Netflix has more good stuff than you're even aware of. Here are the 100 best movies you can stream on the service right now. (Updated for February 2019.)
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“Animal House” (R)
“I’m a zit. Get it?”
"American Pie" (R)
The coming-of-age pie-humping classic turns 20 this year.
"Apocalypse Now" (R)
How long since you've descended into the heart of darkness?
"The Aviator" (R)
Martin Scorsese actually should have won best director for this movie.
“The Bad Batch” (R)
Wonderfully bizarre cannibal comedy featuring gonzo turns from Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa.
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
The Coen brothers' near-perfect collection of Western tales.
“The Breakfast Club” (R)
The princess, the jock, the rebel, the outcast and the geek have more in common than they thought.
Knockout French thriller about two teenage girls who get a little too close.
Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt go to film noir high school.
Richard Linklater's many-years-in-the-making chronicle of one boy growing up.
“Burn After Reading” (R)
CIA Superior: “What did we learn, Palmer?” Palmer: “I don’t know, sir.” The Coen brothers mine grim comedy out of the labyrinthine doofery of central intelligence.
A webcam girl has her account taken over by her doppelganger and goes to grisly ends to log back in.
"City of God" (R)
Basically "Goodfellas" set in Brazil. It's disturbing and awesome.
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (PG)
I miss when Steven Spielberg just used to make movies like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Sure, it’ll make you confront your fraught relationship with your own family, leading to great heaving sobs of regret and longing. But it’s also really funny.
“The Conjuring” (R)
One of the best (and scariest) horror movies of the past decade.
“The Dark Knight” (PG-13)
The Joker was right.
“The Departed” (R)
Yeah, more mob movie than action movie, but close enough.
“The Dirty Dozen” (Unrated)
The “We’re getting together a group of bad men to do a good thing” movie by which all others are measured.
“District 9” (R)
The mechanized battle suit sequence remains an action-movie watermark.
"The Edge of Seventeen" (R)
Hailee Steinfeld stars as a teen who's going through some stuff in this great high school comedy from 2016. With this, "Lady Bird," "Easy A" and "Eighth Grade," the genre's having a bit of a moment.
“Enter the Dragon” (R)
Not the best martial arts movie but certainly the greatest.
“The Emperor’s New Groove” (G)
A David Spade-voiced emperor is turned into a llama. This is actually one of Disney animation’s best non-Pixar movies of the last 20 years.
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (R)
We will repeat the same mistakes, over and over, learning and remembering nothing.
"Ex Machina" (R)
The singularity is coming. There is nothing you can do to stop. Humanity will soon be an afterthought in the history of the world.
"The Fighter" (R)
Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo yell in Boston accents for two hours and half of them win an Oscar for it.
“Frances Ha” (R)
In the New York of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s perfect comedy, there’s a fine line between hipsterdom and homelessness.
Because you ain’t got no job and you ain’t got s*** to do.
Bill Murray seems like he doesn’t care and he’s not trying, and it’s one of the funniest performances in any movie.
"Gone Baby Gone" (R)
Casey Affleck and Ben Affleck team up for one of their best efforts, a Boston-set mystery with a healthy amount of moral ambiguity.
"Good Will Hunting" (R)
Because it's not your fault, Will.
Seann William Scott trades in his fast-talkin’ ferret persona for the role of a good-hearted lug who becomes the enforcer of a semi-pro hockey team. Outside of “Slap Shot,” “Goon” is the only hockey comedy worth talking about.
“The Graduate” (PG)
Disillusionment, anhedonia, plastics.
“Green Room” (R)
Punks. Nazis. Extreme knife violence.
"The Hateful Eight" (R)
Tarantino's longest and prickliest film. Has an all-star cast but Walton Goggins is the secret weapon.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (PG-13)
The Yondu/Rocket pairup makes for one of the finest buddy comedies in the Marvel canon.
Unequivocally the greatest heist movie of all time. Best action scene in the movie takes place in a diner.
More than 30 years later, it remains the most acerbic satire ever made about high school.
"Hell or High Water" (R)
Jeff Bridges' raspy mumble is the sound of modern cinema.
“Hot Fuzz” (R)
Edgar Wright’s affectionate parody of the modern action movie.
"The Immigrant" (R)
James Gray's old-fashioned epic, in which Marion Cotillard plays an immigrant in 1921 New York.
“I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” (TV-MA)
Melanie Lynskey hates people. After she’s robbed, she enlists the nunchuck-wielding weirdo next door (Elijah Wood) to help her get revenge.
“In Bruges” (R)
It’s in Belgium.
"The Incredibles 2" (PG)
The long-awaited and delightful second entry in Pixar's superhero saga.
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (PG-13)
It’s the best one.
“Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG)
It’s the second-best one.
“The Informant!” (R)
Corporate crime as a zany farce with a Marvin Hamlisch score and a Matt Damon mustache.
"In Order of Disappearance" (R)
The Norwegian crime comedy on which the new Liam Neeson thriller, "Cold Pursuit," is based.
I miss when Steven Spielberg just used to make movies like "Jaws."
“Kill Bill: Volume 1” (R)
“Kill Bill: Volume 2” (R)
Uma Thurman kicks everyone's ass. I think I’m inclined to say that this is, as a whole, Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece.
"King Kong" (PG-13)
Between the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" movies, Peter Jackson made a pretty good "King Kong" movie.
"L.A. Confidential" (R)
The perfect movie. The best movie.
Spielberg's Abe Lincoln movie is good cinema but an even better history lesson.
“Life of Brian” (R)
It’s no fun being mistaken for the messiah.
"A Little Princess" (PG)
Alfonso Cuaron's gorgeous warm-up to films like "Children of Men," "Gravity" and "Roma."
“The Lobster” (R)
“I hope she suffers quite a bit before she dies. I just hope her pathetic screams can't be heard from my room because I was thinking about having a lie-down, and I need peace and quiet. I was playing golf, and the last thing I need is some woman dying slowly and loudly.”
The movie is just Tom Hardy talking on a cellphone while driving but it's still good.
“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (R)
Guy Ritchie’s Rube Goldberg crime-caper contraption. Feature debut of Jason Statham.
“Magic Mike” (R)
Matthew McConaughey pouring out all the unctuous ooze in his hillbilly heart.
“Mississippi Grind” (R)
Two professional gamblers (Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds) set out to remake “California Split” for the modern era.
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (PG)
Best movie ever made about King Arthur.
Sam Rockwell all alone on the moon save for his clone and a robot with the voice of Kevin Spacey.
Not the Darren Aronofsky head trip but Bong Joon-ho's mystery about a mother trying to prove her son's innocence after a girl is murdered.
"No Country for Old Men" (R)
How have Joel and Ethan Coen had such an uninterrupted string of great films? How do they keep doing it?
“The Night Comes For Us” (R)
One of the best action movies ever made. A razor-wielding, gore-drenched martial arts masterpiece.
A little girl tries to save her best friend (a genetically modified cow-pig) in what is primarily a satire and indictment of factory farming but also a fantastic chase movie.
“The Other Side of the Wind” (R)
Posthumously assembled Orson Welles movie. Caustic satire of Hollywood and the noxious masculinity that fuels it.
"Personal Shopper" (R)
Kristen Stewart plays an American in Paris stalked by a ghost in this slow-burn, hauntingly beautiful horror movie.
"The Pianist" (R)
Roman Polanski's superb Oscar-winning Holocaust drama.
"Private Life" (R)
Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are trying to get pregnant in this carefully conceived fertility comedy from Tamara Jenkins.
"Pulp Fiction" (R)
Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece among masterpieces.
“Punch Drunk Love” (R)
When P.T. met Sandler.
"Quiz Show" (PG-13)
Robert Redford's very good and unfairly sorta forgotten drama about the "Twenty One" quiz show scandal.
“The Raid” (R)
The second-best “fight your way out of a building” action movie. The best being “Assault on Precinct 13;” No. 3 being “Dredd.”
A beautifully made Quebecois zombie movie with a slow-burn build-up that steers into a surreal finale.
“Role Models” (R)
One of the funnier and more overlooked R-rated comedies of the Apatow era.
Alfonso Cuaron's beautiful black-and-white drama about the maid of an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City.
"Schindler's List" (R)
This is not a movie I need to sell you on.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (PG-13)
Defeat the evil exes, win Ramona’s love.
That we got a feature-length theatrical continuation of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” still feels improbable. Not to be confused with the hilarious new McConaughey thriller.
“Set It Up” (TV-14)
Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell are movie stars.
“A Serious Man” (R)
The Coens stare deep into the meaningless of existence and laugh, laugh, laugh.
Find out what's in the box all over again.
“The Sixth Sense” (PG-13)
M. Night Shyamalan’s career has been so rocky that it’s easy to forget what a good run he had with this, “Unbreakable” and “Signs.”
“Silver Linings Playbook” (R)
Mental illness romcom with a side of sports fanaticism.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)
Non-controversial opinion: This is the best “Star Wars” movie.
"The Third Man"
Watch some black-and-white movies. It's good for you.
"Touch of Evil"
Another one of those Orson Welles classic that you really should see if you haven't already.
Murray joins the army because why the hell not.
Vince Vaughn teaches the future director of the computer-animated “Lion King” remake how to pick up women.
“Thor: Ragnarok” (PG-13)
Psychedelic superhero buddy comedy.
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (TV-14)
A teen’s secret love letters are exposed, leading to likeable high school romcom-ery.
“The Truman Show” (PG)
Your life is being watched and commodified. Escape is an illusion.
“Under the Skin” (R)
Scarlett Johansson is an alien who uses her beauty to reel in men and process them for food to send back to her home planet. Problems arise when she begins to empathize with her food. One of the best and most unclassifiable films of the last 10 years.
"Velvet Buzzsaw" (R)
Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his "Nightcrawler" director for a horror-comedy that satirizes the world of high art. Costars Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs and Zawe Ashton.
“The Wild Bunch” (R)
Sam Peckinpah’s great bloody bad-guy Western turns 50 this year.
“Win It All” (TV-MA)
Compulsive gambler Jake Johnson loses big, wins big.
“The Witch” (R)
Robert Eggers’ black-hearted horror movie, set in the 1630s and following a family as they're torn apart by the dark magic of a nearby witch.
“The World Is Yours” (TV-MA)
Wonderful French crime comedy in which a drug dealer trying to go legit loses a bag of money and enlists his experienced malefactor of a mother (a great Isabelle Adjani) in his escapade.