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The 20 Best Netflix Movies to Stream Right Now

It was the first streaming service to really take off, and Netflix still has one of the best libraries of movies and TV shows to check out. Thanks to a combination of compelling original movies and an archive of older movies, Netflix has a catalog of great titles that is worth exploring. Netflix may not have won the Best Picture trophy yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great movies to watch on the platform.

If you’re looking for films to watch on other platforms, we’ve also found the best Amazon Prime movies, the best Hulu movies, and the best Disney+ movies.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now
94 %
r 147m
Genre Drama, War
Stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
From unforgettable and historic director/writer Francis Ford Coppola comes an abstract and artistic war movie about the Vietnam War, told through descriptive scenes of allegorical allure and irresistible imagery. When an American officer (Martin Sheen) in Vietnam is given an unusual mission, he must locate and assassinate a rogue Special Forces colonel who has convinced himself and some locals that he is a god. Starring then-rising star Martin Sheen and the legendary Marlon Brando, the creative and award-winning cinematography is the vessel that this film travels by, cementing it in history as one of the most legendary pieces of film to date. The Redux version is now on Netflix, and includes almost an hour of extra, never-before-seen footage to enjoy.

Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner
84 %
r 118m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Directed by Ridley Scott
A sci-fi, cyberpunk dreamscape of epic proportions, Blade Runner is a classic that should be viewed by anyone claiming to be a fan of the genre. Harrison Ford plays a blade runner — someone who hunts down rogue synthetic humans known as replicants — who’s after a small group of replicants who have commandeered a ship in space and returned to Earth with a mysterious mission. Even if you’ve seen this movie before, the final cut is featured on Netflix right now and includes new scenes to nerd out to.

Don't Look Up (2021) new
Don't Look Up
49 %
r 138m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
Directed by Adam McKay
A new and over-the-top satire from Adam McKay to check out, Don’t Look Up is worth a watch simply for the ridiculous number of A-list actors that it features. When two nobody astronomers discover evidence that a giant comet is headed directly toward Earth, they have to find a way for Americans to take them seriously before it’s too late for everyone. Directly aimed at the politicians of today, the overall tone is pretty blatant and direct when it comes to communicating its point that our society has had better days.

Mank (2020)
79 %
r 132m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins
Directed by David Fincher
With more Academy Award nominations in 2021 than any other film with 10, Mank is a film feat of historic proportions. Herman J. “Mank” Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) is given a deadline to finish the screenplay for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and must also deal with old Hollywood politics, corruption, and debilitating alcoholism. Filmed in a style reminiscent of the classic Welles films — for which it won best cinematography and production design — this film goes above and beyond and is one of David Fincher’s best films to date.

Extraction (2020)
56 %
r 116m
Genre Drama, Action, Thriller
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda
Directed by Sam Hargrave
With lots of violence and big explosions, Extraction is a whole lot of fun and one of the best choreographed films of last couple of years. When mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to save an imprisoned warlord’s son, the stakes rise exponentially as more and more local gunrunners and traffickers learn of the situation. Fulfilling the vision of veteran stunt coordinator/first-time director, Sam Hargrave is quite an accomplishment, which makes it a contender for one of the best Chris Hemsworth movies — if you don’t include the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
81 %
pg 114m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
If you’re looking for a new family comedy on Netflix, The Mitchells vs. The Machines checks all the right boxes. The plot follows a quirky and dysfunctional family with some generational communication struggles. When the Mitchells take a road trip to help the father (Danny McBride) reconnect with his daughter (Abbi Jacobson), they find themselves stuck in a car together as the only humans who can stop a sudden robot apocalypse.

The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Hateful Eight
68 %
r 188m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western
Stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Available in the original 168-minute slow burn, or the extended version cut into episodes, The Hateful Eight is definitely one of Quentin Tarantino’s best films. An unlikely group of Old West strangers ends up stranded in a cabin during a harsh snowstorm, but nothing is as it seems in this situation. Full of expected violence and witty banter, this film leans heavily toward the latter, leaving some audiences impatient with its suspense.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
77 %
Genre Documentary, Comedy
Cast Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Miloš Forman
This incredibly powerful and reality-bending Netflix documentary chronicles the filming and acting processes behind the film Man on the Moon, where Jim Carrey delves deeply into his own psyche years after his spiritual and mental separation from the “character” of Jim Carrey and into the characters Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton. Throughout this film, we see detailed behind-the-scenes footage on set, where Carrey, playing Kaufman, loses his perception of self and even experiences visceral tear-jerking moments with the real people who were close to Kaufman. This film is one of the best Jim Carrey movies to learn about him as an actor, a character, and a vessel, all of which become ambiguously melded together in a somewhat melancholic showing of sheer talent and wavering identity.

Marriage Story (2019)
Marriage Story
94 %
r 137m
Genre Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern
Directed by Noah Baumbach
This Netflix original movie is a beautiful look into just how complicated marriage and family can be, dissecting a husband and wife in the middle of a divorce. But Marriage Story isn’t all doom and gloom — it’s an emotional story that shows that divorce doesn’t have to mean a family can’t stay together.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Always Be My Maybe
64 %
pg-13 101m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan
If you’re looking for a good romantic comedy on Netflix, Always Be My Maybe is a great place to start. The story follows Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park), two people who everyone assumed would end up together. Reconnecting after 15 years apart, they begin to think maybe they are meant to be.

The Social Dilemma (2020)
The Social Dilemma
78 %
pg-13 94m
Genre Documentary, Drama
Stars Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Vincent Kartheiser
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
What are the effects of social networks on the human psyche? This Netflix documentary is a terrifying look inside how and why tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google operate in the way they do. You get to hear from tech experts in different fields discussing the negative impact and polarizing nature of these attention-grabbing algorithms they created.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
91 %
pg 91m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
This classic 1970s British comedy from Monty Python, considered to be one of the best comedies of all time, follows King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a low-budget and absolutely absurd search for the Holy Grail. Comedy ensues as this medieval group of soldiers encounters a plethora of silly obstacles in their quest for greatness.

The Power of the Dog (2021)
The Power of the Dog
89 %
Genre Drama, Western
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
Directed by Jane Campion
Netflix has yet to take home an Oscar for best picture, but The Power of the Dog came pretty close. The movie, which tells the story of a repressed cowboy (Bendict Cumberbatch) in 1920s Montana who lashes out at his brother’s new wife (Kirsten Dunst) is immaculately made, and filled with great performances from Cumberbatch, Dunst, and the rest of its ensemble cast. Directed by veteran Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog is a singular vision of male angst, and that’s part of what makes it so endlessly compelling. 
The Power of the Dog | Official Trailer | Netflix
The Lost Daughter (2021)
The Lost Daughter
86 %
Genre Drama
Stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley
Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first directorial effort was one of the best films of 2021, and it didn’t hurt that she had Olivia Colman by her side. Telling the story of a 40-something Harvard professor (Colman) who goes on vacation and remembers her time raising two daughters, The Lost Daughter is about the difficulty of trying to be a person and a mother, and it’s remarkably prickly about how difficult motherhood is. Colman is a standout in the central role, but she’s surrounded by excellent performances from the likes of Jessie Buckley and Dakota Johnson as well. 
The Lost Daughter | Official Trailer | Netflix
tick, tick...BOOM! (2021)
tick, tick...BOOM!
74 %
Genre Drama
Stars Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Adapting a musical of the same name, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of Jonathan Larson in the years before he wrote Rent. With sharp direction from Lin-Manuel Miranda and an incredible soundtrack of Larson originals, the movie has more than enough frenetic energy to tell its story of a struggling artist with winsome verve. Andrew Garfield’s incredible central performance is the icing on the cake of this vibrant musical.

tick, tick...BOOM! | Official Trailer | Netflix
The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman
94 %
Genre Crime, Drama, History
Stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Directed by Martin Scorsese

One of many late-period Martin Scorsese masterpieces, The Irishman tells the story of a mid-level gangster who befriends Jimmy Hoffa and ultimately plays a role in his death. In Scorsese’s hands, though, this becomes an examination of the way one man alienates everyone around him, and ultimately finds himself old, friendless, and totally alone, stuck in a nursing home trying to convince everyone that his life as a gangster was worth remembering.

The Irishman | Official Trailer | Netflix
It Follows (2014)
It Follows
83 %
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto
Directed by David Robert Mitchell

The kind of horror movie that only comes around every couple of years, It Follows has a remarkably simple premise that it executes on beautifully. The film follows a young girl who discovers she is haunted by a spectral presence that is transferred through sex. As she recruits her friends to take on the force following her, we get to watch along as she tries to find a way to defeat the ghostly presence without simply giving it to someone else.

It Follows Official Trailer 1 (2015) - Horror Movie HD
The Disciple (2020)
The Disciple
83 %
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave
Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
Following the story of a dedicated musician in India who begins to question whether he’ll ever achieve the levels of greatness that he’s long aspired to, The Disciple is a beautiful story about what it means to follow your dreams, only to realize that you may never achieve them. In its way, The Disciple is a deeply aching movie about the pursuit of great art, and it’s quietly sorrowful without becoming oppressively bleak. 
The Disciple | Official Trailer | Chaitanya Tamhane, Vivek Gomber | Marathi Film | Netflix
Raw (2016)
81 %
Genre Drama, Horror
Stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
Directed by Julia Ducournau
A wonderfully perverse movie, Raw is a horror film about a young veterinary student who gradually discovers that she has a taste for human blood. The movie is wildly indulgent and seems to take pleasure in the boundaries it frequently and gleefully crosses. Underneath all of that, Raw is all about the urges that we can’t control, and whether it even makes sense to try in a world so filled with temptation. 
RAW | 2017 | Trailer HD, Julia Ducournau
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Da 5 Bloods
82 %
Genre War, Drama
Stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters
Directed by Spike Lee
Spike Lee has proven his enduring power with his recent string of successes, and Da 5 Bloods is chief among them. Telling the story of four Black Vietnam veterans who return to the country decades later to uncover a treasure that they buried decades ago, Da 5 Bloods is unafraid of its cinematic touchstones, but is also thrilling in its own right. With a wonderful central performance from Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods is the kind of provocative, thrilling, fun movie we don’t get enough of anymore. 
Da 5 Bloods | Official Trailer | Netflix

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