Best Classic Movies To Watch On Netflix

Best Classic Movies To Watch On Netflix

Table of Content

  • 8 Best Classics On Netflix
  • End Note

If you have a knack for movies and want to experience the evergreen content that aired in cinemas long before you were born, then Netflix surely has a bunch of selection for you.

While streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video might seem like platforms with only modern-day content, there is surprisingly a lot of classics you can find on them. Netflix alone has a range of classics such as Shawshank Redemption and Prime Video is also home to movies like Godfather. So, if you have watched all the new releases in this quarantine and want to catch up on some classics, Netflix might be a good place to take a start from.

Best Classics On Netflix

Here is a bunch of classics you can watch on Netflix right now. Be aware of the fact that some content is not available in all regions. We have also listed down some recent releases from recent years. While these movies are not very old, their plot, direction, storyline and actor’s performances make them one of the best and evergreen movies.

Silence of the lambs

IMDb: 8.6/10

Director: Jonathan Dame

Release year: 2015

If you are a fan of thriller, mystery and criminal drama, then this movie is the perfect pick for your Saturday night. It might give you some relatable moments from the Netflix original series YOU (if you have already watched it!). The movie has Jodie Foster as the lead, starring as the most successful and top ranking trainee at the FBI academy. It involves a lot of criminal drama, psychological insights and serial killer activities. The movie has a duration of 1 hour and 59 minutes, and it is bound to keep you hooked throughout.

Shawshank redemption

IMDb: 9.3/10

Director: Frank Darion

Release year: 1994

Starring everyone’s favorite, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies ever made. It is a drama film known for its ahead of time nature. It involves 2 prisoners who bond with one another in their life-sentenced time in prison. The movie takes us through several horrors of life in prison, where we see Andy (Tim Robbins) sexually, mentally and physical assaulted by other prisoners and prison wardens. The movie has received multiple award nominations, and won about 7 academy awards. It is undoubtedly one of the best, most versatile and well-executed movies to date.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

IMDb: 8.4/10

Director: Steven Spielberg

Release year:  1981

Even though fictional, this movie takes us back to the Nazi-ruled times where the US government and the Nazis compete to find Ark of the Covenant. Indiana Jones is played by Harrison Ford in this highly versatile movie, which has a fictional plot with interesting references to biblical artefacts and the Ten Commandments. It is the perfect Saturday-night binge-worthy movie for people who are looking for something with action, adventure and drama. It also has prequels and sequels, but they are not necessarily dependent on one another for story development.


IMDb: 7.7/10

Director: Jonathan Dame

Release year: 1993

Another excellent movie by the director of Silence Of The Lambs, Jonathan Dame this work of art legal drama movie. It touches upon some serious issues that were a huge thing back in the day. When you watch the movie today, it takes you on a rollercoaster ride of how bad things were only hardly two decades ago. It stars the very famous Tom Hanks, who is best known for his role in Forest Gump, and also won an Academy award and many other for this film.

Good fellas

IMDb: 8.7/10

Director: Martin Scorsese

Release year: 1990

If you are a fan of The Godfather and in a mood to watch some classic New York gangster ride, then Goodfellas would be a perfect choice. The movie stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pisco as the lead of the movie, who rise up from shambles as small thieves to full-blown gangsters controlling the city. It is a true classic, and has a duration of 2 hours and 28 minutes. With 4 British Academy awards, 1 Academy award, and several other wins and nominations, Goodfellas is a must-watch classic.

Night crawler

IMDb: 7.9/10

Director: Dan Gilroy

Release year: 2014

Another recent release on our list is this psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes without fail. The movie takes us at the edge of the cliff every now and then. It has the very handsome, and a phenomenal actor Jake Gyllenhaal starring as the lead character, “Lou”.

Lou is a stinger who is eager to record and report extremely violent and graphic incidents that occur late at night when prominent news broadcasters are unable to reach the spot. His habit to stroll across the city and look for violent events give the movie its name “Night Crawler”. There are several underlying issues that the movie highlights such as the effects of unemployment, and the life and struggles of a freelance journalist. If you are in a mood for something serious and insightful, Night Crawler is your best option.

End note

While many people expect Netflix to only focus on original and modern content, the variety of classic movies on the platform is commendable. You can look up for more classics in various other genres, and you won’t be disappointed.

Having a cheap subscription to a streaming service is not enough. You require a strong internet connection that is readily available to stream your favorite content in resolution as high as 4K UHD. Cheap internet services offered by several ISPs in the US have allowed people to make the most of streaming platforms. Watching movies on cable TV or larger screens is becoming a thing of the past. You can have the best gold-cinema like experience at home with your internet connection and hand-held mobile devices only.

Best Classic Movies To Watch On Netflix

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