20 Best Movies on Netflix to Watch When Stressed

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Tough week? Instead of aimlessly binging a crappy TV show you can turn to good ol’ movies. Here is a list of no-brainer, easy, happy, lighthearted, and satisfying movies to watch. All of these are not only vouched for by our staff, they are highly-rated by critics and viewers.

Claire Scanlon, 2018
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Set it Up is a movie that can only be recommended as a complete no-brainer. It follows two assistants in busy New York city, both of them overworked and underpaid. They come up with a plan to set their bosses up together (Set it Up) so that when their bosses have personal time they can too. In a lot of ways, it’s the perfect argument to anyone who says that romcom  is dead. . It’s light, it’s easy, and it’s entertaining. At the same time, there is a heartwarming vibe that’s not too cliché and a couple of well-known actors – Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs – that help carry the plot. Don’t expect to be mind-blown but this film will leave you feeling content.

What our users say: its a good movie..little romantic...storyline based on two Personal assistants tried to build love betweeen their bosses. (by DEBASIS)More

Adam Leon, 2016
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Danny (Callum Turner) is a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York. His brother, spending the night in jail, urges him to take his place in a small heist. His job is simple : He would meet Ellie (Grace Van Patten), she would drive him to take a briefcase, and then to a train station where he would exchange the briefcase with a woman holding a green purse. You’ve probably guessed what might go wrong in a plan like this: another woman with another green purse. Danny makes the trade quickly and, being the nervous guy that he is, storms off only to find later that he had taken the wrong briefcase. This is how Danny and Ellie’s little adventure begins as they track down the woman with the green purse throughout New York.
Tramps is a simple romantic comedy filled with genuine charm that will make you fall in love with the characters, and maybe even the two first-time actors that portray them – as they slowly grow closer to each other. The lively soundtrack and engaging writing are all the more reason to watch this lovely little film.

What our users say: Bad acting, bad directing, horrible camerawork, no real story, the whole plot was transparent and watered down. The only good thing about it may have been the music. Maybe this story could have made a decent short film with an actress who could actually act, but I would recommend Adventureland for a love/comedy/adolescent movie. (by tara)More

Edgar Wright, 2007
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One of the many good movies from director Edgar Wright – if you loved Shaun of the Dead, then this Buddy-Cop Homage will make you double over (and question humanity – or lack, thereof) just as much. Sandford is a small English village with the lowest crime and murder rates, so when overachieving police Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) gets sent there because he was so good he intimidated those around him, he just about loses it. From car-chasing, bone-thrilling, head-blowing action, he graduates to swan-calling, thrill-seeking, sleep-inducing madness. But all that’s about to change – for the worse? For the better? You decide. An obscenely funny flick that has an intriguing plot and an even greater set of characters, Hot Fuzz wasn’t named the best film of the Cornetto trilogy for nothing, clearly cementing Pegg and Nick Frost as the ultimate action duo of the genre.

What our users say: Edgar Wright is my favorite director. When disappointed with the blandness and mediocrity of the modern comedy scene, it's very uplifting to refer to any of his films. Hot Fuzz is no exception. Both a parody of buddy cop films and murder mysteries, Wright manages not just a hilariously subversive and clever script, but also pulls a number of memorable and fantastically funny performances, namely from the two leads (and Wright's long time collaborators) Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Like any other film in the Cornetto Trilogy, this classic boasts lightning quick pace and breakneck editing combined with insanely quotable dialogue and sidesplitting comedy. Definitely worth your time. (by GeorgeisAnnoying)More

Martin McDonagh, 2012
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If you like any of the following: Irish accents, Woody Harrelson, Pulp Fiction, or dark comedy;  then this is the movie for you. This mix of violence, mafia, existential talk, and painfully comical situations might not be for everyone, but it has every component to make its target audience very pleased. And given how chaotic and crazy it can get, it should be enjoyed one take at a time, focusing on each delightful scene rather than the overall plot. Directed by Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths makes a perfect comeback after In Bruges, without veering very much from it (consequently if you like this movie make sure you check out In Bruges too).

What our users say: A struggling screenwriter gets caught up in the underworld of Hollywood after his friends kidnap a gangster's beloved shih tzu. Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, this hilarious film is reminiscent of a more darkly funny version of "Raising Arizona." Impeccably funny dialogue from the opening scene to the end. Brilliantly done. (by Michael J Tobias)More

Giuseppe Tornatore, 2013
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A riveting take on one of the most prestigious forms of modern art, The Best Offer is a film laced with symbolism and thick, posh accents. Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) ends up pursuing a socially inept woman through Robert (Jim Sturgess), who guides him in winning her heart, albeit, rather unconventionally. What starts out as something Oldman brushes off to be some poor laid-out scam ends up a mystery he begins obsessing over, turning his life to shambles of sorts.

This uncanny film by Academy Award-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore delivers sharp twists and appropriately-timed surprises in a suspense-thriller served on a silver platter.

What our users say: Had trouble finding it. Eventually found it with the title 'Deception'. (by Guest)More

Jonathan Levine, 2013
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A refreshing shot in the arm to a stagnant genre, Warm Bodies takes a typical boy meets girl plot and pairs it with a paranormal and comical twist. Telling the story of R, a zombie with an insatiable need for human brains, and Julie, one of the few remaining survivors of the apocalypse, the film brings them together in a comedic update of Shakespeare’s best known play. Funny, sweet and exceptionally of the times, Warm Bodies is a great date movie.

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This is the first film directed by actor Macon Blair (so good in both Blue Ruin and Green Room), and while it is shaggy and tonally all over the place, there is a lot to recommend here. First off, I’m a huge fan of the (underrated) Melanie Lynskey, so I was primed to like this movie from the get-go. After Ruth’s (Lynskey) home is broken into, she seeks revenge against the perpetrators with help from her martial arts obsessed neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood, sporting an impressive rat-tail). What starts out as an empowering journey for Ruth & Tony quickly teeters into dangerous and increasingly violent territory. This movie is probably not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of 90s indie films and don’t mind some violence mixed in with your dark humor, then you will enjoy this small, well-acted film.

What our users say: Unique, existential plot with great build up. Great watch. (by Olivia Krumwiede)More

Kelly Fremon Craig, 2016
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A wonderful, witty teen comedy—possibly the best the genre has known in a long time! In a powerhouse performance, Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, a high school junior at peak angst and awkwardness. Her roller coaster journey through family, friends, lovers, or lack thereof, gives her that all-too-common impression for people her age that life is unbearable. Things get more complicated when Nadine’s dad passes and her only friend hooks up with an unexpected person. Her temperament and humor will help her see past her demons to understand what’s important in life, putting you in privileged spectator mode to this highly smart and exciting coming-of-age story.

What our users say: This movie is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. It is aimed towards a younger audience, at least I think, but I love it & recommended it. (by abbeyyy17)More

Noah Baumbach, 2017
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From director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, The Squid and the Whale) The Meyerowitz Stories is a beautiful family comedy otherwise known as that Adam Sandler that doesn’t suck. He plays a recently divorced man, as he usually does, called Danny (as he’s usually called). Danny moves in with his father, played by Dustin Hoffman, who himself is dealing with feelings of failure. As both of them are joined by other members of the family (including Danny’s half-brother, played by Ben Stiller), their family dynamic comes to the surface in a beautiful, sometimes very moving way. This is an amazingly tender movie in which Noah Baumbach proves he’s so good, he can make even Adam Sandler sound genuine.

What our users say: I really loved this movie. Great character development, amazing acting and an overall very engaging plot line. (by yungeun123)More

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Full of twists on classic horror themes, this hilarious and gory comedy will have your sides aching, and still you’ll want more. The plot centers on two rednecks who are trying to have a good time while fixing up a summer home. True to horror movie form, a group of college kids set up camp nearby, and naturally evil begins to happen. This well-written, entertaining story even has some heart to it.

What our users say: A MUST WATCH!! Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time! It's the reason why I have to write this review. This movie didn't hit a home run in the box office but it has a huge cult following now. The ratings on IMDB were horrible about a year after the movie came out. Now it's a little short of where it belongs @ 7.6.Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a classic. It's a movie that can easily be watched over and over and over again, shown to your friends and even memorized. The more you watch it, the more you you'll pick up what you missed in previous viewings. The one-liners in this movie are absolutely spot on, perfect timing and funny as hell.From the scene where Dale get's his shirt stuck in the truck, if you don't think that is the funniest, just stop watching right there. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk have the purest screen chemistry. They both said they would love to do a sequel but the scripts put in front of them so far weren't up to the standards their characters have set. It's a shame but it preserves what they created. Pure perfection.There really isn't anything bad to say about this movie at all. Do yourself a favor and buy this DVD! It's a movie you can watch anytime you want a good laugh no matter how many times you've seen it. (by The 345 Critic)More

Jon Favreau, 2014
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A popular chef loses his job and respect after a bad review. He ends up with a food truck and tries to show the world he still has his creative side, while at the same time trying to fix his broken family. Chef is a heartwarming feel-good movie, after you finish it you will want to cook, love your family, travel, and spread the love. One of my favorite movies, I see myself happily watching it again numerous times.

What our users say: It was good. The only cringe worthy moments were when they were pushing the social media thing too hard. At some moments it looked I was watching a very long Twitter commercial. (by LuisLucho)More

Drew Goddard, 2012
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5 kids go to a cabin in the woods. Heard it all before, right? Wrong. This movie twists, parodies, and praises Horror as a genre, while still maintaining a satisfying story. Joss Whedon once described it as a “loving hate letter to the horror genre.” It’s a hilarious, clever meta-horror-comedy (think Tucker and Dale vs Evil), so don’t go in expecting a hugely terrifying movie. There are elements here of horror, comedy, and drama. The movie tries to explain the cultural need for horror movies. Don’t go in expecting anything at all. The less you know about the movie the more satisfying it will be. Still not convinced? This movie features a unicorn that stabs people.

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The Fundamentals of Caring is an offbeat comedy/drama starring Paul Rudd as Ben, a man attempting to overcome tragedy and looming divorce by becoming the caretaker for a teenager with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts, Submarine). The two develop an unconventional relationship based largely on sarcasm and profanity, delivering many laugh-out-loud moments, while also slowly exposing the pain each is carrying inside. Together, at Ben’s urging, they embark on a road trip across the western United States for Craig to see the world beyond his wheelchair and television. It’s a formulaic yet fun and touching road movie that covers much familiar ground, but also offers a fine illustration of caregiving, personal growth, and emotional healing. Paul Rudd is as good ever, and Roberts is utterly superb. One of the best movies on the Netflix Originals catalogue, and an undeniable winner, all-in-all.

What our users say: Laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes crude, often touching. A profane young man (Craig Roberts) is confined to a wheelchair. His caregiver (Paul Rudd), who is nursing a heartbreak, set out on a cross-country trip. (by Anne Michaud)More

Martin McDonagh, 2008
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In Bruges is a dark comedy about two Irish assassins in a ‘boring’ continental European city. The dark crimes that haunt them and their ineffably vulgar manner of speech contrast gloriously with the quiet beauty of the Flemish architecture and order, like a knife fight in a dollhouse. More endearingly, the relationship between the two killers constantly swings between endearment and distaste. If you liked Four lions or dark comedies in general, then you will love In Bruges.

What our users say: great movie where the town of Bruges plays a key role. The 2 actors have great chemistry together and the script is fresh and has a great ending. (by wnaughton13)More

John Hamburg, 2009
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“Sweet sweet hangin”. I Love You, Man hits a cosiness more movies should aspire to be. It has smart jokes sprinkled throughout the very visible chemistry between Rudd and Segel. Their courtship is hysterical and relatable. I Love You, Man sets a high standard for bromances: they must be fantastic! It is a simple yet a brilliant feel-good movie.

Ritesh Batra, 2013
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“Sometimes even the wrong train takes you to the right destination”. An Indian housewife dealing with her cheating husband and dying father seeks love, attention and appreciation through her cooking. By mistake, the lunchbox she sends to her husband through the famous delivery system of Mumbai is delivered to the wrong address, sparking an unlikely and unique romance through letters packed along with lunch every day. A very sweet, emotional and refreshing movie.

Richard Curtis, 2013
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This movie is about Tim Lake who discovers that men in their family can time travel but can’t change history, only their own lives. He uses this special ability to achieve the future that he envisioned. As one would imagine, there are a lot of what-ifs and cerebral moments in this movie. Great performance by the cast especially the lead roles (Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson). It’ll make you laugh, cry, and fall in love. It will make you realize how important time is in our life and the consequences of every action we take. It’s an amazing romcom movie. It gave me a movie hangover! The genius of About Time is that it is enjoyable yet at the same time offers an engaging story, and takes on interesting ideas. The phrase “pleasure to watch” may not apply to a movie more than it does for About Time, and I’m happy to say that it is way more than just that. 

What our users say: Because I loved the movie, a very much biased review: It's lovely!! I want to travel through this movie again and again. Important messages to go back with, from this movie - can't wait to give life to the ideas I formed during the movie. Reminds us how we live every moment so well. This movie is very naturally developed, in time. A good rhythm, beautiful dialogues, and satisfying shots. (by ashishj)More

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In many ways, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern masterpiece. It is not just a movie, but a psychological experience – one that is sincere to its premise and the troubled nature of the human beings in it. You will be surprised by the depth of its many layers, and the extents to which a similar movie can go. However as you get busy being surprised, it will make you a very happy person.

The perfect word to describe it is “satisfying”. Its character-driven chemistry will catch you even more as its reaches its perfect mix between comedy, warmth, tragedy and depression.

What our users say: I absolutely loved this movie. I originally watched it because of Emma Watson but the amount of thinking this movie had me doing was definitely surprising to say the least. Would definitely recommend to watch and enjoy its childish wonders. (by AGuyWatchingFilms)More

Taika Waititi, 2016
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Taika Waititi’s follow-up to the (also great) What We Do in the Shadows, is a pure delight and the perfect antidote after a bad day or a steady diet of too many sad movies. “Bad egg” Ricky Baker has been bounced out of more foster care situations than he cares to remember until he’s given his last chance with a couple living on a rural New Zealand farm. After tragedy strikes early in the film Ricky and his foster uncle (Hec) find themselves on the run in the bush while a nationwide manhunt is initiated on their behalf. Hip-hop enthusiast Ricky and crusty, cantankerous Hec make quite the inspired pairing; this is a very funny film full of the deadpan humor that has become emblematic of Waititi’s work (Flight of the Conchords, Boy) but it is also oddly touching and full of heart.

What our users say: Hilarious and ultimately goofy. (by rapid)More