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6 Old-School Netflix Films To Let The Good Times (and Nostalgia) Roll

The Circuit Breaker’s got us feeling all sorts of ways, and the surge in “throwback” posts on our socials only serve to reveal how most of us miss the pre-COVID-19 days. While we reminisce the good ol’ virus-free life, why not kick it back a couple of decades further and delve into classics from the previous century?

Seeing how you’ve blown through every single new release on Netflix, here are some older ones for good measure. This week, we’ve put together 6 old-skool films on Netflix to let the good times (and nostalgia) roll.

The Godfather (1972)

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The first instalment of The Godfather Trilogy, the crime picture tells the tale of a mafia family head who unintentionally endangers the life of his loved ones when he entrusts the legacy to his youngest son, Michael.

Murder and mayhem ensue, as lies and betrayal ultimately lead to the downfall of the gangster family. Binge all three parts of the The Godfather franchise and be taken on a wild ride from start to finish.

Who should watch it: The one who has a mafia boss for a godfather.

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ET The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

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From the director who first brought us Jaws, I think Steven Spielberg needs no introduction where blockbusters and film classics are concerned. In case you’ve been living under a rock devoid of culture, ET The Extra-terrestrial is a heart-warming tale about an unlikely friendship that forms when young boy Elliot rescues an alien who gets left behind on Earth.

Catching this iconic film is all the more relevant right now, especially in light of The Pentagon recently releasing UFO footage taken by US Navy pilots. Whether you truly believe in the existence of intelligent life other than ourselves, ET will be a cinematographic delight nonetheless.

Who should watch it: Anyone who wants to hear ET phone home.

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Psycho (1960)

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Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films, Psycho truly lives up to its name—telling the story of an ill-fated female character who winds up at the foreboding Bates Motel. As mysteries unfold, viewers will slowly learn of the secrets that the motel holds, and the horrors that lie in wait.

Psycho is a mind-boggling thriller that was widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.

Who should watch it: Anyone who wasn’t planning on sleeping tonight.

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Schindler’s List (1993)

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Another Steven Spielberg number greets our recommendations, with Schindler’s List serving as a grim reminder of World War II’s crimes against humanity.

After witnessing the persecution of Jews in Poland, something stirs within Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party, who teams up with his wife to save his Jewish employees. Schindler’s List gives us hope of empathy and kindness.

Who should watch it: The one who has already seen every war movie there is to see.

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American Beauty (1999)

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While struggling to endure his tightly wound wife, an unfulfilling job and a surly teen, Lester Burnham, a middle-aged magazine executive, becomes obsessed with one of his daughter’s friends, Angela.

Lester’s life spirals into madness when he starts taking drugs and gets himself involved in messy situations. American Beauty adequately captures the balance of romance, tragedy, and satire that was ahead of its time.

Who should watch it: Anyone who loved the play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

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12 Monkeys (1995)

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In the year 2035, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) volunteers to travel back in time to determine the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out the population decades earlier. Oh, how this hits a little too close to home in our current climate of the coronavirus.

Cole’s mission isn’t a walk in the park however, as he encounters stumbling blocks along the way that come in the form of medical gatekeepers, and people who will do anything to keep the truth hidden from him.

Who should watch it: The one who has already spent the bulk of their Circuit Breaker attempting to build a time machine.

12 Monkeys | Watch Here

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