8 of the Best Double Features You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now
For many of us, movie night can turn into a movie marathon. If you’re logged into Netflix and pondering what to watch, check out these eight double feature suggestions that each offer a perfect pairing of tone, topic, or an ideal double dose of Nicolas Cage.
1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) // The Highwaymen (2019)
In Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the famous outlaw couple who livened up Depression-era America with their string of bank robberies. More than 50 years later, The Highwaymen shifts the focus to the retired Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) charged with bringing them down.
2. Scarface (1983) // American Gangster (2007)
Two legendary screen drug icons get their share of the spotlight. Al Pacino remains as electric as ever as Tony Montana in Scarface, director Brian De Palma’s deconstruction of a Cuban cocaine dealer who snorts and shoots his way to the top. Ridley Scott's American Gangster stars Denzel Washington as the real-life Frank Lucas, taking over 1970s New York with cop Russell Crowe on his heels.
3. Deliverance (1972) // The River Wild (1994)
Water-based getaways become cautionary tales: In Deliverance, Burt Reynolds delivers the performance that turned him into a movie star, a rough and rugged outdoorsman confronted by a group of sinister locals in the backwoods of Georgia. Things don’t get appreciably better in The River Wild, with Meryl Streep as a matriarch forced to navigate the rapids under the gun of criminal Kevin Bacon. Together, the two may have you rethinking your vacation plans.
4. All the President’s Men (1976) // Kill the Messenger (2014)
Newspaper reporting comes under fire in both of these films based on true stories. All the President's Men features Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Washington Post reporters tasked with uncovering the Watergate conspiracy. Kill the Messenger stars Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, the journalist who found a suspicious connection between drug smuggling and the CIA.
5. The Mist (2007) // Gerald’s Game (2017)
After a bad stretch of mediocre adaptations, Stephen King’s work has been seeing an onscreen renaissance. Two of the best in recent memory: The Mist, which goes the monster movie route in a tale of people trapped in a supermarket while an encroaching fog consumes their world; and Gerald’s Game, which casts Carla Gugino as a woman trapped in handcuffs amid supernatural activity. A pair of claustrophobic King tales, both are worth a watch.
6. National Treasure (2004) // The Trust (2016)
Fitting in the very narrow genre of “Nicolas Cage heist movies,” both National Treasure and The Trust are terrific on their own: A double feature contrasts Cage at his blockbuster best with his indie film shades of grey. As Benjamin Franklin Gates in National Treasure, he tries to run off with the Declaration of Independence. In The Trust, he and Elijah Wood are cops targeting a drug money stash. Fans of a more subdued—but still excellent—Cage should find a lot to like here.
7. Cool Hand Luke (1967) // The Last Castle (2001)
Prison movies are usually studies in seedy subcultures, but onetime Butch and Sundance partners Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke and Robert Redford in The Last Castle are outliers. They’re men who find themselves locked up in body, not spirit. Toiling on a Florida prison farm, Newman’s positive attitude carries him through dark times; Redford tries to grapple with the crushing presence of a warden (James Gandolfini) who fancies himself a military general.
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) // Zodiac (2007)
Two of history’s most recognizable serial killers make for an unsettling night home. In Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins is the fictional Hannibal Lecter, taunting FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster). Director David Fincher’s Zodiac grapples with the specter of a killer over San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s who enjoyed taunting law enforcement and media. If The Silence of the Lambs focuses on the source of evil, Zodiac turns its gaze to the people affected by the presence of something wicked. And real.