7. The Untouchables 4 stars out of 3,366,448 ratings.
I touched on The Untouchables earlier this year with our feature on Netflix’s best crime offerings and it’s back as one of the most popular dramas. The movie trades in historical accuracy for flash, but you’re more than likely not going to care when the bullets begin to fly with Capone’s gang. Stellar performances from Costner, Connery and De Niro deliver the story of Eliot Ness’ attempt to take down Chicago organized crime. Rotten Tomatoes 89, IMDB 8.0
8. Titanic 3.9 stars out of 16,908,453 ratings.
Yes, it’s been parodied probably a million different ways and there’s a certain cheese factor to the love story, but if you can get past that, Titanic is one hell of a movie. Not only is it the highest grossing film of all time, but 16 million ratings — damn, people on Netflix are watching the hell out of this thing. If you don’t have the stamina to sit through all three and half hours, the ship sinking scene with the guy bouncing off the propeller is at least worth a stream. Rotten Tomatoes 69, IMDB 7.7
9. Flight 3.9 stars out of 2,192,533 ratings.
I haven’t seen Flight, but from what I’ve heard it’s both one of Denzel Washington’s stronger performances in recent years and a return to form for director Robert Zemeckis after a decade of forgettable offerings. Washington plays an airline pilot who after saving his passengers in a crash landing comes under fire for a drinking problem. John Goodman rounds out the cast, which alone should be enough to give it a shot. Rotten Tomatoes 75, IMDB 7.3
10. Chinatown 3.9 stars out of 2,131,128 ratings.
If we were ranking this list on sheer cinematic brilliance alone, Chinatown would be at the top but it’s here at least, so all is right. Arguably director Roman Polanski’s best film and some of Jack Nicholson strongest work, the noir crime classic of a detective caught in a web of lies and murder just recently became available for streaming and is worthy of all its hyperbolic accolades. Rotten Tomatoes 93, IMDB 8.3
11. Donnie Brasco 3.9 stars out of 2,092,739 ratings.
Just like Chinatown, Donnie Brasco wasn’t yet up for streaming when we rolled out our Netflix’s best of crime piece, so consider this your chance to catch up. Al Pacino tones it down from his role in Heat two years prior and he’s all the better for it as a hapless mobster who brings undercover agent Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) into New York’s Colombo crime family. Rotten Tomatoes 89, IMDB 7.8
12. The World’s Fastest Indian 3.9 stars out of 1,559,679 ratings.
Based on a true story, Indian tells New Zealander Burt Munro’s pursuit to set the land-speed world record in 1967 with custom built 1920 Indian motorcycle. The storyline might feel a bit old-fashioned, but in the feel-good way with Anthony Hopkins delivering a terrific performance that’s just as uplifting as your Rudy’s and Rocky’s. Rotten Tomatoes 90, IMDB 7.9
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