (played by Catherine McCormack), is attacked by one of the English guards, and later murdered. William Wallace avenges her death.
6. American Beauty
American Beauty is an interesting exploration of the hidden shadows of suburban America, and is widely recognized as one of the best movies of the late 1990s. The Burnham family manages to “keep up appearances” and the image of suburban happiness and perfection, but it is really and truly an illusion. Lester and his wife Carolyn no longer get along well, and Lester becomes infatuated with a teenage girl called Angela. Angela is the best friend of Lester’s daughter, Jane Burnham. Lester’s depression and “mid-life crisis” are what are purported to lead to these feelings. The movie is considered by many to be a quite unnervingly insightful story of unspoken emotions and anxieties, and this is one of the features that make the movie so unique.
The movie also features a subplot dealing with the friendship between Jane and a boy named Ricky who lives in the same suburban neighborhood. Ricky is abused by his father.
7. Moonrise Kingdom
Recognized as a unique and quirky coming-of-age movie, Moonrise Kingdom is set in 1960s costal New England. It is the summer of 1965, and a twelve-year-old boy named Sam, who has been orphaned by his parents and is now in the care of a foster home, arrives at summer camp. A girl of the same age, Suzy, lives nearby, and the two meet and like one another immediately. As a result of their running off together, Sam loses his foster home. The two kids consequently run off together again with the resolution of not being found and never coming back.
They have simply gone off into the wilderness, and many people and groups from the rather eccentric town search for them. While the kids are still missing, a terrible hurricane strikes. Moonrise Kingdom features Bruce Willis as Captain sharp, Edward Norton as Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray as Mr. Bishop. The movie received an Oscar nomination for its excellent screenplay.
8. Saturday Night Fever
Tony Manero (played by John Travolta) is nineteen years old, and his favorite thing in the world is to dance all night at his local disco every Saturday. Tony is an incredible dancer, and everyone admires him for this at the club. The disco is the only place where he really feels good about himself. Tony’s parents constantly compare him with his brother, who is a priest. Tony works at a paint store, and knows that it is a dead-end job. Tony meets Stephanie Mangano (played by Karen Lynn Gorney), and he and she train together for a dance competition.
Stephanie wants to move to Manhattan, and inspires Tony with her dreams. With its emblematic 1970s soundtrack, Saturday Night Fever is one of the most significant movies of the decade, rendered synonymous with disco club culture. The Bee Gees, one of the most popular bands of the 80s, played a major role in the film’s soundtrack.
9. E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial)
E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial) is a science fiction, adventure, and family movie. Its main characters include a young boy named Elliot (played by Henry Thomas), his older brother, Michael, and his younger sister, Gertie (played by Drew Barrymore). Elliot is very lonely, and becomes friends with a stranded alien who he discovers. Elliot, Michael, and Gertie work to help E.T. get home, without telling their mother and avoiding involving the government. Elliot has some sort of special, psychic connection with E.T., who has special powers. E.T. even learns English, and the kids dress him up as a ghost for Halloween. Elliot and E.T. share a connection for the rest of their lives, even after the alien is finally able to leave for his home planet.
Steven Speilberg was inspired by his own childhood imaginary friend to create the E.T. character. E.T. (the Extra Terrestrial) enjoyed remarkable success at the box office.
10. Erin Brockovich
Julia Roberts stars gives an Oscar award winning performance in this this emotional drama. She portrays a twice divorced mother who sees an injustice and takes on the bad guys.
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