Netflix Streaming Movie Recommendations

The best movies available for instant play

As much as I love Netflix, navigating it’s streaming content can be difficult, even with its great recommendation engine. I often hear people complain about the ‘lack of quality films available for instant view,’ and I completely disagree. You just have to know where to look. As a partly self-serving effort, (since I often make similar lists for friends), here is a list of quality instant view movies currently available:

Disclaimer: movies offered in streaming tend to change frequently, so I can’t guarantee these are available when you read this…

Title Year Notes
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Heartwarming story of a chess prodigy’s struggle with balancing a childhood and maintaining a competitive edge
Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress 2002 Two Chinese students are exiled to the mountainous country to be re-educated, yet fall in love and trick the village into a bit of culture
Man on Wire 2008 Documentary of a crazy Frenchman who tight-rope walked between the world trade center buildings
A Very Long Engagement 2004 French romance/war drama that maintains the quirks of the directors’ other movie: Amelie
Together 2002 Young violinist pressured by his dad is befriended by an escort; heartwarming.
The Motorcycle Diaries 2004 Story of Che’s travels through South America
Please Vote for Me 2007 An election at a Chinese elementary school gets quite competitive; documentary.
The Kite Runner 2007 Story of a childhood and return to a turbulent Afghanistan to find a childhood friend
Whale Rider 2003 A young Maori girl refuses to abide by her tribes chauvinistic rules; heartfelt.
Dances with Wolves 1990 Civil war era pioneer who befriends Indians and wolves alike…
The Secret in Their Eyes 2010 Suspense around a string of murders & unexpressed romance recounted
Nobody Knows 2005 Kids abandoned in Tokyo to fend for themselves
Sin Nombre 2009 Epic journey to the states to flee the gang he’s left behind and avoid immigration police
Talk to Her 2002 A scandalous tale of two unconscious women and the men that care for them
The Overture 2005 Music rivalries abound (South Asian xylophone-esc instrument) while a boy seeks to find his place
Paradise Now 2005 Two Palestinian boys struggle with their orders to commit suicide bombings
The Beautiful Country 2004 Tracks the tragic story of a couple South Asian illegal immigrants
The Edukators 2005 Young rebels are confronted with deep questions as their pranks accidentally escalate…
Let the Right One In 2008 The sweetest and creepiest vampire / kid love story…
Just Another Love Story 2007 Mystery & suspense with a dash of love
Boys Don’t Cry 1999 The struggles of a lesbian trying to understand her self and find love
The Return 2003 Two Russian brothers end up on an island with their dangerous father
A Prophet 2009 Gangsters fight over a Turkish immigrant who is willing to go as far as needed to survive
Tell No One 2006 French murder mystery
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days 2007 Harsh realism in this Eastern European film about abortion
Syriana 2005 Expresses the problems of the Middle East & America from many perspectives

UPDATE: movies I missed or were recently added:  Malena,  Constant Gardner,  Cinema Paradiso

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Posted on July 6, 2011, in Film. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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