By Jack Rico
01.7.2014 | By Jack Rico |
*Updated: August, 2017
How many times have you decided to stay at home and watch a movie with your other half, your buddies or even some acquaintances and have had no clue of what to pick? There are so many films to choose from that the selection process can become overwhelming. If you are not an avid movie watcher and you pick a favorite go-to of yours, you run the risk of the #epicfail choice and they’ll never trust your judgement again. This is why I am going to be your best friend in this cinematic adventure by giving you the Best Netflix Streaming Movies To Watch Right Now. I have taken the onerous task to go through as many films as my eyes could withstand to narrow down these selections by genre and perfect for any mood.
With the limited amount of movies in Netflix’s streaming service, (4,622 films from what I last saw), one’s options to choose great films over the mundane is a rarity… but not impossible. For example, I pay $7.99 a month and I’m more than satisfied with what it offers. Why? Because I’ve plowed through their vast archives and have discovered a plethora of masterpiece classics and contemporary Oscar winning films that you can view this instant. To facilitate the process, I’ve categorized the films into a variety of genres: Family, Thrillers, Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Adventure, Romance, Drama, Classics. I’ve also highlighted my top personal choices per genre and have given you an extra quality amount of “winning” options you should be more than satisfied with. If you don’t see a genre you’re particularly fond of, leave your comment below and I’ll go ahead and add it. Enjoy… seriously. You need a break!
Nightcrawler (2014, 1hr 57m, Director: Dan Gilroy / Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo)
Dan Gilroy’s dark and twisted crime journalism film, Nightcrawler, is a creepy, uncomfortable watch, but one that sees Jake Gyllenhaal not only give us the best performance of his career, but he embarks us on an extraordinary and morbid story that is both warped and mesmerizing. A young hustler gets sucked into the sordid but lucrative business of trolling the streets of Los Angeles to film fires, car crashes — and murder. Gilroy’s filmmaking skills are to be admired. He produces a well paced, efficient film where no scenes are really wasted. Every sequence pushes the story forward leading to a final third act which might be one of the best third act sequences of 2014. If you’re looking for a dose of the unexpected, you’re in for a treat!
Other Thriller suggestions: Zodiac, It Follows, The invitation, Headhunters, Following, Victoria, Exam, The Two Faces of January, Lucky Number Sleven, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Interview, No Country For Old Men, Oldboy, The Sixth Sense, Basic Instinct, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, All Good Things, The Road, Mulholland Drive
In The Loop (2010, 102m, Director Armando Iannucci / Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky)
This political satire of what could be our current 2017 Presidential administration, is an uncommonly funny look at the way things work in governments. According to some it blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.
Other Comedy suggestions broken down by subgenres:
Action Comedies: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Adventures in Babysitting, Hot Fuzz, Big Trouble In Little China, Journey to the West, The Good, The Bad, The Weird, Silver Streak, License to Drive
Smart Comedies: Superbad, Beginners, Frances Ha, Tiny Furniture, The Trip, The Trip to Italy, Dope
LOL Comedies: Scary Movie 2-3, Zack and Miri Make a Porno,
Dark Comedies: Catfight, The Beaver, Gremlins, Marguerite, Seeking A Friend For The End of the World, The Overnight, Moonrise Kingdom, The Double, Heathers, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Barton Fink, Heathers, John Dies at the End
Other Action suggestions: Doctor Strange, V for Vendetta, Ong-Bak 2, The Legend of Drunken Master, Hellboy, Bad Boys 2, The Wave,
Other Romance suggestions: Southside with You, 5 to 7, Two Girls and a Guy, Twilight, Blue is the Warmest Color, Comet, Adore, Take This Waltz, One Day, Cairo Time,
Romantic Comedies: 13 Going on 30, Working Girl, Love Actually, Sliding Doors, Two Weeks Notice, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, While You Were Sleeping, Liberal Arts, The Switch, Can’t Buy Me Love, Bridget Jones Diary, Grease 1&2, Amelie, Drinking Buddies, Picture Perfect, The Heartbreak Kid, Can’t Buy Me Love, Moonlight Kingdom, 2 Days In New York, Take Care, Chocolat,
Other Horror suggestions: The Shining, It Follows, The Blairwitch Project, The Human Centipede, Hush, The Babadook, Starry Eyes, Scream, V/H/S 1, 2, 3, The Awakening, The Den, Hellraiser, Coraline,
SCIENCE FICTION / ADVENTURE
The Matrix Trilogy, the timeless movie franchise that changed the film industry, is now streaming on Netflix. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving, a computer hacker searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He discovers that what most people perceive as reality is actually a simulation created by machines and joins a rebellion to break free. This Wachowski Brothers masterpiece created a plethora of copycats that still influence movies today. This classic has one of the great plots in film history. Many psychedelic fans today swear it holds a profound meaning of life after viewing it under the influence. Whatever its interpretation, The Matrix is the reason we love the movies.
Other Sci-Fi suggestions: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, These Final Hours, Stake Land
The Immigrant (R, 2 hr, 2014, Director James Gray / Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner)
I can’t believe that this top-flight drama didn’t get the attention it deserves. Blame ‘The Weinstein Company’ for the bad marketing. Showcasing an Oscar cast, The Immigrant is another fantastic film from the adroit director James Gray. His natural skill to delve deep into a story and provide beautiful visuals and powerful performances from his actors makes this movie a richly rewarding period drama. A Polish immigrant in New York who must provide for her ill sister soon falls under the thumb of a charming thug who forces her into prostitution. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, a sublime old-fashioned melodrama played with superb naturalistic emotion. It is complex and nuanced and a deeply affecting tale of morality and survival in 1920’s New York. You’ll be impressed that it is streaming on Netflix!
Other Drama suggestions: Dangal, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Christine, Boyhood, Million Dollar Baby, Babel, Schindler’s List, Philomena, Phenomenon, Milk, Quiz Show, Clouds of Sils Maria, Life, The Five Heartbeats, Hoffa, Downfall, Yves Saint Laurent, The Place Beyond the Pines, Match, La Sapienza, Waking Life, The Queen, Spotlight, The Impossible, Chicago, The Prestige, The Last Samurai, Trouble with the Curve, The Finest Hours, The Imitation Game, Two Days, One Night, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, A Single Man, Rounders, Forrest Gump, On Golden Pond, Alive, Braveheart, Lucky Them, Experimenter, Changeling, Promised Land, Hoffa, Fruitvale Station, Bronson, Full Metal Jacket, My Left Foot,
Dramedies: Don’t Think Twice, The Big Short, Magic Mike, Chef, Begin Again, Faults, Your Sister’s Sister, The Bucket List, Glengarry Glenn Ross, Sing Street, Max Rose
Other Family suggestions: Kubo and the Two Strings, Queen of Katwe, The Jungle Book, BFG, The Little Prince, Pete’s Dragon, HUGO, Dolphin Tale, Goosebumps, Annie, Batteries Not Included, Chicken Run, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, Minions, Home, Corpse Bride, Antz, Hotel Transylvania 2, Finding Dory, Babe, The Parent Trap, Bee Movie, Paddington, Kung Fu Panda 3, Lilo and Stitch, High School Musical 1&2, Moana, The Iron Giant, Zootopia, Trolls, The Secret Life of Pets, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Happy Feet, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cool Runnings
Sunset Boulevard (1950, 1hr 50m, Directors Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder / William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim)
Whenever you see a list of the best movies ever made, most likely Sunset Boulevard will be in that list. Winner of 3 Academy Awards, legendary director Billy Wilder gave us the definitive look at the dark side of Hollywood. The disturbing portrayal of Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen is almost unrivaled. The use of the word classic is for movies like this. A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former Hollywood silent-film star who has become delusional. There are masterful performances here to enjoy, the script is intense, absorbing and full of intrigue. If you’ve never seen this movie, you’re in for one hell of a treat.
Other Classic suggestions: Hello Dolly!, The Third Man, Laura, Metropolis, The Fly, How to Steal a Million, To Kill a Mockingbird, Desk Set, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, White Christmas, Three Coins in the Fountain, Young Frankenstein, Patton, Gentlemen’s Agreement, The African Queen, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Do you think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.