We’ve all watched plenty of television in 2020. Here on the Carelink 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 (just in time for Halloween!) this streaming service has something for everyone. Read on for our top recommendations!
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. 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.
2. Hot Fuzz
Top London police officer Nicholas Angel is transferred to the sleepy village of Sandford, Gloucestershire. Sandford has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, but in the run-up to the Village of the Year contest, all is not as it seems. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star alongside acting icons Olivia Colman, Timothy Dalton, and Bill Nighy.
3. Mamma Mia
The classic ABBA jukebox musical gets the Hollywood treatment in this 2008 musical comedy, the third of our top comedy films on Netflix. With performances from Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan, you’ll be singing along to all your favourites. What’s more, the sequel is also available on Netflix!
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. The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch plays genius mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, trying to break the German Enigma code and win the Second World War for the Allies. Based on the real life of Alan Turing, this film is as moving as it is suspenseful.
2. Marriage Story
Have your tissues at the ready for this emotional portrayal of a fraying marriage. Scarlet Johansson and Adam Driver (star of the recent Star Wars films) play a married couple going through a divorce. Laura Dern picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as high-flying divorce lawyer Nora.
At the height of America’s 1960s civil rights movement, Martin Luther King leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. In the face of violent opposition, David Oyelowo’s Dr. King fights tirelessly for equal voting rights.
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. The Woman in Black
Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter series of films, plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, attempting to organised the state of a recently deceased woman. However, Arthur soon finds out she hasn’t fully passed over to the other side.
2. American Psycho
This adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestselling novel is the film that made Christian Bale a star. He plays high-flying banker Patrick Bateman, whose pride and ambition turn deadly.
A twist on the classic zombie genre, this dark horror film sees Martin Freeman bitten by a zombie in the opening scenes. With his wife already infected and only 48 hours before he is turned too, he must find a safe place for their baby daughter before time runs out.
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Note: This article was originally published on 14/10/2020 and updated on 12/07/2021 to reflect current infomation.