While Netflix remains far and away the most popular streaming subscription service out there, it's fair to say that their selection of movies isn't quite what it once was. Netflix is opting more and more to focus on their own original content, and while much of that content is good, it doesn't do much for those looking to take in a great movie that Netflix didn't produce.
Reduction in library size aside, Netflix still plays host to some truly great films, ranging all the way from relatively recent superhero adventures to bonafide Oscar-winning classic dramas. Here are the 25 best films on Netflix that you can watch right now.
NOTE: This list is updated regularly - to ensure availability of the movies listed. Also, the list isn't ranked from worst to best, so a lower number is not meant to denote higher quality. It's just a list of 25 great movies.Last updated: January 2, 2019Related: Netflix Stock Hits All-Time High, Now Worth $130 Billion
Before the list proper, there are some notes to be made. First, Netflix offers a different selection in every country it services, and this list focuses solely on films available to U.S. subscribers. That said, those outside the U.S. are encouraged to still check their country's line-up, as some of these picks may also be available to them. Secondly, these 25 films are available to stream as of this writing. If and when included titles are removed from Netflix, this list will be updated with new selections.
A feature-film offshoot of the classic sketch comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus, 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail is regularly cited as one of the funniest comedies of all time, and is also one of the most influential movies in history. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the film that launched a thousand memes, and anyone who watches it for the first time on Netflix is likely to come away in awe at how many common pop cultural references they now understand. For those who can't get enough, Monty Pyton's Flying Circus' full run is also available to stream.
Modern blockbuster cinema arguably wouldn't even exist without the franchise, and one of the only entries in that saga that Netflix streams is director Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Despite a tumultuous production process, this Felicity Jones-fronted prequel impressed many, earning an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and proving that this new line of standalone Star Wars movies would be worth watching.Related: Star Wars TV: Every Update You Need To Know
While it's sad that director Guillermo Del Toro and star Ron Perlman never got to finish their Hellboy trilogy, there's no reason not to go back and watch their original 2004 effort again on Netflix. Hellboy only did decently at the box office, but was critically acclaimed, and earned a big enough cult fanbase to receive 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The Hellboy franchise will soon be rebooted with David Harbour in the lead role and Neil Marshall behind the camera, but to many, Perlman will be always be Big Red.
One of the most respected crime thrillers of the 90s, Seven has style to spare, and was one of the films to first establish David Fincher as a director be reckoned with. Seven stars Brad Pitt as brash young detective David Mills, who partners up with soon to retire detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) in order to try and catch a serial killer who bases his murders on the seven deadly sins. Holding an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes and hauling in over $300 million at the box office on a $33 million budget, Seven was both a critical and commercial smash, and deserves to be revisited on Netflix.
When it comes to movies about teenagers - or movies set in high schools - there are few names with more weight than writer/director John Hughes. Arguably his greatest creation is 1985's The Breakfast Club, which truly kicked off the "brat pack" era, and is now on Netflix. The premise is simple, five students from different backgrounds are forced to coexist over the course of Saturday detention, and end up learning a lot about themselves and each other along the way. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall star.
It's not that often that a horror movie exudes coolness, but that's exactly the case with 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by his friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino, and new to Netflix. George Clooney and Tarantino himself star as bank-robbing brothers Seth & Ritchie Gecko, who take an unassuming family hostage while on the run from the law. What begins as a crime thriller eventually takes a left turn into terror though, when a bar full of vampires enters the picture.Related: 15 Sexiest Horror Movies of All Time
After making a celebrated debut in Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) got a movie to call his own with colossal 2018 hit Black Panther. To refer to director Ryan Coogler's new to Netflix film as a success would almost be a disservice to just how well it performed, hauling in over $1 billion at the box office, and earning critical raves (97% on RT). While T'Challa was snuffed out by Thanos' snap near the end of Avengers: Infinity War, it's obviously only a matter of time until the King of Wakanda returns.
Director Kevin Smith's path to his current exalted status among geeks began with 1994 indie hit Clerks, his film debut. Shot in black and white and made on a tiny budget, the newly available on Netflix film introduced Smith's rapid fire, foul-mouthed, joke-filled writing style, while focusing on a day in the working life of best friends Dante (Brian O'Halloran), and Randal (Jeff Anderson). It also served as the debut of Smith's trademark characters Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself.
While director M. Night Shyamalan's career hasn't quite lived up to what most expected, his 1999 breakout hit (85% score on RT) The Sixth Sense made such a great first impression that he's arguably been riding its wave ever since. Bruce Willis stars as Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a psychiatrist trying to help troubled young boy Cole (Haley Joel Osment), who is burdened with the ability to see and interact with ghosts. For those wondering, no, the big twist won't be spoiled here, for the small subset of Netflix subscribers who aren't already aware of what it is.
Director Guillermo del Toro has a resume bursting with terrific films, but 2006's dark fantasy drama Pan's Labyrinth is arguably his best work. Set in 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War ended, the story follows young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero). Ofelia's life isn't easy, as her mother grows increasingly sicker, her stepfather is a sadistic monster, and she's discovered the titular place, a magical realm containing creatures beyond imagination. Anyone who hasn't seen Pan's Labyrinth owes it to themselves to check out del Toro's masterpiece on Netflix.
One of the creepiest films to grace Netflix, director James Wan's The Conjuring impressed both fans and critics, earning an 86% RT score and making a truckload of money. The Conjuring has since spawned its own cinematic universe of sequels and spinoffs, including about the possessed doll Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as real life "demonologists" Ed and Lorraine Warren, while Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the heads of the family beset by demonic forces.
An Oscar-darling - winning seven awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List (97% on Rotten Tomatoes) is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, and it's now on Netflix. However, it's also one of the hardest to watch, as the subject matter is just so incredibly sad. Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who effectively saved the lives of over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes also star.Related: Our 10 Favorite Modern Black and White Movies
In a career full of acclaimed films, directors Joel and Ethan Coen arguably hit their high point with 2007's now available on Netflix. Both a tense thriller and a gripping drama, the film boasts an excellent ensemble cast, including Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, and a then-rising Javier Bardem as terrifying hitman Anton Chigurh. Sporting a 93% RT score, No Country absolutely cleaned up at the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Bardem.
This stylish throwback to the horror films of the 80s stars Maika Monroe as Jay, a young woman who makes the mistake of hooking up with the wrong guy and becoming infected by an STD of supernatural origin. Now, Jay finds herself relentlessly stalked by a demonic being, one that can appear as anyone it wants, even those closest to her. Directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows sits at a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but probably isn't the best option for a "Netflix and chill" night, for obvious reasons.Related: 15 Horror Movies That Will Give You Nightmares
While Vol.1 and Vol. 2 (85 and 84% on RT) of director Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga were technically released as separate films, it's hard to imagine wanting to watch one Kill Bill without the other, and Netflix has both. Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, who sets out on a bloody quest for vengeance after being betrayed by the other members of her assassination squad and their leader, Bill (David Carradine). Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, and Daryl Hannah also star.
Before the Ghostbusters name became associated with endlessly divisive reboots, there was director Ivan Reitman's original 1984 hit. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the titular team of paranormal investigators, Ghostbusters is to many the defining comedy of the 80s. Including countless hilarious gags - as well as some surprisingly creepy moments - Ghostbusters became a phenomenon. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also star in the supernatural comedy, which holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Less-beloved sequel Ghostbusters II and popular cartoon spinoff The Real Ghostbusters are both also on Netflix.
A remake of the 2002 Hong King film Infernal Affairs, The Departed is probably best known for being the film that finally won legendary director Martin Scorsese his first Oscar for Best Director. The complex, arresting crime drama also picked up the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and is a prime Netflix pick. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon star as a cop planted within the mob and a criminal planted within the police, respectively. Jack Nicholson also commands the screen as brutal crime boss Frank Costello.