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Here’s how to watch some of IMDb’s Top 250 on Netflix

Hurry and watch these, before Netflix refreshes its catalog.


Mike Fenn


Posted on Aug 4, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 8:15 pm CDT

Did you know that some of the best movies ever made are right at your fingertips if you are a Netflix user?

Redditor clayton_frisbie cross-referenced the streaming service’s current movie offerings with IMDb’s top 250 movies to present a complete list of the best in cinema—in terms of both quality and accessibility.

Granted, the list is relatively small. Of the Top 250 movies, only 49 titles are available on Netflix. The rest of its streaming slots are reserved for utter crud like Corky Romano and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Why enjoy a timeless classic like The Godfather or Casablanca when you could instead while away the hours watching a disjointed, slow-paced feature about a renegade Vulcan hunting down a wannabe deity?

Here is the current list as compiled by clayton_frisbie. Since Netflix changes its movie library on a monthly basis, keep in mind that some titles may disappear in the coming months.

  1. Pulp Fiction

  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  3. 12 Angry Men

  4. Forrest Gump

  5. City of God

  6. The Usual Suspects

  7. The Silence of the Lambs

  8. Once Upon a Time in the West

  9. Life is Beautiful

  10. The Untouchables

  11. Memento

  12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

  13. The Pianist

  14. Apocalypse Now

  15. Gladiator

  16. Cinema Paradiso

  17. Amelie

  18. Oldboy (2003)

  19. Double Indemnity

  20. Reservoir Dogs

  21. Braveheart

  22. Witness for the Prosecution

  23. All About Eve

  24. The Apartment

  25. For A Few Dollars More

  26. Downfall

  27. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  28. The Hunt

  29. The General (1926)

  30. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

  31. Fargo

  32. Trainspotting

  33. Hotel Rwanda

  34. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  35. Kill Bill: Volume 1

  36. Mary and Max

  37. Annie Hall

  38. Amores Perros

  39. The Avengers

  40. The Grapes of Wrath

  41. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

  42. Donnie Darko

  43. Gandhi

  44. The King’s Speech

  45. Ip Man

  46. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

  47. The Graduate

  48. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

  49. Swades

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*First Published: Aug 4, 2014, 2:22 pm CDT