With all of the thousands of Netflix movies available today, it’s hard to decide which movie will be the “right one” — even after two hours of scrolling through all the options. Of course, there are always the “Critically Acclaimed” and “Popular Now” sections to catch all the pop-culture references, but what if you want to watch something else? It can be hard to commit to a movie for the night, especially when its ratings, writing, cinematography, etc., are questionable, but with some movies, you’ll never know until you judge it for yourself.
After spending all of our time indoors and watching movies, it’s likely that we’ve gotten through most of those popular sections of movies to watch, so I made a list of a few movies that won’t be on those lists. There is a wealth of underrated movies on Netflix if you’re willing to look, but if you’re not, here are some personal suggestions.
A wildly original, exciting, and personal film from the Safdie Brothers, Good Time is a slow but sure rise in tension and anxiety that keeps the viewer enthralled. This is a story of Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson), a selfish con man who dedicates one perilous New York night to the rescue of his brother, who has been arrested due to their foolish attempt at armed robbery. In what is arguably Robert Pattinson’s best performance, he complements the crisp writing, distinctive direction, and indelible cinematography that makes this film a visceral experience.
Director(s): Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Main cast: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Runtime: 102 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4
One of the few — but always great — performances from Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic is a heartfelt tale that wisely comments on the expectations and happenings of modern society. When Ben Cash’s (Mortensen) wife Leslie suddenly dies, he is forced to take his six children that he raised in the Washington state wilderness back into the world.
Director: Matt Ross
Main Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
Runtime: 118 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.9
I happened upon this little gem after my penchant for action and comedy movies collided with my love for rom-coms. Mr. Right is fun throughout the entire film, and Sam Rockwell is an absolute treasure. The story follows a woman (Anna Kendrick) who is just coming out of a bad break-up. She meets a man who appears to be perfect for her in every way, but as it turns out, he’s a former hitman. This action movie is one of the best on Netflix if you don’t mind some ridiculousness.
Director: Paco Cabezas
Main cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.3
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 takes place on a train that holds the last of the world’s survivors after a failed climate-change experiment. This film wholly surprised me and many others with its excellent cast and shocking displays of violence, not to discredit its absolute awesomeness. If you’re thinking it looks like Captain America on a snow train, you aren’t terribly far off.
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Main cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Runtime: 126 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1
This one definitely isn’t for the family. In this raunchy, coming of age late-2000s comedy, a young man is driven by his hormones and a mission to finally lose his virginity. When a typical high school virgin, Ian Lafferty (Josh Zuckerman) meets a girl online through an exaggerated online persona, he is shocked to find that she actually wants to meet up. For him to do this, he must embark on an adventure against all odds (for a high school senior). With hilariously uncharacteristic moments and vocabulary from James Marsden and a sincerely endearing love story on the side, Sex Drive might just surprise you and become a staple in your list of re-watchable movies.
Director: Sean Anders
Main cast: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew
Runtime: 109 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Jumping forward to the future: What Happened to Monday is set in a society with a strict one-child policy, which is enforced by an armed and dangerous federation army. A group of identical septuplets (Noomi Rapace) attempt to live a single life as one, all assigned to and named after a day of the week. When Monday suddenly goes missing, it’s up to the rest of the family to find her and stay alive.
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Main Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
Runtime: 123 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9
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