Top 50 Movies on Netflix: November 2018

Welcome to the latest What’s on Netflix top 50 movies currently streaming on Netflix for November 2018. Our selection covers a mix of the best comedy, action, romantic, sci-fi and animated movies currently streaming on Netflix. We update this list every month with the new movies that have been added to Netflix.

There have been a lot of changes this month and we have 13 new additions to our list. It’s sad to see some fine movies disappear bu there we go. With all the changes, we have taken a step back and reconsidered our ranking of the list with a little more science and a little less emotion. Some and soared and some have plummeted. Some have stayed roughly the same indicating that we don’t always get it wrong! Let us know what you think.


50. (40) Scooby-Doo – 2002

Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Starring: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar
Running time: 1h 26min

Set on Spooky Island, of course, Scooby Doo has a far more sophisticated plot than any of the original cartoons. The mix of acting and animatronics is too rarely attempted in the movies and those who complain about Scooby-Doo having been made on a home computer miss the point. This is a fond nod to the original cartoon series and a good one. And, if you’re into farting and belching, there’s a sequence you will particularly enjoy.


49. (12) Disney’s 101 Dalmatians – 1996

Directed by: Stephen Herek
Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
Running time: 1hr 43min

The animated version of 101 Dalmatians was released in 1966 and was a Disney classic. The 1996 comes pretty close. Hugh Lawrie and Mark Williams – British comedians – are excellent as the bumbling dog catchers (who wouldn’t be when there’s 101 of them) and Glenn Close must have had a ball playing the evil Cruella. Of course, the dogs are clearly more inteeligent than the humans and this is why 101 Dalmatians must be taken most seriously. Or not. This is a great family watch.


48. (30) Deep Blue Sea – 1999

Directed by: Renny Harlin
Starring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Running time: 1hr 45min

The title Deep Blue Sea is a little misleading because the bad guys live in a cage – albeit under water. They’re good old sharks again. This time our favourite man eaters have been genetically modified in an attempt to find a cure for Alzheimers disease. This pisses them off. This is a larger than life action movie that delivers better than you might expect. With little to work with the actors do a good job and there’s one exceptionally good piece of shark lunch.


47. (28) Mortal Kombat – 1995

Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby
Running time: 1hr 41min

Mortal Kombat is another of those oddities that was spawned by a video game. Martial arts were all the rage for a while after Bruce Lee brought kung fu to the attention of the masses and the game had sufficient depth to provide far more material than, say, the X Men. Given this, the story is pretty weak but the characters, in contrast, are well defined. For it’s time this was a good enough look at the fight genre.


46. (47) Sand Castle – 2017

Directed by: Fernando Coimbra
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Logan Marshall-Green, Henry Cavill
Running time: 1h 53min

It is arguable that not enough time has yet passed for the movie industry to look at events in the middle east with any great authority. Sand Castle is a Netflix movie (Netflix are primarily TV producers) and the script could well have started out as a TV show. There are good lines and some pleasantly funny bits. This is a good movie dealing with a difficult subject matter. Perhaps it could have been better? You decide.


45. (46) Goosebumps – 2015

Directed by: Rob Letterman
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Running time: 1h 43min

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Goosebumps is a family friendly monsters movie with some nice special effects and quality performances from a largely unknown supporting cast. Jack Black in the lead role is his usual competent self. Based loosely on the series of Shivers children’s books (Black’s character is rather shamelessly called Shivers) which were, in turn, a “rip off” of the earlier series of Goosebumps books. This is the end of a procession of, er, recycled material that actually works.


44. (6) The Princess Diaries – 2001

Directed by: Garry Marshall
Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo
Running time: 1h 51min

Every schoolgirl wants to be a princess at some point in their life. Sadly, very few get the chance. And therein lies a bit of a cliché. But that’s not a problem. The Princess Dairies is well written and is a clever and funny movie. Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway are at their best and the on screen chemistry is good. The minor characters add weight to the film and this is definitely one for all the family.


43. (-) Transcendence – 2014

Directed by: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Running time: 1hr 59min

It’s curious how often Johnny Depp has appeared in our list over time. He certainly has talent and works with great directors and writers. We might have answered our own question. Transcendence is a movie that will challenge you belief system on a number of levels. The idea that man can create perfect intellegence has been explored often in movies. Usually it looks at the results; Transcendence goes further.


42. (11) Swordfish – 2001

Directed by: Dominic Sena
Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
Running time: 1hr 39min

If for no other reason, the opening sequences of Swordfish make this a hugely watchable movie. Having said that, a couple of other points come out quite nicely later in the movie. The cast is stacked with both American and British stars which is a fairly transparent attempt to make the movie popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Frankly, they needn’t have bothered. The movie has got sufficient going on to make it work. Deep and meaningful it ain’t but the special effects more than makeup for that.


41. (-) The Water Horse – 2007

Directed by: Jay Russell
Starring: Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Alex Etel
Running time: 1hr 52min

Have you been missing the Loch Ness Monster? We have. Thankfully, it’s been brought to life. This is a family movie with an endearing story and fine CGI. Set before WWII, the period attitudes add to the romance of the movie and add a depth that might be missed by the kids but will be appreciated by an older audience.


40. (22) Armageddon – 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck
Running time: 2h 31min

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This is the story of Bruce Willis efforts to save the world from yet another threat from space. It’s hardly a recruitment campaign for NASA, but they took it seriously enough to allow filming in normally restricted areas of their premises. The dialogue is excellent and witty, and it’s worth watching just for that. Wouldn’t it be great if it was a true story; but it’s not. It’s two and a half hours of pure escapism with great visuals, great sound, a love interest for the ladies and a happy ending. Couldn’t be better.


39. (50) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – 2005

Directed by: Garth Jennings
Starring: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell
Running time: 1hrs 49min

Far from one of the greatest movies ever made but from one of the best books ever written, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has to sneak into our list. The movie came after hit radio and TV series, a five-part trilogy of novels and a BAFTA-winning computer game as if the opportunity for total absorption was not already sufficient. While this is essentially a British movie, the planet has been destroyed so that doesn’t count.


38. (-) Julie & Julia – 2009

Directed by: Nora Ephron
Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina
Running time: 1h 58min

Meryl Streep hasn’t featured in out Top 50 for a while now and the outstandstanding work of Nora Ephron (lets not forget You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally…) is well represented here. This is actually a true story from the memoirs of Julia Child and Julie Powell who were remote in real life but joined but that most important of ingredients, butter. Why not learn to bake as well?


37. (33) 9 – 2009

Directed by: Shane Acker
Starring: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover
Running time: 1h 19min

It would be easy to dismiss 9 as animation for animations sake. That would be wrong. While the concept is pretty surreal and the story rather indifferent, the delivery is very good. The bad guys are pleasantly bad and the good guys pleasantly endearing. This one draws you in and holds you. Against the backdrop of some exceptional artwork and great animation, this is probably not one for the kids. And therein lies the message. An animated movie for grown-ups has got be something special.


36. (42) Fracture – 2007

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn
Running time: 1hr 53min

How many crime/courtroom dramas can possibly be made? Fracture is yet another. The good news is that Anthony Hopkins is his usual hypnotice self and the story here is strong. Imaginative camera work helps and you can easily ignore some of the medical inaccuracies. The dialogue, though, is where Facture fully delivers. The exchanges between the devious engineer and the driven attorney are great.


35. (19) Troy – 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Running time: 2h 43min

That Homer eh! Still got it after all these years. This is, of course, a telling of the Odyssey which means plenty of sand, sandals and sword fights. Brad Pitt nails the pretty boy in the army bit and Diane Kruger is delightful as Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. And the special effects that bring those thousand ships to life are excellent. There’s an age old love story here so it’s not just one for the boys.


34. (34) Chocolat – 2000

Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
Running time: 2h 1min

Nominated for 5 Oscars, Chocolat is up there with the best of the romcoms. This is a gentle movie about many things that matter life – love, sincerity, tolerance, good over evil and the enjoyment of life simple pleasures. And that includes chocolate of course. The performances from Jonny Depp, Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche in supporting roles are immaculate. Joanne Harris’ novel is brought to the screen perfectly.


33. (26) Hercules – 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods
Running time: 1h 33min

Hercules is a true story. Really. It’s just very, very old. For a Disney movie, Hercules is quite exceptional in the depth of the wit and humor in the dialogue. James Woods as Hades is magnificent and the other voice overs work equally well. There has been plenty of urban myth over the years about subliminal “adult” material buried in the movie and you can follow that debate yourselves. Suffice it to say that you don’t need kids around for a viewing of Hercules. This stands on it’s own two feet as a movie for grown-ups.


32. (-) Cape Fear – 1991

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Running time: 2hr 8min

Cape Fear is a remake of the 1962 original starring Rober Mitcham. It received two nominations and is a powerful psycho-thriller and you don’t need to be a Scorcese fan to watch it. This is one of De Niro’s better but more understated performances and there are some fine cameos from the cast of the original movie. This is definitely one to make your hair stand on end.


31. (-) From Dusk Till Dawn – 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis
Running time: 1hr 48min

From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino, is a nice piece of vampire/zombie horror. It’s an interesting twist that the bad guys (Tarantino plays a particularly nasty bad guy) are out done by some really really bad guys. Essentially a vehicle for the ocean of violence and gore that Tarantino fans expect, the subplot of a preacher who has lost his faith and has to find it again is the only depth to the movie, but even that is necessary rather than thought provoking. This is one for the boys, and that is proved by Salma Hayek in a bikini.


30. (-) The English Patient – 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe
Running time: 2hr 42min

The English Patient bagged a mere 9 Oscars. Perhaps it should rank higher on our list. In reality, winning Oscars doesn’t always relate to the popluarity of a movie. To watch this triumph requires an investment in the understanding of the material and not everyone has been prepared to do that. You should. The character portrayals are immaculate, the scenery powerful and the story complex without being over whelming.


29. (39) The Aviator – 2004

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
Running time: 2hr 50min

Many have heard of Howard Hughes but not everyone is aware of what a complete OCD weirdo he was. The Aviator goes a long way towards correcting that. Nominated for 11 Oscars and winner of 5, it plumbs the depths of Hughes mind with enormous sensitivity. Hughes inherited his fathers tool company (and therewith substantial weatlh) at a young age. This allowed him to indulge his passion for aviation. The great story comes from the Outlaw where he engaged his aircraft designers in the creation of a new concept in bras for Jane Russell.


28. (-) Bram Stokers Dracula – 1992

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Running time: 2h 8min

Who else had a Dracula then? The title implies that this is going to be a close to the book as possible and it largely succeeds. The blend of British and American actors works better than it might to tell the love story. And let’s be clear, this is a love story not a horror movie. The movie won 3 Oscars in the minor categories and might have been good for more. Have a good listen to the exceptional score by Wojciech Kilar.


27. (-) Film Worker – 2017

Directed by: Tony Zierra
Starring: Leon Vitali, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Lloyd
Running time: 1h 34min

Leon Vitali gave up a thriving career as an actor to become Stanley Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. This is a biopic that offers deep insights into the workings of Kubrick specifically and the movie industry generally. Anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals abound. Behind every genius there is nearly always the one who take the vision and helps turn it into reality. Vitali is that one.


26. (44) Love Actually – 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson and many more
Running time: 2h 15min

Arguably a chick flick – actually, let’s not argue, Love Actually is a chick flick. The movie follows the developing (or not so developing) relationships between a host of many interwoven characters. From the ever excellent pen of Richard Curtis, Love Actually assembles the cream of British comedy actors, and they deliver a typically British gentle but pervasive humour that has no message or moral tale. It’s just a romantic romp and, as such, it works.


25. (27) Interview with the Vampire – 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas
Running time: 2hr 3min

When you put two screen giants, in this case Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, on the screen together, beware the clash of egos. But it’s not just two; Interview with the Vampire is truly star studded. This is a gothic masterpiece that rightly earned two Oscar nominations. The story and the screenplay are both huge and the delivery from the cast faultless. Add an excellent soundtrack and some inspired art direction and you come up with a triumph of a movie.


24. (23) Moana – 2016

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Running time: 1h 47min

Not to be confused with the 2009 biopic about an Italian porn star of the same name, this is another Disney heroine movie in the vein of Mulan, Pocahontas, the Little Mermaid etc. This time we’re on a remote island in Polynesia to deal with the baddies. As you would expect, the Disney production is flawless and the movie works for adults and children alike. The songs are particularly strong and we can see the kids wanting to watch this over and over again.


23. (-) Animal House – 1978
Directed by: John Landis
Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce
Running time: 1hr 49min

Animal House was, and probably still is, one of the funniest movies every made. There have been many attempts to imitate but none has ever come close. The late great John Belushi’s creation of Bluto Blutarsky is a true piece of his genius. If you’ve never watched it, you should; and if you’ve seen it before, you’ll want to see it again. And if you’ve never crushed a beer can on your forehead, what better time to start.


22. (29) Finding Neverland – 2004

Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie
Running time: 1hr 46min

We are all aware of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell who have had plenty of coverage in the movies over the years. J.M. Barrie was a profilic Scottish writer in the late 19th/early 20th centuries and is widely attributed with inventing the girls name Wendy. This is the story of his real life relationship with the family who inspired his timeless creation. Sometimes it’s difficult to watch Johnny Depp in a role away from his usual surrealistic characters but this time it works.


21. (-) Close Encounters of The Third Kind – 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
Running time: 2h 18min

Looking back, it’s amazing that Close Encounters only bagged a single Oscar. Of it’s time, it was story telling of the very best – what would you expect from Spielberg? The idea of contact from an alien race touched many nerves and the idea the communication would be through music was a really nice touch. The movie hasn’t really aged and it’s nice to watch aliens who don’t want to wipe the human race out now and again.


20. (41) Beasts of No Nation – 2015

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor
Running time: 2h 17min

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Beasts of No Nation was the movie that Netflix had in its inventory to change cinema forever. While it didn’t quite cause the revolution they were hoping for, it did leave Netflixers with one of the best movies of 2015. Thought-provoking and moving, the movie starred Idris Elba and followed the civil conflict in Africa.


19. (14) The Hateful Eight – 2015

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Running time: 3h 7min

The Hateful Eight takes over 3 hours to earn its Oscar and that was for the music. As Tarantino movies go, there’s plenty of gore and violence but the dialogue really isn’t up to his usual standard. Also, the story is virtually non-existent; its just people killing other people. The movie was much hyped before its release and the script was leaked adding to the hype. If you’re a Tarantino fan, give it a go. If you’re a western fan, don’t expect a lot of glorious scenery.


18. (-) Ghostbusters – 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Running time: 1h 45min

Ghostbusters is, quite simply, a latter day comedy classic. The sequels do not do it justice and this is the movie of the franchise that has stood the test of time. Rick Moranis actually steals the show despite great performances from Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver and the laughs just keep coming. The two Oscar nominations include the theme song by Ray Parker Jr which anyone can still whistle. Excellent.


17. (35) Hot Fuzz – 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Running time: 2h 1min

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The second movie in the Cornetto trilogy is by far my favorite and thankfully, streaming on Netflix. With Nick Frost and Simon Pegg back in action, this time, instead of fighting zombies they’re patrolling a quaint and quiet town in the countryside. But not all is as it seems. Yes, Simon Peggs runs into a fence. Watch it.


16. (17) Shrek – 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Running time: 1hr 30min

Even Mike Myers bizarre Scottish accent adds something to Shrek. Years ahead of it’s time, this CGI masterpiece has value in every line and in every shot. The comedy works for children and adults alike and the storyline is worthy of the Brothers Grimm. But the stand out creation is Donkey as voiced by Eddie Murphy. This irrepressible oaf is one of the finest characters the movie industry has ever dreamt up. Watch it on Netflix while you can and then buy the DVD.


15. (3) The African Queen – 1951

Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
Running time: 1h 45min

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We’ve written before about this Oscar winner and are delighted to be able to write about it again. Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn are giants of the cinema screen and their delivery of the story of an extraordinary relationship between two ill-matched people is an object lesson in acting for the current generation. Set in Africa during the second world war, the story, frankly plays second fiddle to the unfolding love story and you can feel every emotion that the characters feel. This is a classic that should be on everyone’s “seen that” list.


14. (7) The King’s Speech – 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Running time: 1h 58min

When the British knock out a great movie, they don’t hang around. The King’s Speech collected 4 Oscars from it’s 12 nominations. There is an enduring respect if not love for the British royal family around the world and there seems to be and enduring appetite for stories about them. Reference, of course, the Netflix Original drama The Crown. Events surrounding the abdication are well know but this is a nice look at what was going on from a completely different angle.


13. (37) Kill Bill

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and many more
Running times: 1h 51min, 2h 17min

We’ve bundled the two Kill Bill movies together because they’re basically one movie and should be watched in one sitting. Apart from the combined length, it remains a mystery why they were released separately. This is Tarantino trademark violence and gore. The scenes in Japan are especially powerful and the use of animation is a really clever stuff.


12. (36) Million Dollar Baby – 2004

Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
Running time: 2hr 12min

It’s good to have Clint Eastwood in our list again. Million Dollar Baby is the story of an aspiring female boxer, her reluctant coach and their developing relationship. For a sports theme movie it did well at the Oscars bagging 4 of the little gold statutes. Since the last sports movie to achieve this was Chariots of Fire, this is testament to the quality of the movie. Hilary Swank is Maggie Fitzerald; a great performance. And watch out for Morgan Freeman as well.


11. (24) No Country for Old Men – 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Running time: 2hr 2min

The Coen brothers at the top of their game bring us a multi-Oscar winning masterpiece.  Javier Bardem who plays the worst of baddies is the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar, and it’s obvious why he won from his first scene. The movie has no music, and that adds to the tension. Cast your mind back to Jaws and what the music did for that movie, and you’ll start to realise just how well this movie is made to maintain it’s tension without a soundtrack. Here’s a throwaway: did you know that a movie which starts with a voice over should always end with a voice over.


10. (18) The Truman Show – 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Running time: 1h 43min

Jim Carrey made his name as a lightning fast rubber faced comedian and his ventures into serious roles have not always been comfortable. The Truman Show stands apart. The concept is a wonderful piece of “what if” imagination and it’s perfectly explored. The metaphorical development of the boy to the man and his ultimate liberation will leave you with tears in your eyes.


9. (10) Unforgiven – 1992

Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
Running time: 2h 10min

Clint Eastwood is an all too rare visitor to our top 50. William Munny is a killer. If it moves, he kills it. But at the end of his career he is having regrets as he takes on one last job. This is a gritty look at the “Wild West” and is a major departure from the spaghetti westerns in which Eastwood first appeared. Gene Hackman brings an extraordinary tension to the movie and the supporting cast all help deliver a masterpiece for which Eastwood was, quite rightly, awarded an Oscar.


8. (21) LA Confidential – 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger and more
Running time: 2hr 18min

A strait-laced, a brutal, and a sleazy cop – three crime drama stereotypes – hammer through the corruption of 1950s Los Angeles. Ho hum. We have an all star cast, a fine adaptation of a novel, excellent direction, observant production and some great photography. Even though she didn’t get top billing, she’s the focus of the poster and Kim Bassinger is superb. As we’ve already observed, there’s more tha enough crime drama about but this one of the better.


7. (20) Scarface – 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
Running time: 2hr 50 min

Say hello to my little review. See what we did there? Oft quoted but rarely seen, Scarface is the movie for which Al Pacino is most remembered. A brutal look at the drug world in Miami that sees Tony Montana rise to the top and then become the target, Scarface is uncomfortably violent. The screenplay is completely reliant on the f***bomb. Bizarrely, we are sympathetic to the evil scarface. This is definitely a classic.


6. (-) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
Running time: 1hr 48min

With an Oscar for best writing, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a love story with a twist. The love has apparently gone and the two lovers seek to have the memories erased from their minds. But they can’t. This movie works on many levels and the emotional backdrop will draw you in like no other love story.


5. (-) Good Will Hunting – 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Running time: 2hr 6min

By the time he made Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was firmly established as a highly competent serious actor. The storyline is not complicated but the characterisations are and the professor student relationship is perfectly delivered. In April this year, The Empire Top 100 list had Good Will Hunting at no97. For unknown reasons, the movie wasn’t universally well received but, we think, should have been higher in the list.


4. (13) Se7en – 1995

Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey
Running time: 2hr 7min

Pitched as a crime drama (yawn), Se7en is much nearer to a horror classic (unyawn). This is a darkly disturbing movie in which the serial killer is on a project to get rid of seven people guilty of the seven deadly sins. These are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth in case you’d forgotten. Spoiler alert? The seventh victim…. no, no no.


3. (15) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
Running time: 2hr 58min

The almighty Lord of the Rings trilogy from the classic novel by J.R.R Tolkein begins with The Fellowship of the Ring. No doubt, The Two Towers and the Return of the King will follow soon. The three hours will seem so much shorter as the incredible CGI and other special effects become totally absorbing. It’s rare that something on this epic scale is attempted and rarer still when it completely succeeds. Watch this with awe.


2. (1) Schindlers List – 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Running time: 3h 15min

Another classic from the great Steven Spielberg, Schindlers List is the true story of the efforts of a conscientious German businessman to help Jews avoid the Nazi concentration camps. Oskar Schindler was not a particularly likeable person which makes this story even more remarkable. This is a long movie at over 3 hours but the 7 Oscars it won explain why it’s a must watch. Let’s hope it’s lessons have been learned for all time.


1. (2) The Godfather – 1972, The Godfather: Part II – 1974, The Godfather: Part III – 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert de Niro and many more
Running time: 2h 55min, 3h 22min and 2h 42min. 8h 59min total.

It is only right that we in include the 3 Godfather movies as a trilogy (the only trilogy ever where each movie has won Oscars). At one minute shy of nine hours you really do need to set aside a weekend and watch all three from beginning to end. The Corleone family are mafia without doubt but we never actually learn what they get up to because that isn’t important. What is important it that this is a family fighting to protect itself against all comers – bad and badder. Never are we invited to dislike any of them and the last tragedy of the movie will have you in tears. An absolute must.

Tim Colman

Tim helped co-found What's on Netflix with Kasey back in 2013 after a career in publishing covering both the skiing and the scuba diving sectors. Tim loves the older movies and cult classics which shines through in his features and top movies list. Tim also maintains the central database for What's on Netflix driving the A-Z library. Tim resides in Norwich, UK.