17 Great Movies And Shows Not Available On Netflix Basic With Ads Tier
Netflix has launched another tier for its streaming service--the cheapest one to date. For $7 a month, the basic with ads tier can access Netflix's library but there are a couple of caveats. First, it's ad-supported content, and secondly, because of licensing restrictions, some of the content is locked to users of this tier.
In total, GameSpot found over 250 movies and TV shows--some of which are Netflix originals, that basic with ads subscribers won't be able to watch under that tier. Plenty of these pieces of content are things you've never heard of like straight-to-digital movies or TV shows geared towards children.
However, there are plenty of must-see movies that you may be locked out of or TV shows you'll want to watch every episode of over the course of a weekend. From James Bond to Quentin Tarantino to one of the better horror series ever, here are 17 great movies and TV shows not available to Netflix basic with ads subscribers.
1. Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig takes on the role of James Bond, more affectionately known as Agent 007 as he enters a high-stakes poker game. This is Bond's first mission as 007, and it's actually the second time the Ian Fleming novel of the same name has been made into a movie, with the first coming in 1967.
2. The Hateful Eight: Extended Version
Quentin Tarantino's western is a modern classic with a star-studded cast that includes a number of the director's regulars, along with names like Jennifer Jason Leigh and Demián Bichir. Expect plenty of vulgarity, violence, and everything else you expect from a director like Tarantino.
3. It Follows
One of the best horror movies so far of the 21st century, It Follows centers on a young woman who has sex with a guy one night, but afterward, he lets her know there's a supernatural entity following him. If it touches him, he dies, and now, it's after her. The film is unsettling and nerve-wracking as Maika Monroe's Jay navigates her cursed world, being haunted by the equivalent of a supernatural STD.
Side note: Monroe also stars in one of the best horror movies of 2022, The Watcher.
You remind me of the babe! This ridiculously good Jim Henson movie stars--of all people--David Bowie as the king of the goblins in an adventure in which a 16-year-old girl (Jennifer Connelly) journeys into the goblin world to save her baby brother from being turned into a goblin, himself.
5. The Mist
Based on the works of Stephen King, Thomas Jane stars as an artist living in Maine, and after a storm knocks the power goes out, he heads with neighbor to the grocery store. A mist rolls into town, and anyone who gets caught up in it gets killed by mysterious monsters. Inside the grocery store, it isn't much better.
Everyone on the planet should be offended that this movie isn't available on the ad tier of Netflix. The story of the little bear from deepest, darkest Peru finding a new home in London is one of the most positive and joyful movie you can possibly imagine. Between this and the fact that Paddington 2, which is an even better film, isn't on Netflix at all, it feels like an attack.
7. Pineapple Express
The Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy is easily a classic that reunited the duo from Freaks and Geeks as they go on an adventure to save their own lives from an evil drug dealer, a crooked cop, and an inability to become actual friends.
8. Road House
Before the remake releases, you need to watch the original. Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton, who's a "Cooler." That's essentially a bar manager/trainer/bouncer/sex machine. He's hired to clean up the bar The Double Deuce, which resides in a town where an evil rich man has an iron grip over the population. Also, the bad guy lives across the river from Dalton--like 75 feet away--and spies on him having sex. It's weird and wonderful and brilliant.
Yes, this is the James Bond movie where the climax is oddly similar to Home Alone's. Bond (Daniel Craig) sets booby traps up in his childhood home to take down his enemy. It's a great movie and a really fun sequence. You'll never know that, though, because it's not on the ad tier.
Based on the PlayStation game of the same name, Tom Holland plays Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter, who is on the hunt to find Magellan's treasure. It's an action-packed adventure that is a ton of fun. Does it take a few libraries from the original story? Sure. But it doesn't matter as this movie is non-stop awesome-ness.
11. Walking Tall
How dare Netflix keep this Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson classic from those on the ad tier? Don't they deserve to see him team up with Jackass star Johnny Knoxville to save their tiny town from drug dealers?
12. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
This documentary into the life of iconic children's TV host Fred Rogers is a must watch for anyone who grew up watching his neighborhood unfold on PBS. Likewise, if you aren't as familiar with Rogers' work, this documentary is an engaging tale of a guy who gave his life over to helping teach children the importance of kindness.
13. Arrested Development
The beloved sitcom, which is technically a Netflix original for its final two seasons, is one of a number of shows that are simply unavailable to the ad tier, at least for now. At least there's still always money in the banana stand. If you don't understand that reference, you might want to upgrade to ad-free status so you can watch the show.
14. Ash vs. Evil Dead
The Evil Dead series is beloved by horror fans, as it helped fortify the horror/comedy genre. In 2015, Evil Dead came back as a series on Starz for three seasons that ended up being a lot of fun and the perfect way to build on the character of Ash and the mythos that surrounds him, created by Sam Raimi--who also developed this show alongside his brother Ivan. It's an Evil Dead show that truly understands Evil Dead.
15. The Good Place
While you might expect this hilarious show about what happens after you die to be on Peacock, given that it aired on NBC for its entire run, it's actually on Netflix. However, if you want to stream it, you'll have to subscribe to the ad-free tier of the service.
16. House of Cards
This political drama is a strange entry on the list, as it's one of Netflix's oldest original series. Its entire run was available exclusively on Netflix. Now, though, it won't be available to all subscribers.
17. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
Netflix's original animated series may seem geared more towards kids, but it's still a bit terrifying. Taking place during the events of Jurassic World--when all those dinosaurs break free--the series follows a group of kids just trying to survive the dino attack.