If you don’t yet have Netflix, you’re missing out on some great movies and TV shows. Sure, Netflix is still expanding and increasing their number of entertainment titles, but there are still plenty to go around. Listed below are the top 5 movies to watch on Netflix that you may not have seen, but most definitely should.
Starring Chris Evans and Mark Kassen
Many people may know Chris Evans for playing Captain America, but before he graced the big screen as an Avenger, Evans gave one of his greatest performances in this movie. The story is based on true events in which lawyers Mike Weiss (Evans) and Paul Dazinger (Kassen) take on large medical corporations who refuse to switch to safer and better syringes regardless of how it’s affecting their nurses and people around the world. It begins with a nurse who injects herself by accident trying to help a patient and winds up with AIDS. It’s a powerful and educational story about needles and the fight Weiss and Dazinger take on to help make them safer. Adding another layer to the story is Weiss’s own usage of needles for drugs. It’s a must watch movie you’ll enjoy for the drama and lessons learned.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, and Jesse Moss
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is not a typical horror movie. It’s a film mocking horror movies. But more than that, this movie also addresses the stereotypes we encounter every day. Tucker and Dale are just a couple of genuinely nice guys who are going to fix the vacation home they have in the woods. The term “vacation home” is used very loosely here. Then there are the mishaps and misunderstandings that occur with a group of college students who are on their spring break. This misunderstanding has the students assuming Tucker and Dale are crazy psycho killers who are out to get them. It’s a pretty funny movie with a real depth about misconceptions and really leaves you wondering how many people have been misjudged based on how they look. Warning: there is gore. And plenty of it.
Starring Rachel Weisz, Max Mingella, and Oscar Isaac
Agora is a film set in the ancient city of Alexandria prior to the burning of the library. Hypatia, a philosopher, teaches men of both Christian and Polytheistic faiths at the height of conflict between the two factions. The story is told in two parts – before and after the burning of the famous library of Alexandria and everyone’s forced conversion to Christianity. It revolves around three center characters: Hypatia and two of her students, Davus (who is also a slave) and Orestes (who tries and fails to win over Hypatia). The story is meaningful and powerful, layering the conflicts and story against the beautiful and historical backdrop of Alexandria.
Starring Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano
Christopher Nolan has a knack for psychological movies. He writes scripts that leave the audience captivated, confused, and in suspense until the very end of the movie when all is revealed. This is exactly how “Memento” plays out. Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) suffers from short term memory loss and searches for the man he thinks murdered his wife. Whenever a new clue is discovered, Leonard tattoos it to his body so that he never forgets. A string of events lead to a conclusion that is just as surprising to the audience as it is to the character.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion
I didn’t know this film existed until I found it on Netflix. And it’s helmed by Joss Whedon! Initially, it premiered online and didn’t broadcast on TV until the fall of 2012. It revolves around Dr. Horrible (Harris), who is a wannabe villain trying to rule the world but not for traditional reasons. He is also attempting to get into the Evil League of Evil in order to further his plan and be looked at as a super villain. Enter his crush Charlie (Day) and his nemesis Captain Hammer (Fillion), who begin dating after Dr. Horrible inadvertently introduces them to each other during a heist to attain wonderflonium. What’s the best part about this web movie? It’s a musical and every song is just as good as the one before. Fun, tragedy, and entertainment packed into forty two minutes.