Netflix Edition: 10 Movies You Might Have Missed But Shouldn’t

Frailty (2001)

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Matthew McConaughey has been in more than a few fluff films, but this movie is a potent example of his true acting abilities. Questioning sanity, religion, and family bonds, this film really keeps you enthralled.

Donnie Darko (2001)

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This strage, dark indie film is worth the watch. Don’t let the fact that it’s about a large, disturbing rabbit stop you.

Running Scared (2006)

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The late Paul Walker stars in this underrated action film where all of the main characters kick a lot of  ass.

Stir of Echoes (1999)

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If supernatural films aren’t a deal breaker, this movie is worth a shot. It didn’t really receive proper recognition because it was a little too similar to The Sixth Sense, which was released the same year, but Stir of Echoes is a really interesting and creepy story.

The Mist (2007)

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If you were like me and avoided this movie because you thought it’s about some “mist” swallowing people up, then you’re wrong and should give this movie a try. Plus, if you watch The Walking Dead, you’ll see a few familiar faces.

Smashed (2012)

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Aaron  Paul (Jesse from Breaking Bad) co-stars in this movie about addiction. Although he doesn’t say “bitch” as much as we’re used to, it was nice to see Paul trying on a very different character, and contributing to this strangely beautiful portrayal of addiction. Also, Ron Swanson is in it for all of you Parks and Recreation fans.

Accepted (2006)

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Okay, this maybe isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but it is an enjoyable movie with lots of great comedians (from Jonah Hill to Lewis Black). If you’re looking for a turn-your-brain-off type of movie, this might be one that you haven’t seen.

1408 (2007)

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This movie freaked me out. Once again, you have to be okay with a bit of a supernatural component, so if you are, watch this movie.

Monster (2003)

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Charlize Theron deservedly won an Academy Award for her AMAZING portrayal of a real-life serial killer in  this sad, intense story. While this movie is really, truly disturbing it is worth the watch because both the portrayal and the messages are powerful.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Okay, so maybe this movie isn’t exactly below the radar since it’s definitely qualifies as a cult classic. However, if for any reason you have missed this 80’s masterpiece, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise; the theme song will forever be etched in my mind as Judd Nelson’s awesome victory song.

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23 thoughts on “Netflix Edition: 10 Movies You Might Have Missed But Shouldn’t

  1. Both The Mist and 1408 messed me up for weeks but I actually really liked them … if that makes sense haha. And if you said you didn’t like The Breakfast Club I would probably never talk to you again. Just kidding! :p

  2. I agree with the others, Jenna, you should do this weekly (if for no other reason than people on my site have been bugging me to do one and I can say, “Hey, look, she’s cool and has good taste, read her’s!”). I especially agree about Stir of Echoes. That was just a case of a film with a cool idea being released right next to an even better film too soon. Great job!

    • Thanks! I think I will definitely attempt to do a weekly list. And yeah, it’s too bad about Stir of Echoes, they really should have co-ordinated their release dates better because if they’d waited a year or so they might have even been able to benefit from the supernatural hype that The Sixth Sense created.

  3. Actually saw Accepted in theaters as hard as that is to believe…enjoyed it. Justin Long has been a fave actor of mine since Waiting. Thanks for the Netflix suggestions, too.

    • That would be a fun one to see in theatres!

      I really like Justin Long too, he always seems like a really cool guy… and I haven’t seen Waiting for a while, I LOVE that movie, thanks for the reminder!

      I hope you can enjoy a couple of these, let me know what you think!

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