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THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES – (L-R) Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell”, Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”, Doug the Pug as “Monchi”, Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell” and Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved.

Best Netflix movies to watch in 2021

Welcome to May 2021! There are some good Netflix movies on the way this month, including Monster, The Woman in the Window, Army of the Dead, and more. You can guarantee those movies will make the list of the best Netflix movies.

Netflix added a bunch of good movies last month, including Concrete Cowboy, Thunder Force, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, and so many more.

Until you can watch some of those upcoming titles, there are so many good Netflix movies available to stream right now. The problem is finding the perfect Netflix movie for you to watch, and that’s where we can help.

Rather than scrolling through movie after movie on the Netflix homepage, all you have to is check out our list of the best Netflix movies to watch right now and find something to watch.

We update the list weekly and as new Netflix movies are added or released on the streaming service.

Let’s get the list started with one of the most popular Netflix movies to watch right now, Concrete Cowboy!

*UPDATED on May 1, 2021*

Best Netflix movies: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Release Year: 2021 

Directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe

Starring Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Conan O’Brien, Charlyne Yi, Sasheer Zamata, Mike Rianda, and Olivia Colman

The Mitchells vs. The Machines just premiered on Netflix on April 30, 2021. It’s one of the best animated comedies on the streaming service, and I would even go as far to say this is Netflix’s best animated comedy yet. This movie is so funny and so good. You’re going to fall in love with it if you give it a chance.

The Netflix movie is produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, two of the best storytellers in the industry, let alone the animated genre.

The film tells the story of the Mitchell family, who decided to take their daughter, Katie, to college across the country. Things get wild when an army of robots built by a too ambitious Silicon Valley media corporation takes over the world. The Mitchells try to do everything they can to save the world from a robot takeover.

Now, I just need a sequel to this great Netflix movie. Hopefully, that will happen in the not-too-distant future.

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CONCRETE COWBOY – (L-R) Ivannah-Mercedes as Esha, Lorraine Toussaint as Nessi, Idris Elba as Harp, Caleb McLaughlin as Cole, Jamil “Mil” Prattis as Paris and Cliff “Method Man” Smith as Leroy. Cr: Jessica Kourkounis / Netflix © 2021

Best Netflix movies: Concrete Cowboy

Release Year: 2021 

Directed by Ricky Staub 

Starring Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Idris Elba, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, and Clifford “Method Man” Smith, Ivannah Mercedes, and Devenie Young

Concrete Cowboy premiered on Netflix on Friday, April 2, 2021, and it’s easily one of the best Netflix movies of the year.

The film was supposed to be released in theaters, but it moved to Netflix as a Netflix original because of the pandemic.

Concrete Cowboy is based on the book Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri. The book and movie tell the story of Cole, a teenager played by Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, who moves to Philadelphia to live with his father. There, Cole gets involved in an urban horse-riding community at the Fletcher Street Stables.

This movie has the potential to be nominated for a bunch of awards. The cast is incredible. I was especially impressed with McLaughlin and Jerome, who starred in the Netflix original series When They See Us.

If you need a great movie to watch on Netflix tonight and enjoy incredible performances and just all-around movie magic, Concrete Cowboy is the Netflix movie for you!

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Eric AndrŽ as Chris Carey and Lil Rel Howery as Bud Malone.

Best Netflix movies: Bad Trip

Release Year: 2021 

Directed by Kitao Sakurai

Starring Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

Bad Trip is the most popular movie of March 2021 on Netflix. The new Netflix movie premiered on the streaming service on March 26, 2021. It’s truly one of the best and funniest movies on Netflix.

The film is an extension of sorts of The Eric Andre Show. In the film, Andre stars as Chris alongside Howery, who plays his best friend, Bud. The friends head out on a cross-country road trip so Chris can tell his childhood crush that he is still in love with her. The only problem is that they steal the car for the road trip from Bud’s sister, Trina, played by Tiffany Haddish. Trina tracks them across the country.

That’s more or less what the movie is about, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a big prank movie that plays lots of jokes on unsuspecting people.

This movie is not for kids, though. If you need a new hilarious, raunchy, and ridiculous movie to watch on Netflix tonight, check out Bad Trip! 

I think Bad Trip 2 needs to happen at Netflix!

Next: To All The Boys 3

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TO ALL THE BOYS IVE LOVED BEFORE 3. Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky, in TO ALL THE BOYS IVE LOVED BEFORE 3. Cr. Katie Yu / Netflix © 2020

Best Netflix movies: To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Release year: 2021 

Directed by Michael Fimognari

Starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Trezzo Mahoro, Kelcey Mawema, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Henry Thomas, Sarayu Blue, and John Corbett

To All The Boys: Always and Forever is the new Netflix original movie that premiered on Feb. 12, 2021. It is the final film of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before film series at Netflix. It’s based on the third book of the series by Jenny Han, and it’s oh, so good.

Always and Forever catches up with Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor, and Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo, after the events of the second movie, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Peter and Lara Jean are fully committed to one another and ready to go to college together.

When Peter gets into Stanford and Lara Jean doesn’t, the couple are forced to figure out what’s next for their relationship. After their school trip to New York City, Lara Jean starts to feel like New York might be the place for her.

If you’re looking for a heartwarming story about a teen couple taking on the world, this is the movie for you. It’s one of the best movies on Netflix this year. It totally sticks the landing set up by the first two movies.

I want to see To All The Boys 4 on Netflix, but I know it’s probably not going to happen.

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Best Netflix movies: Moxie

Release Year: 2021 

Directed by Amy Poehler 

Starring Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Sydney Park, Josephine Langford, Clark Gregg, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Poehler, and Marcia Gay Harden

Moxie premiered on Netflix on March 3, 2021, and it’s clearly one of the best Netflix movies of the year so far.

The Netflix original movie is based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Mathieu. It tells the story of Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a teenager who starts a zine called Moxie that sparks a modern revolution at her high school. She’s inspired by her mother’s Riot grrrl past to start the zine. This is the second Netflix original movie directed by Poehler. Wine Country, which Poehler also starred in, was also directed by the former Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live star.

If you like teen movies on Netflix, of which there are a lot, you should definitely watch Moxie on Netflix. It’s well worth a couple of hours of your time!

We haven’t heard if Moxie 2 is happening at Netflix. I think there’s definitely room for a sequel on the streaming service. We’ve seen a lot of these teen movies get the sequel treatment at Netflix, including To All The Boys, The Kissing Booth, Tall Girl, and more.

Next: I Care A Lot

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I CARE A LOT (2021)
Peter Dinklage as Rukov and Rosamund Pike as Marla.
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Best Netflix movies: I Care A Lot

Release Year: 2021 

Directed by J Blakeson 

Starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, and Dianne Wiest

I Care A Lot is another new Netflix movie. It premiered on the streaming service at the end of February 2020, and it was an instant hit on Netflix.

The film is inspired by all the people and legal loopholes that enable others to prey on older Americans, get them committed to assisted living facilities, and then take over their bank accounts and assets.

I Care A Lot tells the story of Marla, played by Rosamund Pike, who is a con woman and a court-appointed guardian for many older people. She gets them removed from their homes and rakes in all their cash over time. It’s awful!

Her latest ruse doesn’t last long, though, when she pulls a fast one on the mother of a mob boss. When the mob boss finds out what happens, he isn’t exactly excited that his mother has been taken for a ride by Marla. Things don’t go so well after that.

I Care A Lot is getting a ton of buzz right now. It’s been on the Netflix Top 10 for weeks after its premiere.

For her role in the film, Rosamund Pike won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Next: Finding 'Ohana

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Best Netflix movies: Finding ‘Ohana

Release Year: 2021

Directed by Christina Strain

Starring Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu, Branscombe Richmond, Chris Parnell, Marc Evan Jackson, Ke Huy Quan, and Ricky Garcia

Finding ‘Ohana premiered on Netflix at the end of January 2021, and it’s one of the best kids movies on the streaming network right now.

Finding ‘Ohana tells the story of Pili, a youngster from New York who travels to Hawaii with her family to visit her sick grandfather. There, she finds out about treasure deep in the Hawaiian mountains. With the help of her friends and brother, Pili ventures into the heart of the mountain to find this long-lost treasure.

I love treasure-hunting movies and shows, and this is perfect. There’s even a Goonies tie-in to this movie with Ke Huy Quan in the cast. It’s perfect, and I really liked it.

I’m really, really hoping that Netflix brings back Finding ‘Ohana for a sequel. These characters are so likable and there’s definitely more to this story. Netflix is always looking for franchise/tentpole opportunities, and I think Finding ‘Ohana could be that franchise.

We’ll just have to wait and see what Netflix decides to do.

Next: Space Sweepers

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Best Netflix movies: Space Sweepers

Release year: 2021

Directed by Jo Sung-hee

Starring Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, and Yoo Hae-jin

Space Sweepers is one of the best international Netflix original movies to date. It premiered on Netflix in early February 2021.

The movie tells the story of, you guessed it, space sweepers who clean up space debris and all sorts of things in a futuristic society outside of a new planet that is like earth but not actually earth. When these space sweepers come in contact with a weapon, they are forced to keep it safe and out of the hands of those who wish to do harm.

There’s so much to love about this movie. It’s like all of your favorite sci-fi/adventure movies rolled into one. If you like Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and others, this is the movie for you on Netflix.

We’re still holding out hope for Space Sweepers 2. The potential is there for Netflix to continue making these movies, so hopefully, we’ll get to see it in the future.

We’ll let you know more about Space Sweepers 2 when we find out. For now, enjoy Space Sweepers on Netflix!

Next: Malcolm and Marie

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Best Netflix movies: Malcolm and Marie

Release year: 2021

Directed by Sam Levinson 

Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

Malcolm and Marie is one of the best Netflix movies of 2021 so far, and when it’s all said and done, it’ll be one of the best movies from the streaming network this year.

Euphoria creator Sam Levinson wrote and directed the new Netflix movie. It’s the first movie to be written and filmed and released during the pandemic. And, that’s quite the accomplishment in and of itself.

The film revolves around a couple, Malcolm and Marie, obviously, played by Ballers and Tenet star John David Washington and Euphoria and Spider-Man star Zendaya. After Malcolm’s movie premiere, Malcolm and Marie return home and the night turns into a massive roller coaster ride of emotions for the couple who have invested so much time into each other but clearly have some issues. (That’s an understatement, by the way!)

Malcolm and Marie seems like it’s in the conversation for some awards seasons wins. It wasn’t nominated for the Golden Globes, but with all the star power, the Oscars seem like a no-brainer for this movie. We’ll have to wait and see!

Next: Batman Begins

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BERLIN – JUNE 15: (L to R) Actor Christian Bale, actor Michael Caine, director Christopher Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, actress Katie Holmes and actor Morgan Freeman arrive for the German premiere of ‘Batman Begins’ at the Cinestar June 15, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Best Netflix movies: Batman Begins

Release Year: 2005

Written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, Tom Wilkinson

Batman Begins is the first film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, also known as the Batman.

In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after training with a mentor abroad and begins trying to make Gotham a better place by ridding the city of the crime that killed his parents when he was a child.

The film really set the tone for Nolan’s Batman trilogy and gave viewers a fresh take on Batman’s story that had been butchered a few times on the silver screen throughout history. Batman Begins was nominated for an Oscar at the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Cinematography. Currently, the film has an 85 percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

You can also watch the second movie of the Nolan-Batman trilogy on Netflix. The Dark Knight was added to Netflix on the same day as Batman Begins. Unfortunately, you’ll have to look elsewhere to watch Batman and Bane go at it in The Dark Knight Rises. 

Next: The Dark Knight

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actor Aaron Eckhart, producers, Director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale accept multiple awards (Favorite On-Screen Match-Up, Action Movie, Cast and Superhero) for The Dark Knight during the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for PCA)

Best Netflix movies: The Dark Knight

Release Year: 2008

Directed by Christopher Nolan 

Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, and Gary Oldman 

The Dark Knight is the second film in The Dark Knight trilogy. It followed Batman Begins, which premiered in 2005 and is also on Netflix right now, and it was just before The Dark Knight Rises. Unfortunately, the third film is not on Netflix.

In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne faces his toughest test yet. After clearing the streets and reducing crime, Batman has a good grip over Gotham until the Joker arrives out of nowhere. Hired by the gangs and mobs to help bring crime back, the Joker goes rogue. Batman tries to stop him.

The Dark Knight is widely considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time. I don’t know if I like it as much as some of the Marvel movies, but it’s an incredible accomplishment in this genre.

Ledger was incredible as the Joker, and I’m confident there will be another one like him no matter how many times Warner Bros. tries to find one.

Next: Crazy, Stupid, Love

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 19: Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone attend the “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” World Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Best Netflix movies: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Release Year: 2011

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon

Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies. It’s so, so, so good.

In the movie, Steve Carell’s character, Cal Weaver, jumps out of a moving car after his wife, Emily, played Julianne Moore, tells him that she wants a divorce and that she cheated on him. His life spirals out of control, and luckily, he meets Jacob, played by Ryan Gosling, a playboy-type, who helps Cal get out of the rut he’s stuck in.

Meanwhile, Jacob starts seeing Hannah, played by Emma Stone, who has Jacob ready to settle down.

This movie is so good. It was added to Netflix after Valentine’s Day 2021. If it was available for Valentine’s Day 2021, it would have been the most-watched movie on Netflix.

If you like romantic movies, this is the movie for you on Netflix right now. We just don’t see romantic comedies like this anymore. The cast is spectacular. The movie is so funny and fresh even if it’s already 10 years old!

Next: Trial of the Chicago 7

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Best Netflix movies: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Release Year: 2020 

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin 

Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Jeremy Strong

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is easily one of the best Netflix movies of 2020. The movie premiered on Netflix in November 2020, and it looks like an awards season favorite heading into the Oscars and more.

The film tells the story of the Trial of the Chicago 7, a group of individuals who were charged with trying to start a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

As we have come to expect from Sorkin movies, the dialogue between characters is excellent. The cast is incredible. There are few movies from 2020 that have this many big actors and actresses involved.

If you haven’t seen the Netflix original movie yet, you should check it out as soon you can. It’s definitely worth a watch on Netflix. Aaron Sorkin won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay at the 2021 Golden Globes. That sets up this story nicely for an Oscar win later this year!

Next: Mank

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MANK (2020)
Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz and Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies.

Best Netflix movies: Mank

Release Year: 2020 

Written by Jack Fincher 

Directed by David Fincher 

Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, and Charles Dance

Mank is probably the best Netflix movie of the year. It was released in select theaters in November 2020 and later on Netflix in December 2020.

David Fincher, who also created Mindhunter, has been trying to make Mank for years. Fincher’s father, Jack, wrote the screenplay for the movie. Netflix finally made it happen, and it’s really good.

The movie tells the story of Herman J. Mankiewicz and his time writing the screenplay for Citizen Kane, which was directed by Orson Welles. It’s considered one of the best movies of all time.

Mank is not about the making of Citizen Kane, and that’s probably a good thing. Film Twitter couldn’t handle it.

The performances in Mank are the best part of the movie. Oldman is ridiculously good, as is Amanda Seyfried. I was really impressed with Tom Pelphrey’s performance. You just have to watch this movie. It’s like a time machine back to the 1930s and 40s.

Next: Over the Moon

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Best Netflix movies: Over the Moon

Release Year: 2020 

Written by Audrey Wells

Directed by Glen Keane

Starring Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Oh

Over the Moon is one of my favorite Netflix movies of the year. There’s no doubt it’s the best Netflix animated movie released to date.

The movie tells the story of Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), a little girl who is trying to move on after losing her mother. She builds a rocket and travels to the moon to meet the Moon Goddess.

It’ll be interesting to see if Over the Moon will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2021 Oscars. I think it has a really good chance, but there is some steep competition with Onward and Soul, which were released on Disney Plus. Soul is probably the favorite, but Over the Moon is so good, too.

If you’re a fan of animated movies, Over the Moon is the movie for you on Netflix!

Next: The Prom

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Best Netflix movies: The Prom

Release Year: 2020 

Written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Directed by Ryan Murphy 

Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and Jo Ellen Pellman

The Prom is one of the biggest Netflix productions to date. There are so many big names involved with this project. The cast is easily the best element of the movie, and the performances are excellent.

If you like musicals, The Prom is the movie for you on Netflix. The film, directed by Ryan Murphy, is based on the play of the same name by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar.

The film tells the story of a group of several broadway stars who travel to a small town in Indiana to host a prom for a high school after the prom was canceled because two girls wanted to go to the dance with each other. The former stars also hope their good deed will reignite their careers.

There are a ton of Ryan Murphy projects in the works at Netflix right now. If you’re a fan of the Glee and American Horror Story creator, you should probably give this movie a watch on Netflix.

Next: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)
Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.
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Best Netflix movies: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Release Year: 2020 

Written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Directed by George C. Wolfe

Starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was added to Netflix in December 2020 after a short release in theaters. The film is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Denzel Washington produced the film.

The movie tells the story of Ma Rainey and her band.

This movie is a tough watch for me. I’m a huge fan of Chadwick Boseman. I love, basically, all of his movies, so seeing him on screen in this role was tough. He’s so good in this movie, though. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t win the Oscar for this performance. Boseman won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in Motion Picture – Drama at the 2021 Golden Globes.

Speaking of good performances, I think Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom could sweep both leading actor categories at the Oscars. Viola Davis is amazing in this movie. She’s so good. I really like Colman Domingo’s performance in the film, too.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the best movies of the year, for sure.

Next: Yes, God, Yes

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Natalia Dyer in Yes, God, Yes film, photo courtesy Vertical Entertainment

Best Netflix movies: Yes, God, Yes

Release Year: 2019

Written and directed by Karen Maine 

Starring Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale, Susan Blackwell, Parker Wierling, Alisha Boe, and Donna Lynne Champlin

Yes, God, Yes is one of the best coming-of-age movies on Netflix. It was added to the streaming in 2020 after premiering at SXWS in 2019.

The movie stars Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer as Alice, a teenager who attends a Catholic school. It’s set in the early 2000s and follows Alice’s journey through dating, relationships, and all that comes with it.

I highly recommend Stranger Things fans watch this movie. Dyer is excellent in the film, and she plays a very different character than we are used to seeing in Stranger Things. Fans of the series will also recognize Francesca Reale in the movie. Reale appeared in Stranger Things season 3 as Heather, the lifeguard who Billy kidnaps and brings to the Mind Flayer.

Netflix viewers will also recognize Alisha Boe from 13 Reasons Why and Wolfgang Novogratz from a bunch of Netflix movies.

Next: Enola Holmes

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Best Netflix movies: Enola Holmes

Release Year: 2020 

Directed by Harry Bradbeer 

Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Burn Gorman, and Susie Wokoma 

Enola Holmes is the most lovely movie on this list. If you need a feel-good mystery to watch, this is the movie for you. The movie is based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. There are six books in the series, and hopefully more in the works!

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown stars as Enola Holmes, the sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes. When Enola’s mother goes missing, Enola sets out on a mission to find her mother. She gets caught up in another mystery and a case that she must solve.

Brown is so good in this movie. Her performance is excellent, and it’s what holds this whole movie together.

Enola Holmes is definitely going to be the next big Netflix franchise. We haven’t heard anything official yet, but there are more books to adapt. It appears that Brown and everyone else involved with production is ready to make more movies, too, and that’s a very good sign.

Stay tuned for more news about Enola Holmes 2!

Next: The Kissing Booth 2

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Best Netflix movies: The Kissing Booth 2

Release Year: 2020 

Directed by Vince Marcello

Starring Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney, Meganne Young, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richardson-Sellars, and Molly Ringwald 

The Kissing Booth 2 is based on the book, The Kissing Booth 2: Going The Distance by Beth Reekles, who also wrote the first book that the first movie was based on. The sequel premiered on Netflix in July 2020.

The movie picks up a few months after the first movie left off. Elle and Noah had a great summer as a couple, but now, Noah has to leave for college at Harvard while Elle stays behind. The new couple finds the distance to be a major challenge for their relationship, especially when Marco, played by Taylor Zakhar Perez, starts to develop feelings for Elle.

The Kissing Booth 3 is officially happening at Netflix, as well. The movie was filmed in secret back-to-back with The Kissing Booth 2. The third movie of the series, which we’re expecting to be the final movie, will be released on Netflix sometime in 2021. We don’t know the official release date for The Kissing Booth 3 yet. Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming Netflix movie. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out anything.

Next: Project Power

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Best Netflix movies: Project Power

Release Year: 2020

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, Colson Baker, Allen Maldonado, Amy Landecker, and Courtney B. Vance

Project Power premiered on Netflix in August 2020, and it’s the second-best action movie of the summer of 2020. Obviously, there weren’t many new movies this summer, but even if there were, I think Project Power would hold its own.

The Netflix movie has an incredible cast with Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback.

In the movie, there are pills that gives its user five minutes of superpowers, or it kills them. The pills are being tested in New Orleans before they get sold and distributed all over the world. The people who are making these pills are holding the daughter of Jamie Foxx’s character, Art, hostage. Art, joined by Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Robin (Dominique Fishback), tries to rescue his daughter.

If you like high-octane action or superhero movies, Project Power is a must-watch on Netflix.

After that ending to Project Power, fans all over the world are hoping to see a Netflix movie sequel. Project Power 2 is possible, according to writer Mattson Tomlin.

We’ll let you know if Netflix orders a sequel to Project Power. For now, we can only hope!

Next: The Old Guard

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Best Netflix movies: The Old Guard

Release Year: 2020

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Starring Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Old Guard is the best action movie of the summer of 2020. The movie premiered in early July 2020, and it was a huge hit for Netflix. It was the No. 1 movie for a bit of time this summer.

The Netflix movie is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Greg Rucka. It tells the story of a group of immortal mercenaries with a unique set of skills and healing powers who are seeking revenge. They are led by Andy, played by Charlize Theron.

The Old Guard is clearly one of the best Netflix movies of the year so far, and it’s one of my favorite Netflix original movies so far. I’m really hoping we get to see The Old Guard 2. The ending definitely sets up a sequel, if Netflix wants to make it.

If that happens, Theron has to return, and I would best extremely disappointed if Gina Prince-Bythewood doesn’t direct the sequel. Stay tuned for more news about The Old Guard 2 coming to Netflix.

Next: Extraction

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Best Netflix movies: Extraction

Release Year: 2020

Directed by Sam Hargrave

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, and David Harbour

Extraction is officially the biggest Netflix movie of all time. It has more views in its first month than any other Netflix movie to date. The film premiered on Netflix in April during the many government shutdowns around the world because of the pandemic.

Extraction is Sam Hargrave’s directorial debut. Hargrave worked as a stunt man and coordinator for a bunch of Marvel movies. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, produced Extraction.

In the movie, Chris Hemsworth, who also stars as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plays Tyler Drake, a mercenary who tries to save the son of a drug lord after the child is abducted.

Extraction 2 is already in the works at Netflix! Joe Russo is writing the script for the sequel. It’s one of a few Netflix movie sequels in the works right now. We’re hoping Hargrave will be back to direct and Hemsworth will star in the sequel.

If you’re a fan of action movies, you need to watch this movie on Netflix as soon as possible.

Next: Silver Linings Playbook

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Best Netflix movies: Silver Linings Playbook

Release year: 2012

Written and Directed by David O. Russell (Based on the novel by Matthew Quick)

Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher

Silver Linings Playbook is based on the book of the same name written by Matthew Quick.

In the film, Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder from Philadelphia who just finished a stay in an institution for beating up the man his wife was having an affair with. Pat returns home to his parents’ house to start to rebuild his life, which, to him, means getting his wife back. However, Pat’s plan is thrown off course a bit when he meets Tiffany, a young woman who catches Pat’s eye.

Silver Linings Playbook was quite possibly the movie the year in 2012, despite falling short at the Academy Awards for Best Picture. David O. Russell’s film was nominated for eight Oscars back at the 2013 Academy Awards, including nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress (Cooper and Lawrence), and more!

While the whole cast was great in the movie, Jennifer Lawrence stole the show for Silver Linings Playbook with her win for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She totally deserved it, though! Well done, J-Law!

Next: Spotlight

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Best Netflix movies: Spotlight

Release Year: 2015 

Directed by Tom McCarthy 

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, and Stanley Tucci

Spotlight is based on The Boston Globe’s team of reporters who, together, wrote a series of news stories about the coverup of many Catholic priests in the Boston area by the Catholic Church.

The movie is not always easy to watch, but it’s definitely necessary to see the value in journalism, and investigative journalism in particular, in stopping corruption and covering up abuse by powerful institutions like the Catholic Church, police, government and more.

Spotlight features in an incredible cast. Mark Ruffalo was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, and Rachel McAdams was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Spotlight was nominated for six Academy Awards at the 2016 Oscars. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It’s one of the few Best Picture winners available to stream on Netflix.

Next: Da 5 Bloods

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Best Netflix movies: Da 5 Bloods

Release Year: 2020

Directed by Spike Lee 

Starring Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, and Jean Reno

Da 5 Bloods is the most recently released Netflix original movie to make the list of the best movies on Netflix, and it definitely deserves a spot on the list. Overall, this is one of my favorite Netflix movies yet. It’s a difficult watch at certain points in the film, but it’s another masterpiece from Spike Lee.

The film follows a group of Black Vietnam veterans who return to the country to recover the remains of their fallen squad leader and also retrieve treasure they stashed in the country during their service time.

Lee wrote the screenplay for the film, along with Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Kevin Willmott, and Lee also directed the movie.

I was most impressed with two aspects of this movie. First of all, the performances are outstanding. The entire cast is really good, but the core six actors, Lindo, Boseman, Majors, Peters, Whitlock Jr., and Lewis are phenomenal.

Second, Lee plays weaves history and current events and issues so smoothly and in a way that few filmmakers can do.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Da 5 Bloods popping up on Oscars watchlists before the awards ceremony next spring. The screenplay has a chance to win an Oscar, and I think Lindo’s performance could earn consideration.

Next: Uncut Gems

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Best Netflix movies: Uncut Gems

Release Year: 2019 

Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie

Starring Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Julia Fox, and Eric Bogosian

Uncut Gems is one of the best movies of 2019, and unfortunately, it was snubbed for the Oscars. It was added to Netflix at the end of May 2020.

The film tells the story of Howard Ratner, a jeweler, trying to pull off the biggest score of this life. Unfortunately, his actions have him in deep with the sharks, and he’s trying to claw his way out.

Sandler stars in the film as Howard, and it’s the performance of his career, in my opinion. Sandler has so many iconic movie characters, but almost all of those are, sort of, less well-rounded.

And, I don’t mean that as a way of shaming Sandler’s comedic brilliance. He’s one of the best comedy actors of all time. The box office numbers prove that. But, in those comedies, his characters feel like Adam Sandler playing a character. In Uncut Gems, it feels like Sandler is the character, and I think that makes all the difference.

This movie is a wild ride! It’s anxiety-inducing to say the least. There’s so much drama, so much going on, and it’s difficult to keep track of what exactly Howard’s end game is. When it’s all revealed, it all makes so much sense.

If you are up for a high-stakes, gambling thriller, Uncut Gems is the movie for you to watch on Netflix.

Next: Lady Bird

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Best Netflix movies: Lady Bird

Release Year: 2017 

Directed by Greta Gerwig

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, and Stephen McKinley Henderson

Lady Bird was just added to Netflix, and it’s must-watch for those who haven’t seen it. The film has an excellent cast, and it’s my favorite of Greta Gerwig’s movies yet. Lady Bird is Gerwig’s directorial debut, and she’s gone on to direct Little Women, which was also nominated for an Oscar this year.

The movie is set in California in the early 2000s and follows Christine, played by Ronan, who is a teenager trying to find herself and dealing with a mother who doesn’t support her. Christine goes by the name “Lady Bird.”

The movie has an incredible cast led by Ronan. Beanie Feldstein, who also starred in Booksmart, is really good, too.

Lady Bird was one of the best movies of 2017, and it was nominated for five Oscars at the 2018 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Best Director (Gerwig), Best Supporting Actress (Metcalf), and Best Original Screenplay.

If you haven’t seen Lady Bird yet, check it out on Netflix now!

Next: The Half of It

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Best Netflix movies: The Half of It

Release Year: 2020 

Directed by Alice Wu

Starring Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire

The Half of It is a new Netflix original movie. It premiered on the streaming service on May 1, 2020. It’s easily one of the best new Netflix movies of the year so far.

The film was written and directed by Alice Wu, and it tells the story of a friendship between Ellie (Lewis) and Paul (Diemer). Paul has a crush on Aster (Lemire), and Paul pays Ellie to help him start a relationship with her. As it turns out, Ellie also has feelings for Aster, as well.

Overall, the movie was quite popular when it was released on Netflix, but it hasn’t had the staying power that we’ve seen some of the other popular Netflix movies have in recent years. Hopefully, this movie will have a little resurgence this summer as more viewers tune in.

The Half of It is a must-watch on Netflix if you’re a fan of teen movies. Netflix has another teen movie hit on their hands with The Half of It, as well.

If you like The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and others, you have to check out this movie.

Next: The Lovebirds

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Best Netflix movies: The Lovebirds

Release Year: 2020

Directed by Michael Showalter

Starring Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer

The Lovebirds was added to Netflix this spring. Originally, the film was supposed to premiere in theaters, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pulled from theaters and added to Netflix instead.
The now-Netflix original movie tells the story of a couple, Leilani and Jibran, played by Rae and Nanjiani respectively, who are about to break up. After witnessing a murder and them becoming the main suspects, the couple tries to do everything they can to clear their names, which leads them into various compromising situations.

Rae and Nanjiani have great chemistry, and their characters work together so well, and I don’t mean that literally. In the movie, Leilani and Jibran DO NOT work well together, at least not for more of the movie anyway.

I know this movie didn’t get great reviews, but I really enjoyed it. There’s always something so good to me about the disaster comedy, especially when it involves witnessing crimes and/or becoming suspects on the run. It reminded me of Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carell a little bit.

If you like movies like that, you’re going to really enjoy The Lovebirds! I’m holding out hope for a Lovebirds sequel on Netflix, too.

Next: To All The Boys 2

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Best Netflix movies: To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Release Year: 2020 

Directed by Michael Fimognari

Starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, John Corbett, and more

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You premiered on Netflix on Feb. 12, 2020, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and the movie did not disappoint.

The film follows Lara Jean Covey, played by Lana Condor, as she starts her “real” relationship with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) at the end of the first film. Relationships are complicated, though, and things get a little weird when another one of the people who received a letter from Lara Jean, John Ambrose McClaren, played by Jordan Fisher, re-enters her life.

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You has to be the most-watched Netflix movie of the year so far. And, To All The Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the third film of the trilogy, is coming to Netflix in the near future.

Stay tuned for more news about the new movie!

Next: Marriage Story

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Best Netflix movies: Marriage Story

Release Year: 2019 

Directed by Noah Baumbach 

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, and Julie Hagerty 

Marriage Story was added to Netflix on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, after a month and change in theaters. It’s the second Netflix original film from Noah Baumbach following The Meyerowitz Stories, which is also on this list.

In Marriage Story, Charlie (Driver) and Nicole (Johansson) are struggling in their marriage. She’s on one coast for work, while he’s on the other for work, and they have a son caught in between. The film follows their divorce, custody battle, and how they move on.

This film has a stellar cast. It’s not very often Netflix puts together a talented cast like this one with Dern, Wever, Liotta and Hagerty in supporting roles. Johansson and Driver are also incredible in this movie. I wouldn’t be surprised to see many members of the cast be nominated for Oscars.

Marriage Story is well on its way to becoming the best Netflix original movie to date. Many people considered the film the favorite to win the Oscar for Best Picture, which would have been the first for Netflix.

Next: The Irishman

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Best Netflix movies: The Irishman

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale and more! 

The Irishman premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, after a theatrical run in many independent theaters around the country. The Netflix original film is directed by Martin Scorsese, and it’s one of two Netflix movies with a realistic chance at winning the Oscar for Best Picture this year.

The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint House by Charles Brandt. It tells the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro) who was a hitman for the Bufalino crime family. He also had ties to Jimmy Hoffa. In the film, Hoffa is played by Al Pacino!

The film spans several decades and they used de-aging technology to allow De Niro, Pacino and Pesci to play these characters in their younger days.

If you watch any movie on Netflix, check out The Irishman! You’re going to love it!

Next: 6 Underground

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Best Netflix movies: 6 Underground

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Michael Bay 

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Payman Maadi, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy, and Dave Franco

6 Underground is being billed as the most Michael Bay movie of all time, and I couldn’t agree more. This movie has everything you’d expect from a Bay film: explosions, more explosions, ridiculous missions, and oh yeah, more explosions.

In the film, Ryan Reynolds stars as One, a billionaire who fakes his own death and assembles a team of experts in various fields to take down the worst of the worst. In their first major mission, they try to stop a dictator using gas on the innocent people of his country.

You’ll either enjoy this movie or hate this movie. There are very few people who will fall in between. I can’t say I loved it, but it’s definitely entertaining if you like Bay and his other movies or are just a fan of incredible action sequences. In one scene, a dude grinds a rail on a skateboard while also using a grenade launcher to blow up a moving car. It’s *chef’s kiss* spectacular!

6 Underground won’t be winning any awards, but it’s definitely an entertaining movie to watch on Netflix!

Next: Dolemite

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Best Netflix movies: Dolemite Is My Name

Release Year: 2019 

Directed by Craig Brewer

Starring Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Luenell, Bob Odenkirk, Snoop Dogg, Tituss Burgess, Chris Rock, and more 

Dolemite Is My Name is a new Netflix original movie added to the streaming service on Friday, Oct. 25. In the film, Eddie Murphy stars as Rudy Ray Moore, who rose to fame for his alter ego Dolemite in comedy shows and movies during the 1970s and 1980s. This movie tells part of Moore’s story.

This film has an incredible cast with Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Craig Robinson and more. It’s definitely a must-watch on the streaming service. Netflix is spending big money on their original films, and this is an example of the network committing to compelling storytelling with an A-lister on board.

Dolemite Is My Name should definitely be considered for the Oscars this year. Murphy delivers an incredible performance, and I’m really hoping he gets the recognition he deserves. This is one of the best Netflix original movies so far, and I’m guessing it will be that way for a long time.

Next: Murder Mystery

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Best Netflix movies: Murder Mystery

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Kyle Newacheck

Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans

Murder Mystery was just released on Netflix on Friday, June 14. It’s one of the best Netflix movies of the year.

In the film, Sandler and Aniston play a married couple who have been putting off their European vacation for a long time. They decided to take the trip, but it quickly becomes something much more than they could have asked for.

After meeting a rich dude, played by Luke Evans, the couple ends up on a yacht. When the yacht’s owner, a billionaire, ends up dead, the Americans are the main suspects. They have to clear their names.

Murder Mystery lives up to the hype, and it’s the first movie until Sandler’s Netflix deal to do so. I had pretty high hopes for this original comedy, and it’s actually a really fun movie. Sandler and Aniston have really good chemistry, and there’s a good story here to keep viewers entertained.

I don’t think this movie will be for everybody, but it’s definitely worth a watch. There are some good, funny moments, and it’s filmed in beautiful locations in Europe.

Next: Always Be My Maybe

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Best Netflix movies: Always Be My Maybe

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan

Starring Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Vivian Bang, and Michelle Buteau

If you’re looking for a great new rom-com to watch on Netflix, Always Be My Maybe is the movie for you. The Netflix original film premiered on Netflix on Friday, May 31. So far, the film is getting great reviews and looks like it will be one of Netflix’s most successful movies yet.

In the film, two friends, played by Ali Wong and Randall Park, from childhood reconnect later in life and start having romantic feelings for one another. Will their different paths be able to come together? You’ll have to find out in the movie.

I really hope Netflix keeps making movies like this. There’s definitely a gap in the rom-com genre, especially in terms of representation. Always Be My Maybe should be a lesson for other studios.

Here’s to hoping Netflix makes a sequel based on this movie! Park and Wong have amazing chemistry, and we hope they can continue this story at the streaming service.

Next: Wine Country

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Best Netflix movies: Wine Country

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Amy Poehler

Starring Amy Poehler, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Emily Spivey, Cherry Jones, Maya Erskine, and Jason Schwartzman

Wine Country just premiered on Netflix in May 2019, and it was the best new movie to be added to the streaming service during the month. The film was written by Emily Spivey, who also stars in the film, and Liz Cackowski. Wine Country is also Amy Poehler’s feature-film directorial debut, and she also stars in the Netflix original film.

The film follows a group of friends who travel to the Napa Valley to celebrate the 50th birthday party for one of their friends. While they try to hide their problems, those problems have a way of manifesting themselves over the course of the trip.

Wine Country is one of Netflix’s best original comedies. It’s not often they put together a cast like this in an original movie, and it definitely works in Wine Country. if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on Netflix now!

Netflix has been ramping up their original movie slate, and if the rest of the movies on the way are like this one, the future looks good for the streaming service.

Next: Someone Great

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Best Netflix movies: Someone Great

Release Year: 2019

Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise and Lakeith Stanfield

Someone Great tells the story of Jenny, played by Gina Rodriguez, who lives in New York City and has since college. In college, she met her boyfriend, Nate, played by Lakeith Stanfield, and they have dated for the last nine years. When Jenny gets her dream job in San Francisco, Nate breaks up with her. Jenny’s best friends, played by DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow, take her out for one more fun night before she moves away.

The Netflix original film premiered on Netflix in May, and it had to be one of the most-watched new movies of the month on the streaming service. This cast is so good! And, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson delivers on a great story.

Someone Great might not be for everyone, but it’s one of the best romantic comedies available on Netflix. It’s funny most of the time, and it has these really emotional moments that actually hit hard. It’s not always like that with new rom-coms, so make sure you check this movie out!

Next: Moonlight

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Best Netflix movies: Moonlight

Release Year: 2016

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali

Moonlight was just added to Netflix in May 2019. Although the movie came out in theaters a few years ago, I’m willing to bet there are many who still haven’t seen this movie. Now, you don’t have an excuse!

Moonlight was written and directed by Barry Jenkins. The story is based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, In The Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film follows three stages of the life of Chiron: as a kid, as a teenager, and as a young adult. It’s an incredible story.

The film won three Oscars at the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay. As many will remember, La La Land was actually announced as the winner, but it was, in fact, Moonlight that won the award.

Moonlight is one of a few Best Picture winners on Netflix. If you still haven’t seen this movie, you have to check it out on the streaming service now! You won’t regret it.

Next: Birdbox

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Best Netflix movies: Birdbox

Release Year: 2018

Directed by Susanne Bier

Starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Danielle Macdonald, and Sarah Paulson

Birdbox is based on the novel of the same name written by Josh Malerman. The film premiered on Netflix at the end of 2018, and at the time, it has the most views of any Netflix original movie over its opening few weeks. We have to assume that’s still the case months later.

Birdbox tells the story of a woman leading a group through the horrors of a post-apocalyptic world. In this world, monsters trick humans into seeing awful things and ending their lives because of the horrors. The travelers, then, are forced to blindfold themselves and try to make the journey to safety.

It’s very easy to compare Bird Box to A Quiet Place starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. I think many people who liked A Quiet Place would also like Birdbox.

Overall, Birdbox is not a perfect movie, but it’s one of the best Netflix originals yet. It sounds like a possible sequel for this movie is still on the table, but we haven’t heard much about it yet. Stay tuned for more news about this film.

Next: Roma

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Best Netflix movies: Roma

Release Year: 2018

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron

Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Jorge Antonio Guerrero and more

While some people might pick a classic for the top movie on Netflix, we picked Roma as the best movie on Netflix because, well, it is! You have to watch this movie as soon as you can.

Directed by the great Alfonso Cuaron, Roma premiered on Netflix in December 2018, but it was released in theaters around the world a few weeks before the Netflix release date. The film tells the story of a family living in Mexico City in the 1970s. It’s an incredible story, and it features incredible performances.

Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars, including noms for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira) and more. It is going to be the first Netflix original feature film to win an Oscar. I have a feeling the movie will be walking away from the award show with at least a few Oscars, including Best Cinematography and Best Director.

Next: To All The Boys

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Best Netflix movies: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Release Year: 2018

Directed by Susan Johnson

Starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard, John Corbett, and Madeleine Arthur

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix original film based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han. The film premiered on the streaming service this fall and is one of the most popular Netflix original movies yet.

The film tells the story of Lara Jean Covey, a teen who writes love letters to the five boys she loved at one time before moving on. When these letters get sent, Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

The film is based on the first book of Han’s trilogy, and now everyone, and I mean everyone, is hoping this movie becomes a series based on Han’s books. Netflix has ordered sequels, and the second one, titled P.S. I Still Love You, was added to Netflix in February 2020.

If you love rom-coms, check this movie out as soon as you can!

Next: Edge of Seventeen

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Best Netflix movies: The Edge of Seventeen

Release Year: 2016

Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jenner

The Edge of Seventeen is probably one of the best movies on Netflix that you’ve never heard of. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine, a teenager who is dealing with the loss of her father. Her brother, played by What/If star Blake Jenner, seems like the perfect child. He connects with their mom much better than Nadine, and Nadine has a lot of issues being the other kid, so to speak. To make things worse, Nadine’s best friend starts dating her brother.

With few places to turn, Nadine strikes up a friendship with Mr. Bruner, played by Woody Harrelson who tries to help her.

The Edge of Seventeen is a great movie. While it uses common tropes from many movies about teens, it never feels like one of those many movies. It’s like the gold standard of teen movies.

Steinfeld is so good in this role. This was really her breakout performance, and I’m hoping she gets more roles like this in the future. If you haven’t seen this movie, check it out on the streaming service before it goes away!

Next: Set It Up

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Best Netflix movies: Set It Up

Release Year: 2018

Directed by Claire Scanlon

Starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu, Pete Davidson, Jon Rudnitsky, Tituss Burgess, Meredith Hagner, and Joan Smalls

Set It Up is one of Netflix’s most successful romantic comedies yet. The film tells the story of two workaholics who are stuck in personal assistant jobs and always working. The pair, played by Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, form a plan to set their bosses up with each other romantically. The thought here is that the bosses will fall in love, spend time together, and not work as much. Will it work for them?

Clearly, this rom-com follows a lot of genre tropes and common storylines, but it’s really good and funny. I was especially impressed with Deutch and Powell and their chemistry in the film.

Set It Up was released on Netflix in the spring of 2018. There are rumors that Set It Up 2 is already in the works at Netflix. We hope these rumors are true. This is one of Netflix’s best romantic comedies yet, and that’s saying something. The streaming network has become known for their great romantic comedies like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Kissing Booth, and more.

Check out the rom-com on the streaming service now!

Next: The Kissing Booth

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Best Netflix movies: The Kissing Booth

Release Year: 2018

Directed by Vince Marcello

Starring Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi and Molly Ringwald

The Kissing Booth is one of the most popular Netflix original movies ever. It was watched by millions shortly after its release on the streaming service.

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Beth Reekles. The film tells the story of Elle (Joey King), a teenager who is best friends with Lee (Joel Courtney). They share the same birthday, and Lee is the closest person to Elle after her mother passed away. They have a list of rules they stick to, but Elle considers breaking the rules when she starts to have feelings for Lee’s brother, Noah (Elordi).

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this movie, but there’s no way we can keep it off the list. It’s just too good and too popular among Netflix and fans and those who like teen rom-coms to keep it off.

The film was so popular that Netflix made a sequel to the film, and it was released in July 2020. There’s already a third movie in the works, as well.

Stay tuned for more news about this original film!

Next: Mudbound

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Best Netflix movies: Mudbound

Release Year: 2017

Written and Directed by Dee Rees

Starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Mudbound is the best Netflix original film so far, and it’s not that close! The film tells the story of two men from different backgrounds who return to their homes in rural Mississippi after serving in World War II.

Mudbound is the only Netflix original feature film that has been nominated for an Oscar. Mary J. Blige was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and Dee Rees was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Unfortunately, the film did not win an Oscar and based on the possible Academy Awards rules changes, Mudbound might be the final Netflix original feature film nominated for an Oscar.

Next: Beasts of No Nation

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Best Netflix movies: Beasts of No Nation

Release Year: 2015

Written and Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike, Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye, Ama K. Abebrese, Francis Weddey, Kobina Amissah-Sam

Beasts of No Nation is based on the novel written by Uzodinma Iweala. Cary Fukunaga wrote the screenplay for the film and also directed the film on location in Eastern Ghana. Beasts of No Nation is also Netflix’s first original film.

Beasts of No Nation tells the story of a young boy, Agu (Abraham Attah), living in a Civil War-torn region of Africa. After his village is taken by rebels, Agu joins a militant group of child soldiers who are fighting the rebels. The group is led by the ruthless Commandant (Idris Elba).

Beasts of No Nation was released on Netflix on October 16, 2015. Based on the buzz surrounding the film, it should be nominated for several awards on the award circuit later in the year. And, it could also get some love from The Academy and receive a few Oscar nominations, especially Elba for Best Supporting Actor.

Next: The Meyerowitz Stories

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)- Credit: Netflix

Best Netflix movies: The Meyerowitz Stories  

Release Year: 2017

Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Marvel, Emma Thompson and Ben Stiller

The Meyerowitz Stories is the most recently released Netflix original film, and it’s the best movie Netflix has made so far. Watch out Oscars; this movie could be Netflix’s first Oscar!

The film tells the story of several adult children living in their father’s shadow. After an event puts things in jeopardy, a family is forced to confront uncomfortable situations and the past.

While all the acting performances in this movie are great, Sandler is getting particularly high praise for his role in the film. If you like Sandler and his movies, you have to see this movie; you’ll see a side of him you’ve never seen before.

This movie is not for everybody, a quality many Baumbach movies have. But, if you love film or good family dramas with excellent performances and an interesting story, The Meyerowitz Stories is the movie for you tonight.

Next: Okja

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Best Netflix movies: Okja

Release Year: 2017

Written by Bong Joon-ho and Jon Ronson

Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Byun Hee-bong, Giancarlo Esposito, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Yoon Je-moon, Choi Woo-shik, and Daniel Henshall

Okja was released on Netflix on June 28, 2017. The film the best Netflix original movie so far. I highly recommend the movie to anyone and everyone with a Netflix subscription. 

The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was considered for the best award of the festival, Palme d’Or.

In the movie, a young girl named Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) tries to protect her best friend and animal Okja from evil people working for a company set on making Okja the next best food product in the world. 

Okja is such a good movie with an even better message. Overall, the film might be a bit too strange for many people, but I think this film has potential to be one of the best movies of the year.

Let us know what you think of the film after you watch!

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