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Here is a list of all the best Netflix and Amazon Prime movies off the beaten path. I created this site to save everyone time searching for good movies. These are the best streaming movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime and are all in a personal rating range of 7-10 stars. Click on a movie and enjoy!

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    My Take: Giving up her freedom to start a family is a constant struggle for Eva. Struggling to bond with her son leads her down the path to wondering if she is cut out for the job. But she may not be the problem as Kevin begins to exhibit sociopathic tendencies. It's very dark and very interesting. One of those psychological thrillers on Netflix that really make you think. In fact, if you're looking for a twisted movie, it's probably one of the best Netflix movies on there. It's a pretty disturbing movie, just to warn you, and it's a great addition to my Netflix list.

    Category: Drama, Thriller

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    Day Watch

    My Take: The battle of the light against the dark rages on between the supernatural "Others". In case you didn't know, Day Watch is the sequel to Night Watch and it is just as weird. My Netflix movies list continues to shine with these increasingly strange Russian classics. One thing I will say is that they are very creative in a way that I can't explain. The reason I can't explain it is because I really don't know what the hell is going on. It's a pretty strange and confusing movie, but that shouldn't keep you from watching it. On the contrary, these movies have been critically acclaimed in Moscow since they came out. Sure they're a little different, but no one comes here to find a boring list of movies on Netflix right? Check it out.

    Category: Fantasy, Horror

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    Virunga

    My Take: Brave men risk their lives protecting the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Man, good war movies on Netflix are hard to find and I'm so glad I finally got one! This is a heartfelt story of the effects of war and corruption on the beautiful and bio-diverse Virunga National Park. Forget the theatrics of war movies, this is raw and real. One of the best Netflix war movies and best Netflix original.

    Category: Documentary, War

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    Starry Eyes

    My Take: She’s in Hollywood to make all her dreams come true. A young starlet willing to do anything she can to get ahead. Ahhh, so THIS is what it takes to make it in Hollywood lol. This is one of the creepiest on my list of movies on Netflix that fall in the "indie movies on Netflix" category. No, but really, this one turns from a normal independent type film and quickly shifts into a dark, evil story about a desperate girl who quickly gets taken advantage of. Gives you a weird feeling like Requiem For a Dream did. Starry Eyes is a great addition to my Netflix movies list and is a perfect low budget horror.

    Category: Horror

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    Divines

    My Take: Living in the slums on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager hungry for money and power quickly slips into a life of crime. An interesting story about how poverty can light a fire under you and cause your drive and ambition to lead you down certain paths in life. The main character didn't mind that her direction led her to live life as a criminal. This one actually turned out to have great acting. A top vote for French movies on my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Drama

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    Welcome to Leith

    My Take: Chronicling the attempt of a small town takeover by Craig Cobb, a notorious white supremacist. Wow, what a handful this was. As always, it’s really hard to sit and listen to the ridiculously moronic ideology of Neo Nazis. I mean, it's probably the best new movie on Netflix about Nazi's. It’s like every interview they do you’re just waiting for it to be over because it’s just a block of time where words are spoken that have no ounce of intelligence behind them. What was inspiring, was seeing the people of North Dakota coming together against such a vile human being. It’s pretty terrifying that something like this can happen out of the blue to good people and I think we can all relate to that. The whole documentary kind of plays out as a real life thriller, with a villain trying to take over the land of the innocent townsfolk. Usually you can't go wrong with the Sundance movies on Netflix.

    Category: Crime, Documentary, Thriller

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    The Clan

    My Take: The true story of the Puccio family who kidnapped the wealthy to earn millions in ransom.  I didn’t know what to expect when I found this one because it’s been really hard to find good movies streaming on Netflix right now. I had heard a little about it but didn’t know it was actually a true story until the opening credits. I also don’t know much about the history of Argentina, but this time period seems like a pretty dark period of political unrest for the country.  I read the real story after watching the movie and the movie is actually really accurate.  If I based it on accuracy alone, I would say it’s one of the best foreign streaming films on Netflix. Great acting and an even better soundtrack in this ruthless crime drama. Probably one of the best movies on Netflix about crime and family.

    Category: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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    Burning Sands

    My Take: A student at Frederick Douglass University proudly pledges to a famous African-American fraternity and slowly questions his decisions after increasingly violent hazings. I thought it was interesting watching Burning Sands and getting a glimpse of the mind of college kids pledging to a fraternity. It's crazy what kids will put themselves through just to be a part of a certain group. You can always predict things going badly with fraternity hazing but you still come away with a powerful view of a coming of age story. The acting was great with all characters and there's plenty of violent and ridiculous fraternity antics to keep you entertained. I'm pretty sure it's the first good Netflix movie about fraternity hazing. One thing I will say is that I really got the feeling of wanting to smack that stupid grimace off their faces haha. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean.

    Category: Drama

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    City Of God

    My Take: Life in the ghettos of Rio De Janeiro is a raw experience of violence. Children become murderers before they have a chance to grasp the concept of life. Definitely worth the watch. I saw this movie a long time ago and it's stuck with me since. City of God is based on true events and it's pretty intense the whole time. I mean, damn, I thought we had pretty bad ghettos in the U.S., but they're nothing compared to the slums of Rio De Janeiro. As far as movies from Brazil go, this is one of the best movies on Netflix.

    Category: Crime, Drama

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    Beasts of No Nation

    My Take: This drama is through the eyes and life of Agu, a child soldier in an African civil war. After his village is attacked, Agu escapes and is ultimately caught and forced to become a soldier. Though he is too young to understand the politics of the fighting, he is as deadly as any soldier can be. Beasts of No Nation is one of the most realistic Netflix war movies. No Netflix movies list would be complete without the tough to watch ones. You've probably heard about this one before, but it's really good. Like I said, it's hard to watch because you know things like it actually exist in the world.

    Category: Drama, War

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    Get the Gringo

    My Take: A life of crime is nothing new to him but it’s a different story behind the walls of a brutal Mexican prison. With the help of a 9-year-old he learns to survive and gains a friend in the process. Get the Gringo is one of the better Netflix action movies streaming right now. Also, to find a Netflix list of new movies with Mel Gibson in it is a tough task. I thought Mel Gibson was getting kinda washed up the older he got, but this one changed my mind. Prison life in Mexico looks like absolute hell. Definitely worth the watch.

    Category: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    My Take: A woman fed up with life and the people around her enlists the help of a neighbor to track down the thieves who burglarized her house. This Netflix Original movie that was surprisingly entertaining. The random characters in this one are all original and really good at the roles they play, especially the gritty ones. Add this to your list of good thrillers on Netflix. Good acting throughout and it's surprisingly dark!

    Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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    Madre

    My Take:  A pregnant woman, who is taking care of her son with development problems, is at her breaking point when a caregiver from the Philippines steps into her life.  Madre is a pretty strange movie.  It had of way of keeping me on the edge of my seat without me even realizing it. I mean it's not a perfect movie, but it does manage to throw some originality on a played out thriller genre.   One of the best parts is the realistic depiction of how difficult life can be for both the parent and the child with autism. I'm really glad I had a chance to add this to my Netflix movie list because I feel like it opened my eyes to how severe autism can be.

    Category: Thriller

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    Cheap Thrills

    My Take: A mysterious couple pit two friends against each other in quickly escalating bets for cash. Man, I guess the power of money really takes ahold of some people. This is one of those rare fun ones that you can't look away from. Besides, good Netflix movies always have at least a little blood in them. I wish I had these dark, twisted ones for you every week! The best movies to watch on Netflix are usually the weird, and twisted, ones and my Netflix movie list is much better with Cheap Thrills.

    Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama

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    Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

    My Take: Fresh outta jail, they gotta figure out a plan to go straight while living in the trailer park. A comedy about the life of the trailer park. It’s the trailer park that made them who they are. No list of movies on Netflix is complete without Trailer Park Boys. Even though I've heard people complain about it, I still consider it one of the best movies to watch on Netflix. It's a cult classic. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at such a vicious alcoholic before. It's one of the movies at the top of my list of Netflix comedy films.

    Category: Action, Comedy

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    Honeymoon

    My Take: Newlyweds escape to a remote lake house for their honeymoon. Things quickly unravel as Paul’s new bride becomes distant after disappearing in the night with no memory of what happened. Kept me guessing the whole movie. Honeymoon is another great addition to my list of movies on Netflix with some pretty disturbing scenes.

    Category: Horror

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    Housebound

    My Take: A teen has to move back in with her parents after running into trouble with the law. She is put under house arrest and is now forced to deal with her crazy mom, odd stepfather and an unfriendly spirit. A really random story, but funny, weird, and entertaining. It's one of those good Netflix movies I hope they don't ever take off streaming. You'll like it.

    Category: Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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    Win It All

    My Take: Down on his luck, a small time gambler agrees to hold a bag for a friend while he does a stint in jail. All he has to do is keep his head down, go to his gamblers anonymous meetings and not open the bag. Gambling movies on Netflix are kind of hard to come by. There are a lot of funny characters and the main actor always seems to keep things interesting. A great supporting cast, especially the brother. I’ve always been fascinated by the destructive nature of people with addictions and Jake Johnson really gets into this role. Plus, Netflix best bets are hard to come by. Get it? Ok ok, enough already.

    Category: Comedy

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    Sun Choke

    My Take: Sun Choke. A woman is on a bizarre health regimen administered by her caretaker in the hopes of preventing a mental relapse. I really have no idea what’s going on in this one, but it’s interesting, to say the least. There’s a lot of good cinematography, creepy music, and even creepier characters. I guess this was considered a "mood" piece, but the only mood I got out of it was a really weird one. The whole movie I was struggling to understand what this girl's condition was because you really don't have any clear picture. Sun Choke has a lot of trippy scenes that make this one of the better psychological thrillers on Netflix. It's hard to really explain how to recommend this film from my Netflix movies list, so you really just have to trust me on this. Plus, it was way more violent than I expected!

    Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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    The Ivory Game

    My Take: Filmmakers go undercover to expose the illegal Ivory trade. So if you didn’t already know, poachers are slaughtering elephants by the thousands to fuel the horrible and deeply corrupted, illegal Ivory trade. It’s kind of shocking that most of us don’t realize that elephants could be extinct in the next few years. The Ivory Game is one of those pretty sad movies on Netflix that really put things into perspective. These journalist risked their lives to expose this, and anyone who risks their life for such a worthy cause deserves our attention at the very least. No good Netflix list is complete without real life examples of heroism.

    Category: Documentary

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    Deathgasm

    My Take: A teenage outcast finds his only solace in hardcore death metal. Tired of being bullied, he comes across an ancient guitar hymn that offers him everlasting power. The only problem is, it's also a demon summoning. A fun, bloody, and gory ride. Good Netflix movies are hard to come by these days. I mean just take a look at the name. You get every bit of entertainment out of a movie named "DEATHGASM" that you'd expect. These New Zealand kids put on a good show and keep you laughing throughout. A great "cult audience" type of movie. Plus the best comedy movies on Netflix are the hidden gems you won't find on the front page. As an added bonus, this one definitely fits into the category of zombie movies on Netflix too.

    Category: Comedy, Horror

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    Hot Fuzz

    My Take: A cop too good at his job is relocated to a quiet town so his fellow officers don’t look bad. However, the town is anything but quiet. When two people are found decapitated, the cop and his partner look into the crime. What was first ruled as an accident soon becomes a string of murders. Usually it's pretty hard to find the best Netflix movies, but this one was easy. A great Simon Pegg comedy. Hot Fuzz was one of the first on my Netflix list. Enjoy.

    Category: Action, Comedy

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    Stretch

    My Take: All in one night, a limo driver who must pay a debt of $8k brought on from his cocaine and gambling addictions. The unlucky but relentless driver takes on a job with a passenger who makes his night anything but easy. I had never heard of this movie before but I gave it a try and it actually ended up being pretty funny. Check it out.

    Category: Action, Comedy, Thriller

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    Man Up

    My Take: He’s still hung up on his ex and takes a blind date in the hopes of getting over her. She takes advantage of him by letting him think she’s his date after he mistakes her for his new connection. As far as romantic comedies go, this one had some rare originality and deserved to be on my Netflix list. Sometimes the best movies to watch on Netflix are the laid back ones, and if you gotta do a date night, this is a good choice.

    Category: Comedy, Romance

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    Finders Keepers

    My Take: The story of recovering addict John Wood attempting to reclaim his own mummified leg from Shannon Whisnant who found it in a grill he lawfully purchased. I mean that says it all right? How could this actually be real? Thankfully, there’s a whole documentary to prove it is. It turns out, some of the best movies on Netflix are also the strangest. Besides all the ridiculousness and laughs, Finders Keepers has a very family oriented feel in the sense of dealing with a family member's addiction and the affects it can have on everyone. Shannon Whisant is clearly delusional and seems to have lost touch with reality in his quest for fame. But still, he’s undeniably interesting just like a zoo animal you’ve never seen before or a mummified human foot showcased behind the glass. A great addition to my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Documentary

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    Dreamcatcher

    My Take: Four friends develop supernatural powers after helping a child in need. Years later they reconnect for their annual camping trip in Maine and get trapped by a blizzard with a presence lurking in the forest. Dreamcatcher is a lot of fun and is such an off the wall and original story. Sometimes I get some complaints about putting these types of movies on my Netflix list but I don't care. Even if people don't think it's one of the best movies on Netflix, it's extremely gruesome, it's twisted in a way that only Stephen King can pull off, and it has a cast of great actors. Anyone familiar with Stephen King books will instantly get the familiar feeling of the horror and dread he brings to the screen. Also, I really enjoyed the dream sequences. It seems some people have complaints about it being too "weird" for them but I think we need even more of these types of films. I was pleasantly surprised they brought this back to streaming because as always, a good Netflix movie is hard to find.

    Category: Drama, Horror, ScienceFiction, Thriller

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    John Dies at the End

    My Take: A new drug is in town and no one is prepared for its effects. What follows is a collision of worlds. Sooo weird. Maybe the weirdest movie on my Netflix list. But it's good. Lots of random action going on. I don't even know where to start with this one. Give it a try.

    Category: Comedy, Horror

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    Green Room

    My Take: A traveling punk-rock band gets trapped in a green room by white supremacists. Talk about gruesome.  The thing with Green Light is that it’s not the most amazing movie you will see this year, but I’m willing to bet it could possibly have the most shocking scenes of brutality you’ve seen this year or any other year. I rarely cringe at scenes, but this one got me.  Patrick Stewart plays a particularly nasty character, and it was interesting to see him in a bad light.

    Category: Crime, Horror, Thriller

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    Stake Land

    My Take: A Vampire apocalypse is quickly taking over the town. Martin was lucky enough to meet up with “Mister”. He would have never made it this far without a vampire hunter by his side. Lots of blood and gore. Good vampire movies will always make my Netflix list. This is actually even considered one of the zombie movies on Netflix. Stake Land is one of the fun IFC midnight movies to watch, but I don't recommend the second one.

    Category: Action, Drama, Horror, ScienceFiction, Thriller

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    Gomorra

    My Take: Taking place in and around a crumbling housing project in Italy, Gomorra gives you a look into the ruthless gangster culture of modern times. Drugs and extortion is the name of the game and they will do whatever it takes to stay on top; shameless murders and extreme violence included. A very interesting look into the Neapolitan mob and one of the best Netflix movies. Crime movies on Netflix don't get much better than this. The mob always seems to get glorified in a way, but this movie kind of brought it down earth and showed the reality of what these people are doing to communities. Gangster movies on Netflix seem to be a dime a dozen, but this one is a diamond in the rough.

    Category: Crime, Drama

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    Kung Fury

    My Take: A Miami cop who happens to be a master of kung fu must go back in time to kill Kung Fuhrer Hitler. This is definitely one of the must see movies on Netflix. You know how long it takes for this movie to get good? Exactly 25 seconds. And that's how long it took to make my Netflix movie list. You have to love the ridiculousness of Kung Fury especially if you were an 80’s kid. Which I wasn’t, but I still like it! Come to think of it, my biggest regret in life is that I haven’t jumped off a building and shot open my Lamborghini doors with a handgun to get inside. My second biggest regret is that this is only 30 minutes long. I know it’s not technically a movie, but I think you’ll appreciate it none the less. Street gang movies on Netflix have no chance against Kung Fury. I mean, above all, it was produced by Laser Unicorns, so that means it literally has to be good.

    Category: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, ScienceFiction

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    The Great Alone

    My Take: A full life documentary from start to finish. Lance Mackey is a champion of the Iditarod who spent his life in the shadow of his father. He takes you through the many steps in life that made him who he is today. No matter how much he tried to run from his destiny, eventually it catches up to him. Man, very inspiring movie. It's another very picturesque Alaska one, but it does a great job of looking into his whole life and what made him into the man he is today. It's interesting, to say the least, and a very uplifting story to add to my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Adventure, Documentary, Drama

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    Whores' Glory

    My Take: It’s not a pretty life to live, but unfortunately, it is the life of many women around the world. This documentary shows you their lives and experiences. Whores Glory is a golden oldie to my Netflix movies list. It’s extremely hard to watch, but it really put things into perspective. Some of it is seriously gross. Prostitute movies on Netflix don't get much better (or worse maybe?) than this. But I mean it exists in the world so why not know about it?

    Category: Documentary

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    Memento

    My Take: Suffering from short term memory loss, a man struggles to find the truth about the murder of his wife. Memento is clearly an all time classic and if you haven't seen it already you need to do it before it leaves Netflix streaming. The best movies on Netflix always disappear. It's almost like Netflix has a short term memory just like Guy Pearce. Memento may disturb you and it will definitely confuse you, but I've always considered it to be one of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix. Before we knew Christopher Nolan was the master of thrillers he brought us this gem. Backwards story telling isn't exactly new nowadays but Memento set the bar and I've yet to see another reach its height since. This movie belongs on everyone's Netflix movie list.

    Category: Mystery, Thriller

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    Bound To Vengeance

    My Take: Eve is abducted but manages to escape. While escaping, she realizes that she is not the only victim. There are other girls out there that need her help. Unbeknownst to Eve, she is about to uncover an even darker truth. I like the creepy sort of serial killer stuff and that's how this made it to my Netflix streaming list. This movie did have some moments when you're thinking, "Why the hell would you do that?" But then you realize you wouldn't have a movie without it. Not bad if you're looking for some mindless entertainment. Plus, IFC midnight movies are almost always worth watching.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    Hector

    My Take: Embarking on his annual journey, the story of Hector’s fall into homelessness slowly comes to light. A very interesting film about the struggles of homelessness and how differently some people deal with tragedy. This one is chock full of compassion, empathy, and a general feeling of good will towards people from all walks of life. Oh, and there’s about 5 minutes I challenge you to try and decipher the thickest Scottish accents in the world! This actually might be the only Scottish movie on my list of movies on Netflix.

    Category: Drama

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    The Babadook

    My Take: A single mother struggling to get control of her increasingly erratic son. While battling the recent death of her husband, a fear is growing in the home of an eerie presence that only her son believes in. It doesn’t take long for her to feel the terror of the presence all around her. In the horror genre, it's the best movie on Netflix. Matter of fact, The Babadook is probably the best horror I've seen in recent memory. It's in my top 10 for IFC midnight movies. It's original and creepy as hell. One of the scariest movies on Netflix.

    Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller

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    13 Assassins

    My Take: A sadistic lord rules over the land. A group of feudal Samurai must come together to prevent his reign and protect their country. Hands down one of the top action movies on Netflix. And I don't say that lightly because great action movies on Netflix are hard to find. 13 Assassins is not for the faint of heart if blood makes you squeamish, but these dudes wreck shop on everyone. It is absolutely one of the best Netflix movies to watch and is one of the best movies on Netflix.

    Category: Adventure, Action, Drama

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    Night Watch

    My Take: The “Others” possess supernatural powers. Separated by the forces of dark and light, a truce was made between good and evil to prevent the end of the world. Modern day Moscow is a battleground for when the truce is finally broken. Night Watch made my Netflix movie list, simply because of how insanely weird it is. Ok, so I study Russian and I always look for Russian movies on Netflix to watch. But the one thing I noticed is that ALL Russian movies are seriously weird. Like I don't even know how to describe what's going on in this one, or Day Watch, but I guaranteed you haven’t seen a movie like this before. So like I said, if you want insanely weird, then this is one of the best Netflix movies out there.

    Category: Action, Fantasy, Thriller

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    Bronson

    My Take: Based on the true story of England's most notorious prisoner, Michael Peterson, aka Charles Bronson. Determined to make a name for himself, Bronson brutally fights his way through the penal system with a big smile on his face. Tom Hardy really shined in this one. He's always a good actor, but he really put his blood and sweat into this one. A very intense story of the life of a man who didn't take sh*t from anyone and spent nearly his entire adult life in prison. Wasn't hard for this one to make my Netflix list. In fact, it had been on my Netflix movies list for some time until Netflix took it off for some reason. Glad to see it's back.

    Category: Action, Crime, Drama

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    Mountain Men

    My Take: Years after their father died by getting lost on the mountain, two brothers are reunited in their hometown in the Rocky Mountains. I liked it. Tyler Labine is always pretty funny. Plus I have brothers so I can relate.

    Category: Comedy, Drama, Family

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    Baskın

    My Take: Centered around five Turkish police officers that find themselves inadvertently pulled into the depths of a hellish nightmare. So this one is "special" haha. I honestly consider it one of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix. I don't want to recommend this one for people that don't have much of a stomach for horror movies, but for those who do, you may find this one surprisingly grotesque. Baskin is probably one of the best IFC midnight movies on Netflix. It had a way of sucking me in and keeping my eyes glued to the screen though. The best Netflix movie is the one you don't see coming. Honestly, the only thing I can say is that it was a horror movie unlike any I've ever seen.

    Category: Fantasy, Horror

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    The One I Love

    My Take: A therapist recommends they take the weekend off at a relaxing summer home to try to piece together a crumbling marriage. They may fall back in love, just maybe not with each other. The One I Love is really strange but entertaining. It'll keep you guessing what the hell is going on. I thought there was actually a lot of really eerie parts that felt a little more sinister than funny, but it makes for one of the great movies on Amazon Prime. If you want originality, I promise you you've never seen a movie quite like this before.

    Category: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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    These Final Hours

    My Take: It is the last day on Earth and everyone is partying before they die. That is exactly what James wants to do. However, on his way to the ultimate party, he finds an abandoned young girl who he helps find her father, and she, in turn, helps him truly appreciate life. I have no idea why, but These Final Hours didn't get the greatest reviews. I personally thought it was perfect for my Netflix movie list. A pretty intense movie with a lot of stuff going on. It's hard to find good Netflix movies in the apocalypse genre. Made me think of what I might want to do if I knew the world was ending.

    Category: Drama, Thriller

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    Into the Wild

    My Take: Christopher McCandless has no use for material things. He wants to get away from it all and live his life on his terms. He finds many important people that inspire him and mold his character but he ultimately treks into the Alaskan Wilderness on his own. A very good movie. I think a lot of people could do with a lot fewer materials things in life but Chris McCandless took it to the extreme. It's a feel-good movie and I thought it had a great life message. You gotta give him credit. He truly lived his life his own way. I was really glad to see this one on Amazon prime instant video after they removed it from my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Adventure, Drama

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    Take Me

    My Take: A man runs a kidnap for hire business to help people get over their issues. I gotta say, it’s a pretty random movie, but most are on my Netflix list. The premise is funny, in a ridiculous type of way, and the acting holds up, in an absurd type of way too! I guess this one was just fun guessing what’s gonna happen. It reminded me a little bit of Cheap Thrills with the same lead character. Don’t take yourself too seriously because good movies on Netflix are hard to find. Just sit back and enjoy.

    Category: Comedy, Crime

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    Suburra

    My Take: Set in Rome, rival families and politicians collide over an ambitious real estate venture. Ever since I saw Gomorra, I've been hooked on the modern day Italian mafia movies and this one doesn't disappoint. So as far as gangster movies on Netflix go, this is a great addition. Suburra also fits into the category of one of the best foreign movies on Netflix right now. There's great acting from all angles and no punches are pulled throughout. We have officially added ruthless mafia wars and corruption to my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Crime, Drama, Thriller

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    Wildlike

    My Take: A rebellious young teen, Mackenzie, is sent to Alaska to live with her uncle. Desperate to escape, she ends up befriending a lonesome backpacker who helps her out and shows her how to find peace. I thought this was a great portrayal of how beautiful Alaska is. Lots of very picturesque scenes which always goes a long way. Watching anything to do with the abuse of kids is always hard to watch, but it has a good message and a story that kept my interest.

    Category: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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    V/H/S/2

    My Take: Searching through a missing student's house, a couple stumbles upon a collection of horrifying video tapes. So this one was fun. It's a decent addition to my Netflix list. If you've seen the first one, this one stays along the same path but comes with a whole new set of originality. Short films of horror that will have you cringing. I think hardcore horror fans will love it. VHS 2 is one of the best movies for just pure entertainment. I don't know if you call this a found footage movie, but for that genre, I still think this is one of the best Netflix movies.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    Wyrmwood

    My Take: Starting with instant action as a zombie apocalypse unfolds in Australia. A brother searching for his sister, who was kidnapped by twisted soldiers and a psychotic doctor conducting experiments. What will be left of her when he finally finds her? Stumbled across this on a Sunday afternoon. I like zombies movies but this one had a twist to the typical genre that was pretty funny. If you're looking for one of the most original zombie movies on Netflix, look no further.

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    The Hallow

    My Take: They moved to a remote town on the outskirts of Ireland to get away from it all. But they weren’t prepared for what was out in the cursed woods. No one would be. This one was just so damn weird. The Hallow may actually be one of the weirdest good suspense movies on Netflix. The second I thought I was going to lose interest some curve ball would come flying around the corner. Like I always say, some of the best movies on Netflix are the weirdest ones.

    Category: Fantasy, Horror

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    Filth

    My Take: A drug addict cop lives his life on both sides of the law. With his family life long behind him, he tries to mask his pain with drugs. After the murder of a Japanese student, he must pull himself together amongst his vivid hallucinations to solve the case. It's funny, and pretty dirty. I'm not a huge fan of James McAvoy but good Netflix movies are hard to find, and this wasn't his usual role.

    Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama

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    Kingpin

    My Take: A promising young bowler with the golden touch gets conned by a man that ultimately changes the whole course of his life. Ok, two words for Kingpin. Comedic GENIUS. Watch this movie and cry laughing. There are few movies on any Amazon Prime movies list that should even be considered comedic genius and this is one of them. Did you consider Dumb And Dumber to be a classic? Then Kingpin is for you. As far as comedies on Amazon Prime go, this can't be beat. If you don't like this, I'm afraid we can't be friends.

    Category: Comedy

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    The Mend

    My Take: Alan’s estranged brother Matt randomly comes into his life during a turbulent time in his relationship. It’s a pretty random, funny little movie. Lots of plot changes that pull you all over the place. I didn’t know Josh Lucas could pull off a role like this, but he definitely nails it. I’ll say one thing for this movie, I bet you can’t guess what’s gonna happen next. Has a major New York feel to it, and I'm glad I could add one to my list of movies on Netflix. Seems like a lot of good Netflix movies are based on the New York lifestyle these days. *No idea why, but the trailer doesn't work on this one. Better Google it.

    Category: Comedy

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    The Eyes of My Mother

    My Take: After witnessing death at an early age, Francisca develops dark curiosities. I can’t say why I liked this one so much; call it morbid curiosity. I mean the plot, the characters, the whole vibe of the movie was so foreign to me. I'm excited to warn you, you may find this one truly disturbing. I guess you could consider this movie one of the film noir movies too. I mean, the whole reason I gave it a shot was from these actual reviews on Netflix. “The most disturbing movie I’ve seen this decade” “This film will haunt my memories. 'Disturbing' and 'violent' are accurate descriptions for it…” In my opinion, this is actually the best way to find great Netflix movies. So, naturally I was intrigued and I honestly haven't been this intrigued since Baskin.

    Category: Drama, Horror

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    The Ones Below

    My Take: A woman expecting her first child bonds with the neighbor downstairs. After witnessing a shocking accident, she gives birth to her baby and slowly begins to question her neighbor’s behavior and motives. The tension is palpable. It’s been awhile since I found one that kept me interested in a tension building type of way. There is good acting and a lot of twists and turns that continue to ramp up on the creepy neighbor vibe.

    Category: Thriller

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    What We Do in the Shadows

    My Take: A flat of vampires try to deal with the modern world and must show a new hipster vampire how to survive while keeping their eternal secret. This movie is seriously hilarious. Comedies on Amazon Prime don't get much better than this. You've never seen a vampire movie like this and it may just be the funniest vampire movie ever. The whole movie put a huge spin on the genre and is the first vampire documentary I've seen to date. Don't miss this one if you're looking for some laughs.

    Category: Comedy, Horror

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    Manson Family Vacation

    My Take: Two brothers go on a tour of the sites of the Manson murders. One is a successful family man, the other lives his life through nothing but a backpack. This trip will change their relationship forever. I genuinely liked this one. Very good acting and an interesting look into the emotional issues between two brothers. A bizarre story that builds up more tension on the screen than I've seen in a long time. Well worth the watch. I'm excited to see Netflix brought this back to streaming movies. It keeps bouncing on and off my list of movies on Netflix.

    Category: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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    The Girl with All the Gifts

    My Take: Humanity is threatened by a zombie inducing fungus. Hope lies in a few children that seem to be immune. Finally, someone takes a chance on the zombie apocalypse genre and nails it with originality. It's dark, gory and full of twists and turns. There are some fresh ideas going on here and zombie movies really needed someone to step up and mix things up. It has a lot more human emotion than most of the hack and slash zombie films.

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    Tucker and Dale vs Evil

    My Take: Two hillbillies, Tucker and Dale, are looking forward to a vacation in their cabin in the woods so they can relax, fish and drink beer. However, their peace is interrupted when a bunch of snobby college kids decide to camp next door. After getting mistaken for backwood serial killers, more mistakes lead to more bodies. This is definitely one of the best Netflix movies. I'm pretty sure Tucker and Dale vs Evil is on just about everyone's list of movies on Netflix. You know, it's never enough to just find the good movies Netflix has. You have to find the GREAT movies Netflix has. And look no further than Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Very funny. My kind of dark comedy.

    Category: Comedy, Horror

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    Umrika

    My Take: A young man goes in search of his brother who is thought to have left their tiny village to gain success in America. This one is chock full of laughs and serves as an interesting glimpse of how lives are lived throughout the most impoverished parts of the world. I have a feeling it is one of the best bollywood movies on Netflix right now. I thought it was a meaningful story that really put into perspective the view other cultures have of America as some mythical land where all your dreams come true no matter what.

    Category: Comedy, Drama

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    The Mule

    My Take: Unwittingly over his head in the drug trade he is forced to hide the evidence anywhere he can. Swallowing the evidence is just the beginning of his problems. I don't know how I found this movie but it was definitely a surprise. I've heard some things about it being a true story, but I can't say for sure. Has one of those scenes that you've probably never seen before. Might actually be one of the sickest scenes on my Netflix movies list. Great movie, but with just one quick scene you will probably wish you never saw lol.

    Category: Comedy, Crime

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    A Busca

    My Take: A man sets out on a journey to find his son and learns a valuable lesson about his own life. I liked this one simply for the fact that you get to see a side of Brazil that isn’t normally portrayed. It showed the country, the people, and the generations throughout the years. It's one of the best Netflix streaming movies I've seen from Brazil. In particular, it's one of the best movies to watch on Netflix about the simple life in Brazil. You usually see bad things from movies coming out of Brazil, but this one sheds light on the normal, interesting, everyday lives of Brazilians...

    Category: Drama

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    Swiss Army Man

    My Take: Stranded on a remote island and losing all hope of rescue, Hank decides to end it all. It isn't til a body floats up on the beach that Hank re-considers keeping hope alive. This is the weirdest movie I've seen in a long time. It's pretty gross, twisted, and demented. Daniel Radcliffe did a really good job playing this eccentric role and I think it will have you grossed out and interested the whole time. I thought this was just another one of the movies with weird names, but it actually makes perfect sense now. It's also probably one of the best weird movies on Amazon Prime.

    Category: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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    Apocalypse Now

    My Take: At the height of the Vietnam War, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on an undercover mission to kill a madman. I know you wouldn't normally see such a big movie on my list, but it's come to my attention that some people haven't actually seen Apocalypse Now. That is a shame because this is a classic movie that everyone should have a chance to enjoy. Some of the best war movies are about Vietnam, but what I really liked was how Apocalypse Now is a story within a story. It's not the usual war movie you might see out of Hollywood. War movies on Amazon Prime simply don't get better than this.

    Category: Drama, War

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    The Way Back

    My Take: The scenery keeps you spellbound as you follow a group of men who escaped a Russian gulag, (a forced labor camp). The men’s spirit is tested constantly as they face desperate odds in their extremely long journey to uncertain freedom. It's one of the good Netflix movies with Colin Farrell. Actually, you know what? This was one of the best Netflix movies with Colin Farrell. I usually never like Colin Farrell, in any movie, ever. But in this one, he's actually a good actor. It was weird.

    Category: Adventure, Drama, History

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    Turbo Kid

    My Take: A fun and bloody movie that follows an orphaned kid in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Turbo Kid was happy spending his days searching for random items that survived the apocalypse until one day he meets a girl. Soon, Turbo Kid finds himself fighting a warlord and all his twisted goons. Ok, it takes about 5 minutes to see how cheesy and low quality this movie is. But give it a chance. Lots of "B-rate" blood and gore await! Quirky and entertaining.

    Category: Adventure, Action, Comedy, ScienceFiction

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    Backcountry

    My Take: A young couple on a camping trip quickly become lost in the Canadian wilderness. I think this one struck a chord with me because I have always had a fear of bears in the wild! I thought Backcountry was one of the best suspense movies on Netflix. It’s loosely based on a true story and I think most people can relate to this classic idea of a nightmarish survival. A great addition to IFC midnight movies and a very welcomed addition to my Netflix movies list.

    Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller

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    99 Homes

    My Take: A man can't save his family home during the real estate crash of 2008 and slowly learns from the man that took advantage of his eviction. You really see both sides of the story in this one. Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are both great in their roles. 99 Homes fits into the interesting category of legal thriller movies. It is a great movie about real estate and how money can bring out the greed in people.

    Category: Drama

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    The Imposter

    My Take: A young boy disappears from San Antonio, Texas. Three years later the family receives a call that he is alive in well in Spain. Desperate for his return they seem to be blinded by the truth. Is this the child they once knew? This documentary is unbelievable. I don't even know what to say, but it definitely deserved to be on my Netflix list. Actually, in a way, I'm almost ashamed to put such a ridiculous true story on my list of movies on Netflix. It's just such a weird combination of creepiness, desperation, and pure stupidity.

    Category: Documentary, Drama

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    I Am Not a Serial Killer

    My Take: 16 Year old John Wayne Cleaver battles with sociopathic feelings while searching for a vicious killer stalking his small town. This one fits perfectly into the “dark” genre and you can’t go wrong when you can pull that off. I love IFC midnight movies, and this one stays true to the honor of being one. There’s mystery, thrill, gore, and a good set of actors to keep you entertained. It's definitely one of the best Netflix streaming movies that have been added lately. Plus, Christopher Lloyd is in it! I mean who doesn’t like Christopher Lloyd? Great to see him back in action. I can finally say I have Christopher Lloyd on my list of movies on Netflix.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    The Seven Five

    My Take: The story of the biggest police corruption scandal in New York history during the 1980's and early 90's by members of the 75th Precinct. My Netflix movie list just got a whole lot more corrupt. It really is a pretty incredible true story of police corruption. I mean, I knew the NYPD was famous for having a history of corruption, but I had no idea how deep it went and how widespread it was. I kept hearing about how this story was supposed to be the cop version of Goodfellas. I suppose it is, in a way, but at least Goodfellas was based on criminals that started and ended as criminals. Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell took the public’s trust and poured gasoline on the already blazing fire of some of the most desperate and destitute lives of the people they were sworn to protect. The best streaming movies on Netflix are pretty hard to find, but this one came out of nowhere. The whole story is kinda like watching a car crash in slow motion. Mike Dowd just didn’t seem to have the sense of caution at any time during his corrupt career. He just stepped on the gas and hid behind a badge.

    Category: Documentary

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    Ravenous

    My Take: After a missing persons report on the Western Frontier, Capt. John Boyd aids a wounded soldier who shares a horrifying tale of survival. I remember seeing this for the first time and being very caught off guard. Good movies on Netflix don't usually come back onto streaming like this classic did. All actors are great in their roles. Blood and mayhem quickly take the stage and don’t slow down until the end. My favorite part? The music. I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised at the music. The best movies on Netflix to stream are always the ones that catch you by surprise.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    Last Cab to Darwin

    My Take: A terminally ill cab driver decides to drive across the Australian Outback to be euthanized. It’s a rollercoaster ride chock-full of beautiful Australian landscapes and characters at every turn. I have a feeling this one will definitely make you laugh, and who knows, maybe it’ll even make you cry, but all in all, I promise it will keep you entertained. Last Cab to Darwin is one of the best movies to watch on Netflix right now. It’s one of the more emotional movies on Netflix and just a great story about life :)

    Category: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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    Odd Thomas

    My Take: Set in a dusty California town, a cook with the ability to see the dead must protect the ones he loves in this Sci-Fi thriller. Apparently, this was based on a pretty popular book. My Netflix movies list is better with Odd Thomas on it. I remember cruising past Odd Thomas and not thinking much about it. It's always hard to find the best movies on Netflix, so sometimes you just have to take a chance on the random ones you find. I really thought this was a fun one. RIP Anton Yelchin.

    Category: Mystery, Thriller

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    The Fear of 13

    My Take: After more than 20 years on Death Row, Nick Yarris petitions to remove all appeals and have his death sentence carried out. As far as documentaries go, it's on my list of top Netflix movies. It’s quite the story. One of those “stranger than fiction” type of documentaries where so many things come together to make up a nearly unbelievable, but true story. The accused comes across as a clearly intelligent and eloquent man who is also a very compelling storyteller. One of the best stories to add to my Netflix movie list.

    Category: Documentary, Thriller

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    Your Sister's Sister

    My Take: It starts out innocently enough. Iris lets Jack stay at her family cabin to “find himself” and get out of his funk. Little does he know that Iri’s sister has already laid claim to the place and is feeling a whole different side of depression. Lots of pretty funny situations and good actors. Beautiful scenery. A good story about the effects of dealing with tragedy. Annnd a really evil thing to do to somebody. Probably one of the most evil things on my Netflix list.

    Category: Comedy, Drama

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    Kill Me Three Times

    My Take: Its the typical life of a hit man until he uncovers a plot in the works against his target. Getting paid for the kill is the easy part. Finding an angle to benefit from both sides isn't. Like I mentioned before, I like Simon Pegg movies. He always brings some kind of original entertainment, and this wasn't any different.

    Category: Comedy, Thriller

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    It Follows

    My Take: After a sexual encounter, a girl is stalked by a nightmarish spirit. It's really hard to actually scare an audience these days, but I have a feeling there's gonna be a scene or two that might get you! In my opinion, it has a perfect concept of psychological horror and the impending threat is undoubtedly a little nerve racking. I wouldn't call this one of the good thriller movies on Netflix, I'd call it one of the best. The best movies to watch on Netflix are the ones that get you thinking about it after you watch it. There's something about a never-ending, never-sleeping threat that sends chills up your spine. I can't exactly say that this fits into the genre of zombie movies on Netflix, but I feel like it almost should be in it. This one has got to be on everyone's Netflix movie list.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    ABCs of Death 2

    My Take: 26 filmmakers are given the opportunity to create a short film horror based off every letter in the alphabet. Ok so I saw the first one and there were some scenes that just took it too far. And can you believe I am actually saying it went too far for me?! haha. You know it's gotta be bad then. Strangely enough, number two is WAY better. They did it right this time. Filmmakers like these make it easy to create a good Netflix list of movies. It also has a great scene that is one of my favorites for zombie movies on Netflix. There are insanely creative and original horror scenes. In fact, if I'm scoring on originality alone, this is one of the best movies on Netflix.

    Category: Horror

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    The Wailing

    My Take: A terrible sickness is spreading through a small village thought to be caused by a mysterious outsider. So, if you didn’t already know, Korean movies on Netflix have really come into their own when it comes to thriller/horror movies. I rarely get to use the words like “disturbing” or “grotesque,” but this one actually fits the bill. International movies on Netflix are tough to find and there are more than a few Korean films that have really left a chilling mark on me. In fact, Netflix Korean movies have been some of the scariest I've ever seen. They always seem to take it a step further into very dark, almost pervasive, scenes. I haven’t been this glued to the screen since Baskin. For a horror movie, this is one of the best Netflix movies right now.

    Category: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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    The Square

    My Take: Lovers, Ray and Carla, plot to leave their spouses and run away together. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. There’s a lot of action, twists and turns, and I think it’ll keep you guessing pretty much the whole time. Good movies on Netflix keep coming out of Australia. I keep trying to tell everyone, don't sleep on these Australian thrillers! Some of the best Netflix movies come from the country. The tension is palpable throughout in this one.

    Category: Crime, Drama, Thriller

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    10 Cloverfield Lane

    My Take: A woman awakens after a car accident in an underground bunker with two mysterious men. There was plenty of suspense and twists and turns to keep your attention in this one. I swear John Goodman nails every single role he's in. He plays a pretty chilling character and it's hard to grasp what's going on his head. I'd say this is one of the best thrillers on Amazon Prime right now and you should definitely give it a try. Everything adds up to a pretty intense survival thriller.

    Category: Drama, ScienceFiction, Thriller

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    The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out ...

    My Take: Allan Karlsson has lived a colorful life as an explosives expert. After escaping from a retirement home, the adventure continues. I loved this movie. It was just a feel good adventure story full of laughs. I'd say this is one of the best Amazon Prime comedies right now. Robert Gustafsson is great at playing every age of his character and all the supporting actors were funny. Allan Karlson lived his life without a care in the world. I kind of felt like this was the Swedish version of Forrest Gump in a way. Comedies on Amazon prime don't get much better than this.

    Category: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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    Omar

    My Take: As political tensions ensue, Omar, a freedom fighter, tries to balance the love he has for his friend’s sister and the mission of the revolution. Omar is pushed to the limits and has to make some very hard decisions in order to survive and save face. I couldn't tell you which side of the Middle Eastern conflict this is a part of, but Omar seemed pretty determined to fight against the occupation no matter what it cost him. A lot more action than I expected out of a "love story".

    Category: Drama

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    Betting on Zero

    My Take: Betting on Zero is the story of hedge fund manager Bill Ackman’s quest to expose Herbalife as a pyramid scheme. My Netflix movies list just got a whole lot more thought provoking with this one. Ackman is clearly an intelligent, albeit slightly arrogant, person, but his pursuit is clearly warranted. What this movie did for me is remind me of something I’ve known my whole life--billion dollar markets are made by profiting from the hopes and dreams of the lower class. Corporations have always preyed upon people's hopes of a better life and, unfortunately, I think it’s just a fact of life now that has infected every type of industry. It’s the financial advisor who sells you the dream of financial security, but who only really cares about his commission and not his clients. The motivational speaker that will tell you how to live your life and become successful, but only for a hefty fee, of course. It even goes as far as the government pushing millions into advertisements for college degrees as the only way to succeed, while you get stuck with a 40k+ loan that you can never pay off. Oh well, c'est la vie right?

    Category: Documentary

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    The Look of Silence

    My Take: A family who lived through the genocide in 1960’s Indonesia gives you a glimpse into their lives while confronting the men that murdered one of their sons. A shocking documentary on the Indonesia genocide of the mid-1960's. The Look of Silence instantly made my Netflix movie list after I saw it. It's definitely one of the more sad movies on Netflix. Be warned, it's extremely graphic content. I thought the director did a perfect job of conveying the message that no matter what, we can't look away, and we must always remember the past or we're doomed to repeat it. Like I mentioned, it's one of the more depressing movies on Netflix, but well worth the watch.

    Category: Documentary

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    Ex Machina

    My Take: A talented programmer wins a contest to win a week with his companies brilliant CEO in an experiment of human and robot interactions. If you're into artificial intelligence, this is one of the best movies on Amazon Prime. It's smart, sleek, and slightly terrifying. Everything is very thought out and methodical in Ex Machina, which makes it pretty hard to see things coming. If you're looking for a clever film that will leave a mark on you, check out Ex Machina.

    Category: Drama, ScienceFiction

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    Cartel Land

    My Take: The Mexican cartels are destroying the country along with its innocent citizens. The citizens are forced to come together to arm and protect themselves against the Knights Templar when the government isn’t doing enough for the people. Cartel Land is a very interesting movie and drug movies on Netflix don't get any more realistic than this. I had some idea of the lack of protection citizens of Mexico get from their government, but I had no idea it was this bad. Definitely worth the watch.

    Category: Documentary, Drama

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    The Fury of a Patient Man

    My Take: A man seeks answers after a horrible crime is committed. The Fury of A Patient Man. I admit, it starts slow out of the gate, but you might be surprised of what’s to come. I find that's the case with a lot of good Netflix movies. If you’re patient (pun intended), you will be pleasantly surprised. You’ll soon figure out how they came up with the title of the movie. When it gets going, it goes 0 - 60 real quick.

    Category: Thriller

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    What Happened to Monday

    My Take: In a world where siblings are not allowed to live due to over population, a man raises 7 identical twins and devises a plan to keep their existence a secret. The first thing I thought of when watching this movie was, wow, that was a lot of acting for one person! Makes you wonder how long it took to actually get this movie finished.  The next thing I noticed was that this movie was a lot more violent than I thought it was going to be. It's definitely one of the better Netflix action movies right now.  Also, I’m glad to see there’s some creativity left at Netflix.  It’s fun to watch this fast paced thriller no matter what mood you're in. I'm always happy to add Noomi Rapace movies to my Netflix movies list. She is a great actor and I've loved watching her since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Maybe the best Netflix original I've seen this month.

    Category: ScienceFiction, Thriller

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    Room

    My Take: Held captive for years in one room, a woman and her son attempt to escape. Room was a great movie but I have a feeling it will be hard to stomach for some people. Brie Larson is a pretty amazing talent and she has continued to shine from a very young age. It's a suspenseful and heartrending movie on survival. I can't imagine being trapped in such a nightmare but Room manages to be very powerful as a true-crime thriller. For one of the free thriller movies on Amazon Prime, this one can't be beat.

    Category: Drama, Thriller

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    Afflicted

    My Take: Two friends are on a trip through Europe while one contracts a mysterious illness. Afflicted was pretty cool and pretty freaky at the same time. No one likes thinking about contracting some type of mysterious disease from a stranger, but afflicted carries the found-footage genre much better than most. There's no huge budget here but there are some pretty creative special effects that will keep you entertained. It's definitely one of the better horror movies on Amazon Prime right now.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    Hush

    My Take: A deaf woman is stuck in her home terrorized by a psychopath. I heard Stephen King really liked this one so I decided to check it out. Actually turned out to pretty good. Hard to be original in the horror genre but this one worked. A great addition to my Netflix list.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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    Harsh Times

    My Take: An ex-Army Ranger slowly finding himself slipping back into a life of crime. Meeting up with old friends he convinces them to join in his misdeeds while his mind starts slipping against his will. More great acting from Christian Bale in this one. I haven't seen him act this crazy since American Psycho. This is another one that was on my Netflix movies list before they removed it. If you're looking for one of the best thrillers on Amazon prime, look no further than Harsh Times.

    Category: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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    Tangerine

    My Take: Fresh outta county, Tangerine searches the streets for the pimp that broke her heart. Filmed straight from an iPhone, the performances seem so real that it gives you a candid glimpse into a world you probably have never seen. The characters are un-deniably original with a street-wise attitude that seems impossible to fake. By the way, it's one of those good Netflix movies that has a seriously disturbing scene, so be warned.

    Category: Comedy, Drama

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    The Road

    My Take: A man and his young son wander through a post apocalyptic America. With ruthless scavengers on their tail, they try to keep their hopes of civilization alive. Every good Netflix movies list needs a post apocalyptic movie, right? The best part about The Road is how gritty and dirty it is. Filmed on location, I had no idea a director could make Pennsylvania, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Oregon look so horribly desolate and ugly. The Road was one of the best Netflix movies that turned a pretty state into an ugly one. It has a kind of eerie and haunting feeling about the story the whole time. My advice is to watch it quick before it leaves streaming movies.

    Category: Adventure, Drama

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    A Lonely Place to Die

    My Take: Hikers stumbled upon a child locked in the ground in the Scottish Highlands. But freeing her from her prison may bring worse consequences. It's weird because I've never seen this movie on anyone's list of movies on Netflix. There's a lot of high-altitude moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Most good Netflix movies have a lot of originality to them and this one is no different. An adventure story with tense moments throughout.

    Category: Adventure, Action, Crime, Thriller

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    Valley Uprising

    My Take: Follow the story of the original Yosemite rock climbers. Their culture is looked down upon but their skills are undeniable. An amazing tale of the generation that defied the laws of gravity and paved the way for the sport. So glad I found this one and instantly added it to my Netflix movies list. I've honestly only rock climbed one time but I have a lot of respect for the sport after just one time. This a great documentary of the pioneers of the sport. I'm going to go ahead and say it's the best Netflix movie about rock climbing. Then I'm going to say it's one of the best movies to watch on Netflix. It's inspiring, hilarious, and downright terrifying! I haven't laughed so hard I cried in awhile, but "Chongo" definitely got me.

    Category: Adventure, Documentary

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    Headhunters

    My Take: The corporate world is full of headhunters looking to take advantage of the next power play. Some risk more than others. It was pretty easy to add this one to my list of Netflix movies. It's a first class thriller that will pull you in and keep you in the dark. A really good movie with a well thought out plot and lots of action. It's actually one of the first movies that I would call a "cat and mouse" type of situation. Psychological thrillers on Netflix are hard to find but you will be entertained by this one. I swear the best Netflix movies always get taken off of streaming, but I'm amazed this one has been on for so long.

    Category: Crime, Thriller

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    Requiem for a Dream

    My Take: The parallel stories of lives affected by drug abuse. Ugh, this is the original movie that really reminds you that drugs are really really BAD. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connely are great and I feel like they made their bones with this one early in both of their careers. The longer you watch, the more gut-wrenching it gets. I actually think it's perfect for my Netflix movies list. I love to promote movies that are a realistic portrayal of the horrible life of a junkie. This and Heavens Knows What are the best movies on Netflix about drug abuse.

    Category: Drama

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    Lion

    My Take: Saroo gets separated from his family as a child and must survive many challenges in the hopes of one day seeing them again.  Just to warn you, this one is gonna pull on your heart strings a little bit! It's a great story of love, survival, and determination.  I particularly like the little Saroo who did a great acting job. This might just be one of the best movies to watch on Netflix this month.  There's a whole lot of emotion throughout, but it's an uplifting movie for sure. I'm actually pretty happy I found this one because I've been getting complaints about the lack of "emotional" films on my movie list. This is also probably one of the best movies on Netflix I've seen with Nichole Kidman and definitely one of the best Indian movies on Netflix.

    Category: Drama

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    Heaven Knows What

    My Take: A young heroin addict roams the streets of New York, chasing down her next fix. Her boyfriend and random drugged fueled relationships drift in and out of her daily existence. Wow. What a mess of a movie this was. There's a lot of movies about drugs on Netflix, but this one takes the cake. The life of a junky is such a horrible existence and this is one of the best movies to watch on Netflix about it. This movie is raw and frighteningly real. If you're looking for cringe worthy addiction and desperation, this is the best movie to watch on Netflix. I know I sound like a broken record, but honestly, it's either AMAZING acting or they just mixed in real addicts with the actors.

    Category: Drama

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    Blue Ruin

    My Take: Haunted by the memory of his parents' murder, a man's solitary life is turned upside down as he decides to exact his revenge against the newly released murderer. A very interesting and attention-grabbing movie. I'm always pleasantly surprised when a movie pulls off an actual description of "gritty". I think it's one of the best movies on Amazon Prime right now. There is a whole lot of blood and Macon Blair seems to always star in some seriously dark movies. I thought Blue Ruin was a pretty unpredictable story of revenge. If you liked Green Room, it is just what you're looking for.

    Category: Crime, Thriller

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    My Take: Two personal trainers are struggling with what they want in life while dealing with a newly wealthy client that just doesn’t care enough. Funny story about the differences of crazy trainers and regular people.

    Category: Comedy

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    Mexican Gangster

    My Take: The true story of Alfredo Ríos Galeana. A bank robber by day and singer by night. Although the name doesn’t sound too original (and from what I understand a fairly poor translation), it’s an action packed story full of smart, cunning bank robbers, relentless cops, and a touch of corruption all too familiar throughout the Mexican government. My Netflix movie list is definitely lacking good Mexican film cinematography, so I welcomed this with open arms. I'd say it's probably one of the best Mexican movies on Netflix I've seen and it's definitely one of the best movies in Spanish on Netflix.

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