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21 Best Classic Movies on Netflix Canada

21 Best Classic Movies on Netflix Canada

In the mood to binge-watch some classic movies on Netflix Canada?

If you’re into old movies, you’ll find plenty of great ones on Netflix Canada, whether you’re into adventure or romance films.

Here are some of the best classic old movies to watch on Netflix Canada!

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Best classic movies on Netflix Canada


30s movies on Netflix Canada

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

I actually had no idea how old this movie was until I was doing research for this post.

I watched the VHS of The Wizard of Oz a bazillion times growing up!

Basically, Dorothy and her dog Toto get whisked away to the land of Oz during a tornado, and they meet some characters along the Yellow Brick Road.

You might remember the characters: the Wizard, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion!

Judy Garland starred as Dorothy – she was an internationally-known musical actress!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


60s movies on Netflix Canada

Psycho (1960)

Psycho is probably the most famous of horror director Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and you’ll probably recognize the iconic shower scene.

It tells the story of Marion, who runs away after stealing money from her employer, and stumbles across the Bates Motel.

After she goes missing, her lover and sister try to find her, and they end up meeting Norman Bates.

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It is in black-and-white, but it’s definitely worth watching even if you’re not a fan.

You might also enjoy the modern TV series on Prime Video based on Psycho called Bates Motel, which tells the story of Norman Bates and his mother Norma Bates.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Graduate (1967)

Ever heard of “Mrs. Robinson”? It’s actually from The Graduate!

It basically is used as a term to describe an older woman who pursues someone younger than herself, and Simon & Garfunkel even wrote a song about it.

A college graduate gets lured into a seductive affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, while also falling in love with her daughter.

A very young Dustin Hoffman stars in this classic rom-com film.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


70s movies on Netflix Canada

The Godfather trilogy (1972 & 1974)

The Godfather is a crime trilogy based on a novel of the same name, and it’s actually known to be one of the best movies of all-time.

It tells the story of a powerful Italian-American mafia family, and the youngest son who reluctantly joins the mob.

It stars a young Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, and you can watch the first two movies on Netflix Canada!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


80s movies on Netflix Canada

Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, & 2008)

Indiana Jones is an archaeology professor who travels around in search of ancient artefacts.

The Indiana Jones movies are always fun to watch, and you can watch all 4 movies on Netflix Canada.

Steven Spielberg directed the first four movies, and there’s actually a new movie coming out next year in 2022!

4 films available on Netflix

Scarface (1983)

If you’re in the mood for more classic crime dramas, you’ll definitely enjoy Scarface.

Tony Montana and his close friend Manny build a strong drug empire in Miami, and as his power grows, so does his ego and his enemies.

You might recognize the iconic “say hello to my little friend” line from the movie.

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It’s also actually a remake of a movie of the same name from the 1930s!

Al Pacino also stars in this one, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Ghostbusters (1984, 1989, & 2016)

Even if you haven’t seen any of the Ghostbusters movies, you’ve definitely heard the iconic theme song before.

It’s a supernatural comedy franchise all about the Ghostbusters, a group of NYC scientists who capture ghosts for a living.

3 films available on Netflix

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

High schooler Ferris Bueller decides to fake being sick to take the day off school and spend it with his best friend and girlfriend, while his principal tries to spy on him.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classic 80’s teen comedy by John Hughes, who was famous for making iconic 80’s teen films!

One of my favourite quotes of all time is from this film: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun is an action movie starring a young Tom Cruise.

He plays a hotshot fighter pilot training at the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, not only fighting to be the top fighter pilot, but to also win the heart of his flight instructor.

The remake is actually coming out this fall, 35 years later!

You’ve probably heard the song “Take My Breath Away”, which was actually made for this classic film.

It also inspired the name of a ride at Canada’s Wonderland, but it was changed to “Flight Deck” sometime in the last several years.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Nobody puts baby in a corner.

Dirty Dancing is a classic romance film, and you’ll love it even if you’re not really into dance movies.

While vacationing with her family at a resort, Frances falls in love with a dance instructor, and her father diapproves.

There’s an episode about Dirty Dancing on the Netflix docu-series The Movies That Made Us, and it really makes you appreciate the film so much more.

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1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice honestly terrified me as a kid, but now I think it’s a fun classic movie.

When a deceased couple are unsuccessful in scaring away a family that’s moved into their old house, they seek the help of a bio-exorcist.

Tim Burton directed the movie, and Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin all starred in it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


90s movies on Netflix Canada

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs is one of the classic psychological horror films, and it’s a good one.

A young FBI cadet is forced to confide in an incarcerated psychopath in order to catch another serial killer who skins his victims.

Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, the FBI cadet, and Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Lecter is one scary dude, and I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re more into thrillers than actual horror.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Groundhog Day (1993)

Self-centred weatherman Phil travels to a small town for an assignment, and wakes up the next morning realizing he’s reliving the same day over and over.

Groundhog Day was the first mainstream movie to popularize the whole time loop concept, and it’s a 90’s classic.

Bill Murray plays the main character, Phil!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction is a Quentin Tarantino film about the lives of a bunch of criminals and how their lives get intertwined.

It’s a black-comedy crime film, and it’s known as one of the best movies of all-time!

John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson all star in it.

You might’ve seen people dressing up as Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega for Halloween – you’ll know when you watch the movie!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Jumanji (1995)

After two kids come across a magical board game called Jumanji, they discover a man who’s trapped in the game and try to rescue him.

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It’s a fun movie that’s sparked a more modern remake (AKA a video game rather than a board game), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is also on Netflix!

Part two of the Jumanji remake is also available to stream on Prime Video.

2 films available on Netflix, watch the trailers for the 1995 and 2017 films

Clueless (1995)

Shallow, rich, and popular Cher helps a new student become popular while also falling in love with someone.

Clueless is an classic teen 90’s film and the fashion will always be iconic.

Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy all star in Clueless!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Net (1995)

After computer programmer Angela Bennett comes across government secrets, she finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy.

A young Sandra Bullock stars in The Net!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Matilda (1996)

Matilda discovers she has telekinesis powers and starts to use them to fight back against her unappreciative family and her evil principal.

Danny DeVito directs and stars in this Roald Dahl adaptation!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

She’s All That (1999)

High school jock Zach gets dared by his friends to take geeky Laney to the prom, and he ends up falling in love with her.

She’s All That is a classic 90’s rom-com, and you can actually also watch the 2021 remake He’s All That on Netflix as well!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Early 2000s movies on Netflix Canada

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho is another psychological horror classic that came out less than a decade after Silence of the Lambs.

Patrick Bateman is a wealthy investment banker with a secret psychopathic side, and his bloodlust gets increasingly violent as he indulges in his dark desires.

It’s a pretty gory one, so shield your eyes from this one if too much blood freaks you out.

Some big names are in this horror classic, including Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, and Jared Leto!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

In 19th century China, warrior Master Li embarks on a quest to find his sword when it’s stolen.

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If you’re into martial arts movies, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is in Mandarin, so you’ll have to read subtitles!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Best classic movies on Netflix Canada:

  1. The Wizard of Oz
  2. Psycho
  3. The Graduate
  4. The Godfather
  5. Indiana Jones
  6. Scarface
  7. Ghostbusters
  8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  9. Top Gun
  10. Dirty Dancing
  11. Beetlejuice
  12. The Silence of the Lambs
  13. Groundhog Day
  14. Pulp Fiction
  15. Jumanji
  16. Clueless
  17. The Net
  18. Matilda
  19. She’s All That
  20. American Psycho
  21. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

There are plenty of incredible classic old movies you can watch on Netflix Canada, but these are just some of my personal favourites.

Every time I watch a movie, I rate it on Letterboxd – it’s a great way to keep track of what you’ve watched and what your friends are watching!

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