Netflix offers a wide array of movie streaming goodness, but sometimes the sheer number of films available can be overwhelming. Here, we’ve rounded up the 50 best movies streaming on the platform right now, available on US Netflix.

While the new year is well underway, there's no escaping that it's still winter, and will continue to be so for a fair while longer. While the outlook continues to be grey and grim, there is a light in the form of Netflix, the streaming platform which stands in for a myriad of activities – from vegging out on the couch to date night (wink wink). The only problem comes when it's time to choose a film from the platform's bottomless scroll of ideas.

To help out here, we’ve rounded up the 50 best of them for your viewing pleasure. So, get the popcorn popping, fix yourself a drink and hunker down with our pick of the best Netflix fare currently available.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Director: Wes Craven

Years after being burned alive by a mob of angry parents, child murderer Freddy Krueger returns to haunt the dreams and waking hours of small-town teens in this spine-chilling slasher classic from director Wes Craven.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Director: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Schindler's List (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Gremlins (1984)

Director: Joe Dante

When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.

The Prestige (2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy – full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Chicago (2002)

Director: Rob Marshall

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Director: Mel Brooks

A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg

A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Director: Woody Allen

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Memento (2000)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory, even tattooing his own body in a desperate bid to remember.

Paris is Burning (1990)

Director: Jennie Livingston

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Magic Mike (2012)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Superbad (2007)

Director: Greg Mottola

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (Available from February 4)

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Director: Olivier Assayas

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career. (Available from February 12)

Milk (2008)

Director: Gus Van Sant

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (Available from February 16)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Directors: Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner's cult satire about a fictional heavy metal group named Spinal Tap spoofs nearly every facet of rock 'n' roll excess.

From This Day Forward (2015)

Director: Sharon Shattuck

Shattuck’s father's transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother to accept, but her parents remained married. As Sharon approaches her own wedding day, she returns home to Michigan to ask her parents how their love survived against all odds.

I Am Sun Mu (2015)

Director: Adam Sjöberg

Operating under a pseudonym which means 'no boundaries' - North Korean defector Sun Mu creates political pop art based on his life, homeland, and hope for a future united Korea. His hidden identity is nearly compromised when a massive historical exhibit in Beijing is shuttered by Chinese and North Korean authorities.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Director: Robert Mulligan

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Barry (2016)

Director: Vikram Gandhi

A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Spotlight (2015)

Director: Tom McCarthy

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Director: Wes Anderson

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Hard to be a God (2013)

Director: Aleksei German

A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Director: David Gelb

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Man on Wire (2008)

Director: James Marsh

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Director: David Lowery

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Waking Life (2001)

Director: Richard Linklater

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Director: Robert Wise

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.

The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Director: Bruce Lee

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Director: Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s incisive quirky comedy build up stars complex characters like in The Royal Tenenbaums with Bill Murray on in the leading role. An ocean adventure documentary filmmaker, Zissou is put in all imaginable life situations and a tough life crisis as he attempts to make a new film about capturing the creature that caused him pain.

White God (2014)

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

Grizzly Man (2005)

Director: Werner Herzog

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Director: Paul McGuigan

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss.

Breaking A Monster (2015)

Director: Luke Meyer

Chronicling the break-out year of the band Unlocking the Truth, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter stardom and the music industry.

Hush (2016)

Director: Mike Flanagan

A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan Singer

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

Rats (2016)

Director: Morgan Spurlock

A history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

The Imitation Game (2014)

Director: Morten Tyldum

During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

The Doors (1991)

Director: Oliver Stone

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Director: Liz Garbus

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Grease (1978)

Director: Randal Kleiser

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

In the Loop (2009)

Director: Armando Iannucci

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Upstream Color (2013)

Director: Shane Carruth

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

Zootopia (2016)

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

The Babadook (2014)

Director: Jennifer Kent

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

The Return to Homs (2013)

Director: Talal Derki

A look behind the barricades of the besieged city of Homs, where for nineteen-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.

For the biggest movie releases coming in 2017, check out our list of the 40 films to look out for.

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