We all know the problem - it’s the weekend, you’ve got a free afternoon, and you’re up for a good movie with some good snacks and some good company - except literally none of you have any idea what to watch.
We probably spend more time scrolling through Netflix than actually watching things on it, so what we thought we’d do is out together this list of the 20 best films on the UK version of the streaming service - ranked by their IMDb rating.
We looked through the IMDb top 250, found the ones that were on Netflix, and have compiled them all here for you to check off one by one, because we’re good to you like that.
'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994)
IMDb rank: 1st
“Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.”
The film regarded by many as the greatest ever made is right there for you on Netflix. You’ve almost certainly already seen it, and if you haven’t, you’ve probably already had dozens of people tell you that you have to watch it, which has made you really not want to watch it, because that’s how our stupid brains work.
'Schindler's List' (1993)
IMDb rank: 6th
“In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.”
For when nothing but that dark feeling of harrowing despair will really do.
'Pulp Fiction' (1994)
IMDb rank: 7th
“The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.”
This film comes top of the list of ‘movies I haven’t seen that people get extremely angry at me for’, and honestly, I can’t even complain. It’s on Netflix, there is literally no excuse. I’m sorry.
'Fight Club' (1999)
IMDb rank: 10th
“An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.”
'City of God' (2002)
IMDb rank: 21st
“Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.”
'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (1964)
IMDb rank: 55th
“An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.”
This is the first of quite a few black and white films that make the list. It can be a little off-putting in this day and age, but when the films are this good, you find yourself forgetting very quickly.
'Cinema Paradiso' (1988)
IMDb rank: 56th
“A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema’s projectionist.”
'Django Unchained' (2012)
IMDb rank: 60th
“With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.”
Tarantino gets a very good showing in this list by virtue of a) making lots of very good movies and b) being kind enough to let us all watch them for less than a tenner a month.
'Das Boot' (1981)
IMDb rank: 70th
“The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.”
Sadly my favourite German film, The Lives of Others, isn’t available on Netflix. However, Das Boot is still a total classic.
IMDb rank: 72nd
“Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.”
'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962)
IMDb rank: 89th
“Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.”
The book has just been banned in a number of American schools because the racial tensions in it make people feel uncomfortable. You couldn’t make this shit up.
'Good Will Hunting' (1997)
IMDb rank: 103rd
“Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.”
'For a Few Dollars More' (1965)
IMDb rank: 105th
“Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.”
Your dad probably loves this film. Classic Sunday afternoon dad fodder, this. You’ll have to show him how to work Netflix, though.
'All About Eve' (1950)
IMDb rank: 113th
“An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theatre friends.”
'On the Waterfront' (1954)
IMDb rank: 138th
“An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.”
IMDb rank: 153rd
“The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.”
Tom Hardy is in it, which means you should watch it. Simple as that, really.
IMDb rank: 161st
“Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.”
Steve Buscemi is in it, which means you should watch it. Simple as that, really.
'The Big Lebowski' (1998)
IMDb rank: 166th
“‘The Dude’ Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.”
'Kill Bill : Vol. 1' (2003)
IMDb rank: 175th
“The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.”
*starts to whistle*
'How to Train your Dragon' (2010)
IMDb rank: 177th
“A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.”
I honestly love this film with all my heart and was really happy when I found out it makes this list. Easily one of the best animated movies ever made, in my very personal opinion. I want Toothless to be my best friend.