With over 1,500 original titles, Netflix continues to stay atop of the streaming wars pyramid thanks to their 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 Whatever New 10-Hour Horror Series Mike Flanagan Sucks Us All Into For Weeks, but when it comes to film, Netflix knows how to bring the genuine goods. 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 ten of the very best original Netflix films ready for your viewing pleasure.
Best Netflix Movies
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.
Minority Report (2002)
If certain things are fated to happen, can you charge someone with a crime before they’ve actually done anything illegal, on the grounds that there was a 100% certainty that they were going to follow through on it? That’s the central premise of Minority Report: It takes place in a near-futuristic cityscape where an elite force of police officers act on the reports of the mysterious “precogs,” who get premonitions of crimes before they’re committed. Tom Cruise stars as one of this department’s most decorated officers – until the precogs predict that he will murder a man he’s never even met before, forcing him to flee in a desperate bid to clear his name. Minority Report is an exciting, energetic addition to Steven Spielberg’s catalog of films, and Cruise has rarely been better.
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
- Runtime: 145 minutes
- Watch Minority Report on Netflix
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
With 2019’s Knives Out, we have Rian Johnson to thank for singlehandedly 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!
- Director: Rian Johnson
- Stars: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monae
- Runtime: 139 minutes
- Watch Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Netflix
My Girl (1991)
A word of warning: Only hit play on My Girl if you are ready to cry. My Girl stars Anna Chlumsky (who went on to play Selina Meyer’s long-suffering chief of staff Amy on Veep) as precocious, occasionally morbid Vada Sultenfuss, a preteen growing up in a funeral home with her mortician single father (played by Dan Aykroyd). This is her coming-of-age story, as she attempts to navigate her changing world without the benefit of a mother, who died when she was a baby.
There are few films geared towards children that address death and the grieving process in such a direct manner as My Girl does, as we see in its now famous wake scene, where an emotionally devastated Vada approaches the body of her best friend Thomas (Macaulay Culkin), who died from multiple bee stings, demanding that they put his glasses back on, since he can’t see without them. Melancholy and nostalgic, My Girl offers a simple narrative that never fails to produce water works.
- Director: Howard Zieff
- Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
- Runtime: 102 minutes
- Watch My Girl on Netflix
All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
Based on the classic novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front captures a spirit of disillusionment in the face of one of the most devastating wars of the 20th century. Felix Kammerer stars as Paul, a young, idealistic young German who eagerly joins the army alongside all of his classmates as soon as they are eligible.
But it doesn’t take long before the reality of war sets in, and he learns that there is no beauty or honor in it. Relentlessly brutal, All Quiet on the Western Front isn’t an easy watch, as characters are killed off indiscriminately and in endlessly gruesome ways. But in its refusal to soften even one second of the World War I German combat experience, it speaks to the true horrors of the battlefield.
- Director: Edward Berger
- Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl, Sebastian Hülk, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic, Devid Striesow
- Runtime: 143 minutes
- Watch All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix
Leave no Trace
Back before Last Night in Soho, Old, or Jojo Rabbit, Thomasin McKenzie was just a young New Zealand teen actress getting her start in the industry. Enter Leave No Trace, a quiet independent film with a towering performance that put McKenzie on the map. She stars as Tom, the young daughter of a war veteran (played by Ben Foster) whose struggles with mental illness have led them to an unconventional life off the grid in the Pacific Northwest.
Their existence is peaceful and fulfilling in its own way, but questions are raised about the suitability of it for a young girl who, after all, deserves to have a proper roof over her head and an opportunity to socialize with people her own age. With thoughtful, mature turns from both Foster and McKenzie, Leave No Trace is unassuming yet completely captivating.
- Director: Debra Granik
- Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dale Dickey
- Runtime: 119 minutes
- Watch Leave no Trace on Netflix
There’s something about Keira Knightley that just cries out for a period drama. Maybe it’s her diction, maybe it’s the way she owns every historically accurate costume she’s ever put on, but you just can’t keep her in the modern world for too long. In Colette, she stars as the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose book series about the coming of age of a young schoolgirl named Claudine became a phenomenon in France at the turn of the century.
Knightley puts in a self-assured performance, navigating Colette through her own journey from meek housewife to shining star of Parisian literary society. The film shows her challenging traditional norms, experimenting with clothing styles (at the time in France, it was illegal for women to wear pants in public), and embarking upon relationships that span the gender spectrum. Colette is a story of self-discovery, as Keira Knightley’s clever French author learns how to be fully herself, regardless of the consequences.
- Director: Wash Westmoreland
- Stars: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denish Gough
- Runtime: 111 minutes
- Watch Colette on Netflix
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.
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam
- Runtime: 119 minutes
- Watch Crimson Peak on Netflix
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Over a decade after his untimely death, Heath Ledger’s legacy seems tied in the eyes of many movie fans to his now-iconic performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But that’s ignoring the charm of his earlier roles, including his turn as William Thatcher in A Knight’s Tale.
A lowly squire in medieval England, William has dreams of “changing his stars” and becoming a knight. When his master, Sir Ector, dies unexpectedly before a tournament, he gets his wish – but before long, the lies associated with his new career as a fake knight grow larger and spiral out of control.
Ledger is a ball of charisma in the lead role, cheerfully supported by comedic turns from Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, and Paul Bettany. A Knight’s Tale is playfully anachronistic, featuring a modern soundtrack and jousting scenes that give a medieval tournament the atmosphere of a 21st-century sports arena.
- Director: Brian Helgeland
- Stars: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany
- Runtime: 132 minutes
- Watch A Knight’s Tale on Netflix
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Based on a 1974 James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk was Barry Jenkins’ first film after the Oscar-winning Moonlight. It’s the haunting, lyrical tale of Black love in 1970s Harlem, as childhood sweethearts Tish and Fonny struggle to build a life for themselves. Together, they grapple with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy that threatens to see them shunned by their loved ones, and a criminal case that may tear them apart.
No one knows how to shoot the streets of Harlem with more beauty than Barry Jenkins, which, combined with the lush, melancholy score from Nicholas Britell, creates a stunningly romantic backdrop for their ill-fated love story. Regina King, playing Tish’s mother Sharon, puts in one of the best performances of her career, which would see her take home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Director: Barry Jenkins
- Stars: Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris
- Runtime: 119
- Watch If Beale Street Could Talk on Netflix
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?
- Director: S. S. Rajamouli
- Stars: N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran,
Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, and Olivia Morris
- Runtime: 187 mins
- Watch RRR on Netflix
Another day, another Jane Austen film adaptation. This time, we’re treated to Persuasion, one of the author’s more mature narratives about living with regret and the joy of getting a second chance at love. Director Carrie Cracknell takes the classic story and gives it a modern twist, with the thoroughly contemporary-looking Dakota Johnson in the lead role of Anne Elliot often giving Fleabag-style glances directly to the camera.
Anne is a woman who allowed herself to be manipulated into abandoning her fiance because of his lower social standing, only to have him reenter her life several years later, now wealthy and respectable. And still in love with her? Only time will tell. Although purists might not love how frequently Austen’s iconic dialogue is swapped out in favor of 21st-century speak, it does serve to show how much her work is still relevant over 200 years later.
- Director: Carrie Cracknell
- Stars: Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, Richard E. Grant, Yolanda Kettle
- Runtime: 107
- Watch Persuasion on Netflix
The King (2019)
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.
- Director: David Michôd
- Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Edgerton, Sean Harris, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lily-Rose Depp, Thomasin McKenzie, Robert Pattinson, and Ben Mendelsohn
- Runtime: 140 mins
- Watch The King on Netflix
By this point, we’ve seen plenty of animated films that tackle the mythos of Christmas. Between all the cutesy stop-motion animation of the 1960s that captured everything from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Jack Frost to the Little Drummer Boy, it feels like the well has to be pretty near dry. But there’s always room for one more Christmas origin story, and Klaus fits the bill perfectly.
It begins when Jesper (Jason Schwartzman), an entitled young postman who expects to sail through life on his family connections, is sent to a remote Northern town to manage their tiny post office. There, he meets the reclusive Klaus (JK Simmons), whose wood-working abilities are second-to-none and will be put to good use when he works with Jesper to deliver toys throughout the town. Clever, endearing, and appropriately magical, Klaus is worth watching, especially around Christmastime.
- Director: Sergio Pablos
- Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J. K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, Neda Margrethe Labba, Sergio Pablos, Norm Macdonald, and Joan Cusack.
- Runtime: 97 mins
- Watch Klaus on Netflix
Set in rural Mississippi, Mudbound explores the lives of two World War II soldiers – one black, one white – and their challenges in re-integrating into a deeply prejudiced society. Both have had experiences during the war that opened their eyes to the inequalities and bigotry of life back home, and their new perspectives have a way of ruffling feathers, with tragic consequences.
Mudbound stars Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige in a dramatic turn that would earn her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A chilling depiction of the violent side of post-World War II society, Mudbound is a thoughtful, engaging story about race, class, and resistance to change.
- Director: Dee Rees
- Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Jonathan Banks, Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige
- Runtime: 134 mins
- Watch Mudbound on Netflix
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
- Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, James Franco
- Runtime: 134 mins
- Watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix
Known for their work on the big screen, it was something of a surprise when Joel and Ethan Coen announced that they would be making a western exclusively for Netflix. But although the medium may be different, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has many of the same qualities that made the Coen Brothers famous. It features a series of vignettes, capturing life in the Old West in ways that are often melancholy, frequently hilarious, and always entertaining.
Tim Blake Nelson earns special attention as the singing cowboy Buster Scruggs, whose shootout opens the film. But it is the story of “Meal Ticket” that lingers with the viewer, where a young man with no limbs (Harry Melling) performs dramatic recitations while traveling from town to town, only to be replaced by a chicken who can supposedly solve math problems.
The Power of the Dog (2021)
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.
- Director: Jane Campion
- Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
- Runtime: 126 mins
- Watch The Power of the Dog on Netflix
tick, tick … Boom! (2021)
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.
- Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Stars: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus
- Runtime: 115 mins
- Watch tick, tick … Boom! on Netflix
Adapted from Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name by Tamara Chestna and Dylan Meyer, MOXiE! tackles the complicated subject of learning that you have cultural responsibility to get politically involved. That sentence may be as droll as they come, but MOXiE! is far from boring. Centering on 16 year old Vivian, the film follows a group of young girls as they explore their femininity and activism as young, marginalized, and sometimes pissed off young women. Viv will be forced to reckon with the fact that it’s not all about her, that she has a responsibility to help the women of color around her, and that not everyone’s activism looks the same.
- Director: Amy Poehler
- Stars: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Alicia Pascual-Pena
- Runtime: 111 mins
- Watch MOXiE! on Netflix
The Harder They Fall (2021)
Director Jeymes Samuel’s The Harder They Fall is the type of quintessential Western film that fans of the genre have been missing over the years. While The Harder They Fall is a fictional tale, the Black cowboys it depicts are all based on the outlaws and lawmen of the time. Its absolutely stacked cast features the likes of Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield and so, so many more. Everyone’s having a hell of a time playing their respective characters, which results in a fun and sometimes heartfelt romp through the wild west.
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- Director: Jeymes Samuel
- Stars: Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, RJ Cyler
- Runtime: 139 mins
- Watch TK on Netflix
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.
- Director: Ava DuVernay
- Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker
- Runtime: 100 mins
- Watch 13th on Netflix
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
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.
- Director: Mike Newell
- Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Michael Huisman, Lily James
- Runtime: 124 mins
- Watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020)
By this point, we’re all acquainted with the famous Victorian-era detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his sometimes-enemy-sometimes-ally brother Mycroft. But Enola Holmes sets these two larger-than-life figures to the side, and instead focuses on their little sister, played by Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown. She has spent her childhood alone with their eccentric mother (Helena Bonham Carter), being trained in the same art of observation that would serve her older brother so well.
But when her mother mysteriously vanishes, she sets out on her own, determined to do a little detective work of her own. Brown is a charming addition to the Holmes family, offering a bright and fresh new spin on the well-worn classic, while Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin are perfectly cast as the two older Holmes brothers.
- Director: Harry Bradbeer
- Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
- Runtime: 123 mins
- Watch Enola Holmes on Netflix
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
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.
- Director: Charlie Kaufman
- Stars: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette
- Runtime: 134 mins
- Watch I’m Thinking of Ending Things on Netflix
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
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.
- Director: Susan Johnson
- Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
- Runtime: 99 mins
- Watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix
The Irishman (2019)
If you’ve got three and a half hours and a love of Martin Scorsese films, The Irishman is an absolute must-see. Set in the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) gets involved with Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) — a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime. Scorsese is the king of cinematic organized crime, and The Irishman feels like an evolution for the genre, looking back at men whose lives have been defined by violence, and what their contributions have left them with at the end of their lives.
- Director: Martin Scorsese
- Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
- Runtime: 209 mins
- Watch The Irishman on Netflix
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Ruth E. Carter not being nominated for Best Costume Design at the Oscars for Dolemite is My Name is a crime. Eddie Murphy stars in this biographical retelling of blaxploitation pioneer Rudy Ray Moore, and the production of his iconic film, Dolemite. The film went largely underseen upon its release, which is a genuine shame considering how wonderfully Murphy nailed his performance as “The Godfather of Rap.” Dolemite is My Name is a love letter to Moore, but a fair assessment of the chaotic lengths one man went through in order to tell his story, and try to capture the fame he knew he so deserved.
- Director: Craig Bowser
- Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Eps
- Runtime: 118 mins
- Watch Dolemite Is My Name on Netflix
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.
- Director: Noah Baumbach
- Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Greer
- Runtime: 137 mins
- Watch Marriage Story on Netflix
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.
- Director: Spike Lee
- Stars: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Kevin Willmott
- Runtime: 154 mins
- Watch Da 5 Bloods on Netflix
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
Netflix’ 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.
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- Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
- Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny MacBride, May Rudolph
- Runtime: 113 mins
- Watch The Mitchells vs. the Machines on Netflix
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.
- Director: Bong Joon Ho
- Stars: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn
- Runtime: 120 mins
- Watch Okja on Netflix
Roma is a stunning black-and-white drama set in 1970s Mexico about a woman named Cleo, the live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. There’s a reason this film nabbed a whopping ten nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, became the first Mexican entry to win Best Foreign Language Film, the first foreign language film to win Best Picture, nabbed a second Best Director award for Alfonso Cuarón, and became the first time a director won Best Cinematography for their own film. Do Cuarón a favor and be sure to watch this film on the absolute biggest screen possible, because every frame is better than the last and deserves to be seen in all its glory.
- Director: Alfonso Cuaron
- Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
- Runtime: 135 mins
- Watch Roma on Netflix