It’s that time of year when the outdoors suck, delivery food is that much more enticing, and you’d stock up at the video store if that were still a thing. But in the world of streaming, it can often feel overwhelming to settle on a good movie when every friend has a different opinion about which one to watch. Let us narrow it down for you with these Netflicks that never disappoint.
Ip Man (2008)
Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) stars as Ip Man, a famous martial artist (and eventual master to Bruce Lee) in Foshan, a city in China, as the country is transformed by the second World War. Fights were choreographed by classic kung fu star Sammo Hung, who even faces off with Yen in the sequel, Ip Man 2, in a memorable fight involving many, many chairs. All the action definitely qualifies it as one of the best movies on Netflix for an entertaining night with friends.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Charles Lee Ray has come back as a maniacal, killer doll so many times that it’s easy to lose track, and in 2017 original Child’s Play director Don Mancini successfully played with that very concept in what we can safely is one of the best movies on Netflix. Various survivors of Chucky’s rampage have all been assembled for group therapy in a single asylum. Meanwhile, not too far away, Chucky’s first target, Andy Barclay, spends his time as a recluse, smoking weed with the decapitated but still wisecracking head of the original Chucky. So if that doll’s busy toking up, who are these other assholes?
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
A camp sci-fi classic, The Day The Earth Stood still tells the tale of the world’s first contact with extraterrestrials, a shapeshifting diplomat named Klaatu, and his large robot friend Gort. In the 2008 remake with Keanu Reeves, the aliens came to our planet to warn us about climate change, while in the original the aliens came to prevent nuclear annihilation. Now both themes are relevant!
Hellraiser II: Hellbound (1988)
For a first time director, Clive Barker knocked it out of the park with Hellraiser, a tonally accurate adaptation of, albeit, his own novella. While the gruesome and erotically charged original is a classic, it’s the second one where things really go way off the rails. VHS superstar Tony Randall takes audiences into the world’s trippy, labyrinthian hell.
Basic Instinct (1992)
This movie owns and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Eight out of ten times Paul Verhoeven can do no wrong. I’m not even going to get into Showgirls, someone wrote a whole book about that.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Tim Burton’s first outing with a feature film remains one of his best—and one of the best movies of Netflix. Uninhibited, id-driven and rabid, Paul Rubens original man-child puts all YouTube celebrities to shame. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Is Werner Herzog’s alien-minded meditation on oil and violence the cheeriest thing in the world? No. But how else are you going to get the extremely esoteric reference to it in the Rick and Morty episode where Jerry is asked to have his dick cut off?
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
I’m not sure if this family comedy about a sasquatch living with John Lithgow will ever leave Netflix’s library. But that’s no reason to get complacent.
Jackie Brown (1997)
This film is Quentin Tarantino’s most reserved and, arguably, his best. Blacksploitation legend Pam Grier plays the titular Jackie Brown, a flight attendant attempting to hustle the people who have been using her as a smuggler. Along the way, she forms an unlikely partnership with a bail agent.
Force Majeure (2014)
This black comedy rocked critics a few years ago, making it surely one of the best movies on Netflix. When an avalanche seems to break out at a ski resort, a father, Tomas, abandons his family to save himself. It was a false alarm, but Tomas now has to weather the guilt, and mockery, for the rest of the trip.