100 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now

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In the time it takes the average person to choose which movie to watch on Netflix, you probably could have finished watching two. With more than 75,000 different categories—some of them as hyper-specific as "Cerebral Scandinavian Movies" or "Movies Starring Casper Van Dien" (tip: Starship Troopers is never a bad idea)—you could spend months just scrolling through the streaming company's library of offerings. Lucky for you, you don't have to. Because we've done the work for you to come up with 100 fantastic films that are on Netflix right now, from classic rom-coms to scary-as-hell horror movies. Ready, set, stream.

1. ADVENTURELAND (2009)

In the summer of 1987, a recent college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) is looking forward to spending a few months abroad—until his parents inform him that they won't be giving him the cash he needs to do that, and he'll need to get a job instead. He gets hired at a local amusement park, and prepares for the tedium he's sure will come with it, but is pleasantly surprised to find adventure—and love. That the film is partly autobiographical for writer-director Greg Mottola explains its unexpected authenticity. —Jennifer M. Wood

2. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and director John Huston collaborated on this thrilling adventure romp that still stands out as one of cinema's finest entries. These are three film legends in top form, and it’s the only Oscar-winning performance on Bogie’s resume. —Jay Serafino

3. AMÉLIE (2001)

The lighthearted story of a young, eccentric loner (played magnificently by Audrey Tautou) crossed cultural barriers and resonated with both critics and audiences on its way to earning an impressive $174 million worldwide. —JS

4. ATONEMENT (2007)

A precocious young girl (Saoirse Ronan) learns that there are consequences to telling lies in this gorgeous, World War II period piece that follows the lives—and frowned-upon love—of an aristocratic young woman (Keira Knightley) and her housekeeper's son (James McAvoy) as they deal with the aftermath of a false accusation and the perils of war. —JMW

5. THE BABADOOK (2014)

“Haunted story book” is the high concept, but there’s a lot more to unpack in this story of a single mother (Essie Davis) who’s coping with the death of her husband and the struggle of raising their child while things go bump in the night. —Jake Rossen

6. BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015)

Idris Elba astounds in this harrowing tale of child soldiers kidnapped and exploited by an African paramilitary group. Poignant and unflinching, the story will squeeze your heart until it bursts. —Scott Beggs

7. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD (2007)

Fifty years after making his directorial debut with 12 Angry Men, director Sidney Lumet proved that he was still at the top of his game with what would be his final feature, in which two brothers (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) scheme to rob their parents' jewelry store so that Hoffman's character can flee the country to escape an embezzlement charge. Spoiler alert: Things don't go according to plan. —JMW

8. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013)

Slapped with an NC-17 rating when it was released theatrically, this three-hour-long, coming-of-age drama from France was famous for its graphic, eight-minute lesbian sex scene. But the Cannes jury was (presumably) more impressed by the authentic, vulnerable performances by the two leads, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. When it won the Palme d'Or, the jury (headed by Steven Spielberg that year) took the unprecedented step of giving the actresses the award, too, along with the director, Abdellatif Kechiche. —Eric D. Snider

9. BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) directs this oddly compelling ode to 1970s adult entertainment, with Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, and John C. Reilly navigating the faux-celebrity culture of sex workers. If you see one piece of prosthetic genitalia in your lifetime, make it Dirk Diggler's. —JR

10. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)

A classic delight, airy and sweet as a chocolate soufflé. Audrey Hepburn is at her charming best as the New York City socialite who eats her morning pastry while window shopping. —SB

11. BRIGHT STAR (2009)

Jane Campion directed this lush biopic, which follows the last few years of the life of poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the slow-burning but passionate love he finds with his muse, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). —JMW

12. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)

Captain America and Iron Man go head-to-head as the two Avengers battle over the responsibilities and morality of being a superhero. Featuring the Marvel debuts of Spider-Man and Black Panther, Civil War continues where 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, and sets the stage for the future of Marvel's cinematic universe. —JR

13. CAROL (2015)

One part glistening romance, one part social drama with a sour edge. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara transcend as two lovers who find each other because of a pair of lost gloves. —SB

14. CASINO (1995)

After tackling organized crime on the East Coast in Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese re-teamed with stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for a violent look at the mobsters that ran Las Vegas in the 1970s and '80s. —JS

15. CINEMA PARADISO (1988)

Giuseppe Tornatore took home the Oscar in 1990 for Best Foreign Language Film with this love letter to Italy and cinema as a filmmaker recounts how he fell in love with movies as a child, and forged a deep friendship with the projectionist at the local theater. —JMW

16. THE CONJURING (2013)

While the real-life exploits of paranormal ghost hunters the Warrens (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) may be in some question, there's no doubting this retelling of one of their famous haunted-house cases is a chilling rollercoaster ride. —JR

17. THE CRYING GAME (1992)

You've probably already heard the twist, but there's so much more to this romantic thriller. A heady mixture of razor sharp and earthy sweet. —SB

18. DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)

A drama about that one teacher who made all the difference that will have you standing on your desk reciting Walt Whitman poems. A stunning ensemble of future stars orbit around the convention-shattering Robin Williams at a stuffy prep school. —SB

19. THE DEPARTED (2006)

Martin Scorsese finally earned his first Oscar for Best Director with The Departed, a hard-hitting crime drama focusing on the duplicitous world of undercover operatives both in the Massachusetts State Police and within Boston’s Irish mob. —JS

20. DONNIE DARKO (2001)

What will a teenage mope do when a giant rabbit tells him the world is about to end? The answer comes in this critical and cult hit, which drew attention for its moody cinematography and an arresting performance by a then-unknown Jake Gyllenhaal. —JR

21. THE DUCHESS (2008)

Few people can pull off the role of an 18th century aristocrat as well as Keira Knightley. In this case, she's forced to contend with a cruel and philandering husband (Ralph Fiennes) who makes it clear that his only use for his wife is for her to produce a male heir. But the Duchess knows that two can play at this game, and begins a scandalous (and not-quite-hidden) affair with a rising politician (Dominic Cooper). Come for the compelling period drama, stay for the stunning costumes. —JMW

22. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)

In his final movie, director Stanley Kubrick crafted a sexually charged odyssey starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman that continued his penchant for pushing boundaries and leaving something for audiences to chew on well after the credits rolled. —JS

23. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (2008)

Jason Segel bared his comic heart (and a few other things) as a mopey dude trying to get over his ex at a Hawaiian resort in this goofy powerhouse. It's just too bad they didn't turn his Dracula musical into a movie for the sequel. —SB

24. THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (2005)

Serving as a big-screen coming-out party for Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, and director Judd Apatow, The 40-Year-Old Virgin mixes the best of romantic comedies with the crude humor of ‘80s cult classics like Porky’s. Its raunchy sentimentality won critical acclaim and commercial success, grossing more than $175 million at the box office. —JS

25. THE FOUNDER (2016)

Michael Keaton takes on the role of Ray Kroc in this biopic that recounts the journey of the future founder of McDonald’s from his days as a struggling salesman to his coronation as a fast food giant. —JS

26. FULL METAL JACKET (1987)

The Vietnam War as seen through the lens of director Stanley Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket remains memorable thanks to an arresting opening sequence with Vincent D'Onofrio as an ill-equipped basic trainee; R. Lee Ermey's uncompromising drill sergeant character remains one of the most quotable (and profane) performances in military movie history. —JR

27. GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002)

In the 1860s, New York was up for grabs as various gangs of different ethnic backgrounds fought for power and prosperity. In Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, this turmoil is brought to life, thanks to an Oscar-nominated performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. —JS

28. THE GODFATHER (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel has been hailed as the best film ever made. It's certainly the best to feature horse decapitation as a major plot point. While Marlon Brando makes for an indelible Don Vito Corleone, Paramount apparently wanted Ernest Borgnine for the role: Brando was thought to be too unreliable. Coppola insisted, and Brando won an Academy Award for his performance. —JR

29. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

In 1975, The Godfather Part II became the first sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture—and rightfully so. Coppola’s continuation of the Corleone family’s saga managed to capture all of the brilliance of the first film, while adding new layers of complexity to the story. Unfortunately, the same cannot exactly be said for the third entry in the trilogy. —James L. Menzies

30. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Marvel's tale of a misfit band of space jockeys was a surprise hit in 2014. The sequel offers more Groot, more Rocket Raccoon, and the addition of Kurt Russell as a human manifestation of an entire sentient planet. —JR

31. HALF NELSON (2006)

Ryan Gosling earned his first Oscar nomination as a drug-addicted teacher who befriends a student athlete played by Shareeka Epps. He didn't win the Oscar, but he proved he was one of the best actors of the modern era. —SB

32. HEAT (1995)

Director Michael Mann’s Heat is an explosive game of cat and mouse as an LAPD homicide detective (Al Pacino) matches wits with a career criminal (Robert De Niro) after a string of brazen robberies spills blood onto the streets of Los Angeles. —JS

33. HEATHERS (1988)

High school rom-coms don't get much darker than this cult hit, which sees a mysterious new student (Christian Slater) seduce one of the school's most popular girls (Winona Ryder), then lure her into a murder spree. Croquet, scrunchies, and corn nuts abound. —JMW

34. HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008)

From the depths of a troll market underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to a climactic battle in Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway against a clockwork army, Hellboy II: The Golden Army blends colorful comic book action with the whimsy of the Brothers Grimm. And under the watchful lens of director Guillermo del Toro, the movie thrives when it’s at its weirdest. —JS

35. HELLRAISER (1987)

Horror icon Clive Barker made his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of his short story “The Hellbound Heart,” and it is weirdness personified: An undead, skin-stripped man begs his onetime mistress for refuge while he tries to avoid the torturing hands of Pinhead, a Cenobite from the depths of hell who is summoned by a puzzle box. The skin-splitting practical effects are spectacularly disgusting. —JR

36. THE HOST (2006)

A slow-burn monster movie from South Korea, The Host has plenty of tense scenes coupled with a message about environmental action: The river-dwelling beast who stalks a waterfront town is the product of chemical dumping. —JR

37. HOT FUZZ (2007)

After taking a stab at zombies, Edgar Wright returned to pay homage and send up action movies with his unique style of intricate plotting, quickfire jokes, and explosive puns. —SB

38. HOWARDS END (1992)

James Ivory's adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel tells the story of free-spirited Londoner Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) who befriends a dying woman, Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), who ends up bequeathing Margaret her beloved country home, Howards End. It's a stroke of luck for Margaret, who is about to be ousted from the home she has leased for years, but the Wilcox family feels that something is amiss. As Ruth's widower attempts to investigate the situation, he finds himself falling under Margaret's spell. —JMW

39. THE HURT LOCKER (2008)

In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to be named Best Director for her work on The Hurt Locker, an unrelenting look at the psychology of warfare, as seen through the eyes of an American bomb squad in Iraq. —JLM

40. I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (2017)

Brutal and funny and sad and manic, Macon Blair's bonkers tale of increasingly high stakes revenge boasts force of nature Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood wielding nunchucks. —SB

41. I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009)

Realizing he has no close friends to enlist as best man for his upcoming wedding, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) goes on a mission to find someone for the job. Unfortunately, this leads to an awkward bromance with Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), a man he just met who might ruin his marriage before it even gets started. —JS

42. THE IMITATION GAME (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch earned his first (and so far only) Oscar nomination for his depiction of genius Alan Turing, who led the team of mathematicians who cracked the Enigma Code during World War II. But the film delves into the personal: When it's discovered that Turing is gay, he's turned from a hero into a criminal. —JMW

43. IN BRUGES (2008)

Newly anointed Oscar winner Martin McDonagh wrote and directed this dark comedy about two hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are forced to hide out in a tiny Belgian town after a job gone wrong. —JMW

44. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)

Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist take on World War II is pure fantasy, with a group of Allied mercenaries tasked with cutting down Hitler while a Jewish cinema owner plots her own revenge. Historical accuracy is not in play, but Tarantino’s rich dialogue and knack for staging almost unbearably intense scenes has never been better. —JR

45. INSIDE MAN (2006)

Denzel Washington and Clive Owen go head to head in Spike Lee's eye-popping Wall Street heist movie. It's as politically savvy as it is thrilling. —SB

46. THE INTERVIEW (1998)

The Interview plays out a bit like a stage play, and relies mainly on one location—a police interrogation room—and its three main actors (Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, and Aaron Jeffery) to bring both tension and drama to what amounts to a single conversation in which the always-impressive Weaving is interrogated about a crime he may or may not have committed. —JMW

47. INTO THE WILD (2007)

A somber love note to leaving this life behind for the dangerous freedom of the unknown. Based on the real-life Alaskan travels of a disillusioned college grad, Emile Hirsch shines as the Supertramp wandering the lonesome USA. —SB

48. THE INVITATION (2015)

Fans of the slow burn should enjoy this potboiler about a man (Logan Marshall-Green) invited to his ex’s dinner party, which takes a turn for the weird. The last scene is a killer. —JR

49. IT FOLLOWS (2014)

If you have sex with the wrong person, you'll get followed by a shape-shifting entity that will inevitably catch you. It's possible that's true in real life, but it's definitely the hook to this horror allegory about youth with a sexually transmitted monster. —SB

50. JACKASS NUMBER TWO (2006)

If you're not a fan of MTV's Jackass series—in which a group of pranksters and daredevils, led by Johnny Knoxville, inflict all sorts of unspeakable pain on themselves and each other—then you may want to skip what is essentially a lengthier version of the TV show. But if watching grown men voluntarily subject themselves to being hit with rubber riot control balls or sitting on a seesaw in the middle of a rodeo ring makes you chuckle, have at it. —JMW

51. JACKIE BROWN (1997)

Quentin Tarantino is as well known for his original story ideas as he is for his iconic directing style, which makes Jackie Brown—an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Rum Punch—a unique project for him. But the late author's fast-paced dialogue and twisty plot line proved to be a great match for Tarantino. Pam Grier shines as the titular flight attendant caught between the criminal she runs money for (Samuel L. Jackson) and a pair of ATF agents hot to get her to flip on her boss. In the end, Jackie's playing her own game. —JMW

52. AND 53. KILL BILL: VOL. 1 (2003) AND VOL. 2 (2004)

Surprise—another Tarantino title! Kill Bill is a hyper-violent and darkly humorous love letter to the types of martial arts movies that inspired the director's entire career. Following Uma Thurman as an assassin hell-bent on revenge, this two-part action epic stands as one of the standout films of the 2000s. —JS

54. KING KONG (2005)

Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) set his considerable sights on a remake of the 1933 classic, with the title gorilla pestered and exploited by opportunistic humans. —JR

55. THE KING'S SPEECH (2010)

From laughingstock to maestro of one of Great Britain’s finest public addresses, The King’s Speech tells the true story of King George VI’s triumph over stuttering. The film took home Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). —JLM

56. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997)

This 1997 neo-noir plays with themes of corruption and duplicity as it explores the sleaziest corners of Los Angeles in the 1950s. Not only was L.A. Confidential a commercial success, it also helped launch the careers of both Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. —JS

57. LINCOLN (2012)

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a powerful, Oscar-winning performance in Lincoln, which recounts the final months of the 16th president’s life as he fights to end war, mend the wounds of a nation, and ensure the abolishment of slavery. —JS

58. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)

Peter Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth to life in the first part of his sweeping adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Though The Return of the King eventually nabbed a Best Picture Oscar for the saga, The Fellowship of the Ring was still a hit, earning more than $850 million at the box office. —JS

59. THE LOST BOYS (1987)

The Lost Boys is sort of like The Outsiders, but with vampires. Kiefer Sutherland leads a leather-clad biker gang of punk bloodsuckers trying to entice two new recruits who decide to fight back with holy water in their Super Soakers. —SB

60. MEMENTO (2000)

Guy Pearce stars in Christopher Nolan’s earnest attempt to break every synapse you have: Pearce is a widower who is desperately trying to solve his wife’s murder. Unfortunately, he can’t remember anything that happened more than 10 minutes earlier. Unspooling in reverse, the viewer is essentially struck with the same affliction. —JR

61. MASCOTS (2016)

Christopher Guest (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) directs another improv-heavy ensemble mockumentary, this time about the challenges faced by sports mascots competing for a prestigious annual award. This being a Guest movie, people embarrass themselves. In dog costumes. —JR

62. METROPOLIS (1927)

Inspiring everything from Star Wars to Lady Gaga, Fritz Lang’s silent epic about a revolt among the oppressed people who help power an upper-class city remains just as visually impressive today as it did nearly 100 years ago. —JR

63. THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) (2017)

Noah Baumbach has earned a reputation for digging 10 feet deep into his characters and leaving their hearts exposed for us. In his latest, Adam Sandler stars as an unemployed divorcé who moves in with his father (Dustin Hoffman) and navigates relationships with his sister, half-brother, and daughter, while juggling a difficult diagnosis. —SB

64. MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007)

Like a darker, just-as-angry brother to Erin Brockovich, Tony Gilroy's Mercedes-burning legal thriller is a gold standard for the genre. —SB

65. MILK (2008)

Sean Penn won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, an enigmatic gay rights activist in San Francisco who became the first openly gay individual to be elected to public office in California when he became a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. But not everyone was happy about the progress. —JMW

66. MOON (2009)

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has been alone on a lunar mining mission for three years, but his isolation comes to an end one day when a stranger shows up at his facility—and this mystery man happens to look just like him. —JS

67. MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom is director Wes Anderson’s stylishly quirky study on young love, headlined by an impressive pair of teenage leads and an offbeat supporting cast that includes Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. —JS

68. MUDBOUND (2017)

Gorgeous, seething, and undeniable, Dee Rees's multi-narrator drama hopscotches from Dust Bowl to WWII to share stories of callous-handed struggle and the violent intent of racism. —SB

69. NATIONAL TREASURE (2004)

There's something for everyone—history buffs, conspiracy theorists, and Nic Cage enthusiasts—in this adventure about a cryptologist (Cage) who discovers a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. —JR

70. OKJA (2017)

If you didn’t think the adventure of a young girl and her super pig could make you pump your fist in the air, it’s time to check out this quirky firecracker from Bong Joon-ho. Thought-provoking and breathtaking? That’ll do, super pig. —SB

71. OLDBOY (2003)

Josh Brolin had less success starring in Spike Lee's American remake of this Korean thriller: Stick with the original, a strange and compelling tale of a man (Choi Min-sik) locked in a room for 15 years without explanation. When he’s finally released, he pursues the identity of his captor and finds a motivation that he would have been much, much better off not knowing. —JR

72. ON GOLDEN POND (1981)

Henry Fonda’s turn as the curmudgeonly Norman Thayer earned the venerable star his only Best Actor Oscar, in what proved to be his final film. Of course, he was helped by another screen legend, Katharine Hepburn, who played his wife, Ethel. —JS

73. PADDINGTON (2014)

The sequel to this animated charmer hit theaters just a few months ago, offering fans even more uplifting, good-spirited thrills. The original sees the adorable bear on a slapstick ride through London. Don’t forget the marmalade! —SB

74. PARIAH (2011)

One of the more widely praised films at the 2011 festival was this drama about a 17-year-old black lesbian (Adepero Oduye) in Brooklyn trying to navigate her sexuality without upsetting her family, which was directed by Mudbound's Dee Rees. Coming-of-age dramas about gay teens aren't rare (especially at Sundance), but this one has an air of raw authenticity that many lack, and it offers a glimpse into a corner of American culture that will be new to a lot of viewers. —EDS

75. THE POLKA KING (2017)

Jack Black does his wonderful Jack Black thing in this bizarre true story about Jan Lewan, a polka band leader who moonlights as a Ponzi schemer. —JMW

76. QUIZ SHOW (1994)

Director Robert Redford takes a look back at the first reality TV craze: the 1950s quiz show phenomenon. Based on a true story, the brilliant but not-very-photogenic Herbert Stempel (John Turturro) is pushed out of the way for the slick Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a contestant on the trivia show Twenty One, who kept advancing thanks to his wits—and some help from the show's producers. —JR

77. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2008)

A meditation on conformity and mediocrity, Revolutionary Road sees a married couple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) in conflict as they make that slow, unavoidable march toward suburbanization. This adaptation of Richard Yates’s acclaimed novel received numerous accolades, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Michael Shannon. —JS

78. THE RITUAL (2017)

A new release that played at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, this woodsy horror flick is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Adam Nevill. The concept of old friends heading into the forest to relive warm memories and rehash old arguments is familiar, but the execution is surprising and clever. Directed by David Bruckner (who made his name with indie The Signal and the V/H/S anthology), it’s also gritty, unnerving, and should make you want to seal your camping equipment in your attic (if you feel safe going up there). —SB

79. THE ROAD (2009)

By focusing on a loving father’s struggle to protect his son in a post-apocalyptic world, this adaptation of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy manages to find humanity in a barren wasteland. —JS

80. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

Soon we'll have a movie for every single major or minor incident ever depicted in the Star Wars universe. For now, we'll have to settle for this one-off that explains how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star. —JR

81. SCARFACE (1983)

Scarface’s place in movie history was cemented by Al Pacino’s manic and downright frightening performance as gangster Tony Montana. But beneath that, there’s a sprawling, ultra-violent crime drama that is a must-see for any fans of the genre. —JS

82. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

Arguably Steven Spielberg’s most personal film, Schindler’s List explores the horrors of the Holocaust through the actions of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who dedicates himself to saving as many Jewish civilians as possible from the fate of the concentration camps. —JS

83. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (2012)

Lorene Scafaria’s end-of-the-world dramedy flew largely under the radar when it was released, which is a shame. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley have a delightful chemistry as two strangers who hit the road together to tie up a few loose ends in the weeks before an asteroid is set to strike the Earth and demolish it. (It’s much funnier than it sounds.) —JMW

84. A SERIOUS MAN (2009)

Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a man whose faith is being tested at home, at work, and all points in between. A Serious Man is equal parts dark comedy and existential drama, and it’s a perfect encapsulation of why the Coen brothers are masters at their craft. —JS

85. SE7EN (1995)

What's in the box? An essential detective story tinged with horror elements and David Fincher's signature nihilism. —SB

86. SIN CITY (2005)

Set in a hard-boiled metropolis full of questionable heroes and vile villains, Sin City is a black and white throwback to the film noirs of the 1940s updated for the video game generation of the 2000s. —JS

87. THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)

Built on strong performances by Bruce Willis and a young Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense slowly ramps up the suspense from a simmer to a boil, culminating in one of the most memorable twist endings in all of film. —JS

88. SLIDING DOORS (1998)

Put aside the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow is putting on an English accent (once again) and this rom-com offers a surprisingly deep and effective lesson on how every second counts. —JMW

89. STARDUST (2007)

Director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel features Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as supporting players in the tale of a man (a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox) in search of a fallen star to gift to his love. —JR

90. THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988)

A modern classic of nonfiction storytelling. Through archival footage, interviews, and reenactments, documentary royalty Errol Morris used this film to argue the innocence of a man destined for lethal injection. It tells the story of Randall Dale Adams, who was sentenced to death for killing a police officer in 1976, despite evidence that the real killer—a minor at the time—had committed the crime. A must-see for fans of Making a Murderer, Evil Genius, and The Staircase. —SB

91. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)

This slow-burn spy picture is a masterclass in patience and observation. Led by a cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy delivers thrills without sacrificing thought. —JS

92. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

Harper Lee’s powerful 1960 novel made for an equally moving film adaptation just a few years later, thanks to Mary Badham’s performance as young Scout and Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning turn as the morally upstanding attorney Atticus Finch. —JS

93. TRADING PLACES (1983)

Does money make the man? This greedy 1980s John Landis comedy tests nature against nurture mostly by driving Dan Aykroyd crazy and letting Eddie Murphy bust on wealthy jerks. —SB

94. TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016)

A workaholic father and his daughter board a train bound for one of the few territories in South Korea not occupied by zombies. To get there, they’ll have to survive the infected passengers, who totally ignore their seat assignments and sanctioned dinner options. —JR

95. TROLL HUNTER (2010)

A Norwegian fairy tale with bite, Troll Hunter follows college-aged filmmakers who convince a bear trapper to take them along on his exploits. But the trapper fails to disclose one crucial detail: He hunts towering, aggressive trolls. —JR

96. THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)

Best movies to stream? How about best movies of all time? The Jim Carrey-starring dramedy about a man who has lived his life in a reality TV show covers every emotional and intellectual base and remains strikingly topical 20 years after its release. —SB

97. V FOR VENDETTA (2005)

An Orwellian dystopia collides with costumed heroics in this politically fueled adaptation of the graphic novel by famed comic book writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. —JS

98. WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY (2007)

What Ricky Bobby did for NASCAR, Dewey Cox does for musicians. From Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, no one is safe from John C. Reilly's comedic skewering. —SB

99. WIND RIVER (2017)

The howling, inhospitable Wyoming territories in winter are the site of this capable thriller about a U.S. Wildlife tracker (Jeremy Renner) who teams with an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) to solve the mystery of a dead body left to freeze in the middle of nowhere. —JR

100. Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (2001)

The controversially sensual road movie that put Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna on the international map scored an Oscar nomination for writer/director Alfonso Cuarón. It's hard to believe he followed up this drug-and-sex-filled coming-of-age trip with a Harry Potter movie. —SB

Peter Dinklage Can't Say Benevolent in This Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

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Helen Sloan, HBO

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Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Voldemort Role in Harry Potter Movies

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Ralph Fiennes has earned Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient, but his best-known role might be his performance as He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as Voldemort, in the Harry Potter film series. While the movies introduced Fiennes and his work to a new generation of moviegoers, he recently revealed that he almost said no to the project altogether.

We first saw Fiennes as Voldemort in the fourth film in the series, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and he continued to play the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter universe until the series' conclusion in 2011.

Though fans would argue that it was the role Fiennes was born to play, saying "yes" was not an immediate decision for the celebrated actor.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," the actor recently admitted while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about his relationship to the Potterverse prior to taking on the role. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in ... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me," Fiennes continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha—who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10, and 8—said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Potterheads everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Fiennes's sister—and her kids.

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