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5 Classic Must-See Movies On Netflix Streaming


I am a Netflix streaming addict. I watch something on Netflix on an almost daily basis. For some, the problem is that Netflix isn’t exactly known for having the latest and greatest movies, although they’re getting better. They do however have a nice selection of old classics that you should see. Here’s my list of five great movies all made before 1990 that you must see….or see again.

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Anyone who ever went to high school during any era can relate to the characters in this classic. The athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess, and the basket case. Every school had them, and this film explores what happens when they come together. When you say Brat Pack, THIS is the movie everyone thinks of. The soundtrack is killer too. I never get tired of hearing OMD's 'Don't You Forget About Me'

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

The Paper Chase (1973)

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman

Only the best and the brightest get into Harvard Law School, and many have to face Professor Kingsley. I saw this movie when I was still in elementary school and Professor Kingsley, brilliantly played by the late John Houseman, made me fear ever going to college. Luckily I never had a professor as intimidating as he was. This classic is 40 years old, but Houseman's Academy Award winning performance let's it stand the test of time.

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Top Gun (1986)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards

"I feel the need for speed!" Tom Cruise starred in 12 movies in the 80's. Top Gun was one of his biggest as the top grossing film of 1986. The US Navy saw an increase in service sign-ups after the the movie hit theaters. Everyone wanted to be the next hot shot fly boy. There's no doubt that this movie stands the test of time, especially since Paramount re-released it in IMAX 3-D in February. Best line? "Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash." I may have used that line on someone once.

Blue Underground
Blue Underground

The Final Countdown (1980)

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen

Not to be confused with the Europe song, this movie is the one that is probably the least known in my list. What would happen if a modern day aircraft carrier (at least modern day for 1980) went back in time to Pearl Harbor and was there when the Japanese were preparing to bomb? They could change history. But should they? It's one of those time travel, paradox, what if you go back in time and kill your grandfather time movies. It's a little out there, but is still fun to watch. You may have to sort it out in your head in the end though. Email me if you watch it and don't follow. I can explain.


Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Clue: The Movie (1985)

Starring: Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull

Believe it or not, Battleship wasn't the first movie based on a board game. In 1985, Clue: The Movie was released in theaters and it didn't do so well. Since then however it has gotten a cult following and is worth a look. All your pawns are here. Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and the list goes on. Mr. Body has been murdered and it's up to his guests and the butler to find figure out who did it. It's full of one liners, punchlines and zingers and is just a lot of fun to watch. It was originally released in theaters with three different endings. If you wanted to see all three endings you had to watch it three times and hope the theater told you if they were showing ending A, B or C. Luckily for you, Netflix will show you all three endings.


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