The best classic movies on Netflix right now

The best classic movies on Netflix include Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, The Breakfast Club, Conan the Barbarian, Beverly Hills Cop and more.


Without Universal Pictures’ library of films, Netflix ‘s lineup of classic movies would be extremely disappointing. From Netflix’s perspective, it may simply be cheaper to pump out original movies rather than pay up to give subscribers a blast from the past. And it’s impossible not to notice that several classic movies including Amadeus , Footloose , Born on the Fourth of July , and A Nightmare on Elm Street are no longer streaming on Netflix.

It’s a good thing Universal came through with Back to the Future , The Secret of My Success , The Breakfast Club , and Conan the Barbarian . It’s hard to field a selection of films that’s more ’80s than those titles. You can find those flicks and the rest of our selections below in our roundup of the best classic movies on Netflix right now.

Back to the Future (1985) Back to the Future is closing in on its 40th anniversary in 2025, which is crazy when you think that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) only traveled 30 years back in time. It wasn’t Marty’s idea to make a detour to 1955.

His best friend, and Hill Valley’s local mad scientist, Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd), built a time machine out of a DeLorean. And the next thing you know, Doc is dead and Marty has no choice but to hop into the DeLorean to make his escape. The big problem is that Marty has endangered his own timeline by disrupting the first meeting of his parents, George McFly (Crispin Glover) and Lorraine Baines (Lea Thompson).

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