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    19 Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now That Are Perfect For A Long Weekend

    The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Homecoming, Eat, Pray, Love, and more great titles you'll want to queue up over the long weekend.

    We hope you love the movies we recommend! Oh and FYI: Platform, prices, and other availability details are accurate as of time of posting.

    1. Eat, Pray, Love

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    There's a good chance you've at least heard of the movie where Julia Roberts goes to Italy on a journey of self-discovery. Well, this is that movie! Her character — recently divorced Liz Gilbert — decides to prioritize herself for once and goes on a vacation. If you're in the mood to be transported to the sunny Italian countryside, it's certainly not a bad way to kick off your summer.

    2. What a Girl Wants

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    This movie was one of Amanda Bynes' first films, and Colin Firth and Kelly Preston played her parents. (Iconic, I know.) Amanda plays Libby, who travels to England to meet her dad for the first time before she goes off to college.

    3. Ibiza: Love Drunk

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    Netflix

    This is a classic summer vacation rom-com, complete with unbelievable coincidences and unconvincing strokes of luck for the protagonist. But Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden make an attractive couple, and Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson bring more than enough laughs as Gillian's two besties. Ibiza: Love Drunk is 94 minutes of fun that'll have you planning your next girls' trip.

    4. 50 First Dates

    Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore talking to each other appearing to look happy at a diner
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    If The Notebook had a baby with Billy Madison, it would be 50 First Dates. One of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's three collaborations, it features them both at their most charming, which will help look past some of the more crude humor — if that's not your thing. If you're someone who likes some fart jokes with your sweet romantic storylines, then this is right up your alley.

    5. The Last Summer

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    The title really says it all for this one: A group of recent high school graduates spend THE LAST SUMMER before they all go their separate ways trying to sort out their various romantic entanglements. Teen drama idols KJ Apa and Maia Mitchell play one of the couples, so you know there will be no shortage of angst and smoldering stares. Whether or not you've ever lived through something similar, it's definitely got those ~summer vibes~.

    6. The Dig

    Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes standing outside their house appearing to look serious
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    The Dig is a great period drama for when you're not necessarily in the mood for a sweeping romance like Pride and Prejudice or a cheeky comedy like Emma. But it still has other crucial period drama elements like lush scenery and detailed costumes. Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes star as a young, landowning widow and the frustrated archaeologist hired to dig up her estate. They don't fall in love, but they do form an emotional connection and help each other in other meaningful ways.

    7. Wine Country

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    Amy Poehler's first movie as a director starred a whole bunch of funny ladies: Amy, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey, just to name a few. They all use their comedy superpowers in this ensemble film about middle-aged women who, contrary to what many other films would have you believe, still have full lives after the age of 45. It's not just funny, but is also a sweet reminder that friendship is just as important as romantic love.

    8. Murder Mystery

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    Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler play a married couple who are beginning to resent each other for all the things they haven't been able to do in their lives. They're on vacation in Europe when they suddenly find themselves to be the prime suspects in a murder, which they have to solve themselves in order to clear their names. The title says it all, really.

    9. Soul Surfer

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    Soul Surfer definitely counts as a beachy summer movie, but it's also a story about recovering after a life-altering traumatic event. The film is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a competitive surfer who lost her left arm during a shark attack. You'll see lots of beautiful shots of Hawaiian beaches, as well as plenty of tear-jerking moments.

    10. Adrift

    Shailene Woodley holding onto a boat while appearing to look in distress
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    This movie might make you scared to get on a boat sometime soon, so you might wanna think twice before watching it. However, if an ocean disaster movie is what you're looking for, you can't do much better than this one. Shailene Woodley proves once again that she has a huge acting range beyond teen drama roles, and the film balances its tone really well between romance and survival drama.

    11. Army of the Dead

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    If you're not in the mood for any kind of vacation or beach movie, maybe you'll be interested in another summer film staple: heist movies! Netflix just released Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, a zombie heist movie that, like most Snyder films, is not afraid to pack on the gore. If you're a fan of the 300 movies or preferred Zack Snyder's Justice League to the original, there's a good chance you'll like this one too.

    12. The Bank Job

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    This is a more straightforward heist movie, and it happens to star Jason Statham. It's based on a real-life robbery that happened in London in the '70s, even though a lot of the film is fictionalized. Sometimes you just want to see an action star punch some folks and rob a bank.

    13. Olympus Has Fallen

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    Perhaps the most appropriate thing you can do on Memorial Day is watch Gerard Butler play a Secret Service agent who rescues the president when the White House is under attack.  Olympus Has Fallen kinda has it all: politics, action, drama, and macho posturing that conceals deeper feelings. Gerard and Aaron Eckhart make a good team, and Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House.

    14. The Mitchells vs. the Machines

    The animated characters voiced by Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Doug the Pug, Mike Rianda, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett in the animated movie
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    If you're looking for something family-friendly, Netflix has a ton of options, including The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Not only is the script funny in a way that anyone can enjoy, but the voice actors are top-notch. Abbi Jacobson! Maya Rudolph! Olivia Colman! Abbi plays Katie, who was praised for being an openly LGBTQ character at the center of a family movie.

    15. Back to the Future

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    A long weekend is a great time to watch a classic franchise that you've maybe been ignoring 'til now. Whether you've never seen them before or just haven't watched them in a long time, do yourself a favor and watch all three Back to the Future movies. They're classics!

    16. Les Misérables

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    Les Misérables is the movie that won Anne Hathaway an Oscar, even though she's only in it for about 15 minutes. Her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" is haunting, but the rest of the movie is great as well! It's almost three hours long though, so a holiday weekend might be the best time to watch it.

    17. Fiddler on the Roof

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    This legendary movie musical is three hours long, but don't let that stop you from watching it! The songs are timeless, and it touches on themes like religion, tradition, and adolescent rebellion. Tevye, the main character, has to decide just how unconditional his love for his daughters is when they keep making decisions he doesn't like.

    18. My Fair Lady

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    My Fair Lady is yet another classic you can find on Netflix. If you've never seen an Audrey Hepburn movie before, this is your chance to rectify that. If you think old movies or musicals aren't your thing, just try it! Let Audrey's adorable and unforgettable performance as Eliza change your mind.

    19. Homecoming

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    In 2018, Beyoncé became the first Black woman to headline Coachella, thus creating the term Beychella with one of the greatest concerts of all time. That concert, and the production process leading up to it, are immortalized in Homecoming. You'll feel like you're at a concert while you're watching, and you'll walk away with one conclusion: No one ever has, nor ever will, do it quite like Beyoncé.

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