Top Video Rentals

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

This list details the all-time top video rentals from Netflix. As the years roll on, a few of these films may rise or fall in the rankings, but they’re currently sitting on top of the world as far as the nation’s leading online movie service is concerned.

If you’re not a member of Netflix, allow me to point out that they carry over 100,000 different films and television shows. You can find everything from documentaries to horror flicks, and there’s never a late fee with Netflix. Multiple subscription plans are available, allowing members to receive as many as eight movies at a time, or as few as one. There’s a reason why Netflix is all the rage: Become a Netflix member and find out why.

Crash (2004) – Winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards, Crash was directed by Paul Haggis and featured an all-star ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Keith David, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Esposito, Thandie Newton, Larenz Tate, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Various plotlines are woven together throughout the course of the film, with an emphasis on social and racial tensions in the city of Los Angeles. Even if you don’t care for the socially-conscious message, you should still have fun spotting all the celebrities.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) – David Fincher and Brad Pitt team up once again, this time for an adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald story. Benjamin Button (Pitt) is born in 1918 with the physical appearance of an elderly man. Aging backwards, he makes the acquaintance of Daisy Fuller (Cate Blanchett), and the two begin a romance that spans the course of their lives. An epic example of storytelling, and Pitt has never been better. A deserving addition to the list of top video rentals from Netflix.

The Bucket List (2007) – Before they “kick the bucket,” two dying men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) make a list of things they’ve always wanted to do. As they skydive, climb the Great Pyramid, and witness the majesty of the Great Wall of China, both men face a lifetime of regrets and begin to bond with one another. While the depiction of someone dying from cancer is far from realistic, it’s the charming performances from the two leads that sell the movie.

The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese’s remake of Hong Kong’s Infernal Affairs is set in Boston and features a dangerous cat and mouse game between the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish Mob. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an uncover cop who’s infiltrated the mob in an effort to bring down kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), while Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a mob plant within the police force. When each side learns that the other has planted a mole, it sparks a lethal race to uncover the traitors. A number of great performances are on display, and Scorsese punctuates the tension with plenty of his trademark violence. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone.

Iron Man (2008) – Robert Downey Jr. shot from supporting actor to major international star with this comic book adaptation. He plays Tony Stark, a wealthy industrialist who finds himself captured by terrorists. Making a suit of battle armor to escape, he soon improves the design and takes to the skies to fight crime around the globe. Downey is all kinds of charming as the womanizing, boozing Stark, and the excellent supporting cast includes Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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No Country for Old Men (2007) – The Coen brothers hit Oscar paydirt with this adaptation of the modern-day Western novel from Cormac McCarthy. Set in West Texas in 1980, the film follows Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) as he discovers the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad and takes off with a satchel filled with two-million dollars. Unfortunately, the satchel also contains a tracking device, and Llewelyn soon finds himself pursued by a psychotic hitman (Javier Bardem) hired to retrieve the money. As the two battle one another across West Texas, they’re joined by Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an aging sheriff who feels the modern world passing him by.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – Will Smith stars in this true story about Chris Gardner, a salesman who loses it all and is forced to live the life of a homeless man while caring for his young son and completing a stockbroker internship. A wonderful film that’s as honest as it is uplifting. Smith received a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance.

The Proposal (2009) – Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret Tate, the ball-busting chief editor at the book company, and Ryan Reynolds is Andrew Paxton, her perpetually abused assistant. When Margaret learns that her Canadian visa’s expiration will result in her being deported, she orders Andrew to marry her so she can stay in the United States. The INS immediately suspects the relationship is a fraud, and the new couple is forced to take a crash course in one another, especially when they travel to Alaska to visit Andrew’s family. As you might expect from a romantic comedy, what begins as a sham slowly becomes a very real relationship.

Gran Torino (2008) – Clint Eastwood directs, but he also turns in what may be his final role as an actor. He plays Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran who becomes an unlikely hero in his largely Asian neighborhood. Befriending his young neighbor (Bee Vang), Walt acts as a surrogate father figure for the boy and tries to teach him life lessons about becoming a man. Unfortunately, the neighborhood is plagued with gang violence, and Walt and his neighbors will soon have to face some rather harsh realities. Fans of Eastwood won’t be disappointed, and it’s as appropriate a swan song as any.

Casino Royale (2006) – Daniel Craig takes over the role of superspy James Bond in this big-screen adaptation of the first Ian Fleming novel. Having recently earned his license to kill, 007 is pitted against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a banker who uses a combination of stock market savvy and terrorist attacks to turn a hefty profit. This leads Bond to enter a high-stakes Texas Hold’em tournament against Le Chiffre and a cast of international characters, hoping that a defeat will cause the corrupt banker to come crawling to the British government for protection from his creditors. Bond promptly falls for Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), the leggy Treasury agent assigned to oversee his ten-million dollar buy-in. Craig’s rugged appearance caused skepticism among many Bond fans, but the box office results were out of this world. In fact, it remains the highest-grossing 007 film in the history of the franchise.

The next time you’re craving one of the top video rentals from Netflix, all you have to do is refer to this list. And if you’re not a member of Netflix, you can remedy the situation by clicking here. We do get a small commission when you sign up, but it all goes right back into the site (and doesn’t cost you a thing).

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October 11, 2010

anonymous

wtf thats just f***ed up its so totes inaprops 4 little children my daughter at age 8 should not be seing this shit.

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