The best Netflix Original movies streaming in Australia
Netflix movies are a mixed bag, but there are enough great titles for a solid marathon.
Netflix’s first original film was Beasts of No Nation, released back in 2015. Since then, the platform has expanded its catalogue extensively – so much so that subscribers on the lookout for a Netflix original flick can now pick between tens of titles from all genres, depending on mood.
Netflix likes to experiment, so it invests in different types of content to figure out what works best. As a result, the service offers some truly awful movies (The Do-Over), a bunch of so-bad-they’re-good movies (The Christmas Prince) and, finally, genuinely good films more than worthy of your attention. The only downside? It can be hard to figure out which title fits into which category. To help you out, we’ve gathered a few amazing titles you should immediately put on your watch list. Here are some of the best original movies Netflix has to offer.
1. Uncut Gems (2019)
- Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner
- LaKeith Stanfield as Demany
- Julia Fox as Julia De Fiore
Uncut Gems is all about a charismatic jeweller who makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. As a result, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
An electrifying crime thriller, Uncut Gems lives up to the hype. Starring Adam Sandler, who delivers probably the best performance of his career, the movie is a delight, providing tons of excitement that will keep you glued to the screen.
2. Marriage Story (2019)
- Scarlett Johansson as Nicole Barber
- Adam Driver as Charlie Barber
- Laura Dern as Nora Fanshaw
Highly praised by critics, Marriage Story follows a stage director and his actor wife, who are going through a coast-to-coast divorce. This turns out to be an all-consuming endeavour, pushing them both to their personal and creative extremes.
One of writer-director Noah Baumbach's best works, the movie wins bonus points for portraying both sides of the messy divorce with compassion, making for a heartbreaking viewing experience. And yet, Marriage Story still finds moments of humour, greatly benefiting from amazing performances from Johansson and Driver. You’ll find it on a lot of Best of 2019 lists, and for good reason.
3. The Two Popes (2019)
- Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
- Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI
- Luis Gnecco as Cardinal Cláudio Hummes
The Two Popes is a biographical drama adapted from McCarten's 2017 play The Pope. The movie revolves around Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis, who must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church, all behind Vatican’s walls.
This is a story of the struggle between tradition and progress, as these two very different men must find a way to deal with their pasts and move forward. The movie centers on one the most consequential moments in the history of the Catholic Church and will be a treat for all viewers, regardless of religion. That’s mostly thanks to the effective screenplay, but also to Pryce and Hopkins, who are on top of their game in this Netflix original production.
4. The Irishman (2019)
- Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran
- Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa
- Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino
A gangster drama directed by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman takes place in the 1950s and follows a truck driver who gets involved with a crime family. As he climbs the ranks, he also goes to work for the legendary Jimmy Hoffa. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.
The Irishman is already universally regarded as a cinematic masterpiece and one of the best films to come out in 2019, so that should count as reason enough to tune in. The movie is quite long and moves slowly, but the payoff is worth the wait. Engaging and thought-provoking, it will be a memorable watch for sure.
5. The King (2019)
- Timothée Chalamet as King Henry “Hal” V
- Joel Edgerton as Falstaff
- Robert Pattinson as The Dauphin
Starring Timothée Chalamet, The King is a historical drama based on several plays from William Shakespeare's Henriad. The story revolves around Hal, reluctant heir to the English throne, who is crowned King Henry V following his father’s death. He has to return to a life he had previously tried to escape, which involves navigating palace politics and dealing with all the chaos his dad left behind.
The King is stylish and beautifully written, with plenty to say about institutions of power. Yet, the movie never gets too preachy, and having Chalamet as the lead is a real treat. If you’re a fan of medieval dramas, you can’t miss this one.
6. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
- Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
- Krysten Ritter as Jane Margolis
- Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist
Six years after the iconic Breaking Bad series ended, we’re finally getting the epilogue we didn’t necessarily need, but desperately craved. El Camino takes place following the events of the show’s finale and reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman, who is currently on the run. In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, he must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.
We’re pretty sure praising this movie is redundant at this point - if you’re a fan, you’ll tune in nonetheless. Still, El Camino is a well-crafted tribute to Pinkman’s legacy, and Aaron Paul once again shines in the role. If you miss the Breaking Bad universe, you’ll absolutely love this.
7. The Laundromat (2019)
- Meryl Streep as Ellen Martin
- Gary Oldman as Jürgen Mossack
- Antonio Banderas as Ramón Fonseca
A biographical comedy-drama, The Laundromat has plenty of prestige names attached to it. It’s directed by Steven Soderbergh and tells the story of the Panama Papers scandal, when million of documents detailing financial information for hundreds of thousands of offshore entities were leaked. Wondering how it all started? When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins to investigate a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings.
This highly-anticipated movie got mixed reviews from critics, but still makes for pleasurable viewing, especially given the talented cast involved. It’s also much more playful than one might expect considering the subject matter.
8. Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
- Zach Galifianakis as himself
- Lauren Lapkus as Carol Hunch
- Ryan Gaul as Cameron "Cam" Campbell
Let’s keep things simple: if you’ve seen the web series, you’ll love the movie. And if haven’t, there’s still a pretty good chance you’ll have a good time. Between Two Ferns: The Movie follows Zach Galifianakis as he hits the road to do celebrity interviews in order to restore his reputation.
Galifianakis' awkward celebrity sit-downs are hilarious to watch, involving plenty of deadpan expressions and unexpected insults.The whole thing is absurd, sure, but that’s not a bad thing. If you’re a fan of edgy humor, Between Two Ferns: The Movie will prove to be a delight.
9. Falling Inn Love (2019)
- Christina Milian as Gabriela
- Adam Demos as Jake
- Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Dean
This silly, yet charming rom-com follows a corporate executive from San Francisco, Gabriela, who wins an inn in New Zealand and decides to follow her dream of renovating it. In the process, she meets a handsome contractor, Jake, who might just be willing to help her make all of her wishes come true.
Despite being rather formulaic, Falling Inn Love is a good time for rom-com enthusiasts, primarily due to its setting. The movie was actually filmed in New Zealand, with gorgeous views and picture perfect beaches. If you’re looking to escape the real world for an hour and a half, this flick makes for excellent company.
10. The Great Hack (2019)
- Brittany Kaiser as Herself - Former Director of Business Development for Cambridge Analytica
- David Carroll as Himself - Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
- Paul-Olivier Dehaye as Himself - Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower
- Ravi Naik as Himself - Data Rights Solicitor
This insightful documentary is all about the infamous Cambridge Analytica hacking scandal that took the world by storm in early 2018. The doco takes a look at how data is weaponized to wage cultural and political wars, all through the eyes of several people who played a crucial role in exposing the story.
The best thing about The Great Hack is that it acts both as an examination of the scandal, but also as a warning about the misuse of personal data. We’re not saying that you’ll want to deactivate your Facebook account immediately after the end credits roll, but you’ll surely be tempted to go off the grid. At least for a little while.
11. Murder Mystery (2019)
- Adam Sandler as Nick Spitz
- Jennifer Aniston as Audrey Spitz
- Luke Evans as Charles Cavendish
- Terence Stamp as Malcolm Quince
A treat for Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler fans, Murder Mystery follows a couple who go on an European vacation to reconnect. Unfortunately for them, a chance encounter gets them tangled in a murder mystery when an elderly billionaire is killed and they are framed to take the fall.
The purpose of this movie is obvious - to entertain. Aniston and Sandler are relaxed and fun to watch in their roles, with the plot benefiting from an intriguing premise. If you’re looking for an enjoyable comedy to keep you company after a long day, you can’t go wrong with this one.
12. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
- Ali Wong as Sasha
- Randall Park as Marcus
- Daniel Dae Kim as Brandon
- Keanu Reeves as himself
This delightful rom-com centers on Sasha and Marcus, childhood sweethearts who had a falling out and haven’t spoken in 15 years. They run into each other as adults and reconnect, but they live in completely different worlds now. Will old sparks be enough for these two to make it?
While the story isn’t necessarily new, the script keeps things fresh and the performances are strong enough to ensure you’ll have a great time. You should watch it for Keanu Reeves alone - his cameo is what memes are made of.
13. Someone Great (2019)
- Gina Rodriguez as Jenny Young
- LaKeith Stanfield as Nate Davis
- Brittany Snow as Blair Helms
- DeWanda Wise as Erin Kennedy
Dumped by her long-term boyfriend, a music journalist getting ready to move from New York to San Francisco recruits her best friends for one last outrageous adventure across the city. Along the way, despite the journalist’s best efforts of having the time of her life, flashbacks of moments with her former flame keep popping up, along with dire worries commonly associated with adulting.
Charming and fun, Someone Great may not have a particularly original premise, but it makes up for it thanks to the undeniable chemistry between the leads. Both heartfelt and hilarious, the movie has a strong message - at the end of the day, it’s more about growth than romance. Tip: watch it with an oversized bag of popcorn and a couple of friends to maximise enjoyment.
14. The Highwaymen (2019)
- Kevin Costner as Frank Hamer
- Woody Harrelson as Maney Gault
- Kathy Bates as Miriam "Ma" Ferguson
- John Carroll Lynch as Lee Simmons
Starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner, The Highwaymen follows former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault as they join forces to try and capture notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Based on real events, the movie centers on the two men who had to rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.
Costner and Harrelson work great together, while the movie itself is a treat for true crime fans, documenting the famous criminal duo’s spree from a different perspective. And if you somehow never heard of Bonnie and Clyde, you’ll be in for a great ride.
15. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
- Maxwell Simba as William Kamkwamba
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba
- Aïssa Maïga as Agnes Kamkwamba
- Lily Banda as Annie Kamkwamba
Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this powerful movie tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who is thrown out of school because his parents can no longer afford the fees. But the setback doesn’t stop the kid from achieving greatness - as a matter of fact, he starts to sneak into the library to learn how to build a windmill in order to save his village from a famine.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is based on the true story of William Kamkwamba. An inspiring tale of ingenuity, the movie highlights just how important education is and it does so in an emotional and memorable manner. Moreover, it paints a comprehensive picture of a culture you might not be familiar with.
16. Triple Frontier (2019)
- Ben Affleck as Tom "Redfly" Davis
- Oscar Isaac as Santiago "Pope" Garcia
- Charlie Hunnam as William "Ironhead" Miller
- Garrett Hedlund as Ben Millera
Triple Frontier is an explosive action flick which follows a group of former Special Forces operatives. This time, the group is working for themselves instead of their country, planning a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. When things go wrong, the men have to rely on their loyalties and skills in an epic battle for survival.
The outstanding cast makes Triple Frontier a must-see thriller, but not to worry - the engaging story will draw you in from the very first scene. Riveting and gritty, the movie is brimming with tension, intricate shoot-outs, and suspenseful man against nature moments. That’s the stuff!
17. Isn't It Romantic (2019)
- Rebel Wilson as Natalie
- Liam Hemsworth as Blake
- Adam DeVine as Josh
- Priyanka Chopra as Isabella
Fans of rom-coms, rejoice! Isn’t It Romantic is the satirical, feel good movie you were waiting for. The film stars Rebel Wilson as Natalie, an architect who is having a hard time at her job. Things get even worse when she gets knocked unconscious and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe - one where she's playing the lead in a real-life romantic comedy.
Meta and well-written, the film mocks every rom-com cliche in the book while also making for a compelling entry in the genre. It may not become an instant classic, but it’s a solid and entertaining movie, one that’s best enjoyed with some tasty snacks and a face mask.
18. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt
- Rene Russo as Rhodora Haze
- Toni Collette as Gretchen
- Zawe Ashton as Josephina
Craving a riveting thriller/horror combo? Velvet Buzzsaw will be right up your alley. Set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, the story starts after stunning paintings by an unknown artist are discovered and released into the world. Soon after, however, people start to die - especially those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Velvet Buzzsaw is visually intriguing and energetic, with a Gyllenhaal in great form. At times silly, at times gory, the movie is the perfect pick for horror fans who are on the lookout for something new. But is it art? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
19. IO (2019)
- Margaret Qualley as Sam Walden
- Anthony Mackie as Micah
- Danny Huston as Dr. Henry Walden
- Tom Payne as the voice of Elon
IO is a sci-fi film following Sam, one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth. She is a scientist eager to find a way for humans to adapt to the harsh conditions and continue living. However, when another survivor makes an appearance, she’ll have to decide whether she wants to join the rest of humanity in leaving the planet or remain behind to reach her goals.
A pretty straight-forward dystopian flick, IO has a talented cast and showcases some big ideas, which makes it the perfect pick for sci-fi fans. The movie takes place after a climate change disaster, predicting a grim future for earthlings and offering a dark and eerie atmosphere. We wouldn’t call it fun, but it’s certainly worth a stream.
20. Polar (2019)
- Mads Mikkelsen as Duncan Vizla
- Vanessa Hudgens as Camille
- Katheryn Winnick as Vivian
- Matt Lucas as Mr. Blut
This neo-noir action flick follows The Black Kaiser, the world's top assassin, whose retirement plans are put in jeopardy when his former employer marks him as a liability. As a result, he must go to great lengths to survive as he faces an army or younger, ruthless killers.
Polar is pure action thriller - don’t expect deep meditations about life or lessons in redemption. It’s violent and graphic, so we don’t recommend it for the faint of heart. Action lovers, however, will likely appreciate the movie’s loud and gory tendencies. It also stars a Mads Mikkelsen in top form, so buckle up for a wild ride.
21. Bird Box (2018)
- Sandra Bullock as Malorie
- Trevante Rhodes as Tom
- John Malkovich as Douglas
- Sarah Paulson as Jessica
Bird Box follows a woman and her two children in a world where a mysterious force is decimating the population. The details are murky, but one thing’s for sure - if you see it, you die. As a result, the three have to travel to sanctuary through the woods and down a river, and they have to do the entire trip blindfolded in order to protect their eyes from the evils that follow.
An exciting sci-fi thriller, Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock, who gives a performance for the ages. Moreover, the story is intriguing, to say the least, so much so that you’ll find yourself on the edge of the seat as you watch the three protagonists relying on everything but their sight to get ahead.
22. Roma (2018)
- Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo
- Marina de Tavira as Sra. Sofía
- Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño
- Carlos Peralta as Paco
Coming from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron, Roma follows Cleo, a young domestic worker for a family in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Drawing from his own childhood, Cuaron manages to create a meaningful and compelling portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s, while also delivering an emotional tribute to the woman who raised him.
Artful and moving, Roma is a beautiful film, engaging and gorgeous to look at. This is Cuaron’s most personal project to date - you’re missing out if you don’t add it to your watch list immediately. It’s haunting and memorable. We guarantee you’ll be thinking about it long after the end credits roll.
23. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
- Fionn Whitehead as Stefan Butler
- Craig Parkinson as Peter Butler
- Alice Lowe as Dr. Haynes
- Asim Chaudhry as Mohan Thakur
A Black Mirror event, Bandersnatch is an interactive movie, which means that it allows the viewer to make choices for the characters as the action progresses. The story is set in 1984 and follows a young programmer who is adapting a fantasy novel into a video game. However, he soon gets increasingly stressed out and hostile, until he starts to question reality as he knows it.
Bandersnatch provides five main endings - which one you will reach will depend on the choices you make along the way. It’s an interesting and engaging media experiment, so much so that it can be viewed as more of an experience than an actual film. Still, the story is clever, so you may find yourself going back over and over to change your choices and see what happens next.
24. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
- Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs
- Willie Watson as The Kid
- Liam Neeson as Impresario
- James Franco as Cowboy
An anthology film from the minds of the Coen brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs consists of six vignettes that take place at the American frontier. Each chapter tells a distinct story, but the entire thing is tied together by Ethan and Joel Coen’s unique blend of dark humor and gritty drama.
This anthology premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and had only a limited theatrical run before dropping on Netflix. Smart, bonkers, and wildly entertaining, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs seamlessly mixes comedy and dread, delivering six compelling stories that have one thing in common - death. It’s an especially great flick for those not really familiar with the Coen brothers, as it’s a great introduction to their style.
25. Outlaw King (2018)
- Chris Pine as Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick
- Stephen Dillane as King Edward I of England
- Rebecca Robin as Queen Margaret of England
- Billy Howle as Edward, Prince of Wales
Outlaw King tells the true story of Robert the Bruce, who goes from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during a dark time - the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England. Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies troops to fight back against the tyrannical King, launching a guerilla war which eventually leads to him being recognized as a national hero.
Bloody and epic, Outlaw King is pure spectacle, offering gripping battle scenes and an amazing performance from Chris Pine. Say what you want, there’s something deeply cathartic about watching a small group of men take on an entire army. If you’re a fan of Braveheart, you will love this Netflix original as well.
26. Private Life (2018)
- Kathryn Hahn as Rachel Biegler
- Paul Giamatti as Richard Grimes
- Kayli Carter as Sadie Barrett
Private Life follows a couple coping with infertility. The two struggle to keep their relationship going as they navigate through the complicated and often heartbreaking world of adoption and assisted reproduction. But when a college drop-out enters their lives, things seem to finally be looking up. We wonder for how long.
Funny and deeply moving, Private Life explores how the desire to have a baby can impact a couple and just how much failure in this department can affect a relationship. The movie is honest and beautifully acted, seamlessly blending heartache and humor. If you were looking for a hidden gem that will both inspire and devastate you, you’re in luck.
27. Okja (2017)
- Tilda Swinton as Lucy Mirando
- Lily Collins as Red
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Dr. Johnny Wilcox
- Steven Yeun as K
Okja is an action-adventure movie that centres on the special relationship between a young girl, Mija, and a massive animal or super-pig called Okja.
When a multinational conglomerate takes Okja for themselves, Mija embarks on a dangerous rescue mission to bring her best friend home. The movie is directed by the acclaimed Bong Joon-ho and boasts an ensemble cast featuring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Touching and captivating, Okja is a blend of genres and tones, seamlessly switching from corporate satire to coming of age story to action/adventure epic. For the love of pig, go watch it already.
28. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
- Grace Van Patten as Eliza
- Adam Sandler as Danny Meyerowitz
- Ben Stiller as Matthew
- Elizabeth Marvel as Jean
For better or worse, Netflix doesn’t seem to be getting enough of Adam Sandler as the actor has a lucrative multi-film contract with the streaming service. Yet, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) isn’t an Adam Sandler movie per se. He stars in it, sure, but we’re talking about a much better alternative to critical flops like The Do-Over and The Ridiculous Six.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) follows a group of dysfunctional adult siblings who live in the shadow of their father. Besides Sandler, it also stars Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Elizabeth Marvel. A family dramedy, the flick is quirky, bittersweet and sophisticated, showcasing some tremendous and memorable performances. Think of it as the good Adam Sandler film on Netflix, if you must.
29. Mudbound (2017)
- Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson
- Carey Mulligan as Laura McAllan
- Garrett Hedlund as Jamie McAllan
- Jason Mitchell as Ronsel Jackson
This masterful drama was nominated for four Academy Awards, so you know you’ll be in for a treat. Mudbound follows two families, one black and one white, pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy. However, things start to change when two of their loved ones return home after World War II having forged an uneasy friendship. The movie tackles issues surrounding racism and PTSD, encouraging viewers to challenge any preconceived notions about race and gender.
Mudbound is stunning and powerful. The ensemble cast alone should be enough reason to tune in – the movie stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige. But nuanced performances aren’t the only thing you’ll get if you decide to give it a watch. Mudbound also benefits from amazing cinematography and a very compelling story that is both thought provoking and heartbreaking at the same time. To call it phenomenal would be an understatement.
30. First They Killed My Father (2017)
- Sareum Srey Moch as Loung Ung
- Phoeung Kompheak as Pa Ung
- Sveng Socheata as Ma Ung
- Mun Kimhak as Kim
Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father follows a young girl as she struggles to survive the oppressive Khmer Rouge era of rule in Cambodia. The movie was written by Jolie and Loung Ung and is based on Ung's memoir of the same name. We get a front-row seat to witness the horrors of a country gone mad through the eyes of a young child as Ung is forced to train as a child soldier.
First They Killed My Father is raw and honest. Jolie doesn’t shy away from revealing the most gruelling details of those times without exploiting them for cheap dramatics. Instead, the movie stands like more of a tribute to those who were suffering, managing to be both devastating and empathetic. It’s undoubtedly hard to watch, but in the best way possible.
31. Beasts of No Nation (2015)
- Idris Elba as Commandant
- Abraham Attah as Agu
- Emmanuel Affadzi as Dike
- Ricky Adelayitor as Village Constable
Netflix has come a long way since releasing its first original movie, but Beasts of No Nation remains one of the platform’s best cinematic efforts. It centres on a young boy who becomes a child soldier as his country goes through a horrific war. The talented cast includes Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, David Dontoh, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe.
The movie tells a traumatic story, but doesn’t fail to deliver some hope as well. It’s also visually stunning and brimming with impressive performances. As far as its original productions are concerned, Netflix set a high bar from the very beginning.
32. The Ritual (2017)
- Rafe Spall as Luke
- Arsher Ali as Phil
- Robert James-Collier as Hutch
- Sam Troughton as Dom
The Ritual tells a familiar horror story – the friend group lost in the woods – but it does so in a stylish and exciting manner, which elevates the somewhat predictable plot. Following the death of their friend, four men embark on a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness in his honour. When one of them gets injured, they decide to take a shortcut through the woods. Soon enough, suspicious things start to occur and the four are forced to confront the darkness inside themselves.
The movie benefits from a creepy atmosphere and tons of subtext about survivor’s guilt. To its credit, though, The Ritual doesn’t pretend to be smarter than it actually is. Expect an effective and sometimes disturbing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, while also delivering a fair amount of scares. It may not be groundbreaking, but it’s a real treat for horror fans.
33. Gerald's Game (2017)
- Carla Gugino as Jessie Burlingame
- Bruce Greenwood as Gerald Burlingame
- Chiara Aurelia as Young Jessie
- Carel Struycken as Moonlight Man
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, Gerald’s Game is an arresting psychological thriller not recommended for the faint of heart. It focuses on Gerald and Jessie, a couple who attempt to rekindle their relationship at a remote lake house. A dangerous sex game goes wrong, leaving Gerald dead and Jessie helplessly handcuffed to the bed. Soon, she starts to panic and experience hallucinations, which makes it that much harder for her to cope with her dire circumstances.
Gerald’s Game stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, both great in their respective roles. The movie is very unsettling and atmospheric, which may cause you to watch certain scenes through your fingers. If you’re into that, prepare to be dazzled as King himself called the flick "hypnotic, horrifying and terrific".
34. Set It Up (2018)
- Zoey Deutch as Harper
- Glen Powell as Charlie Young
- Lucy Liu as Kirsten Stevens
- Taye Diggs as Richard "Rick" Otis
Netflix is no stranger to romantic comedies, a genre Hollywood seems to be overlooking at the moment. Set It Up is one of their best offerings in this department. The charming movie focuses on two overworked assistants who decide to fix up their bosses so they can enjoy some much-needed free time. It stars Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs.
The movie works mainly thanks to the dedication of everyone involved. Deutch and Powell have great chemistry, while Liu and Diggs seem to revel in playing the "bad guys". Set It Up also benefits from a tight script – although somewhat formulaic, the flick offers plenty of memorable one-liners and funny banter that make it engaging and fun. Rom-com fans, get streaming!
35. Tramps (2016)
- Callum Turner as Danny
- Grace Van Patten as Ellie
- Michal Vondel as Darren
- Mike Birbiglia as Scott
Danny and Ellie don’t know each other, but they both get involved in a dubious scheme. When things go wrong, they embark on a quest to recover a mysterious missing briefcase. As they travel together, these unlikely criminals reveal all sorts of half-truths about who they are and find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. The movie stars Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten.
Tramps is a small-scale movie that wins over the audience thanks to its sweetness and humour. Although the premise might suggest danger, the movie lowers the stakes and focuses more on mischief, making Tramps a tale of romance and whimsy. It’s the kind of movie you stream on a lazy weekend afternoon. It may not change your life, but you’ll love every minute of it.
36. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
- Melanie Lynskey as Ruth
- Elijah Wood as Tony
- Macon Blair as Bar Dude
- Jane Levy as Dez
Had one of those days when everyone acted like a prick? You’ll love this one. Ruth’s fed up with the human indecency she sees around her day after day. When her home gets burglarized, she teams up with a neighbour to seek revenge. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan and the two finds themselves emerged in a world they know little about. The movie stars Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a darkly comedic thriller, perfectly balancing humour with gritty violence, to the point where it can be difficult to figure out what genre you’re actually watching. The movie will both confirm and challenge your worst assumptions about humanity, so prepare to experience a roller-coaster of emotions as the action progresses. Lynskey’s magnetic performance is just the cherry on top.
37. The Babysitter (2017)
- Judah Lewis as Cole
- Samara Weaving as Bee
- Robbie Amell as Max
- Hana Mae Lee as Sonya
Behold, the magnificent teen horror comedy we didn’t know we needed! Cole is madly in love with his babysitter Bee – until one night, when he witnesses the unthinkable and discovers that she’s running what looks like a satanic sex club. He must survive the night as Bree and her friends prove to have more homicidal tendencies than your average group of beer-loving teens. The cast includes Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor and Hana Mae Lee.
The Babysitter’s best quality is that it perfectly embraces the tired clichés of the genre to deliver a fresh and highly entertaining narrative. It’s fun, unexpected and unapologetically gory. You can tell from the trailer that this movie was tailor-made to please fans who like their buckets of blood with a side of delicious pop-culture gags and nostalgia. If you’re one of them, buckle up! The Babysitter doesn’t disappoint.
38. Win It All (2017)
- Jake Johnson as Eddie
- Rony Shemon as Rony
- Morgan Ng as Casino Door Man
- Edward Kaihatsu as China Town Bartender
Win It All stars Jake Johnson as a small time gambler who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance heading to prison. Things get more complicated when he discovers that the bag contains cash and he can’t help but gamble it away. When his friend’s prison sentence is shortened, our gambler has only a small window of time to win it all back.
At its core a character dramedy, Win It All succeeds thanks to impeccable direction and a winning performance from Johnson. A generic story on paper, the movie will surprise you with its subtle humour and warmth. The stakes aren’t particularly high, but Win It All ends up dealing a surprisingly strong hand.
39. My Happy Family (2017)
- Ia Shugliashvili as Manana
- Merab Ninidze as Soso
- Berta Khapava as Lamara
- Tsisia Qumsishvili as Nino
Three generations of an ordinary Georgian family live under the same roof. Then one night, 52-year-old Manana suddenly decides to leave the family and live alone, without any of her other loved ones – husband and children included. A journey into the unknown begins for Manana, while her family wonders what might have prompted her to make such a life-changing decision. As you might have already guessed, the title of the movie is pure irony.
A nearly perfect drama, My Happy Family is one of those rare flicks about what it means to be human. It’s light on plot, but heavy on emotion. It relies on subtlety and nuance to win over the audience, perfectly balancing scenes of family chaos with solitary silence. Manana is a woman who’s simply trying to find some peace; a struggle we’re guessing a lot of viewers will be able to relate to.
40. Ravenous (2017)
- Marc-André Grondin as Bonin
- Monia Chokri as Tania
- Charlotte St-Martin as Zoé
- Micheline Lanctôt as Pauline
Ravenous is a smart spin on the zombie genre. In a remote village in upstate Quebec, locals are dealing with a zombie-like outbreak that left few survivors behind. Those unaffected join forces and try to flee the infected hordes. However, despite the exciting premise, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill adrenaline-pumping thriller. It’s artful and creative.
Philosophical and oddly funny, Ravenous is unlike any other zombie flick you’ve seen before. Expect long and poetic shots rather than fast-past action scenes meant to keep you on the edge of the seat. It’s more melancholic than riveting, but there’s still an omnipresent sense of threat that will leave viewers uneasy. Consider yourself warned.
41. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)
- Ashleigh Murray as Deidra
- Rachel Crow as Laney
- Myko Olivier as Jerry
- Danielle Nicolet as Marigold
After their mother lands in jail, two sisters are left with few options to make ends meet. Naturally, they hatch a plan to start robbing trains in order to pay the bills and bail out their mother. In the process, relationships are tested and the girls discover who they can and can’t trust. Unfortunately, a railroad detective starts sniffing around just when things were looking up.
An off-kilter comedy that effortlessly brings the laughs, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is lively and highly enjoyable. The movie is having a lot of fun with the premise, allowing the audience to unapologetically root for these desperate teens instead of serving up a lesson about the dangers of crime. It’s a crowd-pleaser recommended for the entire family.
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