There are thousands and thousands of movies available for instant streaming to your computer, television, or mobile device through Netflix. However, determining the best movies to watch on Netflix comes down to a matter of personal preference. Below, you can find some recommendations based on popular genres.
Drama: The Hunt
Although you will spend most of your time reading the dialogue unless you understand Danish and Polish, this film is sure to touch your heart. It stars Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten teacher who experiences life-changing rejection after a young child in his class implies that he behaved inappropriately in his presence. Confronted by accusations of pedophilia, his family and friends shun him despite his innocence. This movie will stay with you long after it is over.
While Adventureland certainly is not for everyone and some would say that the plot has been overdone, this is a role in which Jesse Eisenburg and his co-star, actress Kristen Stewart, truly shines. It is all about a recent college graduate named James who is incredibly excited about a trip to Europe that he has planned all of his life. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, his parents are unable to pay for the trip. He takes a job in an amusement park against his will, believing that his summer will be horrible and boring. Fortunately, James meets a quirky girl named Em and realizes that his summer might still have a little excitement after all.
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Kathy Bates is an actor who folks either love or hate, but she plays her role as Annie Wilkes in Misery perfectly. A seemingly normal woman who is an avid fan of novelist Paul Sheldon (played by James Caan), Annie gets the chance of a lifetime when her favorite writer is in need of her help after an accident. Annie takes Paul in and tends to his needs, but she also turns a bit psycho when she does not approve of the direction Paul is taking in his latest novel. This nail-biter will make anyone cringe – probably since it is based on a book by beloved author Stephen King.
Romance: Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solatano, a man with bipolar disorder recently released from an inpatient stay at a psychiatric hospital. He is also recently divorced, and his wants nothing more than to get his wife back. While living with his parents, Pat experiences a series of low points up until he meets Tiffany, a recent widow played by Jennifer Lawrence. She agrees to help him reunite with his wife, but she asks him to join her in a dance competition in return. This movie is sure to touch your heart, and Jennifer Lawrence took home an Oscar for Best Actress thanks to her role in this amazing film.
These films and others that are available on Netflix are certainly hidden gems. While they did not perform as expected in the box office, Netflix subscribers can attest that they offer a viewing experience unlike any other.