The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now

At a loose end this evening? Here are the best films, TV shows and documentaries Netflix can put on a screen near you (UPDATED with new entries for October 2014)

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Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from – and that can be a problem.

More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch – before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.

Never fear; we've rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from rom-coms to superhero movies to obscure documentaries. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.

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House of Cards

Netflix has amassed an impressive library of TV shows, but HBO – home of top-tier drama like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones – has always spurned its advances.

Netflix's solution? Level the playing field by throwing money at its own prestige series. House of Cards is the jewel in its crown, with David Fincher behind the camera and Kevin Spacey in front of it as scheming Democratic Majority Whip Frank Underwood. Its depiction of the White House as a cesspool of self-interested career politicians is light years away from The West Wing – and seeing Spacey's Machiavellian plots unfold is a delight.

The House of Cards Trilogy

No, that's not a typo. Once you've finished motoring through the Netflix series, you're ready to tackle the 1990s BBC drama that it's (loosely) based on. Where Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood is all smooth Southern charm, Ian Richardson's Francis Urquhart is positively reptilian – a Shakespearian villain in a post-Thatcher Britain.

Yes, it doesn't have the polish of the multi-million dollar US show, but it's packed with character – and Urquhart is one of the great screen villains.

More after the break...

Priceless

Audrey Tautou stars in this charming French rom-com, playing a gold-digger who mistakes a barman for a multi-millionaire. He's only too happy to play along – and when he's found out, she offers to teach him how to become a gigolo.

Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany's, it has something of the feel of 1960s Blake Edwards about it, with its whirl of parties on the Côte d'Azur. Gad Elmaleh's Jean makes for an excellent foil to Tautou's Irène; their comic timing transcends the language barrier. Watch with a glass of wine, or several.

Print the Legend

3D printing is making waves in the manufacturing industry, with dozens of start-ups duking it out against established companies. This documentary, then, has come along at just the right time – as scrappy start-ups are expanding into corporate powerhouses, with all the behind-the-scenes drama that implies.

The documentary focuses on two such companies. MakerBot Industries has already made the transition from its founders' garages into a slick, Apple-style outfit; its CEO Bre Pettis is often called the Steve Jobs of 3D printing. Formlabs is more of an up-and-coming contender; but both companies are experiencing the same growing pains, as open-source ideals are sacrificed on the altar of commerce.

While the corporate rivals are duking it out, others see this disruptive technology as a chance to wrest control away from the government and other established interests. They're represented in the documentary by anarchist and free-marketeer Cody Wilson, who's created and fired the first 3D printed gun. As the 3D printing industry shifts ever farther from its anarchic Maker roots, figures like Wilson are challenging the growing corporate orthodoxy; it's a fascinating example of the tensions in this young industry.

This documentary's an excellent primer for this increasingly important field.

Toy Story 3

Has there ever been a trilogy as consistently superb as Toy Story? We can't think of one. The third instalment follows Woody, Buzz and the gang as they cope with Andy's departure for college and find themselves discarded in a daycare centre with a dark secret. Somehow, it manages to surpass the first two movies, adding genuinely moving moments alongside all of the funny, clever and thrilling bits. Kids will love it, but really, it's wasted on them - only an adult could truly appreciate its message about the horrible inevitability of growing up.
- Marc McLaren

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You dont have to pay extra, for exsample I have a UK Netflix, so all I do is switch on the VPN and select USA and then go to the USA Netflix site to view USA content, you can do the same in the USA, just switch on VPN and select UK and then go to the Netflix UK website to view.

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Roger, this is our Netflix UK list. You can find our Netflix US list here: http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/20-best-things-watch-netflix-us-right-now/feature

This is my second time to look for your list on Netflix as the best to watch and both times 90%of the titles are "unavailable ".   What gives?

 

roger Williams USA

 

Every show and film listed is available on Netflix UK. We'll have a US-centric list coming soon.

Hard candy is not on Netflix.

Can't believe you have Priceless on your list; it's one of my favourite films of all time, yet very few people have heard of it. Yes, it's a bit of a rom-com, but don't let that put you off. It's funny, heartwarming, and stars the delectable Audrey Tautou. What's not to like?

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