Television is a favourite pastime of people all across the country. Here on the Carelink24 blog, we’ve already talked about Netflix for older people. Today, however, we’ll be focusing on some of the best films on Netflix for older viewers. From side-splitting comedies to dramatic tear-jerkers to some nail-biting horror flicks, this streaming service has something for everyone.
The Netflix library is constantly changing, with movies and shows coming and going throughout the year. These are our top recommendations based on the current selection.
Top 3 Comedy Films on Netflix
There are so many great comedy films on Netflix – after some deliberation, we’ve narrowed it down to just 3 top picks. Laughter is the best medicine, after all!
1. Don’t Look Up
If you want comedy with a helping of social satire, this could be the film you’re looking for. When scientists discover a meteor is headed towards Earth that will wipe out life as we know it, they try to warn the world…only for the media and general public to shrug it off and focus on the next exciting trend. It highlights the problems of our time whilst also provoking plenty of laughs, making it well worth a watch.
2. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
While this film might be a national treasure nowadays, you’ll probably remember how controversial it was to begin with! Did you know that it was banned in Ireland and Norway? A man named Brian is mistaken for Jesus Christ in this farcical comedy, which some have called the greatest comedy film of all time.
3. Flushed Away
From the creators of Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away is an exciting, family-friendly comedy about a pampered rat who ends up in the sewers of London. Discovering a thriving community of rodents, and a conspiracy to flood their town, our hapless hero is forced to step beyond his lavish lifestyle and help those in need. This is a hidden gem that is sure to entertain you, regardless of age.
Top 3 Drama Films on Netflix
If you’re in the mood for something a little more serious, look no further than these drama films on Netflix.
1. Outlaw King
Set in the Middle Ages, amidst the rebellion of Robert the Bruce against English rule, this historical drama offers a balance of introspection and action. With an eye for accuracy, as well as deep character development and a willingness to portray the grey morals of warfare, this is a film that is sure to please fans of Gladiator and Braveheart.
2. The Iron Lady
Telling the story of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady boasts an outstanding performance from Meryl Streep as she steps into the eponymous prime minister’s shoes. It is a story that highlights the adversity faced by Thatcher. Whether you love her or loathe her, this is an insightful story full of outstanding performances.
3. Marley and Me
More emotional than you might expect, Marley and Me follows a married couple as they start a new life together. Inviting the mischievous Marley into their home, who proceeds to challenge their relationship and patience. Despite this, the film is a heart-warming tale of unconditional love and has lessons we can all learn from. You may want to keep some tissues on hand, however.
Top 3 Horror Films on Netflix
Finally, we’re sharing our favourite horror films on Netflix. These movies certainly aren’t for the faint-hearted…
1. His House
Providing horrors both supernatural and real, this film follows a refugee couple as they battle the dehumanising UK asylum system and an insidious element within their new home. With nowhere left to turn, they must face their pasts to overcome the threats to their happiness. The performances are noteworthy, the story impactful. This is a horror that will stick with you after watching.
2. Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep
Adapting the world famous author’s sequel to legendary story ‘The Shining’, Doctor Sleep follows Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) as he faces the ghosts of his past – metaphorically and literally. This film revisits old frights and introduces new ones, offering a satisfying element of closure to those who enjoyed Kubrick’s infamous adaptation.
A mind-bending sci-fi tale, Annihilation follows a team of researchers as they enter an area known as ‘The Shimmer’. Here, nothing is as it seems, and danger lurks all around. With amazing visuals and a thought-provoking plot, this is a horror film that is far from mindless frights and instead focuses on the fear of the unknown.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 5th September 2022 to reflect current information.