Because of global copyright laws, Netflix cannot offer all its services equally across the globe. Territorial licensing means the country with the most audience gets to watch a movie. It’s all about maximizing on profits.
On the bright side, there is a way you can access Netflix’s entire library wherever you are on the globe without breaking a sweat. If you’re in a hurry, learn how you can unblock additional Netflix libraries here. Now take a look at some cult movies on Netflix you should be binge-watching.
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 bleak of places, Andy proves to his fellow inmates that hope and optimism are the keys to survival.
Available on Netflix, the movie is limited to audiences in Argentina, Canada, Brazil, France, Japan, and Mexico.
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, the movie is accessible for people in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States.
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 the movie is limited to audiences in Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Greece, India, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Slovakia, Romania, Israel, and Hong Kong.
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 than been told.
Available on Netflix, the movie can be accessed in Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Ice land, and Switzerland.
American History X (1998)
This 1998 movie about redemption follows a neo-Nazi skinhead who after serving some time in prison comes out to realize his brother is going down the same wrong path he did. It is then after giving up his old ways while in prison, he tries to prevent his brother from repeating his mistakes. The movie shows what hate can do and how people can change after doing horrific things.
The movie is available on Netflix in four countries, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in three countries, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in four countries, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Netherlands.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in four countries, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in four countries, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
This 1980 sci-fi movie is a continuation of the Star Wars series. This episode follows Luke Skywalker as he begins his Jedi training with Yoda. All the while, his friends are being pursued by Darth Vader.
This movie is available on Netflix three countries, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in seventeen countries, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in 22 countries, Argentine, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in eleven countries, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
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.
The movie is available on Netflix in nineteen countries, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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 of the killers.
The movie is available on Netflix in six countries, France, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, and Switzerland.
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