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Top 10 Best Netflix Movies to Stream

Updated on November 10, 2018

Netflix has a streaming service which costs $10 per month. Using the streaming service you can stream television shows and movies to your smart phone, computer or TV set.

While there are a wide variety of TV shows to stream the selection of movies to stream is more limited. Netflix also recently ended its partnership with Starz so there are even less movies available to stream than before.

If you are a movie buff you will likely want to also subscribe to Netflix’s CD in the mail program as well, as there are many more movie options available in CD format that are not available to stream.

That said there are still many movies worth watching on the Netflix streaming serviceif you know where to look and for $10 per month it’s still a very good deal, even if the selection is a bit limited.

Top 10 Netflix Movies To Stream

Sing Street

One of the best things about Netflix is that it exposes audiences to great films that they may have missed in the wide release rotations at their movie theaters.

Sing Street is just one of these films. The film takes place in Ireland, with a teenage boy working to put together a band to impress a girl he likes. How many real life bands have likely started this way, hundreds at least, possibly thousands.

Sing Street is both bittersweet and fiercely funny. The older brother of the protagonist steals the show, adding both humor and poignancy to the film.

Sing Street captures perfectly the era of MTV and the music video specifically. If you grew up when MTV came into being, Sing Street will transport you back to your youth and keep a smile on your face for the duration of the running time. If you're younger you will still enjoy learning about what shaped the youth of your parent's generation.

Finally, along with the superb humor, tremendous casting and writing what really makes the film stand out is the music. Catchy, pop induced ear wigs that will have you tapping your feet and humming along.

Sing Street is a great film you likely have not heard of let alone seen. It's available on Netflix so dig out your parachute pants and scrunchies, hit play and be transported back to the MTV generation.

The Founder

The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's. The founder tells the tale of how Kroc, a salesman at heart steals the idea of two brother's who came up with the efficiency model of the modern fast food restaurant. The McDonald brothers pioneered everything from a simplified menu, to using paper wrapping to reduce the need for plates and utensils.

I will admit a movie about a fast food restaurant seems like a very boring topic. However after seeing The Founder scored an 84% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and seeing it available on Netflix one Saturday night I decided to watch the first 10 minutes and see if it captured my interest. The movie quickly pulled me in and it is one the better films I have watched this year.

The story itself is fascinating and Michael Keaton puts in his typical top notch performance, capturing the ambitious and ruthless personality of Mr. Kroc. Nick Offerman is perfectly cast as Mr. McDonald, and idealistic businessman, inventor and entrepreneur who lacked Mr. Kroc ruthlessness to take his idea global.

If you still have concerns about investing two hours watching a film about a fast food restaurant, give the film 10 minutes to see if it grabs your attention. Odds are you will get hooked, just like the World did on those perfect McDonald french fries!

The Founder Trailer

True Grit

True Grit is a Cohen Brother's movie made in 2010. It is a remake of the original Western starring, John Wayne.

Unlike many of the Cohen Brother's other movies, such as Fargo and The Big Lebowski, True Grit is not quirky with odd ball characters all over the place. It is simply an excellent Western played true and with heart.

Jeff Bridges plays the part of Rooster Cogburn to perfection. You can feel his whiskey soaked persona ooze through the screen. Other notable actors add to the experience such as Matt Damon playing a somewhat comedic role as Texas Ranger LeBoeuf. James Brolin adds weight to the film as the villain.

If you have watched Cohen Brother films before and didn't think they were for you, give this one a shot, it may change your opinion. And if you enjoy Westerns then, True Grit is a must see.

The Fighter

The Fighter is a 2010 movie starring, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale as two brothers, from a rough town on the outskirts of Boston. The older brother Dickey has a drug problem he can’t seem to reign in and the younger brother Mickey has the heart and talent to make something of himself when he is not busy picking up after his brother’s messes.

The real entertainment of the movie comes from watching the volatile dynamics of a blue collar family struggling to make their way through a life that is stacked against them from birth. While they fight and battle each other constantly they ultimately love and support each other.

Mark Wahlberg is suberb in this movie. Walhberg actually grew up in the same type of town and his acting is coming from a very solid understanding of the type of characters in the movie.

Melissa Leo won an academy award for her portrayal of Mickey and Dickey’s mother, Alice. If for no other reason you should watch the movie to witness her stellar performance. You will likely want to hug your own mother after watching the movie thankful she is not Alice.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is a comedy directed by the Coen brothers. The Coen brothers who also produced the movie Fargo make outstanding films and are among America's best directors.

The Big Lebowski stars Jeff Bridges as "The Dude" a total and complete slacker who wears his bathrobe all day and lives only to drink and bowl.

The premise of the movie isn't that important, what makes the movie so fun to watch is the odd ball and eccentric characters who populate it.

The Big Lebowski is an excellent and well made comedy. The humor isn't for everyone but most people should really enjoy this movie.


Drive stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt man who moonlights as a get away driver for hire.

Ryan Gosling plays the part of loner with a good streak as well as any actor today. His performance in Drive is a variation of the character he played in Half Nelson, a mess on the outside but with a strong internal moral code that we catch glimpses of throughout his performance. Gosling is a master of playing flawed but interesting and charismatic characters and his performance in Drive is one of his better ones.

But, it is Albert Brooks really steals the show as the movie's principal bad guy. Brooks character is downright brutal in Drive and what makes him even a more unsettling character is that his appearance doesn't align with his vicious personality. On the outside Brooks looks like your average American middle class neighbor but underneath this facade lurks a brutal killer and criminal kingpin. This juxtaposition is jarring in the movie.

Drive also has an outstanding soundtrack, while not conventional with stick with you long after the movies ends.

The soundtrack of Drive is so good that you may with to purchase it after seeing the move.

Drive is one of the newer releases currently available on Netflix Streaming.


Precious, a movie from 2009 is about a 16 year old girl growing up in a very rough part of Harlem. Her mother is abusive and her father has impregnated her twice.

It is not, as you can see a happy movie, but it tells a fiercely compelling story of a young woman trying to overcome her almost impossible circumstances.

The main character, Precious is overweight, illiterate and mentally and physically abused. Throughout the movie things go from bad to worse but somehow she keeps moving forward, trying to improve her lot in life.

It is hard to watch but uplifting at the same time. Watching the character of Precious, you get the feeling of what a good person she is underneath the abuse and poverty and how she would have thrived if she was born into different circumstances.

The movie is brilliantly acted and well worth watching and is available to stream on Netflix.

Office Space

Office Space was made in 1999. It is a comedy of the futility of working in an office day in and day out. It captures the inane policies and procedures any office worker knows all too well such as compiling useless reports and attending mandatory pointless meetings.

Office Space uses some very unique characters and stereotypes to satirize the life of an Office drone very effectively. It would be funnier if some aspects of the movie weren’t so true, painfully true.

If you are an office worker of the cubicle variety you must see this movie. And if you aren’t an office worker it will make you glad you’re not. Very Glad.


Clerks, was released in 1994 and is the movie that made Kevin Smith famous. Filmed in black and white the movie chronicles the clerk of a small convenience store and his misfit associates. The movie’s humor mostly comes from the very clever banter between the cast of slackers that populate the movie.

The movie works very well as a comedy as well as a social commentary on Generation X and the slacker mentality of having no real ambition well into one's late twenties and early thirties.

Clockwork Orange:

Clockwork Orange is a Stanley Kubrick movie made in 1971, based on the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name. It is a dystopian tale of future Britain. It is a flat out weird movie and very dark in places.

That said it is also very well acted and interesting to watch. Those that see Clockwork Orange either love it or hate it. There is really no middle ground with a movie like this.

Stanley Kubrick is arguably one of the better film makers of our time but his films, 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket to name a few are not for everyone but you owe it yourself to check some of them out.

Get Netflix Streaming Service

One of the nice things about Netflix’s streaming service is for $8 a month you can check out some movies you might not otherwise be exposed to or be willing to take a chance on at the video store. With Netflix streaming, If you decide after 5 minutes of watching Clockwork Orange that its not your cup of tea simply turn it off and stream something else. Either way it’s only going to cost you $8 per month.

You will be hard pressed to find a better deal in entertainment value than Netflix's streaming service.

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      Pat Mills 

      10 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      These are good movies, and I've seen all of them. Among the films you didn't mention that I'd recommend are Annie Hall, The Graduate, Silver Linings Playbook, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and The Magnificent Ambersons. Enjoy your viewing.

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      4 years ago from San Diego, Ca.

      You're really good at review writing. Now I have to watch Precious, and Winters Bone. I am an underdog in life myself so I can identify with those kind of characters.

    • THE BLACK ALPACA profile image


      7 years ago

      I would have to vote for Precious being one of my favorites. Great list.


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