17 Best Movies Of All Time Available On Netflix

After years of perfecting their intricate algorithms, Netflix finally has a hefty selection of stand-out movies catering to all. Yet, while flicking through their awesome offerings of terrifying horror, heart-warming romance, niche sci-fi and adrenaline-pumping action films, don’t forget to cast a glance at their list of the highest rated features available on the streaming platform.

Indeed, Netflix bears host to a slew of some of the best movies of all time, as judged by IMDb. Check out the titles currently available in the list below:

1. Pulp Fiction

  • Year: 1994
  • Rank: 7
  • Rating: 8.9

Who’s in it? John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction certainly stands out as one of the best movies of all time on Netflix. Ranking a high 7 on IMDb, it introduces the lives of two hit men, a gangster’s wife and a pair of bandits, whose stories all intertwine in a rollercoaster of madness, violence and revenge. A must-watch.

2. Forrest Gump

  • Year: 1994
  • Rank: 13
  • Rating: 8.7

Who’s in it? Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Riddled with iconic quotes, Forrest Gump continues to inspire and warm the hearts of film buffs decades on from its 1994 release. Starring Tom Hanks as Forrest, a man finding himself present at numerous historic moments in America’s history, and Robin Wright as his love, Jenny, this is a charming movie of great depth.

3. Goodfellas

  • Year: 1990
  • Rank: 17
  • Rating: 8.7

Who’s in it? Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Starring Robert De Niro at the height of his mob movie infatuation, Goodfellas is the gangster classic that also elevated director Martin Scorsese to dizzying Hollywood heights. The movie is based on an adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling account of a mobster and his relationship with an FBI informant.

4. The Usual Suspects

  • Year: 1995
  • Rank: 25
  • Rating: 8.6

Who’s in it? Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

Another crime flick, 1995’s The Usual Suspects tells the story of the series of events leading up to a bloody gun battle, which finds five criminals meeting at a random police line-up.

5. Back To The Future

  • Year: 1985
  • Rank: 44
  • Rating: 8.5

Who’s in it? Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Fans of the ’80s sci-fi adventure can rest assured that Netflix has delivered the original movie, as well as the two sequels to its online streaming platform. In this Back to the Future offering, relive where it all began when Marty McFly is first catapulted 30 years into the future after colliding with eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

6. Gladiator

  • Year: 2000
  • Rank: 46
  • Rating: 8.5

Who’s in it? Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Russell Crowe’s Roman general certainly delivers a lot of memorable lines in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, a movie that simply refuses to get old. The epic profiles the journey of a man betrayed to Rome, where he partakes in a deadly battle to unleash his revenge on the Emperor’s corrupt son.

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7. Cinema Paradiso

  • Year: 1988
  • Rank: 56
  • Rating: 8.4

Who’s in it? Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

An incomparable classic, Cinema Paradiso offers up a nostalgic insight into the world of films through the eyes of a young boy who grows up to become a successful filmmaker. Evoking a wide-eyed charm, this it the ultimate love letter to the craft.

8. Django Unchained

  • Year: 2012
  • Rank: 58
  • Rating: 8.4

Who’s in it? Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained caused quite the stir when it hit theaters in 2012, introducing the story of a German bounty hunter who helps a freed slave rescue his wife from the clutches of a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, played by the legendary Leonardo DiCaprio.

9. American Beauty

  • Year: 1999
  • Rank: 63
  • Rating: 8.4

Who’s in it? Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch

In American Beauty, Kevin Spacey plays a sexually frustrated suburban father in a doomed marriage. When he becomes infatuated with his daughter’s best friend, he makes a choice to turn his life upside down, much to the shock of his wife.

10. Oldboy

  • Year: 2003
  • Rank: 66
  • Rating: 8.4

Who’s in it? Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

In Chan-wood Park’s thriller Oldboy, a man is released from imprisonment after being kidnapped 15 years previously. He has just five days to find his captor in a violent whirlwind of revenge.

11. Reservoir Dogs

  • Year: 1992
  • Rank: 75
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

Following a botched jewelry heist, a group of criminals begins to question whether their failure had anything to do with a secret police informant lurking in their midst. Another Quentin Tarantino classic, Reservoir Dogs continues to grace top movies list decades on.

12. Braveheart

  • Year: 1995
  • Rank: 76
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

Despite being hailed as one of the most historically inaccurate blockbusters of all time, our love for Braveheart rages on. Directed by and starring Mel Gibson as a ruggedly handsome Highlander battling for Scotland’s freedom, it is a fast-paced epic romance loosely based on one of the nation’s mightiest warriors, William Wallace.

13. Amélie

  • Year: 2001
  • Rank: 77
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Oozing a quirky French charm that can’t be emulated in any other film studio in the world, Amélie tracks the day-to-day life of a young Parisian woman who embarks on a mission to change the lives of the people she knows. Adorable in every way, it’s essentially the film that pointed Audrey Tautou out as one of the most likable heroines in the industry.

14. To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Year: 1962
  • Rank: 1962
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was adapted into a movie in 1962 by Horton Foote and to this day, it continues to inspire generations with its honest and very head-on exploration of racial tensions in a ’30s Alabama town. The plot of To Kill A Mockingbird bears a focus on lawyer Atticus Finch, passionately brought to life by Gregory Peck, who is brought in to represent a black man accused of rape.

15. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

  • Year: 2004
  • Rank: 85
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotlight that sees a young couple undergo a procedure to have each other erased from each other’s minds. A unique look at relationships and the meaning of heartache, this is inarguably considered to be one of the best movies of all time.

16. Amadeus

  • Year: 1984
  • Rank: 86
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

Amadeus tells the story of one of Europe’s greatest composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, relayed via his peer and hidden rival Antonio Salieri from the vantage point of his insane asylum. Tackling the subject of creativity with passion, this splendid masterpiece is impeccably directed and features an exceptional cast.

17. Full Metal Jacket

  • Year: 1987
  • Rank: 87
  • Rating: 8.3

Who’s in it? Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio

Considering Stanley Kubrick is arguably one of the most influential directors of the past few decades, it’s no surprise at least one of his moves makes the cut on Netflix’s best movies list. War drama Full Metal Jacket is a hard-hitting glimpse into the horrors of the Vietnam War, observed from the eyes of a pragmatic US Marine.

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