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The 14 Films You’ll Feel Embarrassed Not To Have Seen On Netflix

You know that horrible feeling when someone asks you if you've seen a classic film and you have to either admits that you haven't or pretend that you loved "that bit when that guy did that thing"? Especially when you've seen all of the Transformers films. Twice.

To prevent this from happening so often, we've gone through the entire catalogue of Netflix UK to find 14 of the films that you really should have seen. Unless you've seen them all and you can just spend the next five minutes smugly smiling at your reflection in the mirror.

  • The 14 Films You'll Feel Embarrassed Not To Have Seen On Netflix

    His Girl Friday

    Year: 1940

    You should see it because: It's quite possibly the greatest screwball comedy ever made with the pairing of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell making for on-screen chemistry that most actors would kill their agent for.

    Watch it here

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    Bicycle Thieves

    Year: 1948

    You should see it because: It's considered not only one of the greatest foreign films ever but also one of the greatest films ever period and won a special Oscar for Most Outstanding Foreign Film a full seven years before that category became official

    Watch it here

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    The Godfather

    Year: 1972

    You should see it because: It's still an impeccable gangster film simmering with tension and iconic dialogue that influenced so many films that came after.

    Watch it here

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    American Graffiti

    Year: 1973

    You should see it because: It's a sweetly nostalgic film that made a whopping $140 million from a $770,000 budget, making it one of the most profitable films ever made. 

    Watch it here

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    Mean Streets

    Year: 1973

    You should see it because: It's early Scorsese that still plays with so much vibrancy and energy that it could have been made yesterday.

    Watch it here

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    Network

    Year: 1976

    You should see it because: Its razor sharp satire of television and the appeal of outrage is still incredibly relevant today.

    Watch it here

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    Airplane!

    Year: 1980

    You should see it because: Unlike the majority of parody films in its wake, this is still really really really painfully funny.

    Watch it here

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    Wall Street

    Year: 1987

    You should see it because: No other film in the 80s sums up the decade quite so well, thanks to its indulgent aesthetic and materialistic focus.

    Watch it here

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    Cinema Paradiso

    Year: 1988

    You should see it because: It's virtually impossible not to fall for the charms of this crowd-pleasing Oscar winner from Italy which will particularly appeal to, you gussed it, cineastes. 

    Watch it here

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    Boyz N The Hood

    Year: 1991

    You should see it because: It's a troubling and compelling look at early 90s LA and remains one of the most impressive debuts ever, especially since director John Singleton was just 23 when it was released.

    Watch it here

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    Reservoir Dogs

    Year: 1992

    You should see it because: It set a new benchmark for independent cinema by combining a magpie’s eye for pop culture with snappy dialogue and a suite of fully formed characters, 

    Watch it here

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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Year: 1994

    You should see it because: While it might have become the go-to favourite film for people who don't really watch films, there's no denying the impeccable storytelling on display.

    Watch it here

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    Fargo

    Year: 1996

    You should see it because: It's quite possibly the finest Coen brothers film with a range of perfectly cast actors and an unusual storyline that improves with every watch.

    Watch it here

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    Good Will Hunting

    Year: 1998

    You should see it because: It's one of the few feel-good films where the emotions are genuinely earned and it's a fitting tribute to the late Robin Williams.

    Watch it here

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