Find Worthwhile Movies On Netflix With A Better Queue

Jessica Cam Wong 19-06-2012

netflix moviesThis summer, I have more free time to enjoy Netflix movies and series which makes me ecstatic. There is no end, it seems, to the choices of films and episodes that one can watch so finding something worthwhile is a frequent challenge.


Instead of browsing via genres only in Netflix, there is a recently released web app/mashup called A Better Queue that can help you decide what film to put on your watch queue. It does this by pulling ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, one of the more well-known movie review sites 8 Online Guides To The Best And Worst Movies Of All Time Read More with upcoming movie information 7 RSS Feeds for the Movies Addict It's tough to keep up with all the movies released every day. These movie RSS feeds deliver all the news to your favorite reader. Read More . A Better Queue is a free service that also lets you browse through the Netflix movie collection via genres and other goodies, which we will talk about in detail up next.


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Instead of presenting movies in horizontal galleries in Netflix-style, A Better Queue displays films in a vertically-scrollable list that seems to never end. The list in fact keeps revealing movies when you attempt to scroll down, which is something I appreciate because visiting different pages for the same content is a waste of clicks and time for me.

Each movie, which clicks to the corresponding Netflix page, is shown along with their Rotten Tomatoes score where, by default, pretty “fresh” scores of 75% and above are shown (scores of 60% or higher are considered “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes). If you click on the scores, you’ll be taken to the Rotten Tomatoes review page for that movie.

Besides their score from Rotten Tomatoes, there is also the release date and genre information as well as a Netflix expiration date, if it exists.


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If you have very specific movie requirements, you can select movies with higher Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer scores. Like I mentioned before, by default, movies with a score of at least 75% are shown, but you can always raise it to about 90% for a likely unforgettable movie. You can also make A Better Queue only display movies by year range, in increments of five, e.g. 1975, 1980, etc.

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If you are in the mood for a specific genre, A Better Queue also has you covered as you can filter the movie selection by genres, something Netflix already does minus the scores from Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.

Trial Run

It’s easy to look at A Better Queue and decide its usefulness over looks only, but using the service helps me decide whether or not the web app will be a bookmark in my browser. In my trial run, I decided I was in the mood for a funny, entertaining film, so for genres I picked comedy only and de-selected all the other genres. For year range, I moved the slider so I was looking only at movies from 1995-2012. The default Tomatometer setting at 75% seemed fine to me.


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The results were promising since I knew Meet The Parents had been amusing and deserved an 80% at least in my book. As for the other suggestions, Robin Willliams is an excellent actor and the title of “World’s Greatest Dad” sounds pretty comical. Verdict? I found a movie I’m watching next. Mission accomplished!

Other Ways To Browse Netflix Movies

If you are interested in A Better Queue but would prefer a web browser extension instead of visiting a site, check out Rotten Netflix which is a Chrome extension that displays the Rotten Tomatoes score underneath the movie in Netflix. There are also half a dozen addons for Firefox Top 6 Firefox Add-ons For The Movie Freak Read More that will make any movie addict happy.

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How do you search Netflix movies? Do you just pick what is offered on the Netflix movie gallery or do you base your decision on ratings? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    November 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    When are we going to see Sons of anarchy season 4?

  4. Declan Lopez
    September 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Does Hulu Plus or Netflix have a bigger selection?

  5. Shawia Harris
    September 15, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I have had netflix for some time now and have been trying to get more movies that I'm
    interested in. Movies such as New Jack City, Jason's Lyric, Above the Rim, Scareface,
    The Color Purple, School Daze, The Learning Tree, He Got Game, The Players Club,
    White Man Can't Jump, Booty Call, Set It Off, Year One, They Call Me Bruce, Seventeen Again(with Keanu Reeves), Nothing To Lose, etc.. Not that the movies I have available now are not good, JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!

  6. Louwra Preyser
    August 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love Netflix! I've had it ever since it came out in the UK and it has really changed the way I watch movies/tv shows etc. I mostly watch what is recommended based on my reviews, however I rarely watch something that has a low rating.

  7. Gaurav Rajak
    August 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    how to watch movies on netflix from india.?

  8. Theresa Banks
    July 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Just created a shortcut on my homepage. Thanks for the information. Love it.....

  9. Theresa Banks
    July 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I am new to Netflix and have been searching for movies in their search queue. Glad to learn there is something that will make it easier.

  10. Richard Wesley Eby Jr.
    June 21, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I heard that netflix will be discontinuing a lot of third party applications that have to do with its movie listings, which in turn will make a lot of sites no longer usable. Is this going to be one of them?

  11. Ira Brandstein
    June 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Just signed up and all I can say is where has this been all my life. Thanks

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

      You're welcome! Enjoy!

  12. Tom Anderson
    June 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I'm going to try out A Better Queue...sounds much easier than the Netflix native search!

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

      I agree. Netflix's native "search" only lets you see a list of movies and actors from your keywords, or by genres. An advanced search feature is definitely missing.