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With the Oscar craziness that happened a couple of days ago, I thought it was appropriate to give a list of my favorite Oscar winning movies on Netflix.
Keep in mind these are my “favorite” not necessarily a list of which ones are the best movies. Also, considering I am a child of the 80’s and 90’s, some older winners such as Wings (1929) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1959) I still have not seen yet (or ever will). Here is my list:
Pulp Fiction: I know that this might be the trendy choice, but the movie still holds up even now and represents everything that people love about Tarentino. For me, the unique backwards structure was amazing, and the movie had to be one of the first movies I ever saw with such gratuitous violence, something that is kind of commonplace in most movies now.
Good Will Hunting: While it can be a bit sappy, you can’t go wrong with star power of having Robin Williams (who won his Oscar for this performance), Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and current best actor winner Casey Affleck all in one film.
Amadeus: I was too young to see this movie in the theater, but the thing that I really loved about it, is how it shows portrays talent and genius. While I find it funny that Amadeus is played by Kroger from Animal House. Regardless, he does a very good job of playing the mercurial genius. Not to mention, Abraham’s performance of Salieri, while historically inaccurate, still was amazing.
Cinema Paradisio: I have always enjoyed the fact that you can find a number of classic foreign films on Netflix, none better than this movie. Considering that the plot is about the magic of movies, you knew that this would have to win an Oscar. Regardless of the award the film is a classic in my mind, and a perfect way to learn or brush up on Italian.
There you have it, obviously this is not a definitive list, there are a ton of Oscar winners on Netflix: Roman Holiday, Spotlight, The Big Short, No Country for Old Men and more are ready to be discovered.