13 Gems Buried On Netflix That Are Perfect For Those "IDK What To Watch" Moments

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Netflix is home to many wonderful movies, and yet some of them have been left unnoticed by casual viewers.

Eric Idle on a crucifix in "Monty Python's Life of Brian"/John in "Stripes"/Carl in "Chef"

If you're wondering what films you should stream this weekend, here's something to help you decide. This here is the list of the Top 13 Films Hidden on Netflix You Should Definitely Watch.

WARNING: SOME 🚨SPOILERS🚨 AHEAD!!!

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13.Silver Linings Playbook

Pat and Tiffany running and talking with each other in "Silver Linings Playbook"

This rom-com-drama by director David O. Russell is a hilarious and uplifting tale about two people struggling with mental illness. Yes, I know, but despite its touchy subject matter, the film effectively humanizes its characters and the troubles they go through as they learn to cope and grow closer to each other.

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12.The Last Blockbuster

A Blockbuster in the sunlight in "The Last Blockbuster"

Ever wondered what happened to Blockbuster? Well, it didn't entirely go away, and there's a documentary about the last surviving store in Bend, Oregon. This nostalgic film explores the history of Blockbuster and how the titular store has survived to this day. You most likely have memories of a Blockbuster growing up, and this entertaining doc will make you feel glad for the little store that could.

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11.Zodiac

Robert and Paul looking at paper in "Zodiac"

Following the real-life pursuit of the infamous Zodiac Killer, this film depicts a journalist, an inspector, and a political cartoonist trying to catch the killer as he leads authorities on a years-long cat-and-mouse chase. While this David Fincher flick isn't one of the more popular members of his filmography, it's still a thrilling and well-crafted detective story. We also get stellar performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr.

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10.Snowpiercer

Curtis pointing a rifle out of a hole in a cracked window in "Snowpiercer"

Long before he wowed the world with Parasite, director Bong Joon-ho directed this action flick based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The story depicts a group of survivors fighting for control of a high-tech train running across an Earth ravaged by a man-made Ice Age. True to the director's style of filmmaking, it's a thrilling and thought-provoking tale rife with outstanding symbolism and a stellar cast helmed by none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

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9.Apocalypse Now Redux

Willard rising out of the river with mud on his face in "Apocalypse Now Redux"

This epic Vietnam War film depicts an army captain sent to assassinate a rogue colonel accused of murder and insanity. Featuring scenes deleted from its theatrical cut, director Francis Ford Coppola gives audiences more of what he intended for his psychedelic fever dream of a film. While this director's cut is longer than it needed to be, the overall story is still a cinema classic that needs to be seen to be believed.

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8.It Follows

Jay staring at a swimming pool filling with blood in "It Follows"

This modern horror classic follows a young woman who finds herself hunted by a supernatural force after a sexual encounter with her boyfriend. Featuring suspenseful scares, a chilling score, and an inventive concept, this indie horror film presents audiences with a frightening and creative take on the slasher genre.

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7.Chef

Carl, Percy, and Martin eating food in their food truck in "Chef"

This film was a return-to-form for director Jon Favreau after the divisive Iron Man 2. The story focuses on a chef who, after losing his high-end job due to a fight with a food critic, starts working out of his own food truck with his son. Featuring Favreau and a handful of his celebrity friends, Chef is a hilarious and heartwarming film that'll make you want to cook a nice dinner for yourself and your loved ones.

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6.Surf's Up

Cody and Zeke with a log of wood preparing to make a surfboard in "Surf's Up"

At least some readers have fond memories of this animated film. Presented like a sports documentary, this movie follows a surfboarding penguin who goes off to compete in a tropical surfing competition. The premise is pretty out there, but it's a funny and endearing story that features a unique spin on the mockumentary genre.

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5.The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells driving in their car, screaming, as they flee from flying robots in "The Mitchells vs. The Machines"

Fresh from the guys who gave us Into the Spider-Verse and 21 Jump Street, this animated film follows a family fighting against an army of robots that have turned against humanity. Basically a mix of Terminator and National Lampoon's Vacation, this animated adventure features a touching tale with spectacular visuals and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's trademark humor. It also takes a step forward with its normalizing depiction of its protagonist as an LGBTQ+ character.

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4.Blade Runner: The Final Cut

An aerial view of Los Angeles in "Blade Runner: The Final Cut"

As the title states, this is the director's last cut of his sci-fi masterpiece. The film chronicles Rick Deckard as he is sent to "retire" rogue android replicants seeking to extend their lifespan. Widely viewed as the greatest science fiction film in all of cinema, Blade Runner is a dazzling and thought-provoking tale that every movie buff must experience at least once.

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3.Monty Python's Life of Brian

Eric Idle happily singing on a crucifix in "Monty Python's Life of Brian"

In the second part of Monty Python's Holy Trilogy, the comedy troupe tells the story of a man who was born on the same day as Jesus and is later mistaken as the Messiah. This film hilariously deals with multiple religious and philosophical matters such as free will, dogmatism, individuality, and the meaninglessness of life. Yes, that all sounds pretty dark, but the Pythons handle it all so hysterically and insightfully that it succeeds in uplifting the audience with its final musical number, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

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2.Stripes

John and his platoon at a parade in "Stripes"

After losing his job, apartment, and girlfriend, a cab driver joins the US Army with his friend, and multiple wacky antics follow. While certain aspects of this film haven't aged well, it's still a hilarious and entertaining movie, particularly thanks to the magnetic performances of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy. Also, who can forget Elmer Berstein's iconic theme song?

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1.Monty Python and the Holy Grail

King Arthur standing in front of the one-armed Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

'Tis a silly place, indeed. This comedy classic features a retelling of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail in pure Python fashion. This film is home to many classic bits, such as the killer rabbit, the Knights Who Say "Ni," and the "it's just a flesh wound" guy. It's a full 92 minutes of fun, British ridiculousness that'll make you see coconuts in a whole new light.

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Do you agree with this? Were there any other films that I missed? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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