I rejoined Netflix. Now, what should I watch?

After about a year hiatus, I have rejoined popular DVD rental site Netflix and spent (wasted?) the last hour or so rebuilding my rental queue. But a lot of great movies have come out and been released on DVD in the interim, so tell me, dear reader, what should I add to my queue?
To give you a sense of my taste, my queue includes Foyle’s War (brilliant English mystery series set during WWII), High and Low (the superb Japanese director Akira Kurosawa takes on the Noir genre), Double Indemnity (one of the very best in the Noir genre, I’ve seen it before), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (because Mystery Science Theater 3000 is no more, alas), Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (on a Hamlet tear, actually, and this is the definitive film version of one of the greatest plays), Munich (this one just passed me by when it was in the theater), Anastasia (always been interested in the Romanov’s and the Russian revolution, so this should be a cute film), and Kommissar X (because, well, sometimes stupid movies can be fun).
So what should I add to this diverse lineup?

7 comments on “I rejoined Netflix. Now, what should I watch?

  1. I wonder why you would choose Net Flix over Blockbuster. I switched long ago for the simple fact that I can exchange my rental for a new movie in about 20 minutes.
    You should check out the AFI top 100. I have been trying to work through that list for a couple of years now, and I must say – it has been well worth it.

  2. Dave,
    I don’t have a comprehensive or definitive list of films, but I did go through my own Netflix ratings and selected ones I like. As I went through my list, I could immediately think of many others that I like that aren’t on this list. Someday, I may try for a broader list. In the meantime, perhaps there are one or two in here that you haven’t seen.
    Incidentally, I have considered choosing Blockbuster over Netflix, and it many ways, it’s probably the better deal since you can exchange movies at the brick and mortar stores. So why do I hang onto Netflix? Call me a sentimental fool, but Netflix started this approach, and sometimes I like to vote for the innovator rather than the copycat. Not always, mind you, but in this case, Netflix got my vote.
    Anyway, here are a few films to consider:
    Fun and Romance
    50 First Dates
    The American President
    Forrest Gump
    Ever After
    The Man with One Red Shoe
    The Notebook
    Under the Tuscan Sun
    Pride and Prejudice
    In Love and War
    The Thomas Crown Affair
    Patch Adams
    Drama and Action
    Cold Mountain
    Schindler’s List
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Bourne Identity
    The Bourne Supremacy
    The Fugitive
    The Italian Job
    The Green Mile
    Casino Royale
    Mona Lisa Smile
    The Patriot
    Ocean’s Eleven
    Ocean’s Twelve
    Rob Roy
    Double Jeopardy
    The Mission
    Moll Flanders
    In America
    Jeremiah Johnson
    All the President’s Men
    Roman Holiday
    North by Northwest
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    The Eiger Sanction
    When Harry Met Sally
    Lesser knowns
    City of Joy
    Never Cry Wolf
    Winged Migration
    The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
    Fly Away Home
    Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music
    The Secret Garden
    Happy Feet
    Nature and Documentaries
    Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
    The Creation of the Universe
    Super Size Me
    Happy watching!

  3. For an innovative take on noir, check out “Brick.” It’s a modern-day murder mystery set in high school but layered with 40s-style noir dialogue and enough twists & turns to make you dizzy. Not a blockbuster-type movie by any means, this is more of one of those sleeper gems that hides out on the bottom shelf.

  4. Also be sure to add the BBC miniseries “Jekyll” to your Netflix queue. It’s a very captivating refresh of the Jekyll & Hyde story with some excellent acting.

  5. I recommend the brilliant “Father Ted” series. (I have it on DVD. I’m also a fan of Foyle’s War.)
    Surely you’ve seen Groundhog Day, one of my favorites. I found Manufactured Landscapes riveting as well as The Corporation, yet I’m somewhat of a documentary junkie.
    Just finished listening to your conversation with Mark Widawer on blogging from – I think it was – January 2007. Thanks for the tips!

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