Since Netflix came on the scene in 1997 and started streaming in 1999 I’ve been a fan.One of my biggest complaints is the seemingly limited library of movies available to Watch Instantly, and it’s no wonder. While the catalog of DVDs available through Netflix is enormous the streaming catalog is reportedly only around 3,000 titles and it’s changing practically every day. Adding to the confusion, Netflix Watch Instantly streaming function is by no means limited to movies. There’s a wide variety of TV shows, original programming, and kids programming which is getting stronger all the time.
My point here is not a full accounting of Netflix services, instead it is to say that as an avid user of Netflix Watch Instantly, I’m confused. I need help. So today, August 27th, 2013, I sort through the clutter and provide you a list of 20+ awesome movies available to Watch Instantly on Netflix, right now. I’ve come up with a variety of movies each of which I’ve personally seen and give my seal of approval.
UPDATE: As of Jan 1, 2014 Netflix lost and added a lot of movies. The list below has been updated to reflect those changes.
(Removed: Billy Elliott, Up In Smoke, Hoosiers, For The Love Of The Game, Good Will Hunting, Top Gun, Braveheart)
(Added: Bull Durham, Red Dawn, Skyfall, Amelie, Fargo, Forrest Gump)
27. Skyfall – One of the better James Bond movies in recent years. The opening action sequence is worth the price of admission.
26. The Giant Mechanical Man – For me, a movie like this is Netflix Watch Instantly at its finest. I’d never find this movie in a theater much less go see it. But it’s totally worth checking out. Jenna Fisher and Chris Messina star.
25. Beverly Hills Cop – Admit it, you can hear the theme music now right?
24. Clerks – Shot in black and white for $25,000, this movie launched Kevin Smith’s career and introduced us to the foul-mouthed Jay & Silent Bob. Snoochie boochies!
23. Tommy Boy – The Chris Farley & David Spade classic doesn’t seem to age. This movie is as funny the 1st time and it is the 100th time.
22. Super Troopers – If you haven’t seen this one you need to do so, right MEOW!
21. Clueless – Alicia Silverstone’s only good movie, but it’s very good. Best line: I have a shotgun and a shovel, I doubt anyone will miss you.
20. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Oh how we miss you John Candy!
19. Coming To America – Full of satire, slapstick, and hilarious dialogue, this is my favorite Eddie Murphy movie of all.
18. Bernie – The story of Bernie Tiede is as wild as East Texas. Richard Linklater directs a hilarious Jack Black in a very fun and entertaining yarn based on a true story.
17. Jackass: The Movie – If you haven’t watched this one because it’s too gross or too juvenile, get over yourself. This movie is really funny.
16. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron skip school and have the most epic day 3 teenagers in Chicago have ever had. You’re singing Twist & Shout now aren’t you?
15. Private Parts - The King of All Media Howard Stern recounts the early days of his journey to the top.
14. The King’s Speech – The King of England can’t speak without stuttering and Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush stammer their way through an awesome film.
13. Into The Wild – Emile Hirsch sells everything and goes to live in the gorgeous Alaskan wilderness.
12. Bull Durham – Great baseball movie, great dual love story, one of Costner’s best.
11. Traffic – Gritty movie about drug trafficking, set on both sides of the US/Mexico border.
10. Red Dawn (1984) – The Russians and Cubans are coming. Wolverines!
9. Terminator 2 – The Governator in his best movie, according to me.
8. Pretty In Pink – Molly Ringwald stars in another John Hughes classic that deserves to be on this list but also scores me bonus points with the Mrs.
7. The Breakfast Club - John Hughes’s classic has us spend the day in detention with 5 kids from different backgrounds that all unite against a common enemy and in the process they change for the better.
6. The Avengers – Just when most superhero movies were starting to suck, Joss Whedon drops this action-packed and hilarious superhero romp on us.
5. The Hunger Games – This was one of those movies based on a book that I loved and happily loved the movie just as much. Jennifer Lawrence is awesome as Katniss.
4. Lost In Translation – More…intensity! Bill Murray & Scarlett Johansen star in this classic movie about love, loneliness, jet lag and culture clash.
3. Fargo - This is the Coen Brothers best movie. A very pregnant, small town sheriff Marge Gunderson tracks down a band of idiot criminals in an awkward and hilarious manner.
2. Pulp Fiction – Tarantino’s twisted bloody masterpiece of hit men, power, redemption, and foot massages is as good as movies get.
1. Forrest Gump - Absolutely one of the best movies of all time. I’m going to go watch it again right now!
So there’s the list. Now stop complaining about how there’s nothing to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly and get to it!
Agree to disagree? What movie did I miss? What movie doesn’t deserve to be on the list? Please leave your suggestions in the comments and thanks for reading!