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I'll never forget the feeling I got when I watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for the first time. In essence, it was a romance, but the angle from which the story was told made it so much more - it was a movie on memory, time, and personal growth.Donnie Darko, Life of Pi, and Requiem for a Dream to name a few are also great examples of how a thought-provoking movie can come in all shapes and forms. Romance, science fiction, drama or even genre-less creations such as Being John Malkovich; the less expectations we have from a movie the more it makes us think.But, as the lords of Netflix have it, not all these movies are available to stream. Plus, who hasn't seen Donnie Darko? (if you're that person, stop reading this list and go watch it).We list the top five movies that make you think on Netflix!

2019 is a crucial year for Netflix. Apple and Disney have announced their plans to come up with their own streaming platforms, and this is putting Netflix at an awkward position. They're dealing with this threat in the only way they know how to: doubling down on original content. Here are our favorites so far, we will be completing this list as the year goes - so make sure you bookmark or save it!

Now more than ever, film lovers expect substance from their movies. Storylines that are hard to believe or stereotypical endings have gotten more difficult to swallow, and will immediately ruin a film for most of us.Luckily, many low and medium budget filmmakers feel the same way. The emergence of slice-of-life movies has been a trend that streaming giants like Netflix have welcomed with open arms. Not only are audiences seeking these films, but their personal and often low-budget nature makes them less big-screen material and more of an at-home watch.So, without further ado, here are agoodmovietowatch's top ten picks for the best slice-of-life movies on Netflix.

After our list for the best movies on Netflix was shared to reach millions of subscribers, we have compiled another list for shows, with just as much care. Like all entries on agoodmovietowatch.com, these are highly-rated and little-known recommendations; they're shows you have yet to watch, and you'll love them once you do. You can find all the highly-rated, little-known show suggestions here. agoodmovietowatch is your gateway to on-demand streaming services, but instead of recommending the same movies and shows to you you've been hearing about for the past 20 years, we focus on the good ones that were overlooked. To do this, we only recommend titles that have received a high rating from viewers combined with a high score from critics. This means that these entries have been appreciated by both, so you can trust that they’re awesome. We also only suggest titles  that didn’t make a huge splash at the box office or which didn’t get the attention they deserved, so there is little chance you have already seen them.

At this point, Amazon Prime is becoming less of a crappy alternative to Netflix more of a wide and extensive catalog. However, not many people have been paying attention to this shift. Take Homecoming for example. It's an amazing show starring Julia Roberts and directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot). If it was a Netflix Original it would have been one of the most talked about shows right now. But because it is on Amazon Prime, very few people have seen it. This list is a quick guide to similar titles. Below are the best shows on Amazon Prime you're probably missing out on.

Amazon Prime is a mine of hidden gems if you're looking for quality movies. Netflix might invest more in new original content, most of which is average at best, but Amazon Prime has had a solid acquisition push over the past couple of months. So the moment you know how to navigate it, you will think of Amazon Prime differently - less as something you go on every time there is a new The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season, and more as a source of good movies. Below is a list of the best movies on Prime that you probably don't know were there, but for a full look at what the big streaming platform has to offer - you can visit our Amazon Prime page. 

Do you know the old saying "finding a good movie to watch solves one problem, finding a good TV show solves one problem x number of seasons x number of episodes"? No? Really?OK, I made it up, but it sounds like something future generations will say once this list is shared across the globe. Just remember, you first read it here. With Netflix throwing more and more money into television, it's hard to keep track of what's out there that's worth your time. And this is why, just like we did for movies, we're putting together this list of the best TV shows you've probably missed. Below are handpicked highly-rated and award-winning shows that you should definitely watch.

Finding what to watch on Netflix is easy, finding good things to watch is hard. There is so much movement in the Netflix catalog it sometimes confuses even the journalists covering the platform. Our job is to go through that catalog and waste time so that you wouldn't have to. We hunt down the best things to watch at any one time, and in the end we summarize everything in a list like this one. So after our list of 23 best-on-Netflix list, this is our shorter, tighter recap for the best movies we've been recommending on Netflix lately. Because we only suggest highly-rated, little-known movies, there is a big chance that you've missed these picks. 

You’ve probably already started seeing them everywhere. Lists like this one have become an integral part of the festivities. I know people who are more excited about the end of year Spotify list than actual Christmas.But the movie ones get boring pretty quickly. Yes, we’ve all seen A Star is Born, couldn’t The New York Times, Vulture, The New Yorker, and whoever just issue a joint statement or something? Instead, big media is repetitive, and yes, I said it, boring. (Seriously though, if you haven’t seen A Star is Born yet, go watch it, it’s freaking amazing). What was I saying? Ah yes, instead of sending more people to watch Black Panther (who hasn’t seen Black Panther at this point?), there are movies that have been left out of the public eye – and undeservingly so. I hope this list will help balance things a little bit, and that it would be a reference for some of you to catch-up on the amazing gems 2018 has given us. Yes, that, and don’t forget to watch A Star is Born.

Let’s be honest, Netflix's suggestions suck.At best, Netflix tries to go by our viewing history. This doesn't work well if you share your account with other family members. At worst, they prominently display what they recently spent money on (and often shouldn’t have). They rarely suggest what is actually good.There's a reason why they now hide user ratings and have replaced them with “match percentages."One big and obvious problem is that this limits our exposure to new and different types of content. Another major issue, and this one bothers me more than anything, is that they run out of quality content and recommend mediocre stuff.If you go on someone else’s Netflix account, preferably someone you don’t share the same tastes with, you can notice the lengths to which algorithms go to keep them watch that same mediocre stuff.If your friend or family member likes or once liked war movies, Netflix will forever label that person as a fan of war movies. The algorithms will probably show them “Fighting Terrorism in The Jungle 4: Salvation” starring Robert Redford (fictional Netflix Original war movie. If they make it, I'll claim copyright) than an algorithmically unrelated comedy that won an Oscar last year.Noone's taste can be or should be constrained into categories. And it should be allowed to change. Why are we letting a corporation decide our viewing choices anyway?At the expense of sounding too internet-Che-Guevara, I will leave you with this list of good movies, selected for you by yours truly. We’re doing our best as a movie recommendation website to give people alternatives to what crappy algorithms are putting in front of you.That is also why we have recently started a newsletter called “Film Nerds vs. Algorithms.”Join us, share this list, watch the movies, or ask your friends for what’s good. Don't be part of Netflix's flock of sheeple. Don't let it reduce you to categories. This has more significant consequences for you, and our collective cultural lives than might it be apparent now. Unless, of course, you don’t mind only watching Robert Redford reruns for the rest of your life.

Yes, The Shawshank Redemption and Mulholland Drive are both fantastic movies, but what is the point of reminding you of that in every list?Beyond frequent cult overstatements and box office revenue correlations, we decided to count down the 100 best and most unjustly little-known movies. A list of real suggestions you can make your way through.Our purpose at agoodmovietowatch is to reference movies you haven’t yet seen, that you can watch immediately and love. To do this, we only recommend movies that have received a high rating on IMDb combined with a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. This means that these movies have been appreciated by both critics and viewers, so you can trust that they’re awesome. We also only suggest movies that didn’t make a huge splash at the box office or which didn’t get the attention they deserved, so there is little chance you have already seen them.

Living in Canada or traveling for a little while, you must wonder if there are worthy movies that Netflix Canada has that its southern neighbor does not. The answer is yes, and there is plenty of choice too. We've always said that it doesn't matter which country has the larger collection, what matters is what's in that collection. Canada has better quality movies than the US. That's just a fact. We've been saying this since 2016:In terms of quality, Netflix Canada actually has a better selection than Netflix US. Movies that Canada has and not America:— Bilal Zou (@BilalZou) March 22, 2016If you're looking for a list of the best movies on Netflix Canada, period, this way. And for Netflix US.

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