I was already a fan of The Ring, but The Babadook made me change my mind.
“Oh, my god! I did not expect this out of the movie!”
If you are a movie lover, I’m sure you have said this line to yourself many times. You expect a movie to be great, but end up watching a mediocre movie.
Let me assure you, this will not happen this month. I have come up with a list of five great movies on Netflix, each one chosen from a different category.
One of the unfortunate things about Netflix is just how frequently films come and go. As I write this column, these movies are available on Netflix USA.
So, let’s get this party started…
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
This is one of my all-time favorite romantic movies, and a great example of a French film that has been recognized by Hollywood.
It is a story of a shy waitress named Amélie. She is looking for love—and for the meaning of life, in general. She returns a childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and he is very happy to have it back. After seeing this effect, she decides to help everyone and make them happy, too. In the process, she finds her own happiness and love.
(Read further: 11 Best French Movies on Netflix)
Comedy: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Director: Sharon Maguire
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Romantic comedies are dime a dozen, but this one is different. It’s the story of Bridget Jones, a woman in her thirties with numerous imperfections. She smokes, drinks, says whatever comes to mind, and keeps ruining public events.
At the new year, Bridget decides to control her life, recording her thoughts in a diary where she can be completely truthful.
The film is the story of how she takes charge of her life, overcomes her bad habits, and finds the man of her dreams.
Action: Yip Man
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
Donnie Yen is one of the few martial artists who perform their own action scenes. This movie is a live example of his hard-fist action. The film is based on the life of a legendary martial artist, Yip Man, who was the teacher of Bruce Lee.
The story is set in 1935 in Foshan, South China. Although Yip Man is a martial arts champion, he keeps a low profile. During the 1937 Japanese invasion of China during World War II, he is forced to leave his home. Yip Man is the story of how he survives, fights the Japanese in their own competitions, and eventually starts teaching others Wing Chun for self-defense.
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill
This is one of those stories in which an athlete struggles to make his own space.
Bouncer Doug Glatt is neither smart nor passionate, but has hard fists. Because he is good at the enforcement part of his job, an ice hockey coach approaches him to take the enforcer job on the team. The problem? Glatt does not know how to play hockey or how to skate. Will he be able to make it and find everything he ever wanted?
Horror: The Babadook
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
This was really a shocker for me. I was already a fan of The Ring, but this movie made me change my mind.
Having lost her husband in a car accident, Amelia is a single mom to a son named Samuel. Every day, she reads a book to Samuel before he sleeps. One day, he finds a strange book named Mr. Babadook in the house and asks his mother to read it to him.
The book is about a Babadook monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Amelia begins to feels the presence of the Babadook and tries to destroy the book. Strange things starts to happen to her. Will they survive Mr. Babadook, or will he take charge of the house?
There you go, five great movies on Netflix streaming. These were the movies that made an impact on me when I first watched them; I hope they touch you, too.
Choose a movie from your favorite category and watch it tonight! | Pankaj Solanki
If you have watched one of these movies already, take a look at these 30 Best Movies on Netflix, giving you a whole month’s worth of movies to watch.