- Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix on the weekend.
- This weekend, we recommend watching the criminal justice documentary “Amanda Knox,” and new film “The Two Popes,” which tells a fictionalized story of an encounter between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict.
- There’s also plenty of older films available to watch, like 1999 thriller “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and cult teen horror movie “The Craft.”
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Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That’s why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend.
The critically acclaimed “The Two Popes,” starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and “Game of Thrones” actor Jonathan Pryce as his successor, Pope Francis, was recently added to the streaming service.
There are also plenty of great documentaries available to watch, like “Voyeur,” about a Peeping Tom motel owner who spies on his guests as they have sex, and “Amanda Knox,” which focuses on the titular subject as she opens up about her ordeal as a murder suspect in Italy.
Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend.
“The Two Popes” takes an intimate look at one of modern religion’s most memorable moments.
Netflix description: “At a key turning point for the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI forms a surprising friendship with the future Pope Francis. Inspired by true events.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 90%
Starring Anthony Hopkins and “Game of Thrones” actor Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes” is a surprisingly dramatic film, given that there’s not a whole lot of action involved. But the film does an excellent job portraying the ramifications of Pope Benedict’s resignation, and the struggles that Pope Francis faced before he was named Benedict’s successor.
Plus, Hopkins and Pryce give memorable performances that stay true to their real-life counterparts while also giving the story new life.
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” is a sunny, gorgeous, and ultimately terrifying thriller.
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Netflix description: “A charming sociopath maneuvers into the lush life of a young heir. But as he embraces the posh lifestyle, he’ll stop at nothing to hold onto it.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 83% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 80%
Starring Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow, and set mostly on the Italian coast, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” uses its warm, inviting setting as a contrast to the horror that quickly unfolds once Tom Ripley (Damon) joins Dickie Greenleaf (Law) and his young fiancée (Paltrow) in Italy. The film is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, and is a must-watch for fans of psychological thrillers and period pieces.
“Amanda Knox” finally sets the record straight on one of the most controversial murder cases in recent memory.
- Amanda Knox
Netflix description: “She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder. Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out in this illuminating documentary.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 83% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 71%
Amanda Knox’s trial and eventual acquittal made headlines around the world, and this engaging documentary finally lets the exonerated Knox tell her story in her own words. While there are a few questions that the doc doesn’t answer, it’s overall an informative explanation of Knox’s ordeal, and a quiet condemnation of the Italian justice system.
“The Craft” is a campy cult classic with a slyly feminist message.
- Columbia Pictures
Netflix description: “At a Catholic school, a new girl falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against anyone who crosses them, even their parents.”
Audience score: 65%
While “The Craft” is, first and foremost, a ’90s teen horror film, it’s also an interesting exploration of female power and autonomy, set in a cliquey Catholic school. It’s definitely campy (and sometimes that can belie the film’s subtle message of female empowerment) but overall, “The Craft” is an instantly-iconic cult horror film that’s worth a watch if you’re into the supernatural and/or ’90s girl power.
“Pan’s Labyrinth” expertly juxtaposes the harsh realities of the Spanish civil war with an elaborate and fantastical underworld.
- New Line Cinema
Netflix description: “Young Ofelia meets a mythical faun who claims she is destined to become princess of the Underworld. But first she must carry out three perilous tasks.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 95% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 91%
One of director Guillermo del Toro’s best films, “Pan’s Labyrinth” is equally a commentary on the Spanish fascist regime and an exploration of a terrifying imaginary world. But the film’s monsters aren’t all make-believe – “Pan’s Labyrinth” focuses on Ofelia as she, along with her mother, goes to live with her new stepfather, a brutal authoritarian military leader. Tender and chilling all at once, “Pan’s Labyrinth” is definitely worth a watch.
“Voyeur” is a mind-bending and thoroughly engaging documentary.
Netflix description: “Legendary journalist Gay Talese unmasks a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades. But his bombshell story soon becomes a scandal of its own.”
Audience score: 64%
This documentary quickly morphs from a detailed profile of a sexual offender to an examination of modern journalism. And if that doesn’t entice you, just know that motel owner Gerald Foos’ proclivity for spying on guests having sex isn’t the weirdest part of the documentary by far.
Overall, “Voyeur” explores one man’s sexual preferences while also examining the way in which a journalist seeks to profit off of it.
“I Lost My Body” is nominated for best animated feature at the Oscars this year.
Netflix description: “Romance, mystery, and adventure intertwine as a young man falls in love and a severed hand scours Paris for its owner in this mesmerizing animated film.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 88%
Vividly animated and featuring a unique storyline, “I Lost My Body” is one of the most intriguing animated films to be released in recent years – and Oscar voters definitely noticed.
Although the premise can sound a little quirky, the French film is engaging and surprisingly tender, and ends in an extremely satisfying way. And while it’s normally preferable to watch foreign films with subtitles, actors Dev Patel and Alia Shawkat provide the English dialogue, and make a compelling case for watching a dubbed version.