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What Is the Best Movie On Netflix?

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | February 22, 2014 | Comments ()


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“Best” is a very subjective term. Best is going to mean different things to different people. You want the best movie on Netflix, among the 41 Netflix films on IMDB’s Top 250? That would be Pulp Fiction, followed by Forrest Gump. You’ve probably already seen those films, or you have no desire to (especially in the latter case).

What about Oscar winners? According to Netflix’s own ratings, Fargo is the highest rated movie in that category, followed by Usual Suspects. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with either of those. Highest rated comedies? Clerks and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The first one is amazing but may not be for everyone, while the second one is simply a perfect film. Best action film? I’d probably go with Skyfall or End of Watch. Best documentary? I’d go with Marwencol or Man on a Wire. Best recent release? Frances Ha is great if you’re into the quirky and Drinking Buddies is a fantastic relationship comedy, but I’d probably go with Safety Not Gauranteed, although Fat Kid Rules the World is a fine hidden gem that you probably haven’t seen. Best sports movie? I don’t care what anyone else says, watch Goon. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

But if I had to choose one single best film currently on Netflix? I’d choose Double Indemnity, which is based on a James M. Cain serialized novel, which itself was based on a similar 1927 crime, in which a married woman convinced her boyfriend to kill her husband so that she could collect on the double indemnity clause (Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice was also based on the same crime). And while I love Cain’s novel, the screen adaptation — written by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler — is even better, a potent combination of Wilder’s gift for pitching woo and the same hard-boiled detective language that Chandler brought to his Phillip Marlowe character (who would later be portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep.). John Seitz’s beautiful black and white cinematography perfectly sets the noirish mood of the film, and the performances are unbelievable, though I did find it ironic that Stanwyck’s slightly overwrought performance was the one to elicit an Oscar nomination, while Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson were criminally overlooked. But, then again, the overwrought was intentional — Stanwyck exuded equal parts pathological and campy better than any femme fatale I’ve seen this side of Clytemnestra — she was the original cinematic bad girl. The ‘90’s Sharon Stone could’ve taken a lesson.

But, what’s most remarkable about Double Indemnity is that Billy Wilder’s flick is as fresh and watchable today as it was in 1944. There is more reason to see it than simply to catch a few Simpson’s references — it’s a gripping story of adultery and murder with some really edgy fucking dialogue that will open up your pores and puke out your hair follicles. You won’t just appreciate Double Indemnity for popularizing film noir and bringing the bad girl to the masses; you’ll actually enjoy watching it from the first frame to the last.



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  • RalphMedicus

    Glad to see Im not the only one who really liked Goon.

  • Thomas Barrow

    i really liked man from nowhere

  • Bob Barker

    Tucker and Dale vs evil, and Lifted are by top two random Netflix movies that are great. If you've never seen Lifted and you want a woman to get on your knob at the end of the night, watch it.

  • lukebc

    Netflix isn't complete until The Dude, Walter and Donny are available on streaming.

  • Matthew

    100% Without a Doubt...... "Oldboy".... No Question

  • Frank Berrodin

    Big Night!

  • lowercase_ryan

    Goon for all the things.

    For my money "I'll sign your dick, Doug" is still the best way to barge into a conversation.

  • Quatermain

    I'd say the best movie on Netflix is 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.' That movie has everything.

  • BWeaves

    I originally subscribed to Netflix just so I could see Local Hero again. But they no longer have it. I finally broke down and bought it.

  • dialogue_dub

    If you want a good "drink scotch alone" movie, there's always There Will Be Blood.

  • You need a movie to do th- -- I mean, YES. Definitely. What you said. (Hiccup)

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Thank you for repping up Goon! That movie needs as much exposure as it can get. True hidden gem.

  • RhymesWithWitch

    Loved Goon. It stays on My List on Netflix so I can re-watch it at any time ;)

  • emmalita

    I do not like hockey or sports movies and I still loved Goon.

  • TimeTravelMan

    If you like Goon watch The Art of Steal. There not really similar besides set in Canada and both have Jay Burachel, but it makes a fun double feature.

  • TacoBellRey

    I'd personally have to go with "Clue". Madeline Kahn is my savior.

  • Stu Rat

    Those aren't pillows!

  • Bill Neeley

    My vote for the 'best' is The General, though my personal favorites would probably be more along the lines of Sherlock Jr., Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Evil Dead 2, to name a few.

    I love Double Indemnity, but I also love Some Like it Hot and Sunset Blvd. even more. Point being, Billy Wilder made awesome movies.

  • Sidenote: Raymond Chandler didn't like James M. Cain's prose, and absolutely loathed writing for the movies.

  • Guest

    I love Double Indemnity, but I also love Some Like it Hot and Sunset Blvd. more. Point being, Billy Wilder is awesome.

    Can't decide what the 'best' film is on Netflix, but it's a contest between SLiH, Raging Bull, The General, and Once Upon a Time in the West

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain is my all time favourite.

    This film is on a class of its own. It's visually stunning, superbly composed, sublimely acted, conceptually ambitious yet intimately delicate. It's just transcendental. I've never seen anything like it. Although Upstream Color is certainly unique in similar ways and equally great.

    It also features my favourite performances from Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I think I'm rambling. But I just love this movie.

  • I liked it too but my favorite Weisz performance is in "The Constant Gardener". That movie gutted me. I think that one is on instant too.

  • llp

    The Fountain isn't my favourite, but it is absolutely amazing.

  • Frank P. Gengo IV

    Raging Bull

  • Rosemary's Baby. It's not a fair competition, though. That's what I consider the best film ever made, so no other Netflix option had a chance.

  • chanohack

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, no arguments.

  • poopnado

    Da doy!

  • Brady

    I'd throw The Cabin in the Woods in there.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    In Bruges

  • 'Two manky hookers and a racist dwarf. I think I'm going home.'
    In other words: I second that motion.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Well you lot ain't going up there.
    Pardon me? Why?
    I mean, it's all winding stairs. I'm not being funny.
    What exactly are you trying to say?
    What exactly am I trying to say? You's a bunch of fuckin' elephants.

    Ray 4 LYF!

  • Tinkerville

    Came here to say this one as well. One of my favorite movies of all time.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    I don't understand why it's the "in" thing to hate Forrest Gump.

  • googergieger

    Indifference doesn't necessarily lead to hate.

  • manting

    Thats not what Yoda told me.

  • googergieger

    Yoda is an alcoholic. Always walking around in a bath robe? Always talking backwards? Thinks he has special powers? Looks green and sick all the time? Man am I the only one that got the point of the Star Wars movies?!

  • RalphMedicus

    I heard he was a cokehead who also liked to do speedballs.

  • The in thing? Been hatin' on it for nearly 20 years. I didn't realized I cared about the Oscars until Gump beat Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Four Weddings and Shawshank for Best Picture.

    The year also included The Three Colors, Hoop Dreams, The Last Seduction, Natural Born Killers, The Lion King, Ed Wood, etc.

    Forrest Gump might not be in the top 10 of the year it was released. (God, the 90s were great for movies).

  • Berry

    I hate Forrest Gump. At first it was just fairly strong dislike, but after years of being told one MUST like it to prove one is not a soulless monster, it's become hate.

  • manting

    The whole conserative = good, liberal = bad message always got under my skin

  • googergieger

    The correct answer is Oldboy.

  • Jim

    I'd suggest a double-feature with Sympathy for Lady Vengeance but it doesn't appear to be in Netflix US any longer. But look Netflix UK has both. {cof} unblocker {cof}

  • googergieger

    I thought Netflix had most of Park's movies, except for I'm A Cyborg But That's Okay. Actually I think they have that movie now, as I remember showing it to some friends of mine a few months back on there. In any case any Park movie is a great choice. Best director going right now.

  • poopnado

    Yeah, but it's only on there dubbed, right? That was really distracting.

  • googergieger

    I think they added the subs a good while back.

  • poopnado

    OH GREAT now it's time for an emotional night of terror.

  • loo shag brolley

    Now being the perfect time to watch it, before the U.S. version hits.

  • Amy Mace

    I Saw the Devil is my personal 'best movie on Netflix.'

  • Ryan Ambrose

    I'm not sure if it's on Netflix but since you liked 'I Saw The Devil' you should check 'A Bittersweet Life' also starring Lee Byung-Hun. Definitely my favourite South Korean flick, and that includes 'Oldboy' and 'Thirst'.

  • googergieger

    I don't even think that is the best movie by that director on Netflix. Top three though.

  • Amy Mace

    What are your top top 2? I've only seen The Good, the Bad, the Weird (sorry, but I did NOT like it), A Tale of Two Sisters (my first Kim Jee-woon movie...loved it but loved IStD more), and The Last Stand (lots of fun surprisingly). I have been meaning to finish A Bittersweet Life, but for now I stand by my best.

  • googergieger

    GBW was tremendous fun. It was one of the better action comedies ever made, really. Last Stand? Really? Twas fun enough I guess. Tale of Two Sisters is his best movie made to date. Devil was superficial fluff in thriller form. It had great pacing but again fluff. Bittersweet Life was better. I mean that was fluff too, but was classy to boot. I mean really I Saw The Devil was ridiculous. Superhuman serial killer gets destroyed the whole movie. I mean suspension of disbelief and all that I get. Which is why I liked it well enough. Really entertaining movie but it had no real heart or meaning behind it really. Again fluff.

    In general I liked Foul King well enough and The Quiet Family was great, but I prefer the Miike remake.

  • manting

    arent you guys leaving ou leaving out "The Host." Its a great movie. Also TGTBATW is one of the best action movies of the last decade if not of all time.

  • googergieger

    Bong Joon Ho, innit?

  • And his "Memories of Murder" is better than "The Host". Not sure if it's available on Instant though but well worth checking out.

  • googergieger

    Mother was probably his best to date, but Memories of Murder was amazing as well. Song Kang Ho was amazing in it as always.

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