With all of us stuck at home for the time being, what are some ways you can liven up your evenings? Rather than scrolling through Netflix without direction, check out these recommendations based on your Myers-Briggs® personality type!
Here’s the Netflix Movie You Should Watch, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
ENFP – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
“And when I feel alone, like no one understands what I’m going through, I remember my friends who get it. I never thought I’d be able to do any of this stuff, but I can. Anyone can wear the mask. You could wear the mask. If you didn’t know that before, I hope you do now. Because I’m Spider-Man. And I’m not the only one.” – Miles Morales, Spider Man
ENFPs love movies that immerse them in an original, vivid experience. They go after films with heart, character, and excitement. It doesn’t hurt if the movie’s filled with humor, too. With that in mind, my pick for ENFPs is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In this interpretation of Spider-Man, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops strange powers after he is bitten by a radioactive spider. Shortly afterward, he meets Peter Parker and realizes there are many other “Spider” characters who share his unique skills. Miles must use his abilities and gifts to defeat evil and protect his city.
INFP – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
For years INFPs have sung the praises of this movie to me. When I watched it I could instantly see why. This movie is filled to the brim with heart, longing, and an introspective look at the experiences and feelings of someone living on the sidelines. The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, a shy fifteen-year-old boy, as he navigates the mysterious and confusing world of high school. Grappling with depression and grief, Charlie watches life from the sidelines, until two exuberant students take him under their wing. Throughout the film, Charlie learns lessons about friendship, first love, music, and more. INFPs will enjoy the depth of emotion, the authenticity, and the poignant beauty of this film.
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ENTP – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
“Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” – Dennis, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I’m pretty certain that any ENTP reading this article will have already seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But if you haven’t, then by all means, don’t waste another minute! This 1975 film forever changed the template for what comedy could be, influencing shows like The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live, as well as performers like Simon Pegg and Sacha Baron Cohen. This satirical comedy paints an irreverent but hilarious picture of King Arthur and his knights of the round table as they search for the holy grail. Along the way they meet a killer rabbit, a handful of rude Frenchmen, a three-headed-giant, and more! The humor, satire, and ingenious irreverence behind this film will surely entertain the ENTP mind.
INTP – The Matrix
“The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. A prison for your mind.” – Morpheus, The Matrix
Deeply curious and skeptical, INTPs will feel a strong resonance with Neo in The Matrix. This movie is an action-packed exploration of the concept of reality. As Morpheus leads Neo into an underworld of rebellious freedom-fighters, Neo learns that he must fight a vicious battle for his life against a group of scarily intelligent secret agents. The battle for truth is paramount to everything Neo believes in, and this is something INTPs will strongly relate to.
ENFJ – Marriage Story
“Listen, if we start from a place of reasonable, and then start from a place of crazy, when we settle, we’ll be somewhere between reasonable and crazy.” – Marriage Story
When I first saw clips from this movie on social media, I was a bit taken aback. It seemed like an over-the-top melodrama that was meant to grate on your heartstrings. But upon actually watching “Marriage Story,” I realized that there was so much nuance of human emotion here. “Marriage Story” takes a thoughtful look at the many conflicting feelings that are present in a divorce. From regret to love to fear to hatred, every emotional experience is examined. The viewer feels at one with the emotions of the people on the screen and can walk away with a sense of gratefulness for the good and bad relationships and learning experiences one has had in life. I thought ENFJs would enjoy “Marriage Story” because of its grippingly honest portrayal of the highs and lows of marriage and divorce. This movie is an examination of the human spirit and the lengths one will go to as a parent. I believe that the sincerity and emotional depth prevalent in this movie will move the ENFJ personality type.
ENTJ – The Social Network
“I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.” – Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network
I’m a huge Mark Zuckerberg fan. Regardless of what anyone says about him, I admire his ambition, vision, and drive. NTJs across the board seem to admire Zuckerberg, even if they have inner conflicts with some of his decisions. I thought ENTJs would enjoy this (somewhat) true story of Zuckerberg, as he went from a socially awkward Harvard Student to one of the youngest billionaires of all time. This film captures the struggle of being successful yet lacking the charm that CEOs are expected to have. ENTJs will relate to the bluntness and drive of Zuckerberg. They’ll also appreciate the complexity and genius needed to make something like Facebook actually succeed. I think a lot of ENTJs will enjoy this perspective on Zuckerberg’s life and the depth and insight that David Fincher brought to human nature as a whole.
INFJ – Inception
“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Don Cobb, Inception
Inception tells the story of Don Cobb, a “mind thief” who has the ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets. His skill has put him in high-demand by the corporate espionage world, but it has also cost him the people he loves most. Cobb gets a chance to start over with his life if he can successfully plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will change everything – but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.
INFJs are drawn to the complexity and conceptual depth of this film. Inception shows the power of the imagination. You have to think hard to follow the complex storyline – and with that story you will find incredible characters, a tragic love story, and a meaningful message. INFJ blogger Marissa Baker says, “This is how my brain works. Layers and layers of dreams. It’s also what my sister and I call “a thinking film” – a movie that engages our intuitive minds and encourages thoughtful discussion after watching it, rather than just entertaining us.
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INTJ – Zodiac
“Just because you can’t prove it, doesn’t mean it’s not true.” – Robert Graysmith, Zodiac
INTJs like a movie that gives them some complexity, subtlety, and mystery. They don’t want all the answers handed to them on a silver platter, and they don’t want something that’s showy yet ultimately shallow. “Zodiac” is infused with mystery and passion. It’s a movie about the search for truth, the weight of grief, and the obsession of finding answers in a case that is filled with puzzles and pain. INTJs won’t be bored during this mentally stimulating mystery based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the manhunt that followed.
ESFP – National Treasure
“So, here are your options: Door number one – you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two – we’re going to get back the Declaration of Independence; you help us find it, and… you still go to prison for a very long time. But you’ll feel better inside.” – Agent Sadusky, National Treasure
Filled with action, humor, and intrigue, “National Treasure” is an exciting romp for the ESFP personality type. These types don’t mind suspending their disbelief for an exciting escape through exotic locales, edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, and meme-worthy quotes like “I’m going to steal the declaration of independence.” People may knock Nicolas Cage, but this movie is a fun escape from the humdrum routine of daily life – and isn’t that why people originally went to the movies to begin with?
ESTP – Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2
“Those of you lucky enough to have your lives, take them with you. However, leave the limbs you’ve lost. They belong to me now.” – The Bride, Kill Bill
ESTPs love the energy, action, and dark humor of “Kill Bill”. This movie fills the screen with music, swords, revenge, and suspense. The escapes, chases, battles, and wit will keep ESTPs on their toes. The rapid pacing and the sensory stimulation is enough to keep them from getting bored or wondering, “When is this movie going to actually GET somewhere?” “Kill Bill” follows The Bride (Uma Thurman) as she awakes from a four-year coma to discover her unborn child and entire wedding party have been destroyed. She devises a hit list and sets off on a quest for revenge and justice.
ISFP – A Silent Voice
“Just what is a friend anyway? When do people start seeing each other as friends? When they first talk alone? When they exchange contact information? When they take a photo together? I’ll bet they know… what friends are.” – A Silent Voice
Introspective and thoughtful, many ISFPs are drawn to the lush, emotionally rich world of anime. “A Silent Voice” is a particularly poignant film that compassionately explores the world of teenage bullying and other adolescent traumas. ISFPs will be drawn to the emotional depth and authenticity of this movie. They’ll also appreciate the aesthetic beauty of the film. The story follows a young boy named Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. When Shoko transfers to Shoya’s elementary school she begins to experience bullying and isolation. Years later, Shoya finds himself the victim of bullying and sets out to make amends.
ISTP – Drive
“If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours no matter what. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down; I don’t carry a gun… I drive.” – Drive
Ryan Gosling plays a mysterious man who drives for movie productions by day and steers getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a lone wolf by nature, Driver finds himself falling for his beautiful neighbor Irene, a young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband. After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins completely out of control, Driver finds himself fighting for the protection of the girl he loves while being tailed by a group of deadly criminals.
Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive is an ISTP and he plays the role to perfection. He’s a lone wolf with a knack for mechanics and a taciturn, dry sense of humor. Like many ISTPs in the movies, he stays calm and disengaged until someone he loves is threatened. At that point, we are able to see why no one should ever try to get on an ISTPs bad side.
ESFJ – Valentine’s Day
“When you love someone, you love all of them, not just the good things but the bad things too. The things you find lovable and the things you don’t.”
Often hopeless romantics, ESFJs like a movie that gets them in tune with human relationships. They are drawn towards human dynamics and understanding the struggles as well as the strengths of many diverse people. On top of this, most ESFJs I’ve spoken with have told me they prefer light-hearted comedies over serious, abstract films. “Valentine’s Day” gives ESFJs a heartwarming look at the highs and lows of various Los Angeles residents as they try to survive Valentine’s Day. There’s heartache, hilarity, and love lessons galore.
ESTJ – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Snakes! Why does it always have to be snakes?” – Indiana Jones
ESTJs like a movie that offers them an escape from the humdrum routine of day-to-day life. They also like classics that have proven the test of time. “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” is filled to the brim with offbeat humor, spectacular sights, and bullwhip-cracking action-adventure. It’s a classic and for good reason. ESTJs will appreciate the integrity and gung-ho determination of Indiana Jones and they’ll also connect with his wry, offbeat sense of humor.
ISFJ – About Time
“I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one, to enjoy it, as if it was the final full day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.” – Tim Lake, About Time
Watching “About Time” is like cozying up on a rainy day with a cup of tea and a super-soft knitted blanket. This film is all embodiment of all things heart-warming and comforting. The story follows the life of Tim Lake, a man who can travel through time and uses his unique ability to try to meet a woman he can fall madly in love with. As time progresses, Tim learns that even time travel can’t shield you from the pain and heartfelt lessons of ordinary life. ISFJs will enjoy this movie because it’s filled with meaning, heartfelt emotion, and charming humor. On the surface, it might seem like your typical romantic comedy – but there’s much more to it than that. You’ll walk away feeling a renewed sense of purpose in the small beauties of everyday life.
ISTJ – The Shawshank Redemption
“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”
The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is wrongly convicted of a double homicide he didn’t commit. After he is sentenced to life in prison, he befriends Red, the prison “entrepreneur.” Together, they form an unlikely bond, and Andy proves that no chains or cell doors can imprison the power of the human mind.
For ISTJs, a meaningful story means so much more than flashy special-effects and cheap laughs. When I surveyed ISTJs about their favorite movie years ago, many mentioned “The Shawshank Redemption” because they were attracted to Andy Dufresne’s integrity and commitment. They also enjoyed the nuanced, engaging storyline. ISTJs are determined, faithful individuals and will probably relate to Dufresne’s character a great deal.
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