When I came home from the Providence Bowl two weeks ago, I attempted to do what I always routinely do when I am utterly disappointed–sleep. However, after a month of school and staying up until 3 a.m. to finish calculus homework, going to sleep at 11 p.m. was just something I was no longer accustomed to.
So, I did what I always do when I have nothing to do: text the lovely people I call my friends. And yet when the one word replies from my half-asleep comrades did not suffice as a source of my entertainment, I turned to my third foolproof plan—Netflix.
Why would a godly creation such as instantly streaming movies across the Internet only be third on my list of go-to activities when I’m lying in bed at 11 p.m. at night? Because it is nearly impossible to find a good movie on Netflix in a reasonable amount of time.
It’s not that Netflix has bad movies; it’s just that Netflix conceals the great ones with strange indie flicks that no one has ever heard of. There are plenty of good films on Netflix, but to save you from scouring the menu I present unto you, the top 10 must-watch movies on Netflix.
10. Clueless (1995, PG-13)
This movie is by far a must-watch for all who admire the cliché, predictable ‘chick flick’ and should nevertheless be watched by all just because it features Paul Rudd. ”Clueless” portrays the tale of 16-year-old glitzy, ditzy rich girl Cher Horowitz who appears to have the perfect lifestyle, however, learns throughout the movie that her superficial ways and materialistic objects may not be what she needs to be happy, while also testing her relationships with everyone around her. If anyone appreciates the sappy, spirited aspect of the chick flick, do yourself a favor and invest your time into this movie.
9. Meet the Parents (2000, PG-13)
This is one of those movies where I could literally not stop laughing. Robert De Niro perfectly plays a former CIA director who spends the movie interrogating male, Jewish nurse, Greg Focker, to determine if he is right for his daughter. If you have a sense of humor and could spend 10 minutes laughing at cat jokes and the names Gaylord and Martha Focker, then this is the movie for you.
8. Drive (2011, R)
I am not an action/adventure kind of person, but I am a Ryan Gosling kind of person, which is the only reason why I initially decided to watch this movie.
However, as it continued on I found that I was actually captivated by the plot of the movie and not just the way Ryan Gosling looked in his sleek leather jacket. The Driver, played by Gosling, spends the film as a getaway driver in various criminal heists.
Although the movie has minimal dialogue and a scene count that you could count on one hand, “Drive” has everything– action, crime, drama, romance, violence, and a showcase of the ever impressive Ryan Gosling furiously stomping someone in the head to death. Nevertheless, this is definitely a must-watch.
7. Paper Moon (1973, PG)
“Paper Moon” is the ultimate road trip movie.
Set in 1936, 9-year-old orphan Addie Loggins is sent on a road trip with con artist bible salesman, Moses Pray, who may or may not be her father. However, Addie is not as sweet or innocent as she appears and is actually a profuse user of profanity, cigarettes and sabotage, and together Addie and Moses join forces in stealing from and conning all who they come in contact with.
6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, G)
Being an Audrey Hepburn fan, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was a movie that I had been dying to see, so imagine my excitement when I discovered it was available on Netflix.
Holly Golightly is a girl who soars freely through life with a carefree spirit and designer clothes, yet is so afraid of commitment that she doesn’t even give her cat a name. However, her stance against commitment is challenged once she meets her new neighbor.
This romantic comedy is everything a romantic comedy should be, and the ending is absolute perfection.
5. Office Space (1999, R)
You have not seen three grown men viciously smash a printer in slow motion to Geto Boys until you have watched “Office Space.”
4.Good Will Hunting (1997, R)
“Good Will Hunting” is a ’90s classic. This film has heart, passion, inspiration, Ben Affleck, and on top of all that it is set in Boston. This movie could not get more perfect.
Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a gifted, yet rebellious janitor at MIT, who is able to quickly solve a math problem that stumps MIT students. He is prompted by an MIT professor to solve his problems by solving more math and seeing a therapist.
As a viewer, you become attached to Will Hunting, and the end is more than one can hope for.
3. Heathers (1988, R)
Whenever I try to explain the plot of Heathers I never fail to receive strange stares. “Oh, you know “Heathers” is a movie where this girl and her boyfriend go around killing popular people in their school and then cover it up as a suicide. Its one of my favorite movies!”
Yet, “Heathers“ is the quintessential dark comedy, and should be watched by anyone with a sense a humor, a beating pulse or with an odd hatred toward the name Heather.
2. Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979, PG)
I have a thing for films that win Oscars, which is how I stumbled upon this movie this summer. And let me tell you, “Kramer Vs. Kramer” well deserves its Oscar for Best Picture.
In the movie, Ted Kramer is suddenly abandoned by his wife Joanna and left to raise his six-year-old son, Billy, on his own. Downright compelling, this film keeps your attention for the 105 minutes that Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep grace the screen.
1.The Graduate (1967, PG)
Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate, does not know what to do with his future, so he allows his father’s business partner’s wife to seduce him on multiple occasions. Yet, this relationship with the famous Mrs. Robinson becomes a tad bit complicated when Ben decides to date her daughter.
“The Graduate” is just too good to pass up, and if that’s not enough reason to drop whatever you’re doing to watch it, then the fact that Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World is in it should suffice.
Plastics, Ben. Plastics.
By Jacqueline LeBlanc
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