What Are The Best Classic Films on Netflix UK Right Now? (29th August 2019)

Netflix have thousands of films available on their streaming service but how do fans of classic films know which ones to watch? Well, here are the top 20 classics on Netflix UK (according to our unique rating system) – why not take a look and let us know which are your favourites?

So, without further ado here are twenty of the best classic movies on Netflix UK as of today (29th August 2019):

1) Schindler’s List
New on Netflix Rating: 90.4%
Year: 1993
Duration: 3hr 15m
Genre: Films Based on Real Life, Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Dramas, Dramas, Tearjerkers, Military Dramas
Oskar Schindler becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz during World War II.
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2) GoodFellas
New on Netflix Rating: 88.4%
Year: 1990
Duration: 2hr 25m
Genre: Films Based on Real Life, Biographical Films, Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Dramas, Crime Films, Gangster Films, Crime Dramas
This definitive gangster saga follows the rise and fall of Henry Hill, whose criminal acumen caught the attention of top mobsters, and later the FBI.
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3) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
New on Netflix Rating: 87.8%
Year: 1966
Duration: 2hr 58m
Genre: Westerns, Italian Films, Classic Films, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, International Action & Adventure
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men comb the American Southwest in search of $200,000 in stolen gold.
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4) Psycho
New on Netflix Rating: 87.8%
Year: 1960
Duration: 1hr 48m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Thrillers, Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Horror Films, Classic Horror Films, Slasher and Serial Killer Films
When a larcenous real estate clerk goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel.
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5) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
New on Netflix Rating: 87.75%
Year: 1975
Duration: 1hr 32m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Comedies, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Adventures, British Films, British Action & Adventure, British Comedies
The Monty Python comedy clan skewers King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they quest far and wide for the Holy Grail.
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6) Some Like It Hot
New on Netflix Rating: 87.2%
Year: 1959
Duration: 2hr 1m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Romantic Films, Classic Comedies, Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Films, Romantic Favourites
When two musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, they get out of town the only way they know how — dressed as women.
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7) Silence of the Lambs
New on Netflix Rating: 86.4%
Year: 1991
Duration: 1hr 58m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Thrillers, Crime Films, Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned cannibal.
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8) Love and Death
New on Netflix Rating: 86.25%
Year: 1975
Duration: 1hr 24m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Comedies, Comedies, Spoofs & Satires
In this spoof of 19th-century Russian literature, a faint-hearted hero who’s drafted for war convinces his beautiful cousin to marry him.
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9) Back to the Future
New on Netflix Rating: 86%
Year: 1985
Duration: 1hr 56m
Genre: Family Comedies, Classic Films, Classic Comedies, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Adventures, Children & Family Films, Comedies
Eccentric inventor Doc Brown turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends his young friend, Marty McFly, 30 years into the past.
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10) Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out
New on Netflix Rating: 84.33%
Year: 1989
Duration: 22m
Genre: Classic Films, British Films, Classic British Films, Children & Family Films, Animal Tales
Wallace and Gromit visit the moon to sample cheese, where they encounter a new friend who is eager to visit Earth and learn how to ski.
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11) Platoon
New on Netflix Rating: 83.6%
Year: 1986
Duration: 1hr 59m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Dramas, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Military Action & Adventure, Dramas, Military Dramas
A naive American soldier’s view of the Vietnam War starts to change after he witnesses murder and rape at the hands of his compatriots.
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12) The Terminator
New on Netflix Rating: 83.4%
Year: 1984
Duration: 1hr 47m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy
In the post-apocalyptic future, tyrannical machines teleport a cyborg to 1984 to a kill a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human rebels.
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13) The Fugitive
New on Netflix Rating: 83%
Year: 1993
Duration: 2hr 10m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure, Crime Films, Mysteries
A doctor wrongly convicted of murder escapes from custody, but as he tries to find the real killer, a gung-ho U.S. Marshal is hot on his trail.
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14) Reservoir Dogs
New on Netflix Rating: 83%
Year: 1992
Duration: 1hr 39m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Thrillers, Crime Films, Gangster Films, Heist Films, Cult Films, Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
In Quentin Tarantino’s raw directorial debut, a botched robbery indicates a police informant, and pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse.
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15) The Princess Bride
New on Netflix Rating: 82.8%
Year: 1987
Duration: 1hr 38m
Genre: Family Comedies, Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Romantic Films, Classic Comedies, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Adventures
This cult classic comedy-romance follows a peasant farmhand as he battles bumbling outlaws and an evil prince to win the hand of his one true love.
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16) Monty Python’s Life of Brian
New on Netflix Rating: 82.75%
Year: 1979
Duration: 1hr 33m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Comedies, British Films, British Comedies, Classic British Films, Comedies, Cult Comedies, Dark Comedies
Born in a stable in Judea, Brian grows up to join a group of anti-Roman zealots, but his fate keeps getting confused with that of a certain carpenter.
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17) Full Metal Jacket
New on Netflix Rating: 82.6%
Year: 1987
Duration: 1hr 56m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Dramas, Dramas, Military Dramas
Marine recruits endure the grueling ordeal of basic training and later face the unrelenting Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive in this grim drama.
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18) Days of Heaven
New on Netflix Rating: 82.2%
Year: 1978
Duration: 1hr 33m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Romantic Films, Classic Dramas, Crime Films, Crime Dramas, Romantic Films, Romantic Favourites, Romantic Dramas
After accidentally killing a man, a steel mill worker moves with his girlfriend to Texas but runs into trouble when a wealthy man falls for her.
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19) Spartacus
New on Netflix Rating: 82.2%
Year: 1960
Duration: 3hr 16m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Classic Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Adventures
This epic saga chronicles the birth of a slave army led by an ex-gladiator named Spartacus that threatens the sovereignty of almighty Rome.
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20) Mean Streets
New on Netflix Rating: 81.8%
Year: 1973
Duration: 1hr 51m
Genre: Classic Films, Classic Dramas, Crime Films, Gangster Films, Crime Dramas, Dramas
In director Martin Scorsese’s look at New York City’s Little Italy, a small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.
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And the runners up…: The Woman in the Window (1944)Howards End (1992)Boyz n the Hood (1991)A Fistful of Dollars (1964)A Fish Called Wanda (1988)The Stranger (1946)Johnny Guitar (1954)Jurassic Park (1993)Misery (1990)Carrie (1976)

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2 thoughts on “What Are The Best Classic Films on Netflix UK Right Now? (29th August 2019)

  1. Yes I agree with you Denise there hardly any 40s and 50s films, what I call classics is the classic john Wayne films classic sci Fi like war of the world’s not the modern version, or classic Sherlock Holmes black and white version its a shame,these Netflix originals are rubbish compare to these.

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