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There are plenty of streaming services out there these days, but few compare to the vast library found on Netflix. From those tough scenes in Marriage Story to Bill Murray's classic Groundhog Day, there's plenty to choose from, especially with all of the great titles that were recently added.
But like everyone else who pays for a monthly subscription, I too often find myself mindlessly scrolling down a seemingly endless list of comedies, dramas, and science fiction epics but still can't make up my mind on what to watch. Luckily for our collective sanity we've put together a list of the best movies to stream on Netflix right now. Let's get started, shall we?
Everyone could use a laugh right now and the 1980 parody film Airplane! will do just that. Watch as Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Leslie Nielsen try to avert disaster in this timeless comedy about the passengers on a plane that is nearly taken to the ground after the flight crew fall ill because of food poisoning. Just don't call me Shirley.
Stream Airplane! here.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
A lot of people will argue that Michael Keaton is the best Batman while others will yell into their blue in the face that Christian Bale is the best version of the Dark Knight, but we all know that Kevin Conroy reigns supreme here. The 1993 animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is essentially an extended episode of Batman: The Animated Series, which is a good thing. Centered around Bruce Wayne and his love affair with Andrea Beaumont, the movie takes a turn with the introduction of the mysterious Phantasm.
Stream Batman: Mask of the Phantasm here.
The 2002 biopic Frida is not only one of the most beautiful movies you'll see in the genre, it's one of the most pictruresque films you'll see in general. Following the world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her life plagued by injuries and a tumultuous marriage, the movie shows the story behind the famous artist's body of work and iconic additions to the surrealism style of painting.
Stream Frida here.
Million Dollar Baby
There was no escaping Million Dollar Baby when the the boxing drama hit theaters in late 2004. The incredibly moving and tragic movie won over audiences and critics alike and eventually ended up winning four Oscars at the 77th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman. The underdog story combined with a tale of redemption make this a must watch.
Stream Million Dollar Baby here.
There are redemption stories and then there is Steven Spielberg's 1993 Academy Award-winning historical drama Schindler's List. Both beautiful and heartbreaking, the story of Oskar Schindler as he transforms from a money-hungry businessman to the savior of thousands of people and several generations during World War II is one worth watching. Though hard to watch at times, the movie has something to teach each and every one of us about doing the right thing even when you stand to lose everything.
Stream Schindler's List here.
Sleepless In Seattle
There are few filmmakers who can make something as charming as Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle. Arguably the best movie to feature Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the lead roles, this timeless story of two strangers falling in love with a little help from a talk radio show just has this certain feel to it that makes it stand above the rest.
Stream Sleepless in Seattle here.
Mel Brooks is one of the original kings of comedy and his 1987 space parody film Spaceballs is near the top of his list. Poking fun at Star Wars and other films of that genre, Brooks doesn't hold back with the laughs in just about every scene, especially those featuring the Rick Moranis's evil Dark Helmet.
Stream Spaceballs here.
The Karate Kid
Now that Cobra Kai will soon make Netflix its new home, there's never been a better time to see where it all started for Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and the rest of his goons in this 1984 classic. Centered around Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as he gets adjusted to life in Southern California, the martial arts action drama tells the story of new beginnings for the young teenager and his wise trainer Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).
Ben Affleck can not only act, but he can also do a lot of good work behind the camera as well, and he proved just that in his 2010 crime thriller The Town. Based in Boston, the movie tells the story of a group of childhood friends who become successful bank robbers before they get in a little too deep.
Stream The Town here.
Based on the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, Patriots Day tells the story of the investigators who tracked down the suspects and brought them to justice. With a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, and John Goodman, this movie recreates the frantic hours and days of fear and loss in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area.
Stream Patriots Day here.
It seems like everyone has an opinion on Adam Sandler's latest break from form in the 2019 anxiety-inducing Uncut Gems, so why not get in on the action? Centered around the gambling-addicted and all around unlikable jeweler Howard Ratner (Sandler), the Safdie Brothers latest offering takes a look at underbelly of sports betting, the diamond market, and crime in New York City. This adrenaline-fueled thrill ride will have you biting your nails the whole movie.
Stream Uncut Gems here.
Anchored by a solid cast consisting of Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, and Alicia Silverstone as Cher, the 1995 teen comedy Clueless offers a then-modern spin on Jane Austen's classic Emma set in Beverly Hills. Though it's hard to believe, this quintessential '90s movie is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Thinking about that makes me want to scream out, "As if."
Stream Clueless here.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Sure, there are some things that don't make sense about E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi story about a young boy and the bond he forms with an alien is one of the best movies of all time. Full of wonder, spectacle, and enough heartwarming (and heartbreaking) scenes to make you weep, this classic '80s flick has a little something for everyone.
Stream E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial here.
The 2006 heist film Inside Man probably won't end up as anyone's favorite Spike Lee joint, but that doesn't mean it's one you can miss either. Centered around the back-and-forth between Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and bank robber Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) as a bank heist turns into a hostage situation, the movie takes twists and turns at every junction.
Stream Inside Man here.
The Silence Of The Lambs
Often considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time, the 1991 thriller The Silence Of The Lambs meets and exceeds the hype. The film follows Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), an FBI agent sent to interview convicted murderer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to obtain information to locate serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) and save his latest victim. Both terrifying and exhilarating, this Jonathan Demme-directed picture is worth checking out again.
Stream The Silence Of The Lambs here.
The Lake House
Released 12 years after Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves first teamed up for the 1994 action thriller Speed, the 2006 fantasy romance drama The Lake House sees the pair share the screen once again. The movie follows two star-crossed lovers living in opposite timelines who can only communicate through letters in their shared home's mailbox as they try to find a way to meet one another face to face.
Stream The Lake House here.
Released in the summer of 1996, the disaster film Twister is an enjoyable affair despite its shortcomings. The movie centers around a group of misfit storm chasers as they attempt to find the big one and learn how tornados work. Oh, and there's a love triangle between Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, and Jami Gertz's characters that deals with divorce papers and flying cows.
Stream Twister here.
V For Vendetta
The world is still waiting for the long-rumored television adaptation of the V For Vendetta, but in the meantime, you can always watch the 2006 cult classic again now that it's on Netflix. Based on a comic by Alan Moore, this thriller is set in a near-future London that has been transformed into a police-state that is being challenged by the masked vigilante simply known as V (Hugo Weaving). Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Stephen Rea, and Stephen Fry also star in the Wachowskis-written story.
Stream V For Vendetta here.
West Side Story
The upcoming remake of West Side Story is just one of six Disney movies slated to be released in late 2020, so now is the perfect time to catch the original 1961 adaptation of the Broadway sensation. The film took home 10 of the 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, and for good reason. The songs, the cast, and timeless story make this a gem to watch nearly 60 years after it was released.
Stream West Side Story here.
There is no living director who handles complex stores and tension quite like David Fincher, and the director's 2007 crime epic Zodiac is no different. Based on the Zodiac Killer's reign of terror over the San Fransisco Bay Area starting in the late '60s, the movie follows several people connected to the case and the affect the never-ending investigation had on their personal and professional lives.
Stream Zodiac here.
Back To The Future
Back To The Future still remains to be one of the most beloved movies from the '80s, thanks its fantastic story and stellar cast headlined by Michael J. Fox as the time-traveling Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as the scientist with a time-machine in a DeLorean, Doc Brown. Watch as McFly navigates the strange landscapes of the 1950s as he tries to get back to the future before it's too late.
Den of Thieves
Released in early 2018, the crime thriller Den Of Thieves is often compared to some of the great heist films of the past for the way it pits an elite group of law enforcement officers against a well-prepared group of robbers set on the grand prize of the City of Angels — the Federal Reserve.
Stream Den Of Thieves here.
Released in the summer of 2000, Roland Emmerich's The Patriot features Mel Gibson as a widowed father with a vicious past who must take on British forces during the Revolutionary War after his son is captured by the Red Coats. This nearly three-hour epic is full of violence, heartbreak, and some of the most impressive battle scenes of the era.
Stream The Patriot here.
I Am Divine
For years, the drag queen and shock artist Divine both entertained and disgusted audiences in a number of films from legendary director John Waters. The 2013 documentary I Am Divine takes a look at the late actor's life through interviews with Water as well as other collaborators who shared the screen and stage with the fabulous queen all those years.
Stream I Am Divine here.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa features most of the voice cast and antics that made the original film such a hit. For the 2008 sequel, Alex (Ben Stiller), Morty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) find themselves stranded on the African continent where they encounter their respective species in the wild for the first time.
Stream Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa here.
Song Of The Sea
The 2014 animated feature Song Of The Sea tells the story of a 10-year-old Irish boy who discovers that his mute sister possesses some amazing powers as the pair sets off on an adventure. This hand-drawn fantasy was nominated for an Academy Award and boasts an astounding 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Stream Song Of The Sea here.
Hot off the success of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, John Travolta continued to make a name for himself in the 1980 romantic western Urban Cowboy where he plays Bud Davis, a country boy who learns the hard way that he must change his views if he wants to be with the woman he loves. Oh, and does so by entering a mechanical bull-riding competition.
Stream Urban Cowboy here.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
For nearly 50 years now, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory has been a beloved classic enjoyed by moviegoers of all ages. Based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name, follows Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) and his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) as they explore the colorful and dangerous factory of Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder).
Vampires were all the rage at the turn of the 21st Century thanks to movies like Underworld which follows the Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she hunts Lycans who are going after an unsuspecting human. This 2003 action horror movie started the successful Underworld franchise that ultimately included four more installments.
There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis gives a career performance in director Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis, who stars as the obsessive and demented oilman Daniel Plainview as he tries to build his empire in the American west in a tour de force that netted the Irish actor his third Academy Award. Paul Dano also gives a career-making performance of his talents as a religious zealot.
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Watch as college history professor and treasure hunter Indiana Jones takes on a band of Nazis in the 1981 action-adventure epic Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark. This is the first of four "Indy" movies available for streaming on Netflix, so why not start a marathon this at some point this month.
Academy Award-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach gave audiences perhaps his most personal film with the 2019 Marriage Story. Centered around the divorce of Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johnasson), this emotional gut-punch of a movie has brought audiences to their knees since its release.
Stream Marriage Story on Netflix.
The Social Network
Legendary filmmaker David Fincher and acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin teamed up to the tell the story of Facebook's creation and early years in the visually striking 2010 drama The Social Network. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Justin Timberlake as investor and Napster creator Sean Parker, this intense thrill ride doesn't let up at all throughout its two-hour runtime.
About Time is one of those movies with a trailer that makes you think it is one thing but turns out to be something entirely different. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy, this highly emotional and heartfelt 2013 comedy-drama is anything but the typical time traveling movie.
When someone from Simon Callem's (Jason Bateman) past comes back to intimidate him and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall), the couple's marriage is put to the test. Written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also plays the insanely unnerving Gordon "Gordo" Mosley, this 2015 psychological thrill ride will have you holding onto the arm of your couch.
Stream The Gift on Netflix.
Bill Murray stars as TV weatherman Phil Connors caught in a time loop during an assignment to cover a town's Groundhog Day event in Harold Ramis' 1993 fantasy comedy Groundhog Day. Connors spends most of the movie reliving the same day over and over again until the sarcastic weatherman sees the fault in his ways.
As Good As It Gets
Jack Nicholson stars as an obsessive compulsive writer who falls in love with a single mother waitress played by Helen Hunt in the 1997 romantic comedy As Good As It Gets. Throughout the movie, Nicholson's character must come to terms with the fact that the reason no one likes is because he's a miserable, needy old man, and once he beings to change his outlook on life, great things begin to happen.
Quentin Tarantino was already well established in Hollywood by the time he gave audiences one of his most successful films in 2009 with Inglorious Basterds. Centered around a cast of characters that includes a platoon of Nazi-hunting American soldiers, a ruthless Nazi officer, and a french theater owner hellbent on revenge against the German army, this alternate history story is a bloody mess of a good time.
Can't Hardly Wait
On the night of his high school graduation, Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) wants nothing more than to profess his love to his longtime crush Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt), but that proves to be no easy task. Set at a graduation party with a large ensemble cast of late-1990s young actors, this romantic comedy has a little something for everyone.
Stream Can't Hardly Wait on Netflix.
Those are just a few of the amazing movies that you can stream on Netflix right now. Make sure to act fast because the streaming giant is constantly adding and removing movies, so watch up now before your favorites are long gone. And if there's anything that we missed, make sure to sound off in the comments.