What are the Best Things to Watch on Netflix?

best things to watch on netflix

If you don’t have a Netflix account yet, you need to get one pronto. They have such an incredible and ever-growing collection of movies, dramas, documentaries, and other shows from around the world that you will never run out of things to watch. Without leaving your home, you could take a cinematic tour of world cinema. Feel like watching a classic western? A hair-raising science fiction? Or a romantic drama? You will be able to find them and more on Netflix.

Here are some of the best things to watch on Netflix:

Classic Western Films

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

One of the finest Westerns ever made, it is also the best known of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns. Set during the American Civil War in 1862, the film, it has Clint Eastwood starring as the laconic Blondie or the Good, Lee Van Cleef as the cool bounty hunter Angel Eyes or the Bad, and Eli Wallach as the voluble outlaw Tuco or the Ugly. The story is about three gunmen trying to outwit each other to get their hands on a hidden treasure trove of Confederate gold. It has a caustically witty and cynical script, excellent cinematography, and a memorable score by Ennio Morricone. You will stay riveted for the entire duration.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Another epic Western by Sergio Leone, the film revolves around the fictional town of Flagstone and its outskirts. A rich railway baron sends hired gunmen to intimidate and murder people to seize a piece of desert land with water for his railroad project. Meanwhile, a mysterious, harmonica-playing gunman wants to seek vengeance over a long-ago feud. The storyline follows an unhurried pace and the large cast of characters include Henry Fonda as a hired gun, Claudia Cardinale as a widowed homesteader, Jason Robards as an outlaw, and Charles Bronson as a harmonica-playing gunman.

Science Fiction Films

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess and directed by Stanley Kubrick, this is a satirical film set in dystopian, crime-ridden Britain of the future. Malcolm McDowell stars as the violent, drug-addicted teenage gang-leader, rapist, and murderer Alex DeLarge. After he gets caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison, he volunteers for a two-week-long experimental aversion therapy program. Psychologically conditioned to feel an aversion for his previous immoral behavior, he is released back into society, and unfortunate events follow. It is a very disturbing film about how a totalitarian state can impose its will and crush its citizens’ autonomy.

WarGames (1983)

Set during the Cold War with the USSR, WarGames is about how a teenage hacker inadvertently accesses a US military supercomputer, runs a nuclear war simulation on it thinking it to be a game. The supercomputer, however, is unable to distinguish between simulation and reality and almost starts a full-fledged conflict with the Soviets. Matthew Broderick plays the hacker David Lightman. The film is an excellent techno-thriller with many tense moments and an apt ending.

Romantic Films

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Adapted from Jenny Han’s bestselling book, this endearing film is about Lara Jean, who is in the habit of writing love letters to the boys she fancies. To be exact, she has liked five boys so far at her high-school and written five letters that she keeps hidden in a box in her room. Of course, she never means to send them to the intended recipients. However, when her younger sister posts them without her knowledge, chaos ensues.

Embarrassed that her crushes have found out her feelings for them, Lara Jean dives into a pretend relationship with one of them to resolve the situation. With excellent performances by Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, this film is a fun watch for the entire family.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

This film takes a tried-and-true formula and gives it a fresh, appealing spin. Two long-time friends, whom everyone always expected to end up together, finally decide to kindle a romance and, of course, it is not all smooth sailing. Ali Wong and Randall Park are the two friends, and Keanu Reeves has a memorable cameo.

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