In addition to the constant release of new movies and shows, streaming platforms offer viewers access to massive libraries of older films. And with Americans across the country still staying mostly at home, there’s no better time to explore some little-known gems that relatively few have seen before.
Some of these movies are obscure because they were previously inaccessible on home video. Some are more well known, but simply under-seen. Thanks to the spread of streaming technology, they can all now be viewed from the comfort of one’s home.
To help movie fans discover these cinematic treasures, 24/7 Tempo has identified the 35 classic movies you haven’t seen to stream at home this week. These are the top-rated films on user-based websites Rotten Tomatoes and Internet Movie Database that have comparatively fewer total user ratings and can be currently watched on numerous streaming platforms.
These classic films were all released prior to 1990. Many date back to the 1940s and ’50s, covering genres as diverse as romance, Westerns, and musicals.
For viewers looking for something more modern films, these are the best newer movies available to stream that you’ve never seen.
To determine the classic movies you haven’t seen to stream at home this week, 24/7 Tempo created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have between 3,000 and 15,000 IMDb user ratings and 10,000 or fewer Rotten Tomatoes user ratings. Only films released prior to 1990 with English language dialogue were considered.
We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.
We then determined whether each film was available for streaming as of May 13, 2020, based on data from website JustWatch.