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The best 25 movies of all time on Netflix

Ranking: The 50 best movies of all time on Netflix (part 2)

Looking for a recommended movie? Here you have the 50 best movies on Netflix available in November 2020, according to IMDB.

There are so many movie options that Netflix has in its catalog, that sometimes it is difficult to choose a good story to enjoy on the screen.

25. Monty Phyton and the hoy grail

Perhaps this name should not sound like anything to the youngest, but it is a thing that they google it to realize that it is one of the most acclaimed comedies in history , a cult object that fortunately can be seen on Netflix.

In the mid-1970s that group of comedians, the Monty Pythons , made this crazy film that parodies medieval England and the knights of King Arthur’s court , obsessed with the search for the Holy Grail.

Directed by the great filmmaker Terry Gilliam ( Brazil , 12 Monkeys ), who began his career as a member of this humor group, he will make you laugh with his crazy, ironic and dark jokes . If you haven’t seen it, give it a try.

24. Batman starts

After the fiasco that was for many Batman and Robin (1997), in 2005 The Dark Knight returned to the big screen in his best form

From the hand of Christopher Nolan (The Origin), Batman starts going towards the origins of the DC Comics superhero to tell his story, since he was a small child, named Bruce Wayne, who is afraid of bats after the attack of a bandana.

It also recounts the death of his parents, his beginnings as Batman (played by Christian Bale) and his return to Gotham, in a darker and more realistic film than the previous ones and that shows the superhero in his most human facet.

A return well received by critics and audiences alike and featured a compelling cast that includes Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes , among others.

In addition, Batman Begins  was the first part of a successful trilogy, which includes The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises , the latter also available on Netflix.

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23. Casino

From the Godfather trilogy to The Irishman , the union between Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and gangster stories has a long history.

One of the most memorable moments of that relationship was Casino , a film released in 1995, which is based on a true event, the fall of Frank Rosenthal, a powerful businessman who in the 70s and 80s ran several casinos in Las Vegas for the mafia.

The result is this equal parts violent and dramatic gangster movie , where De Niro plays Sam “Ace” Rothstein, the Jewish-American dedicated to sports betting and high-level gambling who is hired by the mob to be on top of him. the illicit activities of a casino called Tangiers.

Unforgettable is also the performance of Sharon Stone , as the con artist and wife of “Ace”, Ginger McKenna, role for which he won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

22. My neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro  (1988) is one of the most famous films in Japan. In this, Totoro , a mascot and face of the Japanese studio, became popular .

The history? A family in Japan that lives in a house on the outskirts of the city. Within their quiet, peasant life, the daughters begin to interact with a forest spirit, Totoro.

In this film it is contemplated in  the tranquility of the forest and the tenderness of this spirit , with whom you will fall in love when you see it. In addition to its beautiful animation, which for a 1988 is fantastic and still looks great

A beautiful film by master Hayao Miyazaki and a Studio Ghibli classic, which has made this film an international success, and which has even earned it appearances in films such as Toy Story 3 .

21. V for Vengeance

The mask of V became a global icon of protest and rebellion against tyrannies after the premiere of the film that in 2005 brought the graphic novel V for Vendetta , written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, to the cinema .

Behind this adaptation are the sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski ( Matrix ), as scriptwriters and producers of this film that is set in London, in the near future, where the United Kingdom is governed by an ultra-conservative and dictatorial party , led by Adam Sutler (John Hart).

It is a totalitarian regime, where the curfew is in force and people are permanently watched. In addition, the media, especially TV, are at the service of the dictator’s lies.

But there is a mysterious character around (Hugo Weaving), who simply calls himself V and who wears a mask with the face of Guy Fawkes , the conspirator who in 1605 tried to blow up the Parliament building.

V also aims to bring down that place and the government and when he begins to realize his plan, he runs into Evey ( Natalie Portman ), a woman who works for a TV channel and who will mark the fate of the masked man.

Action and science fiction, references to the novel 1984 and the Nazi regime, a cover of Cat Power and the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky. All that and more comes together in this fascinating pastiche, which reminds us that totalitarian practices are closer than one thinks.

20. Inglorious bastards

Inglorious Bastards. Released in 2009, rating 8.3 on IMDB .

Revenge is one of Quentin Tarantino’s fetishes and he rejoiced in it again in this film, which he worked on for more than a decade and which was released in 2009.

Here the revenge is double and it happens in the middle of World War II, in a France occupied by the Nazis . On the one hand, Shoshanna ( Mélanie Laurent ) seeks to avenge the murder of her family by setting fire to the cinema where a new film of the Nazi regime will be shown and which will be attended by all the dome, Hitler included.

His plans intersect with those of Aldo “El Apache” ( Brad Pitt ), a lieutenant in the US Army who leads a group, the bastards of the title, which is dedicated to ruthlessly killing Nazi soldiers to instill terror.

A uchrony – that is, an alternative version of a historical event – in which the director of Pulp fiction mixes genres again ( war, spaghetti western, comedy ), in 182 epic and overflowing minutes.

In addition, he is remembered for an exceptional performance, that of  Christoph Waltz , who played Hans Landa, a refined, polyglot and cruel intelligence service officer, a role that ended up giving the film its only Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) .

19. American beauty

The movie everyone was talking about in 1999 was British director Sam Mendes’ big screen directorial debut .

Not only did it win over critics – it won three Golden Globes and five Oscars , including Best Picture – but also the public, who packed the theaters to see this story starring Kevin Spacey (today questioned for accusations of sexual harassment) and Annette Bening .

In American Beauty , Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball took the face off the American Dream with the story of Lester Burnham (Spacey), a publicist who lives alongside his perfectionist wife, Carolyn (Bening), and their teenage daughter, Jane (Thora Birch), in a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, a neighborhood where everything seems perfect.

But everything is a facade, because in reality inside those homes everything falls apart , like the marriage of the Burnhams, who can hardly stand each other. Everything goes downhill until Lester sees an escape to his gray life in Angela (Mena Suvari), the beautiful friend of his daughter , with whom he ends up falling in love.

This is how the farce that advertising sold to many Americans is dismantled, in a black comedy with great performances, scenes that became iconic – such as Lester fantasizing about Angela in a tub covered in rose petals – and music composed by Thomas Newman who also deserved an Oscar.

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18. Your Name

A romantic story like few others , that is Your Name , one of the most applauded anime in Japan.

Made by the current best anime director in that country,  Makoto Shinkai , the film tells the story of  Taki and Mitsuha, two young men who do not know each other, but who despite that, manage to have a connection and even exchange their bodies.

In this way, both adolescents begin to communicate through notes, creating a special relationship, despite the distance.

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17. Raiders of the Lost Ark

If there is a dream team with all its lyrics, it was the one that brought together George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford in the 80s .

All these talents came together to give life to Indiana Jones , the saga with the adventures of the brave professor and archaeologist Henry Walton Jones , who travels the world in search of objects of great historical value.

On Netflix you can give yourself an adventurous marathon, because in the catalog you can find the four films , including those that started the successful saga, In search of the lost ark (1981).

It was a must-see in the eighties and nineties movie afternoons and still is, with the adventures of Indiana (Ford), who here receives an important commission from the US government: to find the Ark of the Covenant, the same as Hitler and the Nazis are after .

Its incredible action scenes marked an era and just remembering them begins to sound in the head Raiders March , the classic theme that John Williams created for the missions of the brave Indiana Jones.

16. Django without strings

One of the highest-grossing films released by Quentin Tarantino in recent years was Django Sin Cadenas , which after its premiere in 2012 received a large number of awards, including the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor , for Christoph Waltz .

Its blockbuster cast is completed by actors of the stature of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, the latter the protagonist of the film, who plays Django. He is a black slave who is freed (rather bought) by the German doctor King Schultz (Waltz), who teaches him to handle a gun so that he can act as a bounty hunter on his adventures, all in exchange for his freedom.

An action-packed drama, with wild and bloody scenes in true Tarantino style, in which Django becomes the “fastest gun in the south” to fight for his freedom and that of his wife, Broomhilda.

15. Apocalypse Now Redux

The chords of the chilling The end of The Doors play as the propellers of helicopters flying over the jungle melt with those of a fan in a hot room.

More than four decades after its premiere, the opening scene of that war film masterpiece still makes the hair stand on end. And it’s just the preamble to what’s to come: nearly three and a half hours of a straight upriver ride into madness .

That’s how long this “Redux” version lasts, the one found on Netflix and that Francis Ford Coppola , the director of this classic, presented in 2001 at the Cannes Film Festival, a new montage that is 49 minutes longer than the original of 1979.

After The Godfather II , the American director embarked on this ambitious project, with a story based on The Heart of Darkness , the short novel by Joseph Conrad.

Of course, in Apocalypse Now the action moves from Africa to the Vietnam War , where Army Captain Benjamin Willard ( Martin Sheen ) is tasked with a mission: to find and kill Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone mad. and now he’s a kind of demigod in Cambodia, where he leads his own troops.

Although, who was not crazy in that suffocating jungle that was hell itself on Earth?

14. The perfect assassin

Natalie Portman was born to be a movie star and she made that clear when she was just a teenager and had her first film role and nothing less than a protágonico.

It was in The Perfect Assassin ( The Professional ), the iconic film that Frenchman Luc Besson directed in 1994, just before that box office hit called The Fifth Element (1997).

With the streets of New York as a fascinating setting , Portman plays here a Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl who has just lost her entire family, murdered by Stansfield ( Gary Oldman ) and his men, a ruthless drug agent.

Reluctantly, a neighbor decides to take care of the minor, Leon ( Jean Reno ), an illiterate Italian who works as a hit man. Determined to avenge the death of her little brother , Mathilda asks her new caregiver to teach her everything about his particular job, thus beginning an ambiguous and controversial relationship in her time.

A film with great action scenes, visually compelling and with luxurious performances by Portman and Reno, but above all by Oldman as one of the most remembered villains in film history.

13. Gladiator

Gladiator, released in 2000 | 8.5 IMDB rating

Epic is the best adjective to define Gladiator (2000), the film that brought the historical genre back into vogue with the exploits of Máximo Décimo Meridio .

Starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix , with Ridley Scott directing , this film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.

The history? That of Máximo Décimo Meridio (Russell Crowe), a loyal general of the Roman army who one day is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who killed his father and took the throne.

As he is forced to live as a slave, Máximo becomes a gladiator, all the while seeking revenge.

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12. Psychosis

Fans of serial killer movies ? So, you can’t pass up the classic that set the canon for movies of this genre.

Released in 1960, Psycho is for many the best film by the teacher Alfred Hitchcock and was chosen as the Best Horror Film by the American Film Institute.

Right now he turns 60, the best excuse to reconnect with the terrifying black and white story of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), the murderer who owns an old hotel in Arizona.

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a secretary who escapes with a wad of money to start a new life, comes to stay there one day.

Another reason to see it? Which has one of the most remembered scenes in the history of cinema , the bloody attack in the shower.

11. Back to the future

For those who lived through their childhood and adolescence in the 80s , this is a classic from the major brand , which fortunately returned to the Netflix catalog and just 35 years after its premiere .

It is the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, elevated to the category of universal superstar thanks to this role), a 17-year-old schoolboy who accidentally travels 30 years ago thanks to a time machine, a DeLorean car transformed into a machine. of the time by a half-wacko inventor.

perfect , entertaining and iconic comedy , directed by the great Robert Zemeckis , which marked an entire generation and is remembered to this day.

10. The Seven Deadly Sins

This is another masterpiece of the ’90s , the suspense taken to the pinnacle by director David Fincher .

In the film, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play a pair of disparate detectives who must investigate a series of mysterious crimes that are related to the seven deadly sins described in the Bible : gluttony, greed, laziness, lust, pride, envy and anger. .

A film that requires concentration and cunning on the part of the audience to follow the plot, but that is not difficult, because apart from being intricate, it is entertaining and surprising .

Add excellent performances and the result is a perfect tape to stay glued to the screen during the two and a fraction hours that it lasts.

9. Spirited Away

Spirited Away  is for many the best Studio Ghibli movie, because of how moving and serious this animation is released by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001.

The film is about Chihiro, a 12-year-old girl, who during a move is trapped in a magical and supernatural world. In this, her parents turn into pigs and the young woman must find a way to free them and return to normal.

This beautiful story, which was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2002 , highlights the colorful scenes, the strange characters and the great design of these. A must see.

8. Saving Private Ryan

After delivering one of his most acclaimed films, Schindler’s List (1994), Steven Spielberg returned with Saving Private Ryan (1998), another that was a critical and public success.

The film immediately became a classic of war cinema , for its realistic recreation of the war: few times before on the big screen we saw and heard the battlefield so close and so harsh.

In fact, it starts with one of the most shocking war scenes ever seen , the one that in the first 27 minutes shows the landing and assault of the Allied troops on Omaha Beach, in Normandy.

There, US Army Captain John H. Miller ( Tom Hanks ) and his company are tasked with a mission: to find Private James Ryan ( Matt Damon ), who lost his three brothers in the war. To ease his mother’s pain, the Army wants to rescue her only living son and send him back home.

The film had 12 Oscar nominations and ended up taking five, including Best Director for Spielberg. Many considered that it also deserved Best Picture, which ended up in the hands of Shakespeare in love .

7. Parasites

Quite an event is the arrival to streaming of the most talked about film of the last year . It was to be expected, if his success at the Oscars was a surprise, where he won the awards for Best International Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film .

Although before it had already triumphed at Cannes, where it premiered and won the prized Palme d’Or.

Its director is the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho , who in Parasite questions the enormous problems generated by neoliberal systems . Everything, to show with black humor, the radically different conditions in which two social classes live in the same city.

A film that transits between drama and comedy to masterfully portray the life of a family, the Kims, who survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Seoul.

6. Matrix (1999)

Matrix

Neo, Trinity and Morpheus . Three names that earned a place in the history of science fiction cinema as protagonists of the trilogy that debuted in 1999, when sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski gave life to the film The Matrix , which would later lead to two sequels.

The same triad that now comes to Netflix with the story of  Thomas A. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) , a computer programmer who feels that the world around him is not good at all. A sensation that transforms into certainty, after thanks to Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), he discovers that his reality is nothing more than a digital creation.

An invention made by the intelligent machines that control the planet and from which only a few, considered rebels, have managed to escape. A group that Anderson joins, better known as Neo, and who regularly visits the virtual world known as the Matrix or the matrix .

5. The Origin

After several months of absence from the Netflix catalog, this hit science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan is back on the streaming platform. And beware that it is a must. Just to mention some of its trophies, it has the Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing.

In the fiction, Leonardo Di Caprio is in charge of giving life to Dom Cobb , a kind of thief specialized in entering people’s minds while they sleep to steal information. Despite making millions with this job, Cobb’s life is not easy, since for several years he has been a fugitive from American justice after being involved in the confusing death of his wife Mal ( Marion Cotillard ).

But a risky mission opens the door for him to a possible legal return to his home in the United States, where his children who he has not seen for a long time live. Thus, together with his colleagues, he tries to provoke an “origination” (or plant an idea in someone else’s head) in the mind of his new boss’s commercial rival.

A complex story with high doses of action that plays with the conception of time and space as only Christopher Nolan knows how to do it .

Note that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy are also part of the cast.

4. Forrest Gump

forrest gump movie

“Run Forrest, run” and “life is a box of chocolates” are part of the unforgettable phrases of this key film in the careers as director and actor, respectively, of Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks .

In the film, based on Winston Groom’s novel of the same name, Hanks plays the well-intentioned but low-intellectual Forrest Gump, who becomes a witness to several key moments in American history.

His story shows Gump since he was born in a rural area of ​​Alabama and grows up under the encouraging gaze of his mother ( Sally Field ), and, as a child, he befriends the person who will mark his existence: Jenny Curran ( Robin Wright ).

3. Schindler’s List

Drama is the essential ingredient in this film directed by Steven Spielberg that brings to the screen the novel Schindler’s Ark , written by Australian Thomas Keneally, which focuses on the figure of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who became a savior for many Jews during WWII.

On the screen it is the actor Liam Neeson who plays the Nazi Schindler , since he arrives in the Polish city of Krakow with the intention of making his fortune with a factory of glass objects.

For business, Schindler is advised by the accountant Itzhak Stern ( Ben Kingsley ), who becomes his right hand and urges him to hire Jewish workers because they are cheaper, helping them, incidentally, to save themselves from the horror of the concentration camp. local.

2. The Lord of the Rings: the return of the King

The end of one of the best sagas that cinema has given is on Netflix. 

Directed by Peter Jackson and based on the books of the same name, this story is packed with great effects, actors, and a superb script.

Featuring Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian Mckellen (Gandalf), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Sean Astin (Sam), and Andy Serkis (Gollum), this cast is mind-blowing and brought the vast majority of fame to life. these actors.

The story closes the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring, a group of warriors and hobbits who seek to save Middle-earth from the evil of Sauron , eliminating the ring that gives him power.

Frodo and Sam must finish the path they started in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring , facing their own wishes to possess the ring and Gollum, a beast that accompanies them and that wishes the power of that object. In addition, the rest of the stories are closed, such as that of Aragorn and his arrival to the throne.

In addition, this installment has one of the  best action scenes in cinema , with the final war between orcs and the Fellowship of the Ring.

At more than three hours long, this story managed to garner 11 nominations and win those 11 awards at the 2004 Oscars .

Be careful, that on Netflix there are also the other two installments of the saga, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers .

1. The Godfather

The Godfather Movie

You may have already seen it, because it is an insurmountable film classic and, for many, the best movie of all time .

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time you were amazed by this monumental Francis Ford Coppola film , which was released in 1972.

Based on the homonymous novel by Mario Puzzo, it has Marlon Brando and Al Pacino at the head of the Corleones, a powerful clan of criminals that is one of the five families that lead the mafia in New York .

A story with almost three hours of power, crime, violence and loyalties , which won three Oscars in 1972, including Best Picture and Best Actor, for the remembered performance of Brando.

The Godfather then had two other sequels and both can also be enjoyed on Netflix.

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