Netflix and Chill! This phrase has nowadays been as common as having a party at the weekend. No, you don’t do parties at the weekend? Don’t party at all? The first suggestion would be “Go, get a life!” but to be frank, who are we to judge anybody? So, chill! Let me add something to that, So, Netflix and Chill! If you have never been lucky enough to find good things in your life, we are here to change that. No, we cannot help you get a good Girlfriend or Boyfriend, of course, what we can do is we can help you find some top rated movies on Netflix. These include some of the classic movies of all time. If you have watched all of these, then we can help you find latest good movies streaming now on Netflix Instant. So, let’s start with some of the top-rated good movies to watch on Netflix.
Keeping in mind there are lots of good Netflix films you should not miss out; this list will be unable to include all such films. Hence, we will try to cover some really classic ones out in the list. And in this list, we are not going to cover some of the good movies that have featured in other sections (but we could not leave out Pulp Fiction because it deserves every chance in this list). So, we would like you to visit best of Netflix too for movies which we have placed categorically. Here we go!
11 Top Rated Movies on Netflix Streaming Now
Cinderella Man (2005)
Cinderella Man, the epic story of boxer James J. Braddock who leaped up to the fame in the mid-1930s as an underdog in the sports. James Braddock (Russel Crowe) is a boxer who is trying to support the family but is forced to eschew his boxing career after he breaks his hand. At the time, when work was hard to come by, and the wages were also low, Braddock gets back into the ring as a mere underdog and continues to move up through the ranks and finally reaching the ultimate apex in the career later. The remarkable thing during both the highs and lows in Braddock life is that he remains a level-headed guy with a gentle disposition and faithful concern for his family above all. Maybe, a tough guy like Crowe is all that it takes to make the best of Braddock believable. Mae (Renée Zellweger) is just the perfect love he deserves, filled with loyalty and love, but so terrified his husband will be hurt that she declines to spectate his fights and even won’t listen to the radio. Braddock was given the nickname “Cinderella Man” for his unlikely feat against Max Baer, the then Heavyweight champion. Cinderella Man is a story of a person who rises from the dust to achieve something phenomenal and defying all the odds in the process. It is a story of sorrow, struggle and is recognized as one of the best, if not the best movie of 2005. Personally speaking, this one is a good movie to watch for the story it contains and the powerful, yet the emotional performance of Russel Crowe.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Just a confession to make before this starts – I see dead people. Seriously? No, just kidding. The Sixth Sense which later turned out to be the breakthrough performance of M. Night Shyamalan as a writer and director who had only completed two other movies before this, but neither even close to as famous as The Sixth Sense. It is the story of a little kid, outcast Cole who sees and interacts with dead people, ghosts as you would like us to say. He had to visit a child psychologist regularly to help himself understand and deal with his visions. Superficially, The Sixth Sense is a creepy, freaky movie, at least in its premise but once you are into the plot, it is hardly about the ghosts. It is more about the characters of those with unresolved problems who are trying to perceive each other. It has one of the best plot twists on the movie – make sure you don’t google it because there are spoilers everywhere!
The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Oscars in 2000 but were up against some stiff competition – the only reason we can think of why it didn’t win one. And as always Bruce Willis has done a pretty good job in his role.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two practically unknown writers/actors at the time, Good Will Hunting puts Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the map through their quantum leap role as best friends. In the movie, Matt Damon stars as Will who is a troubled janitor at MIT in his early 20’s and stuck in blue-collar life with Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck). Good Will Hunting is a story of a self-taught boy capable of solving one of the world’s most difficult algorithm posted by the Math’s Professor for his graduate students while he was working his night shift at the college. The professor wants him to study Mathematics in MIT but as he was on the wrong side of his tracks, had to consult an oft-clichéd psychologist and professor at Bunker Hill Community College, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), after multiple failed treatments from other therapists because of Will’s ego and attitude. After weeks of his work, Sean is ultimately able to break down the barriers in Will’s attitude, persuading Will to love, trust and aim towards new goals which he quickly realizes later. The movie covers quite outstandingly the heart-pinching field like childhood abuse and heartbreak, the witty banter and humor are also equally memorable, however. Good Will Hunting did outstanding business both domestically and overseas – a movie with a budget of 10 Million dollars bagged 225 Million dollars worldwide. The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards and bagged two of them despite being against Titanic, probably the best movies of the 90s. No shame here!
Robin Williams does wonder once again in his role and grabbed Oscars for his supporting role, and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won it for their original screenplay – what a start for these virtually unknowns. The movie is effortlessly pleasing and never overwrought.
For those who have not seen Good Will Hunting, well congratulations! You have got yourself a plan for tonight. Robin Williams – gone but never forgotten. Rest in Peace!!
Directed and written by the great but controversial Quentin Tarantino, this movie Inglourious Basterds interlaces two stories of vengeance against the Nazis during the World War II in France which was then occupied by Germans. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) steers a group of few American Jews through the countryside in France, killing the German forces and Nazis on the way. Meanwhile, a French theater owner, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) plays to murder Nazi leaders. At the same time, Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) who is well known as the “Jew Hunter” around the area, tries to hunt down the Aldo Raine and his team. Inglourious Basterds has paved the path for the rise of Christoph Waltz, or is it? It can be clearly seen that the process is mutual. Tarantino has set up a very good story in Inglourious Basterds, but without Waltz’s weird, vindictive and quirky nature this would just be another ordinary movie. But, this is Tarantino, he doesn’t create ordinary movies, right? (three more Tarantino movies are listed in Best Action Movies on Netflix in another section, make sure you visit that too.)
Inglourious Basterds is a violent movie, and times you (if you are faint hearted) may want to look away but come on, this is Tarantino, he is best at what he does, and he does it most of the times. And a little more to add, he, however, go over the top so that the fighting and violent scenes are moved to the point where it is funny.
This movie was nominated for eight Oscars at the Academy Awards in 2010 where Waltz was able to grab the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor. One hell of a job he did in here!!
Here is a movie for you all – Near, far, wherever you are, and for the freaks of ’90s Netflix is pouring all the blessings with classic hits like the films on this list and Titanic, well your prayers of nostalgia have not only been heard but answered as well. Titanic, an epic from James Cameron is one of the highest grossing movies and does it get better than this? Well its really very hard to answer that because there might be no answer or let’s just say the answer can simply be NO! to get into some numbers let some numbers put light into the greatness of this movie – Most expensive movie at the time, and a market collection of more than 2 billion dollars worldwide, one of the most critically acclaimed movies in history with 11 Oscars in 1998 among 14 nominations made. James Cameron does an extremely fantastic work of adding some romance and tragedy to the already tragic reality of Titanic, the ‘indestructible’ ship. A love story of Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (DiCaprio, yes, the Titanic guy) on the voyage to New York from England is incredible, given the circumstances.
Jack O Jack!!
This one is a very great movie to watch with your girl but please don’t ask her this – Wasn’t there enough space on that plank for two persons?
The Shining is a psychotropic adjustment of a horror novel of the same name which was written by Stephen King and rumor has this – King hates this altercation because of the director Stanley Kubrick too many liberties on this movie. With a heavy heart, all we can say is sorry to Mr. King because what Kubrick did was shot a classic and probably the best horror movie to have ever been made. In the movie, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) along with his wife and son moves into one remote hotel to provide guardianship for it over the winter period. Jack who is a writer himself plans to use this quiet time to work on his new book, but after his family gets trapped in the hotel by a terrible snowstorm, the story takes a new turn. The supernatural forces or ghosts haunt the hotel, and this will cause Jack, an alcoholic, to lose his mind. What’s classic in the movie? The ample silence and an oozing sense of trepidation, the director seize the sheer terror of his viewers – the twins, the pages of “All Work and No Play”, the wave of blood, and leaves the clarification deadpan. Jack Nicholson’s growling execution of the dialogues will forever hunt like a hungry wolf. Two words enough to showcase this – Here’s Johnny!
If you haven’t seen this movie already, you have to watch it. This is one of the good movies 2017. It’s really terrific.
No Country for Old Men
Based on a book by Cormac McCarthy of the same name and published in 2005 is this masterly adaptation by Coen Brothers which won four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 2008. The movie starts with the flat and confiding voice of Sheriff Ed Tom (Tommy Lee Jones), where he describes a teenage murderer who killed his 14 years old girlfriend, he once sent for execution. The newspapers described this as a crime of passion, but he tells the sheriff it was more than just passion.
This description which sets up the entire story is what you should never miss in the movie for its perfect delivery containing vocal precision and extraordinary emotions. No Country for Old Men is a violent, gripping, poetic, thrilling and blackly humorous: something that Coen Brothers always do best. Added to this list is humanity which has been an important part in this movie. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is a merciless evil man, tall with black hair and a petrifying smile, who carries a tank of compressed air and kills people with a cattle stun gun while traveling through Texas. There are three strands in this twisted plot, Chigurh being one. The next one is Sheriff Ed (Tommy Lee) himself who divulges a master actor at the top of his game, and the third major character is Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) who is a poor man living in his house trailer with his wife. One day while hunting, Moss comes across a failed drug deal where every dealer is dead (and even the dog), he finds a briefcase with more than 2 million dollars and yes, Chigurh is on the hunt for recovering the lost money.
McCarthy reveals in his story a soulless America which is no country for anybody, never mind old men. No Country for Old Men is an in-depth study which is rich with metaphors and details and clearly ranks as one of the best movies of the 21st century.
The Prestige starts like a camera which is completely out of focus, nothing making any sense, it rolls backward and forwards through the time like Christopher Nolan, the director is having a Memento flashback. Characters in the movie wander here and there in the plot, and you will feel like this movie will go above your head, then the things start getting more logical. The out of focus movie as it felt earlier starts to become clearer bit by bit and by the end, you will be like – Have I just watched one movie to remember for a long long time? The Prestige is a movie which you will hate before you love it, it is that kind of movie which will make you confused, irritated, frustrated, exasperated but by the time it’s over, you will have all but praise for this movie. The ensemble of this movie is monumental, but Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier and Christian Bale as Alfred Borden shine the brightest as a genius dueling magicians. Both Jackman and Bale had to work on multiple levels but absolutely nailed it through their dynamic performance. There are twists and turns but keeping in mind that this is a story about magicians, it is no shocker (but to be honest, there is no ignominy in being amazed). The entire plot itself is outlined in the inaugurating scene, as John Cutter (Michael Caine) explains the three keys to a good magic trick: “The Pledge”, “The Turn”, and “The Prestige”.
But if the film is only to awestruck the audience, it is like an empty vessel, and The Prestige stands out as one of the most emotionally pacifying films of Nolan. With Angier and Borden, we have two characters who are driven by the sheer desire of becoming successful magicians and truly memorable. Their rivalry grows more desperate and vicious, with the magical skill not only being used to mesmerize the audience but also to wreak havoc on each other and in this journey Nolan expertly transmits the emotional drive for both the character among the audiences.
At times when you are watching this movie, you may come up with a question – Is there a movie that is more quotable than Forrest Gump? Because almost all the lines from Forrest (Tom Hanks) in the movie are absolutely great quotes. Some of the dialogues from the movie that are forever worthy are:“Stupid is as stupid does.”
“My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
“I’m not a smart man. But I *know* what love is.”
“Dear God, make me a bird. So, I could fly far. Far far away from here.”
“You have to do the best with what God gave you.”
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both.”
Forest Gump was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards in 1995 and won six of them -one prime reason to why The Shawshank Redemption was restricted to zero Oscars. It is a story of a dim-witted boy who later grows up to make history in an uncanny way, through a series of accidents and coincident paved the way. Forrest Gump is a bittersweet story which interweaves his lasting love for his childhood beloved neighbor, Jenny (Robin Wright), who is shown struggling to find peace with herself amid tempestuous time in American history of the 1960s – a time of psychedelic and civil unrest.
Forrest Gump is still an integral part of the modern pop culture as it was for the 1990s and early 2000s with all those notable quotes and references. We still find it hard to go through one week without someone somewhere making a Forrest Gump reference in our lives. How great is the movie? I guess great enough to have a national restaurant chain like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Named after some character with a minimal role in a movie. Yeah, this great is Forrest Gump!!!
If you are wondering why you are not seeing any Tarantino movies on this list, it is because we have included them in other sections (just a hint:3 Tarantino movies in Best Action Movies on Netflix) but as a proof to you all that we still have our minds intact, we have included Pulp Fiction here although it has been featured already in other division, to be honest we could never miss Tarantino’s greatest accomplishment in this list. No other movie has been able to create its language and folklore of coolness as Pulp Fiction – Tarantino has passed his passion zeal into a collage in this movie, a zeal for being both wickedly funny and unexpectedly thoughtful. John Travolta still crackles, the dialogues still explode and the soundtrack still chants. Pulp Fiction is a comedy about violence, drugs, blood, strange sex, guts, fixed fights, dead body disposal which interweaves four stories of ferocity and exoneration through the stories of two hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of muggers. Even if you have already watched this movie, you still can’t recall what is coming next – such is its nonlinearity. One of the best 154 delightful minutes with no trace of observation, condescendence, and political correctness. Pulp Fiction is an affluently mastered movie of linked crime community – the KING KONG of crime movies to be fair, an absolutely cool movie that will make the top spots in any list of great movies of all time. All hail the master Tarantino!!
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is adapted from “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King (Déjà vu? Here’s another one from the writer of “The Shining”.) Screenplay and directed by Frank Darabont is clearly one of the greatest classic movies of all time which create a warm grip on our emotions, for it makes us a member of the family within the story. There are many movies which present to us a vicarious experience and superficial, and quick emotions, but this one here slows down and holds. It utilizes the calm and observant voice of the narrator to embrace us as the part in the story for building a different community behind bars. Every other film seems to be shallow when compared; this story is about the progression in a lifetime which is based on hope and friendship. An interesting thing about the movie is even though that the hero is the convicted murderer Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a former banker, the story is never recognized from his point of view. Opening scenes in the movies shows that Andy have been given two life sentences for killing (?)his wife and her lover, and it is Ellis ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman) who is our surrogate, he is the one who we identify, and we fall in love with the redemption shown in the movie. There are some very great dialogues in the movie which we can relate very passionately in our life – “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying” and “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies” just to name a few.
But what’s key to the film structure is that it is not about its main protagonist, but is about our relationship with him, our admiration, our curiosity, and our pity. If Andy was to be the heroic center with some magnanimous charisma, the film would have been a platitudinous one and less gripping. But it makes us wonder about this character – did he really murdered those people? Why is he so introvert? Why can he stroll like a free man around the prison yard, when every other person in there is plodding and creeping? Nominated for seven Oscars in 1995 but successful in none but is clearly the greatest movie to miss out on Oscars. Most of you must have already watched this movie but is a recent addition to Netflix and if you haven’t watched it then, well here is a chance. Grab it!
What a year 1994 seems, for it has top 3 movies in this list competing for the top spot! I might as well start my Time Machine to get myself back to the year to relive the moment as they happen!!
Here we end our list of all-time classics and top rated movies on Netflix to watch in 2016-2017 or let’s be honest at any time (Provided it is still available on Netflix). We have already mentioned that as the list is to include only eleven movies, we have left out some of the really great movies but we are sure that they are covered in other sections of ours. Do not forget to check Best of Netflix Original Movies. But if we have missed any of the deserving ones in this list, please, let us know your views on the comment section.