8 Killer Genre Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime You Haven't Seen Yet

These aren't your usual movie recommendations.

Joshua Burge as Marty Jackitansky in Buzzard. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Joshua Burge as Marty Jackitansky in Buzzard. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Not always, but sometimes I like to narrow my choice of movie down to a genre. It makes things simpler to decide what kind of film I'm in the mood for. Maybe you're the same? If so, here are eight worthwhile flicks to spend time with this weekend. Whether you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or both, we've got you covered.

Romantic Comedy

1. The Lobster (2016)

From the twisted mind of co-writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster is a dystopian romantic black comedy set in a world where single people have 45 days to find a mate, or else they're turned into an animal of their choosing. However, some singles live wild in the woods and David (Colin Farrell) ends up joining them when his attempts at finding a new mate don't go as planned.
Watch it on Amazon Prime

Black Comedy

2. Buzzard (2015)

You'll never forget the performance of Joshua Burge as Marty Jackitansky in Buzzard. Aptly described in the trailer as "Office Space on crack," Buzzard follows Marty, a malcontent temp worker, as he scams the company he works for and eventually goes on the lam with his Nintendo Power Glove modified Freddy Krueger-style.
Watch it on Amazon Prime


3. Stories We Tell (2013)

An extraordinarily personal and deep movie written by, directed, and starring actress Sarah Polley. Through family interviews and her own narration, Polley recounts her own story of growing up after her mother's death and the family's suspicion she might not be one of them, but the product of a secret affair.
Watch it on Amazon Prime


4. Krisha (2016)

From A24 studios, Krisha was one of the best-reviewed films of 2016 with good reason. Set in one location over a Thanksgiving weekend, Krisha tells the story of the main character who returns home to the family she abandoned years earlier. Watch it on Amazon Prime


5. The Treasure (2015)

This quiet Romanian film tells the tale of two neighbors who make a deal to invest in a metal detector on a tip there's something buried in one's backyard. They agree to split the treasure and the goose chase begins. You won't believe what they find. Watch it on Netflix


6. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

Ruth Wilson stars as a live-in nurse caring for a retired horror author. They room together in an old New England house where a murder may or may not have once occurred. Strange happenings scare Lily (Wilson) into investigating the connections between the author's novel and the house's true history, and it may get her killed. Watch it on Netflix

Film Noir

7. The Third Man (1949)

One of the greatest films ever made, directed by Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene, and starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles, The Third Man is essential viewing for anyone interested in seeing the best of the best. Set in post-WWII Vienna, the suspicious murder of his childhood friend sends a writer into a labyrinthine investigation.
Watch it on Netflix

Action Sci-fi

8. Spectral (2016)

A well-made action thriller with a sci-fi villain, Spectral is one of the better spectacle films of the past few years. Soldiers fighting in the Moldovian War discover an enemy they've never encountered before. The ghost-like killers can only be seen with spectral cameras and the troops have to improvise new weapons to defeat them.
Watch it on Netflix

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