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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. 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 already got and then some.

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2. 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.

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. Clueless (1995)


IMDb rating: 6.9 | Runtime: 98 minutes

Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy

Clueless is all about Cher, a rich high school student who helps a new student gain popularity. In the process, she learns a lot more about herself. As if! A cult rom-com, the movie stands the test of time and remains just as hilarious, quotable and delightful all these years later.

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6. 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.

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7. 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.

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8. Inception (2010)


IMDb rating: 8.8 | Runtime: 148 minutes

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

A tale for the ages, Inception centres on a man who steals information from his targets by entering their dreams. When he loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. Ambitious and visually stunning, the movie is just the right amount of mind-bending. Repeat viewings are not out of the question.

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9. 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.

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10. The Matrix (1999)


IMDb rating: 8.7 | Runtime: 136 minutes

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

A movie that needs no introduction by this point, The Matrix revolves around a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. It's entertaining, mesmerising to look at and quite memorable. If you haven't seen it yet, there's no time like the present.

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11. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)


IMDB rating: 7.6 | Runtime: 103 minutes

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, a high school student calls in sick and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. An ode to youthful exuberance, the movie is uplifting and cheerful. It might even push you to leave responsibilities behind for one glorious day of adventure.

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12. 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.

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13. 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.

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14. 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!

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15. 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.

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16. 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.

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17. A Quiet Place (2018)


IMDb rating: 7.5 | Runtime: 91 minutes

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

A family struggles for survival in a world where most humans have been killed by blind but noise-sensitive creatures. To make it out alive, they have to stay as silent as possible. The result? A suspenseful and tense horror movie that quickens the heart rate and exceeds expectations.

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18. The Breakfast Club (1985)


IMDb rating: 7.9 | Runtime: 97 minutes

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

A timeless classic, The Breakfast Club revolves around five high school students who meet in Saturday detention and discover that, despite their differences, they have plenty in common after all. It's poignant and thoughtful, featuring an all-star cast and a powerful message. We couldn't have asked for more.

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19. 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.

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20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)


IMDb rating: 8.3 | Runtime: 108 minutes

Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But can you really erase the long-lasting effect another person has had on you? That's the question behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a whimsical movie about love, hope and powerful connections.

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21. 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.

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22. 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.

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23. Drive (2011)


IMDb rating: 7.8 | Runtime: 100 minutes

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston

2011's Drive follows a Hollywood stunt driver who spends his nights as a getaway driver for a series of armed heists. The film is great in and of itself, but throw in Gosling's performance and you've got yourself an incredible viewing experience.

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24. 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.

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25. The Lego Movie (2014)


IMDb rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 100 minutes

Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks

Set in a Lego-filled world with minifigures who believe the intentions of Lord Business are good, Emmet Brickowski, Wyldstyle and others band together to stop the evil businessman from taking over the world.

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26. 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.

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27. 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.

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28. 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.

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29. 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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30. Se7en (1995)


IMDb rating: 8.6 | Runtime: 127 minutes

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey

This thrilling murder mystery starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as cops hunting down a serial killer is intense, dramatic and oh so messed up when you get to the end that it will throw you out of your seat in rage and wonder, even on multiple viewings.

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