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5 Best Movies Streaming On Netflix

Netflix is synonymous with binge-watching (House of Cards and Call the Midwife, y’all!), and its selection of movie is just as formidable as its television and cable series offerings. If you’re looking for something to whet your cinematic whistle, look no further than these five favorites.

Oldboy (2003)

 

Before Spike Lee remade Oldboy with Josh Brolin, it was a brutal story of revenge known as Oldeuboi in its native South Korea. In it, Dae-su Oh (played by a haggard, simmering Min-sik Choi) seeks revenge after being held prisoner in a mysterious room for 15 years. The film includes an infamous hallway hammer fight scene and concludes with an ending that’s utterly visceral and shocking. If you can stomach graphic violence, don’t miss this original production.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

It’s hard to believe that this landmark achievement was released over 25 years ago. The marriage of live action and animation is fluid even with the now dated effects. The late Bob Hoskins stars as a down-and-out gumshoe who is reluctantly recruited to help the eponymous Roger clear his name. Full of inside jokes and classic cartoon characters from Bettie Boop to Daffy Duck, this is a must-see for the whole family.

Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers deceives us into thinking it’s little more than mindless sci-fi action—and sometimes it is. But it is a commentary on government and global conflict, with swarms of massive space bugs and a love story in between. Whether it’s playing at political undertones or video game-style intergalactic warfare, this one’s a wild ride from start to finish.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Wes Anderson crafts a storybook world for Moonrise Kingdom, a coming-of-age story that’s at once unique and universal. With an all-star cast including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, and Bruce Willis on tap, Kingdom is a colorful, heartfelt treat for hipster cinema lovers.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

This Robert Mulligan-directed depiction of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is all Atticus Finch played by Gregory Peck. As a white lawyer who agrees to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in Jim Crow-era Alabama, Peck’s performance is everything. Winner of three Oscars including Best Actor and Adapted Screenplay, Mockingbird is a tour de force that will be synonymous with the book for generations to come.

Because Netflix can be known for swapping out its roster, be sure to check out these standouts before the streaming company switches it up.