With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we offer this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Django Unchained, Les Misérables and West of Memphis for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of violent adventures, ambitious epics, and eye-opening documentaries that you can enjoy from the comfort of home.
Jaime Foxx stars as a freed slave turned bounty hunter searching for his wife on the brutal plantations of the pre-Civil War south. Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson co-star; Quentin Tarantino directs.
Penned by Tarantino, this gruesome and audacious revenge tale pulls inspiration from Blaxploitation and spaghetti westerns. You can indulge in a bit of both with the picks below.
Jackie Brown (1997) Starring Blaxploitation's badass poster girl Pam Grier, this Tarantino thriller centers on a sassy flight attendant who is a part-time smuggler. But when the cops catch on to her criminal sideline, they force her to aid their investigation. But Jackie's got plans of her own. Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Robert De Niro co-star; Tarantino directs.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Helmed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone, this sprawling epic is a classic spaghetti western. Henry Fonda stars as a lethal gun for hire tasked with using deadly force to prevent anyone from derailing the plans of powerful industrialist. But Frank's forced to fight for his life when a woman he's made a widow seeks revenge by hiring a pair of gruesome gunmen of her own. Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson and Jason Robards star.
The Mercenary (1968) Last but not least is this lesser-known spaghetti western, long loved by connoisseurs of the genre and alternately known as Revenge of a Gunfighter. Franco Nero, who played Django Unchained's namesake in 1966's Django, stars as the titular mercenary who joins up with a band of Mexican revolutionaries in a bloody adventure. Jack Palance and Tony Musante co-star; Sergio Corbucci directs.