We’ve all been there many times before, scrolling through the depths of Netflix endlessly in search of the perfect movie to watch. If you’re like me, chances are you probably think you’ve watched anything worth watching on there. Thankfully, my Netflix obsession is next-level and I’ve watched way more movies over the last few years than I should have. Luckily for you I’ve wasted a ton of time watching movies that are absolutely terrible so you don’t have to. One thing I’ve learnt though is that there are a ton of hidden gems on Netflix, and I’m here to tell you some of the ones that I found were surprisingly good and relatively unknown. I’ve never been great at making lists or ranking things, so these are in no particular order. They’re all worth watching and next time you can’t decide on a movie give one of these a shot!
1) About Time (2013)
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy
I will admit it right off the bat, I have a bit of a soft spot for a good romantic comedy (key word here is good) from time to time. This is one of those that I consider to be good. When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is told by his father at the age of 21 that men in their family have the special ability to time travel, he decided that he would only use the power to improve his life. Without getting into too much detail and giving anything away, Tim begins to use his ability to improve his love life, and of course gets himself into some tricky situations. It’s an easy story to follow, and the chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Gleeson is great on-screen.
2) Imperium (2016)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Sam Trammell, Tracy Letts
For some reason this movie didn’t get that much attention when it was released in 2016, perhaps due to its sensitive content matter. Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Nate Foster, a FBI agent who goes undercover in a white supremacist group to retrieve a dangerous radioactive isotope that was stolen by them. The movie shines a light on the monsters that are a part of the white supremacist movement and the terrifying things they do, and it is extremely tense from start to finish. I haven’t really watched many of Daniel Radcliffe’s other movies since Harry Potter, but he was great in this. Despite great reviews, the film only grossed $300,000 at the box office in a limited release.
3) You’re Not You (2014)
Starring: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel
If you cry easily during movies, this one will probably do the trick for you. Hillary Swank stars as Kate, a middle-aged woman who is diagnosed with ALS. Her husband (Josh Duhamel) then looks for help to take care of her, and hires an unexperienced, immature young woman named Bec (Emmy Rossum). Bec and Kate form a strong relationship, and the movie guides us through the struggle of living with ALS. As you can imagine it has its heartwarming moments and its gut wrenching moments. The acting is great, the story is simple, and it brings the viewer on a journey of emotions.
4) Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Eli Craig
I am a big fan of horror movies, and this is arguably one of my favourites. If horror isn’t your thing, then this movie is still perfect for you because it’s actually a comedy horror, and it is hilarious. The setting is the same as most typical horror movies: a group of teenagers head out to a cabin in the woods for the weekend, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. Tucker and Dale are just two kind-hearted hillbillies, but the clueless teenagers mistake them for killers and quite literally shoot themselves in the foot by doing so. One by one, the teens are killed as a result of their misunderstanding, and it is just a giant mess for everyone involved. Tucker and Dale are confused why the kids keep killing themselves, and the kids keep thinking that Tucker and Dale are killing their friends. The comedic aspect is executed extremely well, and while the movie isn’t actually scary at all it has all the makings of a horror movie at the same time.
5) The Good Neighbor (2016)
Starring: James Caan, Keir Gilchrist, Logan Miller, Lili Reinhart
The premise of this movie is pretty simple: two high school friends decide that they want to pull a prank on their estranged older neighbor by convincing him that his house is haunted. They plant cameras in his house and set up ‘traps’ to imitate the presence of a ghost, such as turning the house stereo on in the middle of the night, and slamming the back door open and closed. However, as the prank goes on, the boys slowly realize that the man isn’t who they thought he was, and things slowly start to get out of hand. It’s revealed at the beginning of the movie that in the future the boys are in a criminal trial in which the prank on the old man is mentioned, which hooks you in from the start to find out how it all ends.