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Hidden Netflix movie gems to watch over the Christmas break

Stop the aimless flicking.
Dec 23rd 2018, 10:30 AM 65,163 25

SOMETIMES, IT CAN feel like what you watch on Netflix is 50% you flicking through the seemingly infinite amount of movies available on the platform.

So if you’re sick of flicking through films aimlessly, we’ve picked nine hidden gems that you might have missed.

Don’t Think Twice

Source: Movieclips Indie/YouTube

Comedian Mike Birbiglia writes and stars in this sweet comedy about an American improv troupe that’s thrown into chaos when one member gets famous. 

Private Life

Source: Netflix/YouTube

This gem of a film stars the fantastic Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple in their 40s who are trying to conceive. It’s by turns, funny, heartfelt, and devastating. 

22 July

Source: Netflix/YouTube

This somewhat controversial Paul Greengrass film is about the 22 July terror attack in Norway and its aftermath. Greengrass has been criticised for his portrayal of what occurred – but what do you think?


Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers/YouTube

Faye Dunaway and William Holden star in this Sidney Lumet 1976 film about a TV anchor who starts to lose his mind, and a producer who knows what will get high ratings. A prescient look at the TV world.

The Overnight

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This 2015 film sees somewhat wholesome couple (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) befriending a saucier couple (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godréche). They stay overnight in together one night, and things get quite saucy.

It Follows 

Source: Movieclips Indie/YouTube

A fantastic modern horror film that’s set in a world that’s both contemporary and retro – this is a must-watch.


Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTube

Denis Villeneuve directed this incredible movie – starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman – about a family whose son goes missing. Tense and highly recommended.

Bird Box

Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTube

Sandra Bullock stars in a reverse The Quiet Place – this time, it’s seeing that can be deadly.

A number of our initial choices are no longer on Netflix so we have updated the article to reflect this.

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Aoife Barry


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