The 15 Best Netflix Movies To Watch This Month

    ...if you know what's good for ya.

    by gabriel bell · October 15, 2015

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    Hard truth: Netflix is way better and picking and developing binge-worthy television series than it is at bubbling up solid movies. Way better. Like, how many Netflix suggestions have you stopped watching halfway through? How many finds on your queue are still sitting there?

    Well, it’s time to end all that, because we’ve done the hard work of combing through Netflix’s offerings and finding the docs, dramas, comedies, and romances that are actually, 100 percent worth watching. More than that, we’ve gathered up a few unrecognized, unwatched gems, season-appropriate Halloween flicks, and other titles relevant for what’s coming up at the box office. 

    Click through for our no-fail picks. Just queue it. (See what we did there?)

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    Short-Term 12 (2013)
    Thanks to the upcoming Room, Brie Larson is about be the young female actor all the serious critics talk about. To get a peek into why she deserves it, check out this overlooked tale of a social worker with problems of her own. It’s got a 99-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

    Watchlist it. 

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    The Punk Singer (2013) 
    The story of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, and Le Tigre lead singer Kathleen Hanna’s colorful, challenging life, The Punk Singer is really the origin story the original Riot Grrrl and your spiritual godmother.

    Watchlist it. 

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    The House of The Devil (2009)
    A sort of throwback look at ‘80s horror, The House of The Devil is certainly creepy, oddly stylish, and features Greta Gerwig and a star turn from the criminally underemployed Jocelin Donahue. Let’s give that lady and this movie the love they never got back in ’09.

    Watchlist it.

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    Another Halloween option, this classic from your childhood 100 percent, totally holds up. We fully advise you make viewing it an annual seasonal ritual.

    Watchlist it. 

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    Frank (2014)
    Michael Fassbender is getting a ton of praise for his performance as Steve Jobs this month. Save a little for his work in the reality-inspired Frank where he spends the entire film with a giant papier-mâché head covering his noggin.

    Watchlist it.

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    Jane Eyre (2011)
    Another solid Fassbender performance comes in this moody, gothy retelling of the classic novel from True Detective season one director, Cary Fukunaga. Mia Wasikowska’s Jane will prep you for her appearance in Crimson Peak this month.

    Watchlist it. 

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    The Awakening (2011)
    On the twin subjects of Halloween happenings and moody, English dramas set in fog-filled, gothic properties staring beautiful, talented actors, The Awakening features Rebecca Hall tracking down ghosts in a haunted boarding school.

    Watchlist it. 

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    Tig (2015)
    We can’t recommend this documentary following Tig Notaro’s battle with breast cancer enough. It is in turns funny, dark, uplifting, and funny again. Very necessary. 

    Watchlist it.

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    Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    It’s funny, we didn’t even notice this future cult classic was on Netflix until the other day. We can’t wait to snuggle up with someone we care about and stream.

    Watchlist it.

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    Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
    Look, it’s yet another witchy movie from our childhoods! If you didn’t grow up with this tale of telekinetic kids, set aside some time.

    Watchlist it.

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    Advanced Style (2014)
    We keep going back to Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen’s exploration of New York’s most fashionable, fantastic senior citizens. Who needs an inspiration board when you’ve got this?

    Watchlist it.

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    Room 237 (2013)
    This mesmerizing documentary about the truly absurd theories fans have about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining isn’t scary because it centers around a horror film. It’s scary because you actually start believing some of it.

    Watchlist it.

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    Fruitvale Station (2013)
    Beautiful and touching, this is still the definitive film about police shootings. Every week it seems it becomes more and more necessary. If you haven’t already watched it, you need to.

    Watchlist it.

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    Nine to Five (1980)
    We love this campy number so much, we could marry it. Dolly Parton is a national treasure and this girl-power movie is, too.

    Watchlist it.

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    Queen Margot (1994)
    Simultaneously trashy and highbrow, this gorgeous bit of bodice-ripping, historically based fiction is nowhere close to the truth—but it is the perfect compliment to a big glass of red wine.

    Watchlist it. 

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