Like Fine Wine, the Best Classic Movies on Netflix Get Better With Age

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There are some movies you can watch again and again and again. No matter how much time passes, their plots are so intriguing and universal that they're just as relevant today as they were when they first hit theaters. These are called the classics.

While some may say the golden age of film is over thanks to streaming services like Netflix, you can still enjoy the classics with the press of a button. For this round-up, we're considering all the classics (even the more recent ones) we're dying to rewatch. If you're chasing a bit of nostalgia or craving something different than your usual streaming selections, trade in recently released movies for classics from the '50s to the '90s.

Below, browse 15 of the best classic movies on Netflix right now.

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Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future


If you've ever wanted a DeLorean time machine of your own, you'll love re-watching Back to the Future time and time again. Follow teenager Marty McFly on his 1985 adventure back to 1955, courtesy of a science experiment gone wrong with his strange but lovable friend, Doc Brown. If McFly doesn't find his parents and make sure they fall in love again, he'll cease to exist—but if you haven't seen this Steven Spielberg classic movie yet, we won't share any spoilers.

Available on: Netflix

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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

She's Gotta Have It

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In Spike Lee's groundbreaking coming-of-age film, one woman pursues relationships with three different men. This black and white classic movie portrays a woman who is unapologetic about what she wants. Each man she dates has something unique to offer, but Nola Darling (played by Tracy Camilla Johns) simply can't make up her mind.

Available on: Netflix

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape


Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) has a lot on his plate. Tasked with taking care of his younger brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the 24-year-old was forced to grow up too fast due to his mother's declining health and inability to raise her younger son. This story is a slow-moving picture of life in small-town America, but it's a captivating film from the first minute on.

Available on: Netflix

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Do you love dry humor, quotable moments, and an exceptionally eccentric cast of characters? Monty Python and the Holy Grail is for you. This classic comedy will keep you laughing from start to finish—especially if you have a taste for this style of humor. Follow the medieval group through their journey across the land on a mission from God to find the Holy Grail.

Available on: Netflix

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange


Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange first stunned audiences in 1971, but it's stayed a fan favorite for half a century. Watch the main character, Alex (Malcolm McDowell), as he commits a heinous crime—and then becomes the victim of his own actions after undergoing behavioral reforming treatment from the government.

Available on: Netflix

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White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas


This Christmas classic follows a pair of performers (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) who met in the army during World War II. When the singing and dancing duo meet sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen), they follow them to Vermont, where they put on an elaborate performance for their old commander from the war. All the while, love is in the air.

Available on: Netflix

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Mystic Pizza (1988)

Mystic Pizza


What happens in the pizza parlor stays in the pizza parlor—or maybe not. Sisters Daisy (Julia Roberts) and Kat (Annabeth Gish) work with their friend Jojo (Lili Taylor) at a post-high-school summer job in this comedic love story. The young women navigate life and romance as young adults, each experiencing unique relationships while trying to decide how they want their futures to play out.

Available on: Netflix

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Bonnie and Clyde


While it's not historically accurate in the least, 1967's Bonnie and Clyde still tells a watch-worthy tale. The bank-robbing couple earned their fame notoriously in the early 1930s, and this film tells a story of the waitress falling for the parolee as they began their killing spree during the Great Depression (and made headlines nationwide in the process).

Available on: Netflix

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The Naked Gun (1988)

The Naked Gun


From the creators of Airplane!, this hilarious adventure movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing at the same time. In The Naked Gun, Leslie Nielsen plays Frank Drebin—a police officer who brings more humor to the table than actual policing. He's on a mission to save Queen Elizabeth II from assassination, but he won't make it happen before causing a myriad of accidental mischief along the way.

Available on: Netflix

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Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves


This 1990 film takes us back to the Civil War era, and the story depicts a soldier befriending a wolf and a Native American tribe in the Great Plains. Rather than fighting against them, the soldier adapts to their way of life and is given the name "Dances With Wolves." He helps the tribe escape the impending Army occupation as he becomes an ally to their community, but the film ends with an unexpected twist.

Available on: Netflix

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Scarface (1983)



Follow Tony Montana (Al Pacino) as he makes his way from Cuba to the U.S. on a green card and becomes one of Miami's most notorious gangsters in this widely-praised film. Between his experiences as a drug lord, battles with rival cartels, and being hunted down by the police, Montana's story will keep you coming back for more—even decades after Scarface first hit theaters.

Available on: Netflix

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Little Monsters (1989)

Little Monsters


Were you ever afraid of monsters under the bed when you were growing up? In this family-friendly movie, the fear isn't unfounded: But Brian (Fred Savage) turns it all around. Rather than running from the Boogeyman creeping below his sheets, this little boy befriends the creature and heads off on adventures after bedtime to a secret world filled with all kinds of monsters.

Available on: Netflix

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Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python's Life of Brian


Brian of Nazareth isn't Jesus, but after starting his life on Christmas a few stables down from his birth, he accidentally gains a following as the Messiah when he recounts lessons he learned from Jesus of Nazareth himself. This satirical comedy from the Monty Python series tells the story of the non-prophet as he navigates life in the holy son's shadow.

Available on: Netflix

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Hook (1991)



Robin Williams (playing the character of lawyer Peter Banning) must travel back to his childhood days as Peter Pan to save his real-life children from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). With stunning performances from popular actors—and how could we forget Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell?—you'll watch Peter return to Neverland and have to regain the trust of the fairy and the Lost Boys to save his kidnapped son and daughter from pirates.

Available on: Netflix

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Bride of Chucky (1998)

Bride of Chucky


Don't worry, horror fans, we haven't forgotten you—and Bride of Chucky is the perfect throwback for classic scares. The evil doll returns, but this time, he's not alone: Chucky's real-world ex-girlfriend from his human days decides to bring the doll back to life. After Chucky kills Tiffany and forces her soul into a doll similar to his own, the duo goes off on a dark quest to become people again.

Available on: Netflix

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