As we inch closer to the holiday season, chances are your schedule will see an uptick in travel, and you may want to use the downtime to settle in for a movie/TV marathon. It's a well-known fact of life that the wi-fi in airports, trains, buses, and the like are more than often spotty, but fortunately, there are a whole host of things you can download on Netflix and watch without worrying your internet connection will suddenly time out, then force you to suffer through some dreaded buffering (First World Problems, right?).
It's worth noting that not every Netflix title is available for download, so it's not exactly a free-for-all. But luckily, the selection is large, ranging from Netflix originals like the Cannes-beloved Okja and Sundance darling I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore to outside hits including teen breakout Riverdale, acclaimed NBC sitcom The Good Place, and cult favorite Freaks and Geeks, plus an extensive trove of stand-up specials. The streaming hub does have a designated section for perusing the download library, but as with any Netflix venture, the options can be a little overwhelming. So, we've done the work. Here are 19 highlights to add to your queue for your next trip.
1'The Incredible Jessica James'
2 Dope Queens' Jessica Williams leads this unconventional rom com about an aspiring playwright who finds solace in a new romance after a difficult breakup.
2'Beasts Of No Nation'
Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala's novel of the same name, Beasts Of No Nation's sobering, visceral war drama is simultaneously tender and tough. Idris Elba and Abraham Atta star.
3'I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore'
This Netflix gem toes the line between wacky comedy and oddball thriller, following the darkly funny revenge plot of a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her martial arts-crazed neighbor (Elijah Wood).
If you haven't yet gotten around to watching Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age saga, now's your chance. When else will you have the time to commit to its near three-hour runtime?
5'Freaks and Geeks'
Whether you missed Freaks and Geeks' short-lived run on television or count yourself a diehard fan, it's worth revisiting this '80s-set teen drama about a ragtag group of high school misfits. The comedic brainchild of industry mainstays Paul Fieg and Judd Apatow, it helped launch the careers of now-famous funnymen James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel.
Okja pairs a stacked A-list cast (Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins) with an imaginative, ambitious tale about a young girl ripped from her animal best friend and the sprawling, heart-tugging journey to get him back.
7'The Thin Blue Line'
Long before Making A Murderer helped reignite the true crime craze, there was The Thin Blue Line, a critically lauded '80s doc about a man convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit (His conviction was overturned the year after the film's release).
Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary is an incisive, timely, and deeply powerful examination of the systemic racial inequality still plaguing the U.S. prison system. It doesn't make for easy viewing, so if you're craving something lighter, look elsewhere, but if you want to stoke your mind while still putting aside your work, this should be your pick.
9Any Episode Of 'Black Mirror'
With Season 4 on the horizon, now's a good time to revisit Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker's wildly brilliant, delightfully demented dystopian anthology. It's driven by thought-provoking commentary on the modern world, but be forewarned: This show will seriously f*ck with your head. There are only 13 episodes total, so if you have the space, you can download all three seasons, but since each installment acts as a standalone narrative, you can also pick and choose whatever piques your interest.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's five-time Oscar-nominated feature is a feel-good rom-com full of charm and whimsy. Audrey Tautou stars as the titular lead, a starry eyed French woman who sets out to give others happiness and finds her own along the way.
11'Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King'
In his debut stand-up special, The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj turns intimate, illuminating stories on racism, immigration, and family into sharp yet heartfelt comedy.
If you missed The CW's subversive take on the classic Archie comics while on-air, now's your time to catch up. And no, it's not just a teen show: Riverdale deftly blends small town melodrama with dark thrills.
Chelsea Handler's shift from E! to Netflix brings a profound change in tone, mixing frank, unfiltered conversations about identity and politics with Handler's irreverent humor.
This Netflix series from indie darlings Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij toes the line between mysterious and fantastical, tracing the story of a once-blind woman who returns home after seven years spent missing, her sight miraculously restored.
15'Amy Schumer: The Leather Special'
Amy Schumer's caustic, unapologetic comedy is as uproarious as it is raunchy in her first Netflix stand-up special.
This woefully underrated docuseries is a poignant but pivotal examination of a Catholic nun's 1969 murder and the sexual assault allegations that surrounded it, raising crucial conversations about childhood abuse, PTSD, and systemic corruption.
17'The Good Place'
Another grievously under-the-radar gem, The Good Place is a fresh, funny, and clever sitcom with an end-of-season twist that helped land it among critics' best new shows.
One of the most well regarded horror films of the last five years, The Babadook is a shiver-inducing, psychologically torturous fright fest about a widowed mother, her six-year-old son, and the nightmarish boogeyman that haunts them.
Wes Anderson's Oscar-nominated 2012 dramedy is an eccentric, enchanting, and wonderfully whimsical pre-pubescent love tale that masterfully evokes childhood innocence, wide-eyed adventuring, and endless possibilities.