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The 30 best movies to watch on Netflix





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Should you’re caught trying to find an excellent film to observe on Netflix, hopefully this record will prevent a while.

Sometimes Netflix brings in massive administrators to serve up originals that make all of it the way in which to the Oscars. However it’s additionally obtained an abundance of smaller tales excellent for a modestly sized display screen.

Fingers crossed you may discover one thing right here that hits the spot.

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Marriage Story

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Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story.


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A film about divorce may not sound like the most effective viewing expertise, however Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a journey you may wish to take. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver give two of the most effective performances of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a pair who embark on the emotionally and logistically difficult authorized processes concerned in prying a partnership aside. Painted with an emotional complexity that features poignantly humorous moments together with the painful ones, that is happy-sad at its finest.

Okja

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Ahn Search engine optimisation-hyun in Okja.


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2017’s Okja comes from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho — which must be incentive sufficient to observe it. Half cheeky darkish comedy, half surreal environmental thriller, Okja follows a younger South Korean farmer lady whose pet pal is a genetically enhanced super-pig. However Okja is the goal of a giant company that wishes her scrumptious flesh. With an English supporting solid together with the likes of Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja sucks you in with its sweetness earlier than displaying you a distressing close-up of the meat trade.

I Do not Really feel at House in This World Anymore

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Elijah Wooden and Melanie Lynskey in I Do not Really feel at House in This World Anymore.


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Should you’ve had a foul day, this may be the film for you. When the police refuse to assist with a theft, nursing assistant Ruth and her bizarre neighbor Tony take issues into their very own fingers. I Do not Really feel at House in This World Anymore spots the idiosyncrasies of on a regular basis life, earlier than escalating its story into darkish locations with even darker humor. With a contact of Coen Brothers aptitude, its completely packed 96 minutes will depart you surprisingly emotional.

Uncut Gems

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Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems.


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Adam Sandler’s Oscar buzz-worthy efficiency did not see him nominated, however his flip in Uncut Gems is outstanding. Uncut Gems is a blistering odyssey following a diamond jeweler who’s hooked on playing. Scraping in Martin Scorsese-style ’70s crime grit, the Safdie Brothers take you on a frenetic, anxious sprint by way of New York as Sandler’s Howard Ratner should retrieve a treasured opal to repay his money owed.

The Platform

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2019 Spanish movie The Platform.


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From Netflix’s spectacular stash of worldwide movies comes Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform. Its high-concept story facilities on a tower that delivers meals to folks on every of its many ranges through a platform. These on the prime get the most effective and most plentiful unfold, which is devoured because the platform lowers down the degrees. Social commentary rings all through this dystopian thriller, which takes stunning, often ugly turns all the way in which to the underside.

Beasts of No Nation

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2015’s Beasts of No Nation.


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Director Cary Joji Fukunaga provides you a sobering have a look at the lifetime of a boy who turns into a toddler soldier in a West African nation embroiled in civil conflict. Idris Elba stars because the ruthless Commandant together with the astonishing Abraham Attah because the younger Agu. A confronting but quietly hopeful snapshot of conflict from a human perspective, Beasts of No Nation must be in your radar if it is not already.

The Irishman

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Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in The Irishman.


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Spanning the lives of its mobsters over a number of many years, The Irishman pulls off a 3-and-a-half-hour crime saga. However don’t be concerned — you possibly can break up this tour de pressure if it is advisable. At all times intelligent and entertaining, with Martin Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci commanding the display screen, The Irishman creeps up on you, providing a haunting have a look at ageing mobsters and the havoc they wreak.

Annihilation

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Natalie Portman in Annihilation.


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Alex Garland started crafting his specific model of trippy, existential sci-fi with Ex Machina and continues that practice with Annihilation. Based mostly on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation follows Natalie Portman’s biology professor Lena as she wades by way of the grief of dropping her husband by taking over a job at a mysterious military facility on the outskirts of a meteor touchdown website. With a solid of feminine scientists exploring the harmful zone, Annihilation is a heady plunge into darkness on a number of ranges. It is a film to ponder lengthy after the credit roll.

At all times Be My Perhaps

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Ali Wong and Randall Park in At all times Be My Perhaps.


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A rom-com with a Keanu Reeves cameo and a deep love of meals, At all times Be My Perhaps may simply have the whole lot you can want for. Chef Sasha and musician Marcus reconnect lengthy after their temporary fling as youngsters. At all times Be My Perhaps wraps you up in heat comedy that does not all the time go to anticipated locations.

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Roma

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2018’s Roma.


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Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical snapshot of the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City tells a small story with staggering prowess. Let Cuaron steer you through the ups and downs of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. His lens captures intricately beautiful scenes in an album that quietly envelopes you with wonder and grace.

The Meyerowitz Stories

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Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories.


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The Meyerowtiz Stories is a bittersweet comedy-drama told through Noah Baumbach’s grounded lens. The titular stories concern dysfunctional adult siblings, played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, trying to live in the shadow of their father. An effervescent cast, including Dustin Hoffman, play these intelligent, albeit miserable, characters as they weave their poignant tales.

Mudbound

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2017’s Mudbound.


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Mudbound gives you a historical look at class struggle through the lens of a black veteran and a white veteran who both still have one foot stuck in World War II. Dealing with PTSD and racism in the Mississippi Delta, with a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, Mudbound’s tempest will rivet you to the spot.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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2018’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.


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The YA book adaptation that rocketed Noah Centineo to heartthrob status. Playing off a charming concept, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sees Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a half-Korean, half-white girl growing up in Virginia, write letters to all the boys she has crushes on. Then her fun little sister sends them off without her knowing. While it hits all the comforting rom-com beats, there’s a layer of rare representation that gives this an edge over your average teen flick.

Dumplin’

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Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin’.


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Willowdean “Dumplin'” Dickson is the daughter of a former beauty queen, but you wouldn’t know it given they’re nothing alike. When Dumplin’ decides to join a pageant out of spite, she learns a thing or two about self-confidence and confronts her rocky relationship with her mother, played by an always-watchable Jennifer Aniston. Casting a warm, albeit familiar glow, Dumplin’ makes the most of its reliable formula.

The Two Popes

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Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes.


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Set primarily in Vatican City, this biographical drama follows Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the aftermath of the Vatican leaks scandal. It’s as fascinating as it sounds. The Two Popes carves up a slice of real-life drama with a first-class two-hander featuring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.


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The Coen Brothers kick up the western dust with an anthology film that gives you six vignettes all set on the American frontier. One of them is about the titular Buster Scruggs, a chipper singing cowboy who casually sets off a shoot-up in a cantina. But there’s a dark twist that keeps you on your toes. Sewing the rest of its stories together with a constant black humor, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Coen Brothers winner.

Dolemite Is My Name

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2019’s Dolemite Is My Name.


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Eddie Murphy returned from his acting break with a glorious performance as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who played a character called Dolemite in stand-up routines and blaxploitation films from the ’70s. Dolemite Is My Name follows Moore from his job at a record store to the big screen. Tracking Moore’s rise to fame and its bizarre and enthralling turns, Dolemite Is My Name does justice to both Moore’s and Murphy’s talents.

Klaus

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2019’s Klaus.


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You guessed it — this one’s about Christmas. But Klaus isn’t a conventional Santa tale. It spins an alternative origin story for the big guy with inspiration from history’s Saint Nicholas of Myra. In a fictional 19th-century island town to the Far North, we follow a postman who befriends a reclusive toymaker named Klaus. Along with its beautifully hand-drawn animation, Klaus is a unique, complex take on holiday generosity.

I Lost My Body

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2019’s I Lost My Body.


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This award-winning French film begins with a severed hand escaping a refrigerator in a laboratory and embarking on a Paris-wide search for the rest of its body. What an opening! With a few flashbacks and elegant animation, this strange, satisfying story delves into loss, both physical and emotional, in the most poetic of ways.

Da 5 Bloods

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2020’s Da 5 Bloods.


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Spike Lee’s fierce war drama follows a group of ageing Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their squad leader — as well as buried treasure. With a frenzied energy coursing through it, Da 5 Bloods gives you a look at the Vietnam War through black experiences, delivering an all-too-timely critique of racism and warfare.

Paddleton

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Mark Duplass and Ray Romano in Paddleton.


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Tennis-playing buddies Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) receive devastating news: Michael has terminal stomach cancer. Struggling to let go of his dying friend, Andy joins Michael’s road trip in search of medication to end things before they get too painful. Folding comedy into melancholy, Paddleton eases the touching friendship at its core into deftly-affecting places.

Knock Down the House

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Knock Down the House.


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Even if you’re not into politics, this behind-the-scenes look at what it took for a young woman to represent her community and make a difference is overwhelmingly inspiring. Knock Down the House follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other female candidates as they run for Congress in 2018. The obstacles that buffet her campaign and how she deals with them are all captured fly-on-the-wall-style, with fist-pumping results.

Athlete A

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2020’s Athlete A.


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Athlete A is a deep-dive into one of the largest scandals in sporting history. It follows the investigative journalists from The Indianapolis Star who broke the story of doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse of young female gymnasts in the US. The culture of assaults persisted for decades, but there’s also light at the end of the tunnel, after brave athletes spoke out.

13th

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2016’s 13th.


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Ava DuVernay’s documentary on the US justice system meticulously covers America’s racial history from the abolition of slavery to the present prison structure. If you’re in search of educational material, this expansive look at the horrors of mass criminalization of Black people gives you a powerful synthesis of everything you need to know.

I Am Mother

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Hilary Swank in I Am Mother.


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I Am Mother might cover familiar sci-fi territory, but if you’re after some James Cameron and Ridley Scott-channeling thrills, you’re in the right place. We follow a young girl named Daughter, who lives in a post-apocalyptic bunker with her robot, named Mother, whose purpose is to aid the repopulation of Earth. This intriguing premise and setting is ripe for suspense and dark twists, which I Am Mother delivers in style.

The Half of It

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Leah Lewis (left) and Alexxis Lemire in The Half of It.


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This original YA movie tells the story of Ellie Chu, a shy Asian-American in the remote town of Squahamish discovering her sexuality. A straight-A yet friendless student who has a side-hustle writing papers for her classmates, Ellie helps footballer Paul Munsky write a love letter to Aster Flores. But it turns out Aster’s perfect for Ellie instead. A story of self-acceptance told with a delicate touch, The Half of It is a joy.

Set It Up

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Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch in Set It Up.


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Set It Up is a rom-com leveled up by the sparkling Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, as well as an ever-brilliant Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs. Harper Moore is a twentysomething assistant to an editor of a sports media empire. Charlie is an assistant to a venture capitalist. Bonding over their shared workplace mishaps, they concoct a plan to connect their two high-strung bosses, thinking it’ll lead to lightened workloads. This romance within a romance hits the expected beats but that makes it no less entertaining to watch.

Gerald’s Game

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Carla Gugino in Gerald’s Game.


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If you liked The Haunting of Hill House, then check out Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is immense as Jessie, who goes on holiday with her husband at an isolated lake house in Alabama. Largely sticking to a bedroom setting, we see the couple’s troubles go from bad to worse, with Jessie ending up in the impossible situation of being handcuffed to the bed with no one to help her escape. Gerald’s Game leads to narratively and emotionally satisfying conclusions, with Flanagan’s melancholy-suffused horror that surges into quiet triumph for its haunted characters.

Icarus

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2017’s Icarus.


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Bryan Fogel’s influential documentary explores the dark side of sports doping. It sees Fogel plan to enter a cycling race after taking banned substances in a way that will avoid detection, all to highlight the insufficiencies in sports drug testing. But things take a turn when Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov exposes a state-sponsored Olympic doping program that he oversees. Icarus is as gripping as it sounds, even if you’re not a cycling aficionado.

The Incredible Jessica James

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Chris O’Dowd and Jessica Williams in The Incredible Jessica James.


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The Incredible Jessica James introduces a delightfully self-possessed main character played by an equally delightful Jessica Williams. The confident and independent Jessica James goes on a blind date where she ends up talking about nothing but her ex. A fresh take on the breakup movie with an empowering lead, this is an easy hit for an entertaining night in.

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