10 Hidden Gems on Netflix That You Probably Didn’t Know About

If you've been with Netflix for a while, you know that the streaming service offers a mind-blowing selection of TV and movies. There are plenty of hidden gems on Netflix that you will find just as entertaining as the blockbusters. Whether you want a scare, a true portrayal of the justice system or a quirky, yet impeccable TV series, there's something on this list for whatever movie, or TV, mood you're in. As of this post, these 10 hidden gems on Netflix were available and should be added to your show list.

What Is Netflix?

Netflix is a streaming service where you can watch TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more on all of your devices. There are no commercials and new content is added every month. Netflix was founded in 1997 and began offering a DVD-by-mail service in 1999. Today, Netflix subscribers watch content for 100 million hours a day collectively. Fifty-five million subscribers are in the United States. The streaming service has more subscribers than cable at 48.61 million. Netflix has 130 million memberships in over 190 countries. Members can watch as much content as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. You can play, pause and replay again.

10 Hidden Gems On Netflix

 

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

The Thin Blue Line

This stellar documentary among the hidden gems on Netflix set the standard for revisiting cold cases through a camera lens. Former private detective Errol Morris directed this thrilling true story of Randall Adams, who was sentenced to death for the 1976 murder of Robert Wood, a Dallas police officer. Morris uses his filmmaking skills to tell the story that helped boost him into the national spotlight. The Thin Blue Line is credited with overturning Adam's conviction a year after the movie was released. The film uses reenactments and interviews. While this style of film-making is commonplace today, this type of film was groundbreaking 30 years ago. It has been imitated in today's films and TV shows. Segue to next entry on the list.

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

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N/A

Errol Morris

1h 41min

8.0

100%

Netflix U.S.

Forensic Files (1996 - 2011)

Forensic Files

The TV series first aired on TLC as Medical Detectives in 1996 Forensic Files, is a documentary-style series that shows how forensic science solves violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and outbreaks of illness. It broadcast 406 episodes until 2011. Detectives and forensic scientists use technology and skill to solve crimes. It came to TV just as the O.J. Simpson's trial taught the world about the fascinating world of DNA and forensic evidence. The show is a captivating dive into nuance, detail, and science.

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

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N/A

Paul Dowling

22 minutes, 406 episodes

8.8

N/A

Netflix U.S.

Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

Freaks and Geeks

Now for a lighter, but just as acclaimed series. This one-season is the best of the hidden gems on Netflix. It's about being a high school student in the 1980s. A mathelete, Lindsay, (Linda Cardinelli) is rebelling and her brother Sam is trying to survive freshman year. Judd Apatow the show's producer and members of its cast would go on to be the Frat Pack. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Busy Phillips are just a few of the familiar names to come out of this spark of genius. Apatow has been reported as saying he casts members of Freaks and Geeks because he does not want to acknowledge the show ended.

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Director

Runtime

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Paul Feig

44 minutes, 18 episodes

8.8

100%

Netflix U.S.

The Imitation Game (2014)

the imitation game

Academy Award-nominated for Best Picture this movie is based on the true story of Cambridge University Mathematics professor Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). He is hired by the British government to work on a team to break Enigma, the code the Nazis used to communicate. Turing, a gay man, also has personal obstacles to overcome. Cumberbatch reportedly cried uncontrollably during the filming of one of the final scenes because he was so moved by Turing's story.

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Director

Runtime

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Morten Tyldum

1 hour, 54 minutes

8.0

90%

Netflix U.S.

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring

Another of the hidden gems on Netflix happens to be one of its original films, The Fundamentals of Caring. Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts play the roles of a caretaker and a teen afflicted with muscular dystrophy, respectively. The pair is on a road trip out to explore the country and get to know themselves along the way. Selena Gomez plays a hitchhiker in this dramedy that seems to hit all of the right notes. The Fundamentals of Caring, although formulaic, is impressive because of its cast and director. It's a heart-warming journey that won't leave you feeling like you took a wrong turn. Plus Paul Rudd, right?

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

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 June 24

Rob Burnett

1 hour, 37 minutes

7.3

76%

Netflix U.S.

The Tiger (2016)

the tiger

The Tiger is a love story of sorts about a lonely, old hunter and his nemesis, a massive, dangerous tiger roaming the Korean Mountains. He is ordered by the army to kill the feline, but instead, he gains a spiritual understanding of the animal. If you're looking for a thought-provoking and beautiful film, The Tiger fits the bill.

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

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Hoon-jung Park

2 hours, 19 minutes

7.3

100%

Netflix U.S.

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

the lazarus effect

Among the truly hidden gems on Netflix is a sci-fi horror flick. If you need a good laugh, cheap scare and don't expect an ounce of reality, this one is for you.
Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover star as medical researchers who discover a cure for death. Frank (Duplass) and fiancee Zoe (Wilde) lead the effort to resurrect the dead. They continue their work after the project is canceled. Things go awry and chaos ensues as they realize that the dead should rest in peace. Because of the cast, this is one of the better bad movies.

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

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David Gelb

1 hour, 23 minutes

5.2

15%

Netflix U.S.

A Serious Man (2009)

a serious man

There are Coen brothers movies that become part of our culture and then there are head-scratchers like this one. A Serious Man the odd story of Larry Gopnik, a Jewish family man and physics professor whose life unravels from events beyond his control. He visits three rabbis to find the answers he needs. It's definitely not a blockbuster, but if you're a fan of their work, you need to see this puzzling piece of work.

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Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

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The Coen brothers

1 hour, 46 minutes

7.0

89%

Netflix U.S.

Cold in July (2014)

Cold in July

The movie leads with a family man shooting a burglar in his house. The burglar's dad, out of grief and vengeance, terrorizes the man's family. But this thriller of the hidden gems on Netflix takes it a step further. The men realize there is a larger issue at hand than a meaningless vendetta. Cold in July is full of twists and turns with a story that will keep you guessing. That's all we're saying. You'll have to watch it to find out how the movie ends.

Netflix Release Date

Director

Runtime

IMDb Rating

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 Jim Mickle

1 hour, 49 minutes

6.8

85%

Netflix U.S.

The Boy (2016)

the boy

Final Thoughts

As you can see, we have assembled a mixed if not an eclectic collection of hidden gems on Netflix. Some shows such as Freaks and Geeks and The Thin Blue Line are diamonds, bright and magnificent. While other shows such as The Tiger and The Lazarus Effect are rhinestones, fun yet not without their critics. It's easy to make a list of the most award-winning, best-ever content. You can find that anywhere. There is more to Netflix than meets the eye. Look for the hidden gems on Netflix as that's where the magic happens. Once you find a diamond, you'll be going back to find more. This top 10 covers the genres, the stars and the stories that are worth watching. Enjoy.

 

 

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