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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 you probably haven't seen yet. Click on a movie and enjoy!

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    Dracula

    My Take: Jonathan Harker travels to Count Dracula's home to help him manage his affairs. Bram Stoker's Dracula is a golden oldie that I just had to share with you. I would say that Gary Oldman is pretty much the best Dracula ever. I wish I could showcase this level of acting with every movie on my Amazon Prime movies list. Dracula is a hauntingly romantic movie that has you feeling for the villain if only just a little bit. I actually think that's the best way to judge the quality of an actor sometimes. If they are so good that you can even relate to the villain they portray, you know they're on top of their game. If you're looking for one of the best horror movies on amazon prime, here you go.

    Category: Horror, Romance

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    City of Ghosts

    My Take: Syrian citizens risk their lives to document the atrocities of ISIS. This is the most powerful film I’ve seen in awhile. I’ve been a big fan of investigative journalism for a long time but this movie just takes it to a new, horrifying level. It’s very interesting to see inside the ISIS regime instead of from the outside looking in on CNN and Fox. The level of strength these citizens of Raqqa have in the face of death is beyond inspiring. I thought this was an especially profound film after all the horrible terrorist attacks we’ve had lately in the U.S. claimed by ISIS. This is the first documentary on my Amazon Prime movie list with real life public executions, so be warned. These are the guys that got the word out about this evil regime, putting their lives on the line to do so. City of Ghosts is one of the top Amazon Prime movies in the documentary category.

    Category: Documentary, War

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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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    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. And I actually agree that this is one of the most disturbing movies on Netflix. So, naturally I was intrigued and I honestly haven't been this intrigued since Baskin.

    Category: Drama, Horror

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    Bald Mountain

    My Take: Consumed by the dream of a better life, two friends slowly drift apart in search of wealth and power. Ever since I saw City of God and Elite Squad the Brazilian movies have always struck a chord with me and I'm quick to add them to my Netflix movie list. Especially ones based on real events and this one is no different. You can feel the heat and taste the dirt in the air in this one. Brazilian crime lords are always so ruthless, it's great. Some of the best thrillers on Netflix are starting to come out of Brazil.

    Category: Drama, Western

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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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    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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    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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    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 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. If you think about it, the underlying story actually makes it one of the sad movies on Netflix. Although, 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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    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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    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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    Dirty Work

    My Take: Two buddies start a revenge for hire business. It's no surprise that things can turn ugly with a revenge for hire business. This is one of Norm Macdonald's classic roles (and best film). Artie Lange does a great job as the dummy sidekick too. There's a serious lack of Amazon Prime comedy movies right now, so Dirty Work was welcome with open arms. Don't bother wasting your time with checking any reviews about Dirty Work because they're horrible. Don't let that fool you though because one man's trash is another man's treasure. Dirty Work has been called "tasteless" numerous time in the review column, so you know it has to be good and good Amazon Prime movies are hard to come by.

    Category: Comedy

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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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    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 and it's also one of the best suspense movies on Netflix.

    Category: Horror, 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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    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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    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 and I thought it was one of the best sad movies on Netflix. 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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    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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    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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    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 thought it was one of the more sad movies on Netflix as things unfold. 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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    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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    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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    People, Places, Things

    My Take: Will is trying to recover from a horrible marriage while juggling his two daughters in the process, but getting back on his feet is not as easy as it once was. At first, I thought the main character was too pathetic, but it gets pretty funny after that. There's a lot of charm in this one and it's a fun movie no matter what mood you're in. People Places Things was on my Netflix movie list a long time ago, but of course, Netflix deemed it unworthy and removed it from streaming movies. Glad to see it's back! Very cute kids.

    Category: Comedy

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

    Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller

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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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    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. It's not really one of the sad movies on Netflix, it's more like one of the heavy movies on Netflix to sit through. 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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    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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    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 storytelling 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 and is one of the best suspense movies on Netflix.

    Category: Mystery, Thriller

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Raw

    My Take: Justine is a brilliant teen who slowly uncovers a dark family secret. I actually didn’t read any reviews about Raw before I saw it so everything really came out of the blue. I suppose this is a horror, but there’s a lot more story to this one than your typical horror. I thought it was actually one of the new best thrillers on Netflix too. I always get a little bit of a culture shock with foreign movies, but the focus of Raw is something everyone in the world has heard of and we all know how gruesome it is. Raw is a great addition to my Netflix movie list.

    Category: Drama, Horror

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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 and it's one of the most disturbing movies on Netflix.

    Category: Fantasy, Horror

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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. If you think about the true story, this should be in the category of sad movies on Netflix, but for some reason, I just can't seem to put it there. 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.

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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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    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.

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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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    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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    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...

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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. The Mule is a great movie and probably one of the best suspense movies on Netflix but with just one quick scene you will probably wish you never saw lol.

    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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    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.

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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. I personally think it's one of the more sad movies on Netflix. You've probably heard about Beasts of No Nation 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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    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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    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 heartstrings 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. I consider it one of the sad movies on Netflix, but it's truly uplifting as well. 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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    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 goodwill towards people from all walks of life. I felt like it was one of the sad movies on Netflix just because homelessness is such a hard life to live. 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.

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    Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

    My Take: Set in Amsterdam, this is the true story of the kidnapping of the heir to the Heineken brewery. Five longtime friends pull off the heist but tensions quickly grow between them after realizing the consequences of what they've done. I found this one on a 9-hour flight home. It's a pretty interesting true story and a good addition to Netflix thrillers. There is a ton of good actors and after you watch the movie, make sure to Google the rest of the story.

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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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    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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    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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    The Voices

    My Take: Jerry is a normal guy working at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives a normal life and has a not so normal personality problem. Ok, so I know this is blasphemy to some people, but I'm really not a big fan of Ryan Reynolds. To me, it just seems like he tries a little too hard injecting jokes in every single one of his lines. But I will say that The Voices really changed my opinion of him and his ability to do a decent acting job. He may actually star in one of the best serial killer movies on Netflix. The Voices is a grisly movie that was darker than most dark comedies. What's really creepy is being inside his mind knowing that there are people in the world that have actually committed such crimes. The Voices managed to put chills up my spine thinking about that. They recently added this back and I'm happy to have it on my Netflix movie list again.

    Category: Comedy, Crime, Horror, 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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    Predestination

    My Take: A Temporal agent travels through time to stop future murders from happening. On what is supposed to be his last assignment, this agent runs into the one killer that has eluded him his whole life. I really liked this one. It's pretty rare that a movie actually gets me thinking and I think it'll do the same for you. If you're into mind-bending stuff, this might just be one of the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime right now. It takes you pretty deep down the rabbit hole. I'm very excited to be able to add Predestination to my Amazon streaming movies list.

    Category: ScienceFiction, 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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    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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    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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    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?

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    Gerald's Game

    My Take: A sex game gone wrong forces visions and secrets to surface for a woman trapped in handcuffs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You don’t have much chance going up against Stephen King in the horror genre. He always has to take things a step further and gently eases you out of your comfort zone and slowly into the depths of his twisted mind. Gerald’s game is very well acted and is one of the best thrillers on Netflix right now. I'd say this is the best Stephen King movie out this year. Be warned, like any good Stephen King movie, gruesome scenes await. Gerald's Game is also one of the best new Netflix movies by Netflix Originals.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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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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    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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    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.

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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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    Donnie Darko

    My Take: An eccentric high school student with contempt for his peers has a seemingly sinister friend named Frank. I was excited to see Donnie Darko get added to Netflix streaming movies this month. It's a strange, gripping, type of mind bender movie. I remember thinking it was really underrated when I saw it for the first time. I'm a much bigger fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's early work than his new stuff and this is my favorite movie of his. You might need to watch it more than once to really grasp how deep it goes. Even though it was made in 2001, it's probably one of the newly added best thrillers on Netflix.

    Category: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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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 but new movies on Netflix are hard to come by.  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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    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. It's hard to be original in the horror genre but this one worked. Aside from being one of the best horrors on Netflix, it's also one of the best suspense movies on Netflix. A great addition to my Netflix movie list.

    Category: Horror, Thriller

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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?

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    1922

    My Take: 1922 is the story of a simple farmer doing whatever he can to keep his land and live out his days on the farm. Actually, it’s funny, I started 1922 and about 5 minutes in I switch it off and went to bed. I thought it was just gonna be another cheesy movie. For some reason, I decided to give it another shot and it actually turned out to be one of the best Netflix movies I've seen in awhile! Stephen King has his creepy stamp all over it and Thomas Jane did a great job. There are some pretty haunting scenes and lots of bloody action. I will continue to add all these Stephen King gems to my Netflix movie list, so I hope you're a fan!

    Category: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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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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    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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    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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    Pan's Labyrinth

    My Take: In 1944 Spain a pregnant mother and her child travel to live with her new husband. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the greatest fantasy movies I've seen. Everything is masterfully done with a tenth of the budget of big Hollywood movies. I would say this is one of my favorites on my Amazon Prime movie list right now. The army general is a particularly vile character and there are some pretty gruesome scenes to back that up. Although this is one of the fantasy movies on Amazon Prime, I definitely would not consider this a kid movie. Pan's Labyrinth is a perfect mix of increasing dark and bizarre stories of a magical kingdom coupled with the brutalities of the civil war in Spain.

    Category: Drama, Fantasy, War

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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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    Results

    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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    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. This is probably one of the best suspense movies on Netflix to come out of Spain. 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.

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    Tommy Boy

    My Take: Tommy Boy is used to crushing beers all day in his dorm, but when the family business is threatened, he tries his best to step up to the plate and save the small town relying on the company. If you didn't already, Tommy Boy is a classic that should not be missed. There are few comedies that deserve to be at the top of the list in the last 30 years, and Tommy Boy is right up there with the best of them. My Netflix movie list just got a whole lot funnier with this addition.

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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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    Silent Hill

    My Take: A mother finds herself stuck in an eerie ghost town searching for her missing daughter. I grew up playing the video game Silent Hill and I was excited that they decided to make it into a movie because the video game was creepy as hell. I didn't think they would manage to pull it off though! Silent Hill is one of the most surprisingly disturbing and bloody Netflix movies I've seen in a long time. I can't say I really have any movies like this on my Netflix movies list but I hope I find some more soon. The story can be a little confusing, but I really doubt you will care once you see all the gruesome scenes that await. If you're looking for a very dark Netflix thriller (or Netflix horror movie) Silent Hill is a great choice.

    Category: Horror, Mystery

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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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    When Animals Dream

    My Take: Teenager Marie lives in a small Danish village with her mother and father. She slowly starts to notice increasingly strange changes in her body that she cannot explain. I thought this was a very well done Danish thriller. Above all, it was original and that says a lot for any movie on Netflix these days. Some of these foreign films are the best movies to watch on Netflix right now. If you’re a gorehound like me, this is a much more reserved film when it comes to bloody action, but there is still plenty of interesting scenes that keep your attention throughout the whole film. It has a haunting feel to it, mixed with a coming of age story and a new take on an age-old myth. This is a great addition to my new Netflix movies list.

    Category: Drama, Horror, Mystery

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    Oculus

    My Take: In an attempt to exonerate her brother, she must face the terror from their past. Oculus was honestly creepy. It has a pretty cheesy name, but you might just be surprised with the quality of this one. Everyone familiar with my Netflix movie list knows I'm a big fan of Stephen King movies based on his books and this one didn't disappoint. It has his stamp of creepiness all over it. There is a strong cast and Oculus might just manage to send chills up your spine. There is also a lot more to Oculus than just the haunted house story. In fact, I thought it was one of the more chilling Netflix horror movies. Watch it.

    Category: Horror

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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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    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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    Donald Cried

    My Take: Donald Cried. Peter Latang returns to his hometown after 20 years to take care of the estate of his recently deceased grandmother. Once back home he runs into an old friend from high school. One word describes this movie, awkward. But there’s a lot of humor mixed into pretty much every awkward scene so don’t worry about cringing for too long. Donald Cried was actually a very well acted movie. There’s clearly not much of a budget, but it keeps your attention pretty much the whole time. In a way, it’s kind of scary to think about people you knew in high school turning out this way and maybe Donald Cried should almost be in the category of sad movies on Netflix. I think we all had at least one friend that reminds you of Donald’s character at least a little. Needless to say, this is great character work and a great addition to my Netflix movie list. In fact, if you like awkward comedies, this is one of the best new movies on Netflix.

    Category: Comedy, Drama

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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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    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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    Two Step

    My Take: After the death of his grandmother, a young man confronts a man who has been conning her out of thousands of dollars. Two Step is one of the best free movies on Amazon Prime. I hadn’t seen James Landry Hébert in anything before, but he’s a solid actor. He was almost too good at the role if you know what I mean. It’s not a gore-fest with crazy action at every turn, but the tension keeps building with every scene. If you’re looking for a good prime streaming movie to watch tonight, Two Step is a great choice.

    Category: Crime, Drama, Thriller

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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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    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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    Black Snake Moan

    My Take: A southern man tries to cure a woman of the effects of her childhood sexual abuse. Black Snake Moan is one of the best streaming movies on Netflix. The southern feel of the movie is so authentic. Samuel L. Jackson puts on his usual great performance and Christina Ricci has a powerful role. It has a little bit of the Hustle and Flow type of feeling, but with a lot more blues. I can't say I understand the people that say this isn't a good Netflix movie. Sure, it's not exactly the most realistic scenario but its heart is in the right place and it's a compelling mix of morality and personal issues with a down south feel to everything. I welcome it with open arms to my new Netflix movies list.

    Category: Drama

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    The Machinist

    My Take: Trevor works as a lathe-operator who is struggling with insomnia. The struggle becomes so great that Trevor hasn’t slept for over a year, he has become malnourished, and his perception of reality has become so twisted that he is unaware of what is real or not. <br><br> <span class="my-take">My Take:</span> Another throwback. Very dark and strange. Christian Bale goes all out in this one. Practically looks like he's dying to pull the character off, but he does a pretty damn good job of portraying the depths of paranoia and insomnia.

    Category: Drama, Thriller

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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