16 Netflix Movies To Stream "In The Background"

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Netflix has an insane amount of movies. Whether you're in the mood for comedy, romance, horror, action, drama — basically anything — the streaming service will deliver. But what if you don't actually want to watch a movie? What if you just want to have something on while you're busy doing something else? Well, the site delivers there as well, as there are some great Netflix movies to stream in the background while you're doing other stuff.

So what are the qualifications for such a movie? Honestly, they could be anything you want, but here's what I based this list on. For starters, the films should be the type that can be enjoyed even if you're not really paying attention. Action movies, musicals, comedies, and films that are presented in a vignette style are all pretty good at fulfilling this requirement, and most of the films on this list fall into this first category. Next are movies that aren't exactly must-sees, due to either campiness, terribleness, or length, and actually function better as something that you're just half-watching versus a film that you're closely watching. And lastly, there are what I would call beautiful films. These are movies that add either visual or auditory splendor to your living room while you're busy doing whatever it is you're doing besides watching it. So with these parameters in mind, here are 16 movies on Netflix that are great choices to have on in the background.


'Fantasia 2000'

Classical music and gorgeous animation will make you feel super classy while doing your chores.


'Jurassic Park'

Having scary dinosaurs prowling in the background should add a layer of excitement to whatever else you're doing.



In case you feel like singing and dancing while you work.


'Captain America: Civil War'

The plot is a little complex, but you're just here for the fights. Thankfully, there are plenty of them.


'Once Upon A Time In The West'

A good old-fashioned epic Western is the type of film that you could start watching at any moment and be entertained.


'This Is Spinal Tap'

Regardless of when you actually tune in, you will find something that will make you laugh.



Campy by design, this was never meant to be closely watched.


'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

A rollicking adventure with potential to thrill you at any point, no matter when you decide to pay attention.


'Wings Of Life'

A beautiful nature documentary is perfect for ambiance.


'From Dusk Till Dawn'

This cult vampire flick was tailor-made for late night cable airings, meaning its main purpose is to always be playing in the background somewhere.


'Bee Movie'

This movie is so weird and so... uh, not good... that it's best if you don't pay too much attention to it other than the occasional glance up to say, "Huh?"



This movie is over four hours long, so since you're unlikely to ever sit through the whole thing, having it on in the background allows you to knock it off your bucket list.


'Bad Boys 2'

It's a big, over-the-top action movie full of shootouts and one-liners. Not something you need too follow to closely.


'Picture Perfect'

This is perhaps the most formulaic rom-com ever made, so there won't be any surprises to distract you from your task.


'Pulp Fiction'

This movie's nonlinear narrative makes it perfect for ducking in and out.


'Tommy Boy'

This entry is a wildcard. You pick a movie that you love and know by heart, which is in my case Tommy Boy, and just let it run while you do other stuff. The familiarity of the film will totally improve your mood while you work.