The Oscar-Winning Movies Available On Netflix

The Oscar-Winning Movies Available On Netflix

Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson

It’s mid-January; our New Year’s resolutions may be fraying and our wallets have probably looked better. Tamping down your 2019 enthusiasm, you may have started refusing invites to nights out and social gatherings ‘because of money’ or to drive your Dry January resolution. It comes as a relief, then, that Netflix, our ever-faithful entertainment companion, not only has a full range of British crime dramas, but also a list of Oscar-winning movies to see you through to February and beyond.

Now with a dedicated ‘Oscar-winning movies’ category, it’s never been easier to revisit past winners in the lead-up to February’s Academy Awards. Below are just a selection of Oscar-winning standouts for you to queue and stream to your heart’s content.

Boyhood (2014)

Vignettes, filmed with the same cast, span twelve years of family life as seen through the eyes of a child (Ellar Coltrane). Also starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the latter of whom scooped the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. A stellar soundtrack includes tunes from Coldplay and Arcade Fire.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

Room (2015)

Based on the novel inspired by the Fritzl case, Room explores the story of a woman (Brie Larson, Best Actress) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive. When they gain their freedom, the boy experiences the world outside the room for the first time in his life.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) comes across the grisly aftermath of a drug deal and cannot resist taking the cash that has been left behind. A merciless killer Chigurh (Javier Bardem) picks up Moss’s trail, as does Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) and the hunter becomes the hunted. This film scooped four Oscars; Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Director (Ethan and Joel Coen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ethan and Joel Coen).

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

A must-see for Matthew McConaughey fans, this film scooped a triple; Best Actor (McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) and Best Makeup. Set in 80s Texas, an electrician (McConaughey) finds out that he has AIDS and resorts to alternative therapies and drug smuggling to extend his thirty-day life sentence.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Good Will Hunting (1997)

In my entirely biased opinion, as soon as a film mentions Robin Williams then I deem it worth watching. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor. After solving a graduate-level maths problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard). After Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Lambeau makes a deal for leniency with the condition that he is treated by therapist Sean Maguire (Williams). This film scooped Best Original Screenplay (Damon and Ben Affleck) and Best Supporting Actor (Williams).

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

Milk (2008)

Based on the true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a notable public office, as he struggles to promote gay rights in 1970s America. Sean Penn plays the lead role and won Best Actor. The film also won Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black).

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

The Departed (2006)

Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes undercover to infiltrate the gang organisation of Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy goes further undercover, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department. Both organisations learn that there is a mole in their midst and Billy and Colin are left to figure out each other’s identities to save their own lives. Another quadruple whammy, The Departed scooped Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Monahan) and Best Film Editing.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

An unequivocal favourite of mine, starring Kate Winslet as Clementine who undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend, Joel (Jim Carrey), from her mind. Effortlessly poignant whilst retaining a sci-fi-esque genre, Carrey and Winslet share a beautiful on-screen chemistry.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Pat Soltano (Bradley Cooper) has lost his job and wife and after spending time in a mental institution, he ends up living with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver). Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress) and the two bond over taking medication for medical illness and begin to fall in love as they team up for a dance competition.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

Cold Mountain (2003)

Possibly one of my favourite roles that Renée Zellweger has portrayed, she took Best Supporting Actress for this film. This classic love story also stars Jude Law as a wounded Confederate soldier who is trying to make it home to his wife, Ada (Nicole Kidman).

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

Schindler’s List (1993)

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is ready to make his fortune from World War II and joins the Nazi party. He staffs his factory with Jewish workers for pragmatic reasons but as the SS begin exterminating Jews, Schindler finds himself protecting his staff for reasons that extend beyond economics. Schindler’s List gained a horde of Oscars; Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Original Music Score (John Williams), Best Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

Based on the novel of the same name, British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz, Best Supporting Actress) and when tragedy strikes, Justin embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

A fantastical drama that continues to disturb me, no matter how many times I have watched it. Set during World War II, Captain Vidal (Sergi López), a murdering sadist, is sent to flush out rebels from a remote forest in Spain. He is accompanied by his wife, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), and his 11-year-old daughter, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who is drawn into Pan’s Labyrinth, a magical world of fantastical creatures. The creation of these creatures and the disturbing labyrinth led to Oscar recognition with Best Makeup, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

What better way to end this feature than with Quentin Tarantino at his best. The iconic Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson as hitmen with a penchant for philosophy. The post-modern crime drama follows multiple storylines and timescales through chapter-like sequences that interweave a stellar cast and an excellent soundtrack. Tarantino and Roger Avary received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

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