Just because spring break is almost over doesn’t mean the bingeing has to stop. It will never stop, tbh. As long as Netflix is around and Friends is still streaming, we’ll still avoid our homework and do our best to down an entire pizza. But what happens when you feel like you’ve watched absolutely EVERYTHING your instant queue has to offer? Look no further. We’ve rounded up our top ten favorite movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix right now. Some are classics, some you may have never even heard of. Either way, we’ve got you set until at least the end of the semester.
1. Life Partners (2014, Comedy/Romance)
Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are inseparable until Paige begins to get serious with her new boyfriend. Sasha is left behind to fend for herself as she tries to adjust to the new relationship as well as managing adulthood, which involves getting a real job, maintaining friendships and attempting to date.
IMDb rating: 6.2/10
2. The One I Love (2014, Dramedy)
This comedic drama starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass features a troubled couple that decides to go away for a romantic weekend in attempt to save their marriage. However, strange things begin to happen which complicates their situation even more. This film is one you just have to watch to see what happens—it is too bizarre to explain.
IMDb rating: 7.1/10
3. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013, Drama/Romance)
Nominated for a Golden Globe, Blue is the Warmest Color is a French drama revolving around the lives of Adele and Emma. The film follows the couple’s relationship from beginning to end, highlighting important and relatable events and issues in an average young adult’s relationship. Even if you’re not one for foreign films, don’t be afraid to hit up those subtitles—this coming-of-age movie is totally worth it.
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
4. Short Term 12 (2013, Drama)
With 35 wins and 65 nominations from many different film festivals (including SXSW), Short Term 12 stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as Grace. Grace is a twenty-something working as a staff member alongside her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace and Mason must balance their relationship with the complicated world of the foster care system. The film is praised for its effortless acting and near-perfect representation of foster care facilities.
IMDb rating: 8/10
5. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011, Drama/Thriller)
Nominated for a Golden Globe and starring Oscar winner, Tilda Swinton, this dramatic thriller follows the life of a mother who struggles to love her mentally ill child despite the increasingly cruel and malicious things he does as he grows up. Kevin continually tests his mother’s sanity and patience as the years go on until he crosses the line one last time. Not for the faint of heart.
IMDb rating: 7.5/10
6. Love (2016-present, Romantic Comedy)
This is a Netflix original series starring Gillian Jacobs (Mickey) and Paul Rust (Gus). Mickey is an alcoholic trying to get her life together and Gus is a Hollywood tutor and screenwriter hopeful who cross paths at a gas station one day when Mickey forgets her wallet. The two instantly connect and their relationship begins to develop throughout the series.
IMDb rating: 8/10
7. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015-present, Crime/Drama/Horror)
Christina Ricci plays Lizzie Borden in this fictionalized account of actual events surrounding the irl Lizzie Borden and her controversial acquittal of the double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. The series is a spin off of the film Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, also starring Christina Ricci. If you are interested in crime or history shows, this is the show for you. This series will keep you on your toes as you discover the secrets surrounding the story of the titular character.
IMDb rating: 6.9/10
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-present, Comedy)
The Office’s Ellie Kemper and 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski star in this Netflix original comedy. Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) is a woman who has been recently rescued from an underground bunker in which she lived in for 15 years. She decides to start her life over in New York City as a nanny for Jacqueline (Krakowski) and her millionaire husband. The series focuses on Kimmy’s assimilation into the 21st century by spotlighting her misadventures in the concrete jungle.
IMDb rating: 8/10
9. Orange is the New Black (2013-present)
Nominated for six Golden Globes, this is yet another Netflix original drama based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. The series tells the story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s prison after being convicted of transporting money to her drug dealing ex-girlfriend. Coupled with a diverse cast, just the right amount of humor and diverse storylines, this is a must see for anyone who loves drama, crime and comedy all in one.
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
10. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
If you haven’t at least heard of this show, you’ve definitely been living under a rock. With two Golden Globes under its belt, this dramatic thriller features Malcolm in the Middle’s Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, who teams up with a former student (Aaron Paul) to cook and sell crystal meth to continue to support his family during his treatment. The business, as Walter will soon find out, is a dangerous one. For all you cinematography nerds out there, this is a must see. It’s one of the highest rated and loved shows in all of television. While it ended about three years ago, it is always worth it to re-watch the entire series, maybe even one sitting. Breaking Bad will literally take you there.
IMDb rating: 9.5/10
Didn’t see your favorite flick on this list? Tell us your suggestions in the comments!
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