Netflix has changed the way we ingest our favorite media. No longer do you have to wait weekly for your favorite TV shows, instead, you can devour them on a lazy weekend. No longer do you have to wait for your favorite movie trilogy to pop up on your TV, you can now watch them all, probably on that same weekend.
Never before have we had so much access to media, that allows us to enjoy the new and re-discover the old. The amount of classic movies that you can watch on Netflix is seemingly endless. Netflix gives you a chance to watch some of the greatest movies ever made and all with the click of a button! However, the sheer depth of the movie library can be a little intimidating, which is why below you will see a list of eight great old movies to start you off on your movie watching journey.
1 Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dr. Strangelove is the archetypal political satire movie directed by the acclaimed Stanley Kubrick. Starring Peter Sellers, the film perfectly captures the fears of the Cold War and centers around a slightly unhinged army general eager to launch a nuclear attack. Dr. Strangelove is widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, so if you want a laugh, this film is for you.
2 To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
When you get one of the greatest books ever written, and add one of the greatest actors of his generation, you end up with 1962's To Kill A Mockingbird, one of the best films ever made. Starring Gregory Peck who won an Oscar for his role, TKAMB is a must-see for any movie fan.
3 Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window is considered to be the best of all of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. James Stewart is the lead in this tense and taut thriller who is convinced his neighbour is a murderer. This film will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
4 On The Waterfront (1954)
I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody! Those immortal lines coupled with a young Marlon Brando on top of his game is part of what makes On The Waterfront such a timeless classic. The American Film Institute named it the eighth best film of all time and with good reason.
5 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid set the standard for the action comedies that followed it. That, accompanied by a great script and amazing chemistry between the two icons of cinema, puts this film head and shoulders above its competition.
6 Mean Streets (1973)
Martin Scorsese is known for making some of the greatest gangster films in cinematic history, and Mean Streets is one of his grittiest and one of his best. Robert De Niro steals every scene that he is in and the soundtrack is pretty much flawless too.
7 Roman Holiday ( 1953)
If you are looking for a nice light-hearted romantic flick, Roman Holiday should be on top of your list. Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for the leading role and within the first few scenes of this film, it's easy to see why.
8 His Girl Friday (1940)
His Girl Friday pretty much defined the “screwball comedy” genre. Carry Grant and Rosalind Russell are perfect as two reporters who used to be married, on the search for a life changing scoop that might not be all that it seems.
One of the downsides of having a Netflix account is not being able to pick what you want to watch when there are so many options. Avoid that by using this article as your watch next list and start enjoying some classic movies today!
Mary Frenson is a Marketing Assistant at Checkdirector.co.uk