With so many options on Netflix to choose from, it often gets difficult to settle for a good movie. If you are one of those people who enjoys classics but ends up spening an hour trying to find the perfect movie, worry not! Here is a list of 10 excellent Oscar-winning movies that are a must watch:
Oscar for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography
This Spanish masterpiece from 2014 juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with the horror of Spain’s fascism in the 1940s. The movie twists the fantasy of storybook tropes to generate a real life coming-of-age in its young protagonist Ofelia and leaves a lasting impression with its imagination and gut-punch ending.
There Will Be Blood
Oscar for Best Cinematography, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
This 2007 film’s dark, dusty, and relentless commentary on capitalism and the way a society built on competitive greed brings out the absolute worst in those who succeed in it. Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview gives a gripping performance as he seeks riches in the West, first in prospecting and then in oil drilling and distribution, he places money and power above everything else, especially the well-being of others.
Oscar for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects
Emotional, confusing, thrilling; Inception is a moving experience to watch. A high-stake heist into a millionaire’s mind quickly turns into a life or death situation for many. A masterpiece by Christopher Nola, this movie will have you riveted.
The Social Network
Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score
The Social Network is a sympathetic portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg from 2010. The film thrums with youthful restlessness, amplified beautifully by the cinematic score. Even in 2021, this movie remains a remains a compulsively watchable product of its time.
Oscar for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Another classic by Martin Scorcese, Hugo stars Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret, a young boy who finds himself living alone in a 1930s Paris train station after his father dies. Soon enough, he drawn into a mystery involving his departed dad, a nonfunctional automaton of unknown origins, and Georges Méliès, a French pioneer of early film.
The Hateful Eight
Oscar for Best Original Score
Quentin Tarantino’s score unfolds in the tight, claustrophobic confines of an empty way station as a group of seeming strangers huddles together to wait out a nasty blizzard. The truths that emerge during their forced captivity weave into a surprising murder mystery.
Oscar for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Adapted Screenplay
The movie focuses on the inflection points of growing up, taking place over a handful of days in a man named Chiron’s childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The film is tragic, romantic, and intimate — zeroing in on the realities of Chiron’s fractured home environment and budding queer sexuality.
Oscar for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography
This film follows a housekeeper working for a wealthy family in Mexico City. A stunning watch, it allows comfort in her mundane day-to-day, the sting of her boyfriend’s betrayal, and blinding panic and trauma in the film’s final act.
Oscar for Best Documentary Feature
The movie revolves around a a shuttered General Motors factory in Ohio, recently purchased and re-staffed by a Chinese billionaire, for a stunning look at worker exploitation in the modern age. American Factory is an uncomfortable watch that remains steadfastly objective from start to end but still manages to make its point.
Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern)
Marriage Story is a tense tale of a couple ending their marriage, leaving the audience perplexed on whose side to choose. Nonetheless, the story was moving and impactful with romantic storytelling, venturing far beyond the Happily Ever After audiences know so well.