The 50 best Netflix original movies streaming in Australia

Here's our list of Netflix's best original movies available to stream.

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Netflix's first original film was Beasts of No Nation, released way back in 2015. Since then, the streaming giant has grown enormously to now boast an incredible library of award-winning movies to suit every taste and genre.

The downside? It can be hard to figure out which title fits into which category or indeed which film to watch when you settle into the couch. To help you out, we've gathered a list of amazing titles you should immediately put on your watch list.

Combining a mix of reviews gathered from the likes of Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb with our own decade of experience writing about and reviewing streaming content, here are some of the best original movies Netflix has to offer. The 50 are also in no particular order, we rate them all!


Love and Monsters

1. Love and Monsters (2020)


Cast

  • Dylan O'Brien as Joel
  • Jessica Henwick as Aimee
  • Michael Rooker as Clyde

Set 7 years into a "monsterpocalypse", a young man emerges from the underground and braves the dangers of the outside world in an effort to reunite with his ex. Luckily, he makes some friends along the way – both of the human and canine variety.

Love and Monsters is a whole lot of fun, with terrific visuals and a charming turn from Dylan O'Brien in the lead role. The movie is also surprisingly endearing, so it has all the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser. All in all, one of the best "end of the world" flicks to come out in a long time.

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Stowaway

2. Stowaway (2021)


Cast

  • Anna Kendrick as Zoe Levenson
  • Daniel Dae Kim as David Kim
  • Shamier Anderson as Michael Adams
  • Toni Collette as Marina Barnett

Stowaway is set aboard a spaceship heading on a mission to Mars as the crew faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardises the lives of everyone.

This is a space movie, sure, but it's also a story about making an impossible decision, which gives Stowaway a bit of an edge. The great cast doesn't hurt either. Stream it when you want something thought-provoking and tense.

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News of the World

3. News of the World (2020)


Cast

  • Tom Hanks as Captain Kidd
  • Helena Zengel as Johanna
  • Tom Astor as Cavalry Lieutenant

5 years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. He agrees to escort the child back to her aunt and uncle, but their journey soon turns into a fight for survival, with dangers lurking at every turn.

Absorbing and entertaining, News of the World is anchored by a great performance from Tom Hanks. Add typical western thrills into the mix and you won't be able to look away as the pair reluctantly make their way through the harsh territory of Texas.

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The White Tiger

4. The White Tiger (2021)


Cast

  • Adarsh Gourav as Balram
  • Rajkummar Rao as Ashok
  • Priyanka Chopra as Pinky Madam

An adaptation of Aravind Adiga's 2008 novel of the same name, The White Tiger revolves around an ambitious Indian driver who is looking for a way to escape poverty. He believes that landing a job driving around a wealthy couple is a smart move, but soon becomes disillusioned with his employers and looks for alternative avenues to achieve success.

The White Tiger is a compelling dramedy, with nuanced performances and memorable visuals. While the movie primarily focuses on class inequality in India, there's a good chance it will resonate with viewers from all around the world.

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Pieces of a Woman

5. Pieces of a Woman (2020)


Cast

  • Vanessa Kirby as Martha
  • Shia LaBeouf as Sean
  • Ellen Burstyn as Elizabeth
  • Iliza Shlesinger as Anita

A bleak but wonderful movie, Pieces of a Woman is all about grief. Vanessa Kirby gives a stunning performance as Martha, a woman whose life changes for the worse following an unthinkable tragedy. From there, she has to figure out how to put herself back together while navigating the aftermath of her loss.

Pieces of a Woman is moving and honest. It's an exploration of birth, death and everything in between. Stream it when you want something raw and memorable.

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Mank

6. Mank (2020)


Cast

  • Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz
  • Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies
  • Lily Collins as Rita Alexander

Travel back in time to 1930s Hollywood and witness the glamour through the eyes of Herman J. Mankiewicz, alcoholic screenwriter extraordinaire. As he races to finish the script for the phenomenon that will be Citizen Kane, Mankiewicz also dabbles with politics and the movie business in general.

Directed by Davin Fincher, Mank picked up 2 honours at the 2021 Academy Awards and is a treat for film history buffs. Expect great performances and stunning cinematography. The attention to period detail is remarkable.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

7. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)


Cast

  • Viola Davis as Ma Rainey
  • Chadwick Boseman as Levee
  • Glynn Turman as Toledo

Based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a stunning piece of cinema that focuses on Ma Rainey, an influential blues singer.

The movie dramatises a turbulent recording session in 1927 Chicago when tensions were high between the singer, her horn player and her white management team.

Heartbreaking and beautiful, this is the kind of movie that stays with you for long after the end credits roll. Also, the musical drama marks Chadwick Boseman's final film role, after his death in 2020.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

8. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)


Cast

  • Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden
  • Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman
  • Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin

Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the 1969 trial of 7 defendants charged by the US federal government with conspiracy and more. It followed the violent protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, when activists clashed with the police.

Primarily a courtroom drama, the movie has a tremendous cast and a top-notch script, keeping viewers engaged from beginning to end. The whole world is watching. You should too.

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Over the Moon

9. Over the Moon (2020)


Cast

  • Cathy Ang as Fei Fei
  • Edie Ichioka as Bungee
  • Glen Keane as Space Dog

A charming animated musical, Over the Moon follows a young girl, Fei Fei, who builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess. Her mission doesn't go exactly as planned once she crash lands on the moon. Turns out, Fei Fei has plenty of lessons to learn about life and love.

The characters are sweet, the animation is well done and the musical numbers are memorable. Uplifting and moving, the movie will delight kids and adults alike.

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Enola Holmes

10. Enola Holmes (2020)


Cast

  • Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes
  • Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes
  • Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes

While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord. That's the premise behind this delightful Netflix original, a story about a teen who becomes a super-sleuth in her own right.

Millie Bobby Brown offers a tremendous performance in the lead role, but it's worth mentioning the entire cast is the stuff of dreams. The movie has style to spare and boasts an engaging story, making it fun for the entire family.

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things

11. I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)


Cast

  • Jesse Plemons as Young Woman
  • Jessie Buckley as Jake
  • Toni Collette as Mother

Based on the book of the same name by Iain Reid, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a mind-bending movie which revolves around a young woman who travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm.

As they reach their destination, she begins to question everything she thought about not only her boyfriend, but also herself. Thought-provoking and visually arresting, this is the kind of movie you'll want to rewatch immediately just to make sure you haven't missed anything the first time around.

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The Old Guard

12. The Old Guard (2020)


Cast

  • Charlize Theron as Andy
  • KiKi Layne as Nile
  • Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker

The Old Guard centres on a group of mercenaries, all centuries-old immortals with the ability to heal themselves. When they discover that someone is onto their secret, they must fight to protect their freedom, just as an unexpected new member shows up.

Boasting excellent performances and thrilling action sequences, the movie doesn't disappoint. Immersive and fun, it has all the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser – and might even kick off an entire franchise for the giant streamer.

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Da 5 Bloods

13. Da 5 Bloods (2020)


Cast

  • Delroy Lindo as Paul
  • Jonathan Majors as David
  • Clarke Peters as Otis
  • Norm Lewis as Eddie

Directed by Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods follows 4 African American vets who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader – and the promise of buried treasure.

Ambitious and urgent, the movie will give you a lot to think about. It has a runtime of a little over 2.5 hours, but it's worth the time investment, with plenty to say about war, damage and masculine relationships.

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

14. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)


Cast

  • Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong
  • Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir
  • Dan Stevens as Alexander Lemtov
  • Mikael Persbrandt as Victor Karlosson

This quirky comedy centres on 2 small-town singers who chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition. There, scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps will test their bond, but also give them a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

A lavish production, the movie is both a celebration and satire of Eurovision. More importantly, it's well-acted and often hilarious, which should be enough to convince you to tune in.

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Extraction

15. Extraction (2020)


Cast

  • Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake
  • Rudhraksh Jaiswal as Ovi Mahajan
  • Randeep Hooda as Saju

In the mood for a gruelling action flick? You can't go wrong with Extraction, which follows a black-market mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. As the mission gets more dangerous, he has to navigate the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers.

Chris Hemsworth is perfectly cast in the lead role, but where the movie truly shines is the well-choreographed fight scenes. If you've ever wanted to see a person being killed with a gardening rake, now's your chance.

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Tigertail

16. Tigertail (2020)


Cast

  • Tzi Ma as Grover
  • Christine Ko as Angela
  • Fiona Fu as Zhenzhen

A multi-generational drama with plenty of flair, Tigertail was created by Alan Yang, also responsible for titles like Master of None and Forever. The movie follows a Taiwanese factory worker who leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America. Once there, he struggles to balance family with newfound responsibilities.

Tigertail is touching and visually compelling, with well-rounded characters and a complex immigrant story that highlights the everyday struggles associated with making it somewhere new. Pursuing the American dream doesn't come without challenges.

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17. Lost Girls (2020)


Cast

  • Amy Ryan as Mari Gilbert
  • Thomasin McKenzie as Sherre Gilbert
  • Oona Laurence as Sarra Gilbert

Determined to find her missing daughter, a desperate woman decides to retrace the girl's steps. As a result, the woman launches a personal investigation that leads the police to the unsolved cases of several murdered sex workers.

Inspired by Robert Kolker's bestselling non-fiction book of the same name, Lost Girls is a hard-hitting story that has plenty to say about justice, bias and closure. Plus, Amy Ryan is phenomenal in the lead role.

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18. Uncut Gems (2019)


Cast

  • 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.

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19. Marriage Story (2019)


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  • 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. 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.

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20. The Two Popes (2019)


Cast

  • 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 the Vatican's walls.

This is a story of the struggle between tradition and progress, as these very different men must find a way to deal with their pasts and move forward. The movie centres on one of 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.

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21. The Irishman (2019)


Cast

  • 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 pay-off is worth the wait. Engaging and thought-provoking, it will be a memorable watch for sure.

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22. The King (2019)


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  • 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.

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23. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)


Cast

  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
  • Krysten Ritter as Jane Margolis
  • Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist

6 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 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.

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24. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)


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  • Ashleigh Murray as Deidra
  • Rachel Crow as Laney
  • Myko Olivier as Jerry
  • Danielle Nicolet as Marigold

After their mother lands in jail, 2 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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25. The Great Hack (2019)


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  • 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 Wwhistleblower
  • 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 weaponised 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.

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26. Always Be My Maybe (2019)


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  • Ali Wong as Sasha
  • Randall Park as Marcus
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Brandon
  • Keanu Reeves as himself

This delightful rom-com centres 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 2 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.

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27. Someone Great (2019)


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  • 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.

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28. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)


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  • 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. It paints a comprehensive picture of a culture you might not be familiar with.

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29. Triple Frontier (2019)


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  • 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!

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30. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)


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  • 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, 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.

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31. Bird Box (2018)


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  • Sandra Bullock as Malorie
  • Trevante Rhodes as Tom
  • John Malkovich as Douglas
  • Sarah Paulson as Jessica

Bird Box follows a woman and her 2 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 3 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. The story is intriguing, to say the least, so much so that you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat as you watch the 3 protagonists relying on everything but their sight to get ahead.

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32. Roma (2018)


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  • Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo
  • Marina de Tavira as Señora Sofía
  • Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño
  • Carlos Peralta as Paco

Coming from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón, Roma follows Cleo, a young domestic worker for a family in the Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City. Drawing from his own childhood, Cuarón manages to create a meaningful and compelling portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amid 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 Cuarón'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.

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33. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)


Cast

  • 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 5 main endings – the ending 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.

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34. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)


Cast

  • 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 6 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 humour 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 6 compelling stories that have the same 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.

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35. Fatherhood (2021)


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  • Kevin Hart as Matt Logelin
  • Alfre Woodard as Marion
  • Lil Rel Howery as Jordan
  • Melody Hurd as Maddy Logelin

In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart stars as a single dad who has to figure out how to best raise his baby girl following the unexpected death of his wife. His journey of bonding with the kid involves copious amounts of doubt and fear, but we all know that love trumps everything.

Based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin, the movie is formulaic, but also touching and emotional, with a great performance from Hart. The supporting cast is top-notch as well. Watch it when you're in the mood for something heart-warming.

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36. Okja (2017)


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  • 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, 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.

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37. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)


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  • 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 one of the good Adam Sandler films on Netflix, if you must.

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38. Mudbound (2017)


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  • 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 4 Academy Awards, so you know you'll be in for a treat. Mudbound follows 2 families, 1 black and 1 white, pitted against each another by a ruthless social hierarchy. However, things start to change when 2 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.

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39. First They Killed My Father (2017)


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  • 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.

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40. Beasts of No Nation (2015)


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  • 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.

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41. The Ritual (2017)


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  • 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, 4 men embark on a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness in his honour. When 1 of them gets injured, they decide to take a shortcut through the woods. Soon enough, suspicious things start to occur and the 4 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.

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42. Gerald's Game (2017)


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  • 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".

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43. Set It Up (2018)


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  • 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 its best offerings in this department. The charming movie focuses on 2 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!

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44. Tramps (2016)


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  • 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.

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45. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)


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  • Melanie Lynskey as Ruth
  • Elijah Wood as Tony
  • Macon Blair as Bar Dude
  • Jane Levy as Dez

Ruth's fed up with the human indecency she sees around her day after day. When her home gets burgled, she teams up with a neighbour to seek revenge. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan and the pair find 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.

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46. The Babysitter (2017)


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  • 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 Bee 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.

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47. Win It All (2017)


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  • 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.

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48. My Happy Family (2017)


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  • Ia Shugliashvili as Manana
  • Merab Ninidze as Soso
  • Berta Khapava as Lamara
  • Tsisia Qumsishvili as Nino

3 generations of an ordinary Georgian family live under the same roof. Suddenly, 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. That's a struggle we're guessing a lot of viewers will be able to relate to.

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49. Ravenous (2017)


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  • 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-paced action scenes meant to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's more melancholic than riveting, but there's still an omnipresent sense of threat that will leave viewers uneasy. Consider yourself warned.

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50. Army of the Dead (2021)


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  • Dave Bautista as Scott Ward
  • Ella Purnell as Kate Ward
  • Omari Hardwick as Vanderohe
  • Ana de la Reguera as Maria Cruz

Directed by Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead is set in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. Which, of course, is the perfect time for a group of mercenaries to venture into the quarantine zone in order to pull off the heist of a lifetime.

The movie is completely over-the-top and ridiculously entertaining, which should be reason enough to make you want to tune in. As long as you don't take it too seriously, there's a good chance that you'll have a blast.

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