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    Looking for the best Netflix movies? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the greatest films the streamer has to offer right here. The last few months have been packed full of excellent releases for Netflix, with the likes of All Quiet on the Western Front, Pinocchio, The Wonder, and Knives Out 2 joining the line-up. Basically, if you’re looking to plan your next movie marathon, then Netflix is the place for you. 

    The biggest problem, of course, is trying to figure out just what to watch – and that’s where our list comes in. We’ve selected the 50 best Netflix movies to help you settle in with something to stream, and there’s a ton of choice, too, with everything from more controversial picks like Blonde to Academy Award-winning movies like The Power of the Dog. So, for all that and more, see our roundup of the very best the streamer has to offer below. 

    The best Netflix movies to watch right now


    Year released: 2022
    Directors: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson

    Guillermo del Toro and co-director Mark Gustafson’s take on the classic tale Pinocchio is no Disney movie – this film is set in fascist, inter-war Italy and is based on Carlo Collodi’s original novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio. 

    “When I pitched this story, I said it is of a piece with The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. I said it is not made for children,” del Toro told Total Film. “But children can watch it if their parents speak to them. I would not fool myself on say Pan’s Labyrinth is a kid’s movie, but this one can be watched by kids. It’s not pasteurized, it’s not homogenized, and it’s not immune to dialogue in the family.” The cast includes the voice talent of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Tilda Swinton, and Cate Blanchett. 

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Year released: 2022 

    Director: Rian Johnson

    Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc is back in this follow-up to 2019’s Knives Out. Glass Onion picks up with an all new cast of characters, with the impressive ensemble including Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Odom Jr. We won’t spoil any secrets here, but it’s safe to say Blanc is once again investigating a murder mystery – this time in Greece. 

    The Wonder

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Sebastián Lelio

    Florence Pugh stars in this psychological drama as Elizabeth Wright, an English nurse in the 1800s who travels to Ireland to investigate a young girl who her family claims hasn’t eaten in four months – but is miraculously unaffected. Tom Burke, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, and Kíla Lord Cassidy co-star. The period drama examines themes of trauma and religious fervor, and Pugh received widespread critical acclaim for her performance. 

    All Quiet On The Western Front

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Edward Berger

    Germany’s entry for the 2023 Academy Awards, All Quiet on the Western Front, is an epic anti-war movie based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque. It follows German teenager Paul (Felix Kammerer) as he enlists in the German army near the end of the First World War. Caught up in the patriotic spirit, he joins up with his friends, expecting adventure and victory. In reality, what he finds is unimaginable bloodshed and horror on the frontline. Parallel to Paul’s story, Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl plays German official Matthias Erzberger who is attempting to begin armistice negotiations with Allied forces. 

    This isn’t the first time that the novel has been adapted for the screen, with Hollywood versions from 1930 and 1979. However, the latest version has been praised for staying true to the source material’s powerful anti-war message. The movie has also been lauded for its brutal battle scenes and emotionally raw performances, cementing it as a classic of the war film genre.

    The Good Nurse

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Tobias Lindholm 

    Serial killer biopics are nothing new for Netflix, but The Good Nurse stands apart as a sensitively handled, chilling take on one of the worst true crime cases in recent history. Directed by Tobias Lindholm, the film follows the case of Charles Cullen, a nurse convicted of killing dozens – with hundreds more suspected – of patients.

    The film begins long before his conviction with the focus on hard-working nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain). She struggles between maintaining a difficult job, navigating a worsening heart condition, and the demands of childcare. So when new nurse Charles (Eddie Redmayne) joins her team, it’s a lifesaver. Not only does he help her hide her medical condition at work, but he also becomes a close friend and confidant to her. However, everything is thrown into flux when an investigation begins into a suspicious patient death: Charles is brought into the spotlight and Amy discovers he’s been hiding a huge secret.

    The movie is anchored by powerful performances from Chastain and Redmayne in the lead roles as the chilling case slowly unfolds. Keeping the killing off-screen, the movie focuses instead on the psychological impact of Cullen’s crimes on his victims’ families and Amy. 

    The Stranger

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Thomas M. Wright

    A film that operates on a need-to-know basis, Thomas M. Wright’s elliptical but gripping The Stranger circles one of Australia’s most horrifying crimes: the kidnap and murder of 13-year-old Queensland boy Daniel Morcombe. Thankfully, the film avoids any depiction of this 2003 atrocity. Instead, the focus is on the ensuing police operation – the sting to end them all – that took eight years to reach its conclusion.

    From the off, The Stranger feels worthy of comparison with such notable Aussie crime yarns as Animal Kingdom (with which it shares star Joel Edgerton) or Chopper. Henry (Sean Harris) is a nefarious drifter who is gradually, carefully, recruited into a criminal organisation. Inducting him is Mark (Joel Edgerton) who, as we come to learn, is an undercover cop. In fact, the entire gang is a fake, designed to win Henry’s trust and ultimately elicit a confession.

    Light on real-life detail, Wright’s film is less procedural and more psychological portrait, especially of Edgerton’s character – a single father who finds it near-impossible to shake off the case when he’s at home. Aided by Sam Chiplin’s brooding cinematography, resonant sound design and deep-in-character turns by Edgerton and Harris, Wright crafts a fascinating (and respectful) look at what it takes to bring a murderer to justice – and the human cost involved.


    Year released: 2022
    Director: Andrew Dominik

    Ana de Armas takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, a fictionalized take on the life of the iconic Hollywood star. Based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, the movie features brutal depictions of the traumas Monroe faced throughout her life and tackles the perils of fame head-on. Andrew Dominik showcases visual flair in drives, with the movie’s filthy-gorgeous and kaleidoscopic cinematography. And while Blonde won’t be for everyone – it’s a very difficult watch and really should not be taken as anywhere near the truth of Monroe’s life – it’s an incredibly intricate comment on celebrity culture.

    Blonde also stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, the playwright and third husband of Monroe, along with Bobby Cannavale as Monroe’s second husband Joe DiMaggio, and Julianne Nicholson as her mother. 


    Year released: 2022
    Director: Romain Gavras

    Set in suburban France, Athena – which debuted at Venice Film Festival – centers on a community dealing with the aftermath of the brutal, racist murder of an Algerian man, Idir. The focus of Athena is Idir’s three brothers, Karim, Moktar, and Abdel – a French soldier, a drug dealer, and a community leader, respectively. As they try to process their brother’s death in their own way, chaos threatens to erupt in their neighborhood. It’s a gripping watch that rightfully won rave reviews.

    I Came By

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Babak Anvari

    Netflix’s first major British thriller, I Came By stars George MacKay (1917) and Percelle Ascott as two graffiti artists who break into the homes of wealthy elites a plaster graffiti all over the walls. However, Ascott’s character wants out after having a child, while MacKay’s young man, still living with his mother, played by Kelly Macdonald, decides to go after another target alone. However, after invading the home of a retired judge, portrayed by a delightfully evil Hugh Bonneville, he discovers a deep, dark secret that changes everything.

    Now, before you go into this one, it’s worth noting that while some of the dialogue’s a little ropey, the story structure’s ingenious and will delight anyone who loves a good Hitchcockian thriller. Babak Anvari does a brilliant job bringing you into the world, and there are plenty of surprises throughout. Just don’t get too attached to anyone in particular… 


    Year released: 2022
    Director: S. S. Rajamouli

    There’s a reason RRR has been called one of the greatest action movies of all time. First released in cinemas, RRR has found a new life on Netflix, with Western audiences discovering this Indian epic. Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, the Telugu-language movie takes place in the 1920s and centers on two revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.), in their explosive challenge of the British Raj. 

    It’s lengthy at 182 minutes, but RRR doesn’t waste a second, cramming in everything from fiery bow and arrow battles and motorcycle chases to men fighting alongside bloodied tigers. If none of that tickles your fancy, firstly, what more do you want? Secondly, fear not, it also features a romantic subplot, a sweet bromance, and a couple of musical numbers, too. All of which culminates in making this one of the best Netflix movies you can watch right now.


    Year released: 2022
    Director: Jeremiah Zagar

    You don’t necessarily think of Adam Sandler when you picture the best Netflix movies. And yet, here Hustle stands as one of the best Netflix originals available to watch. And this one’s more uplifting than Uncut Gems (removed from this list after leaving the streaming service).

    Hustle’s a sports drama that follows a former basketball recruiter, played by Sandler, who tries to revive his career by bringing a player from Spain, Juancho Hernangomez, a member of the real-life NBA team the Memphis Grizzlies, to play in the NBA. Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, and Robert Duvall, as well as several cameos from NBA players and coaches, appear in the movie. Prepare to get a bit weepy.

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    Year released: 2022
    Director: Richard Linklater

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood is the latest collaborative effort from the Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater and actor Jack Black. The pair have worked together on numerous occasions, perhaps most famously on School of Rock, and their new movie is an equally joyful release, telling the story of a fourth-grader, Stanley, who’s sent to space after a pair of NASA scientists – played by Zachary Levi and Glen Powell – realize that they have accidentally built modules that are too small for an adult. 

    Though about a youngster, Apollo 10½ is very much set in the past, the fictional events taking place in 1969, the year the very real Apollo 11 first took humans to the moon. Plus, the non-fantastical elements are deeply rooted in Linklater’s own past, with the film acting as partly autobiographical. Meanwhile, Black plays an older version of Stanley. The story’s not the only notable thing about Apollo 10½ – while the movie was shot in live-action, the whole thing is animated, the actors rotoscoped over, leading to some fantastically inventive sequences. 

    The Hand of God

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Paolo Sorrentino

    Set in mid-’80s Naples, where the world’s greatest footballer, Diego Maradona, has sensationally signed to play for the city’s top-flight team, The Hand of God is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale, telling the story of a sensitive teenager and Sorrentino surrogate Fabietto (the up-and-coming Filippo Scotti). The title refers to the controversial goal scored by Maradona against England in the ’86 World Cup, but it’s also a nod to the twist of fate which shapes the protagonist’s future life. 

    Within its loose, episodic structure, The Hand of God offers some brash laughs; there’s fun to be had spending time with Fabietto’s larger-than-life relatives, friends, neighbors, plus a diverting drop-in on an extras-casting session for a Fellini film. Not one to miss.

    Tick, Tick… Boom!

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Hamilton whiz Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut with Tick, Tick… Boom!, an energetic adaptation of a lesser-known work by Rent creator Jonathan Larson. The largely autobiographical story follows wannabe theatre composer Jon (Andrew Garfield) as his post-college dream collides with reality: working in a New York diner in 1990, he’s burdened with a desperate urge to stage his musical ambition before he turns 30. An effusive Garfield is superb in his first singing role, while Miranda directs with verve, avoiding the usual stage-to-screen pitfalls while nailing the varied musical numbers.

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Kirsten Johnson

    Dick Johnson Is Dead is one of those rare documentaries that’s so much more than just a documentary. The film focuses on Dick Johnson, a man still very much alive but will one day, like all of us, die. His daughter, Kirsten Johnson, is behind the camera and makes her father walk through various situations that could lead to his death. This is all about coming to terms with mortality and losing loved ones, and does so in a surprisingly upbeat-yet-melancholy way. You really won’t see anything else like it.

    The Power of the Dog

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Jane Campion

    Jane Campion’s first feature since 2009’s Bright Star is a subtle spin on sibling rivalry, repressed emotions and rural living. Based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, its story dials back to 1920s Montana and into the world of the ranch-owning Burbank brothers, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons). The more bookish of the two, George manages the business while the rough-hewn Phil can more typically be found castrating cattle. 

    When George meets and marries Rose (Kirsten Dunst), widowed mother to sensitive teen Pete (Kodi Smit-McPhee), it sends Phil into an apoplectic rage. Soon, he’s brutally haranguing Rose, who starts to self-medicate with booze, and ominously befriending Pete. But there’s more to this story than jealousy and rage, as Campion drops hints about hidden love from the past that might well be a dangerous thing in cowboy country. 

    Beautifully filmed (with New Zealand doubling for the States), The Power Of The Dog is surely Campion’s most elegant movie since The Portrait Of A Lady or even The Piano. True, it has a tendency to meander and lands Last Night In Soho’s Thomasin McKenzie with an underwritten role. But at its heart is a brooding Cumberbatch, offering one of the shrewdest performances of his career. The Road’s Smit-McPhee also impresses, especially as his character grows more important in the film’s final, unexpected third.


    Year released: 2021
    Director: Rebecca Hall

    Passing was a hit on the film festival circuit – the period drama stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as mixed-race childhood friends who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another’s lives. Set in New York City in the ’20s, both women ‘pass’ as white, but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line. The directorial debut from actor Rebecca Hall, the movie is shot in black and white and based on the novel of the same name by Nella Larsen.

    The Harder They Fall

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Jeymes Samuel

    It’s estimated that a quarter of cowboys were Black, but you’d never know it from Hollywood westerns, which so whitewashed American history that Mel Brooks found provocative humor in having a Black man holding the reins in 1974’s Blazing Saddles. Like Mario Van Peebles’ 1993 oater Posse, The Harder They Fall by Jeymes Samuel (aka London singer/songwriter The Bullits) looks to change things up and have a blast doing it, with its starry Black cast trading shots in thrilling sequences of stylized violence set to quality music.

    Many of the larger-than-life characters in The Harder They Fall are historical figures. But Samuel and his co-writer Boaz Yakin (Now You See Me, 2012’s Safe) aren’t past playing fast and loose with history themselves, albeit in less harmful ways. So what we have here is a fictional revenge tale that entangles lives that, in some cases, never did cross, as Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) – aka Deadwood Dick – reconvenes his old gang, including former flame Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), to take down fearsome outlaw Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). Only Buck has reteamed with his own posse – ‘Treacherous’ Trudy Smith (Regina King), Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and more. Also in the volatile mix is legendary US Marshal Bass Reeves (Delroy Lindo). An almighty gunfight is on the blood-rimmed horizon…


    Year released: 2021
    Director: Bo Burnham

    Bo Burnham’s Inside isn’t your normal comedy special. Made and released during the Coronavirus pandemic, Inside is unlike anything else during the same period. It starts off laugh-out-loud funny, with some great songs about white women’s Instagram profiles and Facetiming with your parents. However, it soon looks inward, with Burnham addressing depression, turning 30, Jeff Bezos, and a growing discontent with the internet. We won’t spoil anything more, but the overall experience is a thought-provoking film that will have you rethinking your relationship with being inside for months on end…

    Fear Street Trilogy

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Leigh Janiak

    A popcorn-friendly horror romp, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a colorful addition to Netflix’s catalog. Kiana Madeira leads the cast as Deena, a high schooler who lives in Shadyside (AKA “Shittyside”), a village afflicted by a severe case of serial killers. Every few years, a Shadysider goes on a murderous rampage, and Deena and her ex girlfriend, Alex, get caught in the mystery of why the village is seemingly cursed.

    Fear Street will delight anyone wanting to sink into some ‘90s nostalgia or simply enjoy a Saturday night slasher. An R-Rated adaptation of R. L. Stine’s novels, it has been made with teenage sleepovers, squeamish first dates, and every other popcorn-friendly situation in mind. Not one to miss – and the two sequels are just as good as the first, so well worth watching, too.

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    Year released: 2021
    Directors: Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe

    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are credited as producers here, but as with Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, their fingerprints are all over this extremely enjoyable Netflix animation. As well as sharing a visual DNA with their madcap CG toon Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Mitchells Vs. The Machines is as irreverently funny as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. And, like Spider-Verse, it has a unique visual style that rewards close inspection.

    It follows the titular family of four (plus pug), as teenage daughter Katie (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson) prepares to leave home for film school. She’s content to fly, but dad Rick (Danny McBride) spies a chance to mend their ailing relationship by driving her, cross-country, to her dorm room, along with mum Linda (Maya Rudolph) and brother Aaron (voiced by Rianda).

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The White Tiger

    Year released: 2021
    Director: Ramin Bahrani

    A vibrant rags-to-riches tale set in metropolitan India it may be, but Ramin Bahrani’s darkly comic drama shares more in common with Parasite than it ever does with Slumdog Millionaire. Adapted from Aravind Adiga’s 2008 Booker-winning bestseller of the same name, The White Tiger stars Adarsh Gourav as lowly chauffeur Balram, whose eyes are opened to the metaphorical ‘chicken coop’ that keeps the have-nots in their place, while the wealthy thrive. The novel’s rich social commentary still resonates in this cinematic adaptation. This one easily earns a place among the best Netflix movies going.

    Pieces of a Woman

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Kornél Mundruczó

    You may recognize Vanessa Kirby from her brilliant turn as Princess Margaret on The Crown. In Pieces of a Woman, she’s equally brilliant, giving a stunning performance as a woman struggling with the trauma and grief of losing her newborn baby. 

    The film co-stars Shia LaBeouf, and is directed by Kornél Mundruczó. Not one to be watched lightly, especially with an almost 30-minute long, one-take birth scene. Kirby, throughout, gives a stunning performance, which has earned her an Oscar nomination. And quite rightly.

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

    Year released: 2020
    Director: George C. Wolfe

    Containing Chadwick Boseman’s final performance, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars Viola Davis as the eponymous Ma Rainey, a singer known as the “Mother of the Blues.” Set across the course of one afternoon in 1927, tensions rise as Ma Rainey challenges her manager and producer – while Boseman’s Levee, a trumpeter, has ambitious plans of his own. The film is adapted from the August Wilson play of the same name, and Denzel Washington produces. 

    The film is swept along by its two potent central performances, Davis generating hefty diva-power with her proud, obstinate, blues-preaching Ma, determined not to be reduced to a ripped-off voice. Boseman’s wiry, angry Levee brings the film’s real charge, however, giving every rippling horn improv, fierce God-taunting rant, and soft-shoe shuffle the urgency of a man racing to make his mark with his art. The desperate, eloquent force of his performance gives this muscular film added punch and poignancy.


    Year released: 2020
    Director: David Fincher

    David Fincher’s long-awaited biographical drama about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, Mank, has been a long time coming. Fincher’s father Jack wrote the script for the movie back in the ’90s, but the project didn’t come to fruition until last year. It follows Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he writes Citizen Kane, as well as his relationships with newspaper tycoon WIlliam Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance) and Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies (Amanda Seyfried). 

    Oldman and Seyfried are both excellent, careers highs that should be showered in awards glory. Plus, this is Fincher’s first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl – the director brings everything to Mank, edited to perfection and becoming one of Hollywood’s finest love-letters to itself.


    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    Year released: 2019
    Director: Vince Gilligan

    “Only you can decide what’s best for you, Jesse.” Those words, said during the opening moments of El Camino, epitomize the character’s journey through Breaking Bad – the show-stopping series that charted the rise and fall of Walter White. El Camino continues Jesse’s journey beyond the finale, offering a sendoff for the beloved former meth cook.

    El Camino could have fallen apart quite easily, yet Aaron Paul’s intense portrayal of a man suffering PTSD holds everything together. He perfectly slips back into Jesse’s shoes, making the time spent between the series ending and El Camino’s release fade away. Thanks to Paul’s gravitas, the movie feels like a satisfying closure for the character. El Camino, then, offers a final farewell to some of the greatest characters ever to appear on television screens. And Jesse, poor Jesse, finally gets the closing chapter he deserves. 

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Aaron Sorkin

    In September 1969, seven members of the radical left were lumped together and charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot; the charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests held in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. An eighth defendant, Bobby Seale (played here by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), was also bundled into this “all-star team” of revolutionaries by Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell.

    Aaron Sorkin could have directed this as a straightforward courtroom drama. However, thanks to a heavy-weight cast (Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt) this is as gripping as they come. Trial of the Chicago 7 makes for an emotionally tough watch – though an exhilarating one too, given the torque of Sorkin’s talk. What really resonates are the shocking parallels to the current political landscape, the death of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests that were met this summer with tear gas.

    Enola Holmes

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Harry Bradbeer

    Meet the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft; charming, witty, and in a whole lot of trouble. Join the rambunctious Enola Holmes as she journeys across London in an attempt to solve, not one, but two mysteries. Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown is delightful as the eponymous heroine, and the fourth-wall-breaking movie is the perfect light-hearted escape for anyone stuck at home. 

    The movie also unites Brown with another Netflix star, The Witcher’s Henry Cavill, who offers a new take on Sherlock that rivals Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s versions, even though his screen time is minimal. It’s all surprisingly charming – and well worth a watch on Netflix.

    The Devil All the Time

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Antonio Campos

    It’s not hard to imagine the scorchingly hot cast of Netflix’s The Devil All The Time attracting, then traumatizing, an unsuspecting young audience. Part-time superheroes Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Sebastian Stan lead this stacked ensemble – yet director Antonio Campos’ (Afterschool, Simon Killer) adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s novel couldn’t be further removed from the breezy, mainstream comic-book fare. 

    A sprawling Southern Gothic drama set in post-war Ohio, around the epicenter of a town called Knockemstiff, TDATT’s time-hopping story begins with Willard Russell (Skarsgård) returning from World War 2 and starting a family with Charlotte (Haley Bennett). This movie’s a harrowing experience – but a worthwhile one, if you can stomach it. Plus, once you’ve watched this one, be sure to read our ending explained piece with the director.

    I’m Thinking of Ending Things

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Charlie Kaufman

    Based on Iain Reid’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Charlie Kaufman’s latest movie I’m Thinking of Ending Things follows a young woman (Jessie Buckley) who – despite having second thoughts about her current relationship – travels with her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) on their secluded farm. However, this is no normal family visit: proceedings soon to sinister as the woman becomes self-reflective and they turn nasty.

    From the creative mind of the man behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a psychological thriller that will fry your nerves and leave you questioning what is real and what isn’t. Top tip: don’t believe everything you see… Certainly one of the best Netflix movies streaming right now.


    Year released: 2019
    Director: Mati Diop

    A spooky love story set in Senegal. A 17-year-old named Ada has fallen in love with a young construction worker, Souleiman, who one day disappears at sea and ides. Those who were missing on the boat return to their old neighborhood to haunt those left behind, with some hoping to wreak revenge for being underpaid. Souleiman, though, has other plans.

    There’s something magical about Atlantics. A ghost story that’s not scary, but earnestly romantic and political comment on poor working and living conditions in Senegal. The cinematography is beautiful, and Mati Diop’s direction is superb. Critics have found it hard to categorize, and you can see why.

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    Year released: 2017
    Director: Noah Baumbach

    Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller star in Noah Baumbach’s remarkable intergenerational comedy-drama about three siblings (Sandler, Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel) trying to navigate life in the shadow of their father (Dustin Hoffman). As they contend with him, each other, and their families, they find their lives taking unexpected turns. 

    If you’ve seen Baumbach’s previous movies, such as The Squid and the Whale or Greenberg, you’ll know what you’re getting here: a quirky comedy with emotional, dramatic elements, and some darn good performances too. He’s also co-written several of Wes Anderson’s movie scripts, including The Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox. And yes, you better believe it, Adam Sandler can act, when he’s given a half-decent script (see Punch-Drunk Love for further proof). 


    Year released: 2017
    Director: Bong Joon Ho

    Bong Joon-ho directs a sci-fi adventure movie with overt references to the modern food industry. Starring Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and a cast of insanely talented actors, Okja caused a lot of discussion and debate at the time of its release, especially around the ethics of meat production. It also showed that companies like Netflix could make a success – and a thumping one – of left-field creative choices, as long as they do it with confidence. And Bong Joon-ho and co have that in plentiful supply. 

    Its bold and inventive storyline, great action, and eye-popping visuals make this a delightful movie. Also, who needs an excuse to watch anything with Tilda Swinton in it? Plus, its Bong Joon-ho… you know you’re in good hands when this Oscar-winning director’s on board.

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Year released: 2018
    Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

    In one of Netflix’s largest coups, the streaming service produced a Coen brothers project. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – which was initially going to be a television show – consists of six short films, each detailing a story from the American West. Which makes this not one Coen movie, but technically Coen movies all wrapped up into one. And Coen movies are, as cinema aficionados know, quality (well, most of them). 

    While you might not take a night to go watch a series of shorts at the cinema, firing it up at home and making yourself cozy on the sofa is easy. Also, if you get interrupted, tired, or otherwise distracted, each movie won’t last longer than an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so you can divvy it up if needed. 

    Da 5 Bloods

    Year released: 2020
    Director: Spike Lee

    Spike Lee has been reminding us that Black Lives Matter since the mid-’80s, but his cries have unsurprisingly taken on a renewed urgency in recent years: Chi-Raq and BlacKkKlansman are among his most potent works. Da 5 Bloods(opens in new tab) matches those films for righteous anger, telling the story of four US veterans (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Norm Lewis) returning to Vietnam to locate and repatriate the remains of their squad leader (played by Chadwick Boseman). 

    There’s also the little matter of finding a trunk of gold bullion they buried during the war – it was intended to pay locals for their help against the Viet Cong, but when it went down with a CIA plane, our heroes took it for themselves. This is a frequently fierce, fascinating picture. The world needs it right now.

    Marriage Story

    Year released: 2019
    Director: Noah Baumbach

    Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple looking to get a divorce. He’s a controlling theatre director; she’s an actress looking to break out into the movies. Together, they are a mess whose only real bind remains their son. 

    Marriage Story(opens in new tab) really is a warts-and-all piece of filmmaking, with all the horrible details of divorce – having to look for lawyers, questioning who gets to keep the child, parents who seemingly go out of their way to worsen the situation – being portrayed on screen. That realness comes from director Noah Baumbach’s impeccable screenplay, which he wrote after completing his own divorce. Not one to watch if your relationship isn’t emotionally stable. 

    The Irishman

    Year released: 2019
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Scorsese’s adaptation of I Heard You Paint Houses – Charles Brandt’s book chronicling the life of mob underling Frank Sheeran – took its time getting here, and takes a fair amount of time to watch. Packed with a show-stopping cast, Robert DeNiro leads the show as the former truck driver who falls in with a Pennsylvania crime family led by Joe Pesci’s Russell Bufalino. 

    The Irishman(opens in new tab) is a classic Scorsese pic that’s all the better for its three-and-a-half-hour runtime, which delves deep into a previously-unexplored territory: the loneliness of a lifelong crook. Alongside Al Pacino as Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, Pesci and De Niro receive two of their meatiest parts to date. The movie’s CGI de-aging techniques will wow you.


    Year released: 2018
    Director: Alfonso Cuarón

    All filmmakers put themselves in their work. It’s unavoidable. Alfonso Cuaron brings his past to the fore in his opus, Roma, using his upbringing on the Mexico City streets as inspiration. An entirely no-name cast makes this exhilarating movie shine, with a story that follows live-in housekeepers for a middle-class family. Set during the ’70s, Roma spins on ideas of class and culture and places them inside some of the most breathtaking shots you’ll likely ever watch on Netflix. 

    After the likes of 2013’s Gravity – a complex space-set thriller hung together by cutting-edge CGI – Roma is a breath of fresh air. A simplistic dive that’s already being heralded as a masterpiece, and one of the best movies ever made, why wouldn’t you want to see that?

    I Lost My Body

    Year released: 2019
    Director: Jérémy Clapin

    A French animation about a severed hand trying to reconnect with its owner is a darkly funny adventure drama that’s packed with pathos. After escaping a Parisian hospital, the independent hand traverses the city – fending off oncoming traffic, erratic pigeons, and feral rats along the way – in an impossible quest to rejoin the body it once belonged to, that of clumsy loner Naoufel.

    I Lost My Body is a study of scaled-down, ground-level danger, with great comedy found in the detail. It’s also a meditation on fractured identity, heightened by the hand’s poignant hope for reconciliation. Director/co-writer Jeremy Clapin sensitively combines melancholy with an ultimately life-affirming message.

    Dolemite Is My Name

    Year released: 2019
    Director: Craig Brewer

    Eddie Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore, the iconic actor who created the phenomenon that was Dolemite, a kung-fu fighting pimp who released comedy albums and movies. Dolemite Is My Name tells of Moore’s struggles to get famous, and then, even when being famous among the black community, the trials that he had to overcome to get his movie made.

    Murphy has rarely been better than in Dolemite Is My Name. This is his movie, with the comic actor carrying every scene – and it’s a tragedy that he was not showered with gold at the Oscars. Wesley Snipes as director D’Urville Martin is also excellent.

    Beasts of No Nation

    Year released: 2015
    Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

    One of Netflix’s very first productions was a bold proposition indeed; a war movie in a fictional African country, performed for long stretches in Twi (a dialect of the Akan language spoken in Ghana), about a child soldier groomed for violence by a simultaneously terrifying and magnetic commandant. Beasts of No Nation plays out in just as bleak a manner as the premise suggests, leaving the viewer morally conflicted and emotionally exhausted.

    In a movie that’s equal parts thrilling and harrowing, Idris Elba delivers an absolute masterclass in his role as the commandant. You watch him groom a child for war and perform several war crimes, and yet, somehow, you still find yourself wanting to root for him. And no less of a revelation is the young Abraham Attah as Agu. It’s all directed, written, and shot by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who’s gone on to direct No Time to Die, and you can see why Bond’s producers liked him. 

    Private Life

    Year released: 2018
    Director: Tamara Jenkins

    Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn play a married couple who are desperately trying to have a baby. As time is running out for them, they try to go for various methods of assisted reproduction, but when college dropout Sadie suddenly enters their life, everything changes. It’s a mix of comedy and drama, with that typical sort of existentialism that only seems to exist in New York-set movies.

    In many ways, Private Life’s a combination of your archetypal New York indie movie and your archetypal middle-aged conflict indie movie, but director Tamara Jenkins (2007’s The Savages) infuses it with her special brand of charm. Also, Giamatti is in vintage form with Hahn delivering a great performance, too. Like with so many of Netflix’s successes, the strength of this movie lies in the script’s understated authenticity rather than reliance on the sensational.


    Year released: 2017
    Director: Dee Rees

    Set in the post-WWII Southern US, Mudbound is a dramatic thriller about the racial tensions and cultural segregation that still thrived at that time, almost a century after the abolition of slavery. It follows a cast of characters both white and black, as they navigate the often volatile society of the South, while at the same time dealing with the traumatic aftermath of World War II. 

    Mudbound is a war drama akin to a progressive rock song, adding layers and elements throughout, culminating in a true epic as all its strands converge dramatically. Aside from its cultural relevance today with increased racial tensions in recent years, it’s a damn good movie in its own right and marks both Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund’s finest performances to date. This one’s a mammoth. 

    The Other Side of the Wind

    Year released: 2018
    Director: Orson Welles

    A previously-lost Orson Welles film, The Other Side of the Wind features Jake Hannaford, an elderly Hollywood director, hosting a screening for his new movie, also titled The Other Side of the Wind. The movie-within-a-movie spoofs both the Golden Age of Hollywood and the experimental cinema that punctured much of the late-1960s. The kicker, too, is that the audience is told straight away that this is Hannaford’s final day on Earth. Not a bad way to start a movie, that’s for sure.

    Not only is this a piece of movie history (having previously remained incomplete after Welles’ death), The Other Side of the Wind is unmissable for several reasons besides that. It’s a fantastic pastiche of modern and classic cinema, and is Orson Welles giving something new to the medium he dedicated his life towards. It also comes coupled with a documentary, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, which is just as endlessly fascinating and re-watchable as the source material.

    The Little Prince

    Year released: 2015
    Director: Mark Osborne

    Netflix doesn’t only focus on mature-themed movies, even though the freedom from R-ratings gives it plenty of scope for swearing, violence, and sex. Here you’ll find a precious little animated movie based on a French novella from 1943, about a young lonely girl whose imagination is transported to another world through magical stories told by her eccentric neighbor. As she embarks on this journey, she discovers a world of wonder invisible to the naked eye, changing both her, him, and the girl’s mother in the process.

    In an age where cynicism almost seems like a default emotion, be it in daily life, politics, or even cinema, The Little Prince is refreshingly heartfelt. It’s not a perfect movie in terms of pacing, but by golly is it pretty. It’s clean, wholesome fun for the family, and we can never have too much of that.

    Gerald’s Game

    Year released: 2017
    Director: Mike Flanagan

    Directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House(opens in new tab) and Doctor Sleep(opens in new tab)), Gerald’s Game is a thriller with a twist: the protagonist is handcuffed to a bed for almost the entire movie. Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play a couple who rent a secluded cabin to spice up their marriage. Shortly after handcuffing Gugino’s Jessie to the bed as part of a sex game, Gerald suddenly dies. Tied to the very sturdy bed, and with no one else close enough to hear her cries for help, Jessie faces a fight to survive.

    Claustrophobic thrillers like this can often be hit-and-miss, but this one’s in the former category. It’s led almost entirely by Gugino’s intense performance, with the ever-classy Greenwood pretty much the only other cast member. The quality of acting elevates a well-executed genre movie. 


    Year released: 2018
    Director: Jean-Bernard Marlin

    A 17-year-old offender, Zachary, gets out of jail in his home city of Marseilles and immediately gets back into cahoots with his old gang to continue his life of crime, which includes pimping out sex workers. One day, though, he meets Shéhérazade, a young sex worker. He falls for her, and gradually becomes increasingly involved with her, which causes all sorts of conflict as his life escalates out of control.

    Yes, this movie navigates a well-trodden narrative path, but Shéhérazade more than earns your two free evening hours. There’s French grit, simmering tension, and echoes of other French dramas involving outcast youths involved in crime (La Haine springs to mind). Plus a gorgeous neon-tinged visual palette mixes with the squalor the characters find themselves desperately trying to escape, with a strong soundtrack and confident performances from the young cast. 


    Year released: 2016
    Director: Ava DuVernay

    Ava DuVernay turned heads with Selma, the director’s brilliant look at Martin Luther King’s march on Selma. Two years later, DuVernay returned with the documentary 13th, named after the Thirteen Amendment of the United States Constitution, banning slavery throughout the country. However, the filmmaker argues that slavery has taken on another form: the incarceration of freedmen into prisons.

    What follows is one of Netflix’s most powerful documentaries, with 13th showing just how people of color have continued to suffer under unfair and unjust laws and policing. Duvernay’s unflinching look at the prison system – which highlights just how much some companies are making from keeping people locked up – was nominated for an Oscar, and rightly so.

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