After you enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, what are the rest of your plans for the long weekend? Before you head back to the set, you should kick back, relax, and enjoy some excellent films on Netflix. From serious dramas to scary horror films, there is something for every taste. For November of 2019, here are the best movies on Netflix you need to watch next.

Best Movies on Netflix

1. Hell or High Water

“I am a Comanche.”

People may say the Western is dead, but Hell or High Water (2016) proves it’s possible to bring this genre into the 21st century in thrilling fashion. Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers who rob banks to save the only piece of land left their family owns.

The characters are incredibly developed. The story is well-paced. And it tackles themes relevant to a decaying America. It’s an entirely entertaining film that will leave you with a lot to ruminate on long after the credits roll.



  • Trivia: The film was included among the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
  • Tomatometer: 97%
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2. The Stanford Prison Experiment

“You have no right to f*ck with my head!”

Nearly 50 years ago, 24 male students assumed the roles of prison guards and prisoners in an experiment that would push the boundaries of decency. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) is based on a true story and is still just as relevant today as it was in 1971.

The cinematography is a standout in this film, and the audience feels just as claustrophobic as the prisoners. It engrosses you, and while it’s not a pleasant film to watch, it raises fascinating insights into the nature of the human psyche.



  • Trivia: It’s never mentioned in the film, but the experiment received funding through the United States Office of Naval Research.
  • Tomatometer: 84%
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3. XX

“I’m not hungry.”

Halloween may be over, but if you still need a horror fix, then check out XX (2017). It’s a horror anthology consisting of four films directed by women and focused on female protagonists.

All of the movies have their strengths, but the highlight of the collection is the first film, The Box. It’s suitably creepy as a young boy gradually starves himself. If you like other horror anthologies like V/H/S or The ABCs of Death, then you need to play XX next.



  • Trivia: The Birthday Party marks the directorial debut of musician and songwriter St. Vincent.
  • Tomatometer: 70%
  • Where to watch

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4. Candyman

“Be my victim.”

Another horror film you can watch any time of year is the excellent Candyman (1992). It has all the gore and mayhem you expect out of a slasher film, but there’s so much more under the surface. It tackles race relations and the power of urban legends to the societal consciousness.

It’s a great time to revisit this gem because Jordan Peele wrote and produced a remake that will be released in June 2020.



  • Trivia: Tony Todd, the actor who played Candyman throughout the original series, was stung by bees 23 times.
  • Tomatometer: 74%
  • Where to watch

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5. Room

“Bye, Room.”

Room (2015) is a devastatingly impactful film. It follows a woman and her son trapped in a room by their abductor as they plot an escape to finally see the outside world, a world her son has never seen before. The star-making performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay elevate the film to heartbreaking levels.

Even when you think you know where the film is heading, it throws you for a loop. There’s no weak point in the story, and it’s a great watch for filmmakers to show just what you can do with limited settings.



  • Trivia: To prepare for the role, Brie Larson isolated herself in her home without internet or phone service for an entire month. 
  • Tomatometer: 93%
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6. The Game

“I'm being toyed with by a bunch of depraved children.”

The Game (1997) may not come into the zeitgeist as often as Fight Club or The Social Network, but it’s still essential viewing for die-hard David Fincher fans. The film toys with many of the same ideas you see in much of Fincher’s work, including isolation from the rest of humanity.

The protagonist’s life is turned upside down when he partakes in a game that blurs the lines between reality and make-believe. It’s a tightly-written thriller that demands your attention for the full 128 minutes.



  • Trivia: David Fincher claims you can find a can of haggis in every scene of the film. 
  • Tomatometer: 73%
  • Where to watch

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7. Winter’s Bone

“Never ask for what oughta be offered.”

Winter’s Bone (2010) is bleak and unforgiving, and yet, at the end of the movie,  you’ll find yourself oddly hopeful. Ree, played magnificently by Jennifer Lawrence, goes on the hunt for her meth-making father while being the only force keeping her family intact.

The film takes great care with developing all of the Ozark characters Ree comes into contact with, showing the plight of everyone who lives there in a unique light. Every character has a shred of humanity, preventing anyone from falling into caricature. Everyone feels real, and that’s perhaps the most frightening part of all.



  • Trivia: Ree serves as the inspiration for the character Jaylah in the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond
  • Tomatometer: 94%
  • Where to watch

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8. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

“You’re my hero and sh*t.”

A lot of fans were skeptical when they heard Breaking Bad would be renewed for a movie. Those fears were instantly assuaged by just how amazing El Camino (2019) ended up being. It picks up where the series left off with Jesse Pinkman breaking out of his cage.

He evades cops while searching for enough money to start a new life. It’s much more than just nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake. It provides closure while offering one more wild ride for fans.



  • Trivia: The film features the last performance from Robert Forster, who passed away the same day the film was released.
  • Tomatometer: 90%
  • Where to watch

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9. The Little Hours

“Well, yes, that's also sodomy.”

The Little Hours (2017) follows three horny nuns and how their lives are thrown out of whack when a handsome gardener, on the run from the king, starts working for the convent. It’s not the kind of film to watch with your parents, but it makes for a raucous good time. 

The most impressive part of the film is how it takes a one-note joke and actually builds upon it. “Nuns Gone Wild” is funny enough, but director Jeff Baena adds on the absurdity in increasingly delightful ways.



  • Trivia: Jeff Baena only wrote an outline for the film, so the cast had to improvise all of the dialogue. 
  • Tomatometer: 78%
  • Where to watch

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10. Dolemite Is My Name

“Dolemite is my name, and f*ckin' up motherf*ckers is my game!”

Dolemite Is My Name (2019) tells the real life story of Rudy Ray Moore, who adopted the persona of a pimp and starred in one of the defining Blaxploitation films of the 70s. It’s a hell of a film that will have you rolling with laughter, but it still has plenty to say about race and cultural appropriation in the modern era.

More than anything else, watch it for the career-best performance from Eddie Murphy, who hopefully stars in many more films like this.



  • Trivia: This is Eddie Murphy’s first R-rated film since Life in 1999. 
  • Tomatometer: 97%
  • Where to watch

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  • Mike Bedard is a graduate of UCLA. He’s a screenwriter based out of Los Angeles who’s written several short films as well as sketch comedy for various theaters around LA. He’s also written articles for sites like Cracked and Ranker.

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