So you’re in the mood for a movie – and you Actually want to watch it; it’s not a “Netflix and chill” situation — but I don’t know what to watch. A common problem that many of us face when browsing through the nearly endless amount of movies available on netflix.
Never fear, we’ve done the hard work for you. Whether you’re a comedian or prefer gritty thrillers, the following movies are so good you won’t even be tempted to scroll through your phone once you hit play.
So check out these hidden gems, all of which are available to stream on Netflix.
7.5 IMDb score, written and directed by Taiki Waititi, Comedy & Drama, released in 2010
Set in New Zealand in the 80s, Boy is about a young child who finally gets to know his estranged father. An unconventional, wonderfully hilarious coming-of-age story with some truly heartbreaking and gritty moments; something Taika Waititi excels at.
If you liked Waititi’s more mainstream movies like JoJo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, you will love Boy.
7.9 IMDb score, Drama & War, based on a real Australian war story, released in 1980
Based on a true story, Breaker Morant is compelling and bold. The film beautifully poses the question of whether soldiers should be held accountable for their actions during war and follows three Australian lieutenants as they face prosecution for killing prisoners. Despite the fact that they were acting under orders, their heads are put on the chopping block.
Breaker Morant is a decidedly anti-war film, but so thought-provoking that every Australian should watch it at least once in their lifetime.
Go in style
6.6 IMDb score, stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine & Alan Arkin, Comedy, released 2017
Go in style is a fun heist movie that begins with three lifelong friends who are all victims of a corporate, but unethical, banking restructuring. This consequently leaves the three short of money in their old age, and so, desperate to support their retirement plans and their families, they hatch a plan to rob the bank for the pension money that they are due. returns by right. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin are all as brilliant as ever and clearly having fun in their respective roles.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted movie that will give you a few good laughs, Go in style is a perfect option.
Inside the man
7.6 IMDb Score, stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer & Chiwetel Ejiofor, Crime & Drama, released 2006
Directed by the iconic Spike Lee, this thriller heist film follows an elaborate bank heist that unfolds in 24 hours. Inside the man stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the hostage negotiator, and Clive Owen as the soft-spoken mastermind behind the heist. Clever with a few twists, this cat-and-mouse movie is a must-watch.
If you like a good thriller and amazing acting performances, check out Inside the man.
7.4 IMDb score, stars Álvaro Morte (known for his role as The Professor in Money theft), Drama & Mystery, released in 2018
An incredible film that explores themes of time travel and a fascinating mystery, Mirage is a foreign film from Spain. If you watched Money theft, you will recognize Álvaro Morte in Mirage, which focuses on a 72-hour electrical storm that occurs in both 1989 and 2014. The main character Vera, whose present is 2014, seems to be able to save a boy from death in 1989. However, preventing his death has terrible consequences for Vera.
Filled with suspense and intrigue, if you liked Butterfly Effect, Mirage explores very similar themes in a very intelligent and emotional way.
7.2 IMDb score, stars Ray Romano, Comedy & Drama, released in 2019
paddleton follows best friends, Michael and Andy, as they come to terms with Michael’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Michael wants to kill himself and embarks on a road trip to a pharmacy that will provide him with the proper drugs to do so. Andy also agrees to go on the road trip in hopes that he can convince Michael to fight cancer.
Beautifully written with great performances, the only way to describe paddleton is like a sad comedy that aptly depicts male friendship. You need to add this one to your “watch list”.
7.1 IMDb Score, stars Heath Ledger & Rose Byrne, Comedy & Crime Thriller, released 1999
Two hands was the last Australian film in which Heath Ledger participated before his decisive role in 10 things i hate about you earned him international fame. Ledger plays Jimmy, a nineteen-year-old who involuntarily gets into debt with a local mobster. To repay his debt, Jimmy decides to rob a bank. A young Rose Byrne, long before her successful Hollywood acting career took off, plays Ledger’s love interest.
A quirky black comedy, Two hands is like an Australian version of Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
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