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If you're looking for a cinematic adventure for the weekend, there's no need to lament the demise of Blockbuster or even head out to buy a new Blu-ray. Your trusty Netflix subscription offers a massive selection of feature films to choose from, with some even available to stream in 4K Dolby Vision.

We've pulled together our list of 30 films that everybody should watch on Netflix. So forget your plans to head to the cinema this weekend, curl up on the couch and hit play on one of these fantastic movies on the streaming platform.

1. Mank (2020)


IMDb rating: 7.3 | Runtime: 131 minutes

Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins

In the glamorous Mank, 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of witty and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish Citizen Kane. If you love Hollywood's Golden Age and films about films, this one is a must-watch.

2. Ava (2020)


IMDb rating: 5.3 | Runtime: 97 minutes

Cast: Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common, Colin Farrell, Geena Davis

Meet the deadly Ava, an assassin who works for a black ops organisation. She travels the globe and specialises in high profile hits – but when a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. Stream it when you crave something bloody.

3. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)


IMDb rating: 8.0 | Runtime: 164 minutes

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

K, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a secret that could cause chaos. As a result, he goes in search of a former blade runner who has been missing for three decades. A visual feast, this sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner actually improves upon the original. It's nothing short of brilliant.

4. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)


IMDb rating: 7.8 | Runtime: 130 minutes

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Ambitious and thought-provoking, The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells the real story of the people who were put on trial following the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, US. Add in an excellent cast and you've got yourself a crowd-pleaser.

5. The Old Guard (2020)


IMDb rating: 6.6 | Runtime: 125 minutes

Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts

A covert team of immortal mercenaries is suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret. That's the intriguing premise behind this sophisticated superhero film, one that pushes the genre forward while also sticking to convention long enough to satisfy diehard fans. It will only leave you wanting more.

6. Moneyball (2011)


IMDb rating: 7.6 | Runtime: 133 minutes

Cast: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

The general manager of the Oakland A's joins forces with a Yale graduate to challenge the old-school selection methods and reinvent his baseball team with the help of a sabermetric model that has never been used before. A top-notch biographical drama, Moneyball takes a niche subject and makes it incredibly appealing. That's no easy feat.

7. Baby Driver (2017)


IMDb rating: 7.6 | Runtime: 115 minutes

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Lily James

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Thrilling and stylish, Baby Driver is a smooth mix of action, music and fun. Buckle up for a wild ride.

8. Call Me By Your Name (2017)


IMDb rating: 7.9 | Runtime: 132 minutes

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Italy in the 1980s: A romance blossoms between a 17-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, the two spend together a summer that will alter their lives forever. You'll be enthralled from the very first scene.

9. Superbad (2007)


IMDb rating: 7.6 | Runtime: 119 minutes

Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Superbad follows two high school boys who want to enjoy their lives to the fullest before they go to different colleges. Unfortunately, their debauchery lands them in trouble… more than once. Prepare to laugh out loud. Repeatedly.

10. Paddington (2014)


IMDb rating: 7.2 | Runtime: 95 minutes

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters

This wholesome movie centres on a young bear who can walk and talk. He travels to London from the jungles of Peru, where he is adopted by the Brown family and goes on exciting adventures in the big city. Heartwarming stuff.

11. The Irishman (2019)


IMDb rating: 7.9 | Runtime: 209 minutes

Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Kicking off in the 50s, The Irishman follows a truck driver who gets involved with a crime family. As he climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa. An epic gangster flick directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie deserves all the praise it's already got and then some.

12. Roma (2018)


IMDb rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 135 minutes

Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Roma follows a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Written and directed by the remarkable Alfonso Cuarón, the movie is pure spectacle, with gorgeous cinematography and an intimate story that will give you plenty to think about.

13. Marriage Story (2019)


IMDB rating: 8.0 | Runtime: 137 minutes

Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer

A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. The film portrays both sides of a messy separation and features some top-notch acting. It's heartbreaking, but it hurts so good.

14. Uncut Gems (2019)


IMDb rating: 7.5 | Runtime: 136 minutes

Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel

Starring Adam Sandler at his best, Uncut Gems revolves around a charismatic jeweller pursuing the windfall of a lifetime. It's a movie about a man willing to risk everything who experiences majestic highs followed by crushing lows. For the audience, it's just as thrilling as you'd expect.

15. Snowpiercer (2013)


IMDb rating: 7.1 | Runtime: 126 minutes

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

Survivors of Earth's second ice age live out their days on a luxury train that ploughs through snow and ice. But when a revolt among the lower-class passengers ensues, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer will take your breath away with its horror, mayhem and palpable despair. If you want an action flick with substance, you're in the right place.

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)


IMDb rating: 8.0 | Runtime: 98 minutes

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller

This touching movie follows Charlie, a shy freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors. As they welcome him to the real world, Charlie learns to come to terms with his own past. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt coming-of-age story – the kind that stays with you long after the end credits roll.

17. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)


IMDb rating: 7.3 | Runtime: 118 minutes

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps

In Dolemite Is My Name Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who became a sensation. It's a stranger-than-fiction story you need to see to believe, with excellent costumes and brilliant acting. Murphy's charisma is the stuff of dreams.

18. Bad Boys (1995)


IMDb rating: 6.9 | Runtime: 119 minutes

Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle, Michael Taliferro

Marcus, a family man, and Mike, a ladies' man, are partners in the Miami police. They might make an odd couple, but their banter is off the hook. Add in a fast-paced story about a French drug lord, stolen heroin and hijinks – poof, an entire franchise is born. Watch it when you're in need of a solid laugh.

19. High Flying Bird (2019)


IMDb rating: 6.2 | Runtime: 91 minutes

Cast: André Holland, Melvin Gregg, Eddie Tavares

High Flying Bird follows a sports agent who pitches a controversial business opportunity to a rookie basketball player. While the premise may not sound like much, trust us: this sharp and thoughtful sports drama about the big business of basketball will keep you glued to the screen.

20. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


IMDb rating: 8.2 | Runtime: 92 minutes

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

This cult British comedy revolves around King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Together, they go on a surreal search for the Holy Grail, encountering silly obstacles around the way. Fun!

21. Annihilation (2018)


IMDB rating: 6.9 | Runtime: 115 minutes

Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

A sci-fi wonder, Annihilation centres on a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply. It's strange, ambitious, clever and visually gorgeous. It will also give you plenty to ponder upon.

22. La La Land (2016)


IMDb rating: 8.0 | Runtime: 128 minutes

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

La La Land follows the love story between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. A fabulous movie about the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams, it's heartbreaking and unforgettable. Even if you don't like musicals, we recommend you give it a go. It will surprise you for the better.

23. I Am Mother (2019)


IMDb rating: 6.7 | Runtime: 114 minutes

Cast: Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Luke Hawker, Summer Lenton

In the wake of humanity's extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate Earth. However, their bond is tested when a stranger arrives with alarming news. Intelligent and bold, I Am Mother delivers enough twists to mess with your mind, in the best way possible. You won't be able to look away.

24. Prisoners (2013)


IMDb rating: 8.1 | Runtime: 153 minutes

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

When a man's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads. Prisoners is absorbing, raw, exciting and emotional. Exactly how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Tune in to find out.

25. Room (2015)


IMDb rating: 8.1 | Runtime: 117 minutes

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

After years of being held captive in an isolated shed by a kidnapper, a woman and her young son manage to escape the confinement. Yet, re-entering society comes with its fair share of challenges. The movie is a roller-coaster of emotions, with fantastic acting welcoming you at every turn. Outstanding from start to finish.

26. Beasts of No Nation (2015)


IMDb rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 137 minutes

Cast: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor

The first real Netflix Original feature film, Beasts of No Nation tells the story of a child soldier in war-torn Africa. It's harrowing viewing and won't leave you with a warm, uplifted feeling inside, but is an incredible story all the same.

27. Okja (2017)


IMDb rating: 7.3 | Runtime: 120 minutes

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn

Okja, a large animal, had been Mija's sidekick for 10 years before the Conglomerate, Mirando Corporation, takes Okja and tries to ship the animal off to New York. Mija sets out on a recovery mission to try and bring her great friend back.

28. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


IMDb rating: 8.1 | Runtime: 98 minutes

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Arguably the best Dreamworks animated film to date (yes, better than Shrek), How to Train Your Dragon combines dragons with vikings and an incredible journey of friendship that is fun for the entire family.

29. The Little Prince (2015)


IMDb rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 108 minutes

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams

Based upon the classic French children's book Le Petit Prince, The Little Prince is a charming tale about childhood, life and the magic you find when you allow yourself to feel.

30. I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017)


IMDb rating: 6.9 | Runtime: 93 minutes

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Elijah Wood

After she's burgled, nursing assistant Ruth has a bit of an existential crisis and decides to track down the thieves with the help of her neighbour. It's an enjoyable effort and another Netflix Original film to watch on the streaming service.

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