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Whether you watch on 360, PS3, Wii, or PC, these are 10 overlooked films you can add to your instant queue right now. For a lot of gamers, it’s hard to hop online and not find a few of your friends digging into their Netflix instant queue. Gamer participation has been a big part of the growth of Netflix, and of the streaming service in particular. As a result, the selections on the service thus far seem to be uniquely tailored to the type of viewer who might have one of those consoles. If you’ve got a Netflix membership, you probably already have your favorites. Knowing that, we’ve tried to compile a strong list of 10 awesome, but mostly low-profile films that can speak to the unique tastes of the gaming crowd. Hopefully, we’ve found at least a few films that you haven’t seen before. It’s hard to know if all the movies we list will remain on the streaming service forever – check the Netflix site for current listings.Gamers are a pretty broad group of people, so the list digs into all sorts of genres, from children’s animation to psychological horror, sci-fi and fantasy to documentary. We’ve also included trailers for all the movies in question. Take a look at the list, and let us know what you think in the comments below, including your favorite entries that we may have missed.First up: The action epic that rivals Lord of the Rings, and the only musical on our list[PageBreak]10. Red Cliff
If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed, Mirror’s Edge, Prototype, or any other game about free running, then you’ve played a game that’s at least partially inspired by this fantastic French action movie called District B13, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Transporter). Also called District 13 in some regions, the movie tells the story of a futuristic Paris in which sections of the city have been walled off from another. The titular district holds the dregs of society, and keeps them isolated from the well off, law-abiding members of the public. Of course, that set up is really just an excuse for some awesome parkour chases and more than a few absurdly fast fight scenes. The movie has a frantic pace that keeps perfectly with the free-running antics of its protagonists. Plots and scenarios fly by with lightning speed, but the characters and their motivations manage to remain coherent and understandable. By mixing the highly choreographed style of Hong Kong action movies with the bravado of American action flicks, Besson creates a style all his own. The movie lies near the root of the growing popularity of parkour, and one viewing will tell you why. District B13 even stars one of the founders of the sport/movement – David Belle. Check out the trailer above. Alternately, just watch the first chase of the movie. You’ll be hooked.
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I've actually wanted to see a bunch of these films, especially Moon.
I always thought District 13 was a knock-off of District 9.
Moon is fantastic, Let the right one in is one of the few vampire movies I actually liked, King of Kong is great, you guys really nailed this list.
B13 has truly awesome action, but be warned...its not a "great" movie. Its a turn off your brain and watch dudes do awesome s*** movie. I wouldnt have put it at the top of the list, but I enjoyed it.
I thought this was a joke thread. :(
They're not all winners on the streaming netflix service.
Moon is awesome.Ink looks cool too.
I though the King of Kong was really good.
I remember watching the Iron Giant and nearly crying at the end. It was really sad for a kids movie. The last time I watched it was a few years ago when Cartoon Network did a 24 marathon of it.
Very nice list. I'm really excited to check out Distric B13. Thanks GI.
I must have seen Dr. Horrible at least 30 times and I still have trouble watching the end. I wish they would do a sequel for it.
I totally agree with everything on this list, but there is one thing... WHERE THE HELL IS BLADE RUNNER! Seriously!
The premise you describe for District B13 is also quite similar to the setting for the upcoming sequel Batman: Arkham City. Wonder if Bats is gonna do any parkour? ;-)
Great list! I've been needing some movies to add to my queue and now I got em. Can't wait to watch.
iv seen about half of these movies
Sad thing is, I've seen most of these. Haven't watched Red Cliff yet, though. VERY high up on my list of flicks to watch though
I remember the Iron Giant from my childhood.
I decided to watch Ink on a whim, it was a great movie, I definitely loved the early fight scene in the girl's bedroom.
Yes! Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog ftw.
Hey a top 10 list that dosen't suck. Way to go!
Good top two. The District B13 series was surprisingly entertaining for being French Action--a seeming oxymoron.
Moon was great too. If you've watched too much Sci-Fi, you see where it's headed, but it's good nonetheless.