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30 Movies You Can Stream for For Free on Netflix

Netflix is offering free one-month subscriptions, but you can watch the best 30 in much less time than that.

In fact, we've calculated that it'll take you just over 75.5 hours of back-to-back viewing and streaming to watch our top 30 picks off Netflix's movie list. But if you're more of a need-to-sleep, can-only-watch-one-movie-per-night kind of person, then these 30 (with some trilogies included) are still worthy of your daily viewing.

Watched them all before? That's no excuse - we've personally watched and selected all these hits and would happily revisit them because, well, we reckon they're all like warm apple pie. That is: worth a second helping (or three, or four)...

So block out your month, stock up on the popcorn and settle in for a mammoth movie marathon like never before. Sure, our picks might be a little biased (what cinephile's list isn't?) but we know what we like, and we can get it here on Netflix.

All we can say is: "God bless the Internet."

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1. 300

Two words: "For Sparta!!!"

This is the epic tale of the Battle of Thermoylae in 480 B.C. and follows Greek city-state Sparta and its 300-strong warriors as they fight to defend themselves against an army of 100,000+ Persian invaders. And let's face it: shirtless ripped men (including Gerard Butler and his abs of steel) battling it out is a winner in both his and her books (for different reasons, obviously). Let's just not mention the fact that they tried for a sequel (Rise of an Empire), alright?

Runtime: 117 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.8

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

A classic and a goodie - some might argue that this is the film that broke Heath Ledger into the international market. For the teen girl (or the nostalgic girl), it's got everything, including romance, singing, high school drama, comedy and a killer soundtrack. You could even argue that you're versing yourself in a touch of Shakespeare while you're here...

Runtime: 97 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.2

3. 12 Monkeys

In an apocalyptic disease-ridden world, a convict called Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to source information about the virus that could potentially save the human race. With Terry Gillman in the director's chair, this stark sci-fi thriller is being revisited this year (2015) in a TV series under the same name. Here's hoping Netflix picks it up, too.

Runtime: 129 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1

4. Argo

Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, this is the true story of a mission to rescue six Americans caught in a hostage situation in Iran in 1980. It's a time warp backed with edge-of-your-seat drama and is a convincing piece of evidence that Affleck has chops in the directing department.

Runtime: 120 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.8

5. Brokeback Mountain

Set amongst the backdrop of the American countryside, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play cowboys whose forbidden relationship forces them into a secret romance that spans years.

Runtime: 134 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.7

6. Fight Club

"The first rule about fight club is: You don't talk about fight club." That being said, we'll shut up here because you know you've already watched this classic, and if you haven't then you need to bump this title to the top of your Netflix streaming list. That is all. Oh, and look out for the penises.

Runtime: 139 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.9

7. Gravity

You've heard the hype about this one-woman movie. Sure, they say it includes George Clooney, but let's get the record straight: he hardly makes a peep in it, but that's okay. Sandra Bullock is more than capable of keeping your eyes glued to the screen to the very last. Stock up on popcorn.

Runtime: 91 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.9

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone / Chamber of Secrets

This is a no brainer, really. The only thing those muggles at Netflix have gotten wrong is only streaming two of the seven movies (or so we've heard). Stay tuned for more Hogwarts magic as it comes in.

Runtime: 152 minutes / 161 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.57.3

9. How To Train Your Dragon

Here's one the whole family can enjoy. -Although there's no word whether Netflix will be offering the sequel (it's just as good), the original is streaming for little and big kids alike. In short, is the story of Hiccup, a viking boy who uses his brains, not his brawn, against the dragons that terrorise his town only to injure and befriend one.

Runtime: 102 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.2

10. Inception

One of the most talked about films of the decade (and the biggest mindfuck you'll have this side of the noughties), Inception has done it all: affirmed Leonardo DiCaprio as a talented actor (and not just a pretty poster boy), secured Christopher Nolan as a genius director (not that we couldn't figure that from his work on Dark Knight) and fucked our sense of reality right up the wall.

Runtime: 148 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.8

11. Let The Right One In

Netflix is streaming both the Swedish and US versions of this book-turned-movie, but if we had to choose one, it'd have to be the original. Turn on the captions, dim the lights, and witness some of gorgeous cinematography and honest acting come to life in this tale of two misfit children who meet and befriend one another in their apartment playground. Psst - one's a vampire.

Runtime: 140 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.6

12. The Matrix

Hands down, this has to be one of the greatest sci-fi action flicks of the century. Sure, Netflix is streaming number 2 and 3 in the trilogy, but save yourself the tears and hit repeat once you've reached the credits on this one. You won't regret it.

Runtime: 136 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.7

13. Mean Girls

Clueless might not be on Netflix's roster of movies, its iGen version Mean Girls is and that's good enough for us. Even cool mums can join in on this movie night.

Runtime: 97 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.0

14. Million Dollar Baby

Hilary Swank gets her game face on in Clint Eastwood's gritty drama about a girl boxer who teams up with a boxing trainer (Eastwood) to become one of the greatest in the profession.

Runtime: 132 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1

15. Monsters Inc

Couldn't help it: if you're a fan of the Pixar family Monster's Inc should be put on your re-run library to be watched and enjoyed time and time again.

Runtime: 92 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1

16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Legend of the Black Pearl

One of Johnny Depp's more digestible films for children, Pirates of the Caribbean is a rollickingly bit of good fun you can settle in with the kids to watch. Don't take it too seriously and you'll be right. Netflix is offering all three movies in the original series to stream. Start at the beginning and keep sailing into the night.

Runtime: 143 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1

17. Rocky

The ultimate tale of the underdog, Rocky is more than a boxing movie and a catchy jingle, it's a symbol of determination and self-respect. Put your gown and gloves on and get set to battle for your beliefs.

Runtime: 119 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.0

18. Serenity

This is where all the fanboys and fangirls get excited: not only is Netflix streaming the entire series of Firefly, it's also streaming the cult movie that followed it. Were you born to misbehave?

Runtime: 119 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.0

19. Shaun of the Dead

For those who love their cult films full of ice cream, blood and Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead should be on your 'hit' list. It's the first in his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy and by god, probably the best. Watch with a comfortable couch, a thirst to knock back a good beer, and a hunger for flesh-eating zombies. No, really.

Runtime: 99 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.0

20. Shrek

From the Dreamworks factory comes one of the most beloved family animations about Shrek, an ogre who's forced to rescue a princess after his swamp-home is taken from him.

Runtime: 90 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.9

21. Silence of The Lambs

There are few creepy greetings that stay with you forever. One is "Here's Johnny!" (sadly Netflix isn't streaming The Shining). Another is "Hello, Clarice". Welcome Dr Hannibal Lector, the psychotic cannibal in Silence of the Lambs who is called upon by FBI Agent Clarice Starling to help capture a serial killer who's notorious for skinning his victims. This is 'psychological thriller' at its best.

Runtime: 119 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.6

22. Frozen

Sit kids in front of TV. Hit play on Frozen. Leave the room.

That is all.

Runtime: 102 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.7

23. The Departed

Reimagined for the US screens, The Departed takes Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs, and pegs Leonardo DiCaprio (an undercover copy in an Irish gang) and Matt Damon (a mole in the police force) against each other in a sordid battle over who can and will expose the other first, and ultimately save them from being exposed themselves.

Runtime: 151 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.5

24. The Godfather Trilogy

It would be a mobster crime to only include one of the Godfather films in this list, so we're imploring that you watch all three. Preferably one after the other - after all, you can with Netflix, so why not abuse it? They're so good, even The Simpsons couldn't help but make reference to it. On more than one occasion... Here are our top three moments, just 'cos we can.

Runtime: 175 minutes / 200 minutes / 162 minutes

IMDB rating: 9.2 / 9.1 / 7.6

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25. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Again, it would be another crime not to include all three parts of the LOTR trilogy - especially as all three are just as good as each other (in our humble opinions). It should also be noted that Netflix has The Hobbit parts 1 & 2 are available at the moment, and fingers crossed, the third will be available soon.

Runtime: 178 minutes / 179 minutes / 201 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.8 / 8.8 / 8.9

26. The Notebook

Three words: girls night in. Get ready the tissues, throw on the pyjamas, and hug as many pillows as you can squeeze onto your couch. It's going to be a tearjerker, but at least you have Ryan Gosling there to throw you a 'Hey, girl' face make you feel loved.

Runtime: 123 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.9

27. The Terminator

We doubt back then he though he'd say "I'll be back" on Internet TV, but here he is. In the movie that made Arnold Schwarzengger a household name comes the story of a cyborg, sent back to the future to murder a waitress whose son would become the leader of group of rebels who will rise up and wage war against the machines.

Runtime: 107 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1

28. Up

For those with a weakness for children's films (our hands are up - pun not intended), is Disney's Up. As author, Neil Gaiman once said, "The best thing about the Oscars, I realised when the nominees were announced, is that Coraline (the film version of his novel) won't win best animated picture. Nothing but Up can win best animated picture". Says it all, really.

Runtime: 96 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.3

29. Wedding Singer

It might not be one of those 'top movies of all time' kind of flicks, but The Wedding singer is an ABSOLUTE CLASSIC. Who could forget the bad hair, the glitzy costumes, Adam Sandler singing "Somebody Kill Me", or Billy Idol on an airplane in that bespoke scene where... well, we won't ruin it for you. But it's good guns.

Runtime: 95 minutes

IMDB rating: 6.8

30. Zoolander

Contender for 'Best Ben Stiller film'? Definitely. With Zoolander 2 on its way, you'd better whip out your best 'blue steel' face and brush up your Zoolander knowledge at the School For Children Who Can't Read Good now.

Runtime: 89 minutes

IMDB rating: 6.6


Netflix movies in the IMDB top 250

IMDB crowdsources its reviews to provide the most accurate ratings for movies as voted by its users - and they have a database of the Top 250 movies to prove it. Here's a list of those currently streaming on Netflix so you can be a movie snob, too.

MovieIMDB RankingIMDB Rating
The Godfather29.2
The Godfather: Part II39.2
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly88.9
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King98.9
Fight Club108.8
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring118.8
Inception148.7
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers168.7
The Matrix188.7
Seven Samurai208.7
The Silence of the Lambs248.6
The Departed458.5
The Dark Knight Rises598.4
Wall-E628.4
Inglorious Basterds1008.3
Metropolis1108.3
Scarface1128.3
Up1158.2
The Big Lebowski1458.2
V For Vendetta1468.2
How to Train Your Dragon1508.2
Fargo1568.1
Million Dollar Baby1928.1
12 Monkeys2108.0
The Terminator2158.0
Monsters Inc2238.0
Rocky2248.0
La Haine2278.0
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl2338.3

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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