7 great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend

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Emma Watson stars in “The Bling Ring.”
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“The Bling Ring”
  • Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix on the weekend.
  • This weekend, we recommend watching the mind-boggling true-crime documentary “Abducted in Plain Sight,” as well as the Spanish-language dramedy “Y tu mamá también.”
  • There’s also plenty of action-packed films available to watch, like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and “The Bling Ring.”
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Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That’s why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend.

There are plenty of true-crime inspired films available to stream, including “Abducted in Plain Sight,” about a young girl repeatedly kidnapped by a close friend of her family, and “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” which features Zac Efron playing serial killer Ted Bundy.

And lighter films like “Y tu mamá también,” a Spanish-language dramedy, and “The Bling Ring,” which focuses on the real-life exploits of teenage burglars in Hollywood, are also available to stream.

Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend.


“The Bling Ring” is inspired by a real-life string of Hollywood burglaries.

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“The Bling Ring” immortalized a group of teens who allegedly burglarized celebrities’ homes.
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Netflix description: “Based on fact, this comic thriller tracks the saga of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who used the Web to time their robberies of stars’ homes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 59%

Audience score: 33%

Even though critics were lukewarm about this Sofia Coppola movie, it’s still worth watching for Emma Watson’s performance alone. The “Harry Potter” actress nails her Valley Girl drawl, and is eerily convincing as Nicki, a vapid and materialistic California teenager who’s based on real-life petty thief Alexis Neiers (of the infamous “Nancy Jo, this is Alexis Neiers calling” meme).

Plus, early 2000s celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst also make appearances as themselves in the film, only adding to the fun-yet-slightly-unhinged vibe of this comedy.


“Kill Bill” is an action-packed revenge film that’s not for the faint of heart.

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Uma Thurman stars in “Kill Bill.”
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Netflix description: “An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But she lives – and plots her vengeance.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 85% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 81%

Starring Tarantino muse Uma Thurman, “Kill Bill” is a gory, violent, but ultimately rewarding roller coaster of a movie that focuses on the efforts of “The Bride” (Thurman) to exact revenge for the killings of her friends and family.

“Kill Bill” has all the hallmarks of other Tarantino films – an eccentric soundtrack, slick stunts, and numerous references to past movies and TV shows – but features a mostly female cast that includes Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox.

The violence isn’t for the squeamish, but overall, “Kill Bill” is a surprisingly empowering film from a director who’s famously obsessed with women’s feet.


Leonardo DiCaprio stars in “Inception,” a trippy but memorable thriller about the unconscious mind.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in “Inception.”
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Netflix description: “In this mind-bending sci-fi thriller, a man runs an espionage business built around entering the subconscious of his targets to mold their thoughts.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 91%

If you’re in the mood for a cerebral but still entertaining thriller, “Inception” is the movie for you.

Featuring dazzling visual effects, a trippy plot, and memorable performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, this Christopher Nolan film will leave you wanting more – but in the best way possible.


“Abducted in Plain Sight” tells of the horrifying lengths one sociopath went to in order to kidnap a young girl.

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“Abducted in Plain Sight” was recently added to Netflix.
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Netflix description: “In this true-crime documentary, a family falls prey to the manipulative charms of a neighbor, who abducts their adolescent daughter. Twice.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 76%

Audience score: 63%

True crime fans won’t want to miss “Abducted in Plain Sight,” which is as terrifying as it is mind-boggling, leaving viewers wrestling with the question: What family in their right mind would continue to live next to a sociopath?

While the film doesn’t quite get into the meat of the issue – or ask the family members any tough questions – it’s still filled with enough twists and turns to keep even the most jaded true crime fan engaged.


“Y tu mamá también” is a sexy, funny, and moving road movie set in Mexico.

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“Y tu mamá también” is directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
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Netflix description: “When rich teens Tenoch and Julio meet the alluring, older Luisa, they try to impress her with stories of a road trip, then convince her to join them.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 88%

Equal parts road movie and coming-of-age film, “Y tu mamá también” offers surprisingly poignant observations on death, illness, and sexuality.

While the movie primarily focuses on the burgeoning sexual relationship between Lucia, Tenoch, and Julio (and features numerous sex scenes), there are also plenty of moments of quiet heartache and unexpected tenderness between the characters.

Plus, director Alfonso Cuarón deftly incorporates the economic and political turmoil Mexico was facing at the time into the film, creating a beautiful and memorable portrait of a country (and characters) at a crossroads.


Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy is played by Zac Efron in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.”

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Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”
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Netflix description: “Single mother Liz falls for Ted Bundy and refuses to believe the truth about his crimes for years. A drama based on a true story.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 55%

Audience score: 58%

While this film leaves out a lot from the notorious serial killer’s life, Efron gives a compelling performance as Bundy in a far cry from his “High School Musical” days.

There’s not much to the narrative other than Bundy’s descent into homicidal mania, but Efron’s performance alone makes “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” a must-watch.


“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” stars Johnny Depp and a young Leonardo DiCaprio.

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“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” is based on a novel.
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Netflix description: “In a backwater Iowa town, young Gilbert is torn between taking care of his troubled family and a girl who shows him new possibilities for his life.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 89%

With an all-star cast and a compelling, if a bit overdone, plot, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” really lets its stars (Depp and DiCaprio) shine.

Depp plays a young man balancing a burgeoning romance with the responsibility of taking care of his mentally disabled brother and morbidly obese mother. The conclusion is slightly cliché, but Depp and DiCaprio bring it all together.