Ah, Netflix. That wonderful, wonderful invention that made chilling a much, much better concept. But alas, its library cannot hold all the titles at the same time — either because of that complicated clause in an agreement with the movie and television studios or simply because it’s time to change up users’ choices. While the streaming service prepares to shed some titles in December, what can couch potatoes “Netflix and chill” in the last few days of November? We list the top five movies that are just must-watch classics before they’re gone from Netflix.
1) The Omen
We don’t know about you, but over here at MNG, when we hear “movies” and “binge watching” together in a sentence, our minds automatically go to horror films. So if you are serious about catching all five classic movie recommendations before December rolls in — and in one sitting, no less — we say start with this 1976 classic. It is, after all, one of the top grossing films of the year of its release. Plus, starting off with a thriller is a good reason to switch off the lights, curl in bed, and signal to the world that you’re signing off and starting a movie binge fest.
After such a scare, one needs a feel-good movie of sorts. While this Michael Hoffman-directed film is not a classic in the strictest terms, it has quite a cult following. Also, an ensemble cast is always a must in any mixed genre movie binge fest. And this film does feature a very talented cast with it — Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, and Teri Hatcher. Oh, if you’re into that “Jane the Virgin” vibe, then this one is a must!
Christopher Nolan may no longer be directing the new Batman films but he still has other movies — old and new — that movie buffs just have to catch. And “Insomnia” is one of his must-watch films. Sure, it’s no “Inception” or “The Dark Knight” but it’s still a movie featuring two of the greatest actors ever, Al Pacino and Robin Williams. The Nolan-Pacino-Williams combo should be enough reason to pick this movie up.
4) The Great Escape
It’s an old-timer, all-timer. Sadly, it’s exiting from Netflix’s library in a few days. So you better catch it. Now. Or maybe over the weekend. Steve McQueen may be the main star but Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Donald, James Garner, and Donald Pleasance provide support that’s worthy of any weekend movie catch-up.
5) All About Eve
Then we all wrap-up the session with the most classic of them all. Not only is this film 65 years old, it also is a huge winner in the Academy Awards, having 14 nominations (the most a film ever had, only matched by the 1997 “Titanic”). It bagged four wins during ceremony night, including Best Picture and Best Director for Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
So there you have it. Excited for a movie fest this weekend? What did you think of the list? Are there any other films you’re raring to watch? Do let us know in the comments section.