Netflix Watch Instantly Recommendations

Don’t say I never did anything for you lol. For all my people on summer vacation or want good movies to check out on Netflix, this one’s for you!  I’ve seen every single film/TV show on this list and at the very least enjoyed them. I took the list I made back in January and buffed it up with more movies (as well as removed the movies that are no longer on Netflix streaming). I just got tired of people saying “there’s nothing good on Netflix” when there are literally HUNDREDS of good movies on there. Admittedly there is A LOT of crap, but once you start looking deeper there are a lot of gems hidden in there (and keep in mind this list is just of movies I’ve personally seen, there are dozens more I haven’t seen which I’ve heard are good that are still on my queue). Some of these may seem obvious but you never know what people may or may not have watched! There are literally THOUSANDS of films out there and you can’t expect people to have seen every single one. I hope you find these movies/shows to be great, so happy watching and enjoy!

NOTE: Just so you know, these movies are not ordered in any way except for genre. Just because something is higher up on the list does not mean that I think it’s a better movie.

WATCH IMMEDIATELY:
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- In the Loop
- Memento
- The Graduate
- Good Will Hunting
- Drive
- Lost in Translation
- The Bicycle Thief
- The Red Balloon
- Snatch
- The Terminator
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- In the Mood for Love
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Fish Tank
- Certified Copy
- Oldboy
- Hugo
- Blue Valentine
- Big Fish
- Battle Royale
- Into the Wild Butch
- Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Pulp Fiction

Recent Films (2008-2012):
- Paranorman
- The Cabin in the Woods
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
- The King’s Speech (won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2010)
- Young Adult
- The Hunger Games
- Like Crazy
- Silent House
- The Artist (won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2011)
- The Grey
- Captain America
- Adventureland
- Thor
- Iron Man 2 
- Rango
- True Grit (2010) (nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actress for Hailee Steinfeld, and a ton of other awards)
- Insidious
- The Fighter (Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for their performances)
- Let the Right One In
- Exit Through the Gift Shop
- Winter’s Bone (Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout role earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2010)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) 
- Bronson  
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (by no means a good film, but you know, some people might wanna watch it lol) 
- Black Death
- Tucker & Dale vs Evil
- Submarine 
- Warrior 
- Lockout 
- The Lorax
- The Adventures of Tintin (won Best Animated film at the Golden Globes)
- Nothing But the Truth 
- Super 8
- Haywire
- Extract

Bat shit insane and/or mind fucks (you may or may not like these, they’re pretty crazy movies):
- Dogtooth (trippy film that delves into the human psyche)
- Enter the Void (literally bat shit insane film that deals with the afterlife)
- Following (Christopher Nolan’s first film, one of the character’s name might be familiar to those of you who are fans of Inception)
- Swimming Pool
- Rubber (it’s about a rubber tire with telekinetic powers. Yes, you read that right)
- Being John Malkovich
- Adaptation 
- Donnie Darko 
- Vanilla Sky (fuck ANYONE who says this was Cameron Crowe’s first misfire) 
- The Machinist

AMAZING movies, but guaranteed to ruin your day and destroy your soul:
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (one of the most heart wrenching films I’ve ever seen, a powerhouse actor’s showcase for Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, and the incomparable Philip Seymour Hoffman)
- Babel
- 21 Grams (the destruction of three lives that intersect)
- Dear Zachary (do not read anything about this story! Almost guaranteed to be the saddest documentary you will EVER see in your life)
- Paradise Now (fantastic film about the lives of two brothers who become suicide bombers)
- World’s Greatest Dad (don’t read the synopsis! Works better if you don’t know, and yes this is a satire)
- Thirst (pretty twisted film about vampires)
- Oldboy (WATCH IMMEDIATELY!!!!) 
- Bringing Out the Dead (one of Martin Scorsese’s weirdest films haha)
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Feel good movies:
- On a Clear Day 
- Billy Elliott 
- Whale Rider 
- Departures (won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2009)

Indie movies:
- 2 Days in Paris
- Y Tu Mama Tambien (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director, the genius Alfonso Cuaron. WARNING: A LOT of sex in this movie lol. Kind of hilarious he did Harry Potter after this hahaha)
- Half Nelson (Ryan Gosling plays a drug addicted inner city school teacher, it was also Ryan Gosling’s first Best Actor Oscar nomination, did I mention Ryan Gosling is in this? RYAN GOSLING Haha)
- Brick (modern noir film set in a high school, featuring a pre-famous Joseph Gordon-Levitt!)
- Clerks
- The Safety of Objects
- Little Voice
- Broken Flowers
- King of California
- Cashback
- Surrogate Valentine 

Thriller: (There sure are a lot of thriller with titles that start with “The” aren’t there? lol)
- Identity
- The Game
- The Hole (2001)
- The Skeleton Key
- Primal Fear (AWESOME MOVIE! Edward Norton’s first movie ever and he garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, DEFINITELY check this one out)
- Transsiberian 
- The Machinist

Rom-Com:
- Shakespeare in Love
- Sleepless in Seattle
- Punch-Drunk Love (somewhat esoteric, just letting you know lol)
- Chasing Amy (a lot of raunchy dialogue, it’s Kevin Smith! What else do you expect?)
- What Women Want 

Drama
- Hotel Rwanda
- The Hours
- Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
- Gosford Park
- Brokeback Mountain
- Trainspotting (find a copy of Requiem for a Dream for the ultimate one-two combo punch to never make you want to do drugs again)
- Far From Heaven
- The Weather Man
- Sexy Beast
- Gandhi
- Rounders
- Ned Kelly (RIP Heath Ledger!)
- Hollywoodland (reminded me of David Fincher’s 2007 film, Zodiac. Not as good of course, but still a damn great film overall)
- The Constant Gardener
- Boyz N the Hood (I should move this to the WATCH IMMEDIATELY list haha)
- The Hunt for Red October
- Life is Beautiful
- Grand Canyon
- Finding Forrester
- Traffic
- Reservoir Dogs
- You Can Count on Me (I LOVE THIS FUCKING MOVIE!!!)
- Smoke Signals
- Jackie Brown
- Capote (won Philip Seymour Hoffman his first Oscar for Best Actor)
- Crash
- Cinema Paradiso 
- Pay It Forward
- Freedom Writers 
- Baby Boy 
- Serpico 
- The Untouchables
- Lars and the Real Girl
- Hustle & Flow
- Coach Carter

Comedies:
- Half-Baked
- Groundhog Day
- Big Daddy
- The Ten (if you like random, scatter shot over the top humor, this movie will leave you in pieces)
- Office Space
- Anger Management
- Bruno
- Scary Movie
- Scary Movie 2
- Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (might not work as well if you’re not familiar with Kevin Smith’s previous work)
- Meet the Parents 
- Raising Arizona (flat out hilarious Coen brothers movie)
- What Just Happened
- Swimming with Sharks (pretty dark comedy about an employee taking revenge on his boss, kind of funny because Kevin Spacey is in this and he basically recycles his performance in 2011’s Horrible Bosses lol)
- The Winning Season 
- Death at a Funeral
- South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
- Jackass: The Movie
- Jackass 2
- Tommy Boy 
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Liar Liar

Sci-fi:
- The Fifth Element
- Starship Troopers 
- Robocop
- Serenity (watch the TV show Firefly first! This is the movie sequel to that amazing show)
- Equilibrium 

Action:
- Four Brothers
- Last of the Mohicans
- Bad Boys
- Bad Boys II
- The Expendables 
- Supercop 
- Hellboy
- Ong-Bak
- Jet Li’s Fearless 
- 13 Assassins 
- Wasabi 
- Shooter 
- The Crow
- Mission: Impossible
- Mission: Impossible III 
- Face/Off 
- Ip Man 
- Commando
- S.W.A.T. (not a good movie, but enjoyable on a B-movie level haha)
- The Way of the Gun 

Horror:
- Slither (more of a horror/comedy) 
- Red State (again, kind of a hybrid film with horror/action/comedy) 
- From Dusk Till Dawn (another horror/action hybrid) 
- Scream
- Scream 2
- Scream 3 (doesn’t hold a candle to Scream 1 or 2, but it’s aight lol)
- The Faculty (B-movie fun lol) 

Children: 
- The Karate Kid
- The Rugrats Movie
- Matilda
- The Tale of Despereaux
- Stuart Little
- Stuart Little 2
- Spy Kids 
- Time Bandits (it’s under children’s films on Netflix, but this movie is kind of freaky lol)
- Dumbo
- Small Soldiers 
- Pocahontas 
- The Nightmare Before Christmas 
- Jumanji 

Documentary:
- This Film Is Not Yet Rated (fantastic documentary about the hypocrisy and ass backwards dealings of the MPAA) 
- 1 Love (this one’s for all you basketball fans out there)
- The Announcement (a look at Magic Johnson’s shocking retirement from basketball after revealing he has AIDS)
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (a documentary on the best sushi chef in the world, great doc even if you don’t care for sushi) 
- Like Water (a doc on quite possibly the best MMA fighter in the world, Anderson Silva)
- Fab 5 (doc on Michagan’s “Fab 5” college basketball team)

War:
- Red Cliff (unfortunately they only have the theatrical cut on watch instantly, if you have the disc option on your Netflix account, opt for the extended version which comes in 2 discs)
- Jarhead (fair warning, this is more so about the lives of soldiers than all out action)
- Black Hawk Down
- Braveheart 
- We Were Soldiers 
- Platoon 

TV shows/Anime:
- Friday Night Lights (In my top 5 TV dramas of ALL-TIME)
- Firefly (canceled way too soon, but they got a big screen movie sequel, Serenity! Which is also on Netflix!)
- Arrested Development (Probably the best TV comedy series ever made)
- Avatar: The Last Airbender (for the love of God DO NOT watch the M. Night Shyamalan movie!)
- Damages
- Angel Beats!
- The Office (U.S.)
- The Office (U.K.)
- Weeds
- Parenthood
- Mad Men
- Futurama
- Breaking Bad (flat out amazing, put this to the top of your queue!) 
- Hey Arnold!
- Rugrats
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Dollhouse
- Chappelle’s Show 
- Rocko’s Modern Life
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- Angry Beavers
- Ren and Stimpy 
- Once Upon a Time 

My Personal Top Recommendations: (outside of my “Watch Immediately” list)
- The Artist
- The Grey
- Young Adult
- Adventureland
- Rango
- The Fighter
- The Adventures of Tintin
- Nothing But the Truth
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
- World’s Greatest Dad
- Thirst
- On a Clear Day
- Departures 
- 2 Days in Paris
- Y Tu Mama Tambien
- Half Nelson
- Brick
- King of California
- Primal Fear
- Punch-Drunk Love
- Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
- Brokeback Mountain
- Trainspotting
- The Weather Man
- Sexy Beast
- Hollywoodland
- Boyz N the Hood
- You Can Count on Me
- Baby Boy
- Groundhog Day
- Supercop
- Commando
- Time Bandits
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi
- Friday Night Lights
- Firefly
- Arrested Development
- Angel Beats!
- Breaking Bad
- Futurama 

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    Reblogging my old Netflix Watch Instantly Recommendations list for this winter break! I removed movies that are no...
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    Well done!