Netflix has no shortage of content. Going through its growing original material along with other shows and movies, you could binge endlessly and still never crack the surface.
Welcome to the new world of streaming.
It’s become harder on the movie front, as Netflix boosts its TV side, but you can put a good dent in some classic films if you have the right guide.
That’s why we’re here.
We have searched through all the latest titles on the streaming giant so you don’t have to, and we’ve put together the 100 movies streaming on Netflix right now that you have to watch in your lifetime.
Here are the 100 best movies streaming on Netflix:
Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.
1. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
Heath Ledger and Julia Styles have an incredible love/hate vibe that fuels the movie. And a baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking for love is great, too.
2. “13th” (2016)
This Netflix original documentary from director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) explores the history of racial inequality in the US, particularly the key moments that have led to a disproportionate prison population in the country (one out of four people in prison around the world, and many of them African-American).
3. “Adventureland” (2009)
Director Greg Mottola takes us back to that feeling of our first summer job — the experience that is supposed to prepare you for the real world. But really all that happens is hitting on your coworkers.
4. “Adventures in Babysitting” (1987)
Elizabeth Shue plays a babysitter who must pack up the kids in the station wagon when she picks up her friend stranded in the big city. What transpires is a fun journey that includes Vincent D’Onofrio as a wanna-be Thor.
5. “Amelie” (2001)
With an incredible imagination and an interest in helping those around her, Amélie sets off on a unique journey of self-discovery and, perhaps, love.
6. “An American Werewolf in London” (1981)
Director John Landis mixes comedy and scares (along with incredible makeup effects by Rick Baker) to create one of the best horror movies ever made.
7. “Armageddon” (1998)
Sure, it’s a corny Michael Bay movie, but it’s one of the best corny Michael Bay movies. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a whole bunch of oil drillers head out to space to save the world from an oncoming asteroid.
8. “The Babadook” (2014)
One of the best horror movies of the last five years. A mother and son’s realization that a spirit is among them leads to much deeper meaning.
9. “Barry” (2016)
Before getting into politics, Barack Obama was just another kid trying to figure out life. Devon Terrell gives a spot-on performance as Obama living in New York City, dating a white woman, and smoking a lot of cigarettes.
10. “Barton Fink” (1991)
In the classic from the Coen brothers (“The Big Lebowski,” “No Country for Old Men”), John Turturro plays a New York playwright who travels to Hollywood to write screenplays and quickly realizes he’s in a hellish environment.
11. “Basic Instinct” (1992)
Responsible for the most famous leg-crossing of all time, Sharon Stone plays a seductive temptress who makes Michael Douglas (and the audience) go mad.
12. “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)
Director Cary Fukunaga gives a harsh look at survival by spotlighting a young boy who becomes a child soldier during a civil war in Africa.
13. “Beginners” (2010)
As director Mike Mills celebrates a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for “20th Century Women,” go back and watch his previous movie, a beautiful look at the search for love, regardless of your age.
14. “Big Daddy” (1999)
Though Netflix and Adam Sandler are in bed together on the star’s latest films, let’s celebrate this classic that’s available to stream on the service.
15. “The Big Short” (2015)
Director Adam McKay is best known for his outrageous comedy work with Will Ferrell, but here he takes a sobering look at when the housing bubble burst.
16. “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986)
Though not fully appreciated until years later, John Carpenter’s magical comedy/thriller starring Kurt Russell is a highlight in the pair’s collaborations.
17. “Blackfish” (2013)
This powerful documentary cannot be missed. It looks into the abusive captivity of killer whales at SeaWorld.
18. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
It’s the movie that made the found-footage genre what it is today. Three film students go out into the woods to see if a spooky legend is true. Only their footage survives.
19. “Blazing Saddles” (1974)
Mel Brooks’ classic comedy spoofs the Wild West genre with jokes that still work to this day and highlights the incredible talents of Gene Wilder.
20. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (2013)
Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) learns about love and loss as she explores a relationship with Emma (Léa Seydoux).
21. “Boyhood” (2014)
Shooting the same actors over 11 years, director Richard Linklater looks at a boy’s life from adolescence to going off to college. It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking you shouldn’t miss.
22. “Braveheart” (1995)
Mel Gibson’s five-time Oscar-winning movie looks at a warrior who leads the first fight for Scottish independence against the English.
23. “Bridget Jones’ Diary” (2001)
Renée Zellweger creates a classic comedic character in this look at a woman’s search for love and self-improvement.
24. “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)
Patrick Dempsey plays a nerdy high schooler who pays his way into becoming the most popular guy in school.
25. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
After it earned over $1 billion worldwide, sit back and watch once more Team Cap and Team Iron Man go at it.
26. “Che” (2008)
Steven Soderbergh’s underappreciated biopic on Che Guevara stars Benicio Del Toro as the revolutionary. He delivers an incredible performance as the movie tracks Guevara’s evolution from freedom fighter to legend.
27. “Chef” (2014)
Jon Favreau channeled all the negativity he got from directing “Cowboys & Aliens” in 2011 into making this indie film about a celebrity chef (Favreau) who people think has lost a step until he reinvents himself (with his son beside him) as a food-truck star.
28. “Carlos” (2010)
Edgar Ramírez gives a tour-de-force performance as revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization in the 1970s.
29. “Cocaine Cowboys” (2006)
This documentary looks back on 1980s Miami, when the city was completely taken over by the huge amount of cocaine that was coming in by sea and air. The people who were there tell their incredible stories.
30. “The Craft” (1996)
Starring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True, this 1990s classic follows four Catholic schoolgirls who begin to practice witchcraft to punish those who anger them.
31. “The Crow” (1994)
It was supposed to be the movie that would make Brandon Lee an international star, but a freak accident on set led to his death and the movie has since had a dark cloud over it. See the movie that had so much potential for him.
32. “Dope” (2015)
One of the hits to come out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, about a geek trying to survive the tough streets of LA.
33. “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” (1983)
In one of the greatest stand-up movies of all time, Eddie Murphy delivers material (and a fashion sense) that few have been able to pull off in comedy.
34. “El Dorado” (1967)
John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and a young James Caan star in this classic Howard Hawks Western.
35. “Escape from New York” (1981)
Following the sensation of “Halloween,” John Carpenter went and made another classic with this futuristic thriller starring Kurt Russell as the only man who can rescue the president, who is a hostage inside a New York City that’s now a prison.
36. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Steven Spielberg’s classic is one of his most flawless movies. Capturing a friendship between a boy and an alien, it has a timeless quality and is something that you should watch every few years.
37. “Fantasia” (1940)
Walt Disney’s most ambitious animated movie at the time, it consists of eight segments set to pieces of classical music.
38. “Finding Dory” (2016)
The sequel to the hit “Finding Nemo” became a hit of its own thanks to the entertaining journey Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) takes to find her parents.
39. “The Fly” (1958)
This classic horror film has to be seen at least once in your life. A scientist’s accident leads to a gruesome discovery that leads to a chilling ending.
40. “Force Majeure” (2014)
One of the most uncomfortably funny movies you’ll ever see, it follows a family whose ski trip is interrupted by an avalanche. The actions by the father in the moment of the event lead to an awkward rest of the vacation for everyone.
41. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Winner of six Oscars, including best actor for Tom Hanks, the film follows Forrest Gump (Hanks) through some of the most important moments of the 20th century, but all he really wants to do is be with the love of his life, Jenny (Robin Wright).
42. “Frailty” (2001)
Bill Paxton’s only feature-film directing credit, this underrated horror gem stars Paxton as a God-fearing father who convinces his family he’s killing demons who are disguised as people. Matthew McConaughey plays his son all grown up and is the movie’s narrator.
43. “Frances Ha” (2012)
Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach combine forces to create one of the best movies from the “mumblecore” genre. Gerwig plays a New York City nomad who bounces around hoping one of her life aspirations will work out.
44. “Fruitvale Station” (2013)
Before “Creed,” director Ryan Coogler teamed with Michael B. Jordan for this look at the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer in 2009 in Oakland after getting into an altercation with another rider on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
45. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)
In this Howard Hawks classic, Marilyn Monroe is the object of affection for numerous suitors. The musical made her an icon.
46. “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992)
The David Mamet play about the dynamics inside a real-estate office is brought to the screen with some of the most talented actors ever: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey.
47. “Gomorrah” (2008)
If you like mafia movies, you should check out this exceptional story that gives us a peek inside organized crime in Italy.
48. “Good Will Hunting” (1997)
The movie that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stars (and Oscar winners). The story of a genius in a rough section of Boston is a solid film for all, and Robin Williams shines.
49. “Gremlins” (1984)
A staple of the 1980s, director Joe Dante launched a phenomenon with this movie about a furry new pet a boy is given that spawns horrific monsters after three crucial rules are broken.
50. “Grease” (1978)
Spend an evening watching this classic musical and don’t be shy about singing all the songs out loud. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
51. “Grizzly Man” (2005)
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog recounts the footage taken by grizzly-bear activist Timothy Treadwell, who lived among grizzlies in Alaska until he was killed by them in 2003.
52. “Heathers” (1988)
One of the best looks at high-school life ever put on the screen. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are everyone’s spirit animals in this great dark comedy.
53. “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
By far the best movie in Matthew McConaughey’s era as a rom-com heartthrob, it has him playing an adman who wages a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. The woman he chooses (Kate Hudson) has a similar bet: that she can make a guy fall out of love with her in 10 days.
54. “The Hustler” (1961)
This Paul Newman essential stars the legend as a pool shark who ruins everything he touches. Things get even worse when he challenges the great Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).
55. “I Am Love” (2009)
If you’re in the mood for a slow burn, this one is for you. Tilda Swinton plays a Russian woman who has been thrust into a wealthy Italian family.
56. “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” (2017)
Melanie Lynskey plays a hard-working nurse who can’t seem to find a man or catch any breaks. Things get worse when her house is robbed and the police don’t seem that motivated to find the culprit. So with the help of her neighbor (Elijah Wood), she sets out for justice.
57. “In the Loop” (2009)
Before there was “Veep,” the show’s creator Armando Iannucci made this foul-mouthed political comedy about not-too-bright politicians from Britain and the US who try to stop a war.
58. “Jesus Camp” (2006)
Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady give us an eye-opening look inside a charismatic Christian summer camp where kids are taught that they have “prophetic gifts.”
59. “License to Drive” (1988)
Gods of the 1980s Corey Fledman and Corey Haim play friends who head out for a night on the town. The problem is neither has a driver’s license.
60. “Life Itself” (2014)
Documentary filmmaker Steve James looks back on the incredible life and career of film critic Roger Ebert.
61. “Magic Mike” (2012)
Steven Soderbergh takes Channing Tatum’s experience as an exotic dancer back in his youth and channels it into this entertaining and surprisingly sobering comedy.
62. “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005)
Digital artist Miranda July showcases her unique style in her feature-film directorial debut. She stars opposite John Hawkes in a love story about outsiders.
63. “Memento” (2000)
Before Christopher Nolan went and made ambitious Hollywood blockbusters, he directed this indie starring Guy Pearce as a man searching for his wife’s murderer and suffering from short-term memory loss.
64. “Metropolis” (1927)
This silent classic from Fritz Lang is pretty much the inspiration for countless sci-fi movies that came after it.
65. “Midnight in Paris” (2011)
Owen Wilson plays a screenwriter who while on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family travels back to the 1920s every midnight. One of Woody Allen’s best.
66. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)
Wes Anderson’s unique brand of storytelling is perfectly captured in this look at a pair of youngsters in love and how the adults on the small island they live on become frantic trying to find them when they run off together.
67. “The Money Pit” (1986)
Tom Hanks and Shelley Long get in way over their heads when they hopelessly try to repair the dilapidated house they just bought. But boy is it fun to watch.
68. “Mulholland Drive” (2001)
In David Lynch’s chilling masterpiece, Naomi Watts plays an aspiring actor who helps a woman who has suffered amnesia. It’s hard to tell through the movie what is dream and what is realty, but all of it is amazing Lynchian fun.
69. “Nightcrawler” (2014)
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a haunting performance as a man driven to rule the world of crime journalism. As an added treat, there’s also the great performance by Riz Ahmed in the movie (who has blown up since with his performance in the HBO hit “The Night Of”).
70. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)
The Coen brothers tackle the work of author Cormac McCarthy with this thrilling modern-day Western that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
71. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000)
If you want the comedic side of the Coen brothers, try this on for size. George Clooney is the leader of a group of escaped convicts who search for treasure and find a lot more.
72. “Oldboy” (2003)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is pissed and out for revenge in the bloody classic from director Park Chan-wook.
73. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)
Legendary director Sergio Leone creates one of the greatest Westerns ever made, featuring Charles Bronson as a harmonica-playing loner and Henry Fonda in a rare villain role.
74. “Pariah” (2011)
Writer-director Dee Rees examines the struggles an African-American girl has with coming out to her family as gay.
75. “Patton” (1970)
This epic biopic about General George S. Patton went on to win seven Oscars, including one for George C. Scott as the driven general. Scott actually did not accept the award (or the nomination) stating that he wasn’t in competition with other actors.
76. “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985)
Paul Reubens and director Tim Burton create one of the most inventive comedies ever in this look at a “boy” and his love for his bicycle.
77. “The Prestige” (2006)
A year after making “Batman Begins,” Christopher Nolan directed this fantastic look at the world of magicians. Christain Bale and Hugh Jackman are competitive magicians whose drive to one-up each other leads to some shocking discoveries.
78. “Pumping Iron” (1977)
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest action star in the world, he was a Mr. Olympia champion starving for fame. This documentary shows an Arnold on the cusp of breaking out.
79. “Ravenous” (1999)
Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle star in this black comedy/horror movie about cannibalism set during the Mexican-American War. Don’t watch this one on a full stomach.
80. “Sausage Party” (2016)
In one of the most raunchy animated movies you’ll ever see, Seth Rogen and all his famous friends voice cartoon foods that suddenly realize what happens when they leave the grocery store.
81. “Schindler’s List” (1993)
Winner of seven Oscars, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece looks at the horrors of the Holocaust and the man (Liam Neeson) who tries to save his Jewish workforce from Nazi persecution.
82. “The Shining” (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s loose adaptation of the Stephen King novel stars Jack Nicholson, who begins to lose his mind while taking care of an isolated hotel with his family.
83. “Sing Street” (2016)
In one of the acclaimed movies of 2016, a Dublin boy creates a band and comes up with some amazing songs in an attempt to impress a girl.
84. “Spotlight” (2015)
The best-picture Oscar winner of 2016, this look inside the investigative newspaper team that uncovered the child sex abuse going on among Boston priests is a powerhouse of great acting and storytelling.
85. “Stevie” (2002)
Director Steve James delivers one of his most honest documentaries as he turns the camera on himself in his attempt to reconnect with the troubled kid he was a Big Brother to 10 years earlier.
86. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)
One of the greatest movies ever to dig into the movie industry, Billy Wilder’s noir is timeless for its story of the struggle in the business and the effects of fame when everyone forgets you.
87. “Superbad” (2007)
In the movie that launched the careers of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Emma Stone, the guys try to get booze for a party so they will have a better chance of having sex.
88. “Tangerine” (2015)
Shot with an iPhone, this low-budget comedy focuses on a transgender sex worker out for answers when she learns that her pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her. It’s incredibly executed and the performances are top-notch.
89. “The Thin Blue Line” (1988)
A gem of the documentary genre, Errol Morris’ movie looks at the wrongful conviction of a Texas man. It’s not just visually groundbreaking but also got its subject released from prison.
90. “The Third Man” (1949)
In Carol Reed’s classic, Joseph Cotten plays a novelist who travels to Vienna to track down his old friend Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles. The postwar tension and off-kilter camera angles build the suspense throughout.
91. “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984)
In one of the greatest mockumentaries ever made, director Rob Reiner and Spinal Tap members Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer create one of the worst bands in the history of music. It’s comedy gold.
92. “Tiny Furniture” (2010)
It’s the movie that made Lena Dunham a star. Playing recent college graduate Aura, she roams around New York City while figuring out what to do next.
93. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)
Regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, in which Gregory Peck plays the iconic role of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge, while also teaching his family to treat every person equally.
94. “Tropic Thunder” (2008)
Ben Stiller directs and stars in this war-movie spoof that also has Robert Downey Jr. playing a black man, Nick Nolte as a war vet with no hands, and Tom Cruise transformed into an overweight (and very pissed off) studio executive.
95. “Upstream Color” (2013)
This indie darling delves into deep questions about who we are and why we’re here. It’s basically the best movie you’ve never seen.
96. “The Waterboy” (1998)
Adam Sandler’s brand of comedy doesn’t get any better than in this movie from his prime. Sandler stars as a water boy for a college football team who finally has enough of being picked on and unleashes his anger on the bullies on the team. That leads to him getting on the team and letting out his anger on opponents in the most vicious fashion.
97. “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)
With numerous actors who have gone on to become huge stars, this wacky 1980s-set comedy about the last day of camp has become a cult classic.
98. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)
A landmark in the melding of animation and live-action footage in the same movie, this comedy from director Robert Zemeckis is still dazzling 29 years later.
99. “Y Tu Mamá También” (2001)
Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal play a pair of teens who head on a road trip with an older woman, but come to learn that there’s more in store than getting lucky.
100. “Zootopia” (2016)
Disney’s animated hit follows a bunny as she travels to the big city of Zootopia to be a cop. She ends up investigating a major crime and in the process learns that the fox she’s working with is more than what stereotypes may indicate.
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