There’s no shortage of excellent titles on Netflix Instant, ranging from classics to dramas to action-packed thrillers. Netflix has so many titles that many users suffer from “Netflix overload.” To remedy this situation, below is a starter list of the best Netflix movies for those who don’t know where to start.
This 1985 film, based on the popular Hasbro game, follows the activities of six guests who, for mysterious reasons, are brought to a dark mansion to confront their demons. This comedy, starring actors Tim Curry (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Leslie Ann Warren (“Cinderella”), and Christopher Lloyd (“Back To The Future”), is full of fun, witty entertainment, with a few surprising endings.
“Exit Through The Gift Shop”
Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards, this documentary follows an amateur filmmaker who penetrates the underground world of street art. During the movie, the filmmaker seeks out Banksy, the famous graffiti artist known for his controversial and poignant street art.
Regarded by some as an elaborate hoax, perpetrated by Banksy himself, “Exit Through The Gift Shop” received universal acclaim and sheds light on the world of street art, and street artists themselves. If you like these types of films, there are several great documentaries on Netflix Instant you can check out.
Winner of six Golden Globes and five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, “The Artist” is filmed as a black-and-white, silent film and takes place from 1927 to 1932. The film, which involves only a few spoken sentences, revolves around the relationship between a silent film star, played by Jean Dujardin, and a promising, young actress, played by Bérénice Bejo.
As the film industry moves from silent film to talkies, the film follows the rise, and subsequent decline, of George Valentin (Dujardin). As the young dancer’s career blossoms, Valentin’s relationships, and career, hang in the balance.
“Lost In Translation”
“Lost in Translation” focuses on those moments, which do, indeed, become lost in translation. Namely, being in a foreign country and not understanding one another. Starring Bill Murray as the depreciating movie star, Bill Harris, and Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte, the young graduate looking for meaning in her relationship.
The two lives, both plagued with their own baggage, diverge at a bar, and, after some time, develop a friendship. Underlying plot themes, such as miscommunication and generational gaps are explored, while the tensions between Charlotte and Bill increases and the time for his departure approaches.
This seedy, dark film, released in 2011, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, is a tense, well-produced thriller. An unnamed driver (Gosling), who moonlights as a getaway driver, becomes infatuated, and protective, of his new neighbor, played by Mulligan.
Her husband is released from jail and quickly falls back into crime, joining the unnamed driver in a pawn shop heist. As the action and tension escalates, the thriller turns into a revenge movie, full of gore and some particularly violent interactions.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Donnie Darko” is a cerebral coming-of-age tale about a boy, troubled by visions of the future, who is trying to cope with impending doom, while maintain his relationships with a new love interest, played by Jena Malone.
Soon after its release, the film developed a cult following, mostly from its complex story line, quotable scenes, and soundtrack.
Although, not your traditional romantic film, “Blue Valentine” reserves the top spot as a “real love film,” showing how feelings can change so quickly from one decade to another.
The film stars Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple who meet, fall in love quickly, and, decades later, begin examining if they’re meant to be. It’s a raw, powerful film, shot in different time-periods in the couples’ lives.
“The Art of the Steal”
An enthralling documentary, “The Art of the Steal” centers around the great art collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, which made up the Barnes Foundation. The wealthy collector despised how good art was treated, by galleries and non-profits, and swore that his art would only be used at his school, to those who appreciated it.
The story follows the trail of events, starting from the creation of the collection, into the present day. With priceless art covering the walls of the Barnes Foundation, the title comes from what those present call “a multi-billion dollar heist.”
Trainspotting explores the ’80s drug scene in Edinburgh, and stars Ewan McGregor as a heroin-addicted thief. The movie, which became a pop culture phenomenon in the ’90s, is a sometimes bizarre, well-directed foray into the world of heroin addiction.
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