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The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

There are so many film experiences to choose from on Netflix, let us help you narrow down your choices.

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By Jason Bailey

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The sheer volume of films on Netflix — and the site’s less than ideal interface — can make finding a genuinely great movie there a difficult task. To help, we’ve plucked out the 50 best films currently streaming on the service in the United States, updated regularly as titles come and go. And as a bonus, we link to more great movies on Netflix within many of our write-ups below. (Note: Streaming services sometimes remove titles or change starting dates without giving notice.)

Here are our lists of the best TV shows on Netflix , the best movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best of everything on Hulu and Disney Plus .

‘Train to Busan’ (2016)

This white-knuckle zombie-apocalypse thriller from the South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho, set onboard a train hurtling toward possible safety, is a fantastic entry into the “relentless action in a confined space” subgenre (recalling “Snowpiercer,” “The Raid,” “Dredd” and the granddaddy of them all, “Die Hard”). The set pieces are energetic, the makeup effects are convincing, and the storytelling is ruthless. (Don’t get too attached to anyone.) But it’s not all blood and bluster; there’s a patient, deliberate setup before the orgy of gore and mayhem, leading to a surprising outpouring of emotion at the story’s conclusion. Our critic deemed it “ often chaotic but never disorienting ” and praised its “spirited set pieces.” (For more South Korean action, try “ Oldboy .”)

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‘Jurassic Park’ (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s gripping adaptation of the best seller by Michael Crichton is both a terrifying thriller and a thoughtful commentary on the moral challenges of scientific advancement. Richard Attenborough stars as a wealthy industrialist who has figured out how to isolate and reanimate dinosaur DNA; Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum are the scientists he invites to marvel at the fruits of his labor, until a power outage during their tour turns the whole expedition upside down. The special effects are still eerily convincing, the performances are quirky and compelling, and Spielberg mines his big set pieces for maximum tension. A.O. Scott recently deemed it “ scary, scrappy and marvelously executed .”

‘Apollo 13’ (1995)

There’s no greater testament to the skill and craft of Ron Howard than the fact that he manages to build (and sustain, for two-plus hours) tension and suspense around an event with a widely known outcome. That event is the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, intended to be the third manned landing on the moon but aborted after a mechanical failure that put the lives of its three astronauts in jeopardy. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton project credible professionalism in those roles, finding the proper, fleeting moments to let their understandable fear and frustration blast through; an Oscar-nominated Ed Harris is brilliant as the flight director on the ground, marshaling the minds tasked with bringing their boys home. (Howard’s “ Parenthood ” is also on Netflix.)

‘Erin Brockovich’ (2000)

Julia Roberts won the Academy Award for best actress — and Steven Soderbergh solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s great contemporary journeyman directors — with this ruthlessly intelligent yet undeniably crowd-pleasing drama, based on a true story. Roberts plays the title character, a tough-as-nails single mom in deep debt who talks her way into a nothing job at a law firm, only to become the key investigator in a horrifying case of corporate malfeasance. Albert Finney (himself nominated for an Oscar) is terrific as her seen-it-all boss. Our critic praised the picture’s “ offbeat pacing ” and “sharp sense of visual detail.”

‘The Conversation’ (1974)

Between the first two “Godfather” epics, Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed this modest character study, in which the proudly impersonal surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), becomes unexpectedly invested in the subjects of his work and then decides he must step in to save their lives. Like its protagonist, “The Conversation” is most riveting in its quietest moments, though its bold opening sequence — in which Caul attempts to eavesdrop on a whispered conversation in a crowded park — is both brilliant filmmaking and a riveting snapshot of Watergate-era America. Our critic praised Hackman’s “ superb performance .” (If you love ’70s conspiracy thrillers, try “ The Parallax View .”)

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‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ (2023)

Aardman Animations’s high-spirited and rambunctious sequel to “Chicken Run” (2000, also on Netflix ) pulls off the tricky sequel balancing act of recapturing the magic of the original without resorting to outright, beat-by-beat imitation. Here, the lives of the chief chickens in the story are disrupted when Molly, the daughter of Ginger and Rocky, slips away from their idyllic island paradise and ends up trapped in the impenetrable fortress of a food factory. “Last time, we broke out of a chicken farm,” says Ginger. “Well, this time, we’re breaking in. ” So instead of the escape adventures that inspired the original film, “Dawn of the Nugget ” is riffing on heist movies, and cleverly; it’s impeccably designed and detailed, the laughs are plentiful and the voice performers are clearly having a ball.

‘ May December’ (2023)

As with so much of his best work, this “sly, unnerving” latest from the director Todd Haynes positions itself precariously in that hair’s breadth between drama and melodrama, between naturalism and camp. Natalie Portman, gamely satirizing actorly pretension, stars as a TV actress cast in an indie film dramatizing the scandalous relationship between a 36-year-old wife and mother and a seventh grade boy. Decades have passed, and the couple is still together, so the actress embeds in their hometown to observe them up close. Haynes winks at the “ripped-from-a-true-story” aesthetics of TV movies and indies, but he takes these people and their rampant narcissism seriously; between the broad comic beats, he finds moments of stealth, emotional brutality and piercing insight. It’s a sharp, funny, merciless movie. (Portman fans can also catch her in “ V for Vendetta .”) Watch on Netflix

‘Mystic River’ (2003)

Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars for their work with Kevin Bacon as childhood friends whose paths sharply diverge after a horrifying trauma — and intersect again as the cycle of violence circles back. Clint Eastwood’s modest directorial style is ideal for this adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel; he approaches these chilling events with an everyday resignation, and his actors underplay appropriately; Robbins is particularly affecting as a man haunted by his horrifying past, while Laura Linney is spectacular in the film’s closing moments. Our critic called it “a film that consists almost entirely of haunting scenes .” (Eastwood’s “ Play Misty for Me ” and “ The Mule ” are also on Netflix.)

‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ (1975)

Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for best actress for her poignant, lived-in performance as a newly widowed mother who takes her preteen son on the road in search of greener pastures. The director was Martin Scorsese, coming off his breakthrough film, “Mean Streets,” a story of small-time hoods starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. He took on “Alice” to prove his versatility, and did just that; his direction here is modest but affecting, focused mostly on character and performance. Burstyn is excellent; so are Kris Kristofferson and Keitel as her potential romantic interests, the future “Taxi Driver” collaborator Jodie Foster as a friend of her son’s, and Vic Tayback, Diane Ladd and Valerie Curtin as her diner co-workers (in scenes that would inspire the long-running TV sitcom “Alice”). (Scorsese’s “ The Irishman ” is also on Netflix.)

‘Blazing Saddles’ (1974)

Mel Brooks concocted one of his rudest, brashest, funniest comedies with this Western spoof, in which railroad bosses try to clear out a tiny town by appointing an African-American sheriff (Cleavon Little). Brooks and his team of ace comedy writers — including a young Richard Pryor — adopted an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach, throwing in broad slapstick, sophisticated social satire, cheerful vulgarity, witty wordplay and fourth-wall breaks. As a result, there’s something for everyone — and, most likely, something to offend everyone. Gene Wilder lends able support as the hard-drinking, quick-drawing Waco Kid, but Madeline Kahn steals the show as the vampy saloon performer Lili Von Shtupp. (For more classic comedy, try “ Richard Pryor: Live in Concert ” or “ Beverly Hills Cop .”)

‘Chinatown’ (1974)

The neo-noir films of the 1970s, and particularly the era’s plethora of private eye movies, took advantage of the temperature of the times; in a decade where distrust of authority and institutions was at an all-time high, it’s not surprising the unshakable moral ethos of the dedicated detective was again in vogue. Few films reanimate the golden age of noir as expertly as Roman Polanski’s 1974 best picture nominee, which also takes full advantage of the shifts in tolerance of adult subject matter to include the kinds of plot twists earlier films could only hint at. That tension, coupled with the beauty of John A. Alonzo’s cinematography and the stellar performances of Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, resulted in one of the finest films of the decade.

‘Uncut Gems’ (2019)

Josh and Benny Safdie have all but singlehandedly kept the tradition of the grimy New York street movie alive in the 21st century , with films like “Heaven Knows What” and “ Good Time ” ( also streaming on Netflix ) explicitly recalling the sweaty desperation of ’70s Gotham cinema. Their latest is also their best, featuring a career-high performance from Adam Sandler as a diamond dealer and inveterate gambler whose eternal quest for one big score puts his livelihood — and his very life — on the line. Manohla Dargis called it a “rough and glittering thing of beauty .”

‘Stamped From the Beginning’ (2023)

The Oscar-winning documentarian Roger Ross Williams adapts the National Book Award-winner by Ibram X. Kendi into a thought-provoking rumination on the myths and realities of American history. Diving into the knotty legacies of Blackness, whiteness, and white supremacy, Williams brilliantly and incisively juxtaposes archival materials with contemporary insights from an array of scholars, authors and activists. The brisk, 91-minute running time leaves little room for throat-clearing; the results are blunt, provocative and pointed. (Ava DuVernay’s “ 13TH ” is a similarly stimulating exploration of these themes.)

‘Rustin’ (2023)

Bayard Rustin was not the most famous figure of the 1963 March on Washington — that was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered one of the most quoted pieces of modern oratory at its climax — but Rustin dreamed it up and made it happen. He was a fascinating figure, a driven civil rights organizer who was also openly gay (at a time when that was, to put it mildly, frowned upon) former Communist (ditto). “Rustin” wisely takes its cues from Selma , centering on a single, earth-shattering event, rather than attempting to summarize an entire life from cradle to grave. The director, George C. Wolfe, bracingly gets into the weeds, compellingly dramatizing the logistics of organizing, recruiting and raising both money and awareness for an event of this magnitude. And Colman Domingo, a valuable utility player for years now, shines big and bright in the “ galvanic title performance .” (Wolfe’s adaptation of “ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ” is also on Netflix.)

‘Gravity’ (2013)

Alfonso Cuarón won the Academy Award for best director for this stunning yet simple story of survival in space (which he also co-wrote with his son Jonás). Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are a pair of astronauts on a routine mission that goes unexpectedly awry, putting their lives in jeopardy; it runs a crisp, tight, 91 minutes, bothering with little in the way of set-up or exposition, boiling their predicament down to the essentials of the moment. Yet Cuarón isn’t only constructing a thrill ride, and when the pathos and emotion arrive, they do so with unexpected power. “All of it — terrifyingly and marvelously — evades summary and confounds expectations,” our critic wrote. “ You have to see it to believe it .” (Cuarón would win another best director Oscar for “ Roma ,” also on Netflix.)

‘Charley Varrick’ (1973)

Walter Matthau was one of the most beloved comic actors of his generation, but he was also an Oscar-winning actor and proved his versatility in this 1973 crime thriller from the director Don Siegel (who’d struck gold with his previous picture, “Dirty Harry,” 1971). Matthau is the title character, a professional criminal and pilot who pulls off a daring heist at a bank in rural New Mexico, only to discover that he’s stolen a fortune in laundered mob money. Siegel’s direction is stylish but efficient, and he stages several action set pieces with brute force. The plotting is twisty and merciless, and Matthau proves a surprisingly credible action hero. “If the role were played by someone else,” our critic wrote, “ ‘Charley Varrick’ would be something else entirely. ”

‘L.A. Confidential’ (1997)

James Ellroy’s sparse yet stylish crime novel became one of the best neo-noir thrillers of our time in the hands of the director and co-writer Curtis Hanson (“Wonder Boys”). Set in the razzle-dazzle of 1950s Los Angeles, this “ tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback ” is a blisteringly good mystery, featuring framed-up murders, dirty cops, shady tabloid reporters, and crooked politicos. But this isn’t just a good yarn; Hanson understands (as Ellroy did before him) that this is a story about the roots of corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department, and beyond. Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe (both mostly unknown at the time) are the standouts as the diametrically opposed police detectives — one brains, one brawn — who become unlikely partners. Kim Basinger provides the love interest. (Crowe and Basinger reunited for “ The Nice Guys ,” also on Netflix.)

‘Boyz N the Hood’ (1991)

John Singleton’s debut film burned with the kind of energy and intensity that only a first-timer can produce — the feeling that they may not get another shot, so they’re making this one count. Singleton’s heartfelt story of growing up in the Crenshaw section of Los Angeles netted him Academy Award nominations for best original screenplay and best director (he was both the youngest-ever nominee in the latter category, and its first African-American), and launched not only his career, but those of several cast members, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and Regina King. Our critic praised Singleton for “ saying something familiar with new dramatic force , and in ways that a wide and varied audience will understand.”

‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ (2017)

This wildly out-of-the-box dark comedy plays, at first, like the sly story of an amateur sleuth: Our heroine (Melanie Lynskey), frustrated with the indifference of the police to the crime against her, hits pawn shops and confronts criminals to recover her laptop and her grandmother’s silver. But as she gets in over her head, the film’s tone subtly shifts into a key closer to that of a thriller, particularly when we meet the perpetrators, who are scarily small time (and thus have nothing to lose). Such stark tonal contrasts could sink a lesser movie, but the actor-turned-director Macon Blair never loses control, and the increasingly panicked reactions of the marvelous Ms. Lynskey to her escalating situation keep the story grounded in something resembling the real world. It’s a strange little movie, but an oddly satisfying one.

‘The Wailing’ (2016)

What begins as a “Memories of Murder”-style police procedural veers into darker, wilder territory in this unnerving and occasionally stomach-churning horror thriller from the writer and director Na Hong-jin. Jong-goo (Kwak Do-won) is a policeman whose investigation of a string of grisly killings is influenced by the gossip around him: “All this happened,” he is told, “after that Japanese man arrived.” When his family is drawn into the investigation, Jong-goo discovers exactly what he’s capable of — and then things get really horrifying. The expansive 156-minute running time allows leisurely detours into character drama and bleak humor, but the picture never goes slack; there is something sinister in the air of this village, and Na builds that sense of inescapable dread with patience and power. (For more South Korean drama, stream “ Burning .”) Watch on Netflix

‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ (2014)

It’s a real shame that Liam Neeson had already burned off the good will of his third-act man-of-action career resurgence with too many “Taken” sequels and retreads by the time this taut thriller hit theaters — because it’s far superior to any of his other pictures of the time. That’s partly thanks to the personnel; it’s based on one of a series of crackerjack novels by Lawrence Block, and adapted and directed by Scott Frank (who would later perform the same duties on “The Queen’s Gambit”). But Neeson is also at his best, imbuing cop-turned-private-eye Matthew Scudder with a mixture of soulful regret, unwavering faith and righteous indignation.

‘Jackie Brown’ (1997)

Quentin Tarantino crafted his follow-up to “Pulp Fiction” as a valentine to two of his key influences: the author Elmore Leonard, whose novel “Rum Punch” was the source material (it’s Tarantino’s only adapted screenplay to date), and the ’70s exploitation movie legend Pam Grier, for whom he reworked the leading role of a flight attendant caught between a gunrunner, the F.B.I. and the A.T.F. It has all the hallmarks of a Tarantino picture: memorable and musical dialogue, playful construction, eccentric supporting characters and a throwback aesthetic. But its aging protagonists — not only Grier but also Robert Forster’s seen-it-all bail bondsman — lend the picture a maturity and gravitas that can elude even Tarantino’s best work.

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)

Jack Nicholson built one of his most iconic performances (he plays the role with “ such easy grace that it’s difficult to remember him in any other film ,” our critic wrote), and won his first Oscar in the process, in Milos Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel. Nicholson had plenty of company; this is one of the few films to win all of the “big five” Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best screenplay and best actress. Louise Fletcher won the last for her unforgettable turn as the steely Nurse Ratched, whose iron-fisted rule of a state mental hospital is challenged by Nicholson’s free-spirited Randle Patrick McMurphy. (Other Oscar winners on Netflix include “ Minari ” and “ Darkest Hour .”)

‘School of Rock’ (2003)

Before the miniboom of decidedly adult-oriented filmmakers trying their hands at family entertainment (Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Todd Haynes’s “Wonderstruck”), the “Dazed and Confused” director, Richard Linklater, and the “Enlightened” creator, Mike White, joined forces to tell this story of a slacker musician who uses his prep-school substitute teaching gig to turn a class of fourth-graders into a rock band. White’s script is clever without being cute, and Linklater’s direction is engaged but unobtrusive. The biggest draw, though, is Jack Black in the starring role, one seemingly designed to show off his simultaneous gifts for broad comedy and hard rocking. It’s a warm, winning, endlessly funny performance. (For more family fun, try “ Paddington ” and “ Storks .”)

‘Wonder Woman’ (2017)

Patty Jenkins’s big-screen take on the iconic superheroine “ briskly shakes off blockbuster branding imperatives ,” A.O. Scott wrote, “and allows itself to be something relatively rare in the modern superhero cosmos.” That rare something is fun , as Jenkins (mostly) eschews the grim approach and CG-sludge aesthetic of many of her DC-interpreting brethren in favor of a bright, colorful, witty popcorn entertainment. Gal Gadot charismatically deflects bullets and swings her Lasso of Truth as the Amazonian princess who saves humanity from evil during World War I; Chris Pine is pitch-perfect as the fighter pilot with whom she teams (and engages in a bit of screwball comedy-style repartee.) (DC’s “ The Batman ” is also worth your time.)

‘Training Day’ (2001)

Denzel Washington won his second Oscar (and his first for a leading role) for going way outside his usual wheelhouse of courageous heroes and men of virtue to play a dirty Los Angeles narcotics detective. The jolt of seeing good-guy Denzel play bad — planting evidence, staging murders and gleefully robbing his suspects — is downright electrifying, and Ethan Hawke (who received an Oscar nomination for his own work here) is an effective audience surrogate, registering increasing dismay at the corruption of his superior over the course of a long, hot 24 hours. Director Antoine Fuqua orchestrates their interactions adroitly, modulating the tension and discomfort, shrewdly treating his star like a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off. Our critic called it a performance of “ powerhouse virtuosity .”

‘Lady Bird’ (2017)

Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”) made her solo feature directorial debut with this funny and piercing coming-of-age story, set in her hometown, Sacramento, Calif. Saoirse Ronan dazzles in the titular role as a quietly rebellious high school senior whose quests for love and popularity bring her long-simmering resentments toward her mother (Laurie Metcalf, magnificent) to a boil. Parent-child conflicts are nothing new in teen stories, but Gerwig’s perceptive screenplay slashes through the familiar types and tropes, daring to create characters that are complicated and flawed, yet deeply sympathetic. A.O. Scott praised the film’s “ freshness and surprise .” (For more teen comedy-drama, try “ Sixteen Candles . ”) Watch on Netflix

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress for her spectacularly sassy and unapologetically haunted performance in David O. Russell’s (somewhat loose) adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel. It’s a balancing act of seemingly contradictory tones and styles, slipping nimbly from serious mental-health drama to screwball comedy to romance, thanks to the deceptive casualness of Russell’s approach and the skill of his cast — particularly Bradley Cooper as its unsteady protagonist and Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver (all also Oscar nominees) as his parents. Our critic called it “ exuberant ” and “a delight.” (If you like complicated familial comedy/drama, try “ The Farewell ”; Lawrence also shines in the rowdy comedy “ No Hard Feelings .”) Watch on Netflix

‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (1997)

When Julia Roberts headlined this romantic comedy, it was framed as a comeback vehicle, implying that she had wandered too far from her bread and butter with appearances in darker fare like “Mary Reilly” and “Michael Collins.” But this was no lightweight rom-com; the director P.J. Hogan (“Muriel’s Wedding”) and the screenwriter Ronald Bass (“Rain Man”) allow Roberts to tinker with her audience’s expectations, complicating their assumed empathy for the actor with her character’s questionable (and even cruel) motives and actions. And Cameron Diaz is brilliantly used as the target of her ire — a character so warm and sunny, we can’t help but wonder whose side we’re really on.

‘Stand By Me’ (1986)

Rob Reiner’s early directorial career is a mind-boggling display of adept genre-surfing, moving with ease from broad comedy (“This Is Spinal Tap”) to road movie (“The Sure Thing”) to fantasy (“The Princess Bride”) to rom-com (“When Harry Met Sally”) to suspense (“Misery”) to courtroom drama (“A Few Good Men”). In the middle of that astonishing run, he took a shot at coming-of-age dramas and proved he could do those too . This modest but memorable adaptation of the Stephen King novella “The Body” digs into its time and place (a small town in Oregon, circa 1959), shows a remarkable sense for the way boys communicate and boasts top-notch leading performances by Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix.

‘The Sting’ (1973)

Few onscreen pairings have conveyed affection and camaraderie as effortlessly as that of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and they easily recaptured the magic of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in their second onscreen collaboration (again under the guidance of the “Cassidy” director George Roy Hill). Set in the 1930s, this sparkling, comedic con caper finds our handsome heroes mounting a giant operation to swindle a corrupt banker (Robert Shaw), all to the ragtime sounds of Scott Joplin’s piano. There are turns and reversals aplenty, along with endless charm. (For more buddy comedy fun, try “ The Blues Brothers .”)

‘Snowpiercer’ (2013)

Before his astonishing four-Oscar haul for “Parasite,” the director Bong Joon Ho displayed his proficiency for fusing class commentary with genre cinema in this thrilling adaptation of the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige.” The story is set in a postapocalyptic snowscape, in which the last members of the human race are on a train ride that never ends. But they are separated by class and caste; Chris Evans stars as the passenger who leads a rebellion among his fellow lower-class travelers in the back of the train. The action is gripping, the performances are eccentric and the messaging is as pointed as ever. (Director Bong’s “ Okja ” is also on Netflix.)

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ (2022)

This new twist on the classic tale from the Oscar-winning del Toro (who co-directed with Mark Gustafson) is, to be clear, not for the tiny ones — it’s set in Fascist-era Italy and takes several period-appropriate dark turns, while exploring the running theme of the inevitability of death. But older kids, not to mention imaginative adults, will find much to embrace here. The voice performances are terrific (with Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton the standouts), the set pieces are jaw-dropping (particularly the staggering whale sequence) and the stop-motion animation is gorgeously detailed, an appropriate match of subject and form — the film itself looks as lovingly handcrafted as Geppetto’s woodwork.

‘High Flying Bird’ (2019)

The director Steven Soderbergh reunites with Andre Holland, his co-star from “ The Knick ,” for this rarest of beasts: a sports movie without any sports. The screenplay by Tarell Alvin McCraney is instead about the business of professional athletics, set during an N.B.A. lockout in which a high-powered agent (Holland) attempts to use the shutdown to turn the entire league — and all of the presumptions and hierarchies of organized sports — upside down. McCraney’s script is rich with historical references and inside-basketball shout-outs; Soderbergh’s direction is reflexively nimble, using on-the-fly photography and interviews with real N.B.A. players to give the film a sense of documentary immediacy. A.O. Scott called it “ an exhilarating and argumentative caper .” (Spike Lee’s “ Da 5 Bloods ” is a similarly thrilling mixture of genre film and social commentary.)

‘Descendant’ (2022)

When the remains of the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the United States, were discovered off the shore of Mobile, Ala., in 2019, it was physical evidence of a long-told piece of local lore — an illegal operation, long after such ships were outlawed, five years before emancipation. So this amounted to the excavation of a crime scene, prompting a giant question for the descendants of those victims: What does justice look like? Margaret Brown’s spellbinding documentary asks that question, which opens up many more thornier conversations about history, complicity and legacy. Our critic called it “ deeply attentive ” and “moving.” (Documentary lovers will also enjoy “ What Happened, Miss Simone? ” and “ Sr. ”) Watch on Netflix

‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in this Oscar-nominated biopic about the British mathematician Alan Turing, who went to work as a German code-cracker in World War II and, in the process, created a machine that many consider the first incarnation of the modern computer. Cumberbatch adroitly conveys the tortured brilliance of Turing, who helped save his country, and was later prosecuted by it for his homosexuality. The efficient direction by Morten Tyldum captures the immediacy and intensity of its subject’s work, yet cleverly folds in his later mistreatment as tragic counterpoint. “The Imitation Game” never quite explodes the conventions of the big-screen biopic, but it’s a sleek, well-made example of the form. (For more Oscar-nominated drama, try “ Living .”)

‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (2019)

The writer and director S. Craig Zahler is carving out something of a niche as an old-school exploitation filmmaker, with unapologetically grim and blood-soaked riffs on the western (“Bone Tomahawk”), prison picture (“Brawl in Cell Block 99”) and, here, the cop-and-criminal flick. Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson star as police detective partners suspended in a high-profile brutality scandal whose need for income makes them step to the other side of the law. Zahler’s skill at staging a bang-up set piece is undeniable, and he displays a welcomely nuanced interest in the blurry, gray lines that separate good and evil. (“ Sea of Love ” is a similarly effective police thriller.)

‘Carol’ (2015)

Patricia Highsmith’s second novel, “ The Price of Salt ,” is sensitively and intelligently adapted by the director Todd Haynes into this companion to his earlier masterpiece “Far From Heaven.” Cate Blanchett is smashing as a suburban ’50s housewife who finds herself so intoxicated by a bohemian shopgirl (an enchanting Rooney Mara ) that she’s willing to risk her entire comfortable existence in order, just once, to follow her heart. Our critic said it’s “ at once ardent and analytical, cerebral and swooning .” (If you like modest relationship dramas, try “ To Leslie .”) Watch on Netflix

‘Glass Onion’ (2022)

The writer and director Rian Johnson follows up his Agatha Christie-style whodunit hit “Knives Out” with this delightfully clever comedy-mystery, featuring the further adventures of the world’s greatest detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, still outfitted with neckerchiefs and a deliciously Southern-fried accent). Johnson constructs a “classic detective story with equal measures of breeziness and rigor ,” again focusing on the haves and have-nots, as a gang of rich pals (including Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista and Kathryn Hahn) meet up on the isolated island of a Silicon Valley millionaire (Edward Norton). Janelle Monáe, not unlike Ana de Armas in the original, steals the show as the interloper who’s not what she seems. Watch on Netflix

‘Emily the Criminal’ (2022)

The thumbnail summary — “Aubrey Plaza becomes a thief” — conjures up a bone-dry comedy in which her deadpan persona creates ironic friction with the criminal underworld. But “Emily the Criminal” isn’t that movie at all; it’s a “ chilly, assured thriller ,” a Michael Mann-ish procedural with nary a wink in sight, and it absolutely (albeit surprisingly) works. The writer and director John Patton Ford creates moments of real tension while also giving what feels like an insider’s view of this world of thieves and hustlers. And if Plaza’s turn as a deep-in-debt temp worker trying her hand at life on the margins sounds like novelty casting, think again — she’s spectacular. (For more indie drama, try “ Whiplash .”) Watch on Netflix

‘Marriage Story’ (2019)

Noah Baumbach’s searing, Bergman-esque drama is the story not of a marriage, but of its end — of a loving couple who just, as they say, grew apart, but whose uncoupling is nowhere near that organic. Their shifting of priorities and geographic preferences prompts the hiring of lawyers, the spending of savings, and the stating of old resentments and regrets better left unsaid. Baumbach’s screenplay is full of tiny, human touches and graceful tonal shifts; he can move from screwball comedy to open-wound drama in the blink of an eye. “It’s funny and sad , sometimes within a single scene,” writes A.O. Scott, “and it weaves a plot out of the messy collapse of a shared reality, trying to make music out of disharmony.” (Baumbach’s “ The Squid and the Whale ” and “ The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) ” are also on Netflix.)

‘Miss Juneteenth’ (2020)

Of all the films that would have been sleeper hits, had they not been released in 2020 when a theatrical push was off the table, it’s hard to top this, the debut feature from the writer and director Channing Godfrey Peoples. Nicole Beharie stars as Turquoise Jones, a Texas single mother whose 15-year-old daughter (Alexis Chikaeze) is about to compete in the local Miss Juneteenth pageant that Turquoise won, once upon a time. Peoples’s screenplay sensitively explores poignant questions of opportunities lost and gained, and the mother/daughter dynamics are convincing and compelling. But the real takeaway here is Beharie, whose marvelous, lived-in performance is both inspiring and shattering.

‘Phantom Thread’ (2017)

The writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson reunited with his “There Will Be Blood” star Daniel Day-Lewis for this strange, beautiful, darkly comic romantic fable. Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a fictional fashion designer in 1950s-era London; Vicky Krieps is Alma, his latest mistress and muse. He meets her as a waitress and believes her to be yet another disposable lover — only to find that he has, at long last, met his match. Gorgeously rendered and thrillingly acted, “Phantom Thread” initially seems like another portrait of a great and tortured artist, only to curdle into something more insightful (and peculiar). A.O. Scott deemed it “ funny, wrenching, full of large and small surprises .” (For more period drama, queue up “ Mudbound ” and “ Crimson Peak .”)

‘The Lost Daughter’ (2021)

The actor-turned-filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal writes and directs this adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel, starring Olivia Colman as a professor on vacation whose strained interactions with a large, unruly American family — particularly a young, stressed mother (Dakota Johnson) — send her down a rabbit hole of her memories, a switch-flip intermingling of past and present. There is a bit of back story to untangle, which turns the film into something like a mystery. But “The Lost Daughter” is mostly noteworthy for its willingness to explore the darkest moments of parenthood, the horrible feeling of giving up and longing for escape. Colman brings humanity and even warmth to a difficult character, while Jessie Buckley beautifully connects the dots as her younger iteration. Our critic calls it “a sophisticated, elusively plotted psychological thriller.” (The Gyllenhaal vehicle “ The Kindergarten Teacher ” is similarly unnerving.) Watch on Netflix

‘John Wick’ (2014)

The first-time directors Chad Stahelski and (an uncredited) David Leitch called upon their experience as stuntmen and stunt coordinators to create the hyperkinetic action beats of this lean, mean, stylish shoot-’em-up. But it’s not all flash — they’ve got a knack for efficient exposition and understated world-building, creating something akin to a superhero origin story (though far more sly and fleet-footed). It’s a film of relentless energy and boundless cool, but with a heart beating underneath. Keanu Reeves invests his character with real pathos, and the filmmakers’ giddy approach breathes fresh life into some pretty stale action tropes. (The sequels “ John Wick: Chapter 2 ” and “ John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ” are also on Netflix.)

‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021)

“I wonder what little lady made these?” Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) asks about the paper flowers created by Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) — the first indication of the initial theme of Jane Campion’s new film, an adaptation of the novel by Thomas Savage. Phil is a real piece of work, and when his brother and ranching partner George (Jesse Plemons) marries Peter’s mother, Rose (Kirsten Dunst), it brings all of Phil’s resentment and nastiness to the surface as he tries, in multiple, hostile ways, to exert his dominance and display his dissatisfaction. That tension and conflict would be enough for a lesser filmmaker, but Campion burrows deeper, taking a carefully executed turn to explore his complicated motives — and desires in this film of welcome complexity and unexpected tenderness; Manohla Dargis called it “ a great American story and a dazzling evisceration of one of the country’s foundational myths.” (For more frontier drama, stream “ Legends of the Fall ”; for more Dunst, try “ The Beguiled .”)

‘Neighbors’ (2014)

The future “Platonic” co-stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne first teamed up for this wildly funny and surprisingly thoughtful comedy, which merges the reliable tropes of the frat-house flick (drugs, booze, sex and bodily functions) with more mature material concerning marriage and family. Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) are new parents, still coming to terms with their metamorphosis into boring ol’ adults — a transition writ large when a fraternity, led by the unreasonably buff Teddy (Zac Efron) buys the house next door. High jinks ensue, but not always along expected lines, and the cast (which also includes Ike Barinholtz, Jerrod Carmichael, Carla Gallo and Lisa Kudrow) finds the nuances in potentially stock characters. (“ This is 40 ” is a similarly thorny look at growing out of arrested development.) Watch on Netflix

‘Passing’ (2021)

“She’s a girl from Chicago I used to know,” Irene (Tessa Thompson) says of Clare (Ruth Negga) — a statement that is accurate on the surface but that contains volumes of history, tension and secrets. Irene and Clare are both light-skinned Black women who have made different choices about how to live their lives, but when they reconnect, they are both prompted to reckon with who, exactly, they are. The screenplay and direction by Rebecca Hall (adapting Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel) delicately yet precisely plumbs their psychological depths and wounds, and the sumptuous costumes and immaculate black and white cinematography serve as dazzling counterpoints to what Manohla Dargis called “ an anguished story of identity and belonging .” Watch on Netflix

‘American Factory’ (2019)

Documentary filmmakers have long been fascinated by the logistics and complexities of manual labor, but Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s recent Oscar winner for best documentary feature views these issues through a decidedly 21st-century lens. Focusing on a closed GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, that’s taken over by a Chinese auto glass company, Bognar and Reichert thoughtfully, sensitively (and often humorously) explore how cultures — both corporate and general — clash. Manohla Dargis calls it “ complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped, spanning continents as it surveys the past, present and possible future of American labor.” (Documentary fans should also seek out “ The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson ,” “ Dick Johnson is Dead ,” and “ Procession .”) Watch on Netflix

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Best Netflix movies: the 42 best films worth watching in February 2024

What are the best Netflix movies to stream today? TechRadar reveals all

Mario and Luigi bump fists in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, one of the best Netflix movies

Tom Power, senior entertainment reporter

This article's first update of the year sees Bullet Train , the first three John Wick films, Society of the Snow , and The Super Mario Bros. Movie join the below entries. We've removed Gladiator , Get Out , and Jaws because they're no longer available to watch, too.

What are the best Netflix movies? We're glad you asked. In this guide, you'll find a round-up of the 42 greatest films to stream on Netflix today, with entries categorized by their primary genre to make it easier than ever for you to find the type of flicks you love.

We regularly update this Netflix article with new additions, too, so there's always a reason to check back in with us and see what's new. Indeed, our entertainment team have their ears to the ground, so they know whenever a film should be added to this guide, when one has departed, and so on. In short: you don't need to go anywhere for all your Netflix movie needs.

If you're looking for even more choice on the world's best streaming service , our new Netflix movies is home to all of the new movies that have joined the streaming giant since 2024 began. For now, though, you'll want to read on to see what the best Netflix films are (in our humble opinion, of course).

Best action movies on Netflix

Army of the dead.

Army of the Dead was Zack Snyder’s first feature following his increasingly acrimonious split with Warner Bros, and it’s everything that his DC Extended Universe ( DCEU ) superhero movies weren’t: bright, colorful, action-packed, funny, and topical, even if its 45-minute introduction is a little self-indulgent.

Dave Bautista leads a strong cast as Scott Ward, a former zombie-stomping war hero who’s approached with an intriguing proposal by casino owner Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada). The assignment? Enter a zombie infested Las Vegas, break into Tanaka’s casino vault, escape with his $200 million assets, and Ward and his group will receive $50 million to split between them as a reward.

Yes, the movie is as chaotic as that plot makes it sound. And, with a sequel film and TV spin-off on the way, Army of the Dead is a must-watch for fans of gratuitous blood and gore.

Extraction 1 and 2

Looking for an unrelenting thrill ride that's stuffed with some of the best action sequences we've seen in a long time? Netflix Original film series  Extraction is the one for you.

Marvel  star Chris Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a black ops merc-for-hire with a complex backstory. In each movie, Rake is hired to rescue someone (or numerous individuals) from a seemingly impossible situation. Once he's acquired the package, he tries to lead them to safety as numerous thugs, gang members, and other characters attempt to kill Rake and those he's liberated.

Extraction 1  was a pretty good watch and its sequel is, in our opinion, even better thanks to its  21-minute-long, heart-pounding, intricately assembled, and dangerous one-shot sequence . Make sure you check out our  Extraction 2  review  for more on why it's one of the best Netflix movies around, and then read our exclusive chats with director Sam Hargrave about  why the film's one shot sequence took four grueling months to shoot  and  how he had Marvel to thank for that unexpected cameo .

John Wick 1, 2, and 3

Few action film franchises have been as successful as this Keanu Reeves-starring movie series.

A story that begins with Reeves’ titular assassin tracking down those responsible for killing his dog (a gift from his deceased wife) and his beloved Mustang, John Wick soon evolves into an engrossing, expansive universe full of intriguing hitman-based mythos, betrayals, tragedy, underappreciated humor, and some of the most spectacular fight scenes we’ve seen in a long time.

The first three films – find out how to watch the John Wick movies in order – are now on Netflix. A prequel TV spin-off titled The Continental is also available on Peacock , while the Ana de Armas-fronted Ballerina , the franchise’s first movie spin-off, is one of 18 epic movies we can’t wait for in 2024 . 

Best animated movies on Netflix

Apollo 10 1/2: a space age childhood.

If you’re keen to mix up your movie-watching diet, films don't come much more unconventional than Netflix’s Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood . Boyhood director Richard Linklater returns to filmmaking duties with this animated feature, which tells the story of the 1969 moon landing from multiple perspectives. 

The movie shares the visual style of Linklater’s previous animation, 2006's A Scanner Darkly , and features the voice talents of The Super Mario Bros. Movie 's Jack Black, Shazam! Fury of the Gods ' Zachary Levi, and Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell. Despite its needlessly lengthy title, Apollo 10 1/2 is a genuinely unique take on one of history’s most iconic moments, and serves as yet more proof of Netflix's willingness to invest in boundary-pushing storytelling. 

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Who says Netflix has lost its taste for originality? With  Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , the streamer breathes new life into Carlo Collodi's beloved 1883 fairytale about a wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy. 

Shot entirely using stop-motion (in a manner akin to Netflix series  The House ), del Toro’s darker adaptation is set in 1930s Italy during Mussolini’s fascist regime and features a star-studded voice cast that includes Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett. Indisputably one of the best Netflix movies in years.

The Mitchells vs The Machines

Originally intended for a theatrical release, Netflix bought this animated movie from Sony and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller – best known as the minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street , and also part of the team behind the Spider-Verse movies. It's exactly as charming and funny as those movies, too. 

Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is an aspiring filmmaker who's about to head to college – until her dad, conscious that they've been drifting apart, cancels her plane ticket and insists on a family road trip. Halfway through this fraught journey, an AI takes revenge on its billionaire creator and the world is suddenly under duress from smart robots. 

A lot of Spider-Verse 's visual touches cross over into this film, with 2D annotations and drawings on the already-pretty 3D visuals. Most of all, it's nice to see Netflix backing a family movie that's not just full of talking dogs and other hackneyed nonsense so often seen in CG kids' fare. 

Based on ND Stevenson's 2015 graphic novel of the same name, Nimona is a delightfully fun, action-packed, funny, and heartfelt flick that's also unapologetically queer.

Star Wars alumnus Riz Ahmed voices Ballister Blackheart, a futuristic knight who's framed for a crime he didn't commit. The only witness who can save him from a lengthy jail term is Nimona ( The Peipheral 's Chloe Grace Moretz), a shapeshifter who Blackheart is sworn to seek out and destroy. Cue a wild buddy cop-style adventure that teaches kids to have an open mind about people who are different to them in more ways than one.

Nimona has been lauded for its LGBTQ+ representation, subversive storytelling, and gorgeous visuals among many other positives. A truly worth entry in our best Netflix movies guide.

We're just going to say it: Paddington is one of the best family movies of all time.

Don't argue with us. At first glance, everyone's favorite, marmalade sandwich-eating Peruvian bear didn't seem like he'd be the star of a truly terrific family-friendly film. As it turns out, though, Paddington (voiced with a deftness, warmth, and stacks of humor by Ben Whishaw) is a bonafide movie star – and his first CGI-cum-live-action movie proves it.

You'll laugh yourself silly at its slapstick moments, you'll cry at its heart-wrenching (and heart-warming!) scenes, and shout "I didn't know they were in it!" at every big-name actor who appears. In short: go and watch it immediately.

The Sea Beast

The Sea Beast proved Disney doesn’t have a monopoly on layered, child-friendly storytelling upon its arrival in July 2022.

Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chris Williams ( Moana , Big Hero Six ), the movie follows Jacob Holland (voiced by  The Boys ’ Karl Urban), a celebrated sea monster hunter whose life is upended when a young girl, Maisie Brumble (newcomer Zaris-Angel Hator), stows away on his ship. 

Charming, action-packed, and beautifully-rendered, The Sea Beast was praised by audiences and critics alike upon release, and serves as further proof that Netflix should think twice about scaling back its animation department . If it still is, that is. 

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

2023’s second-highest grossing movie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie ’s success was largely fuelled by nostalgia for Nintendo’s legendary video game series.

But there’s more to the animated movie’s unprecedented box office performance than that. It’s funny, wonderful to look at, is packed with Easter eggs and other Mario references galore, and it gave us one of last year’s best earworms with Bowser’s humor-laced ‘Peaches’ love ballad.

Sure, its narrative is oft-times generic, its runtime is a little on the light side, and Chris Pratt’s Italian accent needed more refining. As a kid-friendly film that hits all the right notes where Nintendo’s passionate fanbase is concerned, though, this is one Mario movie we’ll enjoy for years to come. Read our review of The Super Mario Bros. Movie to learn more. 

Best comedy movies on Netflix

If you were a fan of 2019's Uncut Gems , listen up: Hustle , a surprisingly entertaining basketball drama, delivers more Adam Sandler-sized surprises. 

After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, Stanley Sugerman (Sandler), a down-on-his-luck Philadelphia 76ers scout, takes it upon himself to bring the young phenom to the States without his team's approval. Against the odds, the pair must work to prove that they both deserve to make it big in the NBA. 

That synopsis might sound like standard sports drama fare, but Hustle earned unexpectedly glowing reviews ahead of its muted release. Trust us: this is no Jack and Jill .

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail did more for the satire and parody subgenres than many other comedies have done in the last 50 years.

A witty and biting take on the legend of King Arthur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail stars the titular and legendary British comedy outfit as King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, who embark on a hilarity-infested quest to seek the Holy Grail.

If you're a fan of Monty Python , you'll likely have seen this one countless times over. First-time viewers, though, will cackle and guffaw their way through the film's rivetingly silly scenarios. The Black Knight scene, Knights of the Roundtable dance number, deadly Rabbit of Caerbannog sequence, and Knights Who Say "Ni!" moment are just four instantaneously classic moments waiting to be viewed. Just don't blame us if you end up endlessly quoting this flick long after the credits have rolled.

( NB: Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's Flying Circus are also available to stream).

The Nice Guys

Buddy comedies don't come much better than The Nice Guys . Director Shane Black's underappreciated action comedy stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a private eye and a tough enforcer, who team up to determine the whereabouts of a girl-in-hiding (Margaret Qualley) in 1970s Los Angeles. 

Reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights in both its setting and black humor, the movie is fast-paced, suitably adult, and a perfect example of how to elicit chemistry between two big-time leads. Gosling, in particular, is hilarious. 

Best crime movies on Netflix

Bullet train.

An action-comedy crime caper that certainly drew inspiration from John Wick (more on this film series shortly), Bullet Train is a fast-paced, thrills-a-minute joyride that makes full use of its claustrophobic setting.

Brad Pitt plays Ladybug, an anxious assassin who’s tasked with retrieving a suitcase filled with cash for a shady organization from the titular high-speed passenger vehicle. In order to do so, however, he’ll have to fend off the advances of similarly skilled agents, with the likes of Aaron-Taylor Jonhson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Michael Shannon playing some of those extremely well-trained foes.

Bullet Train wasn’t a big hit with critics upon initial release, but it’s found a new lease of life on Netflix. If you prefer your movies to be action-packed, occasionally gory, and humorous affairs, look no further. 

The Irishman

This threateningly long Martin Scorsese pic attracted attention for the extensive effects work used to de-age its old stars, and it's a creative decision that's sometimes distracting. But there's no denying the appeal of seeing Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino in the same movie together for likely the last time, and this life-spanning, mostly rewarding crime epic is a suitable tribute to their collective talents. 

The Irishman follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro) as he recounts his long association with the Bufalino crime family and infamous union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). It's a languid film – and not a patch on Goodfellas – but absolutely among the best Netflix movies the streaming service has financed to date. Find out where we ranked it in our best Martin Scorsese movies piece.

Best drama movies on Netflix

The first thing to say about Blonde is that it isn't a Marilyn Monroe biopic – not in the traditional sense of the genre, anyway. Instead, Andrew Dominik's controversial Netflix production plays more like a psychological horror movie in which Monroe (an exceptional Ana de Armas) is the troubled protagonist. 

Blonde loosely chronicles the rapid rise to fame (and equally uncompromising demise) of the 1950s icon, but the film is also a hallucinatory thriller – shot mostly in black and white – about a young star haunted by her troubled past and swallowed up by the industry around her. Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel and Julianne Nicholson star alongside Armas in this divisive conversation-starter. 

Call Me By Your Name

2017 was a stellar year for cinema, but it was Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name that perhaps left the greatest impression on audiences. An adaptation of André Aciman's 2007 novel of the same name, the movie follows Timothée Chalamet's Elio, a precocious teenager who develops feelings for his father's temporary research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) in 1980s Italy.

Praised for being an honest exploration of young love and a launchpad for Chalamet's burgeoning career, Guadagnino's film is one of the most beautifully-shot in recent memory, and a reminder that quiet and careful cinema can still triumph among today's superhero-heavy releases. Be quick, though, as it's leaving Netflix soon.

The Hand of God

The Hand of God marks the movie-making return of beloved Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, and tells the semi-autobiographical tale of a young man (Filippo Scotti, standing in for a teenage Sorrentino) grappling with the pressures of growing up in 1980s Naples. 

As well as referring to the infamous goal scored by Argentine footballer (and Napoli legend) Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup, the film's title alludes to a tragic and life-affirming event that forces its protagonist to grow up quicker than he'd otherwise like. To say more risks spoiling The Hand of God 's most tender moments, though the movie's beautiful locations, hypnotic camerawork, and larger-than-life characters ensure it ranks among Sorrentino's best work. If you're a fan of Call Me by Your Name , add this one to your watchlist. 

Phantom Thread

Shortly after Licorice Pizza – director Paul Thomas Anderson's most recent flick – hit 2023's awards circuit, Netflix added his previous film Phantom Thread to its library. This one tells the story of a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London who falls for a young waitress (Vicky Krieps). 

That might sound like a potentially boring narrative, but Phantom Thread is actually masterfully-shot. It's also a poignant exploration of what it means to be an artist, combining Oscar-winning costume design with a stunning soundtrack (from Radiohead and frequent Anderson collaborator Johnny Greenwood) to rank among its director's finest work. One of the best Netflix movies, this certainly is.

An astonishing ode to motherhood in all forms, Roma is the most personal film to date from visionary director Alfonso Cuarón ( Children of Men , Gravity ).

On paper, it's is not the easiest sell – a subtitled black and white film about a live-in housekeeper spoken almost entirely in Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec language. But Cuarón's 2018 critical hit is nonetheless riveting from a cinematic standpoint. More a series of vignettes than a traditional three-act story, it examines the life of a Mexico City family in the early 1970s during a time of great social upheaval.

Rush is a biographical sports movie about the heated rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The pair are played here brilliantly by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl respectively in one of Ron Howard's best movies in recent memory. 

The film portrays their rivalry as lucky playboy vs hotheaded strategist, and while it might exaggerate real-life events somewhat, it's a riveting movie. Along with documentary Senna and dad-friendly flick Ford Vs Ferrari , Rush is one of the best Netflix movies about racing. 

Society of the Snow

J.A. Bayona’s latest flick – based on real-life events – is a harrowing portrayal of human endurance and how our primal survival instincts assume dominance over our humanity.

Society of the Snow tells the tragic story of the 1972 Andes Air Disaster, which saw a Uruguayan rugby team crash-land in the freezing South American mountain range en route to a Chile-based tournament. Trapped in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the 16 survivors are forced to take extreme measures in order to stay alive.

Netflix’s first movie hit of 2024 is a heart-breaking and grim tale of human morality, but one that equally shines an earnest, powerful light on surviving against all odds. One of the best Netflix movies, from a foreign language perspective, you’ll see all year. 

Florence Pugh ( Black Widow , A Good Person ) proved her generational talent yet again in Netflix's unsettling drama-cum-horror The Wonder .  

Set in the Irish Midlands in 1862, the movie stars Pugh as an English nurse called to observe a young girl (Kíla Lord Cassidy) who remains miraculously alive and well despite not having eaten for four months. Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar, and Toby Jones also star in Sebastián Lelio’s period mystery.

As period dramas go, The Wonder is an absorbing and fantastic flick that confirms Pugh's ability to embody every role she plays.

Best fantasy movies on Netflix

If you've enjoyed Bong Joon Ho's Oscar Best Picture winner Parasite , you might want to check out his previous movie, Okja , which is still one of the best Netflix movies on the platform.

It tells the bizarre tale of a young girl Mija and her best pal, an enormous creature called Okja, whose friendship comes under threat when a nasty CEO (Tilda Swinton) has evil plans for the titular animal. It's a refreshing movie with a nice angle of animal activism – a very different proposition to Parasite , for sure, but one that also demonstrates the director's ability to blend genres. 

Best history movies on Netflix

Another Netflix Original, The King stars Timothée Chalamet as Henry V, a young man forced to navigate the worlds of politics, war and treachery after unexpectedly becoming king of England in the 15th century. 

This one contains all the fanfare you'd expect from a modern medieval movie, and boasts an excellent cast including Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris. For a reported budget of just $20 million (although you wouldn't know it), director David Michôd managed to produce one of the most engaging and visually stunning historical dramas around. Stick it on your watch list.

The Woman King

Set in the 1820s, this Viola Davis-fronted historical epic tells the tale of General Nanisca (Davis) and the wider Adojie tribe, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey across a 200-year period.

Starring a number of other terrific Black actors including Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, and Sheila Stim, The Woman King is a weighty, crowd-pleasing spectacle that many have likened to Braveheart in its action, tonality, and themes surrounding defiance in the face of invading forces. A splashy popcorn flick, sure, but one filled with substance, as well as deeper societal and historical subject matter.

Best horror movies on Netflix

The fear street movie trilogy.

Launching in July 2021 as part of a new Netflix horror movie binge watch experiment , the Fear Street movie trilogy looked to recapture the bold and innovative multi-film storytelling formula that other popular horror franchises had seemingly perfected.

And, in short, it did. Set across three flicks, the Fear Street series – itself based on R.L. Stine's books of the same name – told the story of a group of 90s-era teens as they attempt to break a curse that's loomed over their town for over 300 years. With lashings of the supernatural and witchcraft, R-rated slasher violence, an intriguing narrative, and more than a few notable faces – Stranger Things ' Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke are among its cast – the Fear Street movies are well worth watching.

This Remi Weekes-directed movie stars Wunmi Mosaku ( Loki ) and Sope Dirisu ( Gangs of London ) as Rial and Bol, a refugee couple from South Sudan who struggle to adjust to their new life in the UK. The overriding issue? The duo believe there's an evil supernatural force haunting their council home and the surrounding area.

His House might not sound all that thrilling, but you'll want to give it a chance, trust us. Mosaku and Dirisu deliver powerhouse performances in this occasionally terrifying movie that, like Get Out , has plenty of important things to say about cultural and sociopolitical divides. There's a reason why it holds a perfect 100% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes – and, overall, it's because it's a darn good film.

This David Robert Mitchell-directed film shouldn't be slept on – which, in some ways, is ironic, given the lengths its lead character Jay goes to in order to stay awake.

Why? Because, in It Follows , the titular character is pursued by a supernatural entity after it's passed onto her through a sexual encounter with her at-the-time boyfriend Hugh. The entity in question will constantly (albeit) slowly track the currently infected individual until it catches them, upon which time it'll kill them – and then work its way back up the chain to murder every other person who was infected.

It's a bit on the nose with its thematic exploration of sexually transmitted diseases, but It Follows is an otherwise terrifically terrifying and seriously underrated film that deserves more acclaim. A long overdue sequel is in the works, too, so best catch this one while you can.

Best musical movies on Netflix

Damien Chazelle's La La Land is a magical movie. An ode to old Hollywood and hopeless romantics everywhere, it follows two headstrong Angelenos, Seb (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone), who are forced to reckon with their own – and each other's – dreams of making it big in the City of Angels.

One of the most well-received musicals of modern times, La La Land picked up rave reviews almost across the board upon release in 2016, as well as countless awards for its performances, writing, and directing (although it infamously missed out on the Oscar for Best Picture). Put simply, La La Land is a must-see for film fans, and indisputably one of the best Netflix movies.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Based on the play by August Wilson – and despite the gorgeous period set dressing and costume design, it definitely feels very stage-y – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a fantastic watch.

Viola Davis stars as legendary 'Mother of Blues' Ma Rainey, with the film focusing on one fraught recording session with Ma and her band, and the tension between the musician and her white producers and management. 

The late Chadwick Boseman ( Black Panther ) stars as Levee, an innovative trumpet player who struggles to find his place in the music scene, amid bandmates who don't always take him seriously. It's a sad but insightful movie that explores how culture is worth protecting and valuing, in a world where it's easily taken and monetized, and the film truly comes to life in its amazing musical sequences.

Best mystery movies on Netflix

Don't worry, darling.

The Florence Pugh love-in continues with Don't Worry, Darling , Olivia Wilde's psychological mystery-thriller that earned more mileage from the alleged tit-for-tat between its cast than its box office run.

In it, Pugh plays Alice, a housewife living in an idyllic small town. However, Alice starts to realize that everything isn't what it seems after a run-in with the dwelling's owner Frank (Chris Pine). Wilde, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, and Nick Kroll are among its stacked A-list cast.

A movie that won't appeal to all, Don't Worry, Darling has plenty going for it from visual an production design perspectives. Pugh delivers another powerhouse performance as well, even if those around seem to phone it in a bit. There's enough twists and turns in this one, too, that'll leave most viewers stunned. Others, though, might not find much else to enjoy.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Knives Out wowed fans and critics alike in 2019, so sequels were inevitable. 

The first of those – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – is another elaborate and highly entertaining whodunnit from director Rian Johnson. Buoyed by its excellent ensemble cast and a confidence carried over from its predecessor’s success, Glass Onion is even showier and bolder than Knives Out – though the film proved exceptionally divisive among fans of Benoit Blanc's debut outing upon release.

Best sci-fi movies on Netflix

Denis Villeneuve's 2021 sci-fi epic  Dune , which tells the first half of the legendary story set in Frank Herbert's seminal novel of the same name, landed on the streamer in December 2023 and,  but for one issue,  Dune 's Netflix arrival would've been perfect.

It's hard to distil  Dune 's expansive story down into a couple of sentences, so we'd advise you read our  Dune  review  to find out more about it. Oh, and it has one of the best ensemble casts we've seen in a long time, which includes (but isn't limited to) Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem. Catch it before a) it leaves the service and b)  Dune Part 2 , one of 2024's  new movies , arrives in March.

They Cloned Tyrone

This genre-bending sci-fi flick launched on the same day as the cultural phenomenon known as Barbenheimer, so its viewing figures weren't all that impressive in the first couple of weeks post-release.

However, given time, people have realized  They Cloned Tyrone  is an absolutely brilliant movie. To discuss its plot at length is to spoil its biggest surprises, but here's a brief synopsis to give you a flavor of what to expect: "A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper." 

We thoroughly enjoyed what it has to offer on multiple levels and our  exclusive chat with John Boyega is well worth reading  for a peak behind the curtain on its production. Once you're watched it, be sure to read our  ending explainer on  They Cloned Tyrone  for Boyega's thoughts on its surprising ending .

Best superhero movies on Netflix

The Christopher Nolan-directed Batman trilogy isn't available on Netflix anymore, but there is another top-tier Dark Knight film that's made its way onto the service in the form of The Batman .

Robert Pattinson stuns in his first turn as the Caped Crusader, with the Matt Reeves-helmed Bat-Flick proving to be even more dingy and gritty than many of its forebears. That it leans more heavily into the superhero's detective-based skills than what's come before – walking that fine line of being gruesome but not gratuitously violent – too, makes it an even more fascinating, crime-based Batman film than we've been used to.

With a stupendous supporting vast including Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, and John Tuturro, The Batman needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. See where it placed in our best Batman movies guide.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

We were delighted to see Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Vers e make its unexpected Netflix debut in October 2023. As a spectacularly assembled animated superhero film, there are few better than it in the genre space right now – both from animation and storytelling perspectives.

Set 14 months after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , viewers are reunited with Miles Morales, Gwen Stacey, and Peter B Parker as they embark on a new multiverse-spanning journey that, unlike its forebear, won't be such an easy one to navigate.

In our Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review , we said it "fulfils its ambitious promise to deliver an amazing follow-up to its 2018 predecessor". Once you've watched it, read our Across the Spider-Verse ending explained article to see how it sets up its Beyond the Spider-Verse sequel. Then, see where it ranks in our best Spider-Man movies guide, or find out how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order .

Best thriller movies on Netflix

The good nurse.

Netflix puts its penchant for true-crime storytelling to good use with The Good Nurse , which follows the murderous exploits of real-life serial killer Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne). Jessica Chastain plays Cullen's co-worker, Amy Loughren, who would ultimately go on to expose the sadistic behaviour that led to the deaths of dozens of patients over a period of sixteen years. 

On the broad spectrum of Netflix movies, The Good Nurse is a lower-key affair than, say, Don't Look Up . However, its shocking story of gross criminal negligence is far more impactful than the big-budget drama of the streamer's recent blockbusters. Sure, it's far from an easy watch – but it'll stay with you long after its credits roll.

Best war movies on Netflix

All quiet on the western front.

It’s been a good few years since Dunkirk and 1917 reminded audiences of the horrors of war, but Netflix assumed that responsibility with shocking but beautifully-made WWI epic, All Quiet on the Western Front . 

Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s landmark novel of the same name (which was first adapted into a feature film in 1930), this award-winning German-language movie tells the story of a young German soldier (Felix Kammerer) whose naive expectations of fighting for his country are shattered by war’s harrowing reality. As you'd expect, All Quiet on the Western Front is brutal, vivid and poignant – just don’t expect to reach its credits feeling particularly joyous.

Beasts of No Nation

We won't beat about the bush – Beasts of No Nation is a tough watch. No Time to Die 's Cary Fukunaga directs this harrowing feature, which follows the journey of a young orphan (Abraham Attah) forced into becoming a child soldier by a fierce warlord (Idris Elba) during an unnamed African civil war. 

An adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala's novel of the same name, Beasts of No Nation is a masterfully-shot story documenting the human cost of conflict, and places the uncomfortable realities of war front and centre. This isn't one to watch with the kids, but sitting through its two-hour narrative is an enlightening, dare-we-say necessary movie experience.  

Best western movies on Netflix

The harder they fall.

Jeymes Samuel's feature film directorial debut wasn't expected to be this good. But The Harder They Fall , which stars the likes of Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, and Regina King, is a superb Western that deserves your attention.

Jonathan Majors, who was recently found guilty of domestic abuse and whose career is effectively over as a result, plays Nat Love, an outlaw who discover his mortal enemy Rufus Black (Elba) is being released from prison. Unsurprisingly, Love takes the law into his own hands and assembles his crack team of gunslingers to stop that from happening. 

A stylized, gun-toting action flick that's somewhat predictable in its makeup, The Harder They Fall will have you whooping and hollering at the screen regularly.

The Power of the Dog

It’s safe to say that Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog was the critical hit – and one of the best Netflix movies – of 2021. Widely praised for its slow-burning psychological drama, it follows the story of a menacing rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) who doesn’t take kindly to the arrival of his brother’s new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Cumberbatch arguably gives a career-best performance as the volatile Phil Burbank here, which undoubtedly made interesting prep for Doctor Strange 2 . It's a slow-burner, but The Power of the Dog is a masterful piece of filmmaking.

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With over 1,500 original titles, Netflix continues to stay atop the streaming wars pyramid thanks to its exclusive content offerings. Netflix has something for everyone, covering every genre and target demographic imaginable. Sure, everyone knows about popular series like Stranger Things , Squid Games , or The Witcher , but when it comes to film, Netflix has some genuinely good original movies on the platform. With so many titles to choose from, it’s difficult sometimes to make heads or tails of what’s available, let alone what’s actually worth the sit down and stream. We’ve done the heavy lifting so you don’t have to and figured out the very best Netflix movies ready for your viewing pleasure in January 2024.

Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix and to include more original films that are now available on the service.

Dune (2021)

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Based on the classic Dune books from Frank Herbert, Dune is a sc-fi epic that truly feels epic. The story follows a young man named Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) who is apart of noble family that gets stuck in the middle of an interplantary conflict over a substance called spice. Taking place on the windswept sand world of Arrakis, Dune has everything you could want out of a sci-fi movie on Netflix or otherwise. It is also supported by a star-studded cast that includes Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Mamoa, Stellen Skarsgard, Dave Batista, and more. The sequel, Dune: Part 2 is set to release in March 2024.

Since the film was released exclusively on HBO Max when it first came out, you can also still watch the movie there.

Read our review of Dune .

The Batman (2022)

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A darker, more modern take on the popular masked vigilante, The Batman provides a more human quality to the character than ever before. After two years of nocturnal crime-fighting in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) must defeat a psychotic murderer who forces him to answer riddles with the consequence of innocent deaths. While there have been many, varied iterations of Batman, Matt Reeves’ character delves a bit deeper into the shady past of the Wayne family and what enemies such a power can create.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

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In what is now known to be the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a blast of action and comedy that is fun for the whole family. As is the plot in the video games: Mario (Chris Pratt) is a well-to-do hero in the Nintendo world, attempting to stop Bowser’s (Jack Black) evil plans to destroy everything and take Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) as his prize. While the critics groaned and nit-picked upon the release of this animated super-film, audiences were overjoyed with the arguably errant nostalgia dumps and references that make this movie as exciting as it is.

Read our review of The Super Mario Bros. Movie .

Whiplash (2014)

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A tour de force of acting, cinematography, and unconventional plot pacing, Whiplash is a story of dedication, determination, and rhythm in every aspect of life. Devoted to a life of percussion and musical passion, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) traverses a cutthroat musical conservatory with an unmerciful instructor bent on brutal perfection. The movie itself strives for perfection since the plot seems to follow the pacing of a jazz song: ramping up and slowing down at seemingly random intervals but most certainly intentionally.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

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The visually stunning sequel to the animated smash hit, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse continues the uniquely comic-book-like movie style that captivated audiences worldwide. Faced with the aftermath of the interdimensional mess caused in the first film, an elite task force of Spider-People takes it upon themselves to hunt and capture interdimensional anomalies randomly cast into other dimensions. Between his struggles with his family, his education, his love life, his ‘nemesis’, and the multitudes of Spider-People, the juggling of many themes at once in this film is impressive enough without the astounding artistry.

Read our review of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse .

V for Vendetta (2005)

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From the golden era of the brilliantly-written Wachowski scripts comes V for Vendetta : a political, dystopian thriller that focuses on the censorship and absolute oppression of civilians by its government. When an employee for the state-run British Television Network encounters a mystifying masked vigilante known as ‘V’, ( Hugo Weaving ) she unknowingly becomes a part of his master plan to overthrow their tyrannical, oppressive government. Along with some incredible appearances by Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, the story and set designs alone make this a very re-watchable gem of an action drama.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

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While everyone was busy watching Barbie and Oppenheimer, Netflix sneakily released They Cloned Tyrone the same weekend. And although it was overshadowed by the collective power of Barbenheimer, They Cloned Tyrone desires a second look. In it, Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, and Teyonah Parris are forced to team up to investigate what appears to be a wide-ranging government conspiracy. Part mystery, part comedy, with just a touch of sci-fi flair, They Cloned Tyrone is a stylish and well-acted thriller that never takes itself too seriously. If you liked Sorry to Bother You, They Cloned Tyrone might be just up your alley.

Read our review of They Cloned Tyrone .

White Noise (2022)

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Directed by Barbie co-writer Noah Baumbach, White Noise is an attempt at adapting Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel by the same name, which many have long considered to be unadaptable. It’s a dense book, full of meditative and philosophical asides that have little to do with its meandering, often abstract narrative. And yet, here it is, a stubborn little movie released on Netflix that tries to accomplish the impossible. Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig star as a pair of parents raising an unruly, hyper-talkative group of children. He’s a college professor, she’s an aerobics instructor with near-constant ruminations about death – they’re a match made in heaven. But their life gets a little more complicated when a nearby train crash unleashes what is called an Airborne Toxic Event, forcing them to flee their homes to escape the poisonous chemicals. More than a little weird but engaging enough if you’re willing to give it a chance, White Noise is the perfect choice if you want to try out something a little bit different.

Read our review of White Noise .

The Woman King (2022)

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Set amidst the 19th-century African kingdom of Dahomey (located in present-day Benin), The Woman King revolves around the Agojie, a group of female warriors who have pledged to protect their people and their king (played by John Boyega). This army is led by the fierce Nanisca (Viola Davis) as she trains a new cohort of soldiers, including the strong-willed Nawi (Thuso Mbedu). The Woman King examines the power dynamics of African empires before European colonization, and it does so without sacrificing an ounce of thrilling action along the way. The fight sequences are bold and energetic, aided by vivid costumes and a powerful score. Viola Davis may have missed out on an Academy Award nomination for her performance in The Woman King, but that doesn’t make this film any less worthy of praise.

The Wonder (2022)

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Science and religion are two warring philosophies, and they come into abrupt conflict in The Wonder , when a young nurse, Lib Wright, (played by Florence Pugh) is sent to Ireland to observe a bona fide miracle. Anna O’Donnell, an Irish child, allegedly hasn’t had a bite to eat in months, yet she still survives. A local board has been assembled to assess whether or not this little girl is a saint in the making, and to that end, they’ve hired the nurse and a local nun to watch her every hour of the day and report back on their findings. Lib expects to find a reasonable explanation for the girl’s strange behavior, her faith in science and medicine flying in the face of the religious fervor that otherwise grips the small rural community. Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Ari Wegner, The Wonder is a fascinating historical drama that examines the tensions between conflicting belief systems in 1860s Ireland.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

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With 2019’s Knives Out , we have Rian Johnson to thank for single handedly bringing back the murder mystery. After it became a surprise hit, a sequel was all but assured, resulting in Glass Onion , which features an all-new cast of characters aside from its fan-favorite detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). In it, Blanc is invited to a murder mystery party on a private Greek island hosted by a tech billionaire and, predictably, chaos ensues. Glass Onion is just as clever and narratively satisfying as its predecessor, with Craig preventing Blanc from becoming a caricature and Janelle Monae stealing just about every scene she appears in. Here’s hoping for the Knives Out cinematic universe to have a long and healthy life!

See our guide to the best mystery movies for more films like Knives out .

Crimson Peak (2015)

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Guillermo del Toro has made his directorial career by bringing to life nightmarish visions, but with Crimson Peak , he sets his sights on a gothic story that is as much based in romance as it is in horror. Tom Hiddleston stars as an English nobleman with a crumbling estate and a too-close relationship with his sister (Jessica Chastain) who marries Buffalo heiress Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) for less than honorable reasons. Blending ghostly elements, an atmospheric manor house, and a tragic love story, Crimson Peak may not be Guillermo del Toro’s most famous film (and its middling reception reflects an audience expecting something more in line with his other, more horror-focused projects), but it is one of his most beautiful.

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One of the biggest global hits to come out of India in decades, RRR is an over-the-top extravaganza of violence, nationalism, and of course, epic dance numbers. It stars N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan as a pair of best friends who will do anything for one another. But their relationship becomes more complicated when it becomes clear that neither is being completely honest with each other.

Their conflict amidst their individual efforts to stay true to themselves provides the backbone of RRR, as duty tears them apart. The film is a little over three hours long, but it hardly feels it: When would you even have time to look at the time, when there are fight sequences with actual tigers and endlessly charming dance battles to watch instead?

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The King (2019)

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Set in England during the 15th century, The King is the most recent film to explore the life of King Henry V. A story first dramatized by William Shakespeare in the late 1500s, we are given a glimpse of the king not as a proud and noble leader, but as a young man who still has some serious maturing to do.

Timothee Chalamet stars as Hal, the hard-partying son of King Henry IV who ascends to the throne reluctantly, uneager to take on the responsibilities of all of England. But he can’t hide from his fate, and he will be given an opportunity to prove himself at the now-legendary Battle of Agincourt. With strong performances from Chalamet and Joel Edgerton as the part-buffonish, part-wise Sir John Falstaff, The King is a respectable period drama that doesn’t fail to engage.

The Power of the Dog (2021)

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The Power of the Dog is a meditative exploration of masculinity amidst the Old West. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Phil Burbank, a grizzled Montana cowboy who runs a ranch alongside his soft-spoken brother George (Jesse Plemons), but has little patience for George’s new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) or her seemingly delicate teenage son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

As the story progresses, an aura of tension fills the ranch as Phil plays subtle mind games with Rose, upsetting the fragile balance of the homestead. Filled with top-tier performances from the entire cast and the stunning cinematography of traditional western landscapes from Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog is a slow-burning visual feast that challenges conventional stereotypes of manliness, especially within the western genre.

tick, tick … Boom! (2021)

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Up-and-coming Broadway playwright Jonathan Larson tragically died the night before RENT, the show that would redefine musical theater in the 1990s, premiered on Broadway. But before that, he was just another struggling artist in New York. Tick, tick … Boom! is the musical he wrote while grappling with his fear of growing older without having achieved his dreams.

Although Andrew Garfield has a background in theater, his performance here is nonetheless a huge leap of faith, as he showcases hitherto unexplored musical abilities in the lead role of Jonathan Larson himself. Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick … Boom! is a love letter to theater fans everywhere, with more cameos from Broadway legends than you can shake a stick at.

13th (2016)

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From groundbreaking director Ava DuVernay, 13th is a documentary analyzing the connection between the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime, and the mass incarceration of Black citizens in America.

13th is a gripping documentary showcasing how despite the “abolishment” of slavery, that the continued systemic oppression of Black Americans through things like Jim Crow laws, the school-to-prison pipeline, the war on drugs, and the prison industrial complex have all contributed to what is essentially “slavery with extra steps.” The film was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

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We certainly have plenty of dreamy World War II-era romances floating around in film – but at this point, what’s the harm in one more? In The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (what a mouthful), Lily James stars as Juliet Ashton, a young writer who becomes fascinated by the war experiences of the inhabitants of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands that was occupied by the Germans. When she travels to the island, she discovers the horrors and small rebellions of people whose lives have been turned upside down. And in the process, she becomes drawn to one inhabitant in particular – Dawsey Adams, played by the always delightful Michiel Huisman. Their chemistry is undeniable, and goes a long way in helping The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society stand out in a crowded field.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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The inside of Charlie Kaufman’s mind must be a fascinating and terrifying place to be. Based on Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, I’m Thinking of Ending Things feels like a waking fever dream of emotional duress and psychological torment. The story centers on a woman considering ending her relationship on the way to meet her boyfriend’s family, but that surface level synopsis does the film no justice.

Kaufman has a history of making idiosyncratic cinema, with films like Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York, but this feels like his least accessible venture yet, and that’s not a bad thing. This is one that you’ll be thinking about and over analyzing long after the credits roll, and possibly find yourself wandering into your own personal struggles of existential instability in a way that only Kaufman movies can.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

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It seems impossible to make a romantic comedy these days now that the commonly accepted romcom tropes have all gone the way of the dodo, but Netflix’s film adaptation of Jenny Han's 2014 novel of the same name was so successful, it lead to a trilogy of films and an upcoming spin-off. The film centers on teenage Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) who writes secret, soul-baring letters to her five crushes, but never intends to send them.

After the letters get out (because of course they do), her entire world is thrown upside down and she must learn to navigate life, love, and being honest about her feelings. It’s a genuinely heartfelt look at teenage love in a way that never feels like it's talking down to its intended audience, and brings to life relatable characters you won’t regret cheering for in a decade. Lara Jean is the newest teen movie queen.

Marriage Story (2019)

The memes of Adam Driver punching a wall and crying are good, but the source material, Marriage Story , is great. If you’ve ever been in a relationship that has fallen apart, married or not, Marriage Story is downright gutting. Driver and co-star Scarlett Johansson star as a stage director and his actor wife as they struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

Laura Dern won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 92nd Academy Awards for her performance as lawyer Nora Fanshaw, and although the film is not autobiographical, the personal touch Noah Baumbach brought after his own divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh is downright palpable.

To Leslie (2022)

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After premiering at Sundance in 2022, To Leslie seemed like it would join the extensive catalog of independent films that are well-received by critics but never get the kind of distribution deal that allows it to be seen by mainstream audiences. That is, of course, until Andrea Riseborough pulled off the ultimate Cinderella story, earning an Oscar nomination through a tiny (and to some, suspiciously executed) grassroots campaign. She plays the titular Leslie, a drug addict in recovery attempting to reconcile with her son (Owen Teague) and begin a new life with the help of a grumpy but soft-hearted motel owner (Marc Maron). Her performance is transformative, creating a character who is unlikeable but somehow sympathetic at the same time.

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Spike Lee really never misses, huh? In what is arguably his most ambitious film, Da 5 Bloods focuses on four Black veterans forced to battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam looking for the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

Part historical drama, part heist movie, and part political thriller, Lee weaves an intersectional masterpiece topped with an all-star cast featuring Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Johnny Trí Nguyễn, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jean Reno, and Chadwick Boseman.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

Netflix’s main competitor in the streaming wars is Disney+, and the juggernaut company feels almost untouchable when it comes to animated fare … that is until Netflix and Sony released the best animated film of 2021, The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The Mitchells seem like your average, slightly dysfunctional American family, but they must put their strife aside when AI assistance robots begin to take over the world.

The premise sounds silly, but The Mitchells vs. the Machines is filled with so much heart it’s impossible not to fall in love with this family. Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Alex Hirsch, Maya Rudolph, Michael Rianda, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Doug the Pug all thrive in their voiceover roles, and this film proves that Netflix is a true contender in original animated programming.

If you're looking for more like this you can take a look at our list of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.

Okja (2017)

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Before Bong Joon-ho took home Oscars for Parasite, the South Korean director delivered Okja for Netflix. The film centers on a young girl named Mija, who has served as a caretaker and companion to the massive “super-pig” named Okja in the mountains of South Korea.

After a massive conglomerate takes Okja for themselves and transports the creature to New York City, Mija sets out on a rescue mission to find her friend, and stop the nefarious plans of the corporation’s image-obsessed CEO played by Tilda Swinton. Okja is easily one of Joon-ho’s best films, but there’s been little attention paid to it since its release in 2017. That needs to change. All hail the super-pig.

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Netflix's Originals have become a force to be reckoned with in recent years, with the service going from a collection of other studios' films and popular TV shows to a genuine content-churning machine. We try to focus on the Netflix Originals that have proven to be popular favorites as well as those non-Netflix movies that scored well on aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. In some cases, we may pick more surprising titles that aren't as "buzzy" as some others on this list. The one common thread is that all these movies are truly worth your time.

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By any measure, Masamune lives a normal teenage existence in his rural Japanese hometown—until the local steel works erupts, mysteriously sealing the entire town in an inexplicable time bubble where no one ages. As the small community struggles to adapt, a culture that fears change emerges, initially from the presumption that residents would need to rejoin the outside world as they left it, and eventually forbids even new relationships. Yet when Masamune's strange classmate Mutsumi lures him to the ill-fated factory and introduces him to a feral young girl who should not exist, the bizarre reality they all inhabit begins to collapse. A fantasy twist on notions of youthful rebellion, the prison of familiarity, and fears of change, maboroshi —meaning "illusion"—is a dazzling sophomore feature from director Mari Okada—whose 2018 debut Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms won accolades around the globe—and one that firmly establishes her as one of the most exciting creators working in animation today.

Young Orion is afraid of everything—but especially the dark. Sure would be a shame if the manifestation of darkness itself turned up one night, huh? While a small twist in tone could make for a horror story, this charming animated feature from DreamWorks is instead a delight, as Dark—along with the other embodiments of the night, including Sweet Dreams and Insomnia—take Orion on a journey to show that the night isn't anything to be afraid of. Hitting similar vibes as Inside Out , this exploration of childhood fears—and overcoming them—makes for a great family feature.

Walter and Helga Willoughby love each other very much, with a passion that has withstood years of marriage. Unfortunately, they’re less enamored of their four children—Tim, Jane, and twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B (the parents having given up any pretense of caring about their progeny by that point). After putting up with years of abuse, the Willoughby kids have finally had enough—and hatch a scheme to get rid of their cruel parents and find a family that actually cares about them, by whatever means necessary. Based on the book by Lois Lowry, The Willoughbys tonally blends The Addams Family, A Series of Unfortunate Events , and the works of Roald Dahl—plus a dash of Wes Anderson’s trademark “rich people malaise” for flavor—to present a delightfully dark animated fable that’s mischievous enough for younger viewers while avoiding schmaltzy tropes about “the importance of family” that older watchers will be tired of. Better still, it’s all beautifully presented with a unique CGI animation style that adopts an almost stop-motion aesthetic, and packs in a phenomenal voice cast including Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, and Jane Krakowski.

Written by and starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe tells the story of two inseparable childhood friends whose lives veer dramatically apart after a grief-stricken rendezvous in their teenage years. Wong plays Sasha Tran, a superstar chef whose stratospheric career barely papers over the cracks in her faltering relationship. Park, meanwhile, plays Marcus Kim, whose ambitions have taken him no further than the local dive bar and his father's air conditioning firm. Fate—and a bizarre cameo from Keanu Reeves—conspire to bring the two leads back together in a thoughtful and hilarious romantic comedy.

Frank Herbert's Dune was long thought unfilmable—a stance arguably proven by David Lynch's troubled 1984 adaptation . Nearly four decades later, Denis Villeneuve ( Blade Runner 2049 ) would prove the naysayers wrong with this staggeringly ambitious take. Splitting Herbert's sprawling novel of warring houses, galactic imperialism, millennia-spanning prophecies, and, err, giant sandworms in two—a bold choice, given Part Two wasn't guaranteed at the time—gave Villeneuve space to properly introduce the vast mythos and gargantuan dramatis personae of the source material, helping establish the scale and grandeur of the universe. With the second film due out in March, now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in this meticulously crafted slice of science fiction.

A weekend getaway at a luxury vacation rental property for Amanda, Clay, and their kids, Archie and Rose, takes a sinister turn in the wake of an inexplicable blackout. When the house's owner, George, and his daughter, Ruth, return early, suspicions mount—but a growing herd of deer lurking outside the house, failing vehicles, and scattered reports of attacks across the country force the two families to rely on each other in the face of what may be the end of the world. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Rumaan Alam, and with a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha'la, and Kevin Bacon, this film relishes in keeping the audiences as uncertain as its characters are, explaining little and leaving questions you'll be mulling for days.

Written and directed by Dan Levy, this touching drama explores the difficulty of moving on from tragedy. When Marc's (Levy) husband Oliver dies, he is unable to grieve after learning of an affair—and a weekend in Paris with his supportive friends Sophie (Ruth Negga) and Thomas (Himesh Patel), each facing their own existential relationship dilemmas, only makes things worse when it's revealed Oliver was secretly renting an apartment there. While the mournful subject matter will be tonal whiplash for anyone drawn to this by Levy's performance in Schitt's Creek , Good Grief proves an empathetic exploration of the complexities of bereavement, one that's a lot warmer and more life-affirming than viewers might expect going in.

Directed by George C. Wolfe ( Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ), this biopic explores the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. While perhaps best known as one of the chief organizers of 1963's March on Washington, Rustin was also openly, unapologetically gay at a time when that was phenomenally rare—and the film doesn't shy away from how that alienated many of the people he worked with, his sexuality often seen as a threat to the movement. A much-needed spotlight on an overlooked but pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement, elevated by a central performance from a spectacularly well-cast Colman Domingo as Rustin himself.

The long, long, long awaited sequel to 2000's classic Chicken Run is finally here, allowing studio Aardman Animations to once again prove itself the undisputed master of stop-motion animation. While it's been nearly a quarter-century for us, Dawn of the Nugget picks up shortly after Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and Rocky (Zachary Levi) helped their entire flock fly the coop from Tweedy's Farm. With the arrival of daughter Molly (Bella Ramsey), life on an island bird sanctuary seems perfect—until Molly's rebellious teen phase sees her escape back to the mainland, only to face a new threat that makes getting baked into a pie look like a good option. While this goes into somewhat obvious territory for a sequel—Ginger and Rocky breaking into a facility to rescue Molly, versus the original's breakout—this is packed with all the wit and charm that made the original so beloved.

Leo has spent the last 74 years trapped in an elementary school classroom. Underappreciated but dedicated teacher? Nope: lizard, and long-suffering class pet. Finally deciding to live for himself, Leo sees a weekend in a student's care as a chance to make a break for freedom—only to discover he might have a penchant for teaching after all. Yes, a talking animal animated film could be cloying pablum, but with Adam Sandler at his most cantankerous voicing the titular tuatara, and with a script that manages to serve up some surprisingly insightful and poignant moments, Leo evolves into that rarest of beasts: a family feature that the whole family really can enjoy.

Fleeing war-torn South Sudan, Bol (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) are now living in a run-down house at the edge of London, harassed by their neighbors even as they try to fit in. The couple are also haunted by the lives they left behind—both figuratively and (possibly) literally, with visions of their late daughter Nyagak, who did not survive the journey, fading in and out of the walls of their dismal new home. The real horror of His House isn't the strange visions, haunted house, or potential ghosts, though—it’s the bleakness of the lives Bol and Rial are forced into, the hostility and dehumanization of the UK asylum process, the racism both overt and casual, all coupled with the enormous sense of loss they carry with them. Blending the macabre with the mundane, director Remi Weekes delivers a tense, challenging film that will haunt viewers as much as its characters.

Paul Edima (Richard Mofe-Damijo) lives a peaceful life as a church deacon, trying to atone for—or at least forget—his former deeds as a highly trained special agent. Plans to leave his violent and bloody past behind fall apart when his son is framed for a murder and then killed by corrupt police, forcing him to fall back on old skills as he seeks vengeance. Shades of Taken , yes, but it's director Editi Effiong's raw energy and fresh takes on familiar action movie formulas that—backed by one of the highest budgets in "Nollywood" history—have this gritty outing topping the most-watched lists as far afield as South Korea . Expand your cinematic horizons and see what the fuss is about.

There's about 110 miles of mean water between Cuba and Florida, filled with jellyfish, man o' wars, and sharks and prone to terrible weather. The idea of trying to swim the route solo might raise a few concerns, let alone doing it with as few protective measures as possible—but that's exactly what long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad did, and at the age of 64, no less. This biopic from directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin ( Free Solo ) casts Annette Bening as an almost monomaniacally obsessed Nyad, determined to prove to everyone—or maybe just herself—that she can complete the marathon swim that had bested her all her life. Meanwhile, Jodie Foster's turn as Bonnie Stoll, Nyad's friend, coach, and ex-partner, provides a sense of stability against the force of nature that the increasingly, almost dangerously determined Nyad becomes. While Nyad is somewhat more fanciful than Vasarhelyi and Chin's documentary works and glosses over some aspects of the real-life Nyad's history, it stands as a testament to human determination, friendship, and the power of sheer stubbornness.

This is a wild one—a Chilean black comedy satire reimagining dictator Augusto Pinochet as a centuries-old vampire who is just done with it and now craves his own final death. Not bizarre enough? As director and co-writer Pablo Larraín's farce continues, it incorporates Vampire Pinochet's children, the exorcist nun they hire to kill their father for the inheritance, a Russian vampire butler, and—in a gloriously deranged twist—Margaret Thatcher. Shot in black and white, and almost entirely in Spanish, El Conde sits somewhere in the space between high schlock and high art. It's absolutely not going to win everyone over, but if you're craving something different from cinema's norms, you can't get much more different than this.

Ignore its 41-minute runtime and set aside any arguments over whether its brevity "counts" as a movie—this fantastic outing sees Wes Anderson adapt a Roald Dahl work for the first time since 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox , and the result is just as brilliant. Rather than stop-motion, as with Mr. Fox , this is a live-action affair headlined by a top tier performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous Henry Sugar, a bored rich man who gains a strange power and ultimately uses it to better the world. With a broader cast including Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley, and shot with all of Anderson's trademark aesthetic sensibilities, this really is a wonderful story. And, if you're still bothered by the short run time, take solace in the fact that this forms a tetraptych with The Rat Catcher , The Swan , and Poison ; 15-minute shorts with same cast, directed by Anderson, and all adapting other Dahl tales in his signature style.

After bringing Indonesian martial arts to the wider world with his The Raid duology, director Gareth Evans switches genre to horror with this disturbing period piece set on a remote Welsh island in the early 1900s. Dan Stevens plays Thomas Richardson, a faithless missionary who infiltrates a cult on the island to rescue his kidnapped sister. Entwined in the lives and strange practices of the cultists and their firebrand leader, Malcolm Howe (Michael Sheen), Thomas soon realizes the god being worshipped isn't the one from his own lost scripture. Yes, it's all a bit Wicker Man in places, but Apostle balances its gore and scares with slow-burn tension and a terror borne of its isolated setting that will have you thinking twice before you next venture into the countryside.

We're glossing over the "nepo baby" factor here—producer Adam Sandler takes a backseat supporting actor role here, allowing his two real-life daughters the spotlight—as this earns a pass by being a great teen comedy on its own merits. Stacy Friedman (Sunny Sandler) is obsessing over her upcoming bat mitzvah, insisting that it has to be perfect to set the course for the rest of her life, while older sister Ronnie (Sadie Sandler) provides backup in trying to convince their parents to throw a lavish party. Unfortunately, Stacy's current life is far from perfect, chasing both acceptance from the popular kids at school and the affections of clueless Andy (Dylan Hoffman), who barely notices her. After an attempt to impress him leads to social disaster, Stacy is enraged when BFF Lydia (Samantha Lorraine) dates him instead, and soon everyone's lives are spiraling out of control in the kind of deranged, cruel ways only teenagers can manage. Director Sammi Cohen perfectly captures the heightened melodrama that paints everyone's teen years, while delivering emotional moments at all the right points.

Centered on the eponymous Berlin nightclub , this documentary explores the lives of LGBTQ+ people during the interwar years, from the roaring 1920s through the rise of the Nazis and into the horrors of World War II. With a blend of archival footage, recreations, and first-person accounts, director Benjamin Cantu paints a picture of gleeful decadence, the Eldorado as an almost hallowed ground where performers and patrons alike experimented with gender expression and were free to openly display their sexuality. It's an ode to what was lost, but with an eye on the bizarre contradictions of the age, where openly gay club-goers would wear their own Nazi uniforms as the years went by. Everything the Nazis Hate is emotionally challenging viewing in places, but it serves up an important slice of queer history that many will be completely unaware of.

Based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, this historical mystery is set in 1890, with retired detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) called in to investigate the death and mutilation of a cadet at West Point Military Academy. Needing an insider's perspective, Landor enlists the help of another cadet: a macabre young fellow named Edgar Allan Poe (an exquisitely creepy Harry Melling). As their inquiries continue, the unlikely pair uncover links to strange rituals and secret societies, while the body count rises. Beautifully gothic and with plenty of twists, The Pale Blue Eye is bolstered by a fantastic ensemble including Gillian Anderson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, and Timothy Spall, all elevating what could be a silly genre mashup ("Young Poe: The Detective Years," anyone?) into a captivating, spooky affair.

Wu Ming-han (Greg Hsu) is not a great guy. A homophobic police officer, his life—and prejudices—are changed when he picks up an unassuming red envelope while investigating a case. Now bound under “ghost marriage” customs to Mao Mao (Austin Lin), a gay man who died under mysterious circumstances, Wu has to solve his “husband's” death before he can get on with his life. Directed by Cheng Wei-hao, better known for his thrillers and horror movies, Marry My Dead Body sees the Taiwanese director bring his supernatural stylings to this ghostly absurdist comedy for a film that transcends borders.

Cherry struggles with speaking to other people, preferring to share his feelings through haiku. Smile is a vlogger who always wears a mask, afraid to reveal her braces to the world. Both young people are terrible at communicating, until a chaotic meeting at a mall draws them together, and they begin to bring each other out of their shells. This feature directorial debut from Kyōhei Ishiguro ( Your Lie in April ) is a charming slice-of-life romcom that transcends its teen romance trappings. Its gorgeous animation, stunning color palette, and eye-catching pop art aesthetic are further bolstered by a genius soundtrack that blends Cherry’s haiku with hip hop influences. True to its title, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is an effervescent, joyful affair that will bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded viewer.

How much does Akira Tendo (Eiji Akaso) hate his soul-crushing, meaningless, abusive office job? Put it this way: He considers the zombie apocalypse an improvement. Freed from the shackles of workaday monotony, Akira and a handful of fellow survivors are now free to do everything they ever wanted—so long as they can avoid becoming undead flesh-eaters themselves. Adapted from the manga by Haro Aso (creator of Alice in Borderland ) and Kotaro Takata, this raucous zom-com is packed with gloriously stupid moments—zombie shark fight!—but with a central theme of learning how to truly live for yourself, it has plenty of heart too.

Drug dealer Fontaine (John Boyega) got shot to death last night. So why has he just woken up in bed as if nothing happened? That existential question leads Fontaine and two unlikely allies—prostitute Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris) and pimp Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx)—to uncovering a vast conspiracy centered on a Black-majority town called The Glen, where people are kept mollified by hypnotic rap music, dumbed down with drug-laced fried chicken and grape juice, and preached into obedience at church. But who’s using the town as a petri dish, and why is there a cloning lab buried underground? This lethally sharp satire from writer and debut director Juel Taylor masterfully blends genres, from the use of visual motifs and dated clichés from 1970s Blaxploitation cinema to its frequent steps into sci-fi territory and laugh-out-loud comedy. But it’s the powerhouse performances from its central cast that mark this as one to watch.

The classic family fable returns to the screen, via the Broadway and West End stages, in this musical update. You know the story—precocious schoolgirl Matilda (Alisha Weir) uses her newfound telekinetic powers to outwit the sadistic school principal Agatha Trunchbull (a deliciously wicked Emma Thompson) with only the kindhearted Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch) on her side—but here it's bolstered with toe-tapping numbers from Tim Minchin and some phenomenal choreography. With an appropriately dark sense of humor throughout, channeling the mischievous spirit of the source material, this new Matilda will charm a whole new generation of delinquents.

Shapeshifter Nimona can become anything she wants, a gift that causes people to fear and shun her. If society is going to treat her like a villain, she's going to be one, so she decides to become the sidekick of the hated black knight, Ballister Blackheart. Unfortunately for the aspiring menace, Blackheart isn't quite the monster he's made out to be, and he instead tries to rein in Nimona's more murderous tendencies as he seeks to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit—and face down his old friend Ambrosius Goldenloin in the process. Adapted from N. D. Stevenson's groundbreaking graphic novel, Nimona is more than just another fanciful fantasy—it's a tale of outsiders and exiles, people trying to do right even when their community rejects them, and the joy of finding their own little band along the way. After an almost decade-long journey to the screen, this dazzlingly animated movie has become an instant classic.

An exploration of the origins of the “conversion therapy” movement—a harmful and medically denounced process through which religious groups try to “cure” homosexuality—may not make for light entertainment, but this searing look at the practice and its roots is darkly compelling. Director Kristine Stolakis speaks with key founders of the movement and survivors of the often brutal treatments that arose over nearly half a century and offers insight into both. Pray Away is a difficult watch at times—especially for LGBTQ+ viewers—but it shines an important light on the movement and the damage it causes. A bold debut for Stolakis.

Set in New York City in 1968,  The Boys in the Band is a snapshot of gay life a year before Stonewall brought LGBTQ+ rights to mainstream attention. When Michael (Jim Parsons, fresh from The Big Bang Theory ) hosts a birthday party for his best frenemy Harold (Zachary Quinto), he’s expecting a night of drinks, dancing, and gossip with their inner circle—until Alan, Michael’s straight friend from college, turns up, desperate to share something. As the night wears on, personalities clash, tempers fray, and secrets threaten to come to the surface in director Joe Mantello’s tense character study. Adapted for the screen by Mart Crowley, author of the original stage play, this period piece manages to be as poignant an exploration of queer relationships and identities as ever.

To her friends, Gil Bok-soon (Jeon Do-yeon) is a successful events executive and dedicated single mother to her daughter, Jae-yeong (Kim Si-a). In reality, she’s the star performer at MK Ent—an assassination bureau, where her almost superhuman ability to predict every step in a critical situation has earned her a 100 percent success rate and killer reputation. The only problem: She’s considering retiring at the end of her contract, a decision that opens her to threats from disgruntled enemies and ambitious colleagues alike. While its title and premise not-so-subtly evoke Tarantino's  Kill Bill , director Byun Sung-hyun takes this Korean action epic to giddy heights with some of the most impressive fights committed to screen since, well,  Kill Bill .

In a world already ravaged by a zombie-like plague, Andy Rose (Martin Freeman) only wants to keep his family safe, sticking to Australia’s rural back roads to avoid infection. After his wife is tragically bitten, and infects him in turn, Andy is desperate to find a safe haven for his infant daughter, Rosie. With a mere 48 hours until he succumbs himself, Andy finds an ally in Thoomi (Simone Landers), an Aboriginal girl looking to protect her own rabid father. But with threats from paranoid survivalists and Aboriginal communities hunting the infected, it may already be too late. A unique twist on the zombie apocalypse,  Cargo abandons the familiar urban landscapes of the genre for the breathtaking wilds of Australia and offers a slower, character-led approach to the end of the world.

The modern master of the macabre brings the wooden would-be boy to life like never before in this exquisitely animated take on  Pinocchio . In a stop-motion masterpiece that hews closer to the original 1880s tale by Carlo Collodi than the sanitized Disney version, Guillermo del Toro adds his own signature touch and compelling twists to the classic story that make it darkly enchanting—expect a Blue Fairy closer to a biblically accurate many-eyed angel and a Terrible Dogfish more like a kaiju. It’s the decision to transplant the tale to World War II that’s most affecting though. Cast against the rise of fascism, with Gepetto mourning the loss of his son, the film is packed with complex themes of mortality and morality that will haunt audiences long after the credits roll. If that doesn't sell you, perhaps the fact that it won Best Animated Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards will.

Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn) thought he wanted a change from his stifling life in a wealthy suburb of Connecticut. Now rashly divorced from Helene (Edie Falco), the woman he still loves; regretting his decision to retire early; and struggling with his adult son Preston’s (Thomas Mann) battles with drug addiction, Anders is spiraling.  The Land of Steady Habits could be another maudlin look at a rich man’s midlife crisis, but writer and director Nicole Holofcener—adapting Ted Thompson’s novel of the same name—keeps the lead on the hook for his own downfall while infusing Anders’ journey with dark humor and a strange warmth.

An idyllic slice-of-life movie with a twist,  Call Me Chihiro follows a former sex worker—the eponymous Chihiro, played by Kasumi Arimura—after she moves to a seaside town to work in a bento restaurant. This isn’t a tale of a woman on the run or trying to escape her past—Chihiro is refreshingly forthright and unapologetic, and her warmth and openness soon begin to change the lives of her neighbors. Directed by Rikiya Imaizumi, this is an intimate, heartfelt character drama that alternates between moments of aching loneliness and sheer joy, packed with emotional beats that remind viewers of the importance of even the smallest connections.

It's easy to imagine that the elevator pitch for  The Sea Beast was “ Moby Dick meets  How to Train Your Dragon ”—and who wouldn’t be compelled by that? Set in a fantasy world where oceanic leviathans terrorize humanity, those who hunt down the giant monsters are lauded as heroes. Jacob Holland (voiced by Karl Urban) is one such hero, adopted son of the legendary Captain Crowe and well on the way to building his own legacy as a monster hunter—a journey disrupted by stowaway Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator), who has her own ambitions to take on the sea beasts. However, after an attempt to destroy the colossal Red Bluster goes disastrously wrong, Jacob and Maisie are stranded on an island filled with the creatures, and they find that the monsters may not be quite so monstrous after all. A rollicking sea-bound adventure directed by Chris Williams—of  Big Hero 6 and  Moana fame—it secured its standing as one of Netflix’s finest movies with a nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year's Oscars.

This gleefully entertaining giant-monster movie eschews tearing up the likes of New York or Tokyo in favor of director Roar Uthaug’s ( Tomb Raider 2018 ) native Norway, with a titanic troll stomping its way toward Oslo after being roused by a drilling operation. The plot and characters will be familiar to any fan of kaiju cinema—Ine Marie Wilmann heads up the cast as Nora Tidemann, the academic with a curiously specific skill set who is called in to advise on the crisis, while Kim Falck fits neatly into the role of Andreas Isaksan, the government adviser paired with her, and Gard B. Eidsvold serves as Tobias Tidemann, the former professor chased out of academia for his crazy theories about trolls. But the striking Nordic visuals and the titular menace’s ability to blend in with the landscape allow for some impressively original twists along the way. Although  Troll could have easily descended into parody, Uthaug steers clear of smug self-awareness and instead delivers one of the most original takes on the genre in years.

The latest from director Noah Baumbach has him reteaming with his  Marriage Story lead Adam Driver for another quirky look at disintegrating families and interpersonal angst—albeit with an apocalyptic twist. Driver stars as Jack Gladney, a college professor faking his way through a subject he’s unable to teach and struggling to work out family life with his fourth wife, Babette (Greta Gerwig), and their four kids from previous relationships. Neurotic familial squabbles prove the least of their worries when an “airborne toxic event” hits their town, sending everyone scrambling for cover with exponentially disastrous results. While the contemporary Covid-19 parallels are none too subtle, keeping the 1980s setting of Don DeLillo’s original novel proves an inspired choice on Baumbach’s part, one that accentuates the film’s darkly absurd comedy. By setting a rush for survival amidst big hair and materialist excess,  White Noise serves up some authentic moments of human drama amid the chaos.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as detective Benoit Blanc in this brilliant follow-up to 2019’s phenomenal whodunnit,  Knives Out . Writer-director Rian Johnson crafts a fiendishly sharp new case for “the Last of the Gentlemen Sleuths,” taking Blanc to a Greek island getaway for a reclusive tech billionaire and his collection of friends and hangers-on, where a planned murder mystery weekend takes a deadly turn. While totally accessible for newcomers, fans of the first film will also be rewarded with some deeper character development for Blanc, a role that’s shaping up to be as iconic for Craig as 007. As cleverly written and meticulously constructed as its predecessor, and featuring the kind of all-star cast—Edward Norton! Janelle Monáe! Kathryn Hahn! Leslie Odom Jr.! Jessica Henwick! Madelyn Cline! Kate Hudson! Dave Bautista!—that cinema dreams are made of,  Glass Onion might be the best thing Netflix has dropped all year.

Florence Pugh dazzles in this not-quite-horror film from Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio. Set in 1862, English nurse Lib Wright (Pugh) is sent to Ireland to observe Anna O’Donnell, a girl who claims to have not eaten in four months, subsisting instead on “manna from heaven.” Still grieving the loss of her own child, Lib is torn between investigating the medical impossibility and growing concern for Anna herself. Amid obstacles in the form of Anna’s deeply religious family and a local community that distrusts her, Lib’s watch descends into a tense, terrifying experience. Based on a book of the same name by Emma Donoghue,  The Wonder is a beautiful yet bleakly shot period piece that explores the all-too-mortal horrors that unquestioning religious fervor and family secrets can wreak.

Kosuke and Natsume are childhood friends whose relationship has grown strained as they approach their teenage years. When the apartment complex where they first met is scheduled for demolition, they sneak in one last time, seeking emotional closure. Instead, they and the friends who joined them are trapped by torrential rain. After the mysterious storm passes, the world is changed, with the entire building floating on an ethereal sea, and a new child in their midst.

Adolescent feelings and magical realism collide in this sumptuously animated movie from the makers of  A Whisker Away (also available on Netflix and well worth your time). Director Hiroyasa Ishida ( Penguin Highway ) may not be up there with the likes of Hayao Miyazaki in terms of name recognition in the West, but  Drifting Home should put him on your radar.

Hopped up on nationalism and dreams of battlefield glory, Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) is an eager young recruit for the German army during the last year of the First World War. His romantic view of the conflict is shattered on his first night in the cold trenches, surrounded by death and disaster, and dealt a tragic blow with the meaningless loss of a dear friend. It's all downhill from there in this magnificently crafted adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's groundbreaking novel, one of the most important pieces of anti-war literature of the 20th century. Paul's journey is one of naivete crushed by the relentless machinery of war and state and an awakening to the way soldiers are chewed up in the name of politicians and generals. Director Edward Berger's take on the material is the first to be filmed in German, which adds a layer of authenticity to a blistering, heart-rending cinematic effort that drives home the horror and inhumanity of war. Often bleak, it is an undeniably brilliant piece of filmmaking.

One of India’s biggest films of all time, RRR (or Rise, Roar, Revolt ) redefines the notion of cinematic spectacle. Set in 1920, the historical epic follows real-life Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitrama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) but fictionalizes their lives and actions. Although they come from very different walks of life, their similarities draw them together as they face down sadistic governor Scott Buxton (Ray Stevenson) and his cruel wife, Catherine (Alison Doody). No mere period fluff, RRR is a bold, exciting, and often explosive piece of filmmaking that elevates its heroes to near-mythological status. Director S. S. Rajamouli deploys brilliantly shot action scenes—and an exquisitely choreographed dance number—that grab viewers’ attention and refuse to let go. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Indian cinema or just looking for an action flick beyond the Hollywood norm, RRR is not to be missed.

An award winner at Cannes in 2019, this tale of burgeoning young love, obsession, and autonomous body parts is every bit as weird as you might expect for a French adult animated film. Director Jérémy Clapin charts the life of Naoufel, a Moroccan immigrant in modern-day France who falls for the distant Gabrielle, and Naoufel’s severed hand, which makes its way across the city to try to reconnect. With intersecting timelines and complex discussions about fate, I Lost My Body is often mind-bending yet always captivating, and Clapin employs brilliantly detailed animation and phenomenal color choices throughout. Worth watching in both the original French and the solid English dub featuring Dev Patel and Alia Shawkat, this one dares you to make sense of it all.

Aspiring filmmaker Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) has a strained relationship with her technophobic father Rick (Danny McBride)—not helped by his accidentally destroying her laptop right as she’s about to begin film school in California. In an effort to salvage their relationship, Rick decides to take the entire Mitchell family on a cross-country road trip to see Katie off. Unfortunately, this road trip coincides with a robot uprising that the Mitchells escape only by chance, leaving the fate of the world in their hands. Beautifully animated and brilliantly written, The Mitchells vs. the Machines takes a slightly more mature approach to family dynamics than many of its genre-mates, with the college-age Katie searching for her own identity while addressing genuine grievances with her father, but it effortlessly balances the more serious elements with exquisite action and genuinely funny comedy. Robbed of a full cinematic release by Covid-19, it now shines as one of Netflix’s best films.

Frustrated by the world’s collective inaction on existential threats like climate change? Maybe don’t watch Don’t Look Up , director Adam McKay’s satirical black comedy. When two low-level astronomers discover a planet-killing comet on a collision course with Earth, they try to warn the authorities—only to be met with a collective “meh.” Matters only get worse when they attempt to leak the news themselves and have to navigate vapid TV hosts, celebrities looking for a signature cause, and an indifferent public. A bleakly funny indictment of our times, bolstered by a star-studded cast fronted by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up is, somewhat depressingly, one of the best portraits of humanity since Idiocracy .

After the credits roll on Dolemite Is My Name , we guarantee you'll be 10,000 times more likely to go out and stage a horndog nude photo shoot for your next cult comedy record. The only person having anywhere near as much fun as Eddie Murphy, playing real-life club comedian/singer Rudy Ray Moore, is Wesley Snipes, goofing around as the actor-director D'Urvill Martin. With the help of a madcap crew, they make a truly terrible 1975 Blaxploitation kung fu movie based on Moore's pimp alter ego, Dolemite. A brash showbiz movie with a heart of gold, it has shades of The Disaster Artist and music legend biopics. Yet with the cast flexing in Ruth Carter's glorious costumes—the suits!—and a couple of triumphant sex and shoot-out scenes, it's a wild ride, whether you know the original story or not.

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The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (February 2024)

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It’s an odd week for movies on Netflix , in part because the No. 1 film on the list of the most popular movies on Netflix is Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken , one of DreamWorks Animation’s biggest flops of all time. Netflix subscribers don’t care about that failure at all. Ruby Gillman is currently outperforming every other movie on the service as if it had been a blockbuster all along.

The other prominent new addition of the week is Everything Everywhere All At Once , the hit sci-fi/action/dramedy that cleaned up at last year’s Academy Awards, including three of the four acting Oscars, Best Director9s), and Best Picture. This is not the streaming premiere of that film, but it’s likely to rocket up the charts now that it’s on Netflix as well.

February’s remaining films are looking a little light, but there will be new movies on Netflix as soon as March arrives. In the meantime, you can catch our complete roundup of the best movies on Netflix below.

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Everything everywhere all at once (2022) new.

Until this year’s Oscar ceremony crowns a new winner, Everything Everywhere All At Once  is the reigning Best Picture from the Academy Awards. Outside of some Marvel and DC movies, no other film has so effectively used the multiverse as a storytelling device as this one did.

Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis all won Oscars for their performances in this movie, but it’s Yeoh’s Evelyn Quan Wang who serves as the film’s main character. Evelyn is about as far from heroic as it gets, and her relationship with her husband, Waymond Wang (Quan), and their daughter, Joy Wang (Stephanie Hsu), is incredibly strained. Regardless, poor and ordinary Evelyn is the only hope that the multiverse has to prevent a disaster. And she’ll have to step up or else the entire multiverse will collapse.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023) new

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken was a huge bomb in theaters, but it has found more popularity on Netflix than anyone could have predicted. Lana Condor provides the voice of Ruby Gillman, a 16-year old girl who has no idea that she’s secretly heir to the kraken throne held by her grandmother, Grandmamah (Jane Fonda).

Ruby’s mother, Agatha Gillman ( A24 horror movie queen Toni Collette), tried to keep the truth from her, but once Ruby went into the ocean to save her would-be love interest, Connor (Jaboukie Young-White), she began to physically change. The one upside of Ruby’s new normal is that she’s befriended a mermaid, Chelsea Van Der Zee (Annie Murphy), despite mermaids and krakens being mortal enemies. However, Chelsea has a secret of her own that may rock Ruby to her core.

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Players (2024) new.

Almost everyone of the main characters is a pickup artist in Players , and that’s just the way that Mack (Gina Rodriguez) likes it. Mack has been doing this so long that she’s practically the player/coach for her single friends, Adam (Damon Wayans Jr.), Sam (Augustus Prew), and Little (Joel Courtney). With Mack’s sage advice and the help of her buddies, no one goes home alone if they don’t want to.

The only thing that changes the game for Mack is Nick ( Lucifer ‘s Tom Ellis), a war correspondent with more depth than the previous men she’s been with. Once Mack decides that she wants something long-term with Nick, she discovers that her usual romantic tactics don’t have much effect on him. If she really wants to win Nick’s heart, then Mack needs to find another way to do it.

Thanksgiving (2023) new

Sixteen years after creating a fake Thanksgiving  trailer for Grindhouse , Eli Roth turned it into a real movie with all the elements of the holiday. It might be the best Thanksgiving horror film ever made, largely by default, since the rest are pretty bad. The story begins with a Black Friday rampage that goes horribly wrong and leaves several people dead.

One year later, someone is going around town dressed as one of the original Pilgrims, John Carver, and carving up people who were there on that fateful Black Friday. Whoever is under that mask is apparently out to kill as many people as possible, and even the cops seem powerless to stop the murders.

Ready Player One (2018) new

We live in the age of nostalgia, but Ready Player One takes that to the next level. In Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s hit novel, the middle of the 21st century is such a hellhole that nearly everyone has retreated to the virtual world known as OASIS, where they can enjoy every bit of pop culture from the last century or more.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of the best OASIS players in the world, and so is his new ally and crush, Art3mis (Olivia Cooke). But they aren’t the only ones vying for the ultimate prize that OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) left behind. Whoever solves Halliday’s puzzle wins the OASIS itself, and IOI executive Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) is willing to kill to ensure that his company walks away with everything.

American Assassin (2017) new

American Assassin  features former Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp, a young man who loses his fiancée, Katrina Harper (Charlotte Vega), to a terrorist attack. That’s why Rapp dedicates his life to getting revenge on the men who murdered Katrina, only to have his vengeance snatched away during a CIA raid.

CIA Agent Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) soon realizes that Rapp is a potential asset, and he convinces him to join the CIA’s black ops team, Orion. And for the first time since Katrina died, Rapp has a purpose again. But Orion has plenty of enemies of its own, and one of the team’s ex-members, Ghost (Taylor Kitsch), has plans to unleash a nuclear nightmare on the U.S.

Orion and the Dark (2024)

Almost everyone is afraid of the dark when they’re a kid. The problem with Orion (Jacob Tremblay) is that he’s scared of everything, not just the dark. The animated adventure, Orion and the Dark , gives Orion a chance to conquer his fears alongside an unexpected companion: The living embodiment of Dark (Paul Walter Hauser).

Rather than let this kid lose years of his life to a laundry list of fears, Dark takes Orion out for a wild night to prove that he doesn’t have to be defined by the things that he’s afraid about. It’s a gesture of friendship from Dark, but can Orion finally let go of his phobias and embrace life?

X was one of 2022’s most acclaimed horror films , and it had a star-making turn by Mia Goth in the dual role of a young woman named Maxine and an elderly woman named Pearl. In the film, Maxine and boyfriend, Wayne Gilroy (Martin Henderson), attempt to make an adult film alongside their friends Lorraine Day (Jenna Ortega), Bobby-Lynne Parker (Brittany Snow), Jackson Hole (Scott Mescudi), and RJ Nichols (Owen Campbell).

However, the group didn’t clear their X-rated intentions with Howard (Stephen Ure) and his wife, Pearl. And they certainly didn’t expect Pearl to become amorous over their activities. But when the group rejects Pearl’s propositions, she makes sure that the young men and women suffer the consequences during her bloody rampage.

Dumb Money (2023)

The infamous GameStop short squeeze was dramatized for the big screen in Dumb Money . Paul Dano headlines the cast as Keith Gill, an armchair investor who notices that hedge funds and other big market players are betting that the video game retailer GameStop will go under. Instead of letting that happen, Gill and others like him drive up GameStop’s stock to unsustainable highs and cause the professional investors to lose millions.

There’s no shortage of stars in this cast, which includes Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Myha’la Herrold, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Seth Rogen, Talia Ryder, Sebastian Stan, and Shailene Woodley. There are also plenty of shattered dreams, as many of the amateur investors lose everything they put into the GameStop stocks.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

After the success of Barbie , it would probably take a lot to get Margot Robbie to come back for a secondary role like she had in The Legend of Tarzan . But this 2016 action-adventure film is impeccably well cast, with The Northman ’s Alexander Skarsgård as the classic pulp hero, Tarzan, and Robbie as his wife, Jane. After retiring from a life in the jungle, Tarzan lives in London with his wife and now goes by his birth name, John Clayton III.

Regardless, Tarzan is compelled to return when an American named George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) implores him to expose Belgium’s slave trade in his own home. What Tarzan doesn’t know is that Belgian’s representative, Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz), is already out to get him in order to give Tarzan to Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), who has his own vendetta against the King of the Jungle.

The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project is about as far from a Disney movie as you can get, but it’s never far from the shadow of Walt Disney World. Poor Things star Willem Dafoe stars as Bobby Hicks, the manager of a small tourist trap hotel that is designed for budget travelers to Disney’s theme parks. One of Bobby’s long-term residents is Halley (Bria Vinaite), the financially struggling mother of a six-year-old girl named Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince).

Although Bobby truly cares for Moonee’s well-being, he is rapidly running out of patience for Halley as she endangers her child and dips into sex work to survive. Not everyone can be happy in the self-proclaimed “happiest place on Earth.” And this is a story you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Society of the Snow (2023)

Netflix may have a real Oscar contender on its hands with Society of the Snow , a Spanish thriller by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona. This film is not the first to tell the story of the survivors of 1972 Uruguayan plane crash, which was most notably the subject of the American film Alive in 1993.

However, Bayona’s movie goes to far greater lengths to be authentic than the previous adaptations, including bringing production to the actual site of the crash and utilizing the real accounts of the survivors. Most of the cast members are also newcomers, which works in the film’s favor because it keeps the audience in suspense about who will live, and how far they will go to survive.

The Equalizer 3 (2023)

Denzel Washington spends so much time sitting down and sipping lattes in The Equalizer 3  that you may start to wonder if the actor himself is injured, and not just his character, Robert McCall. After nearly getting himself killed while recovering stolen funds, McCall slowly recovers in a small town on the coast of Italy. McCall also becomes close to the doctor who saved him, Enzo Arisio (Remo Girone), as well as the police officer who brought him to safety, Gio Bonucci (Eugenio Mastrandrea).

As McCall grows to love the town and its people, he realizes that the Italian mafia is terrorizing his new friends. And if anyone’s going to be terrorizing bad guys in this franchise, it’s Robert McCall. If you’re evil, don’t make McCall stand up. His stuntman will kill you.

Gran Turismo (2023)

On the surface, the premise for Gran Turismo  sounds like pure wish fulfillment. It’s about a video game player who uses his Gran Turismo skills to become a pro racer. And yet it’s the mostly true story of Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe), a young man who successfully applied what he learned in the Gran Turismo video game to race tracks in reality.

Stranger Things ’ David Harbour co-stars as Jack Slater, the head trainer for GT Academy. Jack’s got his hands full trying to take gamers and make them into racers. And despite some initial setbacks, Jack becomes convinced that Jann has what it takes to make it on the pro circuit. From there, the real test of Jann’s talent begins.

Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire (2023)

Viewers may find that a lot of things in Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire are very familiar. It has laser swords like Star Wars, a galactic empire like Star Wars, rebel freedom fighters like Star Wars, and a plot straight out of Battle Beyond the Stars , The Magnificent Seven , and Seven Samurai .

None of those similarities will matter if you just want to watch a big-budget sci-fi movie from the comfort of your own home. On that front, director Zack Snyder has delivered exactly what he was supposed to. The story follows a group of warriors led by Kora (Sofia Boutella) as they make their stand against Motherworld and the Imperium on the remote world of Veldt. These rebels may be outgunned and outnumbered, but they’re eager to fight for their freedom.

Maestro (2023)

Composer Leonard Bernstein has been dead for 33 years, but he may prove to be an important figure in next year’s Oscar race. Netflix’s Maestro was written and directed by Bradley Cooper, who cast himself as Bernstein opposite Carey Mulligan as his wife, Felicia Montealegre.

Before falling in love with Felicia, Bernstein was in an affair with David Oppenheim (Matt Bomer). However, Bernstein’s marriage with Felicia doesn’t mean that he plans to give up sleeping with other men. This places an incredible strain on their union, even though the love between Bernstein and Felicia is never in doubt.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (2023)

Back in 2000, Chicken Run became a surprise hit with fans of all ages. So what if there was a mere twenty-three-year gap between films? It’s not like chickens can tell time! Although the extended period did leave some major roles to be recast, including Zachary Levi and Thandiwe Newton taking over as Rocky and Ginger from Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha from the original.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget takes place not too long after the first film, but long enough for Rocky and Ginger to have a daughter named Molly (as voiced by The Last of Us ’ Bella Ramsey). The chickens may have escaped from Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson), but she’s far from through with them. If Ginger wants to keep her family safe, she will have to lead a team to break into Tweedy’s compound and discover what she has in store for them.

Love and Monsters (2020)

The Maze Runner ’s Dylan O’Brien stars in Love and Monsters as Joel, one of the survivors of an apocalyptic event that left Earth overrun by giant monsters. Before the world went to Hell, Joel (O’Brien) was deeply in love with Aimee (Jessica Henwick), but they’ve been separated for seven years because it isn’t safe to travel on the surface.

When Joel becomes fed up with himself for feeling useless, he decides to risk everything by leaving the safety of his colony behind so he can reunite with Aimee. Joel has a lot to learn along the way, and he may not get the happy ending he hoped for.

May December (2023)

Decades ago, Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) was sentenced to prison for seducing Joe Yoo (Charles Melton) when he was a child, before marrying him when she was released. In May December , Gracie and Joe believe they can repair the damage to their reputations because a movie is being made about their lives.

Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), the actress hired to portray Gracie, has other ideas. She’s less interested in redeeming the Yoos than in completely immersing herself in their lives to get a better performance. And Elizabeth is way too close to the subjects of this story.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie  pulled off the Herculean feat of making audiences forget all about that live-action Super Mario Bros. film. Instead, Nintendo’s iconic characters, Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day), are right at home in this lavishly animated flick that updates their origin story and sets them on a path of adventure.

In the realm of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach ( Furiosa ‘s Anya Taylor-Joy) is preparing to defend her kingdom against Bowser (Jack Black), the king of the Koopas, who is weirdly infatuated with her. Peach doesn’t need Mario to rescue her, at least not a first. But Luigi could definitely use some help as he tries to survive as Bowser’s prisoner. And along the way, Mario can prove to himself that he has the heart of a hero.

For 74 years, the titular lizard of Leo has shared an enclosure with a turtle named Squirtle (Bill Burr) as the official pets of a fifth-grade classroom in Florida. However, Leo (Adam Sandler) comes to believe that he’s wasted his life in captivity, which is why he plots his escape.

When Leo makes his bid for freedom, he accidentally reveals his ability to speak to Summer (Sunny Sandler), one of the students in his classroom. Through Summer and the other students in the class, Leo discovers a new purpose in life while contending with mean substitute teacher Mrs. Malkin (Cecily Strong).

The Impossible (2012)

The Impossible is rising to the top on the Netflix movie chart, and not just because it’s the film debut of MCU Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. It’s also a harrowing tale of survival that is based on a true story. During the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts) are on vacation alongside their family when Thailand is struck by a massive wave.

In the aftermath, Maria is severely injured and left with her oldest son, Lucas (Holland), while Henry finds his two other sons in a separate location. With so many injured and dead, the Bennett family will need a few small miracles to make it through as the Thai people come together in the face of tragedy.

Minions (2015)

Before The Rise of Gru and Despicable Me , Minions chronicles the origins of the dim-witted yellow henchmen who live only to serve the most evil person alive. In 1968, that person was Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first female supervillain.

The three primary Minions, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob (all three of whom are voiced by Pierre Coffin), are genuinely eager to please Scarlet and help her seize the throne of England. However, their incompetence and honest mistakes accidentally make Scarlet their nemesis even when they really want her to succeed.

The Killer (2023)

David Fincher’s latest thriller, The Killer , shows us that the life of a professional assassin, as played by Michael Fassbender, can be pretty mundane and boring … right up until he accidentally misses his target. From that point on, the assassin’s life is anything but boring. And suddenly, even his contact, Hodges (Charles Parnell), is ghosting him.

Not even fleeing the country is enough for the assassin to evade an international manhunt, as well as two rival assassins, The Expert (Tilda Swinton) and The Brute (Sala Baker), who have been hired to take him out.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

You could call Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse  “amazing, spectacular,” or “sensational” and it would still undersell just how terrific this movie is. Somehow, the team behind the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse topped themselves with an even more thrilling sequel that reunites Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld).

Unfortunately for the would-be couple, it’s not a happy reunion. Gwen is keeping secrets from Miles while running from a difficult family situation at home. As for Miles himself, he’s inadvertently created a new nemesis: The Spot (Jason Schwartzman). Miles has also been targeted by Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), the Spider-Man of the year 2099. And if Miles can’t get home to his own world, then his life will never be the same.

No Hard Feelings (2023)

No Hard Feelings was Jennifer Lawrence’s comeback movie after spending a few years away from the big screen. And she certainly makes a memorable impression as Maddie Barker, a woman who is on the verge of losing her home and her car over her money problems.

That’s why Maddie accepts a bizarre job from Laird (Matthew Broderick) and Allison Becker (Laura Benanti). If Maddie can seduce their son, Percy Becker (Andrew Barth Feldman), and bring him out of his shell before he goes off to college then she can save herself from her financial black hole. Unfortunately for Maddie, Percy may be undatable and he is nearly immune to her obvious charms.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Bradley Cooper’s Pat Solitano Jr. is a man who wants to see the silver linings in life. That’s not so easy in Silver Linings Playbook , since Pat just got out of the mental hospital after an eight-month stint that was set off when he caught his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), with another man. The only thing Pat wants is to rebuild his life and win Nikki back.

Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence) is the wildcard in Pat’s life. She is also battling mental problems following the death of her husband. But Tiffany’s plan to feel better about her life involves recruiting Pat as her partner in a dancing competition. In return, Tiffany offers to help Pat reconcile with Nikki, even though she is clearly feeling her own attraction to him. This is a wonderful movie, and you’ll see why Lawrence took home the Oscar for Best Actress after watching it.

Fair Play (2023)

Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) and Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) are secret lovers who work for a hedge fund in Fair Play . Their relationship is against company policy, which is why they’ve hidden it. However, their storybook romance starts to shatter when Luke believes that he’s getting a promotion that ultimately goes to Emily.

While Luke is initially supportive of Emily’s success, he soon displays his resentment both at home and at work. As Luke’s jealousy rises, he becomes more and more unstable until Emily can no longer be sure that she’s safe with the man she loves.

Dune (2021)

If the timing had worked out better, Netflix would be adding Dune just in time for the sequel to hit theaters next month. But since the actors strike is still on, Dune: Part Two  will have to wait until 2024. The good news is that Dune ’s premiere on Netflix is attracting even more fans to see Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel fully realized on screen.

On Arrakis, the most important world in the Galactic Empire, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) has been given the near-impossible task of making peace with the native Fremen while maintaining the spice flow that allows humanity to travel in space. But when House Atreides is betrayed by the emperor and delivered to their rivals House Harkonnen, Leto’s son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), are forced to flee for their lives into the unforgiving deserts of Dune.

Reptile (2023)

Benicio del Toro headlines Reptile , an intense crime thriller that never lets the audience get too comfortable with its main character, Detective Tom Nichols (del Toro). In the film, a young woman named Summer (Matilda Lutz) has been brutally murdered, and her body was discovered by her boyfriend, Will Grady (Justin Timberlake). And it seems like there are several men in Summer’s life who could have meant her harm, including Grady himself.

As he is drawn further into the investigation, Nichols shares some of the case details with his wife, Judy (Alicia Silverstone). But even Nichols’ relationship with Judy may not be what it seems as he is forced to reexamine his own life while looking for the answers that could bring a killer to justice.

Dredd (2012)

In theory, Dredd  is everything that comic book fans say they want from an adaptation. It takes the source material seriously, the action is R-rated, and it never descends into farce. Unfortunately, the second adaption of Judge Dredd wasn’t any more successful than the Sylvester Stallone film from 1995.

Having said that, Dredd is a fantastic action flick with great performances by the two leads, Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby. In the film, Dredd (Urban) is on a routine evaluation with rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) when they cross the dangerous crime lord Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal (Lena Headey). And before the Judges can call in for backup, Ma-Ma traps them in a 200-story apartment complex filled with criminals who are out to kill them.

Big George Foreman (2023)

During the 1990s, George Foreman shocked the boxing world by becoming the oldest world champion nearly two decades after he had lost the title. Big George Foreman finally gives the legendary boxer his due with a biopic that chronicles his life story, from living in poverty to Olympic gold and an unmatched career in the ring.

Khris Davis headlines the movie as George Foreman, and the story largely focuses on Foreman’s brush with death and his subsequent reinvention as a devout minister. But after 10 years out of the ring, Foreman begins an unlikely comeback that cemented his place in boxing history.

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

Adam Sandler produced and co-stars in the new Netflix comedy You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah . However, Sandler only has a supporting role as Danny Friedman, the father of Stacy Friedman (Sunny Sandler). Stacy and her BFF, Lydia Rodriguez Katz (Samantha Lorraine), are in the middle of planning their epic Bat Mitzvahs when someone comes between them.

The person in question is Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman), one of the most popular boys in school. Both Stacy and Lydia want to romantically pursue Andy, and it puts such a strain on their relationship that their friendship may not be able to survive. But is a high school crush really worth throwing away years of friendship?

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

Netflix has no shortage of star power in its new sci-fi comedy, They Cloned Tyrone . John Boyega, WandaVision ‘s Teyonah Parris , and Jamie Foxx headline the ’70s-era Blaxploitation throwback, and they give this film its bite. Boyega plays Fontaine, a local crime enforcer who gets gunned down before the neighborhood pimp, Slick Charles (Foxx).

At least that’s what Slick Charles believes happened, but he’s clearly shaken when Tyrone (Boyega) reappears to take Fontaine’s place. With the help of Slick Charles and his top prostitute, Yo-Yo (Parris), this trio is going to unravel the truth about Tyrone or die trying. Although death is definitely not their preferred outcome.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the second installment of this Shrek spinoff series, and it opens with the title hero facing the greatest crisis of his heroic career. Puss in Boots ( Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ‘s Antonio Banderas) has been able to live fearlessly because of his nine lives. But once Puss is down to his last life, he suddenly finds himself gripped by insecurity and even fear.

The only recourse for Puss is to find a legendary wishing star to restore his lost lives, which reunites him with his ex-fiancée, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault), who has her own wish to make. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t the only ones after the wishing star. And Puss will have to put his last life on the line before all is said and done.

The Mother (2023)

It might be a bit late in her career for Jennifer Lopez to jump back into action films, but if it worked for Liam Neeson, then it can work for J-Lo. The Mother  casts Lopez as an unnamed assassin with a particular set of skills, none of which are particularly useful when it comes to being a parent.

But when the Mother learns that the daughter she gave up, Zoe (Lucy Paez), is in danger from her enemies, she drops everything in an attempt to save her from an old foe, Adrian Lovell (Joseph Fiennes). And nothing Lovell puts in the Mother’s way can stop her for long.

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)

The story of Whitney Houston is both a triumph and a tragedy. The late singer rose from obscurity to become one of the most famous women in the world, only to die suddenly at 48 years old. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody doesn’t attempt to sugarcoat Houston’s history, as it follows her meteoric rise and equally epic fall.

In the film, Whitney (Naomi Ackie) is supported by her friend-turned-lover Robyn Crawford (Nafessa Williams) before hitting the music industry like a tidal wave. As Whitney’s fame grows, she marries Bobby Brown (Ashton Sanders) and descends into drug addiction that threatens her career and even her life. And yet it’s impossible not to root for Whitney to pull herself out of that spiral.

The Magician's Elephant (2023)

Netflix just took home the Oscar for Best Animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , and it’s already got another strong animated flick out this week. The Magician’s Elephant adapts Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name, and it tells the story of a young orphan named Peter (Noah Jupe). Peter’s only wish in life is to find his missing sister, Adele (Pixie Davies), Through a fortune teller, Peter is told that he has to find a Magician (Benedict Wong) who will summon an elephant.

Incredibly, the prophecy comes true. But before the elephant can lead Peter to his sister, he is forced to perform three impossible tasks. And the attempt will change Peter’s life forever.

Munich: The Edge of War (2022)

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One of Hollywood most visionary filmmakers turns his attention to one of the most beloved tales in children’s literature in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , a stop-motion animated adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio . Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, and Gregory Mann, as Jiminy Cricket, Gepetto, and Pinocchio, respectively, the film chronicles the marionette Pinocchio’s quest to become a living boy — a journey that brings him through one adventure after another.

The star-filled voice cast also includes John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton, among others. Some reviewers have named it one of the year’s best films, animated or otherwise.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Tick, tick...boom (2021).

Andrew Garfield stars as Rent playwright Jonathon Larson in this semi-autobiographical film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical drama chronicles Larson’s struggles to bring the rock musical he’s been working on for years to the stage while navigating love, friendships, and both personal and professional pressure in New York City.

Passing (2021)

The trial of the chicago 7 (2020), editors' recommendations.

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If there's one thing that Netflix subscribers love, it's a great drama. Comedy series are fun to revisit, but dramas are perfect for binge-watch enthusiasts. There's nothing quite like spending an entire night burning through classic episodes of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, NCIS, Peaky Blinders, and others.

However, not even Netflix can coast on those shows forever. This month, Netflix has added the 10th and final season of The Blacklist. We're also throwing the spotlight on Six Feet Under and a rookie series, My Life With the Walter Boys, in our latest update for the best Netflix drama shows right now. If you love TV at all, it's almost impossible to not find something on this list that you'll love to watch again and again. The Blacklist (2013-2023)

If Netflix stopped producing TV shows today, it would still take more time than anyone reasonably has to catch up on everything that's already premiered. No one has that kind of time, and that's often the reason why Netflix originals tend to get buried if they aren't hits out of the gate. With so many new shows on Netflix arriving monthly, some of them don't even get the chance to break out.

That's why we maintain this list of the best hidden gems on Netflix, where you can find the shows that aren't always on everyone's radar. For February, we're spotlighting The Vince Staples Show, One Day, and The Tourist, a former Max original series that has migrated to Netflix and has a second season coming soon. Keep reading for the full lineup of the best hidden gems on Netflix.

Hulu may not have the robust documentary selection of its streaming rivals, but it does have access to National Geographic, History originals, and recently released documentaries including a potential Oscar winner. The most prominent new addition to Hulu's documentary lineup is Joan Baez: I Am a Noise, which features the iconic singer sharing intimate details about her life for the first time.

The aforementioned Oscar-contender is The Last Repair Shop, which is also available on Hulu. Another documentary currently turning heads is The Space Race, which unfolds the largely forgotten history of the first Black men in space, and the one who missed his chance decades earlier through no fault of his own. That's just the beginning of what you'll find in our list of the best documentaries on Hulu right now. So sit back and prepare to expand your horizons.

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What’s the best movie I can watch on Netflix? We’ve all asked ourselves this question , only to spend the next 15 minutes scrolling through the streaming service’s oddly specific genre menus and getting overwhelmed by the constantly shifting trend menus. Netflix’s huge catalog of movies continues to expand day by day, week by week, month by month. This makes the challenge of keeping up to date with best the service has to offer — let alone finding something the best of what to watch after a long day — a task that feels herculean at best and impossible at worst for someone not plugged into its inscrutable rhythms.

We’re here to help. For those suffering from choice paralysis in February, we’ve narrowed down your options to not only our favorite current movies on the platform, but the best movies Netflix has to offer.

If you’re looking for a specific genre, we’ve got the best action movies on Netflix , the best horror movies on Netflix , the best thrillers on Netflix , and the best comedy movies on Netflix ready for you. And for our readers across the pond, we have a list of the best movies on Netflix U.K.

We’ll be updating this list weekly as Netflix cycles movies in and out of its library, so be sure to check back next time you’re stuck in front of the app’s home screen. Our latest update added Thanksgiving as our editor’s pick.

This week’s editor’s pick: Thanksgiving

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First, a word of caution. If you have difficulty with gore in movies, you are better off with just about any other movie on this list. Go ahead, there are plenty of great ones for you to choose from here… just not this one.

Now, for the rest of you freaks (I say that with love), you are in for a treat. Thanksgiving is unofficially the best Scream movie since Scream 4 , Wes Craven’s final entry in the franchise. It’s a delightful slasher with a firmly tongue-in-cheek tone and some extremely gnarly holiday-themed kills.

The movie has the kind of twisted kills you’d want from a holiday-themed slasher, and while the dialogue is occasionally uneven, I was particularly impressed by the character work. Thanksgiving has the perfect mix of characters you really want to see get killed and characters you want to survive. That’s a hard balance to strike in the genre, but a vital one. —Pete Volk

How we pick the best movies on Netflix

Polygon’s staff consistently keeps up with new Netflix originals and titles added to the streaming platform, adding to this list with the best movies across both Netflix productions and library titles. We prioritize quality, unique artistic vision, and variety — different genres, different eras, different vibes, different filmmaking nations — to make sure every reader finds multiple options that interest them, as well as movies they may have never encountered before.

The best movies on Netflix

Two figures hold each other close on a dance floor, as neon green lights bounce off of them, in Atlantics

Director: Mati Diop Cast: Ibrahima Traoré, Mame Bineta Sane, Amadou Mbow

It’s hard to talk too much about Atlantics without giving away what makes the experience of watching it so special. It’s a beautiful, haunting love story with a tangibly beating heart, touching on romance as well as grief, class, labor, and the lingering effects of oppression. Shot gorgeously by director Mati Diop and cinematographer Claire Mathon, it was the first movie directed by a Black woman to be featured in competition in Cannes (it won the Grand Prix award, losing out on the Palme d’Or to Parasite ), and is one of the most remarkable feature film debuts for a director in recent memory. — PV

Chris Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway holding a pistol in Blackhat.

Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis

A sleek and sexy thriller that makes hacking look extremely cool, Michael Mann’s unfairly maligned Blackhat stands tall as a high mark in digital filmmaking. It is peak Mann — if you’re not a fan of the Heat director’s work, your mileage may vary. In the film, Chen Dawai (Wang Leehom), a captain in the PLA’s cyber warfare unit, is tasked with getting to the bottom of a computer attack that melts down a nuclear power plant in Hong Kong. While liaising with the FBI investigation, Chen insists on the aid of his old friend Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth, who has never been hotter or cooler), an imprisoned genius hacker. When Hathaway and Chen’s sister (Tang Wei), a networking engineer also helping with the case, fall for each other, it adds an extra wrinkle to an already high stakes situation. Viola Davis and Holt McCallany feature as FBI agents who aren’t super happy to have to rely on a notorious criminal.

With sharp digital cinematography and unforgettable set pieces, Blackhat explores our changing global relationship to technology. Mann makes tangible the microscopic computer systems that run the world: an extreme close-up of internal wires leading to a motherboard like a vast interconnected highway; a computer fan that sounds like a jet engine. Events that in other films would be shown as a boring stroke of keys are instead depicted as hypnotic processes happening under the surface of the visible world. — PV

The Conversation

Gene Hackman as Harry Caul leaning over a surveillance tape machine in The Conversation.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Harrison Ford

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation is a paranoia-inducing murder thriller starring Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a surveillance expert — one who does actual spying! — whose professional integrity and personal morality are put in direct opposition when he suspects that he has eavesdropped on a couple who he believe are going to be murdered. Drawn into a plot of veiled conspirators and unsavory violence, Harry must search for the truth behind what he has witnessed while staying alive. Over the journey, Coppola creates an aura of paranoia with each passing scene, and David Shire’s piano score is a mood. — TE

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

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Directors: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai Cast: Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan

Johnnie To is one of our great modern directors, equally adept in hard-boiled triad crime dramas and light-hearted romantic comedies alike. 2011’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart falls in the latter category, and is one of the many high marks of the Hong Kong director’s legendary career. Fresh off the end of a long-term relationship, Chi-yan (Gao Yuanyuan) is an analyst for an investment bank who finds herself in the middle of a love triangle. On one side, there’s Sean (Louis Koo), a CEO who works across the street from Chi-yan and yearns for her through the tall corporate glass windows that separate them. On the other, there’s Kevin (the always-dreamy Daniel Wu), an alcoholic former architect who helps Chi-yan move on and is inspired by her to start creating again. What follows is a sincere, funny, and truly charming romantic time. —PV

Eega the fly waits for his moment to strike, watching a car drive away.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli Cast: Sudeepa, Nani, Samantha

Eega is a delightful slapstick romantic comedy from the director of RRR , about a fly and his human girlfriend conspiring to ruin a man’s life and then murder him for vengeance. If that doesn’t sound up your alley, I’m not sure what will.

Eega tells the story of a man who is murdered by a wealthy businessman. After being reincarnated as a fly, he makes it his mission to exact vengeance on the man who killed him. As a fly.

With groundbreaking visual effects that pushes digital filmmaking forward, Rajamouli injects a delightful energy and lighter tone into the genre of “dark revenge thriller,” with thrilling set pieces (stakes include “our hero gets stuck on a tennis ball being used in a cricket match” and “our hero causes a traffic jam by buzzing in the ears of a crossing guard”) and plenty of visual gags inspired by slapstick and screwball comedies alike. It’s all balanced by a compelling romance that sells you on the movie’s emotional stakes in the first half hour, culminating in an experience unlike any other. Rajamouli is just special. — PV

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza as Emily stands by her car trunk, glaring at a prospective buyer in Emily the Criminal

Director: John Patton Ford Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Gina Gershon

One of the smartest movies about the gig economy and our modern money struggles, Emily the Criminal was criminally (ayyy) underappreciated when it came out in 2022. The movie follows a debt-ridden woman (Aubrey Plaza) who gets involved in a credit card scam to pay off her student loans. This pulls her in the orbit of charismatic ringleader Youcef (the reliably handsome Theo Rossi), and also deeper and deeper into the world of crime, as she looks for a way out of her difficult situation.

It’s a career-best performance from Plaza, who is as funny and dry as ever, but Emily the Criminal ’s script allows her to use her dramatic chops in ways we’ve rarely seen outside of White Lotus and Ingrid Goes West (and even those are primarily comedies with dramatic elements). Relentlessly paced, constantly tense, and always centered on the terrific leading performance at its core, Emily the Criminal is one of the best American films of the decade, and its potency will only grow as the problems it shines a light on continue to be exacerbated. — PV

Ghosts of Sugar Land

Four young men lounge on a couch. Three of them have images masking their faces, in Ghosts of Sugar Land.

Director: Bassam Tariq

Director Bassam Tariq recently got replaced on Marvel’s upcoming Blade movie , and it’s as good a reason as any to catch up with his masterful 2019 short. Best known for the hip-hop drama Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed, Tariq’s previous movie is an enthralling documentary well worth the 21-minute running time.

Ghosts of Sugar Land is about a young group of friends in the suburbs of Texas, and what happens when one of them becomes radicalized by ISIS. A compelling portrait of an America we don’t often get to see depicted on screen, Tariq offers no easy answers, instead leaning on the shock and despair of the friends left behind, and on the dangers of isolation and loneliness in a country that often seems on the brink of collapse. A winner of multiple festival awards, including the 2019 Sundance Short Film Jury Award, Ghosts of Sugar Land is not to be missed. —PV

Jigarthanda DoubleX

Raghava Lawrence, wearing a collared shirt unbuttoned at the top, and S.J. Suryah, wearing overalls over a white buttoned-up shirt, stand in a forest together in Jigarthanda DoubleX.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj Cast: Raghava Lawrence, S.J. Suryah, Nimisha Sajayan

Movies about the Power of Cinema™ can be self-important, saccharine, and worst of all, boring. Jigarthanda DoubleX is none of those things. A sprawling tale of gangsters, movie stars, politicians, and the people caught between them, it’s one of my favorite movies of 2023, and a truly special film.

It’s the 1970s, and a coward who believes it’s his destiny to become a cop gets framed for a quadruple murder. He gets released from prison by a corrupt movie star/politician on the condition that he kills one of the lieutenants of that movie star/politician’s rival. Naturally, our coward poses as a movie director, because his target (a notorious gangster who loves Clint Eastwood) has made it his new mission in life to be the first dark-skinned movie star in India. While making their silly movie (a biopic of the gangster, of course), they fall in love with the magic of cinema and its transformative power on a personal and societal level.

Jigarthanda DoubleX is firing on all cylinders throughout its nearly three-hour run time, with superb direction, complex characters fully embodied by terrific actors, thrilling action sequences, and a surprising amount of emotional depth for a movie with this outlandish of a premise. Don’t miss it. — PV

Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids

Justin Timberlake performs on stage, and a larger version of him appears on the screen behind him, blanketed by light blue lights, in Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.

Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Justin Timberlake

In 1984, director Jonathan Demme made one of the finest concert films of all-time with the Talking Heads in the raucously triumphant Stop Making Sense . A little more than three decades later, Demme’s final feature film was another joyous concert movie.

Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids depicts the final show of a long tour for Timberlake and his excellent backing band at the gigantic MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In typical Demme fashion, the staging and framing of the energetic pop numbers is electric, but he also takes time to show just how much work goes into setting up and breaking down such a large production.

Demme and Timberlake’s collaboration spurred from a mutual respect — Timberlake, like anyone else with good taste, is a massive fan of Stop Making Sense , and Demme reached out after watching The Social Network . The movie is dedicated to Prince, who died shortly before the movie’s release. — PV

Aamir Khan dances with Gracy Singh in Lagaan.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Ashutosh Gowariker’s timeless sports movie classic stars Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, a confident young man from a village that is dealing with both British oppression and a long-standing drought. When the wicked Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne, who is deliriously good in this) challenges the village to a game of cricket (which they do not know how to play) as a bet, with their owed taxes (which they cannot afford to pay) on the line, Bhuvan takes it upon himself to form a team and learn the game. What follows is a soaring sports drama with humor, heart, and a show-stopping match finale. Lagaan was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. —PV

The Lost Bullet movies

A red automobile with a metal cowcatcher is sandwiched between two cop cars in Lost Bullet.

Director: Guillaume Pierret Cast: Alban Lenoir, Stéfi Celma, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Both Lost Bullet movies are pure jolts of adrenaline, filled with vehicular mayhem and explosive action. The first movie is leaner, with a simple premise executed to perfection, while the sequel ramps things up with even more jaw-dropping stunts, led by car stunt coordinator David Julienne, who also worked on the incredible Athena and is the grandson of the great Rémy Julienne. — PV

The Nice Guys

A man sitting in a orange bathroom stall with his pants down holding a door open with a pistol in one hand and a cast on his left arm stares at a man wearing a blue jacket and jeans to his right.

Director: Shane Black Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice

Shane Black’s other neo-noir, Los Angeles-set action comedy is a worthy spiritual successor to 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and an uproariously hilarious movie in its own right. The story centers on Holland March (Gosling), an alcoholic single father and licensed PI, and Jackson Healy (Crowe), a muscle-for-hire freelancer. The two end up as an odd couple of idiot-genius sleuths whose respective investigations involving a missing girl converge to unveil a much larger and more sinister conspiracy involving Detroit automotive companies, government collusion, and organized crime.

Crowe and Gosling’s on-screen chemistry as two incorrigible, stubborn assholes with secret hearts of gold is terrific, as is Angourie Rice’s performance as March’s whip-smart daughter Holly. The Nice Guys may not surpass the pure comic genius of Black’s aforementioned classic starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, but it confidently ranks as one of the director’s better films in recent memory. —TE

The Night Comes for Us

Joe Taslim stands in front of a “Safety starts with me” sign toting a shotgun facing several men on fire in The Night Comes for Us.

Director: Timo Tjahjanto Cast: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle

The Night Comes for Us just fucking whips, OK? Why waste time on subtlety and preamble; the film certainly doesn’t! Indonesian action thrillers have been enjoying a renaissance period ever since Gareth Evans’ 2011 film The Raid kicked the door down and mollywhopped everything else in sight. Timo Tjahjanto’s 2018 film certainly follows in the footsteps of Evans’ own, with The Raid star Joe Taslim starring here as Ito, a gangland enforcer who betrays his Triad crime family by sparing the life of a child and attempting to flee the country.

Fellow The Raid star Iko Uwais shows up here as Arian, Ito’s childhood friend and fellow enforcer, who is tasked with hunting down Ito and recovering the girl. The action comes fast and frenzied here, with kinetic choreography and dazzling handheld cinematography that makes every punch, fall, and stab count. If you need to get your adrenaline pumping, throw this one on. —TE

Choi Min-sik as Dae-su Oh holding a gagged man hostage with a knife and hammer in Oldboy.

Director: Park Chan-wook Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung

Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller remains as astounding and shocking to watch as it die when it first premiered over 20 years ago. Choi Min-sik’s portrayal of Oh Dae-su, a man imprisoned for over 15 years only to be mysteriously set loose, is the role of a lifetime; a character whose story possesses a complexity and depth comparable to that of a Greek tragedy. There’s too many iconic moments from the film to choose from: Oh Dae-su holding a man by his necktie as he dangles off the edge of a building, the single-take hallway fight scene, the mouthful of octopus. And of course, who could forget that most cruel and unforgettable of moments: Oh Dae-su opening the photo album gifted to him by Lee Woo-jin (Yoo Ji-tae), the mastermind behind his imprisonment.

All of these scenes alone are fantastic on their own merits, but when combined within in the context of the film’s over two-hour runtime, you have yourself a masterpiece whose influence is felt everywhere from the success of movies and shows like Parasite and Squid Game to the choreography of contemporary Western action films. You owe it to yourself to watch this classic, if only once. —TE

Phantom Thread

Reyolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) sizing up a dress on Alma (Vicky Krieps) in Phantom Thread.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 historical drama Phantom Thread follows the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), an irascible haute couture dressmaker in 1950s London whose carefully cultivated lifestyle is upset by his ongoing love affair with his muse Alma (Vicky Krieps), a strong-willed woman with ambitions and desires of her own. His final film role to date, Day-Lewis is unsurprisingly masterful in his portrayal of Woodcock as an artist whose capricious infatuations and fastidious inflexibility prove unbearable to all except Alma, who discovers a ... let’s say unconventional way of leveling the power dynamic in their relationship. Top that with exquisite score by Jonny Greenwood and beautiful costume designs by Mark Bridges and you’ve got what is undoubtedly one of Anderson’s finest films to date. —TE

Iko Uwais in The Raid: Redemption.

Director: Gareth Evans Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian

There are action movies before The Raid , and then there are action movies after The Raid .

Gareth Evans’ Indonesian action thriller sent a 3000-volt shockwave throughout the world of cinema when it premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, garnering a reputation as one of the most electrifying and distinctive action films of its time. That reputation has not wavered one iota in the decade-plus since.

Iko Uwais stars as Rama, a rookie SWAT officer who joins a 20-man squad led by Sergeant Jaka (Joe Taslim) to assail a tenement complex run by a ruthless gang and apprehend their leader. When the leader catches wind of this plot, the squad is trapped inside the building and forced to fight their way out while completing their mission. Where The Raid may lack in narrative complexity, it in no way lacks in scintillating cinematography and unrelentingly abrasive action. If you’re looking for a viscerally entertaining action thriller with ample gore and dazzling martial arts choreography, The Raid is just the film you’re looking for. —TE

Rama and Bheem are tossed in the air by the crowd in RRR.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli Cast: N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn

Polygon’s favorite movie of 2022 , RRR is an epic bromance for the ages filled to the brim with jaw-dropping action sequences, unforgettable music numbers, and two guys just being dudes. If you can, you should consider watching it in the original Telugu language version on Zee5. If you can’t, the Hindi dub on Netflix is still well worth your time. — PV

Space Sweepers

Three human space sweepers and their android buddy look down with sweaty horror on something offscreen in Space Sweepers.

Director: Jo Sung-hee Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu

Space Sweepers: Set in the year 2092, Jo Sung-hee’s Space Sweepers follows the crew of freelance garbagemen in space who discover a strange child-like robot named Dorothy containing a nuclear device. Hoping to ransom Dorothy in exchange for enough money to escape their poverty-stricken lives, their plan quickly escalates into a chase to stay one step ahead of the military force of a corrupt corporation. Though it’s far from the most original of sci-fi premises, Space Sweepers is still a visually impressive film with great action and a likable cast of dysfunctional characters with great chemistry. — TE

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man extending his hand as he falls from a great height, surrounded by skyscrapers in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Directors: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac

2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a genuine before-and-after moment in the history of American animation. The film not only introduced a new generation of audiences to Miles Morales, but sent a shockwave through the entire industry through its pioneering approach to CGI animation that drew heavily from the texture and techniques of comic book storytelling. In short, it was a bona fide cultural phenomenon. How exactly do you top that ?

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse feels like an answer to that question on several fronts; visually, tonally, and technically. Miles is faced with a personal and moral dilemma in the form of the Spot, a dimension-hopping supervillain whose vendetta against Spider-Man threatens to endanger the entire multiverse. If that weren’t enough, Miles inadvertently runs afoul of Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), the leader of a group of Spider-People from alternate universes, who believes Miles himself is the source of the problem. From its spectacular fight sequences to its gorgeous multiversal vistas to its absolutely bangin’ soundtrack, Across the Spider-Verse steps up to the challenge of following up one of most acclaimed American animated films in years and nails it out of the park. It’s a genuine sight to behold. With one more movie on the way , the question circles back: How exactly are they gonna top this ? —TE

The Summit of the Gods

A silhouette of a young animated boy overlooking a sunrise cresting over a plane of mountains from the peak of a mountain.

Directors: Patrick Imbert Cast: Lazare Herson-Macarel, Eric Herson-Macarel, Damien Boisseau

This 2021 French-language animated drama centers on Makoto Fukamachi, a tenacious reporter who accidentally stumbles upon the biggest mountaineering story of the century: Proof that George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, not Sir Edmund Hillary, were the first climbers to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 1924. However, his only lead to break the story — an elusive mountain climber known as Habu Joji — has been missing for several years. Poring over the details of Joji’s life in the years preceding his disappearance, Makoto finds himself inadvertently drawn by the very same sense of accomplishment and meaning that has compelled countless climbers to crest Everest themselves.

Based on Jiro Taniguchi’s 2000 manga series, The Summit of the Gods is a gorgeously animated drama about the elusive quest for personal and professional validation and the perils of hubris and selfishness. The backgrounds are spectacular, the character animation is impressive, and the film’s final moments are as exhilarating as they are profoundly edifying. Brace yourself for a film that exemplifies “adult animation,” not as a juvenile display of hyper-violence and superficial titillation, but as a story about what it means to move through the world as an adult and find one’s place and purpose in it. —TE

They Cloned Tyrone

John Boyega as Fontaine, Teyonah Parris as Yo-Yo and Jamie Foxx as Slick Charles staring down at a dead body on a examination table in They Cloned Tyrone.

Director: Juel Taylor Cast: John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx

If a pulp mystery-thriller that plays out like a Blaxploitation-style take on Jordan Peele’s Us by way of the anti-authority storytelling of Boots Riley sounds enticing to you, They Cloned Tyrone is an absolute must-watch .

John Boyega stars as Fontaine, a streetwise hustler who is gunned down after an altercation with a rival drug dealer. Miraculously, Fontaine wakes up the next morning completely unharmed with no memory of the confrontation whatsoever. Together with the help of local pimp Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx) and a retired sex worker Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris), Fontaine stumbles upon a terrifying secret: His neighborhood is the site of a clandestine government operation experimenting with cloning technology and subliminal manipulation. Faced with the existential terror of this revelation, the trio must either expose this conspiracy or surrender to the roles ordained to them.

Sharply well written, brilliantly performed, and studded with satisfying surprising and twists up to its very last minutes, They Cloned Tyrone is not only one of the best movies available to stream on Netflix, but one of the best films of the year so far. —TE

A bald man in a black short-sleeve t-shirt standing on a dark stage with his hands outstretched.

Director: Damien Chazelle Cast: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

Is Damien Chazelle’s 2014 psychological drama a movie about an abusive musical instructor molding an impressionable student into his ideal player, or a story about what it takes to be the best in your chosen field? Wherever you land by the end of the movie, what’s clear is that Whiplash is one of the most impeccably crafted films of the 2010s. Miles Teller stars as Andrew Neiman, an aspiring Jazz drummer who is terrorized by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a ruthless and highly respected instructor at a prestigious conservatory in New York City.

The dynamic between the two is the driving force behind the film’s story and emotional arc, as Fletcher’s increasingly conniving and psychologically manipulative tactics push Andrew to his breaking point again and again, forcing him to abandon all other considerations apart from his drive to become a better drummer and finally earn his mentor’s approval. The music by Justin Hurwitz is scintillating, the cinematography is electrifying, and performances that rank as some of the best in Simmons and Teller’s respective careers to date. Whiplash is a cinematic tour de force that’ll grab you by your shirt collar and refuse to let go, right up to the exhilarating crescendo of its climactic finale. —Toussaint Egan

Mélanie Laurent, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Manon Bresch all smile from behind a counter in Wingwomen

Director: Mélanie Laurent Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Manon Bresch

There’s a place for movies like Alien , where a script written for a male lead character was left unchanged when a woman was cast in the role. But there’s also a place for movies like Wingwomen , an action comedy that thrives in its specificity around its characters and their experiences as women in our world.

In Wingwomen , Carole (director-star Mélanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds ) has a very close and protective relationship with younger Alex (Adèle Exarchopoulos) — a found family situation. They are both caught in the web of crime lord Marraine (Isabelle Adjani) and looking for a way out. When they meet a new member of their team — skilled racer Sam (Manon Bresch) — they see an opportunity for one last score to break away from their life of crime and live peacefully together.

Fun, exciting, and endearing, you will not have more fun at the movies than watching Wingwomen . I wish for 20 more years of Laurent directing and starring in fun genre pictures — especially if they also star Exarchopoulos, who between this and Passages delivered two of the most memorable performances of 2023. — PV

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Let’s be frank, Netflix movies don’t have the best reputation , especially the Netflix Originals. That little red “N” logo on a movie poster is often less of a seal of approval, and has become a warning to skip rather than stream. That doesn’t mean the streamer never gets it right. In fact, there are plenty of Netflix movies that aren’t just good, but downright great — a few are legit masterpieces. And, of course, Netflix's movies aren't just limited to those it produces, as we've just added two critically-acclaimed titles it licensed in.

Here at Tom’s Guide, putting together a list of our favorite Netflix movies involves days of debate — as our staffers disagree on many picks. And while we relish those polite arguments, sometimes it’s good to look at the bigger picture. In this case, that means taking a look at review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes , which offers a broad critical consensus that helps provide insight to help us pick the Netflix movies that truly deserve top billing. 

Once you're done with this list, though, peep the list of new Netflix movies in 2023 to see what's on deck and see what new Netflix titles to watch this weekend. As for what Netflix has just added, we've got the latest batch of the best new Netflix movies that are 90% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes based on February additions.

Now we’re not suggesting these are the only Netflix movies worth watching. For starters, I think crime thriller Windfall is hugely underrated (and it scored only 59% on RT). However, if you’re looking for something new to watch on Netflix you really can’t go wrong with any of these 23 options. So without any more preamble, these are the highest-rated Netflix movies with a high Rotten Tomatoes score that you watch right now.  

Call Me by Your Name (2002)

While not a Netflix Original (which means it's not likely to stay here forever), Call Me by Your Name a fantastic and critically acclaimed film that just recently returned to Netflix. Call Me By Your name was also the big break for director Luca Guadagnino, who's gone on to make similarly complexed and nuanced films.

Call Me by Your Name gives audiences the vantage point of young 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet), who is as inexperienced as he is pretentious. On vacation with his family in Italy — while his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) is working on his academic studies — Elio meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old interning with Elio's father.

While Elio and Oliver don't click at first, they soon actually find a spark. Unfortunately, it doesn't end as well as both parties would prefer. – Henry T. Casey

Genre: Romantic drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Stream it on Netflix

The Woman King (2022)

The Woman King is based on the impressive and intimidating all-women army of the Agojie tribe, from the Dahomey Kingdom in West Africa. This film sees General Nanisca (Viola Davis) working both to prepare her new class of warriors to protect the region from colonizers, and disagreeing with King Ghezo (John Boyega).

We should note that The Woman King got hit with a boycott, with some arguing it glosses over the Dahomey Kingdom's involvement in the slave trade. That said, if you're going into The Woman King for a film that's less of a historical document than a feel-good action movie with some basis in reality, you'll be entertained. Davis and Boyega may be the stars, but Lashana Lynch and Thuso Mbedu earned critical applause for their supporting roles. – Henry T. Casey

Genre: Action/Drama Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Watch on Netflix right now

 Marriage Story (2019)

Inspired by the breakup of his own marriage, director/writer Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is sort of like Kramer vs Kramer for the modern age. Carried by towering leading performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, this emotionally charged film follows a theater director and his leading lady as their relationship dissolves. The filmmaking on display is excellent throughout, but it’s the nearly flawless screenplay that holds the whole picture together. – Rory Mellon

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% Stream it on Netflix

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Spike Lee doesn’t do half-measures, and he goes all in on Da 5 Bloods. The film focuses on a group of Vietnam vets who return to the country in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader. The central foursome — Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters and Norm Lewis — are excellent, as is the late Chadwick Boseman as the leader of the Bloods in several flashback sequences. Commenting on both the past and the present, Da 5 Bloods is a gripping post-war movie that will have you laughing and crying throughout its lengthy 156 minute runtime. – RM Genre: War Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Stream it on Netflix

The Irishman (2019)

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman spent years in development hell and at one point it looked as if the project was destined to never see the light of day. Thankfully all that waiting, and perseverance from the famed director, was worth it. It may be almost three and a half hours long but The Irishman holds your attention throughout. Reuniting Scorsese with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, The Irishman tells the tale of a truck driver turned mobster with focus on his swift rise and inevitable fall. Although the digital de-aging tech is a mixed bag, it’s a gangster movie that hits hard.  – RM

Genre: Crime Rotten Tomaotes score: 95% Stream on Netflix

 Roma (2018)

A passion project for director Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is a semi-autobiographical recount of his own upbringing in Mexico City.  Cuarón rightly won Best Director at the Academy Awards for this deeply personal film about family, loss and growing up. Actress Yalitza Aparicio is truly phenomenal as Cleo, a maid helping a mother take care of her four children in the 1970s. If one film on this list is going to make you tear up, it’ll almost certainly be Roma.  – RM

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 96% Stream it on Netflix

The Two Popes (2019)

Based on true events, The Two Popes is a real actors movie giving legends of the screen Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce the chance to shine. The film sees Hopkin’s play Pope Benedict XVI as he seeks to convince Jorge Mario Bergoglio (who is now the serving Pope) to reconsider his decision to resign as an archbishop. It might not sound the most thrilling concept on paper, but the interplay between Hopkin and Pryce keeps the film comfortably ticking along across its entire two-hour runtime. – RM

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% Stream on Netflix

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

One of the first Netflix Original movies to make waves on the awards circuit, Beasts of No Nation sees Idris Elba play a fierce African warlord who takes in a young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) in order to train him to fight in his guerrilla army. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has since gone on to helm Daniel Craig’s last Bond outing, No Time to Die, and directed and produced the first season of HBO’s True Detective, but Beasts of No Nation arguably remains his best work.    – RM

Genre: War Rotten Tomatoes score: 91% Stream on Netflix

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

We definitely didn’t need a follow-up to Breaking Bad in the form of a feature-length movie, but El Camino proved there was another story worth telling in this universe. Serving as an epilogue to the original series, El Camino follows Jesse Pinkman as he seeks to evade the cops and leave New Mexico behind forever. The film’s narrative does spin its wheels a little, but the strength of the performances from Aaron Paul and Jesse Plemons are once again top-notch. And necessary or not, it’s nice to get some closure after Breaking Bad’s slightly ambiguous ending.  – RM

Genre: Thriller Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Stream it on Netflix

Dolemite is My Name (2019)  

Dolemite is My Name sees Eddie Murphy play Rudy Ray Moore, the larger-than-life performer better known under his stage name, you guessed it, Dolemite. Murphy completely loses himself in the role and was rightly nominated for a Golden Globe for his work. The film’s unique comedy styling also helps set it apart. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing to pause Dolemite is My Name in order to compose yourself after some of its best gags.  – RM

Genre: Comedy Rotten Tomatoes score: 97% Stream it on Netflix

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

Did we need another feature-film adaptation of the 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front? Probably not, the 1930 Best Picture-winning original is still a hugely powerful watch. Netflix’s effort from last year just about stands shoulder to shoulder with the older versions of this film. The movie follows an idealistic 17-year-old named Paul who enlists in the Imperial German Army during the First World War. His head stuffed full of propaganda and believing he's set to become a war hero, the brutal realities of the harrowing conflict soon rock the schoolboy to his core. This staunchly anti-war picture is a hard watch, but it’s also a timely reminder that in war there are no real winners.   – RM

Genre: War Rotten Tomatoes score: 91% Stream it on Netflix

Uncorked (2020)

Strained family relationships are something that many of us can relate to, and it’s those dynamics that Uncorked plays with. Mamoudou Athie plays Elijah, a wannabe sommelier struggling to deal with the expectations of his demanding father (Courtney B. Vance) who insists that Elijah will take over the family barbecue business. A deeply tender film about personal aspirations and growing into the person you want to be, much like a fine wine, Uncorked should be savored.  – RM

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Stream it on Netflix

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020)

Crip Camp is a Netflix documentary film that focuses on a summer camp in New York named Camp Jened. Described as a “loose, free-spirited camp designed for teens with disabilities,” the film focuses on the loveable cast of campers and their fight for stronger accessibility laws. Regardless of whether you’ve been to summer camp or not, Crip Camp is sure to strike a chord with you. And frankly there’s something refreshing about a Netflix doc that isn’t in the true crime genre.   – RM   

Genre: Documentary Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% Stream it on Netflix

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

While some of the best Netflix movies are prestigious dramas, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is one of the best Netflix movies in ages and also very easy to watch. Almost akin to a bag of chips you can't stop eating, Glass Onion is a very fun watch. In it, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is back with another mystery on his hands, but not the one he or you will expect. The mystery unravels in an incredibly modern situation — tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) has invited his merry band of influencers to a private island — and riffs on most aspects of modern culture. Kate Hudson (who plays the dim-witted Birdie) gets most of the best lines, which she delivers with a perfect lack of awareness. – Henry T. Casey

Genre: Comedy/Mystery Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Watch it on Netflix

Descendant (2022)

While many an education included a history lesson or few on the slave trade, the story of Africatown is one that's gone under the radar for many. This region (found near Mobile, Alabama) is finally getting its spotlight thanks to director Margaret Brown's film Descendant. In it, the descendants of those aboard the last known ship to smuggle stolen Africans to America finally get the chance to tell their own story. An engrossing film that reminds us all of the need to pass down truths that haven't been told to a wider audience, Descendant is a must-see. – HTC

Genre: Documentary Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% S tream it on Netflix

The Lost Daughter (2021)

Helmed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, in her feature film directional debut, The Lost Daughter follows an older woman (Olivia Coleman) who becomes obsessed with a young mother (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter while holidaying alone. Coleman is truly phenomenal in the leading role and rightfully received a wave of awards nominations for her performance. But it should be noted that The Lost Daughter is actually a fairly divisive movie. While its RT score from critics is almost perfect, its audience rating is far less impressive at just 52%. So be mindful, this ambitious flick won’t be to everybody’s tastes. – RM

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Stream it on Netflix

Mudbound (2017)

Set in the American South during World War II, Mudbound is a story of two families made enemies by the social hierarchy of the times but bonded together by shared farmland in the Mississippi Delta. Packing an ensemble cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks and Mary J. Blige, Mudbound boasts tour-de-force performances all over the place. But it’s the emotionally devastating ending that will truly stick with you. One of the earliest examples of a Netflix Original movie that really made waves. – RM

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 97% Stream it on Netflix

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

Considering its produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also worked on Spider-Man : into the Spider-verse and The Lego Movie, it should come as little surprise to learn that The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a delightfully fresh animated movie. Focused on the eponymous family, the zany flick sees the Mitchell's road trip vacation disrupted when the world's electronic devices come together to stage an uprising. It's now down to the bumbling family foursome (and their beloved pet pooch) to save the world. We're doomed!  – RM

Genre: Animation Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Stream it on Netflix

The Tinder Swindler (2022)

Netflix offered a tidal wave of true crime in 2022, and one of the streamer's most popular documentary offerings of last year was undoubtedly The Tinder Swindler. Centred on the exploits of conman Simon Leviev, it showcased how he was able to use the popular dating application to connect with various individuals across the world and manipulate them into supporting his lavish lifestyle. The Tinder Swindler is the perfect blend of shocking and compelling, and it's all packaged together with highly polished production values. After watching this feature-length true crime doc you just might find yourself deleting all your dating profiles. – RM

Genre: Documentary Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Stream it on Netflix

Hustle (2022)

Adam Sandler doesn't just make movies for Netflix that involve copious amounts of fart jokes. Hustle is a sports drama movie that sees Sandler play an NBA scout who discovers a raw but very talented basketball player in Spain (Juancho Hernangómez) and sets out to prepare him for that season's NBA draft. It's an against-type performance from Sandler that earned him his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and a well-time reminder that while he may often plight his trade in toilet humor he's actually a very talented drama actor as well. – RM 

Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Stream it on Netflix

Matilda the Musical (2022)

Based on the Tony-award-winning stage production of the same name, Matilda the Musical is an all-singing all-dancing retelling of the beloved Roald Dahl book. It sees Alisha Weir play the eponymous young child who is neglected by her parents and mistreated at school by the sinister Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson) but develops magical powers that help her overcome the obstacles in her life. With new songs written by original composer Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical is sure to be a family favorite for years to come. – RM

Genre: Musical Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Stream it on Netflix

 Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes follows the teenage sister of world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes as she attempts to strike out on her own and prove herself equally adept at solving mysteries. But what starts out as a search for her missing mother soon becomes a whole lot bigger as a plot that threatens the entire United Kingdom comes to light. Millie Bobby Brown, most well-known for her role in Stranger Things, stars in the eponymous role while Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter also feature. Plus, if you enjoy this zippy mystery film, it's now part of a franchise. Enola Holmes 2 was released on Netflix last year and pulled an even more impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes . – RM

Genre: Adventure Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Stream it on Netflix

Miss Americana (2020)

Taylor Swift continues to be one of the biggest stars in the world, and this 2020 documentary offers an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes at her life. It primarily covers a tumultuous period of Swift’s career that saw her struggle against a sizeable social media backlash as well as voice her political opinions in public for the first time. There’s also a smattering of behind-the-scenes concert footage from Swift’s 2018 Reputation Stadium tour, and plenty of insight into the recording of her seventh studio album Lover. One of Netflix’s best biographical docs to date, this slickly-presented film just might convert you to a Swiftie, if you're not one already! – RM

Genre: Documentary Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Stream it on Netflix

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The 20 Best Netflix Original Movies Right Now

May December

This article will be updated as great new original titles arrive on Netflix. *New additions are indicated with an asterisk.

The Netflix Original movie has become a genre unto itself, winning Oscars, launching careers, and producing films with budgets that would make the Hollywood studios think twice. It feels like there’s a new Netflix Original film every week — sometimes more — and so it’s become difficult to know which ones are really worth watching. This list of the 20 best films to sport the Netflix Original logo will be updated as warranted with new entries. We’ve tallied the best horror , comedy , family and overall movies on Netflix ; these are the best titles out of the company’s own filmmaking machine.

Year: 2016 Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes Director: Ava DuVernay

The director of Selma helmed the first truly great Netflix documentary in this searing examination of the mass incarceration industry in this country. Named after the amendment that abolished slavery, the film examines how elements of servitude that were allegedly eliminated merely transitioned into the systems of policing and imprisonment. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary. It should have won.

Beasts of No Nation

Year: 2015 Runtime: 2h 17m Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

The first major critical darling Netflix film is still one of the service’s best. Based on the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala, this is the tale of a child who becomes a soldier in his country as it undergoes a brutal civil war. Moving and unforgiving, it features one of the career-best performances from Idris Elba.

Gerald’s Game

Year: 2017 Runtime: 1h 43m Director: Mike Flanagan

Before he helmed The Haunting of Hill House , Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed one of the best Netflix Original horror films in this adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name. Carla Gugino is phenomenal as a woman who gets handcuffed to her bed by her toxic husband…and then he has a heart attack. As she tries to figure out how she will survive, she accesses the trauma of her past.

Glass Onion

Year: 2022 Runtime: 2h 19m Director: Rian Johnson

The writer/director of Knives Out returned in late 2022 with a sequel to that smash hit, exclusively on Netflix. Daniel Craig returns as Benoit Blanc, the casual crime solver who finds himself on a billionaire’s island in this latest comedy/mystery. Once again, Johnson assembles a murderer’s row of talent, including Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Ed Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and more. It’s smart, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Year: 2020 Runtime: 2h 14m Director: Charlie Kaufman

The Oscar-winning writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind delivered one of his most creative films in this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Iain Reid. Jessie Buckley is incredible as a young woman who goes with her mediocre boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis). Or does she? A film that starts to fracture narratively becomes more of a commentary on gender roles and storytelling than anything straightforward.

The Irishman

Year: 2019 Runtime: 3h 29m Director: Martin Scorsese

Also known as I Heard You Paint Houses , this epic drama is one of the most ambitious and impressive films in the career of arguably the best American filmmaker. Scorsese and Steven Zaillian adapted the nonfiction book by Charles Brandt about a modest, ordinary truck driver named Frank (Robert De Niro, giving his best late-career performance) who gets embroiled in the mob in the era of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). A moving tapestry of the criminal underworld in the 20th century, it’s a monumental achievement in filmmaking.

Year: 2019 Runtime: 1h 37m Director: Sergio Pablos

A little movie that could, this animated Christmas adventure was so critically beloved that it competed with giants like Pixar and DreamWorks for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It’s a delightful little fable about a postman who ends up stationed so far to the north that he meets a reclusive toymaker there named Klaus. Yes, it’s a Santa Claus origin story. With lovely, old-fashioned style, this is the kind of joyous film that the whole family can watch any time of year.

The Lost Daughter

Year: 2021 Runtime: 2h 1m Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

The actress Maggie Gyllenhaal made a confident and remarkable directorial debut with this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante, which earned two of its stars — Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley — Oscar nominations for their performances. Colman does career-best work as a woman who encounters an extended family while on a Grecian vacation. The young mother (an excellent Dakota Johnson) reminds her of herself, leading to flashbacks about a time in her life when she may have not really wanted to be a parent. A smart drama for adults, this is exactly the kind of film that people complain doesn’t really get made anymore.

Marriage Story

Year: 2019 Runtime: 2h 16m Director: Noah Baumbach

The director of The Squid and the Whale and While We’re Young delivered one of his most personal films in this drama that would become his most successful film to date. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver do some of the best work of their careers as a couple going through an increasingly messy divorce. Laura Dern won her first Oscar for her work in a film that was also nominated for Best Picture, Actor, and Actress. It’s a film that feels so true that it hurts.

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Year:  2023 Runtime:  1h 57m Director:  Todd Haynes

Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman star in the latest from  Carol  and  Far from Heaven  director Todd Haynes, a stunning character study of an actress who discovers that some people are impossible to figure out. Portman plays a star who tries to get under the skin of Moore’s character, a woman who raped a child when she was a teacher, and later married that young man. Charles Melton is phenomenal as the now-grown victim, stuck in perpetual adolescence.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1h 53m Directors: Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe

Originally planned for a theatrical release by Sony (with the much-worse title Connected ), the studio sold this off to Netflix during the pandemic … and probably regretted that decision. One of the most critically and commercially beloved animated films of 2021, this is an incredibly smart and sweet family vacation movie, a comedy that’s as much about a tender relationship between a father and daughter as is the fact that they end up having to save the world together.

Year: 2017 Runtime: 2h Director: Bong Joon-ho

Before he won all those awards for Parasite , the great Korean director Bong Joon-ho helmed the quirkiest film of his career in this story of a super pig named Okja. After the massive creature is pulled from the safety of his homelife and thrust into the nefarious world of the meat industry, his best friend has to go on a mission to save him. Featuring some of the craziest performances from Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, this is an underrated comedy that has personality to spare. It’s certainly like nothing else on Netflix.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Year:  2022 Runtime:  1h 56m Directors:  Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson

The Oscar-winning director took his visionary skills to stop-motion animation with this instant classic, a retelling of the beloved fairy tale about the wooden boy who longed to be real. With spectacular voice work, this version reimagines Pinocchio during the period before World War II, allowing del Toro to explore his themes of innocence and violence again. It’s a deeply personal, beautiful film.

The Power of the Dog

Year: 2021 Runtime: 2h 6m Director: Jane Campion

The film that finally won an Oscar for Jane Campion for directing is one of the most acclaimed in the history of the streaming giant. Campion helmed this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, the story of a vicious landowner (Benedict Cumberbatch) who torments the new wife (Kirsten Dunst) of his brother (Jesse Plemons). A drama that plays like a thriller, this gorgeously rendered period piece unpacks themes of toxic masculinity and manipulation in a way that makes it impossible to turn away. It’s not just one of the best Netflix Original films, it’s one of the best, period, of the 2020s so far.

Private Life

Year: 2018 Runtime: 2h 17m Director: Tamara Jenkins

Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star in this personal, powerful story of a middle-aged New York couple who decide they’d like to have a child. The truth about fertility treatments and the pain around what it takes to have a baby late in life has never been so genuinely portrayed in a dramatic feature film. And anyone who fell in love with Hahn after her Emmy-nominated work in WandaVision should check out what she delivers in her career-best work here just to see her remarkable range.

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1h 56m Director: Robert Greene

The fantastic documentarian behind Kate Plays Christine directed his best work to date in this 2021 story of a group of abuse survivors who stage theatrical performances related to their trauma. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s actually an empowering one in the way Greene captures how much these men end up collaborating and supporting each other. Art takes teamwork, and Greene proves that recovery can also require a shoulder to lean on.

Year: 2018 Runtime: 2h 15m Director: Alfonso Cuarón

A multiple Oscar winner (including Cinematography and Director), this personal drama might be the most acclaimed film in the history of the Netflix Original pipeline. Also nominated for Best Picture, Actress, and Supporting Actress, among others, it’s a story of a Mexican family in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in the early ‘70s, seen through the eyes of their housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). Short in gorgeous black and white, it’s an unforgettably moving motion picture.

The Swimmers

Year:  2022 Runtime:  2h 15m Director:  Sally El Hosaini

This Netflix original follows the true story of Yusra and Sarah Mardini, who became refugees from Syria after war broke out in their own country, making their way to Germany. The first half of the film is a terrifying dramatic thriller about survival under the most extreme conditions, while the second details how Yusra became a part of the Refugee Olympic Team, competing in the Rio Olympics. It’s a bit too long but it’s also undeniably moving.

The Two Popes

Year: 2019 Runtime: 2h 5m Director: Fernando Meirelles

The director of City of God adapted the play The Pope by Anthony McCarten into this two-hander showcase for the great Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. Hopkins plays Pope Benedict XVI as he tries to convince Pryce’s Cardinal Bergoglio to take the throne as the most important figure in the Catholic faith. What follows is a sharply written study of faith and friendship, elevated by a pair of all-time great actors.

*The Woman King

Year:  2022 Runtime:  2h 14m Director:  Gina Prince-Bythewood

Living legend Viola Davis stars in this retelling of the all-female warriors of the kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. She plays General Nansica, who trains young women to follow in her footsteps, and leads a rock star ensemble of future stars that includes Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and Sheila Atim. You’ll know all their names soon enough.

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The 25 Best Movies on Netflix to Stream Right Now

The great conundrum of the streaming age is that dozens, if not hundreds, of movies are available at your fingertips to stream—but the best movies on Netflix can be extremely hard to decide on. Let this list be your guide as you navigate Netflix's catalog of feature films. These 25 movies feature something for everyone—comedy, adult drama, action, science-fiction epics, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Beyoncé. From some of the best movies of recent years to a few stone-cold classics, you’re sure to find plenty worth checking out without wasting half your life on a never-ending scroll.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Release Year: 1974

Director: Martin Scorsese

Notable Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, Kris Kristofferson

One of Martin Scorsese's earliest movies is also one of his least typical. He directs this story of a single mother played by Ellen Burstyn who ends up driving from New Mexico to Arizona to eventually California after her husband dies, finding danger and dissatisfaction as she goes. Burstyn won an Oscar for her performance, and rightly so. She plays Alice's strength and vulnerability in a way that feels coherent and real. Some of the movie's best scenes are Alice and her young son, Tommy, who is deeply annoying in a way only young kids can be, and with whom Alice has a loving but frustrated relationship. Look for a young Jodie Foster (two years before Taxi Driver ) as the son's new friend.

Boyz n the Hood

Release Year: 1991

Director: John Singleton

Notable Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut

The late John Singleton became the first Black nominee for the Oscar for best director (as well as the youngest nominee in history) for this film about friends living in South Central Los Angeles. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Tre, a teenager living with his father ( Laurence Fishburne ) in Crenshaw. The film deals with the way gang culture impacts the lives of Tre and his friends, played by Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube. With Regina King and Angela Bassett in supporting roles, the film is a collection of some of the best Black talent of the ’90s. It’s a landmark film, one of the best movies on Netflix right now, with some heart-wrenching, career-best performances.

Release Year: 2018

Director: Lee Chang-dong

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Notable Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun

Director Lee Chang-dong crafts an insidious psychological thriller out of what first seems to be a story of young love. Yoo Ah-in plays a young man who falls for a girl ( Jeon Jong-seo ) shortly before she leaves South Korea for a trip to Africa and returns with… not exactly a boyfriend, but he’s played by Steven Yeun, so you can see why Yoo’s character would feel threatened. What follows is a game of psychological paranoia, unreliable perceptions, and possible murder. Yeun in particular gets to dig into his role as a plausible villain, making cryptic threats (or are they?) seeming unnervingly charming. It’s one of his best performances.

Release Year: 2015

Director: Todd Haynes

Notable Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

If May December gets you in the mood to check out director Todd Haynes’s other cinematic achievements, you won’t be able to do much better than Carol. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, the film is a 1950s story about a married woman, the titular Carol (played by Cate Blanchett ), who finds herself intrigued by Therese, a sales girl at a department store ( Rooney Mara ). The younger Therese experiences an awakening with Carol, and the two have to navigate their romance around the strictures and bigotry of their time. This is perfect material for Haynes, who illuminates the corners and specificities of repressed lives—and how the world can burst open when that repression is overcome. Blanchett and Mara deliver two of the best performances of the current century, which is reason enough to press play.

Director: Roman Polanski

Notable Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that they were adding 14 movies from 1974 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. These films included classics like Blazing Saddles , The Conversation , The Parallax View , and The Street Fighter . There are few movies from 1974 that had a bigger impact than Chinatown . Robert Towne's noir screenplay about a private investigator (Nicholson) uncovering corruption and depravity in 1930s Los Angeles is considered by some to be the greatest script of all time. You'd never believe that shady dealings at the Water Authority could have you so invested in a thriller, and yet that's exactly what Chinatown does.

Release Year: 2021

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Notable Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac

Denis Villeneuve ’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s gargantuan sci-fi tale was split into more than one part, with the second part awaiting us later in 2024. But this opening chapter is a spectacle all of its own. Leading an all-star cast, Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the heir apparent to a great house in the distant future whose inheritance will be the desert planet Arrakis—the only place in the known universe where the unfathomably valuable resource spice is produced. Featuring standout performances from Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa —and with Zendaya around just long enough to have us intrigued about where her character goes from here—this is a suitably epic and dazzling sci-fi adaptation.

Erin Brockovich

Release Year: 2000

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Notable Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

A stone-cold classic in every sense of the word, and one of best examples of movie-star performance in the history of the medium. This isn't hyperbole. Roberts plays the titular legal assistant, who elbows her way into a job at Finney's law firm, where she ends up doggedly pursuing what becomes a class action against a giant energy conglomerate. It's a meat-and-potatoes crusade against corporate evil, and Roberts — along with Soderbergh and screenwriter Susannah Grant — pepper it with about a dozen of the most memorable, quotable scenes you've ever seen. There is something so satisfying about a movie that follows an investigation from clue to clue until the moment when the damn breaks open.

Release Year: 2012

Director: Noah Baumbach

Notable Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Zegen

One of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach ’s earliest collaborations as screenwriters (Baumbach directed) was this contemporary black-and-white story about a young woman (Gerwig) trying to deal with the fact that she’s seemingly the last person her age to have figured her life out. In what would become a hallmark of Gerwig’s work to come, she manages to pull off story beats and character traits that might otherwise come off as twee or annoying by committing hard to finding insight and compassion in Frances’s story. The supporting cast is killer, with Mickey Sumner as Frances’s estranged best friend and Michael Zegen as her star-crossed would-be love interest taking place of prominence. But Adam Driver, Grace Gummer, and Charlotte d’Amboise get great scenes to play as well.

Release Year: 2019

Director: Beyoncé

Notable Cast: Beyoncé

If you weren’t able to catch Renaissance during its theatrical run, or you did and you need to keep that energy going, Netflix has Beyoncé’s other brilliant concert film ready and waiting for you. Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance, one of the defining events of a career that has not exactly lacked for defining events. No Beyoncé fan needs this blurb to tell them what this film offers, but if you’ve never seen Beyoncé perform live and want to see the kind of epic-scale spectacle that one artist is capable of, check this one out.

Release Year: 2014

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Notable Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto

One of the most terrifying horror movies of the last decade—full stop—in addition to one of the best horror movies on Netflix. Writer and director David Robert Mitchell gets maximum creativity out of a micro budget in this movie about a curse that passes from person to person when they have sex. That curse comes as a creature that can take the form of any person and is visible only to its intended victim as it relentlessly pursues them. The simplicity of the monster’s motivations is matched only by its various guises, from an old woman, to a terrifyingly tall man, to someone you know. There are levels of metaphor at work here, but Mitchell never lets any kind of thematic message outweigh the gut-level terror.

Jackie Brown

Release Year: 1997

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Notable Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Robert Forster

Quentin Tarantino ’s eagerly awaited follow-up film to Pulp Fiction probably unavoidably landed as something of a letdown in the moment. But in the intervening years, his tribute to blaxploitation movies and Elmore Leonard has emerged as the discerning cinephile’s Tarantino movie of choice. See it for no other reason than Pam Grier getting the comeback role of a lifetime as an airline stewardess who opportunistically jumps in on a scam to steal a life-changing sum of money. She and Forster make for an incredible pair, while Samuel L. Jackson is all fireworks as the villain.

Release Year: 2023

Director: David Fincher

Notable Cast: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Arliss Howard, Charles Parnell

David Fincher, the meticulous director behind The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is back with the story of a meticulous assassin whose carefully planned hit job goes awry. The assassin is played by Michael Fassbender, who is a gift to understated intensity and to bucket hats. This one is incredibly violent but also frequently darkly funny, and it’s hard to pass up a movie that has one great Tilda Swinton scene.

Release Year: 2017

Director: Greta Gerwig

Notable Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, Timothée Chalamet

With Greta Gerwig in the thick of the Oscars conversation this year for Barbie, it’s probably time to revisit her first Oscar-nominated movie and debut solo feature, among the best comedy movies on Netflix (or anywhere else). Saoirse Ronan plays the titular role, a high school senior who can’t get along with her mother ( Laurie Metcalf ) as she navigates first loves, bad-boy infatuation, and fights with her best friend. The ensemble cast is to die for, featuring note-perfect turns from Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, and Tracy Letts. If you’re in the mood for a coming-of-age movie, a mother-daughter story, Stephen McKinley Henderson as a priest, and Lois Smith as a nun, this is your movie.

Release Year: 2022

Director: Oliver Hermanus

Notable Cast: Bill Nighy

This is an understated hidden gem that wouldn’t normally jump out at you while scrolling through a menu—but it’s so worth it. It’s based on a 1952 Akira Kurosawa film, which itself was inspired (at least in part) by the Tolstoy story The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and adapted for the screen by the great Kazuo Ishiguro. Bill Nighy stars as a 1950s London gentleman, a mostly unremarkable bureaucrat, who receives a terminal diagnosis. Making the decision to commit suicide rather than fade slowly away, Nighy goes away to a seaside town, and there he spends a lovely evening of conversation, song, and life unencumbered by the concerns of daily life. The story goes on from there, with Nighy giving one of the best performances of his career. The film is far from flashy, but there are bursts of emotion that make it unforgettable.

Magic Mike's Last Dance ** **

Notable Cast: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek

The third and most enigmatic of the Magic Mike trilogy, this movie sees Mike follow his sugar mama / business partner / true love (ish) to London, where they intend to essentially create the Magic Mike Las Vegas residency. The movie largely sheds Mike's old crew, and you're just going to have to make peace with that. In exchange, you get a cross between a Step Up movie and community theater, which could only come together as smoothly as it does under Soderbergh's eye. Tatum and Hayek are on fire together, and the ragtag band of dancers and actors are all charming and very talented. There is one scene on a bus that will remind you of the freewheelingest Magic Mike scenes, and there's indoor rain.

May December

Notable Cast: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton

Popular fascination with the subjects of trashy tabloid scandals is only one of the many themes at work in Todd Haynes ’s new film. Natalie Portman plays an actress whose next role will be a Mary Kay Letourneau figure nearly 20 years after her scandal, so she’s gone to visit this woman ( Julianne Moore ) and her family in order to research her performance. This one’s been all over year-end top-10 lists and awards ballots, with Portman and Moore delivering some of their best work and Charles Melton giving a true breakthrough performance in what’s easily one of the best new movies on Netflix. 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Release Year: 1975

Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Notable Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin

One of the greatest and most quotable films of all time, and easily one of the best comedy films on Netflix, from Britain’s famed Monty Python comedy troupe. This retelling of the Arthurian myth is just nonstop silliness, from clomping around horseless but with coconut sound effects, to French-accented castle guards, to a killer bunny rabbit (“look at the bones!”). With Spamalot back with a Broadway revival, it makes sense that its source material should be back in the zeitgeist as well. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin are at their absolute funniest, and you can’t really ask for better than that.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Director: P.J. Hogan

Notable Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett

Julia Roberts plays Jules, a big-city restaurant critic who’s about to turn (gasp) 28 when her longtime platonic best friend Michael ( Dermot Mulroney ) calls her up and tells her he’s getting married. With her backup plan for romance now in danger of walking down the aisle with a younger, peppier woman than herself ( Cameron Diaz, insidiously perky), Jules springs into action to thwart the nuptials. The brilliance of this movie lies in just how bad it allows Roberts’s character to be—she smokes, she schemes, she commits email fraud, she tries to embarrass poor Kimmy at karaoke—while still asking us to empathize with her. Roberts relishes the chance to be this complicated, and it pays off with one of her very best performances. You don’t like Jules just because she’s the bad guy? Grow up, life’s complicated, and we all deserve to have a dance at the end.

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Notable Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

This is actually the perfect time to watch Neighbors , a fantastically funny comedy about what happens to a pair of married parents when a frat moves in next door. Rogen, Byrne, and Stoller reunited last year for the Apple TV+ series Platonic , while Zac Efron bulked up like crazy to give the dramatic performance of his career in The Iron Claw . Back in 2014, Efron merely had the body of a Greek-god college kid full of terrifying confidence, and he used every bit of that for his performance. But the real stars of the show here are Rogen and Byrne, whose marriage-of-equals vibe allows them both to be funny, stupid, and relatable in equal measure.

Release Year: 2020

Director: Sean Durkin

Notable Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon

Sean Durkin— who just directed Efron in The Iron Claw —has a knack of bringing spooky vibes to non-spooky stories, and he uses that ability to great effect in The Nest . Law and Coon play a married couple in the '80s who move to England so Law can make a splash in the markets (he absolutely does not make a splash in the markets). Stranded all day in a half-empty country house, Coon watches her husband fail and her children become strangers to her, which is when the real emotional fireworks start. Coon brings a barbed and combative energy to her character, while Law is fascinating as a man who's fighting a losing battle with capitalism and the sense of worth he can only get from being a man with money. It's top-notch psychological drama that sometimes feels like a haunted house movie, only the ghosts are 1980s capitalism.

No Hard Feelings

Director: Gene Stupnitsky

Notable Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman

It’s not exactly a surprise that Jennifer Lawrence turns out to be incredible at broad comedy. But it’s still a hilarious thrill to watch her tear into a role like this one. She plays a Long Island townie who needs to make some extra money, so a rich couple pay her to date their sheltered 19-year-old son so he’s not a completely antisocial disaster when he enters Princeton in the fall. The son is played by breakthrough talent Andrew Barth Feldman, and he and Lawrence have tremendously sweet comedic chemistry with one another in one of the best comedy movies on Netflix. No Hard Feelings rides the line of friend-com and rom-com, but it’s so winning, and Lawrence’s beachfront naked fight scene is worth a stream all on its own.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Director: Miloš Forman

Notable Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif

This stone-cold American classic offers one of the definitive Jack Nicholson performances as Randle Patrick McMurphy, a patient at a mental hospital. McMurphy’s defiance of the established order and of society’s determination to call himself and his fellow patients insane leads to a power struggle with the fascistic and cruel Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Nicholson and Fletcher both won Oscars for their performances, as did director Miloš Forman, en route to the film winning the Oscar for best picture. It stands as one of only three films to win the five top Oscars (the aforementioned plus the award for best screenplay) in a single night.

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Release Year: 2003

Director: Nancy Meyers

Notable Cast: Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Before everybody started to bully Nancy Meyers for her fancy kitchens, we appreciated her for writing top-notch romantic comedies about people over 50. There's no better example than this movie, where successful, single playwright Diane Keaton falls for womanizing Jack Nicholson while he's recuperating in her impeccable Hamptons beach house. Keaton got a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her performance, which tilts from righteous to smitten to distraught with precision timing. She and Nicholson make for a perfectly sparky match, and the supporting performances — especially Keanu Reeves as a doctor who's also into Keaton — are excellent. It's an impeccable comfort watch, and if you're very into sweater and pant combos that cover a variety of shades of white, all the better.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

Notable Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Jason Schwartzman

The sequel to 2018 animated superhero story lives up to the first film's visual splendor, and in fact goes beyond it. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore ) is back again as Spider-Man, hopping interdimensional portals in order to battle the Spot ( Jason Schwartzman ) and romance Gwen Stacy ( Hailee Steinfeld ). While the live-action Marvel movies are slumping trying to get their own multiverse storyline off of the ground, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ’s animated multiverse is in full chaotic swing, making for one of the best family movies on Netflix. New voices this time around include Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk, and Issa Rae as Spider-Woman.

The Woman King

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Notable Cast: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega

As the great sage and poet of our time, Ariana DeBose, once put it: “ Viola Davis, my woman king.” Truer words have never been spoken. Oscar-winner Viola Davis does indeed play the titular Woman King in Gina Prince-Bythewood ’s historical action drama. The film depicts the real-life story of the Agojie, the all-female warrior battalion who safeguarded the kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa during the 17th to 19th centuries. The film is a thrilling action epic, with tremendously staged and photographed battle scenes, bolstered by strong performances by Davis, Lashana Lynch, Thuso Mbedu, John Boyega, and Sheila Atim. There’s a throwback quality to the film’s commitment to storytelling through action, and Davis is an iconic and powerful presence at the film’s center.

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The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

Our handy, extensive guide is updated weekly with all-new picks.

It's a new year, which means it's time to find your new favorite movie. Luckily, Netflix is ready to deliver whatever you're in the mood for. From romantic comedies like Set It Up to family favorites like Paddington , dramatic classics like Heat to foreign masterpieces like Burning , there are a plethora of incredible films on Netflix.

It can be difficult to choose, but this article will help you find just what you're looking for, whether it be a comedy that'll have you laughing so hard you cry (hello, Monty Python and the Holy Grail ) or a heartbreaking drama that'll have the tears flowing for a different reason ( Tick, Tick...Boom! will require a whole box of tissues).

Rest assured, this list has been carefully considered and curated by seasoned Collider editors with decades of combined experience — not to mention a passion and enthusiasm for the medium. Only the crème de la crème has made the cut. Read on to discover the best movies to watch on Netflix right now.

For even more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Netflix , best comedies on Netflix , and best dramas on Netflix .

Disclaimer: These titles are available on US Netflix.

Editor's note: This article was updated February 23rd to include Elvis.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77% | IMDb: 7.3/10

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Elvis , the biopic about the iconic singer, was one of the big films of 2023. Written, directed, and produced by film auteur Baz Luhrmann , who was behind the 2013 hit The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio . Elvis stars Austin Butler ( Dune Part 2 ) as the rock n’ roll singer who took the world by storm in the 1950s while maintaining a complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker . The film was a box office hit, grossing $288 million worldwide, and was praised by critics for its stunning visuals and its ability to capture Elvis’s larger-than-life presence while also managing to bring in new fans.

The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Butler, Best Costume Design, and the always coveted Best Picture. Elvis also stars Tom Hanks ( Cast Away ), Olivia DeJonge ( The Visit ) , Richard Roxburgh ( Van Helsing ), and Kelvin Jarrinson Jr. ( It Comes At Night ).

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American Symphony

Rotten tomatoes: 94% | imdb: 6.9/10.

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Even if you just watch the trailer for American Symphony, you will be in tears. The documentary tells the story of Grammy winner Jon Batiste and his wife, Suleika Jaouad , as they live a life of drastic contrast. While Batiste continues to take over the music world, Jaouad goes through an intense battle with cancer. Jaouad begins chemotherapy on the same day Batiste is nominated for 11 Grammy Awards – an obviously unplanned detail that sums up the entire message of the film: that a wonderful thing and terrible thing can happen at the same time. Over the course of the documentary, Batiste is writing a composition that he plans to play for one night only at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to great reviews, with Variety Magazine calling it “one of the best love stories seen on film.” Currently, American Symphony is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “It Never Went Away” by Batiste and Dan Wilson . - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | IMDb: 6.6/10

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Currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Actor for its star, Colman Domingo , Rustin tells the story of Bayard Rustin (Domingo), a civil rights activist heavily inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. Rustin sets out to organize the March on Washington against huge obstacles like racism and homophobia. Those familiar with the March on Washington, which occurred in 1963, know how paramount it was in the fight to end racial discrimination and that it concluded with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The film follows these incredible historic events while highlighting Rustin’s passion and enthusiasm for civil rights.

The film also stars Aml Ameen ( The Maze Runner ) as Dr. King, Glynn Turman ( Super 8 ) as A. Philip Randolph , Chris Rock ( The Longest Yard ) as Roy Wilkins , and Audra McDonald ( A Raisin In The Sun ) as Ella Baker . Rustin was previously nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song by Lenny Kravitz and Best Performance by Domingo. - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 86% | IMDb: 7.1/10

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Oscar winners Annette Bening and Jodie Foster dominate in the biographical sports drama Nyad . Directed by documentarians Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin , Nyad is their feature directorial debut, which benefits from their experience capturing authenticity. As expected from most sports dramas and biopics, Nyad shares a story of perseverance, the triumphs of determination, and a message of hope, showcased by the undeniable on-screen power of Bening and Foster.

The actors’ dedication to truth in storytelling, as well as their chemistry, shine alongside the smart script written by Julia Cox . Nyad engages the audience with its solid foundation while entertaining through grounded drama based on reality instead of relying on cheap cliches. - Yael Tygiel

Society of the Snow

Rotten tomatoes: 90% | imdb: 7.9/10.

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In 1972, a Uruguayan flight crashed while carrying a rugby team on their way to Chile, and the survivors of the wreck had to work together to survive in the treacherously cold weather of the Andes. This real-life event is the subject of J.A. Bayona 's film Society of the Snow , which tackles the incredible story of the survivors and their attempts to survive for two months in the mountains. Director Bayona got the idea for the film upon discovering the book The Society of the Snow , which was written by Pablo Vierci , and used the same name for his film. The cast, largely composed of newcomers in the acting world, is completely composed of Uruguayan and Argentinian performers.

The film was nominated for two Oscars, including Best International Feature Film, a Golden Globe for Best Non-English Language Film, and a Critic's Choice Award for the same category. With a budget of 60 million euros, The Society of Snow is the most expensive Spanish film ever made. With music by Michael Giacchino , the film is acclaimed for its emotional undertone and important message. - Emily Cappello

May December

Rotten tomatoes: 90% | imdb: 6.9/10.

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While watching May December , I found myself laughing out loud almost as much as I was cringing. I also found myself looking online afterward to see if my reaction was “normal.” This kaleidoscope viewing experience shows the brilliance of May December and how its subject matter — a thirty-six-year-old woman entering into a relationship with a seventh grader and having his three children — will dramatically change depending on the person telling the story. The plot follows actress Elizabeth ( Natalie Portman ) as she shadows Gracie ( Julianne Moore ), the controversial woman (and sex offender) who inspired Elizabeth’s latest film role. Or, depending on your point of view, it’s about Gracie’s experience as Elizabeth enters and disrupts the parts of her she’s been able to keep hidden. Or it’s about Gracie’s much, much younger husband, Joe ( Charles Melton ), as he discovers what Elizabeth’s presence means about his own life.

Written and directed by Todd Haynes , the film was inspired by the real-life relationship between teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau. The two had children together and eventually married upon Letourneau’s release from prison, as Gracie and Joe did in May December . While it seems impossible that, given these themes, the film would have any laugh-out-loud moments, Haynes has crafted the story in such a way that it’s aware of its own absurdity. And, perhaps, we would find humor in the smallest moments, like Gracie dramatically revealing they “need more hot dogs” just to forget the insanity of the situation we’ve found ourselves in as an audience. - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 79% | IMDb: 6.7/10

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One of the most talked-about films of 2023, Maestro tells the story of American composer Leonard Bernstein ( Bradley Cooper ), his rise to fame, and how that fame affected his relationship with long-time love Felicia Montealegre ( Carey Mulligan ). Directed and co-written by Cooper alongside screenwriter Josh Singer , the film was produced by cinema heavy hitters Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg . The film won the American Film Institute (AFI)’ s “Movie of the Year” and was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including “Best Motion Picture, Drama,” “Best Director,” and “Best Performance by a Male Actor” for Cooper and “Best Performer by Female Actor” for Mulligan. It co-stars Matt Bomer ( In Time ), Vincent Amato ( Unbroken ), and comedian Sarah Silverman .

Leonard Bernstein began his career as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic and rose to fame when he filled in for the main conductor, who had fallen ill. Maestro follows Bernstein as he meets and marries Felicia Montealegre, who struggles with her new husband’s infidelity. While Bernstein goes on to compose some of the most famous music in American history, including West Side Story , he struggles with alcohol and other substances, causing more issues in his marriage. - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 6.5/10

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Two corporate executive assistants hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses.

Read Our Review Anyone who knows me knows I’m a rom-com junkie — obsessed to the point of running a podcast on it, actually. So it’s no surprise that Set It Up , Netflix’s 2018 original film starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell , is easily my favorite movie the streamer has on offer, even five years after its premiere. While they’ve made plenty of other rom-coms since the film was released, the story of two down-on-their-luck executive assistants who attempt to set their bosses up with each other for a little free time is easily still their best.

While it’s not the first time Powell and Deutch starred together — that award goes to Richard Linklater ’s Everybody Wants Some!! — and both have gone onto much bigger projects, it’s a sweet and heartwarming film that’s easy to get into, even if the comedy’s a bit cringe-worthy. It’s rare to find rom-coms made after 2005 whose leads have such immediate, entertaining, and believable chemistry and even rarer to find a cast filled with heavyweights who are just as much fun — can you believe this film also boasts the likes of Lucy Liu , Taye Diggs , and Pete Davidson ? Not to mention it’s an easy hour and forty-five minutes, perfect for watching (and rewatching, as I do) whenever you want a little fun in your life. — Maggie Boccella, News Editor

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDb: 6.8/10

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Read Our Review In a world filled with remakes and reboots, It Follows defied the norm by finding an original way to tell a mysterious horror story. The story follows Jay ( Maika Monroe ), a teenager who has sex with a guy named Hugh ( Jake Weary ), whom she doesn’t know very well. Afterward, Hugh tells her that she’s inherited a curse that he's now free of. Jay starts to be followed by a phantom who wishes her dead, and the only way Jay can get rid of the curse is if she sleeps with someone else, passing it along to them.

It Follows premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, where it was then a part of a limited theatrical release before moving to a nationwide release in 2015. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell ( Under the Silver Lake ), audiences raved about the movie not just for its originality but also for their different interpretations of the meaning behind the plot. Throughout its time in theaters, the film continually received great reviews for its terrifying scares and for its deeper meaning. As of October 2023, a sequel is in the works entitled They Follow . - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% | IMDb: 8.3/10

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A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a verbal clue at their latest heist.

Talk about an all-star cast. 1995’s Heat stars Al Pacino ( The Godfather ), Robert De Niro ( Raging Bull ), Tom Sizemore ( Saving Private Ryan ), Jon Voight ( Deliverance ), Val Kilmer ( The Doors ), and Ashley Judd ( Double Jeopardy ) in a crime drama about career criminal Neil (De Niro) and LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino). Neil and his crew are used to pulling off big heists involving stealing from armored cars, banks, and vaults, but after a heist goes wrong, the LAPD and Detective Hanna start to cave in on Neil and his team. The film also dives into the personal lives of both the “good guys” and the “bad guys,” paralleling the interpersonal conflicts that they have in common.

Written and directed by Michael Mann ( Collateral ), the film is considered a staple within the American crime drama genre and is said to have had a heavy influence on similar films that followed it. Upon its 1995 release, the film grossed over $187 million worldwide, making it an absolute hit in theaters and solidifying it as one of the most successful films of the year. With classic action moments, great catchphrases, and terrific acting performances by its ensemble, re-watching Heat packs a major hit of nostalgia for 90’s crime dramas. - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDb: 7.5/10

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Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami , Burning is a South Korean-Japanese thriller written and directed by Lee Chang-dong in his first film after an eight-year hiatus. The film focuses on Lee Jong-su ( Yoo Ah-in ) after he runs into an old classmate named Shin Hae-mi ( Jeon Jong-seo ), who asks him to feed her cat while she’s away. Jong-su obliges, but upon Hae-mi’s return with a mysterious man named Ben ( Steven Yeun ), things take an odd turn. When Ben admits his illegal and dangerous hobby to Jong-su, Jong-su becomes worried for Hae-mi’s safety. It's a story that knows how to heighten the tension little by little and, by the end, has viewers' hearts racing.

Burning premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, where it won the International Critics’ Prize and was then released in South Korea and later in the United States. Perhaps more impressive, the film was voted as the best Korean film of all time on Korean Screen. Burning appeared on many critics’ “Top 10” lists for 2018, with critics at The A.V. Club and The Los Angeles Times rating it number one. The film also made some “Best Films of the Decade” Lists, proving the power of the writing, directing, and the three lead actors’ performances. - Emily Cappello

Mobile Suit Gundam I

Imdb: 7.9/10.

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In outer space, an interplanetary war is raging. This is the story of Mobile Suit Gundam I , a Japanese animated action and adventure movie based on an animated series of the same name. While the battle rages on in the Solar System, there is hope in the form of a mobile battle suit named the “Gundam,” but there’s one problem: the only person able to pilot the massive machinery is a boy named Amuro Ray ( Toru Furuya ). Now, Amuro must fight alongside other kids to save themselves and their families as the war rages on. The film also stars Hirotaka Suzuoki , Toshio Furukawa , Kiyonobu Suzuki , and Shôzô îzuka .

The film, directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Ryoji Fujiwara , premiered in Japan in 1981 and acted as a compilation of episodes 1-13 of the popular Animated series Mobile Suit Gundam . Later dubbed in English and released on VHS tape in the United States in 1999, both the film and its original show material were suddenly popular worldwide, finding a completely new fanbase with English-speaking audiences. - Emily Cappello

Miss Juneteenth

Rotten tomatoes: 99% | imdb: 6.6/10.

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Miss Juneteenth follows the story of single mother Turquoise ( Nicole Beharie , who won a Gotham award for Best Actress for the role) as she enters her fifteen-year-old daughter Kai ( Alexis Chikaeze ) into the Miss Juneteenth Pageant. Kai is rebellious and doesn’t follow the path her mother has laid out for her willingly, but she ends up making Turquoise proud nonetheless.

When Miss Juneteenth premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, it received critical praise and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize in the “Dramatic” category. The film continued its victory lap with wins at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Louis Black/Lone Star Award, as well as numerous other honors from different festivals across the US. The film had a prominent release date to video-on-demand: June 19, 2020: the 155th anniversary of the holiday Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The film tackles the significance of the holiday while also bringing in other themes within the characters’ lives. In January 2021, it was announced that Miss Juneteenth would be adapted into a television series with NBCUniversal, but it is still listed as “in development.” - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 7.3/10

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The filmmakers of 2014’s Paddington had big, fuzzy shoes to fill. Based on the beloved children’s books by Michael Bond that premiered in 1958, Paddington Bear was already known worldwide when he hit the big screen, putting a lot of pressure on the film’s creators to get him right. The story follows a computer-animated Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw , as he travels from Peru to London to find a home under the advice of his uncle (the late, great Michael Gambon ) and aunt ( Imelda Staunton , another Harry Potter alum). There, Paddington meets the Brown family, played by Hugh Bonneville ( Notting Hill ), Sally Hawkins ( The Shape of Water ), Madeleine Harris ( Man Down ), and Samuel Joslin ( The Impossible ), who take Paddington home with them. All is going swell until Paddington catches the interest of a taxidermist.

The film was widely critically praised, earning $282 million at the box office and generating a sequel that is regarded by some to be one of the best films ever made. The film is fun and light and also has a surprising amount of depth for what might be viewed as a “kid’s movie.” It contains an all-star cast, with additional stars like Julie Walters ( Billy Elliot ), Nicole Kidman ( The Hours ), and Matt Lucas ( Bridesmaids ), and an excellent score by Nick Urata . The film won awards from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and a British Screenwriters’ Award for Best Screenplay by Paul King. It was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards. No matter your age, Paddington is sure to put a smile on your face. - Emily Cappello

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rotten tomatoes: 96% | imdb: 8.2/10.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail follows the exploits of King Arthur of the Britains ( Graham Chapman ) as he tries to recruit knights to join his court at Camelot. He faces many obstacles in this journey, such as anarcho-syndicalist peasants and a stubborn Black Knight, but eventually, he recruits Sir Bedevere ( Terry Jones ), Sir Lancelot ( John Cleese ), Sir Robin ( Eric Idle ), Sir Galahad ( Michael Palin ) and Sir Not Appearing In This Film. They are then tasked by God (Graham Chapman) with retrieving the Holy Grail, an arduous task filled with perils they cannot imagine.

Though incredibly stressful on the cast and crew due to behind-the-scenes troubles, Holy Grail has become one of the most beloved comedies of all time. The Pythons already enjoyed a lot of success thanks to their unique brand of surrealism mixed with biting British whit, but Holy Grail adds a dash of antiquity by using Arthurian legend as its setting. In fact, there’s little action in the film: everything is carried by the camaraderie of the Pythons and the hilarity of their situations. Many of its jokes have become cemented in popular culture, ensuring that, even if audiences haven’t experienced Monty Python before, they'll be familiar with its comedy. - Tyler B. Searle

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | IMDB: 7.2/10

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Carol is a dramatic romance film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as Carol and Therese, two women living in the 1950s who have a chance encounter that leads to a passionate relationship. Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith , the film explores what it meant to go against conventional norms during a time when same-sex relationships were widely shunned. Further complicating the matter is Carol’s estranged husband, Harge ( Kyle Chandler ), who finds out about her relationship with Therese and uses it as a tactic to gain full custody of their children. The film also stars Sarah Paulson ( American Horror Story ), Jake Lacy ( Obvious Child ), and John Magaro ( The Big Short ).

When Carol premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, it was widely celebrated for the direction of Todd Haynes and for the performances of Blanchett and Mara. After being released in theaters, it became the best-reviewed film of the year, earning six Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe nominations. If that’s not enough reason to admire the film, the BBC ranked Carol as one of the best films of the 21st century, with the British Film Institute (BFI) naming it one of the best LGBT films of all time. - Emily Cappello

Stand By Me

Rotten tomatoes: 92% | imdb: 8.1/10.

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Based on Stephen King 's novella The Body , Stand By Me is a 1986 coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner that is set in the 1950s and follows the journey of four young boys on a quest to find the body of a missing teenager through the narrator of the protagonist, Gordie Lachance ( Wil Wheaton ), who is now in his adulthood. Their journey leads them through Oregon's scenic landscapes, where they face physical and emotional trials. Along the way, they share hopes, fears, and personal stories, deepening their friendship and facing life's harsh truths.

Stand By Me is a thoughtful and nostalgic film with an intriguing touch that captures the essence of Stephen King's storytelling and the challenges of adolescence. The boys' bickering and personal discoveries unfold in a believable and humor-filled manner, encapsulating that uncertain phase between childhood and adolescence. Furthermore, it explores a writer's transformation, his connections with his three closest childhood friends, and an event that shaped his talent and morbid intrigue. The youthful ensemble, including Wheaton, Corey Feldman , River Phoenix , and Jerry O'Connell , gives outstanding performances with incredible chemistry that truly brings their characters and the story to life. - Jessie Nguyen

Phantom Thread

Rotten tomatoes: 91% | imdb: 7.4/10.

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In the 1950s setting of Phantom Thread , Daniel Day Lewis ’s character, Reynolds, does everything by the book. He lives his life as structured and measured as he tailors clothing with great care and concentration. That is, until he meets Alma ( Vicky Krieps ), a woman who completely disrupts the order of his life. Complicating matters is Reynolds’s sister, Cyril ( Lesley Manville ), who runs the business side of Reynolds’s life. The introduction of Alma creates a ripple effect as Reynolds hires her to be his assistant while also making her his lover and muse. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson ( There Will Be Blood ), Phantom Thread explores both familial and romantic relationships while delivering powerhouse acting performances from its leading trio of actors .

The film opened in 2018 to rave reviews despite its lackluster box office performance. It received five Oscar nominations and secured one win for Best Achievement in Costume Design by Mark Bridges . Bridges won this same award at the BAFTA Awards as well as the Critics’ Choice Awards . Also highlighted was the film’s hauntingly beautiful score by Jonny Greenwood , whose previous work with writer-director Anderson has proven they are a winning pair. - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | IMDb: 7.8/10

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When I walked into the theater to see Jordan Peele ’s directorial debut, Get Out , I didn’t know what I was going to see, both literally and figuratively. My aunt had bought movie tickets to something she’d heard was good, and so I met her there and took my seat. What I didn’t expect was how scared and intrigued yet moved I was going to be over the next 104 minutes. Get Out , which was also written by Peele , tells the story of Chris ( Daniel Kaluuya ) as he goes to visit his girlfriend Rose’s ( Allison Williams ) family. From the moment Chris arrives at Rose's parents, Missy ( Catherine Keener ) and Dean’s ( Bradley Whitford ) home, things seem off, from housekeepers Georgina ( Betty Gabriel ) and Walter ( Marcus Henderson ) to the strange group of people invited to the home. Chris must rely on his instinct and his hilarious best friend Rod Williams ( Lil Rel Howery ) to get him out .

The film was a massive success upon its release in 2017, grossing over $255 million at the box office and winning an Academy Award for Peele’s screenplay. Academy Awards are rare for horror films, and seeing as the project was such a giant pivot from Peele’s comedy show Key and Peele , it solidified him as a force to be reckoned with, not just in television but in a film genre no one saw coming. From Get Out ’s success, Peele created Us , followed by the sci-fi thriller Nope . All have done very well at the box office, but neither successor has yet to beat the power of Get Out . - Emily Cappello

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 8.0/10

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A noble family becomes embroiled in a war for control over the galaxy's most valuable asset while its heir becomes troubled by visions of a dark future.

Read Our Review Based on Frank Herbert 's iconic novel of the same name, Dune follows Timothée Chalamet 's Paul alongside Rebecca Ferguson 's Lady Jessica and an all-star ensemble as Paul's gifted upbringing, driven by destiny, forces him on an intergalactic journey to find safety and solace for his community. The quest, accompanied by a political war over precious resources that could propel civilization into the future, is fraught with the stresses of battle foreseen through Paul's visions of the future.

A cinematic triumph of scope and scale from director Denis Villeneuve , Dune was an awards darling with 172 total wins, including six Academy Awards. The movie’s slow-knitted narrative allows the audience to appreciate the stunning settings of each scene, with even the smallest costume detail given the utmost amount of time and care. Powerful and moving, Dune is a fascinating example of the astronomical feats of modern cinema. Lucky for us, a sequel and third film are on the way . - Jake Hodges

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The 76 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (February 2024)

Lend your ear to The Greatest Night in Pop

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Pop music stars today would never be able to put together a project like "We Are the World," the 1985 charity single that brought together the era's biggest music icons to check their egos at the door and do something together for the greater good. The Greatest Night in Pop , the newest entry on our list of the best movies to watch on Netflix, documents the creation of the song, which remains one of the most impressive entertainment undertakings ever. If that's too uplifting for you, then you can also watch the Oscar-nominated Society of the Snow , a harrowing tale of survival. Your choice! 

This is a list of the best movies to watch on Netflix right now . To keep things relevant, we're specifically highlighting the best recent releases, Netflix originals, and some of our own personal favorites.

Last updated Feb. 2; newer additions are at the top.

The Greatest Night in Pop

For fans of:  Star power, the process of collaboration, crazy Michael Jackson stories

Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, The Greatest Night in Pop

Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, The Greatest Night in Pop

Director:  Bao Nguyen Stars:  Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Dionne Warwick, Huey Lewis, and a whole lot of others Genre:  Documentary Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   69

'80s kids remember the charity anthem "We Are the World," a massive collaboration put together between Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Bob Geldof, Harry Belafonte, and Quincy Jones to bring awareness to famine in Africa that brought together dozens of pop music's biggest stars. This documentary with tons of behind-the-scenes footage charts its creation, from Jackson's humming of a melody to the ultra-secretive recording session to its impact (it's still the ninth-best selling physical single of all-time), and it's all guided by the charismatic Richie, whose recounting of meeting with Jackson in his animal-filled house kicks off this unbelievable story. It's worth watching just to see Bob Dylan look very uncomfortable the entire time. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

The Society of the Snow

For fans of:  Survival stories, cannibalism

Enzo Vogrincic, Society of the Snow

Enzo Vogrincic, Society of the Snow

Director:  J.A. Bayona Stars:  Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Paradella, Matías Recalt, and Esteban Bigliardi Genre:  Drama, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   72

The disaster of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in 1972 has been covered in many books and movies, but J.A. Bayona's take stands on its own thanks to some heart-pounding action sequences. The film covers the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes, and the lengths — including cannibalism — to which they had to go to see the next day. Society of the Snow is one of Netflix's 2024 Oscar nominees, most notably for its nomination for Best International Feature. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Fighting The Man, stacked casts, diamond hands

Paul Dano, Dumb Money

Paul Dano, Dumb Money

Director:  Craig Gillespie Stars:  Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Pete Davidson, America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley, Nick Offerman, Sebastian Stan, Vincent D'Onofrio Genre:  Comedy, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   66

**This is not financial advice** The GameStop stock saga of 2021 was one of the wildest things to happen during a time when wild things were happening all the time. In this comedic look at the financial battle between retail traders and the monolithic power of Wall Street, Paul Dano plays Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, aka DeepF---ingValue, who used Reddit and YouTube to rally retail investors toward short squeezing hedge funds out of billions by investing in GameStop. It's a story that will give you hope and make you mad at the same time. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Biopics, romance, musical icons

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, Maestro

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan,  Maestro

Director:  Bradley Cooper Stars:  Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke Genre:   Rating:  R Metacritic score:   77

The expertly composed Maestro  raked in Oscar nominations this season. In addition to directing and writing this biopic about composer Leonard Bernstein,  Bradley Cooper  stars in the leading role, opposite  Carey Mulligan  as Bernstein's wife, Felicia Montealegre. It's hardly surprising that critics are  heaping praise on  both lead performances. - Kat Moon   [ Trailer ]

May December

For fans of:  Dark slow-burns, melodrama

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, May December

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore,  May December

Director:  Todd Haynes Stars:  Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Charles Melton Genre:  Drama, romance Rating:  R Metacritic score:   85

One of this winter's buzziest films — and an Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay — has landed on Netflix. In  May December , Gracie  (Julianne Moore ) and Joe's ( Charles Melton ) marriage threatens to crumble when an actor shows up on their porch one day. To prepare for a film, Elizabeth ( Natalie Portman ) has made it her goal to learn about their controversial relationship beyond the tabloid headlines from two decades ago. But what happens when the actor takes her research a little too far? - Kat Moon   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: David Fincher, relatable psychopaths

Michael Fassbender, The Killer

Michael Fassbender, The Killer

Director:  David Fincher Stars:  Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton Genre:  Action, Thriller, Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   73

David Fincher 's newest project,  The Killer , is based on the French graphic novel series of the same name that was first published in 1998. The film stars  Michael Fassbender  as an assassin bent on fulfilling his mission without letting emotions cloud his judgment.  Charles Parnell ,  Kerry O'Malley ,  Sala Baker , Sophie Charlotte, and  Tilda Swinton  round out the cast.  The Killer 's trailer promises a chilling energy signature to Fincher's films, as well as high-octane, smoothly choreographed action scenes. - Kat Moon   [ Trailer ]

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

For fans of: Spider-versity and Spider-people, sequels that are as good as the original

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Director:  Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson Stars:  Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson Genre:  Animation, Action, Fantasy Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   86

Rarely do sequels match the energy of the original, but in this case, Across the Spider-Verse , the sequel to 2018's Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , should clear some space for more trophies. Miles Morales ( Shameik Moore ) returns as a more established hero and travels the Spider-Verse with Gwen ( Hailee Steinfeld ), where they, along with a group of various Spider-People from different universes, must stop a new evil. The animation is incredible, the beats are delicious, and the emotional story hits hard. This is as close to a must-watch as there is. - Tim Surette  [ Trailer ]

The Saint of Second Chances

For fans of: Going to baseball games but not to watch baseball, fathers and sons and daughters

Rebecca and Mike Veeck, The Saint of Second Chances

Rebecca and Mike Veeck, The Saint of Second Chances

Director:  Jeff Malmberg and Morgan Neville Stars:  Charlie Day, Jeff Daniels (narrator) Genre:  Documentary, Sports, Comedy Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   71

This documentary is less a historical document and more of a series of true tall tales passed down from generation to generation about the Veeck family, notably Bill Veeck, the beloved and fun-loving owner of the Chicago White Sox in the 1970s, and his son Mike, whose up-and-down relationship with his dad — which hit a low after Mike's brainchild, the infamous "Disco Sucks" night, tarnished Bill's reputation — eventually left him clawing his way back up in the world of baseball and reflecting on his relationship with his own family. Mike is charismatic as he talks about his dad and his life, and Malmberg and Neville have fun with the direction, bringing in Charlie Day to play a young Mike Veeck in reenactments. It's a heartwarming story that transcends the world of baseball. - Tim Surette  [ Trailer ]

They Cloned Tyrone

For fans of: Blaxploitation films, sci-fi/comedy

Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, and John Boyega, They Cloned Tyrone

Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, and John Boyega,  They Cloned Tyrone

Director:  Juel Taylor Stars:  Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, John Boyega, David Alan Grier, Kiefer Sutherland Genre:  Comedy, Sci-Fi, Mystery Rating:  R Metacritic score:   76

It would be a shame if  They Cloned Tyrone  got lost in the Netflix shuffle. The sci-fi mystery is director  Juel Taylor 's feature film debut, and boasts a trio of standout lead performances from  John Boyega ,  Teyonah Parris , and  Jamie Foxx , playing three people thrown together by circumstance who, after a shooting in their neighborhood, find themselves wrapped up in an increasingly bizarre government conspiracy. Their search for answers leads them down an eerie path, and to say more would be a disservice to this funny, inventive film. - Allison Picurro  [ Trailer ]

The Deepest Breath

For fans of: Sacrifice, stunning underwater shots,  Fire of Love

Alessia Zecchini, The Deepest Breath

Alessia Zecchini, The Deepest Breath

Director:  Laura McGann Stars:  Alessia Zecchini, Stephen Keenan Genre:  Documentary Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   70

The A24-produced documentary about a couple at the top of the freediving world really delves into what drives people to risk everything to be the best. World champion freediver Alessia Zecchini and Irish safety diving instructor Stephen Keenan seemed destined to meet, but their passion for exploring beneath the surface and risk-taking meant danger would always be near what they loved to do. There are some interesting storytelling choices made by director Laura McGann that some say border on manipulation, but the end result is worth it, and no one can deny that the stunning and treacherous underwater footage of the dives will make your heart pound.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

For fans of: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , cats, cool as heck villains

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Antonio Banderas,  Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Director:  Januel Mercado and Joel Crawford Stars:  Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura Genre:  Animation Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   73

A member of the excellent class of 2023 Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a dazzling sequel to the 2011 Puss in Boots film, though it exceeds it in every way. Slightly darker than its predecessor, as its main focus is on death — Puss comes dangerously close to expiring his nine lives — The Last Wish still manages to be very family-friendly with its colorful characters and comedy, thanks to an excellent voice cast that includes new franchise members John Mulaney, Florence Pugh, and Wagner Moura. It was also clearly influenced by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , which you'll notice in its animation style. I love this movie.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

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For fans of: Queer-friendly messages, dazzling animation

Nimona

Director:  Nick Bruno, Troy Quane Stars:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Beck Bennett, RuPaul, Lorraine Toussaint Genre:  Animation, Action, Sci-fi Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   75

This charming animated movie about not putting labels on people may seem pretty typical, but it relays that message well and is the rare family-friendly film with LGBTQ+ themes. (The film was reportedly delayed multiple times and eventually canceled in 2021 by boneheaded Disney leadership because of its LGBTQ+ storyline , before being revived by Annapurna and Netflix.) Based on the award-winning graphic novel by ND Stevenson, Nimona features  Riz Ahmed as the voice of a disgraced knight whose only chance at redemption is a rambunctious, shapeshifting teenager ( Chloë Grace Moretz ). Set in a world that evokes science-fiction and D&D fantasy, it's a feast for the eyes, but it's your heart that will feel the fullest by the end.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

King of Clones

For fans of: Ethics, science, cloning, dogs that look alike

King of Clones

Director:  Aditya Thayi Stars:  Woo-suk Hwang Genre:  Documentary Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   n/a

Scientific breakthroughs aren't without their moral dilemmas — sure we COULD have jetpack backpacks, but how do you keep grandma from rocketing into a wall? — and this Netflix film focuses on the moral and ethical questions of cloning. The idea is framed around the story of South Korean scientist Woo-suk Hwang, who rose to fame as a pioneer of xeroxing living things but then became vilified for breaking the rules.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

Extraction 2

For fans of: Chris Hemsworth, brutal action

Chris Hemsworth, Extraction 2

Chris Hemsworth, Extraction 2

Director:  Sam Hargrave Stars:  Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Olga Kurylenko Genre:  Action, Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   57

The sequel to one of Netflix's biggest movies ever continues the "story" of a mercenary (Hemsworth) whose skillset includes... extraction. I say "story" because the real reason to watch this (and its prequel) is for the mindless action and violence, which flows so copiously  that you can smell the shrapnel.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

Longest Third Date

For fans of:  Watching YOLOers make mistakes, COVID flashbacks, dating horror stories, man buns

Matt Robertson and Khani Le, Longest Third Date

Matt Robertson and Khani Le,  Longest Third Date

Director:  Brent Hodge Stars:  Khani Le, Matt Robertson Genre:  Documentary Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   n/a

You know those annoying people who film every second of their lives? Matt Robertson is one of those guys, but in a rare case of "I'll allow it," I'll allow it. Matt suggested to an online match that they spend their third date on an adventure and — as young people are wont to do — make the shortsighted decision to fly to Costa Rica together. Even when they were just getting to know each other. The problem? They left in March 2020. After they landed, the world went into lockdown, stranding them together on an island paradise that became an island prison. This is their story.  -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

Kill Boksoon

For fans of:  Female assassins, overworked moms

Lee Yeon and Jeon Do-Yeon, Kill Boksoon

Lee Yeon and Jeon Do-Yeon, Kill Boksoon

Director:  Sung-hyun Byun Stars:  Do-yeon Jeon, Esom, Fahim Fazli, Gyo-hwan Koo, Jeong-min Hwang, Kyung-gu Sol Genre:  Action, Thriller Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   67

This Korean action film features plenty of clichés — a seasoned assassin whose personal life gets in the way of work agrees to one last mission before retirement and decides she can't go through with the killing for moral reasons — but that's OK, since it executes them all pretty well and features a great performance from Do-yeon Jeon as a woman who flips back and forth between heartless killer and doting mother to her teenage daughter. Violent, stylish, and tense, it's worth a watch for fans of Korean dramas and action flicks. -Tim Surette [ Trailer ] 

All Quiet on the Western Front

For fans of:  Classic literature, anti-war war movies

All Quiet on the Western Front

Director:  Edward Berger Stars:  Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl, Sebastian Hülk Genre:  Drama, War Rating:  R Metacritic score:   75

This epic adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic and ever-timely 1929 anti-war novel is one of the best Netflix Original movies of 2022, and the winner of the Best International Film award at the 2023 Academy Awards as well as a nominee for Best Picture. It tells the story of Paul Bäumer (Felix Bammerer), a 17-year-old who enlists in the Germany army and gets a firsthand look at the pointless, dehumanizing slaughter of World War I. It's a devastating film that's especially notable for composer Volker Bertelmann's modern, powerful score. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ] 

Justin Salinger, Samuel Paul Small, Tom Andrews, Lucy Liemann, Ashley Madekwe, and Bukky Bakray, The Strays

Justin Salinger, Samuel Paul Small, Tom Andrews, Lucy Liemann, Ashley Madekwe, and Bukky Bakray, The Strays

Year:  2023 Director:  Nathaniel Martello-White Stars:  Ashley Madekwe, Jordan Myrie, Bukky Bakray Genre:  Drama, Thriller, Horror Rating:  NR Metacritic score:  n/a

This British horror film gets a lot of comparisons to Get Out , and rightfully so, as it not only has a similar sensory aesthetic to Jordan Peele's beloved film, but it's also steeped in race relations. Ashley Madewe stars as a light-skinned black woman living in an upper-crust predominantly white community, when she begins to have visions that others can't see. Fans and critics have been divided on most of the film, but all agree that the ending is a delightful whopper. -Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

Pamela, a love story

Pamela Anderson, Pamela: A Love Story

Pamela Anderson, Pamela: A Love Story

Year:  2023 Director:  Ryan White Genre:  Documentary Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   66

Pamela Anderson shares her side of the story in this revealing documentary about her life, in which she discusses the fame, movies, shows, sex tape scandals, and men that have come to define her with the public. It's the perfect chaser to Hulu's raucous  Pam & Tommy , which Anderson wasn't part of and didn't really portray her fairly. -Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

Year:  2023 Director:  Colette Camden Genre:  Documentary, True Crime Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:  n/a

This documentary uses the tried-and-true Netflix true crime formula of an irresistibly lurid title that you can't help but click play on. Sometimes you get shameless trash, and sometimes you get surprisingly thoughtful examinations of viral fame, mental illness, and small-scale human tragedy. The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker tells the story of Kai Lawrence, a young homeless man who became an internet sensation in 2013 when a news report of his spirited account of using his hatchet to save a woman from an attacker went viral. Not long after, he was convicted of murdering a different man. It's a sad tale that will make you feel for everyone involved. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

The Pale Blue Eye

Christian Bale, The Pale Blue Eye

Christian Bale, The Pale Blue Eye

Year:  2022 Director:  Scott Cooper Stars:  Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Robert Duvall Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Historical Rating:  R Metacritic score:   55

Scott Cooper  writes and directs this mystery film based on Louis Bayard's 2003 novel of the same name.  Christian Bale  stars as Det. Augustus Landor, who's investigating a grisly murder at West Point in 1830 with the help of a curious cadet played by  Harry Melling . That cadet's name? Edgar Allan Poe. The extremely stacked cast also includes  Gillian Anderson ,  Charlotte Gainsbourg , and  Robert Duvall . -Liam Mathews   [ Trailer ]

White Noise

For fans of:  Postmodern literature, '80s imagery

Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, White Noise

Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, White Noise

Year:  2022 Director:  Noah Baumbach Stars:  Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Lars Eidinger, Jodie Turner-Smith Genre:  Drama, Comedy Rating:  R Metacritic score:   66

Adam Driver  and  Greta Gerwig  star in director  Noah Baumbach 's adaptation of Don DeLillo's classic postmodern satirical novel. I don't usually do this, but I'm going to defer to Netflix's description for this one, because it's really good: " White Noise  dramatizes a contemporary American family's attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world." That's exactly what it's about!  Reviews  have been more mixed than you might expect for a film with this pedigree, perhaps because DeLillo's stylized dialogue is meant to be read, not spoken aloud, so it sounds really weird, not at all like how people actually speak. But once you get on its unique wavelength, you might find White Noise to be a thought-provoking and darkly funny film. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery   

For fans of: Good old-fashioned murder mysteries, actors having fun with their personas

Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Daniel Craig, and Leslie Odom Jr., Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Daniel Craig, and Leslie Odom Jr., Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Year:  2022 Director:  Rian Johnson Stars:  Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista Genre:  Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Comedy Rating:  R Metacritic score:   81

The first  Knives Out  was a box office smash, and the sequel got the widest (though still very brief) theatrical release for a Netflix movie ever, but make no mistake, this stylish sequel is a Netflix film.  Daniel Craig  returns as master detective Benoit Blanc, who's tasked with solving a murder mystery at a Greek villa that starts out as a game and turns real. The cast includes  Edward Norton ,  Kate Hudson , and  Dave Bautista . The plotting is brilliant, the performances are delightful, and the social commentary is astute. In his  review  for TV Guide, Jordan Hoffman gave it a 9 out of 10, an exceptionally high score for any movie, let alone a Netflix Original in 2022. -Liam Mathews  [ Trailer ]

Emily the Criminal

For fans of:  Crushing student loan debt, smart indies

Emily The Criminal

Aubrey Plaza, Emily The Criminal

Year:  2022 Director:  John Patton Ford Stars:  Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gina Gershon Genre:  Drama, Crime, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   75

Aubrey Plaza stars in this crime drama that isn't technically a Netflix original but had such a small indie release that it may as well be. The White Lotus star plays the titular aspiring artist, who has a crushing amount of student debt and a past felony conviction that prevents her from getting a job that makes enough money to pay down what she owes. But then she meets a guy named Youcef ( Theo Rossi ), who runs a credit card fraud ring. It's a tight little thriller with astute social commentary. -Liam Mathews   [ Trailer ]

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

For fans of:  New takes on classic stories, that signature del Toro touch

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Year:  2022 Director:  Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson Stars:  Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Burn Gorman, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton Genre:  Drama, Fantasy, Animation, Family, Musical Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   80

It took  Guillermo del Toro  a decade to bring this passion project, a stop-motion adaptation of the timeless tale of the puppet who wants to be a real boy, to life. GDT's take is steeped in his signature allegorical style of dark fantasy, setting the story in Fascist 1930s Italy and making Pinocchio much less cute than the Disney version of popular imagination. In his review for TV Guide, Jordan Hoffman had particular praise for Pinocchio's character design. "He's lively and charming and lovable, but still looks like real wood," he wrote. "It truly is a work of minor magic." -Liam Mathews  [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Overgrown garden gnomes, blockbuster tropes, Norwegian troll movies

Troll

Year: 2022 Director: Roar Uthrag Stars: Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Rating: N/R Metacritic score: n/a

Trolls come in all shapes and sizes, from hair-raised freaky-looking dolls to leprechaun-sized B-movie stars to the mammoth monster of this Norwegian sci-fi action flick. Part Godzilla-esque kaiju movie, part Roland Emmerich disaster film, Troll executes its pea-brained premise — a skyscraper-sized creature made of mountain wreaks havoc on Norway — wonderfully, incorporating American blockbuster tropes gleefully and winking at the audience as it does so. The effects are great and the action is plentiful, and a government aide constantly talking about the movie script he's writing about a monk who can throw his head and hands as weapons is a running joke that keeps things from being too serious. You'll start the movie laughing at it; you'll end it cheering it on. -Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Flo,  The Banshees of Inisherin

Florence Pugh, The Wonder

Florence Pugh, The Wonder

Year:  2022 Director:  Sebastian Lelio Stars:  Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kila Lord Cassidy, Niamh Algar, Ciaran Hinds Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   72

The Wonder is an eerie period drama film starring woman-of-the-moment Florence Pugh . She plays a nurse sent to an isolated Irish village to investigate a local girl who hasn't eaten in months. It's got those European folk horror vibes that Pugh's familiar with from  Midsommar  (minus the bear suits), plus a unique eye behind the camera by director Sebastian Lelio (just watch the opening scene to see it in action). -Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Is That Black Enough for You?!?

For fans of:  Movies, culture, a smart man saying smart things

Laurence Fishburne, Is That Black Enough for You?

Laurence Fishburne, Is That Black Enough for You?

Year: 2022 Director: Elvis Mitchell Genre: Documentary Rating: R Metacritic score: 82

Film critic and academic Elvis Mitchell explores Black cinema in this insightful and incredibly researched documentary that features interviews with Samuel Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, and other legends. Starting with the early representations of Black people in movies and paying close attention to the blaxploitation era of the 1970s, Is That Black Enough for You?!? is a fascinating and illuminating cultural essay that looks at Black cinema from all angles. The always great Mitchell outdoes himself here in what should be required watching for all cinephiles. - Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

My Father's Dragon

For fans of:  When animated movies are great

My Father's Dragon

Director:  Nora Twomey Stars:  Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McShane, Chris O'Dowd Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   72

If you don't have a kid, you might consider picking one up to watch  My Father's Dragon , the latest animated film from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon. Cartoon Saloon gave us the outstanding  Wolfwalkers , as well as  Song of the Sea  and  The Secret of Kells , all of which were nominated for Oscars and all of which are fantastic. My Father's Dragon is an adaptation of the classic children's novel of the same name, and features the voices of Jacob Tremblay , Gaten Matarazzo , and Whoopi Goldberg . We miss the Irish accents Cartoon Saloon movies usually have, but it's still really good. -Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

Enola Holmes 2

For fans of:  Millie, Bobby, Brown

Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Enola Holmes 2

Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Enola Holmes 2

Director:  Harry Bradbeer  Stars:  Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, David Thewlis Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   62

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown 's other franchise is this energetic mystery movie series in which she plays Sherlock Holmes' little sister (Sherlock is played by Henry Cavill , himself no stranger to franchises, both on Netflix and off). The sequel is a ton of fun as Brown, "a natural born comic with a hydrogen bomb's worth of screen charisma, turns what could be just another disposable tween-and-teens romp into a genuine delight," Jordan Hoffman wrote in his review for TV Guide. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

The Good Nurse

For fans of:  Great casts, tense medical dramas, true crime

Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain, The Good Nurse

Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain, The Good Nurse

Director:  Tobias Lindholm Stars:  Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens Genre:  Drama, Thriller, Crime Rating:  R Metacritic score:   64

Oscar-winners  Jessica Chastain  and  Eddie Redmayne  star in this drama about the chilling case of Charles Cullen, a nurse who is confirmed to have killed 29 people and is suspected to have possibly killed hundreds more during a period of time in which he kept getting jobs at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Redmayne plays Cullen, while Chastain plays Amy Loughren, a nurse who played a pivotal role in catching Cullen. In his review for TV Guide, Jordan Hoffman called it "tense" and "engrossing," with a better performance from Redmayne than the one that won him an Oscar. -Liam Mathews   [ Trailer ]

The Stranger

For fans of:  Good Netflix thrillers, saying "Joel Edgerton is so underrated"

Joel Edgerton, The Stranger

Joel Edgerton, The Stranger

Director:  Thomas M. Wright Stars:  Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris Genre:  Drama, Thriller Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   74

Joel Edgerton stars in this tense Australian crime drama as an undercover cop who befriends a murder suspect (the Mission: Impossible movies' Sean Harris ) in order to get close enough to get information, but he gets in really, really deep, and if he gets any deeper, he'll lose himself entirely. It doesn't break any new ground, but the performances are great. Not to be confused with the Harlan Coben limited series The Stranger , which is also on Netflix. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

The Munsters

For fans of: When extreme horror directors make family movies

Daniel Roebuck, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and Sheri Moon Zombie, The Munsters

Daniel Roebuck, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and Sheri Moon Zombie, The Munsters

Director:  Rob Zombie Stars:  Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Brake Genre:  Comedy, Family Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   57

Writer-director Rob Zombie ( House of 1000 Corpses , Halloween 2007) goes gentle with this earnest, PG-rated remake of The Munsters , the '60s sitcom about a family of monsters living an affectionately satirical Leave It to Beaver -style suburban life. The movie is an origin story for how Herman ( Jeff Daniel Phillips ) and Lily Munster ( Sheri Moon Zombie ) met and fell in love. The series clearly had a big influence on Zombie, who has spent his musical and theatrical career doing slightly ironic riffs on classic horror images and intellectual property. It's the first thing he's ever made that's safe for the whole family, unless you take your family with you when you dig through the ditches and burn though the witches and slam in the back of your Dragula . -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Strangers on a Train , Gen Z icons Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes, Do Revenge

Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes, Do Revenge

Director:  Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Stars:  Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sophie Turner Genre:  Comedy, Drama Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   66

This stylish teen revenge comedy is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train , where two strangers swap targets in order to eliminate the motive and avoid being caught. In this version, high school seniors Drea ( Riverdale 's Camila Mendes ) and Eleanor ( Stranger Things '  Maya Hawke ) team up to punish each other's bullies. "What it has going for it most is Maya Hawke, a very gifted performer who carries herself through the comedy quite well," Jordan Hoffman writes in his review of the film. "Hawke makes funny faces when you least expect them, and it's fun to watch." -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

Sheng Wang: Sweet & Juicy

For fans of:  Laughing a lot

Sheng Wang, Sheng Wang: Sweet & Juicy

Sheng Wang, Sheng Wang: Sweet & Juicy

Director:  Ali Wong Stars:  Sheng Wang Genre:  Stand-up Special Rating:  n/a Metacritic score:  n/a

Comedian Sheng Wang has delivered one of Netflix's all-time great comedy specials, dissecting office printers, Costco pants, and snoring in his unique Texas drawl. Wang, based out of the Bay Area, keeps things irreverent but relatable with observational comedy about getting older and not giving a crap about it. It's funny from the moment he steps on stage until the second he leaves it.  -Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Inside the Mind of a Cat

For fans of: Saying "my cat is very empathetic"

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Year: 2022 Director: Andy Mitchell Genre: Documentary, Family Rating: TV-PG Metacritic score: n/a

People like to say that cats are a mystery, but the truth is there just hasn't been a lot of research into why our feline friends are the way they are. That's starting to change. This family-friendly documentary explains the science of cats in a cute and fun way. For example, it's scientifically proven that cats know their own names, but don't always choose to respond. If you love cats, this film will help you understand them better, and if you love a cat-lover, it will help you understand them better. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

The Sea Beast

For fans of: Moana , nautical adventures arrr matey

The Sea Beast

Year:  2022 Director:  Chris Williams Stars:  Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste Genre:  Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   74

Most Netflix original kids movies are just re-dubs of second-tier CGI films from foreign studios, but  The Sea Beast , from Moana and Big Hero 6 director Chris Williams, looks like a legitimate contender for best family film of the year. A young girl stows away on her idol's ship to help him hunt gigantic sea creatures, leading to seafaring adventure and action. It's getting  great reviews , and features three TV Guide favorites as voice actors:  The Boys '  Karl Urban ,  Legion 's  Dan Stevens , and  Chernobyl 's  Jared Harris . - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Girl in the Picture

For fans of: The most messed up true crime you've ever seen in your life

The Girl in the Picture

The Girl in the Picture

Year:  2022 Director:  Skye Borgman Genre:  True Crime, Documentary Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   n/a

This haunting true crime documentary tells the story of a young woman named Sharon Marshall, who was abused by her stepfather Franklin Floyd in unspeakable ways. Marshall was found dying by the side of a road in 1990, which led to an investigation that uncovered Floyd's crimes. The documentary is structured around the unbelievable twists in the things Floyd did, but unlike most true crime documentaries like this, it always cares more about the victims than the perpetrator, which keeps it from getting too lurid. -Liam Mathews [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Dystopian thrillers, when Chris Hemsworth plays himbos

Chris Hemsworth, Spiderhead

Chris Hemsworth, Spiderhead

Year:  2022 Director:  Joseph Kosinski Stars:  Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Chris Hemsworth Genre:  Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   55

This expensive movie has unusually literary background for a Netflix dystopian sci-fi thriller. It's based on a short story by MacArthur Fellowship recipient George Saunders originally published in  The New Yorker . While that seems like source material that would have to be dumbed down a lot to get made into a Netflix movie — and some of the despairing story's darkness has definitely been filtered out —  Deadpool  screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and  Top Gun: Maverick  director Joseph Kosinski actually kept it pretty smart. It's unusually thoughtful for a Netflix blockbuster. It stars  Chris Hemsworth  as the warden of an experimental prison where mysterious pharmaceuticals are tested out on the prisoners, who include Jeff ( Miles Teller ) and Rachel ( Jurnee Smollett ). Jeff and Rachel form a special bond, which leads to them getting subjected to some mind-bending, darkly funny psychological thrills.  -Liam Mathews   [ Trailer   |   Review ]

For fans of:  Adam Sandler: Serious Actor 

Adam Sandler, Hustle

Adam Sandler, Hustle

Year:  2022 Director: Jeremiah Zagar Stars:  Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez, Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall Genre:  Drama, Comedy, Sports Rating:  R Metacritic score:   67

In  Uncut Gems , which sadly expired from Netflix in May, the game of basketball is essentially second billed, right behind  Adam Sandler  himself. Sandler is famously a  huge basketball fan in general , so it was only a matter of time before he made a movie about it. Another reminder to the world that Sandler is a solid dramatic actor,  Hustle  is a sports drama that stars Sandler as a washed-up scout who makes it his mission to recruit a talented street ball player from Spain (Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangomez) into the NBA. -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Bromance, epics, insane action

RRR

Year:  2022 Director:  S.S. Rajamouli Stars:  N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan Genre:  Action, Epic Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   87

As Americans, we're pretty much just "Marvel movie, drrr drrr, Star Wars, drrr drrr," but now's your chance to expand your range to some quality action from international cinema. S.S. Rajamouli's insane epic RRR is a global phenomenon, a dazzling period adventure about two real figures from India's history who meet, form a friendship, and fight the British Raj together, and find a missing girl. With over-the-top, physics-defying action sequences, you won't care that it runs over three hours long. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood  

For fans of: The good old days, childhood memories, Waking Life

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Year:  2022 Director:  Richard Linklater Stars:  Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell Genre:  Animation, Drama, Comedy Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   81

Richard Linklater returns to his animation style of choice — rotoscoping, in which film is drawn over frame-by-frame for realistic movement with a dream-like feel — that he used in Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly . This time, it's used to tell a story about his very real childhood growing up in Houston in the late 1960s and a very unreal story about a 10-year-old boy who goes to the moon in a secret NASA program. It's a wistful, energetic tale of childhood innocence during a period of immense change, and Linklater nails the vibe of youthful exuberance and coming-of-age. Plus, it has a fantastic soundtrack. Watch this with your parents, they'll love it. (You will, too.)  -Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

The Tinder Swindler

For fans of:  Dating app nightmares, con jobs

The Tinder Swindler

Year: 2022 Director:  Felicity Morris Genre: Documentary Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   n/a

This frightening documentary about a con man who used Tinder to — you guessed it — swindle unsuspecting ladies into handing over their credit cards and taking out loans to funnel him cash will make you want to hunt down this scumbag yourself. By putting up a front of extravagance, paid for by his current mark, this man would woo women he met on the dating app and set them up to be his next source of cash before disappearing into the internet and tropical locales where he partied his ass off on their dime. It's not a particularly well-made documentary, but the story is riveting and the victims are rightfully treated with compassion. - Tim Surette [ Trailer ]

The Lost Daughter

For fans of:  Olivia Colman, bad vacations, "Livin' on a Prayer"

Dakota Johnson and Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Dakota Johnson and Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Year:  2021 Director:  Maggie Gyllenhaal Stars:  Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   86

Maggie Gyllenhaal 's directorial debut is dark, psychological goodness. In this adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel, Olivia Colman stars as Leda, a college professor on a solo trip to Greece, where she meets and becomes obsessed with Nina ( Dakota Johnson ), a young, overwhelmed mother. It all quickly turns into the vacation from hell as Nina forces Leda to confront memories of her own experience as a young mother. Jessie Buckley plays the younger version of Leda in flashbacks, while Peter Sarsgaard , Ed Harris , Dagmara Dominczyk , and Paul Mescal fill out the rest of the cast.  -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The Hand of God

For fans of: Coming-of-age dramas, world-class directors in their prime

Filippo Scotti and Marlon Joubert, The Hand of God

Filippo Scotti and Marlon Joubert, The Hand of God

Year:  2021 Director:  Paolo Sorrentino Stars:  Betty Pedrazzi, Biagio Manna, Ciro Capano Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   76

Italian movie magician Paolo Sorrentino ( The Young Pope ) is in peak form with his highly personal coming-of-age drama The Hand of God , which will almost certainly be nominated in the International Feature Film category at next year's Oscars. Set in the 1980s in Naples, Italy, The Hand of God follows a teen through the ups and downs of life, and ties it together with soccer star Diego Maradona's infamous "hand of god" play. Though some critics note its messiness, no one can deny that it's absolutely gorgeous. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

The Power of the Dog

For fans of: Tension, Benedict Cumberbatch being a big ol' meanie

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Year:  2021 Director:  Jane Campion Stars:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   89

Jane Campion's first film since 2009 heads out on the range with one mean cowboy in Benedict Cumberbatch . The 1925-set Western quickly reaches a boil and holds it as a rancher ( Jesse Plemons ) gets a new wife ( Kirsten Dunst ) whom his brother (Cumberbatch) takes a strong disliking to. It's a masterclass of simmering tension and spellbinding acting, but if you're here for shoot 'em ups, this Western ain't it. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Healing, the power of art

Procession

Year:  2021 Director:  Robert Greene Stars:  Dan Laurine, Ed Gavagan, Joe Eldred, Michael Sandridge, Mike Foreman, Tom Viviano Genre:  Documentary Rating:  R Metacritic score:   90

Robert Greene's gutting documentary comes to Netflix just two months after making its debut at Telluride, a quick turnaround that belies how much time went into this movie. Shot over three years, Procession  focuses on six men who each suffered abuse by Catholic priests in the diocese of Kansas City, Missouri, when they were boys. Greene's project is unique: The men, working with both Greene and a therapist who uses theater in her work, create short films about their trauma. It's an unmissable story of how to reckon with evil. - Kelly Connolly   [ Trailer ]

tick, tick... BOOM!

For fans of: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway

Andrew Garfield, tick tick...Boom!

Andrew Garfield, tick tick...Boom!

Year:  2021 Director:  Lin-Manuel Miranda Stars:  Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford Genre:  Drama, Musical Rating:  R Metacritic score:   74

Lin-Manuel Miranda has a type: musicals about guys who are worried their time is running out. And why mess with success? Miranda makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation, already racking up good reviews, of Rent creator Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical. Andrew Garfield stars as the struggling playwright, who's anxious that he hasn't accomplished enough by his upcoming 30th birthday. (The story is made more poignant by Larson's real-life early death at the age of 35, the night before Rent 's off-Broadway premiere.) Garfield is a hit in this, Vanessa Hudgens is in her element, and Bradley Whitford does a rock-solid Sondheim impersonation. - Kelly Connolly   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Stars wisecrackin', dumb action, dumber twists

Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Red Notice

Year:  2021 Director:  Lin-Manuel Miranda Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds Genre:  Adventure, Action, Comedy Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   37

I watched this entire movie in one sitting and I had a great time, but in no reality would I say this is a good movie. It's one of those, y'know? It's a film in which the stars are secured and then you write the script. Those stars happen to be Dwayne Johnson , Gal Gadot , and Ryan Reynolds , some of the biggest celebrities on the planet, and the script sees them playing various combinations of FBI agents and art thieves, sometimes both! Add in a budget of about $200 million, and you've got yourself one of Netflix's most popular original movies ever. This is streaming candy; they can't all be Roma .  -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Where the line of racial equality blurs, gorgeous black and white photos come to life

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, Passing

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, Passing

Year:  2021 Director:  Rebecca Hall Stars:  Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland Genre:  Drama Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   85

Would you give up your culture if it meant you could have an easier life? That's the question posed in this stirring film set in 1920s New York City that stars Tessa Thompson as a Black woman who runs into a childhood friend (Ruth Negga) who has been passing for a white woman, bringing up questions of racial identity and whitewashing. Shot entirely in black and white, the film features wonderful performances from Thompson, Negga, and André Holland.  -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Heartfelt stories, discovering your roots and culture

Lily, Chloe, and Sadie, Found

Lily, Chloe, and Sadie, Found

Year:  2021 Director:  Amanda Lipitz Genre:  Documentary Rating:  PG Metacritic score:   82

This documentary about three adopted Chinese high schoolers looking into their roots could also pass as a robot test, because if you aren't moved to tears at some point, then you're made out of tin. What makes it so effective is that it looks at adoption from every angle: the girls looking for answers and discovering their culture, their adoptive families looking to help them find their roots, the Chinese families who were forced to give up their babies under China's one child policy, and the intrepid investigator who helps adopted children find their birth parents in China. It's an emotional wallop. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

The Harder They Fall

For fans of: Quentin Tarantino films, Red Dead Redemption , lots of shootin'

Regina King, Idris Elba, and LaKeith Stanfield, The Harder They Fall

Regina King, Idris Elba, and LaKeith Stanfield, The Harder They Fall

Year:  2021 Director:  Jeymes Samuel Stars:  Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King, Jonathan Majors Genre:  Drama, Western Rating:  R Metacritic score:   68

This Netflix blockbuster is an action Western with a lot more style than you're used to. Director Jeymes Samuel takes a tried-and-true cowboy premise — a gang gets together to exact revenge on the persons responsible for the deaths of loved ones — and infuses it with gorgeous violence, snappy dialogue, and a predominantly Black cast that includes  Regina King ,  Idris Elba ,  LaKeith Stanfield ,  Jonathan Majors ,  Delroy Lindo , and  Zazie Beetz . The result is a rollicking good time and one of the gosh dang coolest films you'll see.  -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Couples therapy, violence, Noomi Rapace 

Aksel Hennie and Noomi Rapace, The Trip

Aksel Hennie and Noomi Rapace, The Trip

Year:  2021 Director:  Tommy Wirkola Stars:  Aksel Hennie, Noomi Rapace Genre:  Thriller, Comedy Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   n/a

This Norwegian dark comedy follows a couple (Aksel Hennie and Noomi Rapace ) who go to a remote cabin in an attempt to repair their dissolving relationship. Little do they know that they each plan to murder each other as their solution to their problems. Even littler do they know that others are out there in the wilderness to give them even more troubles. Spectacularly violent with humor as black as the night, The Trip is a trip. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: One-man plays, Jake Gyllenhaal, thrilling phone conversations

Jake Gyllenhaal, The Guilty

Jake Gyllenhaal, The Guilty

Year:  2021 Director:  Antoine Fuqua Stars:  Jake Gyllenhaal Genre:  Drama, Thriller Rating:  R Metacritic score:   63

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a cop sent to desk duty at a 9-1-1 call center and becomes embroiled in a case when a woman being held against her will calls to ask for help. An adaptation of a 2018 Danish film, The Guilty is the rare intense thriller without any action as it's mostly set in the call center with Jake on the phone and only voices coming from the other end. But director Antoine Fuqua and Gyllenhaal keep things mesmerizing. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer  | Review ]

The Father Who Moves Mountains

For fans of: Cinematography, the battle between sanity and madness, fast snow & slow burns

The Father Who Moves Mountains

Year:  2021 Director:  Daniel Sandu Stars:  Adrian Titieni, Bogdan Nechifor Genre:  Drama, Thriller Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   n/a

This Romanian film follows a powerful man of means desperate to find his son after he goes missing on a mountain trek. It's not an action film, but rather a contemplative exploration of how far a man will go to save his son and at what cost to others. You'll understand why he does what he does, but you might not like him for it.  -Allison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The Old Ways

For fans of: Witchcraft, Latin American demonology, creepy crawlies

The Old Ways

Year:  2020 Director:  Christopher Alender Stars:  Brigitte Kali, Andrea Cortés Genre:  Horror Rating:  R Metacritic score:   67

A young journalist goes deep into the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico, for a story on indigenous people who practice ancient witchcraft, only to be kidnapped by them when they believe she is possessed by a demon. It's full of terrifying imagery, as is expected, but it's the claustrophobia of being imprisoned that really drives the horror. On top of that, there are themes of cultural identity that take it to a smarter level than your typical horror film, and visually, it's aces. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Blood Red Sky

For fans of:  Monstrous surprises, small-space horror

Peri Baumeister and Carl Koch, Blood Red Sky

Peri Baumeister and Carl Koch, Blood Red Sky

Year:  2021 Director:  Peter Thorwarth Stars:  Carl Anton Koch, Peri Baumeister Genre:  Horror Rating:  R Metacritic score:   43

This German-English language action-forward horror film is set on a Transatlantic flight between Berlin and New York City that is besieged by hijackers. But they don't know that one of the passengers on board possesses supernatural powers, and will do anything to protect her young son, which sometimes means eating the bad guys. It's a taut thriller with a paranormal twist that's one of Netflix's better original horror films. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Bo Burnham: Inside

For fans of:  Existentialism, music

Bo Burnham: Inside

Year:  2021 Director:  Bo Burnham Stars:  Bo Burnham Genre:  Comedy, Musical Rating:  TV-MA Metacritic score:   98

Indie auteur  and  certified bad movie boyfriend   Bo Burnham  surprised his fans when he announced he had orchestrated a return to his comedic roots during the pandemic. With  Inside , which Burnham wrote, directed, and edited without a crew or an audience while stuck at home, he lets out his feelings through music, delivering a setlist of very catchy, very meme-worthy songs that have titles like "White Woman's Instagram" and "FaceTime with My Mom (Tonight)." The special gets in touch with the collective mood 2020 inspired in all of us -- the anguish, the despair, the horniness. Burnham's comedy has always touched on the existential, but he goes deeper than ever here. -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Realizing that the horrors of the past are still effecting the present

Pray Away

Year:  2021 Director:  Kristine Solakis Genre:  Documentary Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   76

Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum executive produce this documentary about Exodus International, an Evangelical group formed in the '70s that claims it could turn gay people straight through prayer and conversion therapy. What's most interesting about this film is that it features interviews with ex-leaders who are now speaking out against the movement they were part of for so many years.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of: Eric Andre, the Sacha Baron Cohen effect

Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery, Bad Trip

Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery, Bad Trip

Year:  2021 Director:  Kitao Sakurai Stars:  Eric André, Lil Rel Howery Genre:  Comedy Rating:  R Metacritic score:   61

How in the world is  Bad Trip  as great as it is? There is no plausible reason why a prank movie was able to feel so fresh and hilarious in the year 2021, and yet here I am, writing about the greatness of  Bad Trip . It has a pretty loose plot (two listless best friends take a road trip so one can reunite with his high school crush), which is sort of unnecessary to the film's broad comedy, but does help with providing structure and emotional beats when needed. Anyway, that's not really why it's on this list.  Bad Trip  shines thanks to its many interactions with the unsuspecting public, who have no idea they're being filmed or that they're part of a movie. The way the film's stars, Eric Andre , Lil Rel Howery , and Tiffany Haddish , drag poor strangers into the bizarre world they've created and get them invested in their characters' fictional problems (a particularly memorable scene in which Haddish recruits the patrons of a restaurant into helping her track down Andre and Howery becomes an instant classic thanks to the passionate reaction from one woman), ends up producing the best comedic moments. Clocking in under 90 minutes,  Bad Trip  is a quick, wholeheartedly joyful watch.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The Forty-Year-Old Version

For fans of:  The struggles of hitting the big 4-0, the artist's life

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Year:  2020 Director:  Kitao Sakurai Stars:  Radha Blank Genre:  Comedy Rating:  R Metacritic score:   80

Soon-to-be household name Radha Blank writes, directs, and stars in this poignant comedy about a playwright who is approaching her 40th birthday but still has nothing to show for it, even after winning a coveted "30 under 30" award nearly a decade before. To reinvent her life, she breaks into rapping, spitting rhymes from her unique viewpoint and fighting to stay true to her own artistic vision. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

For fans of:  The Coen brothers, dark comedy

Tim Blake Nelson, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Tim Blake Nelson, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Year:  2018 Director:  Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Stars:  Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits, James Franco Genre:  Drama, Comedy Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   79

The Coen brothers strap on their spurs for this collection of short stories from the Wild West, all peppered with that trademark Coen absurdism made famous in their films Fargo and Raising Arizona . The stories range from a singing cowboy ( Tim Blake Nelson ) who's quick on the draw to a mumbling prospector ( Tom Waits ) tracked down by an opportunist to an outlaw ( James Franco ) who's no stranger to the gallows. It's a gorgeous film about opportunity in a land where there's nothing but opportunity.  -Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Da 5 Bloods

For fans of:  Spike Lee, being reminded that war is bad

Da 5 Bloods

Year:  2020 Director:  Spike Lee Stars:  Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Norm Lewis Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   82

Spike Lee 's latest is a sprawling drama split between two timelines: the first during the Vietnam War, where a group of Black soldiers band together, and the second during the present, where the surviving members, now aging veterans, return to the country in the hopes of recovering the remains of their fallen squad leader ( Chadwick Boseman , in one of his last performances) and locating the gold they buried years ago. It's a dazzling, stylized adventure, and the kind of movie that will make you walk away feeling like you learned something without skimping on character development.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

My Octopus Teacher

For fans of:  Unlikely friendships, cephalopods

My Octopus Teacher

Year:  2020 Director:  James Reed and Pippa Ehrlich Stars:  Craig Foster, Tom Foster Genre:  Documentary Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   82

This film about the intimate relationship between a man and his octopus won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2021. Craig Foster, a diver, buddies up with an octopus in South Africa for a year, documenting her life as she sleeps, eats, and battles sharks. The whole experience teaches Foster about life and moves him to gain appreciation for humanity's relationship with nature, as well as form a closer bond with his son. The whole thing feels a little like a more wholesome version of Guillermo del Toro's  The   Shape of Water , but I'm not here to knock anyone who dares to explore interspecies friendships.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The Trial of the Chicago 7

For fans of:  Aaron Sorkin's whole thing, watered down history

Trial of Chicago 7

Year:  2020 Director:  Aaron Sorkin Stars:  Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   76

In 1969, a group of anti-war activists were charged with conspiring to start a riot at the Democratic National Convention, and in 2019,  Aaron Sorkin  told an extremely Hollywood version of their story. Although Sorkin really simplifies a lot of the more radical politics people like Abbie Hoffman ( Sacha Baron Cohen ) and Jerry Rubin ( Jeremy Strong ) actually had, a big, showy courtroom drama -- full of grandstanding and dramatic speeches and quippy dialogue -- is a perfect vehicle for his style. It's grounded by the performances of its sprawling, star-studded cast (which also includes  Mark Rylance ,  Frank Langella , and  Michael Keaton ) and the writing, which earned Sorkin a Best Original Screenplay nod at the Oscars, and it'll teach you something about the injustices of the American justice system, which, spoiler, has always been pretty bad!  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Haunted houses, immigrant horror stories

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dìrísù, His House

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dìrísù, His House

Year:  2020 Director:  Remi Weekes Stars:  Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu Genre:  Horror Rating:  TV-14 Metacritic score:   72

A refugee couple from South Sudan find their new housing in England is not what it seems in this chilling and stylish horror movie from writer-director  Remi Weekes . If you love ghosts and grief but are ready for a little more intensity,  His House  is a must-watch; it's a haunted house story that blends serious scares with thoughtful commentary on immigration and trauma. Plus, it's anchored by unmissable performances from stars  Wunmi Mosaku  and  Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù . - Kelly Connolly   [ Trailer ]

I Am Not Your Negro

For fans of:  Social justice, visual poetry, hard truths

I Am Not Your Negro

Year:  2016 Director:  Raoul Peck Genre:  Documentary Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   95

Raoul Peck's 2016 documentary that's an adaptation of James Baldwin's manuscript about racism in America through the eyes of Black people -- specifically civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X, and Medgar Evans -- is a visual masterpiece with a clear message: America has failed the Black community. The powerful 2016 film brims with energy through old footage of segregation and current shots of protests in the streets in the wake of police violence against minorities. It's an essential watch to better understand America's shameful past and present. - Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

For fans of:  Oscar winners, art films

Roma

Year:  2018 Director:  Alfonso Cuarón Stars:  Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   96

Sorry Mank , you aren't the best black-and-white film on Netflix. Not even close. Alfonso Cuaron 's 2018 personal tale of a housekeeper in Mexico to a wealthy Mexican family won Best Foreign Film, Best Director (Cuaron), and Best Cinematography (Cuaron) at the 91st Academy Awards, but could have won tons more. It's both quiet and epic in scope, balancing a fascinating relationship between a hard-working woman named Cleo and the family that relies on her, unforgettable shots involving hundreds of extras, and a sensitive story on life bubbling under the surface. – Tim Surette   [ Trailer ]

Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

For fans of: Beyoncé, of course… and who isn't?

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Year:  2019 Director:  Beyoncé, Ed Burke Stars:  Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland Genre:  Documentary, Music Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   93

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Homecoming is perhaps the best, most impactful concert film of at least the past few years. This is Beyoncé at the absolute top of her game, showing not only her historic performance at Coachella 2018, but the emotionally and physically taxing preparation that led up to it. It's just a pleasure to watch, not only because Beyoncé's unparalleled work ethic and commitment to precision, but because of how dedicated she and her team of artists, dancers, and musicians were to making sure the performance was a celebration of Black culture. It's called Homecoming because of the way it evokes traditions made popular by homecoming concerts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and it's maybe the most entertaining history lesson you'll ever get. Also, there's a pitch-perfect Destiny's Child reunion. We love to see it.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The  To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy

For fans of: Teen rom-coms, John Hughes references

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Year:  2018-2021 Director:  Susan Johnson Stars:  Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance Rating:  TV-14 Metacritic score:   64

Based on Jenny Han's young adult trilogy,  To All the Boys I've Loved Before took the Netflix world by storm when it debuted in 2018. The teen rom-com stars Asian American actress  Lana Condor  as Lara Jean Covey, a hopelessly romantic high schooler who pens letters to all her crushes in order to get her abundance of emotions out. But when those love letters are mailed out to the crushes by her younger sister, she's mortified -- especially because one is delivered to her older sister's boyfriend, Josh ( Israel Broussard ). To cover up her feelings for Josh, Lara Jean begins fake dating the popular and charming Peter ( Noah Centineo ) -- another love letter recipient who wants to make his ex jealous -- but old feelings die hard.  To All the Boys I've Loved Before  has an inherent sweetness to it that calls back to classic '80s films like  Say Anything...  or  Sixteen Candles . Once you've finished it, check out its sequels,  P.S. I Still Love You , which introduces yet another recipient of Lara Jean's letters, and Always and Forever , the third and final film in the saga. - Kaitlin Thomas [ Trailer ]

Always Be My Maybe

For fans of: Keanu Reeves doing the most

Randall Park and Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe

Randall Park and Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe

Year:  2019 Director:  Nahnatchka Khan Stars:  Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves Genre:  Comedy, Romance Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   64

Ali Wong  co-wrote this 2019 romantic comedy in which she stars as Sasha, a celebrity chef who returns home to San Francisco to open a new restaurant and runs into her former childhood friend, Marcus (co-writer  Randall Park ). The romantic chemistry from their teenage years still remains, and after she breaks off her engagement to her fiancé after he delays their wedding yet again, Sasha attempts to embark on a new relationship with Marcus. However, his fears and her fame -- and a great guest spot from  Keanu Reeves  -- create obstacles that first have to be overcome before true happiness can be found. - Kaitlin Thomas   [ Trailer ]

Before he got recruited by the Marvel machine, Taika Waititi made Hunt for the Wilderpeople , an adventure dramedy about a young delinquent ( Julian Dennison ) and his reluctant foster dad ( Sam Neill ) who, after a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, become the targets of a manhunt. They go into survival mode as they hide out in the New Zealand wilderness, running into a cast of oddball characters as they evade the police. As is the case with these things, the longer they stay out on their own, the closer they get. Waititi's signature comedic style is what makes the whole thing really shine.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

The Irishman

For fans of: Impressive de-aging CGI, looooong movies

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Ray Romano, The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Ray Romano, The Irishman

Year:  2019 Director:  Martin Scorsese Stars:  Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Metacritic score:   94

Martin Scorsese loves telling stories about almost-great men undone by their own hubris, and The Irishman is the latest example of that. A lot was made of its three-hour runtime, and its use of CGI to de-age its stars, Robert De Niro , Joe Pesci , and Al Pacino , but those aren't the only things this film has to offer. De Niro plays Frank Sheeran, the titular Irishman, who works as a hitman alongside Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and famous Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), both of whom are tied to organized crime. It's an epic about power and betrayal, and contains easily the best performance De Niro's given in years.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

Marriage Story

For fans of: Laura Dern memes, Adam Driver memes, being sad

Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Year:  2019 Director:  Noah Baumbach Stars:  Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta Genre:  Drama Rating:  NR Metacritic score:   94

A marriage unravels in Noah Baumbach's latest, as Charlie ( Adam Driver ) and Nicole ( Scarlett Johansson ) try to keep themselves afloat during their divorce. Yes, there's definitely a lot movie going on in this movie emotionally, but isn't the most important takeaway that we got two great memes out of it? I think so.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

Dolemite Is My Name

For fans of: Underdog stories, Eddie Murphy doing something different

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Year:  2019 Director:  Craig Brewer Stars:  Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key Genre:  Drama, Comedy, Biography Rating:  R Metacritic score:   76

In 1970s Los Angeles, struggling musician-comedian Rudy Ray Moore ( Eddie Murphy ) decides to create a raunchy alter ego named Dolemite in effort to get noticed. The movie highlights the way, through his work, Moore was able to help pioneer rap as a musical genre, provides wider commentary on the blaxploitation phenomenon, and touches on some of Murphy's own feelings about the critics who have commented on his films. Spoiler: He doesn't care!  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

Dick Johnson Is Dead

For fans of: Crying!

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Year:  2020 Director:  Kirsten Johnson Stars:  Dick Johnson, Kirsten Johnson Genre:  Documentary Rating:  PG-13 Metacritic score:   89

You should break out a box of tissues before checking out Kristen Johnson 's tender documentary about her father. When we're introduced to the 86-year-old Dick, the frightening, heartbreaking effects of his dementia are starting to show, marking what both Dick and Kristen accept to be the beginning of the end of his life. What makes this film unique is the way it blends fiction and reality: Kristen imagines ways for her dad to die that he gamely acts out, from falling down a flight of stairs to bleeding out from a head wound. The two have such an easy rapport that it's easy to laugh at their antics one minute and be horribly upset the next when Dick describes the pain of feeling his memory slip away from him in real time. It's a beautiful film quite unlike anything else.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

It should be said straight up that I'm Thinking of Ending Things ,  Charlie Kaufman 's haunting adaptation of Iain Reid's novel, is probably not for everyone. It's also not the kind of movie that will tell you exactly what it's about; it doesn't really follows a linear, cause-and-effect plot, and the story unfolds according to dream logic. I'll describe it in the best way I can, though: A woman ( Jessie Buckley ) goes on a trip with her boyfriend ( Jesse Plemons ) to visit his parents, all while she's considering breaking up with him. It only gets trippier from there! The only things that are really made clear to the audience is that the woman is a wholly unreliable narrator and nothing is as it seems. If you like your movies a little out there, this one's totally worth checking out.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

For fans of: Great performances from great actors, monologues

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Chadwick Boseman,  Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Year:  2020 Director:  George C. Wolfe Stars:  Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo Genre:  Drama, Music Rating:  R Metacritic score:   87

Chadwick Boseman 's final film role was in this Netflix original, which is based on the Tony-nominated August Wilson play. Viola Davis stars as Ma Rainey, a powerhouse blues singer in 1927 Chicago who holds up a recording session to butt heads with her white manager, and Boseman plays a trumpeter in the recording session angling to get a foothold in the music business. On its own, it's a good film that has a lot to say about race and music ownership, but the performances from Davis and Boseman elevate it.  -Aliison Picurro   [ Trailer ]

38 Best Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now

Netflix is constantly taking down and adding movies, but based on what's streaming, these are a few of the best films you can watch right now.

Every night, millions of Netflix subscribers around the world ask the same question: "What do we want to watch?" The king of streaming services does not make that an easy answer. With well over six thousand titles available at any one time, and new titles being added daily, there's always something for everyone. With multiple Netflix categories available to browse , the choices can be dizzying at times, and most viewers may miss some fantastic films and classic movies that are available on the service right now.

With Netflix's shift to producing more original content, and competing studio-owned streaming services making their marquee titles exclusive to their platforms, many of the greatest films ever made are no longer available on Netflix. That doesn't mean there aren't fantastic films on the streamer to enjoy; on the contrary, there are plenty of classic films, Oscar winners, and crowd-leasing blockbusters available to watch right now. We've ranked a few of the best films currently available on Netflix below. We've included selections from most genres, as well as some hidden gems and Netflix Original films.

Updated on Jan. 24th, 2024, by Soniya Hinduja: This article has been updated with additional content to keep the discussion fresh and relevant with even more information and new entries.

38 Whiplash (2014)

whiplash

A movie that’s perfect at blending drama and music — as well as building tension throughout — Whiplash follows Andrew (Miles Teller), a first-year jazz student who is determined to become a top drummer one day. When he enrolls in a music conservatory led by the ruthless Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), Andrew pushes himself emotionally and mentally toward perfection. Meanwhile, Fletcher uses aggressive and ferocious methods, which brings him into direct conflict with Andrew’s obsession.

A Triumph of Tension

The sheer amount of emotion, pressure, and explosive tension director Damien Chazelle manages to capture in the film’s 107-minute runtime is incredible. J.K. Simmons delivers a phenomenal performance as Fletcher and Miles Teller matches his intensity as Andrew, a young man willing to face any challenge and brutality. Whiplash is driven by a killer soundtrack, unbearable suspense, and the ambition to be perfect. The movie scored three Oscars for its sound mixing and brilliant editing, with Simmons taking one for Best Supporting Actor.

37 Good Time (2017)

good time

After a botched bank robbery lands his developmentally disabled brother Nick in prison, Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) desperately attempts to bail him out. In a race against time shot in New York’s dark and seedy underbelly, the movie chronicles one chaotic night of Connie's life as he evades the law and stops at nothing to accomplish his mission. As the night progresses, Connie dives further into danger, but the only way out for him is through.

Almost Unbearable Anxiety Levels

Good Time is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie , and it stars Safdie as Nick alongside Robert Pattinson, who plays the leading role of a determined yet unhinged Connie. The movie is nothing if not a relentless and unforgettable ride into the anti-hero’s psyche. The Safdie brothers use a gritty and grainy lens and blend it with hallucinatory sequences to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Perfectly paced and exhilarating from start to finish, it allows you to understand society, outcasts, and the meaning of power.

36 Insidious (2011)

Insidious

In Insidious , we follow the Lambert family – Josh and Renai, their two sons, Dalton and Foster, and little Cali – moving into a new home, when their son mysteriously falls into a deep coma. Three months later, he still hasn’t recovered, so they bring him back home. Dalton experiences increasingly abnormal things and a strange entity begins showing up around the house. Director James Wan plays with the haunted house trope well, turning Insidious into an amazing thriller.

An All-Time Great Horror Flick

The Insidious franchise packs a lot of influence from foreign language horror movies to make the Americanized boogeyman villain more unsettling and terrifying than ever. The clever scares paired with emotional gravity help anchor its ingeniously creepy vibe. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne give their best, while Lin Shaye brings comedic relief amid the atmosphere of dread. Critically praised for its ability to create suspense, Insidious is a movie you’d want to watch with the lights on.

35 Lucy (2014)

Lucy

Scarlett Johansson gets to cut loose and showcase her brilliance as the titular character in Lucy , who is a college student tricked by her boyfriend into delivering a mysterious package. Now abducted by thugs, she becomes a drug mule for them. But Lucy’s life takes a wild turn when the drug releases into her system, unlocking her brain’s infinite potential. Her abilities like superhuman strength and telekinesis expand, and now she must seek the cure.

Perfect Spectacle Viewing

Directed by Luc Besson, the movie is a science fiction thriller that explores what it means to be human while also flexing its cool action and stylish cinematography. Johansson dazzles in her home environment, where she can be whip-smart, sexy, and darkly funny. The film squeezes some really fascinating themes about the conditions of the brain, its capacity for function, and more into the perfect popcorn entertainment, making Lucy a must-watch.

34 May December (2023)

May December poster

May December

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Directed by Todd Haynes, who is known for dissecting the dysfunction in society through his meticulously crafted stories, May December takes you to 20 years after a tabloid romance that got people talking in the small town of Savannah, Georgia. Natalie Portman plays a well-known actress who wants to understand and research the life of Gracie Atherton-Yoo, a woman who was caught having sex with a 7th-grader, went to prison for it, and got out and started a family with him.

A Difficult But Powerful Watch

May December is a careful examination of one person’s stunted emotions, another’s obliviousness, and the third’s subtle manipulative personality. Portman embodies her character with elegance. While Haynes’ former collaborator Julianne Moore is absolutely stunning as Gracie, it is Charles Melton who takes our breath away with his raw and jarring portrayal of a man who never had the chance to be a boy.

33 It Follows (2014)

it follows

It Follows is arguably one of the scariest horror movies ever made. While the reasons for it are varied, let's take a look at the plot first. Jay Height is a university student who has an innocent sexual encounter with her new boyfriend one night only to be haunted by a fear of being stalked by something only she can see soon after. Jay has become the victim of a curse that is passed on by sexual contact and cannot be escaped from or killed.

A Chilling and Targeted Story

Director David Robert Mitchell is a genius for crafting his creepy modern-horror classic. The way he adds a sense of dread and makes sure every surrounding atmosphere is hypnotic enough for the viewers to lose themselves in the film is incredible. The allegory is subtle, but the tension is relentless. Moreover, it also explores teen angst and sexuality with genuine scares.

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32 No Hard Feelings (2023)

No Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings

Maddie is a young woman on the verge of losing the house she grew up in because of piling debts. Desperate to make some money, she agrees to the proposal of a wealthy couple, who want Maddie to date their 19-year-old socially awkward son and bring him out of his shell. In exchange, she’d win a Buick Regal. But things get out of hand when Percy, the son, begins to catch feelings for Maddie, and she has a change of heart herself.

An Oddly Effective Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence has this habit of making a comeback and showcasing her immense talent and charm in one unusual film after the other. No Hard Feelings allows her to shine as the messy beauty she is. Director Gene Stupnitsky fashions a narrative that is relevant, funny, and memorable. The humor hits home, and the use of certain cliches is well-thought-out, making the film a classic in the sex comedy genre .

31 Dune (2021)

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Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of an epic tale genuinely and wholly immerses us in the magnificent world of science fiction. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, the movie follows young nobleman Paul Atreides, who arrives at the scene following his father’s emotional death during the Siege of Arrakeen. He’s been told all his life that he’s destined to do great things, but it is when Paul gets embroiled in an intergalactic war over the planet’s precious spice, melange.

Dune Shows What Sci-Fi Blockbusters Should Be

One of the most visually astonishing films of the 21st century, Dune: Part One has finally made it to the small screen before the anticipation of the release of the second film. The ensemble cast is phenomenal, with Timothée Chalamet grounding the space alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, and Jason Mamoa. While holding subtle notes of coming-of-age, Dune is mainly all about world-building, spectacle, and complex storytelling.

30 Don't Worry Darling (2022)

Don't Worry Darling

Don't Worry Darling

Seemingly normal but hiding sinister secrets beneath its stylish visuals, Don’t Worry Darling is a movie that combines science fiction and romance. Florence Pugh excels as a 1950s homemaker living with her husband, played by Harry Styles. The men in their community are all working on a top-secret project and there are some unspoken rules followed by every other citizen – the wives, specifically – where they can’t trespass on a certain area or ask certain questions. When Pugh's Alice starts asking those questions, some dark truths start to come out.

Feminist Sci-Fi Led by Florence Pugh

As new developments occur, we’re able to see just how seamlessly director Olivia Wilde is trying to showcase contemporary feminism using nostalgia and paranoia. It is truly enchanting to see an experienced and versatile actress like Pugh share the screen with Styles and hold the premise together with her performance. While Don't Worry Darling 's ending has divided viewers, for those who it works, it really works.

29 You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah

Chalking out the streak of below-average Netflix Originals, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah is a coming-of-age comedy that features the entire Adam Sandler clan having infectious fun. The movie follows Stacy Sanders, who has a fallout with her BFF over a boy, ruining both of their bat mitzvahs. As events progress, Stacy's conscience is put to the test.

A Painfully and Hilariously Accurate Portrait of Teenagehood

The fever dream of being in middle school, battling for social invites, embarrassing yourself, and making and losing friends in the process hasn’t been more precise and relatable before. Filled with a truckload of drama, a catchy soundtrack, and a fun ensemble, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah cushions some amusing messages that are sure to resonate.

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27 a man called otto (2022).

A Man Called Otto

A Man Called Otto

This recent comedy drama adapts a best-selling novel and tells the story of a widower, Otto, who is so lonely and devastated by the loss of his wife that he decides to take some serious measures to change that. For better or worse, his plans are cut short when a new joyous and free-spirited family starts living next door to his Stockholm apartment. Finding friendship and a renewed purpose in Marisol, the pregnant woman, Otto slowly begins to let his guard down and allow the good things to melt his sorrow away.

Hanks at his Heart-Warming Best

Director Marc Forster has repeatedly showcased a vision for poignant storytelling with films like Finding Neverland and even expanded his range to action thrillers like Quantum of Solace and World War Z . A Man Called Otto is certainly a crowd-pleaser. With Tom Hanks playing the cranky old man, there’s a fine balance of empathy and humor to affirm that life is made of two aspects, and they’re both equally important.

26 The Nice Guys (2016)

the nice guys

The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play two bumbling rival private eyes in this hilarious action romp birthed from the mind of writer-director Shane Black. Set against the vibrant backdrop of 1970s Los Angeles, the movie follows a mysterious girl named Amelia who hires Jackson Healy to keep relentless detective Holland March off her scent. Their rivalry turns into a reluctant bromance, making this sharp and engaging neo-noir film more entertaining than you might expect

A Criminally Underrated Buddy Cop Movie

Usually, the buddy cop or mystery genre has a standard start and end, but The Nice Guys brings thrills and laughs to the same setting and makes it rich and unforgettable. Parried with the 70s nostalgia, the slick action, and the straightforward story, it is pretty hard for the flick to not be entertaining from start to finish. Moreover, as a clever thriller, the movie maintains its pacing and tone by never having a dull moment and making sure the leads are as likable as they are involved.

25 Snowpiercer (2013)

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a movie that throws you right into the icy wasteland that is Earth after a cataclysmic event. There isn't much left except a few survivors stranded on a perpetually moving train. Much like society, the train divides mankind into upper and lower classes, with the former occupying front cars and the latter being stuck at the far end, with almost no resources. This leads to the poor starting a rebellion led by Curtis, who pushes to the front of the train.

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Bong joon-ho expertly tackles class systems.

There is something strangely satisfying and captivating about watching a film set in a post-apocalyptic world. If the same is placed under director Bong Joon-ho's incredibly deft gaze, the result will be nothing short of a masterpiece. Despite being crafted as a thriller, director Bong uses the premise of Snowpiercer to smack us with a piercing allegory of class inequality and human nature.

24 They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

They Cloned Tyrone

They Cloned Tyrone

Set in a flashy suburban neighborhood called the Glen, the movie follows John Boyega’s Fontaine, a drug dealer living with his isolated mother and grieving the death of his younger brother. Clashing with him is Jamie Foxx’s Slick Charles, who shows up to his door as a customer first, but soon becomes the very reason for Fontaine’s worst nightmares. Embroiled in a massive government cloning conspiracy, Fontaine, Slick, and Yo-Yo unpack the truth about how the Black community is becoming the subject of elaborate experiments in an underground lab.

A Fresh Twist on The Truman Show

John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx star in this satirical masterpiece that takes loose inspiration from The Truman Show . Yet it emerges as a film that is truly distinguished and powerful. Writer-director Juel Taylor maintains interesting color grading throughout the movie to completely immerse you into the mystery, so props to the overall cinematography. With multidimensional characters and zippy back-and-forth dialogue, They Cloned Tyrone portrays Black culture in all its glory, keeping you guessing at every turn.

23 The Imitation Game (2014)

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The Imitation Game

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Honoring a hero who changed the course of history when the world was witnessing the horrors of World War II, The Imitation Game tells the true story of Alan Turing, an introverted mathematics genius who manned the efforts to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Set in wartime England , the movie sees Turing teaming up with the cryptographers to build a machine that would decipher the code. Not only did they succeed in breaking the code, but in doing so, they also turned the tide of World War II.

Turing's Story Is Inspiring Yet Devastating

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the brilliant but tormented mathematician with unimaginable grace, bringing together outsiders like himself to achieve the impossible. Morten Tyldum’s sublime direction and clear storytelling are truly phenomenal as he balances the touching and tense moments with perfection. Whether it is the fast-paced research that brings Turing his acclaim, or the events following the revelation, every scene holds power and grace like no other.

22 Don’t Look Up (2021)

Don't Look Up

Don't Look Up

Don’t Look Up is an absurd and satirical movie directed by Adam McKay. It takes a biting look at modern media and politics through the eyes of its two protagonists, Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Randall Mindy, who are two low-level astronomers trying to warn the world about a massive comet. It is about to enter the Earth’s orbit and may have a high chance of colliding with the surface and destroying everything. However, even the world’s smartest people and the media refuse to take these two scientists seriously.

A Premise Both Absurd and Realistic

There's never a more pressing time to address the climate crisis , so Don't Look Up remains unfortunately relevant no matter how much time passes. The movie has a dry comedic tone, but it offers a fresh perspective on humanity and how we live in a society that does not care about self-destruction and is deaf to all warnings. Throughout the movie, you watch Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio's characters screaming at the world to listen to them, and their reactions are a source of constant introspection.

21 Dolemite Is My Name (2018)

Dolemite Is My Name!

Dolemite Is My Name!

An uplifting biographical drama starring the one and only Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name is set in the 1970s. It tells the story of Rudy Ray Moore, a struggling comedy singer who forges an outrageous character, a foul-mouthed man named Dolemite. Moore was a hustler working at a record store in Hollywood and, like every person trying to “make it,” his arsenal had nothing but unwavering will and an outlandish persona. He gathers a few others like him and decides to make an underground album, the success of which grants him Blaxploitation fame .

Stranger than Fiction and Larger than Life

Certain Eddie Murphy movies define his career, and then some movies become one with the actor himself. Dolemite Is My Name falls in the second category. The reason for this is that Murphy fills his character with both passion and insults and morphs into the titular character. As Dolemite, Murphy could topple mountains. The remaining cast members, Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Lady Reed and Wesley Snipes as D'Urville Martin also helped fill spirit and joy into the film.

20 Prisoners (2013)

Prisoners

In his career as a director, Denis Villeneuve has delivered several masterpieces . Villeneuve is known for creating a subtle atmosphere of darkness, constant fear, and fast-paced intrigue. He does the same with Prisoners , which is a complex thriller about how far a father would go to save his missing child. Time is running out, and the police have a suspect in custody, but every person he approaches refuses to take any action. That’s when he decides to find the truth on his own; even at the cost of his morality.

Impeccable Direction and Performances Drive this Thriller

Hugh Jackman plays the father and Jake Gyllenhaal plays the one detective who is not scared of tangling himself in the case. What can only be defined as Gyllenhaal's career-best performance, he brings nuance and grit to his character, who is simply driven by ambition. The direction is on point and the momentum is sharp. Overall, Prisoners is an intelligent thriller worth a watch.

19 Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish follows the hilarious animated adventures of the titular hero who finds that his ridiculous escapades might be affecting his life as a cat because he’s spent eight of them, and he’s on his last one. With nothing to gain and a lot to lose, Puss is determined to find the mythical Last Wish and restore all of his lives with the help of an unlikely companion. But along the way, Puss will have to mend old relationships with Kitty Softpaws, save the world from the evil antics of Big Jack Horner, outwit Goldilocks and the Bears, as well as escape the claws of the devilish Wolf.

A Surprisingly Charming Romp

Who is your favorite fearless hero? Well, ours is Puss in Boots. This spin-off to an incredible Shrek movie may have come 11 years too late, but who are we to complain? The movie was delightful and still managed to stand out in a year filled with blockbusters because of its stunning animation, emotional character arcs, and of course, the swashbuckling action.

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40 Best Netflix Original Movies To Add To Your Watchlist

Posted: February 26, 2024 | Last updated: February 26, 2024

<p>Netflix is known for its extensive content library, but navigating through it can be a frustrating experience. The platform offers a wide range of shows and movies, varying in quality. While there are some great options available, it often requires sifting through a lot of mediocre or downright bad choices to find something worthwhile.</p><p>That’s where we can help. Netflix is home to numerous award-winning and entertaining films, if you can manage to locate them. Over the years, the streaming service has transformed from a platform primarily used to watch shows like The Office to a major player in producing and distributing various genres, including action, romance, and comedy. Notably, Netflix has collaborated with renowned names like Bong Joon-Ho, Guillermo Del Toro, and Martin Scorsese. They strive to cater to every viewer’s preferences, whether it’s rom-com fans enjoying movies like Do Revenge or Always Be My Maybe, or action and thriller enthusiasts finding excitement in films like The Old Guard or Extraction.</p><p>To save you the hassle of endlessly searching for a movie, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best original movies Netflix has to offer. Here are our top picks.</p>

Netflix is known for its extensive content library, but navigating through it can be a frustrating experience. The platform offers a wide range of shows and movies, varying in quality. While there are some great options available, it often requires sifting through a lot of mediocre or downright bad choices to find something worthwhile.

That’s where we can help. Netflix is home to numerous award-winning and entertaining films, if you can manage to locate them. Over the years, the streaming service has transformed from a platform primarily used to watch shows like The Office to a major player in producing and distributing various genres, including action, romance, and comedy. Notably, Netflix has collaborated with renowned names like Bong Joon-Ho, Guillermo Del Toro, and Martin Scorsese. They strive to cater to every viewer’s preferences, whether it’s rom-com fans enjoying movies like Do Revenge or Always Be My Maybe, or action and thriller enthusiasts finding excitement in films like The Old Guard or Extraction.

To save you the hassle of endlessly searching for a movie, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best original movies Netflix has to offer. Here are our top picks.

<p>What Happened to Monday? (2017) is a dystopian thriller featuring Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe. The story revolves around a group of septuplets who are forced into hiding due to overpopulation and a government-imposed one-child policy. Each of the girls is named after a day of the week and is only allowed to leave the house on her assigned day. However, when Monday goes missing, the remaining women must unite to rescue her. This movie can be streamed online. For more information, you can visit the original post on YouTube.</p>

What Happened to Monday? (2017)

What Happened to Monday? (2017) is a dystopian thriller featuring Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe. The story revolves around a group of septuplets who are forced into hiding due to overpopulation and a government-imposed one-child policy. Each of the girls is named after a day of the week and is only allowed to leave the house on her assigned day. However, when Monday goes missing, the remaining women must unite to rescue her.

<p>Idris Elba takes the lead role in this gripping movie that tells the story of a young soldier fighting to stay alive during a brutal civil war in his homeland. Watch it now on this platform. You can also find the original post on Youtube.</p>

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Idris Elba takes the lead role in this gripping movie that tells the story of a young soldier fighting to stay alive during a brutal civil war in his homeland.

<p>The Old Guard (2020) is an action thriller featuring Charlize Theron as the lead. The movie follows the story of a warrior who has been alive for centuries and possesses the ability to regenerate. When she and her team face a setback caused by a former CIA operative, they set out on a mission of revenge. You can watch the movie on the provided streaming platform. For more information, refer to the original post on Youtube.</p>

The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard (2020) is an action thriller featuring Charlize Theron as the lead. The movie follows the story of a warrior who has been alive for centuries and possesses the ability to regenerate. When she and her team face a setback caused by a former CIA operative, they set out on a mission of revenge.

<p>The Good Nurse (2022) is a gripping drama based on a true crime story. The story revolves around a nurse who becomes suspicious of her colleague, Charlie Cullen, believing him to be a serial killer. As mysterious deaths occur at their hospital, the nurse decides to assist detectives in capturing her colleague. You can watch this thrilling series on Youtube.</p>

The Good Nurse (2022)

The Good Nurse (2022) is a gripping drama based on a true crime story. The story revolves around a nurse who becomes suspicious of her colleague, Charlie Cullen, believing him to be a serial killer. As mysterious deaths occur at their hospital, the nurse decides to assist detectives in capturing her colleague.

<p>Adam Sandler and his family take the lead in this uproarious coming-of-age comedy that revolves around a young girl’s aspirations for an unforgettable bat mitzvah. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when she discovers that her best friend also has a crush on the same boy. You can stream this hilarious film on the provided link. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

Adam Sandler and his family take the lead in this uproarious coming-of-age comedy that revolves around a young girl’s aspirations for an unforgettable bat mitzvah. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when she discovers that her best friend also has a crush on the same boy.

<p>The Irishman (2019) is a film directed by Martin Scorsese and features Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. It is based on a nonfiction book from 2004 and tells the story of a truck driver who becomes a hitman for a mobster. The film also explores his collaboration with the renowned teamster Jimmy Hoffa. You can stream it here and find the original post on Youtube.</p>

The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman (2019) is a film directed by Martin Scorsese and features Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. It is based on a nonfiction book from 2004 and tells the story of a truck driver who becomes a hitman for a mobster. The film also explores his collaboration with the renowned teamster Jimmy Hoffa.

<p>Passing is a film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s book of the same name, featuring Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles. The movie depicts the bond between two African American women, with one of them choosing to live as a white person and concealing her true heritage. You can stream the film here. The original source can be found on Youtube.</p>

Passing (2021)

Passing is a film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s book of the same name, featuring Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles. The movie depicts the bond between two African American women, with one of them choosing to live as a white person and concealing her true heritage.

<p>Spike Lee directs the movie ‘Da 5 Bloods’ (2020), which tells the story of aging Vietnam war veterans. These veterans return to Vietnam in search of their squad leader’s remains and the treasure they buried there years ago. The film can be streamed here. For more information, see the original post on Youtube.</p>

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Spike Lee directs the movie ‘Da 5 Bloods’ (2020), which tells the story of aging Vietnam war veterans. These veterans return to Vietnam in search of their squad leader’s remains and the treasure they buried there years ago.

<p>Do Revenge is a highly acclaimed teen comedy that fills a void in modern media. It is a must-watch for people of all ages. With an exceptional cast including Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, and Austin Abrams, the movie revolves around Drea, a well-liked student who faces the unfortunate situation of having her personal photos leaked by her boyfriend. Determined to take revenge, Drea forms a friendship with a new girl at school and embarks on a mission to make her boyfriend pay, no matter the consequences. You can stream it here. Check out the original post on Youtube for more information.</p>

Do Revenge (2022)

Do Revenge is a highly acclaimed teen comedy that fills a void in modern media. It is a must-watch for people of all ages. With an exceptional cast including Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, and Austin Abrams, the movie revolves around Drea, a well-liked student who faces the unfortunate situation of having her personal photos leaked by her boyfriend. Determined to take revenge, Drea forms a friendship with a new girl at school and embarks on a mission to make her boyfriend pay, no matter the consequences.

<p>Bird Box is a film adaptation of a book, featuring Sandra Bullock as the lead. It should not be confused with A Quiet Place. The storyline revolves around a woman tasked with safeguarding two children in a post-apocalyptic world infested with monsters. These creatures possess the ability to drive people to commit suicide upon being seen. If you’re interested, you can stream the movie by clicking on the provided link. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box is a film adaptation of a book, featuring Sandra Bullock as the lead. It should not be confused with A Quiet Place. The storyline revolves around a woman tasked with safeguarding two children in a post-apocalyptic world infested with monsters. These creatures possess the ability to drive people to commit suicide upon being seen.

<p>Aaron Sorkin helms this gripping historical drama that revolves around a collection of demonstrators against the Vietnam War who face charges of instigating riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Stream it now on this platform. Also, check out the original post on Youtube.</p>

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Aaron Sorkin helms this gripping historical drama that revolves around a collection of demonstrators against the Vietnam War who face charges of instigating riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

<p>The highly-anticipated second installment of Rian Johnson’s thrilling mystery franchise, Glass Onion, is making its debut as a Netflix-exclusive release. The renowned actor, Daniel Craig, reprises his role as the brilliant private detective, Benoit Blanc. In this gripping story, Blanc receives an invitation from an anonymous sender to visit a billionaire’s private island. To uncover the truth behind this mysterious gathering, Blanc embarks on a captivating investigation. For those eager to unravel the enigma, the film is available for streaming on Netflix. To gain further insights into the film’s ending, you can read more about it or watch the original post on Youtube.</p>

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

The highly-anticipated second installment of Rian Johnson’s thrilling mystery franchise, Glass Onion, is making its debut as a Netflix-exclusive release. The renowned actor, Daniel Craig, reprises his role as the brilliant private detective, Benoit Blanc. In this gripping story, Blanc receives an invitation from an anonymous sender to visit a billionaire’s private island. To uncover the truth behind this mysterious gathering, Blanc embarks on a captivating investigation. For those eager to unravel the enigma, the film is available for streaming on Netflix.

<p>Directed by David Fincher, this film is a tribute to the screenplay written by his late father. It delves into the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and the fascinating journey of creating the iconic screenplay for Citizen Kane. Watch it now on streaming platforms. The original post can be found on YouTube.</p>

Mank (2020)

Directed by David Fincher, this film is a tribute to the screenplay written by his late father. It delves into the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and the fascinating journey of creating the iconic screenplay for Citizen Kane.

<p>To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) is a highly acclaimed young adult book adaptation that appeals to fans of coming-of-age romances. The film features Lana Condor in the lead role as Lara Jean Covey, a timid high school student who secretly writes letters to boys she has feelings for. However, when her younger sister accidentally sends out these letters, Lara is forced to confront the consequences. If you enjoy heartwarming stories, this movie is a must-watch. You can stream it here. For more details, please refer to the original post on Youtube.</p>

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) is a highly acclaimed young adult book adaptation that appeals to fans of coming-of-age romances. The film features Lana Condor in the lead role as Lara Jean Covey, a timid high school student who secretly writes letters to boys she has feelings for. However, when her younger sister accidentally sends out these letters, Lara is forced to confront the consequences.

<p>This musical comedy features Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in the lead roles, portraying two best friends from Iceland who are determined to win the Eurovision song contest. The movie received a nomination for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, so you can expect to get a couple of catchy tunes stuck in your head after watching it. You can stream the film on the provided link. The original post can be found on YouTube.</p>

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

This musical comedy features Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in the lead roles, portraying two best friends from Iceland who are determined to win the Eurovision song contest. The movie received a nomination for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, so you can expect to get a couple of catchy tunes stuck in your head after watching it.

<p>Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a film adaptation of the 1982 play by August Wilson, featuring renowned actors Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The storyline revolves around the life of the legendary singer, Ma Rainey, who was famous for her rendition of the original song ‘Hound Dog.’ The narrative centers on a challenging recording session she has with her band. You can watch this compelling drama on the provided link. For more information, please refer to the original post on Youtube.</p>

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a film adaptation of the 1982 play by August Wilson, featuring renowned actors Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The storyline revolves around the life of the legendary singer, Ma Rainey, who was famous for her rendition of the original song ‘Hound Dog.’ The narrative centers on a challenging recording session she has with her band.

<p>This film is a historical drama that is based on real-world events and works from William Shakespeare. It tells the story of a young Henry V who is forced to become king after the death of his father. As he takes on the responsibilities of ruling a kingdom, he also has to navigate through ongoing wars, political challenges, and his personal life. If you’re interested in watching it, you can stream it here. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

The King (2019)

This film is a historical drama that is based on real-world events and works from William Shakespeare. It tells the story of a young Henry V who is forced to become king after the death of his father. As he takes on the responsibilities of ruling a kingdom, he also has to navigate through ongoing wars, political challenges, and his personal life.

<p>Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee play the lead roles in this Western drama that revolves around the strained relationship between two brothers. The movie has been recognized with multiple Oscar nominations, and Jane Campion emerged as the winner of the Best Director award. You can stream the film on the provided link. For more details, you can refer to the original post on Youtube.</p>

The Power of the Dog (2021)

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee play the lead roles in this Western drama that revolves around the strained relationship between two brothers. The movie has been recognized with multiple Oscar nominations, and Jane Campion emerged as the winner of the Best Director award.

<p>Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021) is a biographical musical film that follows the journey of Jonathan Larsen as he strives to write a musical and make his mark in the theater industry. The film stars Andrew Garfield in the lead role of Larsen. If you’re a musical enthusiast who enjoys watching movies from the comfort of your home, this Oscar-nominated film is perfect for you. You can stream it here. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021)

Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021) is a biographical musical film that follows the journey of Jonathan Larsen as he strives to write a musical and make his mark in the theater industry. The film stars Andrew Garfield in the lead role of Larsen. If you’re a musical enthusiast who enjoys watching movies from the comfort of your home, this Oscar-nominated film is perfect for you.

<p>The Swimmers (2022) is a biographical film that tells the inspiring story of two sisters who transformed their lives from being displaced Syrian refugees to competing in the 2016 Olympics. One of the sisters has now become a humanitarian activist and lifeguard. If you’re looking for a heartwarming film that will bring tears to your eyes, this is a must-watch. You can stream it here. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

The Swimmers (2022)

The Swimmers (2022) is a biographical film that tells the inspiring story of two sisters who transformed their lives from being displaced Syrian refugees to competing in the 2016 Olympics. One of the sisters has now become a humanitarian activist and lifeguard. If you’re looking for a heartwarming film that will bring tears to your eyes, this is a must-watch.

<p>I’m Thinking of Ending Things, directed by Charlie Kaufman, is a mind-bending tale that takes viewers on a journey through the surreal. The story revolves around a young woman and her boyfriend as they visit his parents. This film is a must-watch for those seeking a unique and thought-provoking experience. It will leave you questioning reality long after it ends. You can stream the film here. For more information, check out the original post on Youtube.</p>

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things, directed by Charlie Kaufman, is a mind-bending tale that takes viewers on a journey through the surreal. The story revolves around a young woman and her boyfriend as they visit his parents. This film is a must-watch for those seeking a unique and thought-provoking experience. It will leave you questioning reality long after it ends.

<p>The Fundamentals of Caring is a roadtrip comedy film released in 2016. It stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. The story revolves around a caretaker who embarks on a journey with the teenager he is looking after. Their goal is to visit the world’s deepest pit. During their adventure, they encounter a hitchhiker and form a close bond. To watch the movie, you can stream it here. You can also check out the original post on YouTube.</p>

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring is a roadtrip comedy film released in 2016. It stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. The story revolves around a caretaker who embarks on a journey with the teenager he is looking after. Their goal is to visit the world’s deepest pit. During their adventure, they encounter a hitchhiker and form a close bond.

<p>This highly praised movie depicts the life of a Mexican housekeeper and provides an autobiographical perspective on director Alfonso Cuarón’s life. Considered one of the finest films in recent years, Roma is a must-see for fans of Netflix’s impressive collection of movies. Watch it now on Netflix. You can also find the original post on YouTube.</p>

Roma (2018)

This highly praised movie depicts the life of a Mexican housekeeper and provides an autobiographical perspective on director Alfonso Cuarón’s life. Considered one of the finest films in recent years, Roma is a must-see for fans of Netflix’s impressive collection of movies.

<p>The Western anthology film, ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ (2018), was written, produced, and directed by the Coen brothers. It features performances by Tim Blake Nelson and other actors. The film received three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Costume Design. You can stream the film on Youtube. </p>

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Western anthology film, ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ (2018), was written, produced, and directed by the Coen brothers. It features performances by Tim Blake Nelson and other actors. The film received three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Costume Design.

<p>The Harder They Fall (2021) is a film starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, and LaKeith Stanfield. Loosely based on a true story, the movie revolves around a group of Black cowboys and their participation in a heist. You can stream it on this platform. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

The Harder They Fall (2021)

The Harder They Fall (2021) is a film starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, and LaKeith Stanfield. Loosely based on a true story, the movie revolves around a group of Black cowboys and their participation in a heist.

<p>Bong Joon-Ho, the renowned director of Parasite, co-wrote and directed Okja, a film centered around a young girl and her genetically modified pig. The story takes a turn when the girl relocates to the United States and must rescue her pig companion from being mistreated. Okja features a talented cast including Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun, Paul Dano, and more, and offers a captivating sci-fi narrative. Watch Okja on your preferred streaming platform. The original post can be found on YouTube.</p>

Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-Ho, the renowned director of Parasite, co-wrote and directed Okja, a film centered around a young girl and her genetically modified pig. The story takes a turn when the girl relocates to the United States and must rescue her pig companion from being mistreated. Okja features a talented cast including Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun, Paul Dano, and more, and offers a captivating sci-fi narrative.

<p>Guillermo Del Toro presents a captivating reimagination of the beloved fantasy character in his remarkable film, Pinocchio. This cinematic masterpiece features a star-studded cast including Ewan McGregor, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tilda Swinton. Set in fascist Italy during the tumultuous period between World War I and II, the story follows the wooden boy’s extraordinary journey. The film’s profound impact was recognized with a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 95th Academy Awards. You can stream it now and experience the magic firsthand. For the original post, visit Youtube.</p>

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)

Guillermo Del Toro presents a captivating reimagination of the beloved fantasy character in his remarkable film, Pinocchio. This cinematic masterpiece features a star-studded cast including Ewan McGregor, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tilda Swinton. Set in fascist Italy during the tumultuous period between World War I and II, the story follows the wooden boy’s extraordinary journey. The film’s profound impact was recognized with a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 95th Academy Awards. You can stream it now and experience the magic firsthand.

<p>This rom-com from 2018 features Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch, as well as Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu. The story revolves around two assistants who decide to play matchmakers for their busy bosses. You can stream the movie on Youtube.</p>

Set It Up (2018)

This rom-com from 2018 features Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch, as well as Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu. The story revolves around two assistants who decide to play matchmakers for their busy bosses.

<p>Mudbound is a film adaptation of a 2008 novel with the same title. The story revolves around two World War II veterans, one Black and one white, as they make their way back to rural Mississippi. If you’re interested, you can stream the movie here. You can also check out the original post on Youtube.</p>

Mudbound (2017)

Mudbound is a film adaptation of a 2008 novel with the same title. The story revolves around two World War II veterans, one Black and one white, as they make their way back to rural Mississippi.

<p>Always Be My Maybe (2019) is a romantic comedy featuring Ali Wong and Randall Park. The film revolves around childhood friends who try to navigate the complexities of dating in adulthood while attempting to make their relationship work. It highlights the unique challenges that come with dating as grown-ups. You can stream the movie on the provided link. For more information, you can refer to the original post on Youtube.</p>

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe (2019) is a romantic comedy featuring Ali Wong and Randall Park. The film revolves around childhood friends who try to navigate the complexities of dating in adulthood while attempting to make their relationship work. It highlights the unique challenges that come with dating as grown-ups. You can stream the movie on the provided link.

<p>Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood star in this comedic film that follows the story of two neighbors joining forces to recover stolen items from the woman’s burgled house. You can watch it on this streaming platform. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood star in this comedic film that follows the story of two neighbors joining forces to recover stolen items from the woman’s burgled house.

<p>Marriage Story is a powerful drama film released in 2019, featuring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the lead actors. The movie is written and directed by Noah Baumbach and revolves around the story of a divorced couple. Nicole, played by Johansson, decides to move to Los Angeles along with their son after informing her husband about her intentions to end their marriage. The film beautifully portrays the emotional journey of their divorce proceedings, while showcasing the challenges they face living in different cities. If you want to watch this thought-provoking film, you can stream it here. For more information, you can also find the original post on Youtube.</p>

Marriage Story (2019)

Marriage Story is a powerful drama film released in 2019, featuring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the lead actors. The movie is written and directed by Noah Baumbach and revolves around the story of a divorced couple. Nicole, played by Johansson, decides to move to Los Angeles along with their son after informing her husband about her intentions to end their marriage. The film beautifully portrays the emotional journey of their divorce proceedings, while showcasing the challenges they face living in different cities.

<p>This black comedy film depicts Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator, as a 250-year old vampire. The story revolves around his children hiring a nun to assassinate him. You can stream the movie here. Check out the original post on Youtube.</p>

El Conde (2023)

This black comedy film depicts Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator, as a 250-year old vampire. The story revolves around his children hiring a nun to assassinate him.

<p>Mike Flanagan directs and edits this thrilling film, which is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The story revolves around a woman, played by Carla Gugino, who finds herself handcuffed to a bed after her husband unexpectedly dies during a romantic retreat. As she struggles to survive, she must also confront her own hallucinations. </p>

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Mike Flanagan directs and edits this thrilling film, which is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The story revolves around a woman, played by Carla Gugino, who finds herself handcuffed to a bed after her husband unexpectedly dies during a romantic retreat. As she struggles to survive, she must also confront her own hallucinations.

<p>Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to headline the upcoming film ‘The Gray Man,’ a gripping cat-and-mouse thriller. The story revolves around a CIA operative and a mercenary, with the latter putting a bounty on the former’s head, aiming to eliminate him and retrieve a valuable drive. For more details, check out our article on ‘The Gray Man 2.’ You can stream the movie on the official Youtube channel.</p>

The Gray Man (2022)

Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to headline the upcoming film ‘The Gray Man,’ a gripping cat-and-mouse thriller. The story revolves around a CIA operative and a mercenary, with the latter putting a bounty on the former’s head, aiming to eliminate him and retrieve a valuable drive.

<p>Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins portray two real-life religious figures in this biographical drama. The film focuses on the events of 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI tries to persuade an archbishop to reconsider his resignation while contemplating his own abdication from the papacy. You can stream the movie here. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p>

The Two Popes (2019)

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins portray two real-life religious figures in this biographical drama. The film focuses on the events of 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI tries to persuade an archbishop to reconsider his resignation while contemplating his own abdication from the papacy.

<p>Extraction is a movie adaptation of a graphic novel and features Chris Hemsworth in the lead role as an Australian mercenary who is assigned the dangerous mission of rescuing the kidnapped son of an Indian crime lord. However, things take a turn for the worse when he is betrayed by his allies. Upon its release, Extraction broke records on Netflix, becoming the platform’s most-watched original film to date, as reported by the platform itself. You can stream the movie on Netflix. For more information, you can check out the original post on YouTube.</p>

Extraction (2020)

Extraction is a movie adaptation of a graphic novel and features Chris Hemsworth in the lead role as an Australian mercenary who is assigned the dangerous mission of rescuing the kidnapped son of an Indian crime lord. However, things take a turn for the worse when he is betrayed by his allies. Upon its release, Extraction broke records on Netflix, becoming the platform’s most-watched original film to date, as reported by the platform itself.

<p>Zack Snyder helms the gripping zombie heist movie featuring Dave Bautista. In a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, a wealthy entrepreneur enlists a group of skilled mercenaries to crack open a vault and recover the untold riches within. Watch it now on your favorite streaming platform. Check out the original video on Youtube.</p>

Army of the Dead (2021)

Zack Snyder helms the gripping zombie heist movie featuring Dave Bautista. In a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, a wealthy entrepreneur enlists a group of skilled mercenaries to crack open a vault and recover the untold riches within.

<p>Tramps is a romantic film available on Netflix. Released in 2017, the story revolves around a man assigned to deliver a mysterious package and a woman who acts as his driver. As they misplace the package, they join forces to retrieve it. You can stream Tramps on Netflix. The original post can be found on Youtube.</p><p><a href="https://moviesplustvshows.com/?utm_source=msnstart">For the Latest Movies, TV Shows & Entertainment News, head to Movies + TV Shows</a></p>

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1. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio , Marina de Tavira , Diego Cortina Autrey , Carlos Peralta

Votes: 168,814

2. Coco (I) (2017)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Directors: Lee Unkrich , Adrian Molina | Stars: Anthony Gonzalez , Gael García Bernal , Benjamin Bratt , Alanna Ubach

Votes: 581,600 | Gross: $209.73M

3. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Star Wars saga continues as new heroes and galactic legends go on an epic adventure, unlocking mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daisy Ridley , John Boyega , Mark Hamill , Carrie Fisher

Votes: 667,455 | Gross: $620.18M

4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen , Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson , Willie Watson , Clancy Brown , Danny McCarthy

Votes: 166,325

5. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Between 1968 and 1983, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal , Robert Downey Jr. , Mark Ruffalo , Anthony Edwards

Votes: 591,980 | Gross: $33.08M

6. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

Directors: Phil Lord , Christopher Miller | Stars: Anna Faris , Bill Hader , Bruce Campbell , James Caan

Votes: 255,439 | Gross: $124.87M

7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories for ever.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey , Kate Winslet , Tom Wilkinson , Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 1,068,673 | Gross: $34.40M

8. Private Life (2018)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Kathryn Hahn , Paul Giamatti , Gabrielle Reid , Amy Russ

Votes: 21,913

9. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a verbal clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino , Robert De Niro , Val Kilmer , Jon Voight

Votes: 712,694 | Gross: $67.44M

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford , Karen Allen , Paul Freeman , John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 1,030,667 | Gross: $248.16M

11. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles , Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues , Leandro Firmino , Matheus Nachtergaele , Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 795,244 | Gross: $7.56M

12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam , Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Eric Idle , Terry Gilliam

Votes: 566,985 | Gross: $1.23M

13. The Third Man (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Alida Valli , Trevor Howard

Votes: 180,604 | Gross: $0.45M

14. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi , Karen Allen , Tom Hulce , Stephen Furst

Votes: 128,508

15. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane , Patricia Arquette , Ethan Hawke , Elijah Smith

Votes: 365,907 | Gross: $25.38M

16. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy , Ralph Ineson , Kate Dickie , Julian Richings

Votes: 296,825 | Gross: $25.14M

17. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta , Uma Thurman , Samuel L. Jackson , Bruce Willis

Votes: 2,197,942 | Gross: $107.93M

18. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin , Imogen Poots , Alia Shawkat , Patrick Stewart

Votes: 138,221 | Gross: $3.22M

19. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

A little boy is held captive in a room with his mother since his birth, so he has never known the world outside.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson , Jacob Tremblay , Sean Bridgers , Wendy Crewson

Votes: 447,037 | Gross: $14.68M

20. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong and over two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen , Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones , Javier Bardem , Josh Brolin , Woody Harrelson

Votes: 1,048,655 | Gross: $74.28M

21. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell , Brendan Gleeson , Ciarán Hinds , Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 458,852 | Gross: $7.76M

22. My Happy Family (2017)

120 min | Drama

In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out of her parents' home and live ... See full summary  »

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili , Simon Groß | Stars: Ia Shugliashvili , Merab Ninidze , Berta Khapava , Tsisia Kumsishvili

Votes: 4,194

23. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR , Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda , JR , Jeannine Carpentier , Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 13,491 | Gross: $0.95M

24. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

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