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5 Films on Netflix You Need to Watch

We’re all aware of the many Netflix Originals everyone is obsessed with (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I’m looking at you), but there are also so many films on Netflix which came out separately and have just quietly slipped into Netflix’s repertoire. Most of these I seemed to stumble upon whilst browsing Netflix, but had seen in other formats previously, and all of them I wish everyone would watch. 

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1. Atonement


I first saw this film after having bought the DVD in a charity shop a few years ago. And, wow, it simply blew my mind. Having read the book earlier this summer, I just became more obsessed. I love the way this story plays with narrative and questions right and wrong and how the upper classes tend to escape consequences.

2. We’re the Millers


If you need a light-hearted, silly film to cheer you up, then this is one for you. I only saw this film for the first time a couple of months ago when I was babysitting and I wish I had watched it earlier. Also, the bloopers are some of the best I’ve ever seen (if you know, you know).

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3. The Intern


For ages, I turned my nose up at this film because I thought it was an office love story between a younger woman intern and her older male boss. As it turns out, none of that is true.

After Leena Norms recommended this film in a YouTube video, I thought I’d give it a shot, and it’s now one of my favourite films. It warms my heart and shows the realities of women rising up in the workplace. And who wouldn’t love Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway’s cross-generational friendship?

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4. Age of Adaline


When I first watched this film, I was fully expecting a full on romcom, and whilst it is undoubtedly a romance, it’s so much more than that. I think this film shows how much we need human comfort and relationships. The bit where Harrison Ford recognizes Blake Lively gets me every time. 

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5. Their Finest


This film makes me laugh, cry with both heartbreak and nostalgia and buzz with inspiration. Gemma Arterton is incredible, and the story is beautiful in so many ways, and there are also so many ways which I connect to it (and not just because several of the locations used for filming were part of my childhood). My only criticism is that the cast is completely white - but apart from that, I can't fault it.

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