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The 20 best films to stream on Netflix right now

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What did you have planned tonight again? These are the 20 best films currently available to stream on Netflix (UK). You're welcome.

20. Monsters, Inc.

One of Pixar's finest; featuring the voice talents of John Goodman and Billy Crystal.

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19. The King’s Speech

Tom Hooper's historical drama won seven Baftas and four Oscars, including best actor for star Colin Firth.

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18. Donnie Darko

This cult sci-fi features a breakout starring role from Jake Gyllenhaal, and perhaps the UK's strangest Christmas no. 1, an acoustic cover of Mad World.

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17. Sin City

The big-screen adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel is as visually arresting as it is graphically violent.

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16. Network

Network is the satirical tale of a broadcaster who threatens to kill himself amid a decline in ratings. Released in 1976, it was years ahead of its time.

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15. The Sixth Sense

The supernatural film that kick-started the careers of director M. Night Shyamalan and child star Haley Joel Osment features one of the best endings in recent cinematic history.

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14. Into the Wild

From director Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch in the role of Christopher McCandless, this is the biographical drama of a man who gave up on conventional society.

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13. Fargo

A peerlessly dark and funny crime film from Joel and Ethan Coen, set against the bitter climate and warm hospitality of Minnesota.

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12. Warrior

Tom Hardy and Edgerton star as two estranged brothers forced back together by a mixed martial arts tournament.

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11. The Secret In Their Eyes

This Argentinean crime thriller won the best foreign language film award at the Oscars in 2010.

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10. Good Will Hunting

One of the late, great Robin Williams's most iconic roles, it won an Oscar for best screenplay for star Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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9. The Hunt

Mads Mikkelsen stars in this uncomfortable and compelling drama set in a small Danish village.

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8. Downfall

The final days of Adolf Hitler's life and regime are retold in stark detail, with Bruno Ganz excelling as the Nazi leader.

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7. A Separation

Another winner of the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards, this Iranian drama explores the fallout from the divorce of a middle class couple.

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6. Snatch

Guy Ritchie's iconic crime comedy features Brad Pitt, Benicio fel Toro, Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones. Somehow it still works.

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5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A beautifully convoluted and surprisingly challenging sci-fi romcom with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet at their absolute best.

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4. Reservoir Dogs

The film that started it all off for Quentin Tarantino, and almost created a new genre in itself. A timeless and ultra-violent hit.

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3. Oldboy

The violence in this Korean neo-noir thriller, emotional and physical, is visceral to the point of artistry. Mesmerising and deeply disturbing in equal measure.

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2. Cinema Paradiso

A timeless classic credited with almost single-handedly saving Italy's film industry. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone's score is the perfect complement to the movie itself.

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1. The Shawshank Redemption

Widely hailed as one of the best films of all time, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in a prison-set tale of redemption and sacrifice.

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Whatever you want to watch this month, the best place to watch it is via Virgin Media, the UK's best widely available broadband for streaming.

Virgin Media: cabled areas only. Further legal stuff applies. Best for streaming: Up to 152Mb faster speeds compared to major UK ISPs plus low packet loss and latency (Ofcom 2014 and Farncombe tests 2014) www.virginmedia.com/bestforstreaming. Further legal stuff applies virginmedia.com.


Source: IMDB. Correct as of May 15.


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