Netflix US vs UK | 7 Oscar-Winning Films available in the US but not the UK

The popularity of Netflix has skyrocketed in recent years. The US-based video streaming service has the perfect mix of accessibility and variety of consumers crave. However Netflix consistently region blocks certain shows to certain countries, that can only be accessed from abroad by using a VPN for Netflix. So saving you the hassle, we’ve compiled 7 of the best Oscar winning Netflix movies that are available in the US, but not the UK.

  1. The Departed

    Released in 2006, this crime-thriller flick took the world by storm with its star-studded lineup (including Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio) and intense drama. It follows the story of Billy Costigan, an undercover cop living in Boston, trying to infiltrate an Irish mob, led by Frank Costello.

  2. Pulp Fiction

    This 1994 crime drama classic directed by Quentin Tarantino presents a unique take on filmmaking, as the film is not in chronological order. Starring legendary actors John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis as the films three main characters, this film is generally considered as Tarantino’s magnum opus and even won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1995.

  3. No Country for Old Men

    Directed and Produced by the Coen brothers, this 2007 thriller set during the 1980s Texas came home with 4 Oscars in 2007 along with 4 nominees. Its neo-western aesthetic appealed to audiences worldwide, grossing over $74 million and becoming a modern classic that will be remembered for decades to come. It is a must-watch for any fans of the Coen brothers or thrillers.
  4. The Theory of Everything

    One of the latest films on this list (2014), this biopic celebrates the life of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Starring Eddie Redmayne, it tells the inspirational and sometimes heartbreaking story of this scientist from his time in Cambridge University to becoming a world-renowned expert in his field.

  5. Apocalypse Now

    Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now received 2 Oscars after release in 1979 including Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography. As well as being a technical marvel, it also tells a captivating story of American troops fighting to stay alive in the harsh, unforgiving conditions of the Vietnam war.

  6. The Kings Speech

    2010 historical drama King’s Speech re-tells the inspiring story of King George VI overcoming his stutter and severe stage- fright. In 1930s Britain, George VI, played by Colin Firth, was edging closer and closer to the throne. He knows he must overcome his stutter, so begins taking lessons to improve his situation, as he knows a soon to be war-torn nation could not have faith in a King too afraid to speak to them…

  7. Ex Machina

    Science Fiction thriller Ex Machina explores themes of psychological horror, morality, and loneliness. Winner of the Best Visual Effects Oscar this film is both critically acclaimed and loved by audiences globally. Directed by Alex Garland and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, this is a much-watch for any science fiction fan. 

Written by: Jo O'Reilly

Jo O’Reilly is the Deputy Editor at BestVPN.com. An NCTJ trained journalist, she graduated from the University of London with a 2:1 in Journalism and Media. Her dissertation focused on how women used Social Media to report on the Arab Spring. A former entertainment columnist, she has written news and features for a number of national newspapers, as well as completing a stint in international publishing. When not moving commas about Jo can be found binge watching cookery shows on Netflix.

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