With most of their advertising and reporting focused on their growing collection of original films and series, it's easy to forget that Netflix is still in the business of buying up-to-date and classic films from distribution companies. If you feel a little overwhelmed by the menu options on this page, take a look at our selection of the 10 best movies on Netflix.
Spider-Man may be in the midst of a power struggle between Disney and Sony, but that did not stop this ambitious cartoon from winning the Academy Award for Best Animation at the 201
While you can see the first five Rocky movies on Netflix, the original remains a movie that does not require any affinity for boxing or Sylvester Stallone work. It's a love story in which the gracious boxer is torn to pieces by Adrian (Talia Shire), an employee of the pet store, as he prepares for an unlikely shot against Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman Are Bitter Newspapers Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are working together on the story of the decade: the Watergate scandal. Their investigation involved President Richard Nixon in a coverup and changed the course of history. The film adaptation of Woodward's and Bernstein's book was considered raves and four Oscar awards, though it lost the Best Picture race to Rocky that year.
News anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is hellishly crazy in this biting satire of the network news industry. Today's 24-hour news cycle makes it as current today as it used to.
Colin Farrell plays a starring role in this black comedy, reminiscent of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's work: A loner with collapsed shoulders (Farrell) has only 45 days to find a life partner before turning into an animal. Can he do it with Rachel Weisz, or is he doomed to live on all fours? Alternatingly Absurd and Provocative, The Lobster is not a conventional date movie, but it could have more to say about relationships than a bunch of Nicholas Sparks paperbacks.
Boyhood works as a kind of film As a director, Richard Linklater spent 12 years filming the puberty of a Texan (Ellar Coltrane) at the age of six to eighteen. This lengthy production process allowed Coltrane to portray the character in various phases, from dealing with his parents' divorce as a young child to graduating from high school. In less good hands it would be a bauble. For Linklater, it's a chance to convey about the invasion of independence.
In this existential thriller, which takes place entirely in Hardy's vehicle, the camera rarely wavers before Tom Hardy. Hardy's Ivan Locke, a construction foreman who strives to get a good job done well, has some surprising news from a lover and the needs of his family. It's a one-act, one-man game in which Hardy makes the repeated act of talking on his cell phone as tense and compelling as if he were driving a bomb in the trunk.
Quentin Tarantino's follow-up to ] Pulp Fiction encountered mixed reactions. Decades later, it comes into focus as one of his sharpest character studies. The title stewardess (Pam Grier) is looking for a collection of crooks to reinvent themselves. Robert Forster, Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson populate the world of Tarantino and the novelist Elmore Leonard like no other.
The director Robert Redford looks back on the first reality TV delusion: the phenomenon of the quiz show of the 1950s. Based on a true story, the brilliant but not very photogenic Herbert Stempel (John Turturro) is eliminated for the cunning Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a candidate in the quiz show Twenty One, the evolved thanks to his mind … and help from the producers of the show.