10 Classic Films You Didn't Know Were On Netflix

The gangster, comedy and horror greats hiding amongst the dross

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1 | Mean Streets (1973)
The film that launched one of the greatest partnerships in cinema history, Martin Scorsese directs and Robert De Niro stars in this often forgotten gangster classic.

2 | The Omen (1976)
Richard Donner's acclaimed film – considered one of the greatest horrors of all time – introduced the world to Damien, consequently making everybody both weary of their sons and fearful of passing Dobermans.

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3 | Fargo (1996)
No filmmakers capture the American landscape quite as beautifully as the Coen brothers – here, North Dakota forms the backdrop to a hopeless kidnapping. Steve Buscemi stars.

4 | The Godfather (1972)
Do we really need to describe this one to you? A masterpiece of cinema in every sense; the only shame is Netflix doesn’t have the sequel.

5 | Donnie Brasco (1997)
Another often overlooked entry into the gangster canon. Equipped with a brilliant script, Johnny Depp stars at the FBI agent pitted against Al Pacino’s small-time wise guy.

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6 | Manhattan (1979)
Woody Allen’s black-and-white love letter to New York, Manhattan saw the actor-director reteam with Annie Hall actress – and future wife – Diane Keaton for a film as romantic and hilarious, as it is cinematic. The beautifully captured cityscapes shown to the backdrop of George Gershwin’s jazz score aid in making this quintessential viewing.

7 | Network (1976)
Network, an award-winning satire which saw Peter Finch win a posthumous Best Actor Oscar, still feels as fresh as it did back in the 70s.

8 | Harold and Maude (1971)
This off-kilter exploration of a burgeoning relationship between a morbid young man and an eccentric pensioner began life as a surprise cult hit, but has rightfully drip-fed its way towards classic status.

9 | Serpico (1973)
Al Pacino’s impressive career is backed up even further by this Sidney Lumet crime thriller, in which he stars as real-life figure Frank Serpico, an honest NYPD officer who went undercover in order to expose corruption within the police force.

10 | Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Following the heartrending story of a poor father searching a post-WWII Rome for his stolen bicycle, Vittorio Di Sica’s film is a masterpiece of Italian neorealism. The father-son relationship at its core – played perfectly by Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola – is one of cinema’s most touching, making even the most masculine of men a little misty-eyed.


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