The 20 best films to stream on Netflix right now

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.

19.The King’s Speech

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

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.

17.Sin City

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


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.

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.


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


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

11.The Secret In Their Eyes

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

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.

9.The Hunt

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


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

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.


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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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Source: IMDB. Correct as of May 15.

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