While Netflix has long been regarded as one of the finest streaming platforms around, bringing you the freshest titles from across the globe, it also has a fantastic array of blockbuster classics to sink your teeth into. That’s why we’re bringing you five perfect movies to watch on Netflix right now.
Defining the perfect movie is a near-impossible task to take on. The idea of perfection is one that changes from person to person, year to year and perhaps even day to day. The truth is, no one film can be described as perfect. However, within the five titles below, we think we have got as close as can be. We are bringing you a collection of five-star movies to enjoy.
More often than not, we find ourselves doomscrolling through Netflix, trying to determine our next go-to watch — the next piece of entertainment. Brain fog usually affects our judgement, and we end up grumpy and sleepy, unable to decide on a film. Worry not; we at Best of Netflix have decided to create a comprehensive list for you every week to choose your next weekend watch.
Expect to see entries from acclaimed directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. There are also noted appearances from some of our favourite actors such as Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep.
Below, we’ve got five perfect movies to watch on Netflix.
Five perfect movies on Netflix:
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi action thriller revolves around a group of dream terrorists who invade their target’s subconscious and rummage around for the secrets they are looking for. Christopher Nolan intricately constructs layer after layer of dreams and consciousness and weaves important symbols into these layers. Inception is his most direct exploration of his obsession with human psychology.
It is an ambitious project whose concept is very appealing, but it fails to translate well to the cinematic medium. Inception aims for complexity but ends up being complicated, with no respite for the viewer except for the philosophical examinations of dream architecture. Still, it remains one of Nolan’s best efforts.
Watch Inception on Netflix now.
Taxi Driver (1976)
We’re all guilty of being Martin Scorsese fans. However, can we really be blamed for drooling over Scorsese’s magnificent masterpiece, Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro at his absolute best? Tarantino even said that the character of Travis Bickle is “the greatest first-person character study ever committed to film.” we cannot help but agree as we revel in the brilliance of this jarring and nightmarish masterpiece that saw intense dialogic exchanges and sublime cinematography.
Vietnam war veteran Travis Bickle leads a lonely and desolate life as a taxi driver in morally bankrupt New York City. Disgusted by the moral degradation amidst forced prostitution, corruption and general dysfunction, Travis’ descent into madness, frenzy and violence marks the beginning of a harrowing film.
Watch Taxi Driver on Netflix now.
Apocalypse Now (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.
Kramer v Kramer (1979)
The wrought emotional drama Kramer vs. Kramer is a well-known classic about a work-obsessed Manhattan advertising executive who is forced to learn long-neglected parenting skills after his wife leaves him. This develops into a bitter custody battle over the child, revealing some harsh scars their marriage left behind.
This film is made by its performances, with the dynamic of Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman making for a formidable duo, making this emotional drama into something energetic and dynamic. It certainly helped that the movie was directed and written by the three-time Oscar winner Robert Benton.
Watch Kramer vs. Kramer on Netflix now.
Cuban refugee Tony Montana is granted a green card along with his friends Manny, Angel and Chi-Chi by the infamous Miami drug kingpin Frank Lopez in exchange for their loyal services where they are required to murder a former Cuban general. As Tony starts venturing into the Miami drug trade, he is ruthlessly merciless and kills anyone who stands an obstacle in his path to move forward. Slowly, he becomes a well-known drug lord and controls all cocaine operations; however, his drug-fuelled benders coupled with immense pressure from the police and their hostile relationship with the Colombian drug cartels threaten to ruin his empire.
Martin Scorsese allegedly told one of the actors that they needed to “be prepared because they’re going to hate it in Hollywood … because it’s about them.” The film sees Al Pacino revel in the grandiose and extravagance of the hypnotic Tony Montana – a role that seems to be tailormade for him. The film boasts of ultra-violence while constantly drawing attention to the impending doom; raging cynicism thins out the line between morality and grandeur. Pacino and De Palma together transcend the tropes of a conventional gangster film, producing a masterfully crafted story of violence and drugs that shall make the viewers shudder.
Watch Scarface on Netflix now.