The 24 best classic movies you can watch on Netflix right now
  • There are countless classic films that many of us have always meant to watch, but have never got round to doing so.
  • Netflix has some of the best classic movies out there, from sci-fi masterpieces like "Blade Runner" to period dramas like "Howards End," and horror movies like "The Evil Dead."
  • These classic movies feature amazing actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Sidney Poitier in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Robert Redford in "The Natural," and plenty more.
  • Here are the 24 best ones available to watch on Netflix right now.
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Do you have a huge list of old movies you've never gotten round to watching and always tell yourself "I must watch that one day"?

Well, what better time to start ticking off titles from that list than now?

Netflix has some of the best classic movies from every era of film imaginable, including the 1960s with "The Dirty Dozen" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," the 1970s with "The Wicker Man" and "Dirty Harry," the 1980s with "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Raging Bull," and the 1990s with "Goodfellas" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

Netflix's roster features movies from some of Hollywood's most iconic directors, including Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, and Roman Polanski, as well several Oscar-winning films and cult classics.

Here are the 24 best classic movies (listed alphabetically) you can watch on Netflix right now.

Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the service monthly, so the availability of titles below may change. 

'Blade Runner' (1982)

If Netflix had just a few more Harrison Ford movies in their roster, Ford's classic films would merit their own article. "Blade Runner" is one of many, and this "final cut" of the movie is a treat.

'The Dirty Dozen' (1967)

While there has surprisingly been no official or direct remake of this war movie, it has gone on to inspire a whole host of (or at least parts of) other films.

David Ayer called "Suicide Squad" "'The Dirty Dozen' with superheroes," while Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" has more than a hint of "The Dirty Dozen" about it. Give this original classic a watch, and see why it's so revered amongst Hollywood directors.

'Dirty Harry' (1971)

Clint Eastwood starred in a series of "Dirty Harry" movies but, as is usually the case, the first one is the best. Featuring some of the catchiest one-liners and a pretty gruff Eastwood, this is worth a watch.

'Driving Miss Daisy' (1989)

"Driving Miss Daisy" won four Oscars, including best actress for Jessica Tandy and best picture. It's probably one of those films that you forget is a best picture winner, but Morgan Freeman's Oscar-nominated performance makes this worth a go.

'The Evil Dead' (1981)

Sam Raimi is now best known for his trilogy of Spider-Man movies starring Tobey Maguire, but he started off by making horrors with more than a touch of comedy like this now-cult classic "The Evil Dead."

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986)

John Hughes' classic stars Matthew Broderick as a high schooler enacting every kid's dream: bunking school. This is light-hearted and infectious fun.

'Goodfellas' (1990)

"The Irishman" was nominated for 10 Oscars (but didn't win any) and brought back Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Martin Scorsese to work together. The last time they did was on this near-perfect film — and Pesci won best supporting actor.

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1967)

This was a ground-breaking film for numeral reasons. While Sidney Poitier actually won his Oscar for "Lillies of the Field" three years prior to this, he could have easily won for this film, too, playing an African-American man having dinner at the prejudiced parents of his fiancé's house.

'Howards End' (1992)

There has since been a television series adaptation of this E.M. Forster novel, but it's the Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins movie that remains the definitive version.

Directed by James Ivory (the man who won an Oscar for writing the "Call Me By Your Name" screenplay), Emma Thompson won best actress for her excellent performance.

'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981) (and the three sequels in 1984, 1989, and 2008)

While the fourth instalment of this series (2008's "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") may not be a classic, the original trilogy most certainly are. Beginning with one of the best ever opening sequences in cinema history in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," this pure movie magic from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford.

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (1975)

The low budget of this film only serves to make everything funnier. They couldn't afford horses, so they just used coconuts instead and included that in the movie itself. Genius. This entire film is comedy gold.

'Monty Python's Life of Brian' (1979)

The same also goes for "Life of Brian," which plays on the life of Jesus Christ and religion in general and is one of the funniest couple of hours you'll ever have in front of a screen.

'The Natural' (1984)

Glenn Close was nominated for best supporting actress in this sports drama about a man (Robert Redford) who goes from an unknown to a baseball legend thanks to his amazing talent, hence the title.

'Once Upon a Time in the West' (1968)

Sergio Leone is one of those directors you've probably heard a lot of other directors, like Quentin Tarantino, talk about but may have never seen one of his films. Well, now is a good time to start.

'Philadelphia' (1993)

Starring Denzel Washington as a prejudiced lawyer who takes on a gay Tom Hanks, who is suffering from AIDS, as a client, this is an intelligent, thoughtful drama. Ensure there are tissues nearby.

'Purple Rain' (1984)

You've definitely heard the song, but have you seen the film? This musical, starring Prince, follows a musician who leaves an abusive home and begins to rise to stardom, dealing with several issues along the way.

'Raging Bull' (1980)

Another Martin Scorsese masterpiece, this one winning Robert De Niro an Oscar. De Niro plays real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violent nature brings him success in the ring but trouble outside of it.

'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' (1991)

Kevin Costner's "English" accent is definitely not a classic. Anyhow, what is classic is Alan Rickman's BAFTA-winning performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

It's colorful, fun, dangerous, and a joy to watch. Watch "Prince of Thieves" purely for Alan Rickman. Oh, and Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do it For You)," which was made for this movie.

'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)

A lot of modern horrors go for the immediate, shallow reward of an obvious jump scare — a technique that works in the short-term but is quickly forgotten soon thereafter. The best horror films remain inside your head for days on end and truly unsettles you. That is exactly what "Rosemary's Baby" does.

'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994)

There is a reason "The Shawshank Redemption" is the single highest-rated film on IMDB with a score of 9.4 — it's flawless. It may have lost out on all the Oscars, mostly due to "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump" (1995 really was one of the best years in film ever), but that doesn't diminish its reputation one bit.

Based on a Stephen King short story, director Frank Darabont and stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins created a masterpiece.

'Tootsie' (1982)

Jessica Lange won her first Oscar for "Tootsie," but it's Dustin Hoffman's excellent performance that really stands out in this ahead-of-its-time movie about a struggling actor pretending to be a woman in order to stay in a TV drama.

'True Grit' (1969)

You've probably seen, or at least heard of, the 2010 remake of "True Grit" from the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, but it's always good to go back and watch the original. John Wayne won best actor for this one.

'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' (1993)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. Two of the best actors of their generations, this is a melancholic, tug-on-your-heartstrings drama featuring a measured, restrained performance from a young Johnny Depp.

And if anyone wants to know which of DiCaprio's performances is the best, it's not "The Revenant," it's not "Titanic," it's not "The Wolf of Wall Street," it's not "The Aviator." It's this. He was nominated for best supporting actor but, truly, should have won.

'The Wicker Man' (1973)

Again, this is a story that you probably know more about the remake than the original. While the 2006 version features Nicolas Cage at his most Nicolas Cage, the original, starring Christopher Lee, is far more unsettling.

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