We’ve all been there: The blankets are ready, the popcorn has been made and it’s Netflix o’clock. To many of us, a Netflix subscription is our most prized possession. It allows us to stream hundreds of movies and television shows, all with the click of a mouse or controller.
That said, perusing the site is often time-consuming, and Netflix doesn’t always have the most current movies. Here’s a list of some of the hidden gems of Netflix, so you don’t waste any precious binge time:
This cult film from 2000 stars John Cusack as Rob, a used record store owner and compulsive list maker, as he chronicles his top five breakups, including his latest. Set in Chicago, High Fidelity is a whimsical and quirky comedy/drama hybrid. With a near perfect soundtrack and a great performance from Jack Black, this film is a must-see.
Starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, this 2014 romantic comedy bounces back and forth over the course of a couple’s six-year relationship. The film’s visuals will keep you aesthetically pleased, but the writing is what makes it shine. The script is so witty, you’d think Aaron Sorkin wrote it.
This 2011 documentary explores how mainstream media trivializes and sexualizes women. It features inspirational and informative interviews from Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Jean Kilbourne, Rachel Maddow, Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem and many others. It’s both educational and entertaining.
Before she was Hannah Horvath on Girls, Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in her own independent film called Tiny Furniture. Dunham plays Aura, a recent college grad who moves back in with her parents. Much like Girls, this 2010 film is cringe-worthy funny in the very best way.
‘Short Term 12’
This 2013 film has all the ingredients of a powerful narrative. It tells the tale of a compassionate 20-something as she deals with unexpected life events while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. It’s heartwarming, heartbreaking and, at times, incredibly funny.