The 50 Best Things To Watch On Netflix

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With all this dreary weather we've been getting the past few weeks it is very easy to let it piss all over our parade. Most of us are challenging our bodies in the gym, eating as well as we can, trying our best not to sip any alcohol, not heading out and counting our pennies. Combine all those factors and you'll find you're a grumpy, fucking dickhead for the month of January. But don't worry, if you're planning on being a complete recluse but are still looking for a bit of entertainment Netflix is your answer.

Personally, I find that when I've had a long day and I'm about to tuck into bed, its nice to check-in on my boyfriend (yes, I call Netflix my fella), and switch off from the world for a while. AND just because I'm super sound- I've gone and done all the hard work for you and found you thousands of minutes of quality binge-watching shows- everything from the best movies, TV shows, documentaries and kiddies favourites. Here are the 50 best things to watch on Netflix Ireland & UK (in no particular order):

Movies

1. Shutter Island (2010)

A U.S. marshal's troubling visions compromise his investigation into the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

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2. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Refusing to accept a death sentence from his doctor after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, Ron Woodroof smuggles medications from abroad.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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3. Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Four women are condemned to indefinite servitude in the Magdalene Laundries, where they'll work to atone for their "sins."

Starring: Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff

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4. Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts earned an Oscar in this emotional drama for her portrayal of a twice-divorced mother who sees an injustice and takes on the bad guys.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney

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5. A Bronx Tale (1993)

A Bronx boy grows to adulthood worshipping disparate heroes: his hardworking father, who drives a city bus, and the neighborhood mob boss.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri

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6. Clueless (1995)

Meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

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7. 10 Things I hate About You (1999)

After learning Bianca can't date until her man-hating older sister Kat finds a beau, Bianca's would-be boyfriend pays a moody school rebel to woo her.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles

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8. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Sports agent Jerry Maguire experiences a crisis of conscience and leaves his high-powered job behind, with only one client and a co-worker in tow.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

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9. Girl Interrupted (1999)

Diagnosed with a disorder, Susanna Kaysen is sent to a mental institution, where she enters the skewed world of people who truly belong on the inside.

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Jared Leto

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10. Good Will Hunting (1997)

When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.

Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

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11. Warrior (2011)

Set in the world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, both with their eyes on the same prize.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Vanessa Martinez, Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy

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12. Stand By Me (1986)

When four boys seek adventure in the woods while looking for a missing teenager's dead body, they learn some truths about themselves along the way.

Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko

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13. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three student filmmakers march into the woods to make a documentary about a fabled witch credited with a string of murders dating back 200 years.

Starring: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, Bob Griffith, Ed Swanson, Patricia DeCou

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15. Snatch (2000)

A gangster transporting a stolen gem inadvertently triggers a slew of events that wends through the worlds of bookies, bare-knuckle boxing and swine.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham

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16. Lost In Translation (2003)

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star -- find solace in each other's company.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

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17. Sliding Doors (1998)

Two different universes unfold in this fantasy about alternate realities, the reliability of subway schedules and fate's role in shaping lives.

Starring: John Hannah, Zara Turner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gwyneth Paltrow

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18. Donnie Darko (2001)

Incessant sleepwalking, family drama and visions of a menacing 6-foot-tall, doomsday-prophesying rabbit plague a troubled teenager.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore

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19. Robo Cop (2014)

Critically injured in the line of duty, a cop is transformed into an experimental crime-fighting cyborg in this reboot of the 1980s sci-fi classic.

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson

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20. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison and gradually forms a close bond with older inmate Red.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

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21. Fargo (1996)

When a car dealer conspires with dim-bulb criminals to kidnap his wife for a hefty ransom, a folksy -- and pregnant -- police chief is on the case.

Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy

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22. The Godfather (1972)

When an organised-crime family patriarch barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

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23. Wall Street (1987)

An enterprising young stockbroker falls under the enticing spell of an unabashedly greedy Wall Street arbitrageur with unscrupulous tactics.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen

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24. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

In Quentin Tarantino's raw directorial debut, a botched robbery indicates a police informant, and pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse.

Starring: Edward Bunker, Steve Buscemi

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TV Shows

25. Breaking Bad (2008-2012)

A terminally ill chemistry teacher teams with a former student to manufacture crystal meth to secure his family's future.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris

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26. Orange Is The New Black (2013-2014)

A dozen Emmy Award nominations went to this acclaimed comedy drama series including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Lead Actress for star Taylor Schilling. A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman (Schilling) to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew

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27. Sherlock (2010-2012)

In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

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28. Downton Abbey (2010-2012)

Exposing the snobbery and machinations of a disappearing class system, this series chronicles the elite Crawley family and their assorted servants.

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery

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29. House Of Cards (2013)

This Emmy-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Golden Globe winner Robin Wright).

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

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30. BoJack Horseman (2014)

Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s ... 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, "BoJack Horseman" is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

Starring: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris

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31. Homeland (2011-2013)

When a prisoner of war returns home after years in captivity, a CIA agent suspects the Marine of having been turned into an Al Qaeda terrorist.

Starring: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis

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32. The Bridge (2011-2013)

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, a Danish inspector and a Swedish detective must work together to find the killer.

Starring: Sofia Helin, Kim Bodnia

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33. The Killing (2011-2014)

It all comes down to this: the fourth and final season of the critically acclaimed crime thriller is a six-episode Netflix original that wraps up loose ends and reveals long-buried secrets. Detectives Linden and Holder return to investigate a gruesome mass slaying that exposes a dark family history, while trying to cover up a crime they committed.

Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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34. Jericho (2006-2008)

Jake returns to his Kansas town to collect an inheritance, but a nuclear blast cuts off the outside world and makes him a reluctant leader amid chaos.

Starring: Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Ashley Scott

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35. Top Boy (2011-2013)

In this gritty, stylish drama series, two London drug dealers ply their lucrative trade at a public housing estate in North London.

Starring: Ashley Walters, Kierston Wareing, Geoff Bell

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Documentaries

36. We Are Legion (2012)

This documentary takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has defined civil disobedience for the digital age.

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37. The Pixar Story (2007)

Go behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios with this Emmy-nominated documentary tracing the creation and history of the groundbreaking company.

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38. Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy (2011)

Insiders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tell extraordinary stories of the rise, fall and rise again of Apple with Steve Jobs at its helm.

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39. Blackfish (2013)

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

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40. Dirty Wars (2013)

A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film explores America's controversial covert operations around the globe.

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41. The Bridge (2006)

Over the span of a year, cameras capture tormented souls trying to kill themselves by leaping from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

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42. Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos (2013)

Never-before-seen images accompany this captivating recap of Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive from the edge of space.

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43. TED Talks: Life Hack (2011)

This TEDTalks collection reveals simple tricks that can transform your life. Learn how to start a movement, the secret to better work and much more.

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44. Louis Theroux: Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (2007)

Journalist Louis Theroux takes aim at controversial topics and embeds himself in volatile situations in America, Africa and the West Bank.

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45. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

This documentary examines the porn film Deep Throat, which made more money than its producers anticipated and ignited a sexual and social revolution.

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46. Cash Crop (2010)

This feature-length documentary is an epic West Coast adventure that explores the ins and outs of America's largest cash crop: marijuana.

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Kiddies

47. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their friends cope with their owner's departure for college -- and their new home in a day-care center.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

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48. DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Legends (2010)

In this set of shorts, Hiccup and the gang learn about different species of dragons. Then, Gobber goes in search of the Boneknapper Dragon.

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera

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49. Brave (2012)

When a fiery Scottish princess angers three powerful lords and is granted a poorly conceived wish, she must go on a quest to repair the damage.

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

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50. Monsters Inc (2001)

The professional scarers of Monsters Inc. sneak into kids' bedrooms at night to elicit screams that they convert into energy to run their world.

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Written By

Louise Johnston

With experience in the Irish FMCG industry LoJo has previously worked for global brands such as Bacardi and Red Bull. She can be described as a passionate infomaniac with an innate flare for brands, marketing and tech trends.

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