'A Knight's Tale' to 'Jurassic Park', here are the top 10 classics you shouldn't miss streaming in August
Though there are several new and exciting films coming to Netflix this August, several classic films will be hitting the streaming service as well. Netflix has released a full list of everything that it will be releasing next month, and we take a look at the top 10 classic movies that we're looking forward to rewatching.
Tobey Maguire stars as Tom Smith in this timeless tale about a jockey paired with a horse with a slight, limp and the relationship that develops between them. Despite their disadvantages, both jockey and racehorse form a bond and overcome the many challenges in their way.
9. Being John Malkovich
This bizarre comedy, featuring the film debuts of Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, quickly became a cult classic film. The story follows a puppeteer who takes up an unusual new job to keep his family fed. While working late one night, he discovers a portal that takes him right into the mind of Hollywood star John Malkovich. The film stars Catherine Keener, John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and of course John Malkovich himself.
8. The NeverEnding Story
When it comes to classics, you don't get more iconic than the fantasy children's film, 'The NeverEnding Story.' When a child steals a magic book from a strange bookstore, he finds himself lost in the legend of a similar boy trying to save the mythical world of Fantasia. Both reader and protagonist soon find that they may be the only ones who can save Fantasia which slowly becomes more real than it first seemed.
7. Death at a Funeral
On the lighter side of things, 'Death at a Funeral' is a Black-starring comedy that tells the story of Aaron, whose father's funeral turns into a hilarious affair when the wrong body is delivered to them — and that's just the start of a day that continually goes from bad to worse. The film is directed by Neil LaBute and boasts an extensive stellar cast, including Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Regina Hall, Danny Glover, and Peter Dinklage.
6. Jurassic Park
Though Netflix is also releasing 'The Lost World' and 'Jurassic Park III', it's the original film that truly captured a generation's imagination. One of Steven Spielberg's most famous films, it broke the mold in terms of what special effects were capable of. With new 'Jurassic Film' movies being filmed today, it's worth rewatching the movie that started it all.
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This strange, romantic drama tells a love story in reverse. Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, the movie features two people who, after a fateful meeting on a train, enter into a relationship with each other. They completely unaware of their previous attempt at a relationship, their memories having been clinically removed.
4. The Addams Family (1991)
While the recent 'The Addams Family' animated film may not have been as big a success as the producers were hoping for, the original live-action film will soon be available for everyone to watch. Based on the cartoon created by Charles Addams, the 1991 film cemented the characters in the public consciousness with a popularity that has yet to be matched. The movie covers a macabre, gothic family dealing with an unscrupulous loan shark attempting to cheat them out of their family fortune.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie follows Louis Bloom, a petty thief, who realizes that he can make money by capturing photographs of criminal activities and starts resorting to extreme tactics to get them. The film has earned nearly universal acclaim from both critics and fans alike for its extreme take on media obsession.
2. Les Miserables (2012)
Based off of the French historical classic by Victor Hugo, 2012's epic historical period musical film captured the hearts of viewers worldwide. Starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Eddie Redmayne, the film follows the story of Jean Valjean, a prisoner, breaks parole in order to start life anew, right in the heart of the French revolution.
1. A Knight's Tale
This 90s medieval tale that blends pop-fashion with period action-comedy stars the late heartthrob Heath Ledger in one of his most famous roles. Ledger plays the low-class William Thatcher who steals his master's armor after the latter's death and enters into a jousting tournament, passing himself off as a knight. The film also stars Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell.