Best movies on Netflix: 16 films you have to stop what you're doing and watch right now

 9. Forrest Gump 

 

This list is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. On this page, though, what you get is one of the most quintessential movies in American cinema. Yes, Forrest Gump tells the story of a man who falls for a girl and becomes somewhat of a phenomenon from humble beginnings, but, more importantly, it's a history lesson in how America has grown and changed over the years. Heartwarming, uplifting and inspirational, Forrest Gump teaches us an important lesson: if you're kind and you work hard, amazing things will happen to you – eventually.

IMDB Rating: 8.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

 10. The Babadook 

 

Horror movies have fallen on hard times. There, I said it. Spending the past decade relying on jump shocks and excessive gore to win over new audiences, it's rare to find a film as well-made, thought-out and genuinely scary as The Babadook. Two parts horror, one part mind game, the film explores the feelings of guilt that come along with death, the darkest sides of parenthood and the sheer creepiness of kids' imaginations.

IMDB Rating: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

11. E.T. the Extraterrestrial

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Sure, there have been dozens of much better aliens-living-among-humans stories written in the past three decades, but without Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic, none of them would exist. E.T. was the first time our imagination ran wild with the idea that alien life might not want to hurt us, and could be just as lost as we are in this vast cosmic playground. It's not perfect, but for a heavy helping of nostalgia, E.T. is an old friend well worth revisiting. 

IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

12. Amelie

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If you haven't seen it, Amelie is pretty much the French equivalent of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Starring Audrey TauTou, it's a weird, quirky and all-around whimsical joyride around Paris as we see Amelie develop from a reserved waitress into a romantically involved extrovert. For introverts, Amelie is a spiritually moving film, taking on mental ailments like depression, social anxiety and agoraphobia head-on while still providing a solid rom-com foundation for all fans of the genre.

IMDB Rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%