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48 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix (Instant Streaming)

Updated on August 28, 2012
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Great Movies to Steam on Netflix

Are you struggling to find something to watch on Netflix? After you watch all the popular, big budget films it can become difficult to find anything else worth watching on Netflix. Below I have selected 48 movies that I feel are the best movies to watch on Netflix. All the movies below can be streamed instantly, so you won't have to wait for a pesky disk to come in the mail. You will find that I selected 4 movies from 12 different categories that can be found on Netflix. All 4 movies in each category are worth watching, but I have specifically highlighted my number one pick for each category. I have tried to find movies that I hope you haven't already seen. These are all great movies to watch on Netflix that perhaps haven't gotten the attention they deserve.

Best Thriller Movies


Runner-Ups for Thrillers

1. Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

This is a Swedish film about a troubled girl who has a knack for computer hacking and police investigation. She partners up with a journalist to find the wealthy, Henrik Vanger's niece. As they dig deeper into the case, dark secrets surrounding the Vanger family begin to come out. The trilogy is based on the best-selling books by Stieg Larsson.

Best Sports Movies


Runner-ups for Sports Movies

1. Forever Strong

  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hrs. 49 min.
  • 4.4 Stars
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This is a movie about a boy who plays rugby on his Dads team. He gets in a bit of trouble and is forced to leave the team, but begins to play for his Dads rival team. While on the rival team Larry Gelwix; a tough coach whips him into shape. However, after playing for the rival team his Dad and old team outcasts him since he won't divulge Larry Gelwix's strategies. This movie is based on true events.

Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies


Runner-ups for Sci-Fi & Fantasy

1. From Time to Time

This is a film about a 13-year-old boy who travels to a home that has been in his family for generations. The home is his grandmothers and while he visits he becomes incredibly fascinated by the history of the home. His fascination with the home is so strong that he manages to travel through time to discover the secrets of his grandmothers old home.

Best Romantic Movies


Runner-ups for Romantic Movies

1. Water

  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 1 hr. 56 min.
  • 3.8 Stars
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Water is about an 8-year-old widow named Chuyia who is forced to live in a temple for Hindu widows. There she lives with 14 other widows and the cruel headmistress. As she lives in the temple she develops friendships with the other widows, and she learns just how restricted her life will be as a widow living in the temple. Chuyia learns from a fellow widow named Kalyani who is a prostitute that is being courted by a man who is higher in the caste. Will Chuyia be able to triumph over these strict restrictions placed on her life?

1. Memphis the Musical

This Tony award-winning, Broadway musical is filmed in front of a live audience so you'll feel like you're experiencing a Broadway musical within your home. Memphis is a love story between an interracial couple in the 1950s. Felicia Farrell; a local singer and Radio DJ Huey Calhoun use the magic of music to overcome the struggles of racism in the 1950s and gain courage to pursue their relationship. As their musical careers in R&B begin to grow, their relationship begins to cause backlash within their community. Will there love be strong enough to survive through these racial tensions?

Best Musical Movie


Runner-ups for Musicals

Best Independent Film


Runner-up Independent Films

1. The Way

The way is a movie about a dentist; played by Martin Sheen who has recently found out that his son has died while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees. As a grieving father he struggles to grasp the death of his son. He flies to France to claim the body and decides to finish his sons trip. During the 500 mile hike he meets many new friends and comes to many conclusions about the relationship he had with his son.

Best Horror Movies


1. As It is in Heaven

This Swedish, Oscar-nominated film is about a boy who runs away from his small town and becomes a famous conductor. Daniel Dareus; the conductor is forced to go back home due to a tragedy and he looks for a new start. While back in his hometown he decides to lead a local choir. Learn how Daniels life changing event alters his life and those who live in his small, hometown.

Runner-up Horror Films

1. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

This is a really fun movie that pokes fun at the "Cabin In the Woods" horror type movie. If you don't mind watching the few gory potions of the film you'll find that this film is actually a good laugh. The movie is about two guys named Tucker and Dale who go out to their run down cabin for a relaxing vacation. However; their easy-going trip takes a few odd turns when a few college kids accuse them of being psychotic killers.

Best Foreign Movie


Runner-up Foreign Films

Best Drama


Runner-Up Drama Movies

1. The Stoning of Soraya M.

This movie takes place in 1986 Iran during the beginning of Khomeini's reign; the director, Cyrus Nowrasteh's tells a true story about Soraya. Her husband falsely accuses her of adultery in hopes to end the marriage. The husband hopes the adultery charges will allow him to get divorced so that he can pursue a relationship with a much younger girl. As the events of this story are unraveled a French journalist meets a young women and is pulled into Soraya's tragic story.

Best Documentary


1. Bill Cunningham New York

This film is about a 80-year-old man who rides on his bike around New York City. He is a professional photographer who takes pictures of New York City's most fashionable dressers. He snaps photos of people as they pass him by on the street. The mans name is Bill Cunningham and he has taken hundreds of photos of people on the street and has also taken photos of people in some of New York's most fashionable saloons and stores

Best Comedic Movies


Runner-up for Comedies

1. Today's Special

Soon after he is passed over for a promotion the haute chef; Samir quits and pursues his dream of cooking in Paris.However an unfortunate event forces him to take over the family restaurant. Now he finds himself cooking in a shabby, Indian restaurant in Queens, New York. Will Samir ever make it to Paris, France?

Best Action Movie


Runner-ups in Action Movies

1. The Man From Nowhere

This hard-hitting story about good old-fashion revenge will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tae-Sik, a former special agent is struggling to move pass hes wife's tragic death. His life is stagnant and miserable until he befriends a young women who ends up getting kidnapped by a drug gang. Tae-Sik rushes to rescue her with thirst for blood and revenge. Tae-Sik is willing to take justice into his own hands by infiltrating the gang and methodically taking out one member at a time.


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