We all know the feeling—sitting down in front of Netflix and being tempted to choose the same show or movie we’ve seen a half-dozen times. It’s easier not to have to make the difficult, new choice. We get that. To help you out, here’s a list of some of the best movies on Netflix right now for you to choose from this weekend. Pick the genre you want, grab some popcorn and get watching!
If You Want Some Damn Humor:
“Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats” (2014)
Hey! Watch a woman do stand-up. People say it’s a big deal. If not for her gender, watch it for her jokes.
“Nick Thune: Folk Hero” (2011)
Obscure, non-traditional stand-up comedy with wit and guitar.
“John Mulaney: New in Town” (2012)
Mulaney discusses what it’s like to date a Jewish girl, his reasons for not drinking, and his unfortunate lack of driving skills.
If You Want Some Freaking Classics:
“All About Eve” (1950)
Margo, a Broadway star is threatened by a young, talented fan that may or may not replace her in both her work, and personal life.
“The Lady Vanishes” (1938)
Iris’s sanity is questioned when an acquaintance suddenly disappears on the middle of a train ride. With the help of her courage, and a dashing man named Gilbert, Iris will uncover not only the disappearance of Miss Froy, but the reasoning why.
“The Apartment” (1960)
As Jack Lemmon attempts to climb the corporate ladder, his plans are postponed when he encounters the complications of love, marriage, and adultery that is the 1950s.
“Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion” (1997)
So maybe this isn’t a classic in the traditional sense. But who doesn’t love a comedic, high school transformation starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino?
If You Want Some Gosh Darn Animation:
“The Artistocats” (1970)
We live in the age of cat appreciation. Maybe this weekend you can appreciate them via 1970s animation that involves a cat kidnapping (or dumping), and their journey home!
“The Triplets of Belleville” (2003)
Sylvain Chomet, a beautiful French animation director who also did “The Illusionist” (no not the one with Edward Norton). “The Triplets of Belleville” tells the story of an adorable, supportive grandmother who crosses the ocean in order to retrieve her kidnapped, Tour de France cyclist grandson.
If You Want Some Fucking Confusion:
A science fiction/romance film that centers on a culture of people divided by their IQs, or frequencies. But what happens when a low-born (unintelligent) man falls in love with a high-born (genius) woman?
“Upstream Color” (2013)
To this day I still do not understand this film, but God help me I will continue to re-watch it and figure it out. The neat thing about Shane Carruth, the director, is that he leaves his movies to be picked apart by viewers, with no personal input. If you need a critical thinking challenge, this is your movie.
“The Double” (2013)
Adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s famous novel, this film presents a young, quiet man’s struggle to deal with a new co-worker who happens to be an exact, physical representation of him, but with opposing characteristics.
If You Want To Feel Those Damn Feels:
“The Immigrant” (2013)
A young immigrant woman is faced with the challenges of proving her innocence and clean spirit, but then becomes wrapped up in immoral work due to an overbearing caretaker.
“Short Term 12” (2013)
Grace (Brie Larson), works at a foster care facility for troubled teenagers. The movie showcases what it’s like to experience a non-traditional childhood through these teenagers, and a couple of the programs counselors.
A movie about the death of a parent, the search for self, and loving someone who has a hard time allowing love in. Combine that with the soundtrack and you’ll be on a rollercoaster of sadness, happiness, cuteness, and relatable feels.
If You Want Some Relationship/Self Reflection:
“The One I Love” (2013)
Reflect to a previous article I wrote over the summer.
“The Trip To Italy” (2014)
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are at it again (“The Trip”  was the starter), but this time they’re faced with their mid-life challenges, i.e. Steve who is done sexcapading around and simply wants to be a good father, and Rob, who in the first movie was happily married, but is now experiencing marital troubles along with adulterous opportunities.
“Robot And Frank” (2012)
On more of a science fiction note, Frank, an aged thief, befriends a robot his son has given him for caretaking purposes. At first Frank shows some resistance to this new intruder, but after he realizes that the robot can also function as a theft partner, his attitude changes.
If You Want Some True Story, Real Life:
“City Of God” (2002)
A kid growing up in Brazil’s roughest neighborhood witnesses a series of unimaginable events, and somehow makes it out due to his ambitious goal of becoming a journalist via his love of photography.
Richard Linklater (director of the “Before” series, “Dazed and Confused,” and “Boyhood”) retells the bizarre story of Bernie, a religious mortician who always saw the good in people, until he murdered a wealthy widow, and kept it a secret for an unusually long amount time.
“Sleepwalk With Me” (2012)
Comedian Mike Birbiglia gives a person account of his sleep disorder experience through a past relationship, the pressures of marriage, and pursuing his passion.
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