What are the best Netflix movies in 2014 to watch?
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Top 10 best movies on Netflix
Being the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ hugely-popular book series of same name, the film garnered a huge following well before it grossed more than $100 million during opening weekend. The story follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a girl who enters into a globally-televised deathmatch in order to save her younger sister. It’s a move rife with inequality and class divide, one that’s engrossingly thrilling and draws parallels to Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.
Paul Newman and Robert Redford lead a gang of outlaws in this Wild West classic. It has everything you could want from an action movie: gun fights, knife fights, fist fights, and of course, mustaches. The film is loosely based on actual events, following the two seasoned train robbers after a heist goes wrong and they flee to Bolivia in order to avoid the posse pursuing them. It’s widely regarded as one of the first buddy films, leaving a legacy for many movies to follow in suit.
Memento is a lot of things. It’s a film noir mystery-thriller, it’s unpredictable, unconventional, and incredibly refreshing to watch. One of director Christopher Nolan’s first films and based on one of his brother’s short stories, Memento features two story lines that tell the tale of a man with short-term memory loss who’s on the hunt for his wife’s killer. The non-linear puzzler garnered substantial praise in the festival circuit, even if it took time to secure proper distribution.
Though Skyfall represents Daniel Craig’s third and final performance as James Bond, it’s also truly the first in which defines his portrayal of the iconic character. When former M16 operative Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) orchestrates an attack on the agency in attempt to disprove and kill M, it falls upon 007 to put aside his personal qualms and hunt down the perpetrators responsible. It’s arguably one of the best Bond films ever produced, lined with thrilling action sequences and a subtle undercurrent of expected humor — even if it is nearly three hours long.
Kill Bill is, quite simply, Tarantino’s gritty two-part tale of revenge. After being shot and left for dead by her employer (David Carradine) and other members of her squad, a deadly assassin known merely as “The Bride” (Uma Thurman) sets out to kill her ex-colleagues. The film is undeniably violent, brimming with homages to old-school martial arts films, spaghetti westerns, and Japanese anime, yet done with a style and non-linear story that’s incredibly captivating and utterly unique.
Captain America, the Hulk, and Iron Man come together to save the world — like they always do. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, the film provides a nice balance of action, backstory and Tony Stark snark. It has a little more to offer than your typical movie based on a comic book, with a star-studded cast that brings an unprecedented level of humanity to fabled super heroes, yet it remains a blockbuster with over-the-top effects at heart.
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, escorts, guns, and $100 million dollars worth of cocaine. Bad Boys is a classic. Two Miami cops (Lawrence and Smith) set out to catch the biggest drug dealer Florida has ever seen, but things aren’t quite as they seem when the dealer’s ex-girlfriend asks to help. The action-comedy was produced by the guys behind Beverly Hills Cop and marks Michael Bay’s directorial debut, meaning there’s plenty of humor and explosions despite its flaws.
After the death of his girlfriend, a musician (Antonio Banderas) becomes embroiled with the drug lord that killed her. It’s the sequel to El Mariachi and the second film in Robert Rodriquez’s “Mexico Trilogy,” with a noteworthy cameo by the director’s frequent collaborator, Quentin Tarantino. Though Rodriguez had to severely cut the film to meet the ratings for an R rating, it’s still exceedingly violent (even without the crotch-gun scene). And then there’s Salma Hayek…
One of the first supernatural comedies, or certainly one of the most beloved, Ghostbusters became an instant classic upon its debut. Dan Aykroyd wrote and starred in the film, alongside the likes of Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis. It’s centered around a team of eccentric parapsychologists who create a business exterminating ghosts, but the real story begins when they discover a demon spirit inhabiting the apartment of cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver).
A sequel to Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, albeit with different leading actors, the filmdetails the events surround CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) after he is targeted by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army following his interference with the assassination of the British Prime Minister. As expected, Ryan must find those responsible and kill them before they kill him or his family. Note: Clancy disowned the book giving its deviations from the book.
World War Z failed to capture the seriousness and allure of the apocalyptic world Max Brooks created in his 2006 novel of the same name. However, it’s enticing piece of eye candy, filled with non-stop action documenting a U.N. employee (Brad Pitt) who races against the clock and around the world in an effort to prevent the spread of a horrific zombie pandemic. The special effects are top-notch, but the film does substantially diverge from the novel.
Donnie, played by a very young Jake Gyllenhaal, has always been depressed. However, things begin to worsen when he is visited by a six-foot demonic rabbit that tells him the world is going to end in 28 days. The mind-bending cult film is unlike any other, full of teen angst and eerie supernatural elements, along with an ambiguous ending that’s equally as perplexing as it is brilliant. The sequel was horrendous, but then again, it really has no affiliation with the former.
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Set in New York in the 1960′s, Mad Men follows one of the city’s most prestigious ad agencies on Madison Avenue. The agency is doing well, but as the industry grows the competition begins to stiffen. The agency tries to survive in a time when everything, including the ad industry, is undergoing a radical shake-up. The two protagonists are the enigmatic Don Draper, a self-made executive who’s childhood seems to always get in the way of his happiness and ultra-terse Peggy Olson, a former secretary who works her way up the corporate ladder.
Walter White (Brian Cranston) is a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. To secure his family’s finances before he dies, he quits his job and begins to cook and deal meth. Using his chemistry background, White cooks and deals premium blue meth and upends volatile Southwest meth market. His partner is former student, and burn-out Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). It’s teeming with moral consequences and family issues, and fittingly, as addicting as the crystal meth Walt produces in his beat-up van in the desert.
The Netflix-produced series is one of the best political dramas since The West Wing. The show revolves around protagonist Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the U.S. Senate Majority Whip who uses every political secret and inch of his clout to dethrone enemies and leverage his way to the top. His alliance with environmental lobbyist Claire (Robin Wright) is arguably one of the best alliances on TV, brilliantly showcasing just how the two characters are willing to go to beat their opponents and catapult — or destroy —approval ratings.
Orange Is the New Black
Based on a true story, this Netflix original comedy follows Piper Chapman as she goes from comfortable middle-class living to an all-female prison as a result of a drug-related crime she committed a decade prior. The show is based upon the real-life Piper Kerman, who wrote a memoir based on her money-laundering years and subsequent time in jail. The drama is often funny, with hilarious interactions between cell mates, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get heavy. Netflix currently offers both season, with a third season slated for 2015.
TPB is a mockumentary-style comedy that revolves around the lives of various residents living in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Despite filmed on one of the lowest budget of all time, it’s garnered a loyal following of enthusiasts. The series revolves around three characters (Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles) and their efforts to turn a profit through petty crimes. They’re in and out of jail and always seem to be intoxicated to varying degrees. Netflix has all seven seasons.
If you’ve ever watched a gut-wrenching zombie flick like Dawn of The Dead and found yourself wishing there was more than a couple hours to watch, then The Walking Dead is what you’ve always wanted. AMC’s zombie-centric show is based on Robert Kirkman’s series of graphic novels of the same name, following sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) once he awakens in an abandoned hospital and amasses a band of survivors. Zombie’s aside, there’s plenty of human-to-human and interpersonal drama as well.
The West Wing
Quite possibly the best political drama of all time, The West Wing follows fictional President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his staff as they fight various personal and political battles, through his two terms as president. Critics and people close to the White House praised the show for its accuracy and the Aaron Sorkin’s razor sharp dialog, and even now, the show lives on through multiple Twitter Handles for several West Wing characters. Still, Netfflix offers all seven seasons.
Friday Night Lights
Nothing like a good old fashioned football drama to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There’s not much happening in the rural Texas town of Dillion on Friday nights, except for high school football. The show is set in Dillon, Texas the epicenter of high school football, and follows a team that is considered one of the best in the state. Inspired by the film and loosely based on H.G. Bissinger’s gritty novel of the same name, the team’s effect on the rural Texas community is captivating, and there’s plenty of playbook tricks to keep you hooked.
Currently in its third season, you can still catch up with the first two of this insanely popular — and insanely insane — political drama. Kerry Washington is Olivia Pope, the head of a task-force that cleans up politicians after they get down and dirty in scandals. The former press aide from the Bush administration serves as a co-producer for the show, so you know that there are nuggets of real events the show tries to flesh out on screen. It’s so much more than that, though, with plot twists, political intrigue, and conspiracies that make 24 look tame.
With the NBC series Heroes Reborn set for 2015, it’s time for a rehash. The original story revolves around a group of ordinary people who discover they posses superpowers, like the ability to read minds or regenerate. Of course, there are several “non-gifted” individuals who attempt to kill off all the gifted. The show has the feel of a comic pool, with a strong focus on the visual and major plot arcs that span entire seasons and give birth to smaller more nuanced personal stories.