The 55 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now

Don't just binge 'The Office' for the sixth time. There are dozens of great films available at your whim.

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This year, there simply hasn't been much of an opportunity to take in new films in the theater. Cinephiles shouldn't lose all hope though. While the box office may be a little flimsy these days, Netflix is thriving. The only issue with Netflix's deep bench of titles is that oftentimes, Movie Scanning Fatigue sets in hard. You scroll and scroll and never quite know what's great and what is just "eh."

Luckily, there are plenty of winners in Netflix’s extensive library—and they’re not just in the “Critically-Acclaimed ” sections. We've pulled out some of the best for your movie night consideration. From indie hidden gems to Oscar nominees, documentaries to sci-fi, action to rom-coms and more, these are the best movies to stream on Netflix.

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Uncut Gems

Man, is Adam Sandler ever going to get that Oscar he’s due? Uncut Gemsim电竞官网- is probably the closest he’s gotten so far. Playing a smarmy, yet lovable New York City jeweler, Sandler dives into the world of dirty gambling in hopes of making big money and saving himself and his family from financial ruin. By the time he’s in the thick of his own scheme, he comes to realize the payoff may not even be worth the risk.

Da 5 Bloods

In his follow-up to the Oscar-winning BlackKklansman, Spike Lee sends four Black Vietnam War vets back to the country, where they set off on an adventure to find the body of the leader and the buried treasure they left behind. The film—with a powerhouse performance by Delroy Lindo—is a stunning response to decades of Vietnam films that have ignored the stories of Black heroes.

Silence of the Lambs

Oh, Clarice. You’re in danger, girl. That’s a mix of movie references, but it’s true just the same. In Silence of the Lambs, im电竞官网-Jodie Foster plays FBI agent Clarice Starling. She interrogates the menacing Hannibal Lecter, a demented psychiatrist and cannibal. The further Clarice gets into her interrogation, the more she endangers her own life though… perhaps more than she realized to start.

Twister

im电竞官网-It's a pure American tragi-film, encapsulated in ‘90s greatness. In this natural disaster flick, Helen Hunt plays a storm chaser who is reunited with her estranged husband, played by Bill Paxton. The two set off on what seems to be a suicide mission, all in the name of launching sensors into a funnel cloud to advance the ability to track tornadic behavior.

Lady Bird

im电竞官网-Saiorse Ronan has had more incredible performances in her 26 years of life than most actors will have in their entire career. Toward the top of the heap is her role as Christine McPhereson, a bull-headed teenager who prefers to be referred to by her chosen name, “Lady Bird.” Determined to escape the throes of suburban life, the film follows Lady Bird through her senior year and the complex relationship she has with her mother.

The Social Network
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im电竞官网-Often regarded as one of the defining films of the first 20 years of the 21st century (and perhaps the most relevant), the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook is a compelling watch, no matter how often you use the site anymore. Jesse Eisenberg dives into the role of Zuckerberg and makes you question exactly who is the underdog in this salacious origin story.

Pan's Labyrinth
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Pan’s Labyrinth is a tour de force of the acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s affinity for all things phantasmagorical. Set in post-Civil War Spain, the film follows a young girl through her discovery of an underground realm of which she realizes she mightim电竞官网- be the princess. No big deal.

Crip Camp
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution im电竞官网-tells of the spirited and subversive history of Camp Jened in the 1970s. A camp based in the Catskills for young adults with developmental disabilities, Camp Jened became known for its liberating approach to fostering community and empowering its campers.

Taxi Driver
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(Film majors have entered the chat.) Robert DeNiro and Jodi Foster star in this classic Martin-Scorsese drama, which follows an ex-marine in his life as a nightshift cab driver in 1970s New York City.

The Florida Project
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The Florida Project is a true A24 film in all the best ways: gorgeous color palettes, perfectly-executed shots, nuanced characters, and, in special cases, an appearance from Willem Dafoe. Set in Orlando, Florida, at a motel nestled just before the highway exit for Disney World, The Florida Projectim电竞官网- is a distinct portrait of childhood amidst warm, vibrant, and harsh surroundings.

Silver Linings Playbook
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David O. Russell’s bittersweet comedy about mental illness is one of the best of the past decade. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film tackles the struggle of loss, the joy of finding new love, and the very complicated path that is being a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Go birds.

Life After Beth
Eye, Smile, Adaptation, Sitting, Photography, Black hair, Window,
A24

If you need a break from straight up horror, there's always the surprisingly endearing zombie movie, Life After Beth. Starring Aubry Plaza as a teenage girl who falls ill to a sickness that leads to her death, she comes back as a zombie who then wavers between human behavior and, you know, eating people.

Drive
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Wow, Ryan Gosling is a man in Drive. It seems that every young heartthrob has a film that involves masculine energy and cars, and this is his. Playing a stuntman and getaway driver, he dares to venture away from his normal—if you can call it that—life for a new neighbor who turns out to be more trouble than the situation is worth.

Velvet Buzzsaw
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Netflix

Velvet Buzzsawim电竞官网- is a glorious mess. Part gay fantasia, part art snobbery, and part horror, the film manages to be so uneven and ridiculous that it's a perfectly acceptable wild ride. Bonus: Toni Collette is perfect.

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Superhero, Costume, Fictional character, Event, Justice league, Team, Performance,
Marvel

Yeah, it's hard to believe, but the best Spider Man movie in ages is an animated film, and it manages to breathe new life into a franchise that is already doing pretty dang well for itself.


The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Suit, White-collar worker, Formal wear, Gesture, Outerwear, Conversation, Tuxedo, Blazer, Businessperson, Pleased,
Netflix

Let it be noted: Adam Sandler can be a good actor. This literally had Oscar buzz. An Oscar. For Adam Sandler.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
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Netflix

To All The Boys I've Loved Before came out after Set It Up to prove that Netflix knows how to put together a rom-com. Based on the book of the same name, the film is a pitch perfect look at what the rom-com genre can be in 2018.

Always Be My Maybe
Fashion, Dress, Event, Suit, Formal wear, Smile, Fashion design, Happy, Ceremony, White-collar worker,
Netflix

In this rom com, two childhood sweethearts reconnect after years apart, and as you can imagine... the sparks return. But the most important part is that Ali Wong and Randall Park are incredible at carrying a rom-com.

Beasts of No Nation
People, Tribe, Adaptation, Human, Headgear, Turban, Smile,
Netflix

Beasts of No Nation, a war film released in 2015, was one of Netflix's first bona fide award contenders. Though it didn't fully get off the ground, it was a great vehicle for Idris Elba and an even better flex for Netflix.

Barry
Hair, Face, Hairstyle, Forehead, Chin, Head, Nose, Cool, Black hair, Human,
Netflix

The story of President Barack Obama was always going to be clamored over, and though multiple films have come out about the president's life, Barry is proof that Netflix can do a decent job with a biographical film.

Miss Americana
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Netflix

In her most vulnerable outing to date, Taylor Swift is featured in the Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, detailing the wild (and very public) ride the singer went on between creating Reputation and 1989.


Tallulah
People, Plaid, Pattern, Fashion, Human, Design, Jeans, Sitting, Tartan, Textile,
Netflix

Tallulah never got its due, but the Allison Janney/Ellen Page film follows a woman who takes a child from its irresponsible mother and raises it as her own.

Okja
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Netflix

In a way, Okjaim电竞官网- feels like Netflix's first breakaway hit, an environmentalist tale that pits big business against environmental morality made Netflix worthy of being looked at as a contender in the film space.

Dolemite is My Name
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There was a time when Eddie Murphy was one of the most famous actors (if not the most) in the world. And after over a decade of largely out-of-form work, it took Dolemite is My Name—where Murphy plays a struggling entertainer, full of heart and humor—to remind us of that.

I Lost My Body
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Netflix

In a category usually packed with children’s movies, I Lost My Body—the story of a… dismembered hand—was a pleasant surprise when it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Even though it didn’t take home the Oscar (it still takes a hell of an effort to dethrone Toy Storyim电竞官网-), the creative, weird, and brilliantly animated film is more than worth the watch.

The Irishman
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Yes, we heard you: The Irishman is too long. Got it. If you’re willing to get over that, let us direct you to a holy grail of performances from Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, in another all-timer of a mob epic from the mind of Martin Scorsese.

The Two Popes
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There are few things that would make the film version of the complicated real-life relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis a must-watch. Casting heavyweights Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, respectively, as the former (and current) leaders of the Catholic church is one of them.

Marriage Story
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In this moving film written and directed by Noah Baumbach, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver portray an actress and stage director slogging through a grueling, bi-coastal divorce, which forces them to confront the long-held resentments that simmered throughout their marriage. Compassionate, funny, and deeply specific, Marriage Storyim电竞官网- is a portrait of how marriage changes us over time, and of how divorce turns us into our worst selves.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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im电竞官网-The Coen Brothers teamed up with the streaming service for this Netflix original, an anthology film featuring six stories set in the American west that's full of outlaws, pioneer women, double-crossing, and one singing cowboy.

Blue Valentine
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This heart-wrenching drama about a couple (played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) looks at their relationship from all angles—and its realistic sex scenes almost earned it an NC-17 rating.

Casting JonBenet
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Decades after the still-unsolved murder of JonBenét Ramsey, director Kitty Green goes to Boulder, Colorado to cast local actors in a film about the murder—only to discover the lasting impact the little girl's murder has left on the area's residents.

Dallas Buyers Club
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Focus Features

Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto nabbed Oscars for their powerful role in Dallas Buyers Club, a film that tackled the AIDS crisis and how the system forced those suffering from the disease to take big risks that included smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. Leto gives an especially affecting performance as trans woman, Rayon.

The Edge of Seventeen
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STX Entertainment

Hailee Steinfeld stars as an emotional teenage girl who is just trying to get through high school—a task made even more complicated when her best friend starts dating her older brother.

Ex Machina
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A24

This mind-bending sci-fi thriller sees a computer programmer invited to his boss's secluded home in order to administer an intelligence test on his latest creation: a gorgeous robot played by Alicia Vikander.

Frances Ha
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IFC Films

Greta Gerwig wrote and starred in this delightful black-and-white film from director Noah Baumbach as an aimless young New Yorker who tries to figure out her life in the year after her college graduation.

Green Room
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A punk band accepts a gig at a backwoods Maryland bar, only to discover the clientele is heavy on the neo-Nazis. When they witness a murder, they hold up in the back room to fight off the viscous and violent group that needs to cover up their crime.

Howards End
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This lush Merchant-Ivory adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel follows two families with opposing worldviews who are thrust together when their children become romantically attached.

Inglorious Basterds
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Weinstein Co.

Quentin Tarantino loves a good historical reimagining, and Inglourious Basterds takes World War II and runs with it... in an entirely different direction than you'd expect. But Brad Pitt shines as the badass Tennesseean who takes absolutely no prisoners in his fight against the Nazis.

Kicking and Screaming
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TriMark Pictures

Noah Baumbach's breakthrough movie follows a group of aimless friends in their first year after graduating from college, which sees them stuck in their college town trying to avoid adulthood.

The Lobster
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im电竞官网-Yorgos Lanthimos's dark satire stars Colin Farrell as a recently single man who has 45 days to find a new wife, or else risk turning into an animal of his choice (he picks a lobster).

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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EMI Films

The Authurian legend get the parody treatment in this absurd—and endlessly quotable—cult classic in which the Monty Python players star as the Knights of the Roundtable on the search for the legendary treasure.

Moonlight
People, Fun, Vacation, Water, Human, Bathing, Sea, Summer, Barechested, Adaptation,
A24

The controversial Best Picture winner that bested La La Land is powerful on more than a couple levels. Diving into the complexity of being queer in the black community, Moonlight follows a young black man as he comes of age and grapples with his sexual identity and the pressures that his world impresses upon him.

Mudbound
People, Photography, Headgear, Adaptation, Landscape, Stock photography, Cowboy hat, American frontier,
Netflix

im电竞官网-Dee Rees's Academy Award-nominated drama tells the story of two families—one white, one black—who are linked by their neighboring land in post-World War II Mississippi and are caught in the complicated racial tensions of the era.

Obvious Child
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A24

Girl meets boy; boy gets girl pregnant. Can a romance blossom out of an awkward turn of events that lead to an abortion? You'll end this one feeling pretty hopeful for these two kids.

Other People
Love, Romance, Forehead, Interaction, Fun, Scene, Happy, Gesture, Smile,
Vertical Entertainment

im电竞官网-A gay man (Jesse Plemons) returns home to his conservative family to be with his cancer-stricken mom (Molly Shannon) in this sweetly comic semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Chris Kelly.

The Other Side of the Wind
Forehead, Nose, Sky, Human, Cool, Eye, Facial hair, Glasses, Photography, Beard,
Netflix

im电竞官网-Thought it wasn't released until this year, Orson Welles's infamous unfinished film—a mockumentary satire of the New Hollywood movement and starring legendary directors John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich—was the director's passion project in the '70s and has a particularly new Hollywood vibe.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Paramount Pictures

Steven Spielberg joined forces with George Lucas to launch one of the greatest action-adventure franchises in film history, with Harrison Ford's first outing as Indiana Jones remaining the series' best installment.

Roma
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Alfonso Cuarón's gorgeous autobiographical film follows Cleo (Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio), a live-in maid for a middle-class Mexico City family, throughout one year as both her life and the lives of her employers are changed forever.

She's Gotta Have It
Hair, Photograph, Hairstyle, Black-and-white, Sitting, Forehead, Afro, Photography, Monochrome, Monochrome photography,
Island Pictures

im电竞官网-Spike Lee's first feature film is an indie black-and-white comedy starring Tracy Camilla Johns as a young woman in Brooklyn who juggles three potential boyfriends.

Sleeping With Other People
People, Social group, Community, Youth, Event, Fun, Leisure, Summer, Tree, Adaptation,
IFC Films

Jason Sudeikis plays a lothario. Alison Brie plays a serial cheater. A dozen years after hooking up, they meet and form a platonic relationship, but then feelings start creeping in.

Strong Island
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Netflix

Director Yance Ford's Oscar nominated feature looks into the 1992 murder of his brother William and the ensuing case, which saw an all-white grand jury chosing not to indict the white man who killed him.

Like Father
Hair, People, Human, Blond, Facial hair, Beard, Adaptation, Smile, Photography, Neck,
Netflix

If you can get past the fact that a cruise line definitely bought a share of this movie as sponsored content, then Like Father becomes a really touching tale of an estranged father and daughter played by two of the most likable performers in Hollywood today. But seriously: it's very much sponcon.

Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
Social group, People, Youth, Event, Team,
USA Films

This ensemble-driven cult classic spoofed raunchy '80s teen comedies and made stars out of Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Paul Rudd. And Netflix has revived the film with the full original cast in two spinoffs, starting with 10 Years Later.

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Face, People, Skin, Turban, Head, Lip, Nose, Eyebrow, Forehead, Beauty,
Netflix

This film examines the career of Nina Simone, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and activist whose tumultuous life influenced her fierce and dynamic artistry—but, at times, proved too intense for Simone herself.

Y Tu Mamá También
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20th Century Fox

In one of his breakout films, Alfonso Cuarón received his first Academy Award nomination for this sexy roadtrip movie about two friends (a then unknown Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) who set out with an older woman (Maribel Verdú).

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