25 Best Netflix Movies to Stream Right Now

Navigating Netflix’s movie catalog is no easy task. With thousands of titles to choose from, finding the perfect film to stream could take longer than actually watching it. We’ve done some extensive searching for you and found the best movies on Netflix while you’re stuck inside (and a few Netflix shows too). You can even stream movies with your friends online using the Netflix Party app if you want to avoid watching movies by yourself.

Looking for even more films to stream? We’ve gone ahead and found the best movies on Amazon Prime and Hulu to help you expand your cinematic horizons, or try our Netflix movie drinking games for an extra bit of fun.

The Irishman (2019)

Based on historical events, this film follows Frank Sheeran (Robert Deniro) as he recounts his past doing jobs for crime boss Russel Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Over the years, Frank becomes close to the infamous teamster, Jimmy Hoffa by becoming his confidante and bodyguard.

Director: Craig Brewer
Main Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Runtime: 209 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.9

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Django Unchained (2012)

A German bounty hunter seeks and purchases a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) to help him track down some men he is after. But after taking them down, Django wishes to seek out his wife and give her the freedom he has found. The bounty hunter offers to help him, and they manage to pinpoint and infiltrate a corrupt plantation owner’s estate where she is currently enslaved.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Runtime: 116 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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Back to the Future (1985)

This classic time-travel movie follows 17-year old highschool student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he accidentally embarks on a journey 30 years in the past. With the help of an eccentric doctor, he must find a way back to the future without causing too much damage to his own life in the past. We’ve also found other sci-fi movies on Netflix if you’re looking for more like this.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Main Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Runtime: 165 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.5

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Marriage Story (2019)

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. If you need an emotional drama to stream, this is it.

Director/Writer: Noah Baumbach
Main Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson
Runtime: 137 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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Snowpiercer (2013)

Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho is well-known for his most recent film, Parasite, but his body of work expands much further. Snowpiercer boasts one of the most unique premises: the entire film taking place on a train that holds the last of the world’s survivors after a failed climate-change experiment.

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Main cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Runtime: 126 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1

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Dolemite is My Name (2019)

This Netflix comedy follows Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), a washed-up musician who transforms himself into a cult star. Dolemite is My Name is unlike any Eddie Murphy you may be used to, but his top-notch performance will still have you laughing in this dramedy.

Director: Craig Brewer
Main Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This romantic comedy follows former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) as he tries to come back from a stint in a mental institution. As he struggles to reconcile with his ex-wife things get even more complicated when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a girl with many issues of her own.

Director: David O. Russell
Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Runtime: 122 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Chbosky, this coming of age story follows a 15-year-old boy named Charlie (Logan Lerman). He’s an endearing outsider struggling to cope with love, his best friend’s suicide, and his own mental illness when two seniors decide to welcome him into their group.

Director: Stephen Chbozky
Main Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd
Runtime: 103 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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Ex Machina (2014)

This mind-bending sci-fi movie brings an up-and-coming computer programmer (Domhall Gleeson) to the remote home of his boss (Oscar Isaac) to assist in a ground-breaking A.I. (artificial intelligence) experiment: Observing a synthetic humanoid (Alicia Vikander) perform a series of evaluations to test just how human she is.

Director: Alex Garland
Main Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Runtime: 108 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7

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Extraction (2020)

This action-thriller follows a fearless black market mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) as he attempts to extract a kidnapped young boy. Of course, the boy just so happens to be the son of an international crime lord, and his life has become an important pawn in an ongoing war between drug lords.

Director: Alex Garland
Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Bryon Lerum, Ryder Lerum
Runtime: 117 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Like any Quentin Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds is just as bloody and graphic as you’d expect. Taking place in German-occupied France during World War II, the story follows a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as they execute their plan to assassinate Nazi leaders. Inglourious Basterds is also one of our top picks for the best action movies on Netflix.

Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Krueger, Michael Fassbender
Runtime: 153 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.3

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Mountain (2017)

This Australian documentary film explores some of the highest peaks around the world and our relationship with them as humans. Overall, it is very visually thrilling and offers a look at man’s relationship with natural wonders like you’ve never seen before. Out of the many travel shows on Netflix, this one especially will help give you that feeling of being outside again.

Director: Jenifer Peedom
Narrator: Willem Dafoe
Runtime: 74 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2

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Limitless (2011)

With the help of a mysterious pill, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) finds that he is able to access one hundred percent of his cognitive abilities. He goes from struggling writer to financial wizard in seemingly no time flat but also finds himself in a strange and dangerous new world full of negative side effects. This thriller movie opens your eyes to the possibilities of the human mind.

Director: Neil Burger
Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish
Runtime: 105 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4

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Minority Report (2002)

In a future where a special police unit is able to stop and arrest murderers before they ever get to commit their crimes, Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) finds himself accused of a future murder. He goes from officer to criminal in his search to understand why he saw himself murdering a stranger.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Runtime: 145 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

As the second to last film in the Avenger series, Infinity War brings the main conflict of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to an epic crescendo. Our favorite comic book heroes clash against Thanos (Josh Brolin) as he and his army as they attempt to gather all of the Infinity Stones.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Runtime: 160 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.5

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed Star Wars movie that exists as its own stand-alone film, this is worth a watch. The story follows Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian years before they joined the rebellion. However, if you want to stream all of the Star Wars movies beyond this one, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Director: Ron Howard
Main Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
Runtime: 155 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9

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A Silent Voice (2016)

This anime drama follows a young man who becomes the outcast of his class after bullying a deaf girl until she moved away. After years of regret and being bullied himself, he decides to set off on an epic journey of redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada
Main Cast: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki
Runtime: 130 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

This classic movie set in 1936 follows archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) after he has been hired to find a precious artifact: The Ark of the Covenant. He is faced with a series of unexpected trials on his way as he races to reach the Ark before Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Runtime: 115 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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Inception (2010)

After making one of the most critically acclaimed hero movies of all time with The Dark Knightwriter-director Christopher Nolan brought life to this glorious sci-fi action film. Leonardo DiCaprio, a professional thief haunted by the mistakes of his past, takes one last job. Only, instead of any normal heist that you’d expect, he is tasked with diving deep into people’s minds to either steal or plant information from inside.

Director/writer: Christopher Nolan
Main cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom  Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe
Runtime: 148 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.8

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

This classic British comedy from Monty Python follows King Arther (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 there quest for greatness.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Main cast: The cast of the Monty Python show
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

This action-comedy is unlike any other. Faced with the prospect of new love, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must face his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in battle in an effort to win her heart. If you like witty comedies with a dash of action and comedy, then dive into the world of Scott Pilgrim.

Director: Edgar Wright
Main Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Ward, Kieran Culkin
Runtime:112 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

As far as animated Marvel movies go, Spider-Verse is a top-tier flick. In a string of parallel universes, teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) finds himself becoming Spider-Man. Aided by the Spider-Men — and woman — from other timelines, he must learn to be like Peter Parker.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
Main cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Runtime: 116 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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Drive (2011)

This action drama follows a mysterious man (Ryan Gosling) who has had a slew of odd jobs as a garage mechanic, Hollywood stuntman, and getaway driver. Though he seems to be running from his past, he ends up falling for his neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and getting tangled up in a race supported by gangland money.

Director: Nicholas Winding Refn
Main Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carrey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8

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Hot Rod (2007)

This ridiculous comedy focuses on a self-proclaimed stuntman (Andy Samberg) as he preps for the biggest jump of his life — 15 buses. This is all in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank (Ian McShane), but only because he wants to be the one to take him down.

Director: Akiva Schafer
Main Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Bill Hader
Runtime: 88 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.7

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The Theory of Everything (2014)

Have you ever wondered about the life and love of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking? This biography-drama dives into his life and relationships as he tries to understand the universe around us, all the while dealing with a disease that is slowly trapping him in his own body.

Director: James Marsh
Main Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Runtime: 202 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7

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