Scrolling, scrolling, endless scrolling. This is the usual pattern of behaviour when trying to pick out a great movie to watch. When you add another person into the mix, trying to decide on a film to watch on Netflix can be impossible to endure. As the weekend approaches and the need for mindless or mindful entertainment once again draw closer, the screams of frustration permeate the land. We hear your cries, and we have an answer: the five best films to watch on Netflix this weekend.
With thousands of movies on offer, finding great content on Netflix isn’t the most challenging thing to do. However, with so much choice, often, breaking those thousands of titles into a concise list of great movies to watch can feel like an unwelcomed uphill task. Thankfully, we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Of course, you could use the many cheat codes the platform provides as a guiding hand, but, in reality, they offer more selective choices. For the indecisive among us, it is simply something that only acts as a more annoying step toward complete mental destruction. Instead, we’re committing to bringing you five interesting films you can stream on Netflix every single week, and this week is a doozy.
With so many new titles arriving on Netflix every month, it can be easy to become distracted from the plethora of classic movies they have on offer. Below, we’ve picked out five of our favourites, including notable additions from Franci Ford Coppola and his war epic Apocalypse Now, the effortlessly charming Rob Reiner rom-com When Harry Met Sally and a rare Robert De Niro comedy.
It makes for a serious list of incredible films. So, if you’re finding it hard to figure out what movies to play this weekend, then look no further.
5 must-watch movies on Netflix right now:
Apocalypse Now – Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
Loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s famous 1902 novella Heart of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 epic Apocalypse Now is arguably the most ambitious project in his extensive filmmaking career. It is a retelling of the problematic source text in the context of the Vietnam War, which allegorically deconstructs the evils of American interference, colonialism and the human capacity for unabashed hatred.
“What is considered avant-garde in one moment, 20 years later, is used for wallpaper and becomes part of the culture. It seemed that’s what had happened with [Apocalypse Now],” Coppola said. “When I was making this, I didn’t carry a script around. I carried a green Penguin paperback copy of Heart of Darkness with all my underlining in it. I made the movie from that.”
Watch Apocalypse Now on Netflix.
When Harry Met Sally – Rob Reiner (1989)
Probably the most famous of Rob Reiner’s works, When Harry Met Sally… remains an integral part of American popular culture even after all these years. One of the classic romantic comedies, many films followed in its footsteps for years to come after its release.
It asks many questions by setting up the simple premise of a man and a woman who run into each other on multiple occasions, engaging in intense but fleeting connections. A central part of their relationship is maintaining the tension between the two friends who are afraid to enter uncharted territory.
O Brother Where Art Thou – Joel and Ethan Coen (2000)
A brilliant adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is definitely among the lesser-seen works by the Coen brothers, which is a shame because it is right up there with their very best. Featuring a fantastic central cast, the film follows the misadventures of three prisoners who break free from a chain gang.
Set during the Great Depression, the brothers draw inspiration from various sources ranging from the Greek epic to the brilliant 1941 masterpiece Sullivan’s Travels by Preston Sturges. The film is a hilarious cinematic experience, and Roger Deakins’ cinematography is mesmerising as always.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michael Gondry (2004)
In back-to-back dramatic roles, Jim Carrey followed up his 1998 success of The Truman Show with Man on the Moon — a tempestuous Andy Kauffman biopic — the following year, a film that would signpost the personal troubles ahead for the actor as he struggled with the demands of the method acting performance.
Whilst a success, the film paled in comparison to the cult popularity of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry’s heartbreaking science-fiction romance that spoke to a surreal reality of an ever more technologically intrigued world. In his most emotionally wrought performance to date, Carrey demonstrates the true range of his acting, with his historic comedic wit playing a large part in the viewer’s empathy as his character’s life withers along with his reality.
Meet The Parents – Jay Roach (2000)
It’s easy to get lost in the legendary status of Robert De Niro. The iconic actor has so many inspiring accolades to his name across several imperative roles that his place in cinema’s pantheon is guaranteed. One film, however, that doesn’t get the respect it deserves is Meet The Parents, the Jay Roach film from 2000. 22 years later, it stands up as a wholesome family film.
Starring De Niro alongside Ben Stiller, the two actors deliver a pulverising comedic performance, with De Niro operating as the ultimate straight man. Packed to the brim with cringing moments of embarrassingly funny situations, this is a classic film worthy of your time.