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Netflix deep cuts: Movies and TV shows worth remembering

Netflix's collection is massive, so it's understandable that a good number of movies and TV shows slip through the cracks and go unnoticed.

Netflix is the keeper of entertainment both forgotten and well-loved. From biopics and historical fiction to fantasy and horror flicks, you’re sure to find something interesting in the mix.

Read on for a few Netflix deep cuts we've loved.

‘The Truman Show’ (1997)

When was the last time you watched this
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When was the last time you watched this mind-blowing movie? Jim Carrey plays a man reaching his 30th birthday, having spent his entire existence as the unwitting star of a 24-hour television show. Slowly realizing that something is very wrong, he attempts to find meaning in his scripted reality. You'll always end the film with a weird sense of being watched, but don't worry, it's not all about you. (Or is it?)

'Stardust' (2007)

This tale follows the journey of a lovelorn
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This tale follows the journey of a lovelorn young man traveling between parallel universes to catch a fallen star as the pair avoid perils like cannibalistic witches and fratricidal princes. The movie interpretation of one of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novels features an all-star cast, with Ian McKellan as the narrator, Charlie Cox (of "Marvel's Daredevil") and Claire Danes as star-crossed lovers (pun definitely intended) and Robert De Niro as cross-dressing pirate Captain Shakespeare. This heartwarming adventure is definitely worth a watch.

'Hachi: a Dog’s Tale' (2009)

If dog movies are your heart's secret weakness,
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If dog movies are your heart's secret weakness, this one's for you. Based on a true story, this movie tells the tale of Hachiko, an Akita Inu who waits for his owner, Professor Parker Wilson (played by Richard Gere), at the train station each day, even after Wilson's death. Unless you hate dogs or love, you will probably cry as you watch Hachi make new friends and continue to wait. The real Hachiko is immortalized with a bronze statue at the Shibuya train station in the spot where he waited each day.

'Pleasantville' (1998)

You can never have too much Toby Maguire.
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You can never have too much Toby Maguire. He stars with Reese Witherspoon in this fantasy film as a pair of siblings, David and Jennifer, stuck in a black and white 1950s sitcom. The two discover how their actions influence the seemingly-perfect world as they rebel against their typecast roles. This 1998 film explores issues of race, free speech and gender roles, considering the differences between the idyllic depictions of 1950s suburbia and the modern world.

'Freaks and Geeks' (1999)

A classic case of cancelled-too-soon,
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A classic case of cancelled-too-soon, "Freaks and Geeks" was only on for one season, but the 18 episodes are jam packed with wonderful moments of teenage angst and emotion. The show, produced by Judd Apatow, launched the careers of several actors, including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, John Francis Daley and Linda Cardellini. If you love high school coming-of-age and underdog tales, don't miss out on this incredible series.

'Sleepy Hollow' (1999)

A Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp,
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A Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, "Sleepy Hollow" takes another look at the original legend's Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. Tweaking the 1820 tale, Crane is a police constable investigating several mysterious decapitations and falling for Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci). Heads roll in this classic Burton fantasy-horror film.

'Shakespeare in Love' (1998)

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Before "Iron Man" and Coldplay's Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow starred as Viola de Lesseps, a wealthy young woman who wants to act in Shakespeare's new play, which evolves into "Romeo and Juliet." Joseph Fiennes stars as the young playwright, who is dealing with writer's block and rivalries. For a little fictional romance with your literary history, this Academy Award-winning movie is a solid pick.

'Lovelace' (2013)

This biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda
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This biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) delves tastefully into the "Deep Throat" actress' past. The film offers a look into Linda's abusive history with ex-husband and pornography producer Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), and the events that led up to and followed the pioneering film. It might not be what you expect, but it's well worth a watch.

'Bonnie and Clyde' (2013)

You might have missed this TV miniseries, but
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You might have missed this TV miniseries, but Netflix has your back. Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger star as the infamously criminal duo, who take off on a murderous bank-robbing spree. The series takes liberties with the historical facts behind the tale, but the most of the "truth" behind the story is based on wildly inaccurate newspaper articles about their escapades. In any case, come for the action, stay for the romance.

'The Lovely Bones' (2009)

Saoirse Ronan shines in this adaptation of the
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Saoirse Ronan shines in this adaptation of the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, in which a young Susie Salmon is murdered and then watches over her friends, family and neighborhood as they move past her death. The movie also stars Mark Wahlberg as her truth-obsessed father, Rachel Weisz as her grieving mother, Susan Sarandon as Susie's grandmother and Stanley Tucci as her killer. It only made its way onto Netflix in July 2016, so if you've loved Ronan's more recent work in "Brooklyn" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," this offers another look at her incredible range.

'Sense8' (2015)

One of the less buzzed-about Netflix originals,
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One of the less buzzed-about Netflix originals, "Sense8" follows a group of eight seemingly random individuals who share a birthday as they discover their mental and emotional connection. Among them are a Chicago cop, a San Francisco transgender activist, an Icelandic disc jockey, an Indian pharmacist, a German bank robber, a Korean businesswoman and kickboxer, a Kenyan minibus driver and a Mexican actor. A threat to each of their lives soon develops, and they must work together to survive. The ensemble cast brings together an incredible range of diverse actors in terms of race, gender, sexuality and religion, all put together by the Wachowskis, who were behind the successful "Matrix" movies as well.

'The Kite Runner' (2007)

Based on the bestseller by Khaled Hosseini,
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Based on the bestseller by Khaled Hosseini, "The Kite Runner" follows an Afghani boy, Amir Qadiri, and his father through the Soviet and Taliban invasions of Afghanistan and their immigration to the United States. The story considers friendship, fear, betrayal and survival, as well as what it takes to find redemption.


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