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The Top 10 Movies on Netflix Right Now

Written by Jared Rosenthal

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I love movies. Plain and simple. The idea of seeing a different world and comprehending the entirety of other people’s thoughts, actions, and words from a variety of angles is eye-opening. Also, watching the protagonist(s) embark on their journey in overcoming an obstacle is inspirational.

Right now, Netflix has some great movies available. If you are looking for something funny, action-packed, dramatic, terrifying, or all of the above, then I have the movies for you! Here are my ten favorite movies on Netflix at the moment:

10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford): archeologist, professor of archaeology, and certified hotshot. Jones’ adventures while discovering religious artifacts around the world are epic! While on a mission, he gets diverted from Old Shanghai to a poverty-stricken village in India. He is begged mercilessly by the impoverished villagers to reclaim their stolen Sankara stone in order to restore the health and overall stability of their town. Jones is accompanied by singer, Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), and little friend, Short Round A.K.A Shorty (Jonathan Ke Quan). The three friends devise a plan in order to capture the stone and replenish the Indians’ spirits.

Harrison Ford (left), Kate Capshaw (middle), and Jonathan Ke Quan (right) (courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock)

9. Silver Linings Playbook

After a mixture of unfortunate and demoralizing events that occur in the life of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), he becomes a member at a mental institution and his one goal is to reignite his broken marriage. Because he is staying at his parents’ house (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver), his father and mother want him to focus on a return to sanity and normalcy which they encourage through their shared love for the Philadelphia Eagles. One night while at a friend’s house for dinner, Pat is introduced to Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has a history of past events which are on par with the trauma that Pat has endured. Tiffany convinces Pat that she can assist him under one condition, and the two form a friendship that keeps both sides pleased.

Jennifer Lawrence (left) and Bradley Cooper (right) (courtesy of Vulture)

8. For Love or Money

Doug Ireland (Michael J. Fox), a respectful and witty concierge, is the heart and soul of one of the most prominent hotels in all of New York City. Doug is driven to go above and beyond in order to please all of the hotel guests, but he also has his mind set on attaining a dream: operating his own hotel. When Christian Hanover (Anthony Higgins)--the potential investor that Doug needs--tries to hide his affairs from his wife, he speaks closely with Doug for hotel privileges and expects all of the evidence to be hidden. Doug’s feelings for the woman having the affair with Christian, Andy Hart (Gabrielle Anwar), grow throughout the movie, causing his job to become more and more difficult.

Gabrielle Anwar (left) and Michael J. Fox (right) (courtesy of Reel Film Reviews)

7. 21

A group of intellectual students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology are guided by Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey), a math professor at the university, to win endless amounts of money through gambling. Mickey Rosa and the group fly to Vegas each weekend and display their talents and punishable tricks at the tables--living in luxury--but the risks mount up as time goes on. As the greed of the group increases, their overall contentment decreases.

Jim Sturgess (left) and Kate Bosworth (right) (courtesy of Roger Ebert)

6. Hitch

Alex Hitchens A.K.A Hitch (Will Smith) is THE alpha male when it comes to relationships. Because of his skillset, he runs a business where he is very selective with his clients and is able to profit through helping other men with their dating troubles. In Hitchens’ personal life, though he is an “expert” when it comes to dating women, he has officially met his match when Sara Melas (Eva Mendes) enters his life. At the same time, Hitch acquires his most entertaining client, Albert (Kevin James), which constantly keeps him on his toes. Between Hitch’s pursuit and Albert’s desire for the girl of his dreams, Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta), the two sets of relationships cross in an imperceptive manner.

Will Smith (left) and Kevin James (right) (courtesy of Roger Ebert)

5. Just Go With It

Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) is about to get married to his fiance, but catches wind of her pettiness as he overhears her explaining how she cheats on him and is interested in the money he will earn as he rises in the medical field. After he calls off the wedding--from this point forward--Danny wears his wedding ring while he goes on dates in order to prevent his relationships from getting too deep; eventually he encounters the girl of his dreams, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), and the ring becomes his enemy. This leads to Danny creating a fake family with his assistant from work, Katheirne (Jennifer Aniston), and an extravagant “family” trip to Hawaii.

Brooklyn Decker (left) and Adam Sandler (right) (courtesy of Creative Loafing Charlotte)

4. Back to the Future

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) befriends an older man and science whiz, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who has constructed a project with the aim of unearthing a societal-perceived impossibility: time travel. Doc obtains plutonium from a group of Libyan terrorists for the purpose of creating a bomb, but instead uses the plutonium as an essential element in the powering of his DMC DeLorean car, enabling him the ability to time travel. As Doc brings Marty to a parking lot to test the car, the Libyans track the two men down and kill Doc, making it Marty’s mission to travel back into the past and revive Doc Brown.

Christopher Lloyd (left) and Michael J. Fox (right) (courtesy of NME.com)

3. Django Unchained

Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, is trudging through the chilly night with fellow slaves as the group is being forced to brave an ominous journey. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter, encounters the group and takes Django from the pack due to his prior knowledge about the notorious Brittle brothers--men that have large bounties on their heads. Django and Dr. King Schultz are successful on this hunt and become partners in the business, forming a unique friendship for bounty hunts to come. The two men now set out on a mission to rescue Django’s wife (Kerry Washington) from the plantation that Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) is in charge of.

Christoph Waltz (left) and Jamie Foxx (right) (courtesy of The New York Times)

2. Jerry Maguire

Sports agent, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), re-thinks his entire life and career after reflecting upon the man that he has become over the years. Now seeing himself as just another “shark in a suit”, he begins to question his values. One night, he composes a mission statement which grounds him and brings him back to the premise of sports agency: providing genuine protection for the athlete in all realms (socially, economically, health, etc). Because of Jerry’s approach to management, he gets fired from the company and is now forced to find his way in the field with his own firm through the help of co-worker, Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) and his only client in football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), an emotional rollercoaster.

Tom Cruise (courtesy of Killing Time)

1. Inglourious Basterds

During World War II, Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) commands a group of American soldiers to contract information from the Nazis and destroy them through the usage of clever torturing tactics. Simultaneously, Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), a French Jewish woman who pretends to be Christian, owns a movie theater and has forged a fake relationship with a Nazi, intending to obliterate Hitler and the Nazi Party. Both stories collide in Tarantino fashion, making for a cinematic masterpiece. Between the sophisticated dialogue, thoughtful conflicts, incredible visuals, and the seriousness of the plot there is no better movie that you could possibly select!

Eli Roth (left) and Brad Pitt (right) (courtesy of Roger Ebert)

Every movie contains a lesson to be learned or a perspective to be enlightened by. There are a countless number of movies out, but these are just the ten on Netflix right now that I believe are absolutely must-watch films. If I were to add one more to the list, I would add Miracle.

Nobody really knows how much longer these movies will be available on Netflix for, so take advantage of this time and watch some (or all) of these films! Have a great weekend!

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