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Netflix Now Offers Just 31 of the 250 Best Movies Ever Made

Dave Parrack 13-10-2016

Netflix users often complain about the lack of truly great movies available to stream through the service. And it turns out they’re not just viewing the past through rose-tinted glasses. In terms of the best movies of all time, Netflix has fewer available to stream now than it did two years ago.


We know this because Streaming Observer ran the numbers. In 2014, a Reddit user counted how many movies from the IMDb Top 250 list were available on Netflix. At that point there was 49 (or 19.6%) available. Now, in October 2016, there are just 31 (or 12.4%) available. Which is a significant drop whichever way you look at it.

However, there are some caveats here. First, not everyone will agree that the IMDb Top 250 list represents the greatest movies ever made. Second, movies are just one part of the Netflix puzzle, and you could still wring plenty of value out of the streaming service without ever watching a single film. Third, Netflix has intentionally reduced the size of its catalog Netflix Removes 50% of its Catalog to Fund Original Content Have you noticed the Netflix catalog getting smaller in recent years? We now know the number of titles available on Netflix has been halved since 2012 to fund original content. Read More to fund original programming. And that means Stranger Things, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and others. All of which are potentially worth the price of admission on their own.

The Merits of Netflix Are Up for Debate

The merits of Netflix are certainly open to debate. We have previously suggested you should be happy to pay more for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Every time Netflix increases its prices, millions of binge-watching users balk at the prospect of paying a couple of dollars more. But this is dumb, because Netflix is an absolute steal. Read More , but also explored various reasons why Netflix may not be right for you 7 Reasons to Avoid Subscribing to Netflix We love online streaming, but is Netflix worth it? Here are the disadvantages of subscribing to Netflix and why you might skip it. Read More . We are, of course, merely trying to help you make your own mind up, but these new figures may confuse things even more.

My advice is to give Netflix a go for a month and log how much content you watch. If you’re getting a good return on your money, then happy days. But if you find Netflix lacking in content you actively want to watch, you can just cancel without any fuss or bother. You can always try again at a later date.

Are you bothered by the reduction in truly great movies available on Netflix? Do you think these figures should be taken with a pinch of salt? Are you happy with the price of Netflix? Or do you think it should be higher/lower? Please let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Yari
    October 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

    For the comment: "I fear that one day, I will be bored enough to watch the Adam Sandler movies..." Too late. Done that. Even went to wath: Fuller house with the wife and started Friends.

    (For myself, I am getting into Daredevil and JJ for which is the reason to keep the subscription.)

    The other problem we have is that we are neither in the U.S. nor Canada and because of rights and legal issues with local entertainment networks we do not get the newest movies (Deadpool, Avengers and other Marvel). And with their VPN blockers, I get even less satisfaction. I am close to cancelling. I do not and will not get local networks so I do not understand their issue with me watching North American content.

    Anyways. We will see.

  2. Will Carroll
    October 14, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I really am disappointed with the reduction in content. Over the past few years I have been coming up empty on content searches quite a lot. However I have enjoyed allot of the original content and I have been pleased to see that the wait time on non-original series seems to be getting better.
    At current prices I am still satisfied that Netflix is a good value but I would like to see them offer some options in the pricing structure that would allow customers to adjust the content to suit their personal viewing interests. I for one would be willing to pay a little more, say $5.00 a month, to increase the number of movies available in the catalog.
    Of course with all the talk about Netflix being ripe for a buy out this whole topic could be a completely different discussion very soon.

    Will Carroll

  3. pete
    October 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I originally got Netflix for the movies, but in the past year I have come to love it's original content more than ever.

    I still watch the occasional film on Netflix but with shows such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and the Marvel shows - Jassica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage , I feel that I have got more than my moneys worth from them.

    There appears to be more to come if we are to believe they want to have more original stuff than others.

    I'm all for it.

    More high quality original films and TV shows in place of the same old rubbish that gets shown over and over again on every other network.