How often do you find yourself scrolling through Netflix for an hour trying to find something to watch? The next time that happens, put down the remote for a second and bring up this list.

We’ll be updating this guide to the best movies on Netflix monthly, so all of you aspiring filmmakers out there can keep up with what you need to watch next.

From horror to comedy and everything in between, it’s all gathered right here. We’ll rank each film based on its acting, filmmaking, writing, and overall entertainment value for people bored on Friday night.

Of all the top Netflix movies available to stream, who knows? One of them may well inspire your next project.

Best Netflix Original Movies of 2020

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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Based on the (still timely) true story of how a group of anti-Vietnam protestors were unjustly charged with inciting riots, this film has all the impressive dialogue one has come to expect out of an Aaron Sorkin film. It also boasts an outstanding cast consisting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Mark Rylance among many others. Sacha Baron Cohen is perfectly cast as political activist Abbie Hoffman.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the ultimate Sorkin film, filled with intelligent, over-the-top characters battling within a civil structure over the ideals of America. Full Review - VitalThrills.com

Indie Movies on Netflix

Yes, God, Yes (2020)

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Alice is a sexually-inexperienced girl at Catholic school who can’t help but be curious. Her faith and temptations are put to the test when she goes on a weekend retreat with her classmates. This coming-of-age dramedy offers a unique perspective into growing up Catholic and features a stellar lead performance from Natalia Dyer, whom viewers may recognize from Stranger Things.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

Karen Maine's script confronts Catholicism's bare-faced hypocrisy with satirical aplomb. Full Review - Time Out

Funniest Movies to Wtach on Netflix

Easy A (2010)

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Easy A is a classic teen comedy that helped launch Emma Stone’s career. Taking a cue from the novel The Scarlet Letter, a high schooler allows boys to lie about sleeping with her to boast both of their reputations. The cast also includes the likes of Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, and Thomas Haden Church. It also has Amanda Bynes’ last acting role as of this writing.  

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Critic Review Highlight

The script shrewdly boosts its IQ by working in parallels to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and piling on 80s teen movie references.  Full Review - The Guardian

Best Netflix Original Movies Ever

Enola Holmes (2020)

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You know Sherlock Holmes, now see what his sister is capable of. Millie Bobby Brown plays the titular character who finds herself in a mischievous plot to locate her mother. Also starring Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, and Helena Bonham Carter, the film was originally planned for a theatrical release but ended up on Netflix for all to see.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

"Enola Homes" is the kind of movie that the preteen set will surely delight in and watch over and over. I know I would have. Full Review - Associated Press

Great Movies on Netflix for Filmmakers

Fargo (1996)

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Fargo is the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece. Starring Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy, the dark comedy follows a pregnant police chief attempting to solve a slew of murders taking place in her quiet town.

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Critic Review Highlight

The Coen Brothers are among the most able practitioners in America and this film is one of their best attempts to turn a familiar genre -- the True Crime drama -- into something miles away from the ordinary. Full Review - The Guardian

Great 90s Movies on Netflix

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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Director John Singleton’s magnum opus sees Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) be sent to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles. As such, he comes of age in the neighborhood’s ever-increasing gang culture. The film’s been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, so future generations can enjoy the acting talents of Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, and Nia Long.

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Critic Review Highlight

Like a jazz ensemble, Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do. Full Review - The Los Angeles Times

New Original Netflix Movies

#Alive (2020)

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A gamer finds himself trapped in his family’s flat when the zombie apocalypse breaks out around him. He forms a connection with a woman across the way, and the two work together to survive. The film stars Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye, and Lee Hyun-wook.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

"#Alive" is a nifty little thriller that proves that you can always find signs of life in the most undead of genres. Full Review - The New York Times

Good Netflix Movies for Directors

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

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Da 5 Bloods is Spike Lee’s newest joint about a group of veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of their deceased squadron leader as well as a treasure they buried all those years ago. The film shows how Lee is one of our greatest talents today as a director, particularly in the way he films the flashback sequences, which were done with 16 mm film, the stock that would have been available during the time of the Vietnam War. Undoubtedly, this will be remembered as one of Spike Lee’s best films.  

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Da 5 Bloods is particularly relevant to what’s going on in America right now. Aside from its timely themes, it also features a showstopping performance from Delroy Lindo.

Must-Watch Netflix Films for Directors

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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The dystopian film follows an antisocial delinquent who leads his gang to commit horrific crimes. He’s eventually captured, rehabilitated, and allowed back into society. One of Stanley Kubrick’s seminal works, the film stars the immense talents of Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, and Michael Bates.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

What our nightmares have accustomed us to see in dreams, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange shows us in broad daylight. It is one of the most unsettling films in the whole of cinema. Full Review - London Evening Standard

Best Netflix Dramas

Fruitvale Station (2013)

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Ryan Coogler, who’d go on to direct Black Panther, made his feature-length directorial debut with Fruitvale Station. It chronicles the true-life story of Oscar Grant III, played by Michael B Jordan, on the last day of his life before he was unjustly murdered by a BART police officer. The socially-relevant film won Best First Film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Fruitvale Station offers no social remedies, but by recreating Grant's final hours, it actualizes him as a man, not just a rally cry. Full Review - indieWire

Top Rated Netflix Movies This Month

Babel (2006)

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A single event connects four groups of people across three continents. The psychological drama, directed by Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, follows an American couple, a deaf Japanese teen, a Mexican nanny, and two young Moroccans as their lives are forever changed. The poignant film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Gael García Bernal.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

See Babel while it still illuminates a big screen, for all the clues it contains about our times, as we babble more and more about less and less. Full Review - Bay Area Reporter

Top Rated Netflix Movies Now

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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Considered by many to be one of the greatest movies of all time, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest follows a group of misfits trapped at an Oregon psychiatric hospital under the tyrannical rule of Nurse Ratched. With an award-winning cast consisting of Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Brad Dourif, the film is must-watch viewing for anyone who loves the Netflix original series Ratched.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

A dark vision of the American psychiatric system which incorporates a tragic seam of comedy. Full Review - Little White Lies

Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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A father figure and his stepson end up as part of a manhunt after venturing into the New Zealand bush. Taiki Waititi’s film stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennison as the primary duo in this understated comedy.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been a huge audience favourite at festivals this year and you can see why, with its brand of dark New Zealand humour, coupled with a boy's own adventure story that goes not merely off the rails, but off-road and off-grid. Full Review - Times (UK)

Great 21st Century Films on Netflix

Loving (2016)

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Loving follows the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who want to marry. But in 1958 in Virginia, interracial marriage is outlawed, so they take their case to the Supreme Court to fully express their love. The thoughtful, understated film stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as the couple with knockout performances.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

What is radical about Nichols's film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention but on the Lovings themselves. Full Review - Newsweek

Amazing Original Netflix Movies

His House (2020)

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His House is an original horror film from Remi Weekes. It follows a refugee couple as they settle in their new house in a predominantly white English town. In addition to adjusting to this new life, they must also contend with an evil lurking in the abode. Starring Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, and Matt Smith, this is one horror flick that gets under your skin and stays there.  

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

His House is a strong debut, and exciting -- even as its horrors risk redundancy as the film wears on -- for its uncanny merging of political experience and the usual, perilous haunted-house thrills. Full Review - Rolling Stone

Best Netflix Original Movies for You

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

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Director Orson Welles tried to make The Other Side of the Wind his big Hollywood comeback in the ‘70s. However, due to legal issues, he never completed the film before his passing. It’s now been completed, and the movie, which follows a director in a mockumentary format, is now available on Netflix for all to see. John Huston and Oja Kodar star in the remarkable film.

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Critic Review Highlight

Overall, Wind magnificently displays Welles' filmmaking brilliance while baring the aging auteur's frailties and frustrations. Full Review - USA Today

Great Documentaries on Netflix

Bully (2012)

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This documentary follows several teenagers as they try to navigate the social hierarchy in the 21st century. The film highlights the way kids these days are bullied like never before, and it sometimes leads to tragic consequences. It stars a slew of children all playing themselves and being heartbreakingly honest in their portrayal of what it’s truly like to grow up these days.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

If Bully doesn't make you angry, then you're not paying attention. Full Review - TheIndependentCritic.com

Popular Movies on Netflix Right Now

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this absurdist comedy. Ferrell plays an IRS agent trapped in an author’s novel. The only problem is that she plans on killing him off.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The actors and the filmmakers all take a more restrained approach than you might expect, keeping the humor gentle, and the jokes mostly as literary as the premise. Full Review - NPR

Awesome Animated Film on Netflix

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

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Aardman Animations brings another delightful stop motion animated romp to your television screen. Featuring the voice acting talents of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, and David Tennant, the film follows a sorry crew of amateur pirates doing everything they can to win the coveted Pirate of the Year award.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Purists will no doubt be bothered by Aardman's decision to incorporate digital imagery and 3-D, but they use it well here. Full Review - TheIndependentCritic.com

Best Netflix Original Movies That Won Oscars

Roma (2018)

Roma  •  Trailer

Yalitza Aparicio, who plays Cleo in Roma, had no prior acting experience. And yet she still landed an Oscar nomination in the role of a housekeeper for a wealthy family. It was a decision worth making thanks to how much more submersize it makes the film feel. The black-and-white aesthetic combined with the long shots of a Mexico from decades in the past really transports in a way few films accomplish successfully.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Roma earned a lot of Oscar recognition. And it helped pave the way for another non-English film, Parasite, to ultimately take home the big prize.

Best Netflix Original Movies Ever

Platoon (1986)

Platoon  •  Trailer

Oliver Stone made a career for himself directing politically-charged films, and that’s on full display with Platoon. The movie follows a volunteer in the U.S. Army who travels to Vietnam and becomes embroiled in an inner conflict over the morality of the war. Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Berenger star in what’s arguably Stone’s best work. 

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

This film is an act of courage. Stone, the gutsy writer-director, records in a devastating barrage of images the relentless horror and the senseless carnage experienced by far too many Americans in Vietnam. Full Review - New York Daily News

Best Netflix Original Movies Ever

Swimming Pool (2003)

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In the mood for an erotic thriller? Then check out Swimming Pool, a film about a British crime novelist who goes away to a summer home to work on her next book. However, the arrival of her publisher’s daughter brings complications. Starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier, this film had to be edited extensively to avoid an NC-17 rating, so definitely don’t watch it with the kids. 

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

This is a very well directed with a good story, great characters, and involving engrossing performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. Full Review - Cinema Crazed

Best Underrated Movies on Netflix

Kon-Tiki (2012)

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The movie follows Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl as he and his companions set out from Peru to explore the South Sea Islands. The ambitious adventure film stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Tobias Santelmann.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

It is beautifully shot and has the same fierce intelligence about it that you find in its producer's other epic "quest" movies. Full Review - Independent

Female-Led Movies to Watch on Netflix

My Week With Marilyn (2011)

My Week With Marilyn  •  Trailer

As the name of the movie suggests, the film follows a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe when she was filming The Prince and the Showgirl. Michelle Williams brings Monroe to life while the cast is rounded out by Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, and Emma Watson.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

I believe the heart of the film, and the cleverest stroke of all, is Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, someone few of us will have heard of. Full Review - New Republic

New Original Netflix Movies

A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story  •  Trailer

A24 presents this supernatural drama. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in the story of a woman who becomes haunted by the ghost of her deceased husband. But there are no major scares here, just a rumination on grief and loss.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The unconventional narrative structure seems more beguiling the more you think about it - this is a film designed to expand in your memory. Full Review - Chicago Reader

Popular Movies on Netflix for Filmmakers

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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For a twisty spy thriller, this is the film to watch. Set in 1970s London, the film follows the hunt for a double agent who’s managed to infiltrate the British secret service. Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Colin Firth star in this film that will leave you guessing until the very last moment.  

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters. Full Review - The New Republic

Best Films on Netflix Right Now

Wildlife (2018)

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Actor Paul Dano made his directorial debut with 2018’s Wildlife. The film follows a 14-year old boy whose father decides to become a firefighter after losing direction in life. He goes off to combat wildfires, and the boy is left to watch his mother pick up the pieces. It’s an intensely emotional film featuring stunning performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

A quiet film, but it sneaks up on you, gaining in emotional urgency as it goes on. Full Review - Baltimore Magazine

List of Must Watch Movies on Netflix 

An Education (2009)

An Education  •  Trailer

An Education is a coming-of-age drama starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard. Mulligan stars as a bright-eyed schoolgirl who falls for the charming advances of a conman attempting to seduce her. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

This is a lovely, delicious film with fine acting and a unique plot. Full Review - The Atlantic

Original Netflix Movies to Watch

The Social Dilemma (2020)

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This docudrama follows the rise of social media. It shows the dark side of Facebook, Twitter, and other sites and how they’ve brought about an increase in conspiracy theories. You’ll learn how all these mega-companies are actually using your data, and you may not like the answer.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIEs

Critic Review Highlight

The film reveals much more than why you go from Googling the best sofa one minute to finding sofa ads on your Facebook stream the next. Full Review - Associated Press

Fantastic Movies to Watch on Netflix

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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The Squid and the Whale follows a simple story of two kids dealing with their parents’ divorce. Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, and Jesse Eisenberg, the film takes an unflinching look at what it’s like to grow up in such toxicity.

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Critic Review Highlight

The Squid and the Whale is essentially about how we grow up by absorbing what is useful in our parents and forgiving what is not. Full Review - Chicago Sun-Times

Must Watch Movies on Netflix for Romantics

About Time (2013)

About Time  •  Trailer

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson star in the romantic film about a man with the ability to travel back in time to correct the mistakes of the past. Ultimately, the film’s about learning to love the life you have and the people you share it with.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

You may as well check your cynicism at the door, because Curtis & Co. are going to find a way to trample all over it - adorably. Full Review - ChristyLemire.com

Must Watch Movies on Netflix for Cinephiles

Casino Royale (2006)

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Rebooting a beloved character is not easy, especially when you plan on changing him so drastically. Casino Royale had the herculean task of making James Bond relevant in the 21st century, and it more than succeeded. It provided a different kind of Bond, one vastly unique from other iterations. And with Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond coming to an end, it’s the perfect chance to see what some would argue is his best foray into the character.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Before you check out No time to Die, you should make time to rewatch Casino Royale. It reminds you of how tough it will be to find someone to replace Daniel Craig.

Must Watch Movies on Netflix at This Moment

Midnight Special (2016)

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A lot of films try to emulate Steven Spielberg’s directing style. Few films pull it off as well as Midnight Special. It’s a film about a father and his son who are pursued by religious extremists after they discover the boy has special powers. The visual style and plot centering on the relationship between a boy and his father are both very Spielberg-esque, and the entire movie has a sense of wonder and mystery that has you constantly ruminating about what’s going to happen next.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Midnight Special is one of the more imaginative sci-fi films to come out in recent years. The grounded characters help sell the mystery.

Top Rated Netflix Movies Ever

Being John Malkovich (1999)

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Being John Malkovich is essential viewing for anyone interested in postmodernism. The film utilizes magical realism in how it allows everyday humans to take control of a famous actor. But intertextuality also plays a seminal role. Part of the fun of the film involves knowing who John Malkovich is and seeing him defy expectations as Malkovich plays himself. The film wouldn’t have the same impact of longevity if it used a fictitious actor, allowing the movie to stand the test of time.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Being John Malkovich expertly blends comedy with heart. It defined Charlie Kaufman’s style throughout his career, including his latest Netflix project.

Funniest Films on Netflix

Pineapple Express (2008)

Pineapple Express  •  Trailer

Two stoners find themselves in the middle of a gang war in this hilarious comedy. Seth Rogen and James Franco team up for the buddy comedy that’s perfect for anyone wanting drug references coming at lightspeed.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Cheech and Chong have found new heirs apparent in the form of Saul and Dale, in a film destined to be a new stoner classic. Full Review - The Dispatch

Thought-Provoking Netflix Movies

The One I Love (2014)

The One I Love  •  Trailer

Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star in this captivating thriller. They play a married couple who have a surreal experience while on vacation, and the less that’s said about it before watching it the better.

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Critic Review Highlight

The film owes everything to its actors and particularly to Moss, who is capable of constantly surprising reactions, like the flurry of little nods Sophie gives to express delight. Full Review - The Sydney Morning Herald

Top 10 Netflix Movies Currently Available

Mean Streets (1973)

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Mean Streets is one of Martin Scorsese’s earliest films. And it shows everything Scorsese represents as a filmmaker. Not only does it follow the New York mafia, but it also spends a great deal of time focusing on the protagonist’s Catholicism. Scorsese is very interested in religion, which becomes abundantly clear as you peruse his filmography, and it all started with Mean Streets.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Scorsese is now directing Netflix originals like The Irishman. But plenty of his other offers, like Mean Streets, should also be viewed to see a master at work.

Netflix Streaming Movies for Filmmakers

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things  •  Trailer

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a denser film than what may appear on the surface. The story of a woman wanting to break up with her boyfriend of six weeks is intercut with various scenes that don’t make a lot of sense at first. You have to be willing to roll with the absurdity and Charlie Kaufman’s patented disjointing. But the performances bolster this film to something that warrants Academy consideration.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a dark, cerebral tale. It also shows the rewards you can reap when you take risks with visual storytelling.

Popular Movies to Watch on Netflix

The Founder (2016)

The Founder  •  Trailer

The Founder is very much in the same vein as The Social Network. It follows a person responsible for changing society as we know it. And in both cases, the person pulling the strings isn’t some kind-hearted, gentle soul. Ray Kroc takes advantage of the true founders of McDonald’s, never giving them the money they were owed. It’s fascinating watching a global behemoth emerge in front of your eyes on screen.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Founder is an intriguing biography. It shows the dark side of the famous fast food chain and may make you think twice about eating there again.

Classic Movies on Netflix Now

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story  •  Trailer

With Steven Spilberg directing a remake, now’s the perfect time to revisit an all-time classic musical. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows two star-crossed lovers from rival New York street gangs. In particularly, it’s important to pay attention to the editing, which is fast-paced as ever and allows a movie that’s nearly 60 years old to still feel vibrant and energetic.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

West Side Story is one of the older films you’ll find on Netflix. As such, it’s important to watch so that hopefully the streaming platform will add more classics to its library.

Latest Netflix Movies Added

Adrift (2018)

Adrift  •  Trailer

Survival stories have a primal quality to them. After all, one of the earliest types of stories ever told is “man vs. nature.” That’s precisely what Adrift presents with a young couple heading out to sail on the open sea. Of course, things don’t go as planned when they encounter harsh storms. It’s becomes a fight for survival with a twist to keep you hooked the entire time. 

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Adrift has a very YA-vibe to it. But with plenty of hard left turns, the film avoids getting stagnant for an engrossing 96 minutes.

Popular Movies People Love on Netflix

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

On-Set Visit  •  The Girl With All the Gifts

The book and screenplay for The Girl With All the Gifts were written at the same time. This undoubtedly helped give the book more of a cinematic quality while helping keep the focus on the characters for the movie. In either case, the result is a thrilling post-apocalyptic adventure where a virus spreads throughout humanity, turning people into zombies. 

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

If you find yourself wanting to watch a pandemic film, then watch The Girl With All the Gifts. It’s a step above many other zombie films for the thought-provoking questions it poses regarding the nature of humans. 

Best Films of All Time on Netflix

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

The Making of the Monsters  •  Sleepy Hollow

If there’s one thing Sleepy Hollow is noteworthy for, it’s the art direction. Everything from the costumes to the sets perfectly brings you into this haunting world. It’s often overlooked as a Tim Burton film, but it’s glorious to behold. 

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Critic Review Highlight

A detective is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of mysterious deaths. It’s the exact kind of film Tim Burton was born to make, and it’s the type of movie he should go back to.

A Filmmaker’s Guide to Netflix Movies

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  •  Trailer

There’s a lot of philosophy and science fiction present in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, those lofty ideas tend to take a backseat to focus on the primary relationship between Joel and Clementine. This is what makes the film work so well. Philosophy is nice, but it gets dry when you focus so much attention on it within a narrative. There’s much to dissect within this film, but the reason people keep coming back to it is due to the central relationship between two people trying to forget one another.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is Michel Gondry’s magnum opus. It’s a wonderful testament to how even the most painful parts of life are worth remembering.

Dark Netflix Movies

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler  •  Trailer

Nightcrawler is a unique story in that its protagonist, Lou Bloom, has no character arc. He’s an unethical person at the beginning and remains that way throughout the film. He doesn’t learn any lessons by seeing the dark sides of capitalism and consumer demand. Instead, he embodies the worst components of those ideas. He shows what kind of person you have to become the make it in the world, and the answer is a sociopath.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Nightcrawler is a compelling character study. Anyone interested in films about capitalism or antiheroes needs to add this to their must-watch list.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix

Poltergeist (1982)

Making Of  •  Poltergeist

There’s been a lot of commotion over the years about whether Tobe Hooper or Steven Spielberg did most of the directorial work on Poltergeist. But in recent years, cast members have come to the side of Hooper, insisting he was the one there every day setting up shots and blocking actors. As a director, it’s tough when so much rests on your shoulders and people try to take it away from you. But Poltergeist avoided the fate of so many other films and managed to be a huge success despite a struggle for creative control from various sources.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Poltergeist set the stage for so many other ghost stories to follow. Its influence can be felt in horror films to this day.

Must Watch Movies on Netflix for Sports Fans

Seabiscuit (2003)

Editing the Climax of Seabiscuit  •  Manhattan Edit Workshop

Seabiscuit has a classic sports movie formula. It centers on Seabiscuit, an overlooked and undersized race horse who goes on to great success. There are plenty of underdog sports movies, but Seabiscuit manages to be a step above by focusing on a sport not often seen in film. The racing sequences are truly wondrous to behold, and they surely paid a role in the film being nominated for seven Academy Awards.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Seabiscuit is a thrilling experience. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the movie shows how one can rise above adversity to become successful.

New Netflix Original Movies

The Half of It (2020)

The Half of It  •  Trailer

There are some films you watch and wonder why no one has ever made it before. The Half of It takes a cue from Cyrano de Bergerac when a friendless high school student writes love letters for a jock to the popular girl, whom she also has a crush on. It goes to show the true power in taking familiar premises and finding a way to tell them in a relevant way to modern audiences.

BEST NETFLIX MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Half of It is a wonderful film everyone should watch immediately. Netflix proves it’s the place for the modern romantic comedy.

Romantic Movies on Netflix

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook  •  Trailer

Plenty of films like The Notebook have come out over the years. So why have none of them really had the same level of success? We think it really comes down to casting. The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is unparalleled. And the dynamic between those two is what has helped keep the film a cult classic. 

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The story of a young couple from different backgrounds who are romantically drawn to one another is a tale as old as time. The Notebook remains a perfect date night movie watch.

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Uncut Gems (2019)

Uncut Gems  •  Trailer

The Safdie Brothers have a unique way of casting their films. In their other excellent film, Good Time, Robert Pattinson plays a robber on the run, playing against time from how a lot of audiences viewed him. For Uncut GemsAdam Sandler is playing someone unlike any character he’s ever played. And in both cases, it absolutely works better than it ever should. If you end up liking the film, check out our Uncut Gems screenplay analysis to dive deeper into how the directors put anxiety on the page.

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Uncut Gems has a kind of energy that’s hard to come by. It pulls you in and all you can do is go along with the ride at every wild twist and turn.

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Best Movies of the Decade

Just a few more Netflix binges and your inner film encyclopedia should be up to date (until it’s time to update it all over again). Then, after you’ve seen everything on this list, take your streaming adventures a step further by consulting our list of the best films of the 2010s.

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