Netflix — has no shortage of content. Going through its growing original material along with other shows and movies, you could binge endlessly and never crack the surface. It’s become harder on the movie front, as Netflix boosts its TV side, but you can put a good dent in some classic films if you have the right guide.
That’s why here are the 100 movies streaming on Netflix right now that you need to see and should see before your life runs out on you…
Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change. These aren’t the greatest of all films but they are indeed the best of all there is right now —the best 100 on Netflix!
Also, for your benefit, the list is presented in an alphabetical-title order, so ya’ll go ahead and have an easy lookup… : )
1. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
Heath Ledger and Julia Styles have an incredible love/hate vibe that fuels the movie. And a baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking for love is great, too.
2. “13th” (2016)
This Netflix original documentary from director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) explores the history of racial inequality in the US, particularly the key moments that have led to a disproportionate prison population in the country (one out of four people in prison around the world, and many of them African-American).
3. “Adventureland” (2009)
Director Greg Mottola takes us back to that feeling of our first summer job. Where the experience prepares you for the real world. But really all that happens is hitting on your coworkers.
4. “Adventures in Babysitting” (1987)
Elizabeth Shue plays a babysitter who must pack up the kids in the station wagon when she picks up her friend stranded in the big city. What transpires is a fun journey that includes Vincent D’Onofrio as a wanna-be Thor.
5. “Amadeus” (1984)
The incredible talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is showcased in this stunning Oscar-winning film.
6. “Amelie” (2001)
With an incredible imagination and an interest in helping those around her, Amélie sets off on a unique journey of self-discovery and, perhaps, love.
7. “Animal House” (1978)
This classic comedy from director John Landis starring John Belushi basically created the college-humor genre.
8. “Armageddon” (1998)
Sure, it’s a corny Michael Bay movie, but it’s one of the best corny Michael Bay movies. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a whole bunch of oil drillers head out to space to save the world from an oncoming asteroid.
9. “The Babadook” (2014)
One of the best horror movies of the last five years. A mother and son’s realization that a spirit is among them leads to much deeper meaning.
10. “Barbarella” (1968)
Jane Fonda plays a woman assigned to stop a villain and ends up becoming the epitome of sex for the free-love 1960s.
11. “Barton Fink” (1991)
In the classic from the Coen brothers (“The Big Lebowski,” “No Country for Old Men”), John Turturro plays a New York playwright who travels to Hollywood to write screenplays and quickly realizes he’s in a hellish environment.
12. “Basic Instinct” (1992)
Responsible for the most famous leg-crossing of all time, Sharon Stone plays a seductive temptress who makes Michael Douglas (and the audience) go mad.
13. “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)
Director Cary Fukunaga gives a harsh look at survival by spotlighting a young boy who becomes a child soldier during a civil war in Africa.
14. “Beginners” (2010)
As director Mike Mills celebrates a best screenplay Oscar nomination for “20th Century Women,” go back and watch his previous movie, a beautiful look at the search for love, regardless of your age.
15. “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
Eddie Murphy became a box-office superstar in this action-comedy as a no-nonsense Detroit cop who comes out to Beverly Hills and has the ultimate fish-out-of-water experience.
16. “Big Daddy” (1999)
Though Netflix and Adam Sandler are in bed together on the star’s latest films, let’s celebrate this classic that’s available to stream on the service.
17. “The Big Short” (2015)
Director Adam McKay is best known for his outrageous comedy work with Will Ferrell, but here he takes a sobering look at when the housing bubble burst.
18. “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986)
Though not fully appreciated until years later, John Carpenter’s magical comedy/thriller starring Kurt Russell is a highlight in the pair’s collaborations.
19. “Blackfish” (2013)
This powerful documentary cannot be missed. It looks into the abusive captivity of killer whales at SeaWorld.
20. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
It’s the movie that made the found-footage genre what it is today. Three film students go out into the woods to see if a spooky legend is true. Only their footage survives.
21. “Boogie Nights” (1997)
Mark Wahlberg instantly became a legitimate actor after playing porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic look at the pornography industry from the 1970s to the 1980s.
22. “Boyhood” (2014)
Shooting over 11 years, director Richard Linklater looks at a boy’s life from adolescence to going off to college. It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking you shouldn’t miss.
23. “Braveheart” (1995)
Mel Gibson’s five-time Oscar-winning movie looks at a warrior who leads the first fight for Scottish independence against the English.
24. “Bridget Jones’ Diary” (2001)
Renée Zellweger creates a classic comedic character in this look at a woman’s search for love and self-improvement.
25. “Bulworth” (1998)
Warren Beatty plays a politician who has given up on the system and starts to talk bluntly with the public. Remind you of a real-life election?
26. “Caddyshack” (1980)
Filled with comedy legends like Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Ted Knight, director Harold Ramis’ look at the exploits of an uptight golf course is one of the best comedies ever made.
27. “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)
Patrick Dempsey plays a nerdy high schooler who pays his way into becoming the most popular guy in school.
28. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
After it earned over $1 billion worldwide, sit back and watch once more Team Cap and Team Iron Man go at it.
29. “Carlos” (2010)
Edgar Ramírez gives a tour-de-force performance as revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization in the 1970s.
30. “Chasing Amy” (1997)
In arguably writer-director Kevin Smith’s greatest movie, and a groundbreaking moment for the ’90s, Ben Affleck’s character falls for a lesbian.
31. “Cleopatra” (1963)
Once one of the most expensive movies ever made, in which the biggest star of the era, Elizabeth Taylor, plays the Egyptian queen.
32. “Cocaine Cowboys” (2006)
This documentary looks back on 1980s Miami, when the city was completely taken over by the huge amount of Cocaine traffic that was coming in by sea and air. The people who were there tell their incredible stories.
33. “Clueless” (1995)
Alicia Silverstone plays a privileged high schooler to the max in this silly comedy with smart satirical writing.
34. “The Crow” (1994)
It was supposed to be the movie that would make Brandon Lee an international star, but a freak accident on set led to his death and the movie has since had a dark cloud over it. See the movie that had so much potential.
35. Dope (2015)
One of the hits to come out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, about a geek trying to survive the tough streets of LA.
36. “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” (1983) & “Raw” (1987)
Get a two-for-one in a couple of the greatest stand-up movies of all time. You really can’t name one without the other. Eddie Murphy delivers material (and a fashion sense) that few have been able to pull off in stand-up.
37. “El Dorado” (1967)
John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and a young James Caan star in this classic Howard Hawks Western.
38. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Steven Spielberg’s classic is one of his most flawless movies. Capturing a friendship between a boy and an alien, it has a timeless quality and is something that you should watch every few years.
39. “Fantasia” (1940)
Walt Disney’s most ambitious animated movie at the time, it consists of eight segments set to pieces of classical music.
40. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)
John Hughes locks his place as the teen-movie king with this classic comedy about a sly high schooler (Matthew Broderick) who pulls off the ultimate day off from school.
41. “Finding Dory” (2016)
The sequel to the hit “Finding Nemo” became a hit of its own thanks to the entertaining journey Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) takes to find her parents.
42. “The Fly” (1958)
This classic horror has to be seen at least once in your life. A scientist’s accident leads to a gruesome discovery that leads to a chilling ending.
43. “Force Majeure” (2014)
One of the most uncomfortably funny movies you’ll ever see, it follows a family whose ski trip is interrupted by an avalanche. The actions by the father in the moment of the event lead to an awkward rest of the vacation for everyone.
44. “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996)
Robert Rodriguez’s vampire tale is some grindhouse fun. George Clooney may have to carry Quentin Tarantino in a few scenes, but the fun of the movie is watching Clooney go up against vampires. Yes, kids, at one point in his career he was in movies like this.
45. “Frances Ha” (2012)
Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach combine forces to create one of the best movies from the “mumblecore” genre. Gerwig plays a New York nomad who bounces around hoping one of her life aspirations will bear fruit.
46. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)
In this Howard Hawks classic, Marilyn Monroe is the object of affection for numerous suitors. The musical made her an icon.
47. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1985)
Need to take a break from it all and get back to the ’80s? There’s no better movie to do that than this classic starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
48. “Gomorrah” (2008)
If you like mafia movies, you should check out this exceptional story that gives us a peek inside organized crime in Italy.
49. “Good Will Hunting” (1997)
The movie that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stars (and Oscar winners). The story of a genius in the rough section of Boston is a solid film by all, and Robin Williams shines.
50. “The Graduate” (1967)
Dustin Hoffman plays a recent college graduate who doesn’t know what to do next. This leads to him having an affair with an older woman and then falling for her daughter.
51. “Grease” (1978)
Spend an evening watching this classic musical and don’t be shy about singing all the songs out loud. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
52. “Grizzly Man” (2005)
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog recounts the footage taken by grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell who lived among grizzlies in Alaska until he was killed by them in 2003.
53. “Gross Pointe Blank” (1997)
In one of the best performances of his career, John Cusack plays an assassin who finds himself back in his hometown for a job and learns that it’s the same weekend as his 10-year high school reunion.
54. “Heathers” (1988)
One of the best looks at high school life ever put on the screen. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are everyone’s spirit animals in this great dark comedy.
55. “How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
By far the best movie in Matthew McConaughey’s time as the rom-com heartthrob, here he plays an adman who wages a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. The woman he chooses (Kate Hudson) has a similar bet: that she can make a guy fall out of love with her in 10 days.
56. “The Hustler” (1961)
This Paul Newman essential stars the legend as a pool shark who ruins everything he touches. Things get even worse when he challenges the great Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).
57. “I Am Love” (2009)
If you’re in the mood for a slow burn, this one is for you. Tilda Swinton plays a Russian woman who has been thrust into a wealthy Italian family.
58. “In the Loop” (2009)
Before there was “Veep,” the show’s creator Armando Iannucci made this foul-mouthed political comedy about not-too-bright politicians from Britain and the US who try to stop a war.
59. “Jaws” (1975)
Steven Spielberg kept us out of the water in the summer of 1975 in this thriller, which gave birth to the blockbuster. Hollywood hasn’t looked back since.
60. “Jesus Camp” (2006)
Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady give us an eye-opening look inside a charismatic Christian summer camp where kids are taught that they have “prophetic gifts.”
61. “License to Drive” (1988)
Gods of the 1980s Corey Fledman and Corey Haim play friends who head out on a night on the town. The problem is neither has a driver’s license.
62. “Life Itself” (2014)
Documentary filmmaker Steve James looks back on the incredible life and career of film critic Roger Ebert.
63. “Magic Mike” (2012)
Steven Soderbergh takes Channing Tatum’s experience as an exotic dancer back in his youth and channels it into this entertaining and surprisingly sobering comedy.
64. “Melancholia” (2011)
The end of the world hangs over Lars von Trier’s heartbreakingly beautiful film about a troubled relationship between two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
65. “Metropolis” (1927)
This silent classic from Fritz Lang is pretty much the inspiration for countless sci-fi movies that came after it.
66. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)
Wes Anderson’s unique brand of storytelling is perfectly captured in this look at a pair of youngsters in love and how the adults on the small island they live on become frantic trying to find them when they run off together.
67. “Nightcrawler” (2014)
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a haunting performance as a man driven to rule the world of crime journalism. As an added treat, there’s also the great performance by Riz Ahmed in the movie (who has blown up since with his performance in the HBO hit “The Night Of”).
68. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)
The Coen brothers tackle the work of author Cormac McCarthy with this thrilling modern-day Western that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
69. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000)
If you want the comedic side of the Coen brothers, try this on for size. George Clooney is the leader of a group of escaped convicts who are in search of treasure and find a lot more.
70. “Oldboy” (2003)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is pissed and out for revenge in the bloody classic from director Park Chan-wook.
71. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)
Legendary director Sergio Leone creates one of the greatest Westerns ever made, featuring Charles Bronson as a harmonica-playing loner and Henry Fonda in a rare villain role.
72. “Patton” (1970)
This epic biopic about General George S. Patton went on to win seven Oscars, including one for George C. Scott as the driven general. Scott actually did not accept the award (or the nomination) stating that he wasn’t in competition with other actors.
73. “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985)
Paul Reubens and and director Tim Burton create one of the most creative comedies ever in this look at a “boy” and his love for his bicycle.
74. “The Princess Bride” (1987)
This fairy tale told through the comedic skill of director Rob Reiner has become a classic love story. And it’s got Andre the Giant in it!
75. “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
Quentin Tarantino’s career-defining movie changed the way we look at independent film forever and launched many copycats.
76. “Pumping Iron” (1977)
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest action star in the world, he was a Mr. Olympia champion starving to gain fame. This documentary shows an Arnold on the cusp of breaking out.
77. “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)
Before “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino got the attention of the movie industry with this gritty caper. Instead of the crime being the focus, it’s the men behind it.
78. “Requiem for a Dream” (2000)
Director Darren Aronofsky proved he’s a major talent in his second feature, a chilling look at how the lives of four people from Coney Island are affected by addiction.
79. “The Rock” (1996)
Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery team to infiltrate a group who have taken over Alcatraz and stop them from launching nerve gas over San Francisco. You know, a Michael Bay movie.
80. “Sausage Party” (2016)
In one of the most raunchy animated movies you’ll ever see, Seth Rogen and all his famous friends voice cartoon foods that suddenly realize what happens when they leave the grocery store.
81. “Scrooged” (1988)
Bill Murray is nonstop funny in this spoof of “A Christmas Carol.”
82. “The Shining” (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s loose adaptation of the Stephen King novel stars Jack Nicholson, who begins to lose his mind while taking care of an isolated hotel with his family.
83. “Short Term 12″ (2013)
Before Brie Larson became an Oscar winner, she starred in this critically acclaimed, little-seen indie that looks at a twentysomething supervisor at a treatment facility as she tries to get through to troubled youth and deal with her own problems.
84. “Sing Street” (2016)
In one of the acclaimed movies of 2016, a Dublin boy creates a band and comes up with some amazing songs in an attempt to impress a girl.
85. “Spotlight” (2015)
The best picture Oscar winner of 2016, this look inside the investigative newspaper team that uncovered the child sex abuse going on among Boston priests is a powerhouse of great acting and storytelling.
86. “Stevie” (2002)
Director Steve James delivers one of his most honest documentaries as he turns the camera on himself in his attempt to reconnect with the troubled kid he was a Big Brother to 10 years earlier.
87. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)
One of the greatest movies ever to look at the movie industry, Billy Wilder’s 1950s noir is timeless for its story of the struggle in the business and the effects of fame when everyone forgets you.
88. “Superbad” (2007)
In the movie that launched the careers of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Emma Stone, the guys try to get booze for a party so they will have a better chance of having sex.
89. “Superman: The Movie” (1978)
It’s still arguably the best screen adaptation of the Superman character. From the Richard Donner direction and John Williams score to Christopher Reeve as Superman, it’s as powerful as any superhero movie out today.
90. “Swingers” (1996)
You can thank Jon Favreau for the “you’re so money” and “baby” slang that was thrown around for a while after the release of this comedy. But seriously, the movie is an entertaining look at heartbreak and friendship.
91. “Tangerine” (2015)
Shot with an iPhone, this low-budget comedy that focuses on a transgender sex worker out for answers when she learns that her pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her is incredibly executed and the performances are top-notch.
92. “The Thin Blue Line” (1988)
A gem of the documentary genre, Errol Morris’ movie looks at the wrongful conviction of a Texas man. It’s not just visually groundbreaking but got its subject released from prison.
93. “Tiny Furniture” (2010)
It’s the movie that made Lena Dunham a star. Playing recent college graduate Aura, she roams around New York City while figuring out what to do next.
94. “To Catch a Thief” (1955)
This Alfred Hitchcock classic includes two of his favorites, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, in a thriller involving jewel thieves and the French Riviera.
95. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)
Regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, in which Gregory Peck plays the iconic role of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge, while also teaching his family to treat every person equally.
96. “Upstream Color” (2013)
This indie darling delves into deep questions like who we are and why are we here. It’s basically the best movie you’ve never seen.
97. “The Usual Suspects” (1995)
It’s the movie with the ending you can’t speak about. It’s also an extremely clever crime story filled with colorful characters and some great one-liners. What else do you need?
98. “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)
With numerous actors who have gone on to become huge stars, this wacky 1980s-set comedy about the last day of camp has become a cult classic.
99. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001)
Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal play a pair of teens who head on a road trip with an older woman, but come to learn that there’s more in store than getting lucky.
100. “Zootopia” (2016)
Disney’s animated hit follows a bunny as she travels to the big city of Zoopotia to be a cop. She ends up investigating a major crime and in the process learns that the fox she’s working with is more than what stereotypes may indicate.
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