15 cult movies on Netflix

Netflix is a powerhouse in the movie industry. With thousands of movies and series at their disposal to movie enthusiasts, it’s a goldmine. Because of global copyright laws, Netflix cannot offer all its services equally across the globe. Now take a look at some cult movies on Netflix you should be binge-watching – and which countries are lucky to get them.

Top 15 Cult Movies on Netflix

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Get busy living or get busy dying.  This 1994 Oscar-nominated movie based on a Stephen King story is one of those inspirational movies you can’t watch just once. The story follows Andy Dufresne, a man sent to a maximum security prison populated with sadistic guards, a corrupt warden and predatory inmates.  Even in such a bleak situation, Andy proves to his fellow inmates that hope and optimism are the keys to survival.

Available on Netflix in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria ,Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia Germany ,Hungary India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey

In Bruges (2008)

Shoot first sightsee later.  This 2008 movie follows the story of two hit men holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job. It is while in Bruges that they begin to differ on their views of life and death as they get used to the local customs. It’s hilarious, violent, and somehow touching.

Available on Netflix in: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Released in 1968, the sci-fi masterpiece is great for the inquisitive. Slow paced with an ending many people don’t understand, the movie tracks the odyssey of humankind, from the dawn of man a million years ago to the exploration of space.

Available on Netflix in: Japan

Psycho (1960)

This 1960 horror film doesn’t fall short of expectations. One of the scariest movies ever made, the story follows a Phoenix secretary running away after stealing her employer’s client cash. While on the run she checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. What follows next is worth watching.

Available on Netflix in: Japan.

Oldboy (2003)

Chan-wook Park’s 2003 original mixes decades of grudges, love, and ultraviolence in a cinematic cocktail like no other. Seriously, don’t watch the western adaptation, even Josh Brolin can’t save that one. Better stick to the Korean original. 

Available on Netflix in: Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Love, Family, and Imagination conquer all. This award-winning 1997 movie is a story about a Jewish librarian and his son. After the family becomes a victim of the Holocaust, the father uses a blend of imagination, will and humor to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Available on Netflix in: Japan, South Korea, Turkey

The Green Mile (1999)

Miracles are funny things; you never know when they are going to happen. Another movie from Stephen King’s stories and the director of The Shawshank Redemption movie, this 1999 movie is another life-changing movie in a prison setting. The movie revolves around a newly arrived death row inmate with a miraculous gift who manages to affect the lives of guards on Death Row.

Available on Netflix in: Australia, Belgium, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

The Usual Suspects (1996)

The most memorable trick the devil ever pulled in history was convincing the human race he doesn’t exist. This 1995 violent crime thriller with novel twists deserves the utmost attention lest you get lost in the twists. The movie follows five unacquainted criminals who met at a seemingly random police lineup and decided to pull off a heist together.

Available on Netflix in: Greece, Japan

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This 1991 horror film that won the best picture in the Academy Awards is not for those who scare easily. The movie is about an FBI lad who seeks the help of a manipulative and incarcerated cannibal killer to catch another serial killer who is known to skin his victims.

Available on Netflix in: Canada

Das Boot (1981)

In World War 2, the Nazi U-boat was the terror of Allied shipping… until it wasn’t. Das Boot is a submarine movie set in later years when the submarine missions were creeping close to what you could describe as suicide ones. It’s a chilling experience not to be missed. This is the theatrical cut, by the way – the director’s cut is available in far fewer countries. 

Available on Netflix in:Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden

The Matrix (1999)

This 1999 sci-fi adventure movie follows a computer hacker who through mysterious rebels learns about the true nature of his reality. His reality is actually a simulation created by machines, and to survive, he has to join the rebellion.

Available on Netflix in: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, Vietnam

Schindler’s List (1993)

Set during the Holocaust, this 1993 brutal and emotionally devastating drama follows Oskar Schindler, an industrialist who becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. This was when German-occupied Poland during World War II.

Available on Netflix in: Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia Czech  Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Hungary, India, Ireland, Isle, of, Man, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK

Pulp Fiction (1994)

This 1994 action-packed movie combines four storylines, revealing them in a non-linear fashion.  The story is about two mob hit-men, one burger-loving and the other philosophical, a washed-up boxer, a gangster and his wife and a pair of diner bandits.

Available on Netflix in: Canada

The Dark Knight (2008)

From the Batman Franchise comes this 2008 action-packed movie, with arguably the best joker villain in the whole of Batman movies. This sequel to Batman Begins has Batman facing his worst nemesis The Joker, who wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham.

Available on Netflix in: pretty much everywhere

The Godfather (1972)

This 1972 classic tale of a mafia family follows the Corleone family and their rapidly multiplying troubles. Don Vito Corleone, the patriarch of an organized crime dynasty, barely survives an attempt on his life, prompting his youngest son to step in and take care of the killers.

Available on Netflix in: Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

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