My History with Netflix’s & 10 Most Rented Movies of All Time

If you joined Netflix this year you probably just use the online streaming service…that sucks.  It’s dominated by tv shows and straight to DVD movies.  I know the licensing process with movie studios to get streaming rights is long and expensive but as a consumer it’s frustrating because you see this great catalog of movies that can be shipped but mainly crap that can be streamed and every TV and DVD player is coming with Netflix now.

-bout 7 years ago me and 3 of my friends all had the 3 at a time plan and we would bring them to work, burn copies for each other and mail them back the same day.  At this rate we were able to get about 36 movies a month.  What Netflix does is they change shipment locations to make sure people that are receiving and sending back movies at a high rate have to wait longer to get their movie.  This was especially funny because we all live in Houston and Netflix has a distribution center in Houston.  My history with Netflix actually goes back to 1997 when Netflix was partnering with every DVD maker and giving away up to 10 movies for every DVD purchase. Sounds like a lot to give but considering the cheapest DVD player was $500 at the time it made sense.   I basically lived on a diet of $1 Whoppers so by the end of a college semester I was able to become the first person in my dorm to own a DVD player.  I enjoyed my free movies but didn’t join Netflix at that time because they were charging $5 per DVD rental.  Flash forward to 2011 and Netflix is in the news every week for another bad PR move. From telling customers via email that they are raising prices to splitting their services without properly researching the name which was taken by a Weed expert to dropping the new line and merging the services again.

So here’s the top 10 films most rented movies on Netflix dominated mainly by Oscar winners for Best Picture in the last 5 years.


10. No Country For Old Men (2007)
The Coen Brothers’ movie won four Oscars, including Best Picture in 2008. Spanish actorJavier Bardem also took home an Oscar for his chilling portrayal of the killer Anton Chigurh in this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel.

9. Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey Jr. charmed his way into major box office with this superhero blockbuster.

8. Inception (2010)
Christopher Nolan’s science fiction film starringLeonardo DiCaprioJoseph Gordon-Levitt andEllen Page, excited audiences with it’s complex, mind-bending plot.

7. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law recreated two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in director Guy Ritchie action adventure updating of the material.

6. The Departed (2006)
Director Martin Scorsese‘s acclaimed movie won four Oscars in 2007, including Best Picture.Scorsese took home one statuette for Best Directing.Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson starred in the crime thriller.

5. The Hurt Locker (2008)
This 2010 Best Picture winner about bomb U.S. Army bomb defusers in the Iraq war, made directorKathryn Bigelow the first woman in history to win an Oscar for Best Directing.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttom (2008)
David Fincher‘s film about a man born old and ages in reverse was a change of pace for the director primarily known for ultra dark thrillers. Brad PittCate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton starred.

3. The Bucket List (2007)
 Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman starred in the emotional comedy drama directed by Rob Reiner.

2. Crash (2004)
Race and class in modern day Los Angeles got put under the microscope in director Paul Haggis’ sprawling drama starring Sandra BullockDon Cheadle, and Thandie Newton.

1. The Blind Side (2009)
Sandra Bullock won her first Oscar for this drama directed by John Lee Hancock.




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