Ever have those nights where you say, “Let’s watch something on Netflix,” and half an hour later you’re still browsing the streaming movie options looking for the one that fits your mood and makes everyone happy? Well, search no more. Here are 15 classic films you can find on Netflix right now that won’t lead you astray.
1. “Shakespeare In Love”
Naysayers weren’t happy that “Shakespeare in Love” won Best Picture at the 1998 Oscars. But this classic movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in the lead roles is always a winner in our book.
2. “Jurassic Park”
No matter how many times you’ve seen this film, you get as much pleasure out of it as you did during your first viewing. Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster holds up today with its mixture of action, thriller, touches of comedy (thank you Dr. Malcom) and dinosaur special effects.
3. “Good Will Hunting”
Film bros Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote a funny and heart-wrenching film. And, Robin Williams is stellar in his role as counselor-mentor to a brilliant, but troubled, kid from Southie.
4. “The Parent Trap”
Watch it with or without your kids, because the original “Parent Trap” is good clean fun. Plus, you can marvel over the early 1960s film magic that turned Hayley Mills into twin sisters.
5. “The Princess Bride”
“The Princess Bride” is the perfect blend of romance, action and quotable movie lines. Have fun stormin’ the castle.
6. “After the Wedding”
This lesser-know, multi-layered Danish film will surprise you. The movie follows a man who thinks he’s pursuing a donation for his charity and finds himself on just this side of melodrama.
7. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Has an ugly brown creature ever been so lovable? Can any other movie stir up as much childhood nostalgia as this one? (Answers: No and no.) Bonus: A young Drew Barrymore.
It’s hard not to adore every colorful, quirky scene in this French film. The tale of a lonely do-gooder stumbling on love will charm you. And the standout cinematography makes Amelie’s Paris particularly magical.
A musical classic to get you tapping your feet while sitting on the couch. And wondering why you never got any summer loving.
10. “10 Things I Hate About You”
We can’t watch this one now without thinking about the late Heath Ledger. But it doesn’t ruin this ’90s remake of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Just makes it all the more memorable.
11. “Animal House”
The frat house movie to rule all frat house movies. We can watch the scenes of John Belushi stacking up cafeteria food and smashing a poor balladeer’s guitar over and over again.
12. “The Usual Suspects”
“The Usual Suspects” is still just as compelling of a film even when you know the twist ending is coming.
13. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Matthew Broderick takes a sick day and takes over Chicago. Still probably one of the best films to watch when you’re playing hookey yourself.
14. “To Kill A Mockingbird”
A classic movie remake of a classic book. Gregory Peck shines as Atticus Finch.
15. “Grosse Point Blank”
Minnie Driver and John Cusack are a killer couple in this flick about a hired assassin who goes home for his high school reunion.
When you talk about movie history, “Metropolis” comes under the sci-fi landmark category. The special effects were cutting edge at the time the film came out in 1927.
Planning a movie marathon? Here are even more great movies on Netflix.