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The best Netflix movies streaming in Australia
From Oscar nominations to absolute must-sees, here are the best Netflix movies streaming in Australia right now.
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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. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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!
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)
IMDb rating: 7.5 | Runtime: 83 minutes
Cast: Theo James, Mary McDonnell, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish
A cocky young witcher who escaped from poverty, Vesemir really enjoys slaying monsters for coin and glory. However, when a powerful new enemy makes himself known, Vesemir must face the demons of his past – while learning that being a witcher means more than just making money.
An anime origin story set in The Witcher universe, this thrilling action movie centres on Gerald's mentor. If you want to learn more about this fascinating world and its monsters, watch it ASAP.
22. Joker (2019)
IMDb rating: 8.4 | Runtime: 122 minutes
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Starring a memorable Joaquin Phoenix, Joker is the unsettling origin story of one of Gotham's most ruthless villains. He starts off as a mentally troubled comedian mistreated by society, only to embark on downward spiral of crime and mayhem. A novel addition to the Batman franchise, the movie will give you a lot to think about.
23. The Hunger Games (2012)
IMDb rating: 7.2 | Runtime: 142 minutes
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
In a world where teens are forced to fight to their death in a yearly competition, a young girl defies the establishment by using her wits and bravery. Based on the book by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a YA triumph with nuanced performances, a complex dystopian world and a disturbing premise.
24. Vivo (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.7 | Runtime: 95 minutes
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Ynairaly Simo, Gloria Estefan, Juan de Marcos González
Vivo is an animated flick revolving around a music-loving kinkajou who embarks on the journey of a lifetime in order to fulfill his destiny (and maybe have some fun in the process). A charming movie for kids and adults alike, Vivo is a lively adventure you'll enjoy taking part in. With songs by Lin Manuel-Miranda, who also stars, it will definitely put a smile on your face.
25. Worth (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.8 | Runtime: 118 minutes
Cast: Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donovan
A biographical film, Worth is all about an attorney who battles against cynicism, bureaucracy and politics to help the victims of 9/11. The movie revolves around Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fun. As you can imagine, being faced with the impossible task of determining the worth of a life is no easy feat. Well-acted and hard-hitting, the movie will stay with you for a long time.
26. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
IMDb rating: 8.1 | Runtime: 120 minutes
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Set years after the collapse of civilisation, this post-apocalyptic action extravaganza is a ride worth taking. Mad Max: Fury Road follows a woman who rebels against a tyrannical ruler with the help of a group of prisoners and a drifter named Max. To call the movie spectacular would be an understatement. Add top-notch performances into the mix and you've got yourself a hit.
27. The Guilty (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.3 | Runtime: 90 minutes
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard, Christina Vidal
Confined to one location, The Guilty centres on a police officer demoted to work as a 911 operator. Over the course of a harrowing day, he struggles to help a woman who calls the emergency line saying that she has been abducted. A claustrophobic thriller with a powerful performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, The Guilty will give you chills.
28. Army of Thieves (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.4 | Runtime: 127 minutes
Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin
A prequel to Army of the Dead, this fabulous movie revolves around a mysterious woman who recruits a bank teller to join a crew of wanted criminals. Together, they target impossible-to-crack safes across Europe. A stylish heist film, Army of Thieves keeps viewers engaged from start to finish. It's also a whole lot of fun.
29. Red Notice (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.4 | Runtime: 115 minutes
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot
An enjoyable action comedy, Red Notice follows an Interpol agent in pursuit of the world's most wanted art thief. To succeed, however, he needs to team up with another clever criminal.
With excellent production values and an A-list cast, the movie is a relaxing diversion from reality. Fingers crossed we will get a sequel sometime soon.
30. The Harder They Fall (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.6 | Runtime: 139 minutes
Cast: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield
When an outlaw finds out that his nemesis is being released from prison, he rounds up his old gang to seek revenge. That's the premise of this vibrant and entertaining western, whose cast is an absolute delight. Buckle up for a bloody ride.
31. tick, tick...BOOM! (2021)
IMDb rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 115 minutes
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this fascinating musical centres on Jonathan Larson, who revolutionised theater as the creator of Rent. We follow him as he's waiting tables at a New York diner in 1990 while working on what he hopes will be the next great American musical.
With a mesmerising performance form Andrew Garfield, the movie is not only a powerful portrait of a great talent, but a celebration of the (often harrowing) creative process. Turns out, being an artist is not always as glamorous as it might seem from the outside.
32. Love Hard (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.3 | Runtime: 105 minutes
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet
Love Hard is a charming Christmas rom-com, perfect to stream around the holidays. The plot follows a young writer who falls for a seemingly perfect guy on a dating app. When she travels to his home to surprise him, however, she discovers that she has been catfished. Hijinks ensue.
33. Passing (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.6 | Runtime: 98 minutes
Cast: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp
Set in 1920s New York, this thought-provoking movie is based on the book of the same name by Nella Larsen. It follows a Black woman who finds her world upended when she reconnects with a childhood friend who's passing as white. Shot in black and white, Passing is just as nuanced as it is visually arresting.
34. The Power of the Dog (2021)
IMDb rating: 7.0 | Runtime: 126 minutes
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee
In The Power of the Dog, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a rancher who inspires equal parts fear and awe in everyone around him.
When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, the rancher starts off by tormenting them. However, he soon takes the boy under his wing: but is this just another cruelty or is he warming up to the newcomers?
With a stellar cast and solid production values, The Power of the Dog is unsettling and thought-provoking. If you like westerns, this one is not to miss.
35. The Unforgivable (2021)
IMDb rating: 7.2 | Runtime: 112 minutes
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas
Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, a woman attempts to piece her life back together while encountering difficulties at every step. Things get even more complicated when she tries to reconnect with her younger sister. With a gutting performance from Sandra Bullock, this movie is grim. It's also very much worth it.
36. Back to the Outback (2021)
IMDb rating: 6.7 | Runtime: 92 minutes
Cast: Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell
These creatures may look menacing, but they have a heart of gold. Back to the Outback centres on a group of Australia's deadliest creatures as they plot an escape from the zoo. Boasting great animation and dedicated voice performances, it's a treat for viewers regardless of age.
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