Netflix; love it or hate it, it’s become a staple of our modern age. But for the enormous amount of content available to stream on Netflix, it’s can still be surprisingly hard to find something you’re actually in the mood to watch right now. If you’re like me, your Netflix list is long (I think I’ve got nearly 200 movies waiting to be watched at the moment) but somehow you never want to watch any of those movies you’ve previously saved.
And the sad truth is this: the Netflix interface needs a massive overhaul. It’s very rare for me to find something great to watch just by opening up the app and seeing what Netflix presents me (even with their fancy personalization algorithms working to please me). Typically, I’m looking for something new to watch, something good to watch and something that fits my mood. And typically, many of these gems — the best movies on Netflix — aren’t readily apparent through the native Netflix interface. In fact, the problem is so bad there are a number of sites and services aiming to beat Netflix at it’s own game.
Alright, enough buildup: here are 4 awesome services to help you find something good to watch on Netflix. So stop wasting your time scrolling through movies you don’t care about and start finding and watching the best movies on Netflix right now!
Brace yourself: when you see the amazing (no joke there) interface Leanflix has put together to show you the best movies to watch not only on Netflix but also on Amazon Prime, HBO GO and iTunes you’re gonna say, “Daaang!” As I’ve changed the filters on the site to search just Netflix for the best new movies to view, I’m pretty impressed by what I see. Many of the movies I knew about already, but there were plenty I had no idea were available to watch on Netflix. What I really like about Leanflix, though, aside from their awesome recommendations of course, is how usable the site is. Movie images are large, the filters are powerful (and easy to use), it’s easy to see ratings from multiple sources (including Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB on top of the Leanflix score) and the overall site design is just super clean and modern. Ya, you’re welcome for introducing this to you.
FlickSurfer, unlike Leanflix, is a site dedicated to Netflix and Netflix alone. And while the design isn’t quite as sleek as Leanflix, it is still very clean and highly usable. As soon as you hit the homepage you’ll get a grid of movies to check out including ratings, runtime, a brief description a nice-sized movie photo. You can easily sort by movies or tv shows, genre or ratings from sources like Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Netflix itself or an average of all three. Plus, you can just search for an actor or title if that makes things easier for you. But where things really get good is in the advanced filters where you can find movies that have won or been nominated for Oscars!
Wioflix (What Is On Netflix)
What Is On Netflix (Wioflix for short) takes a totally different approach than the other services that help you find the best movies to watch on Netflix listed here. Instead of presenting you with a grid or list of movies when you first visit the site (there’s also an app for iOS or Android users), you’re instead shown 5 simple, colorful buttons which, when pressed, will sort out a group of videos you might be interested in seeing. There’s are buttons for Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB (which is similar to the sites listed above) BUT you’ll also get a button for Metacritic which will surface a whole new group of movies for you to check out. On top of that you can also easily see what’s new on Netflix or choose to get a random movie selection (if you’re really desperate or terrible at deciding). Actually, the random movie feature is less random (and thus more useful) than you might at first think: when you click random you’ll still get to choose genre (say Action) and rating system (say IMDB) and then the service will spit out a random movie for you. Pretty cool.
So instantwatcher isn’t quite as pretty as some of the other sites listed here, but that doesn’t mean it won’t help you find a great movie to watch on Netflix or that it doesn’t have any unique features. For starters, you’ll get the ability to see the most popular movies on Netflix in the past 24 hours, which is cool, and you’ll also want to check the new & noteworthy section for gems you might have otherwise missed. Filter by new, or popular and new, or highest rated or get a truly random pick. If you’ve tried everything else and still can’t find something good to watch, don’t give up until you’ve gone through instantwatcher for a good recommendation.
If you’ve tried all of these services and still can’t find anything good to watch on Netflix — it’s time to cancel Netflix, ha.