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#1 Posted by Harbinger_Of_Hippos (224 posts) -

I would like some suggestions as to what movies or shows that are on Netflix (instant streaming) that I should watch. Genre doesn't really matter. So, what are some movies or series that you like or would recommend that are on there? I never really notice anything that looks particularly interesting to me, due to my close-mindedness. Also, I don't care how old it is. Anyway, suggestions are appreciated, I assure you.

#2 Posted by Fishstick (156 posts) -

Exit Through the Gift Shop was really good.

#3 Posted by artofwar420 (6247 posts) -

I'm watching Bizzarre Foods right now, it's fun.

#4 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -
@Harbinger_Of_Hippos:  Lost, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, FIrefly, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Friday Night Lights, The X-Files, and Monk.  
 
That should keep you busy for awhile.
#5 Posted by gingertastic_10 (4141 posts) -

The Puffy Chair is a total gem.

#6 Posted by Daveyo520 (6651 posts) -

The X-Files

#7 Posted by natetodamax (19164 posts) -

If you got the time, you absolutely need to watch Lost. It's the best TV series I've ever seen.

#8 Posted by litrock (173 posts) -

A short list of things on instant I've seen and rated highly:  Full Metal Jacket, Gojira, Jules and Jim, The Big Lebowski, The Red Shoes, Matchstick Men, Brick, Moon, Seven Samurai, Quills, Ong-Bak, The Host, The Good The Bad and The Weird, Heartbreaker, Teeth, Metropolis, Being John Malkovich, Network.   
 
That's enough to get you started. Diverse group, nothing too weird. 

#9 Posted by DAFTPUNK (1213 posts) -

cheech and chongs awww yaaa

#10 Edited by nickux (1383 posts) -

For the love of god you must watch Let The Right One In. 
 
One of the best foreign films-- no scratch that, one of the best films I've seen in years, period. It's a Swedish film that really does a fantastic job of portraying the difficulties of childhood and has one of the most authentic love stories to come around in a long time. I think many will be turned off by the fact that it has vampires but I assure you this is not Twilight or just some other "vampire movie". It's awesome, check it out.  
 
EDIT: Also there's the entire series of the Larry Sanders Show. In April, they're adding the complete Twin Peaks series. 

#11 Posted by RecSpec (3752 posts) -

They recently added season 5 of Futurama if that is your cup of tea.

#12 Posted by BigLemon (1022 posts) -

There's a documentary called "Fat Head" which was really funny and quite eye-opening. The premise is this guy who is trying to prove Morgan Spurlock (the guy behind "Supersize Me") wrong. He eats only fast food for a month and actually gets healthier.

#13 Posted by Skytylz (4023 posts) -

If you haven't watched 24, you have to at some point.  It's about the only show that I have every watched every week for several years in a row.  It had a season or two that were weak, but it finished strong.

#14 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1249 posts) -

The entire series of Futurama, including the movies, is available on instant.

#15 Posted by rmanthorp (3850 posts) -
@RecSpec said:
" They recently added season 5 of Futurama if that is your cup of tea. "
It is mine! I highly recommend the new series, much better than those pseudo-movies that they did. 
 
 :D
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#16 Posted by RecSpec (3752 posts) -
@Rufi91: Agreed, I was surprised at the quality of the latest season.
#17 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
#18 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

The Larry Sanders Show  
the DC comics animated movies 
Black Dynamite- you must watch this movie 

#19 Posted by teh_destroyer (3560 posts) -

Black Dynamite 
Commando 
The Last Action Hero 
Cobra 
Lost  
Firefly 
24

#20 Posted by JEC03 (897 posts) -

24, Prison Break,Fear and loathing in las vegas,Less Than zero,
Exam,The fast and furious 2001 version , matchstick man, parks and recreation.

#21 Posted by PenguinDust (12436 posts) -

Chocolate 
4 seasons of Farscape 
Batman: Under the Red Hood 
About a Boy 
Mystery Science Theater 3000

#22 Posted by StealthRaptor (526 posts) -

Let the Right One in, Brick, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Seven Samurai, Fraggle mothafuckin' Rock.

#23 Posted by DonutFever (3546 posts) -

Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development.

#24 Posted by Goboard (103 posts) -
@natetodamax:  Have you seen Twin Peaks have you?
#25 Edited by Rudeboy217 (1765 posts) -

Enter the Void. 
Irreversible .  
2001.
A Clockwork Orange. 
Full Metal Jacket. 
The Shining. 
Yes, Kubrick and Noe are my favorite directors. 
Tv shows I enjoy: Parks and Rec, The Office, Party Down.

#26 Posted by drewbert (2182 posts) -

As a citizen of the 21st century, it is your duty to watch Restrepo.

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#27 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

Dexter.

#28 Edited by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

 Spartacus
Brick 
Commando 
30 Rock 
24 
Rescue Me 
Dexter
Arrested Development 
Good Fellas 
Casino 
Restrepo 
Supersize Me 
South Park 
Avatar: The Last Airbender 
Man vs Food

#29 Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan (1478 posts) -

Pushing Daisies many times over, it's so damn whimsical 

#30 Posted by InsidiousTuna (373 posts) -
Louie's first season is up on Netflix instant, and it is one of the best series I've seen in a long time. Often hilarious, occasionally emotionally devastating, gorgeously shot- it's a brilliantly-crafted show. Lots of other great TV is up on Instant, too, like the UK Office, Parks and Recreation (you can skip season 1, but season 2 is some of the funniest TV since Arrested Development), Fawlty Towers (a British gem starring John Cleese), A Bit Of Fry And Laurie (a British sketch comedy show starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie that ran from around '89-'93), and a whole lot of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Other notable stuff: Exit Through The Gift Shop (the hilarious Banksy art-piece surrealist semi-documentary), Carlos (an epic biopic of Carlos the Jackal), the two OSS 17 movies (classic French parodies of Bond movies) , and The Fall, which is sort of structured like The Princess Bride, but it is by far the most visually striking movie I've ever seen. Well-written, beautifully-shot, and filmed in stunning locations around the world. Can't recommend it highly enough. Hopefully some of you check this stuff out if you haven't seen it- well worth your time and bandwidth. 
#31 Posted by InsidiousTuna (373 posts) -
@drewbert: Drew, Restrepo is a great documentary. Similarly great? Your Office Space 'O-face' avatar pic.
#32 Posted by Rawrnosaurous (768 posts) -

Sherlock
Firefly
Supernatural
Fringe
Psych
House M.D.

#33 Posted by Saethir (353 posts) -

How has no one mentioned Dr. Who? 
 
Also, if the British funny is something your into theres all the Blackadder series. 

#34 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1861 posts) -

Firefly and Angel (season 5 in HD) are on Netflix!

#35 Posted by Sackmanjones (4650 posts) -

If you want a good suspensful movie there is one about 3 skiers who get stuck on a ski lift its called Frozen. Pretty rad movie

#36 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6151 posts) -

Friday 
Dogtooth 
Restrepo

#37 Posted by natetodamax (19164 posts) -
@Goboard said:
" @natetodamax:  Have you seen Twin Peaks have you? "
Nope
#38 Edited by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -
@DonutFever said:

" Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development. "

Mad Men and Breaking Bad aren't on Instant Streaming. 
 
@Rawrnosaurous said:
" Sherlock Firefly Supernatural Fringe Psych House M.D. "
House, Supernatural and Fringe aren't Instant Streaming either.
#39 Posted by ch3burashka (4991 posts) -

All 70 seasons of Scrubs just got "streamed". At a certain point, quantity overwhelms quality and you just don't care how rote the show is.

#40 Posted by louiedog (2333 posts) -

Goodfellas and Casino are both on streaming, or at least were a couple of weeks ago when I watched them. They're both long, but really well done and fun to watch. I'm not even a huge mob/crime drama kind of guy either.
 
Little Shop of Horrors (1986 version). It's a musical, but the cast is great and it's got good comedy. It inspired Family Guy to do this: 
  

   
  
  
Cannibal! The Musical. It's another musical. It has problems, lots of them. It's seriously low budget, the acting is bad, and the quality is poor even on DVD. It's to be expected because it's a student film that was shot in a couple of weeks. It was done by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who went on to create South Park. It's hilarious and great with a group of friends. I also recommending renting the DVD for their drunken commentary. 
 
Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Barton Fink. It's hard to go wrong with the Coen Brothers. They have another movie streaming as well, but I haven't seen it so I won't comment. Raising Arizona comes and goes from the service. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for it.
 
Robocop. Classic 80s action movie. It's definitely cheesy by today's standards, but still fun. It's one of those movies you should see because so many people are familiar with it.  The best thing about Netflix streaming is that everything is paid for. There's no risk to trying stuff out. I say go to a genre, sort it by # of stars, and look for movies you've heard of that are highly rated. Give them a shot. At the very least you'll expand your movie background, understand more references, and see what inspires current and upcoming movies.
#41 Posted by ATrevelan (606 posts) -

I've become totally hooked on Battlestar Galactica over the past two weeks. Every season is up.

#42 Edited by FesteringNeon (2158 posts) -

It's so crazy that so many people like Fargo. 
I live here, and can't tell you the amount of times i've told someone that "Fargo" the movie was filmed in Brainerd, MN. 
Nonetheless it is a great film, if a bit exaggerated.
 
Oh and based on an older Screened recommendation, I watched "Thankskilling" .. ridiculous, but funny/horrible!

#43 Edited by MB (11878 posts) -

I was watching The Eiger Sanction earlier on Netflix for the first time in quite awhile. It struck me that most people on Giant Bomb were probably younger than the film itself, and not only that, had probably never even heard of it.

It's worth a watch for the beautiful cinematography in Zion National Park alone..just don't take it too seriously!

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#44 Posted by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -

I randomly watched Dazed and Confused one night, and being in the mood for something light with an 80s vibe, it really struck a cord. Love that movie.

Take Shelter is fantastic, but I don't know if you can stream it.

#45 Edited by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

Hey Arnold!

#46 Posted by LosDub (198 posts) -

Iron Sky

#47 Posted by Tajasaurus (782 posts) -
#48 Posted by rentacop (107 posts) -

Chuck was a pretty great show for the first couple seasons.

#49 Posted by LTSmash (597 posts) -

They just recently added the first season of Comedy Bang Bang. Some fun random stuff.

"Cake Boss!"

#50 Posted by Caustic_Fox (112 posts) -

Rocko's Modern Life - If you ever watched this cartoon as a kid, you will quickly realize of just how cleverly written the show was. Trust me, the show is even more enjoyable as an adult. Especially the scenes with, Really Really Big Man.