In seemingly less than a week’s time, the coronavirus changed American life – at least for the time being.In the hopes of encouraging social distancing – therefore slowing the spread of the virus and lessening the impact and pressure on our nation’s hospitals and health care centers – just about everything has closed, from sports arenas to music halls to bars and restaurants, and movie theaters.
In short: We’re all going to spending a lot of time at home. And sure, we could try to convince ourselves that we’re going to spend that time getting around to those cleaning projects we’ve been putting off, learning a new skill or talking to our fellow quarantined family members, but the reality is we’re going to streaming a ridiculous amount of movies over the next … a long time. So, to help your social distancing go as entertainingly as possible, here’s a list of 100 good movies – from awesome action flicks to cool choices for children to stellar sports stories and even a movie about Daniel Radcliffe literally farting his way across the ocean – you can currently find on Netflix.So stay home, stay healthy and watch away, everyone; we’re in this together. And if we do this right, I won’t have to write about 100 MORE movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home.
“Air Force One”: A very entertaining slice of ’80s-style high-concept action ridiculousness released in the late ’90s, featuring Harrison Ford as President Han Solo who has to kick a bunch of terrorists – including an extremely Russian Gary Oldman – off of his plane.
“Casino Royale”: Yeah, I’ll say it: This is the best James Bond movie. It’s got all of the class and cool of the originals with enough of the new to make the exhausted elements feel fresh and exciting again. The action is stellar (give me that parkour opening chase forever), it’s funny without being goofy, Daniel Craig’s take on 007 adds new depth to the old spy and his relationship with Eva Green goes beyond merely the best “Bond Girl” storyline. Plus, the villain is Hannibal Lector! Crying blood!
“Drive”: A slick driver (Ryan Gosling) gets in over his head after a robbery ดูหนังฟรี gone wrong in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s ultra-violent, ultra-cool and ultra-hypnotic crime thriller. Just don’t go in thinking it’s a “Fast and the Furious” movie.
“Free Fire”: What happens when you toss a bunch of guns and weapons into an empty warehouse with a bunch of ornery criminals in the middle of a deal gone wrong? You get this chaotic, crazy shootout of an action comedy, starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.
“GoldenEye”: The new Bond movie may have been delayed until November, but at least Netflix has several of the old flicks on its service – the best of the Brosnan bunch being “GoldenEye,” a solid and slick action movie with all of the Bond bravado while almost none of the shticky goofiness and gizmos.
“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”: The Big Red Streaming Monolith replaced one Clint Eastwood classic for another, ditching “Dirty Harry” but bringing in this iconic spaghetti Western about rival outlaws on a deadly hunt for gold. Forget bad or ugly: It’s good!
“Haywire”: While everyone’s minds are on a different 2000s Steven Soderbergh movie, check out “Haywire” as well. You don’t watch this actioner for the plot – and you definitely don’t watch it for star Gina Carano’s action skills. You watch it because she kicks and punches people in the face really hard – and you know what, sometimes, that’s enough.
“Mad Max”: Go see where Fury Road began with director George Miller’s 1979 grimy post-apocalyptic action favorite about an Australian cop (Mel Gibson) at the start of a dystopia getting revenge on some lawless bikers.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”: You don’t need me to tell you what “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is about – and you certainly don’t need me to convince you to watch it. You just need me to remind you that it, along with its two sequels (What fourth movie? Don’t believe they ever made one, nope!), is waiting for you on Netflix. Mission accomplished.
“Shadow”: Did you miss this borderline black-and-white martial arts epic at the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival? Good news: It’s now available on Netflix, where you can bathe in the beautiful monochrome visuals, cheer on the outstanding action sequences – BLADED UMBRELLAS! – and make a flow chart trying to understand the plot. But did I mention UMBRELLAS WITH BLADES!?
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”: Alllllllll righty then! Jim Carrey’s animated animal expert takes a case involving the missing mascot for the Miami Dolphins in this ’90s comedy favorite.
“Airplane!”: Still one of the greatest comedies ever made. Few movies throw as many jokes around as this ’80s Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spoof – and even few movies land as many of those jokes as “Airplane!” does. Watch at your own risk, because surely you will be quoting this movie for the rest of the week if you do. (And don’t call me, Shirley.)
“Back to the Future”: One of the great blockbusters in the history of Hollywood, Robert Zemeckis’s ’80s favorite sends Michael J. Fox back in time to make sure his parents fall in love at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The other two entries are also on Netflix – but you have to start with the iconic original.
“Dolemite Is My Name”: You may not be able to see anything on the big screen right now, but you can at least watch this jubilant tribute to the movies – and this wild yet heartwarming tribute to an under-appreciated mad genius movie-making mind in Rudy Ray Moore (an awards-worthy Eddie Murphy), who brought the blaxploitation character Dolemite to overlooked audiences across the country.
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”: Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in this Netflix Original about a duo of goofy Swedes attempting to take the globe by storm with their charmingly kitschy pop music in this toe-tapping and charming comedy. And seriously, Hollywood, cast Rachel McAdams in every comedy from here on out.
“Frances Ha”: Love the wit and wisdom of writer-director Noah Baumbach’s movies (“Marriage Story,” “Squid and the Whale”) but struggling with the brutal honesty and barbed vinegar? Try out this delightful coming-of-age story starring Greta Gerwig as a young woman trying to figure out her life. It’s delightful – also features the most accurate scene involving a tax refund ever. (Available until Sept. 30)
“Kung Fu Hustle”: Throw a classic kung fu action movie into a blender with a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote bit, and you might get something like this kooky, consistently unpredictable live-action cartoon about some cons who get in hot water when the gangsters they’ve been impersonating come after them. Axe fights and super-fast landlady chase scenes ensue …
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”: You’ve almost certainly quoted this comedy classic in the last few days – but have you actually watched this medieval lark recently? Remedy that; you’ll certainly have the time.
“The Other Guys”: Aim for the bushes and jump for this very funny buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock. It’ll happily remind of you of the days when writer-director Adam McKay made goofy comedies like this instead of condescending political Oscar bait like “Vice”!
“Pineapple Express”: Seth Rogen and James Franco team up for this dark stoner comedy about two reluctant buddies – a process server and his dopey drug dealer – who have to hide out together after the former accidentally witnesses a high-profile murder. Bring snacks – preferably Fruit Roll-Ups.
“The Sapphires”: Based on a true story, this Australian music-fueled dramedy follows four young Aboriginal women who pursue their dreams of musical fame by creating a singing quartet and gaining a spotlight with the help of their oddball manager, played by popular scene-stealer Chris O’Dowd.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”: Need a jolt of energy? Edgar Wright’s electric rom-com will give you the cinematic power-up you need, a blissful blitz of music, action and laughs as Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) attempts to defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil execs – a quest that includes bass battles, Chris Evans, vegan police and much more.
“Spaceballs”: Who needs “Star Wars” when we’ve got “Spaceballs,” Mel Brooks’ hilarious goofball riff on the famed galactic tales following Lone Starr and his furry sidekick Barf as they try to save a princess and the galaxy. You’ve got no excuse to miss this comedy classic – unless you get raspberry jammed.
“Swiss Army Man”: You know, just another comedy about a man trapped on a desert island who befriends a talking corpse – played by Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe – that farts him like a jetski back to society. Hollywood: NO CREATIVITY THESE DAYS! As crazy as that all sounds, and the movie IS crazy, “Swiss Army Man” is funny, one-of-a-kind and strangely moving.
“Walk Hard”: The world of musical biopics gets deliciously and scathingly grilled in this modern cult comedy hit about a bumbling country star who rises the ranks of the music industry, becomes friends with The Beatles, gets addicted to drugs and makes a daring comeback. I don’t look forward to this movie leaving Netflix at some point – but when it does, at least I’ll have my “WRONG MOVIE DIED!” joke ready on standby.
“Bathtubs Over Broadway”: Lavish musical numbers about bathroom fixtures? Heartfelt ballads about the power of silicone products? They’re somehow all real – and all in Steve Young’s wildly unpredictable record collection of original corporate stage productions that were Broadway-ready but at the time only for businessmen’s eyes and ears. Now, however, they take the spotlight.
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”: It may have been minor league baseball, but the Portland Mavericks of the ’70s – owned and created by Kurt Russell’s dad – were major league fun in this sports documentary about these oddball outlaws who were juuuuuust a bit outside the norm.
“The Force”: A selection at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, “The Force” is a gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the Oakland Police Department as it tries to build trust in the community while also battling its own controversies. A severe yet sympathetic look at an unsolved conflict in our country.
“Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992”: As you’d expect from a documentary going through a decade of tension and strife, “Let It Fall” is a dense and (at almost two and a half hours) extended watch. But it’s essential and gripping viewing when it comes to understanding one of the country’s largest and most notorious riots in recent memory.
“Pick of the Litter”: The best way to make quarantining during a pandemic better? PUPPIES! And better yet, puppies that are as altruistic as they are adorable as this film festival favorite doc follows a batch of puppers as they go through remarkable seeing-eye dog training.
“Tread”: The fascinating but frightening true story of an unassuming man in a small Rocky Mountain town who decides he’s had enough of his neighbors and creates a bulletproof bulldozer to ran rampant through the city – no matter who or what he destroys in the process.
“2oth Century Women”: One of the best movies of the past decade, Mike Mills’ coming-of-age drama follows a teenage boy being raised by a collection of women in the late ’70s. Watch this movie and cry because it’s great – and then cry because somehow Annette Bening wasn’t nominated for Best Actress.
“A Serious Man”: One of the Coen Brothers’ most under-appreciated projects, “A Serious Man” is a fascinating and funny dark comedy about a professor whose seemingly normal existence and faith is rattled when his marriage, job and reputation begin to unravel.
“A Single Man”: In a just world, Colin Firth would’ve won his Best Actor Oscar for this stellar drama (directed by fashion icon Tom Ford) about a gay man in the ’60s shook by the recent death of his boyfriend.
“An Education”: Carey Mulligan becomes a star in this Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama about a teenager in 1960s London who starts dating an older man (the perennially underrated Peter Sarsgaard) and learns about culture, life, love and that you can’t trust men.
“Atlantics”: Part drama and part ghost story, this alluring should’ve-been-Oscar-nominated film from Senegal follows a young woman sent adrift when her lover leaves the country to find better work across the ocean. Meanwhile, back at home, young women keep getting possessed by angry spirits. So that’s not good! (But the movie is.)
“Black Sea”: Think having to practice social distancing is stressful and claustrophobic? Think about the poor stars of this tense and taut aquatic thriller about a bunch of thieves stuck in a submarine trying to hunt for gold at the bottom of the sea.
“Da 5 Bloods”: Spike Lee takes on Vietnam in his pained and passionate follow-up to the Oscar-winning “BlacKkKlansman,” following four veterans (headlined by an award-worthy Delroy Lindo) as they return to the country they fought across to recover their fallen comrade – and recover a trunk of gold bars that they vowed to return for back in the day.
“Django Unchained”: Quentin Tarantino goes back to the historical revisionist well with this wildly entertaining revenge story about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a bounty hunter (an Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz) to save his wife from a sadistic slave owner (a should’ve-been Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio).
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”: Part romance, part comedy, part tragedy, all one-of-a-kind quirky surreality, the Oscar-winning “Eternal Sunshine” stars Jim Carrey as a loner who undergoes an strange medical procedure to erase his ex-girlfriend (Kate Winslet) from his memory. But the real stars are Charlie Kaufman’s silly yet sad, mesmerizingly melancholy screenplay and director Michel Gondry’s lo-fi visual style.
“The Florida Project”: A lovely indie project from acclaimed director Sean Baker, “The Florida Project” hangs out at a bright pink motel outside of Disney World with its even brighter characters – from an exploration-happy little girl to her unpolished young mother to the strained man (an Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe) who tries to contain the chaos at the building.