Gone are those days when you had to book tickets or rent a DVD to watch your favorite movie. With the inception of Netflix back in the year 2010, the population has shifted to this amazing platform where you can stream thousands of movies. While Netflix primarily was a streaming platform, it has now shifted gears and also produces a number of brilliant series and movies.
Watching series on Netflix is a feeling unparalleled, but there are days you’d rather want something that requires less commitment and simply watch a movie of your choice. Netflix indeed does out forward a pretty accurate list of suggestions or trending movies; sometimes, you may find yourself sitting in front of the screen pondering and spinning wheels endlessly trying to find something compatible to watch.
The content on Netflix is overwhelming, and many uncharted territories are waiting to be explored. Here is a list of the best movies on Netflix that are definitely worth watching this year:
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1. Set It Up
This movie, released in the year 2018, is a light-hearted comedy that revolves around four main characters. The two main protagonists in the movie work in the same building as executive assistants to their horrible, uptight bosses. While they have a rocky start, they plot to matchmake their bosses with truly comical and entertaining results. This Netflix original stars Zoey Deutsch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, and Lucy Liu and is truly a movie that will lighten your mood!
2. To The Bone
This is a movie that will genuinely help acknowledge all things in life and force you to think deeply about the things that matter. It stars Lilly Collins as the main lead who acts the part of a girl in her 20s and suffering from a severe case of anorexia. Although she has been through many recovery programs, all of which proved to be insufficient, she finally meets a truly inspiring doctor. It follows her along with her inmates in a recovery home and their journey toward self-discovery and getting better at life.
3. The Fundamentals of Caring
After a tragic divorce, Paul Rudd becomes the caregiver of a disabled teen, but lacks the experience to do the job. They take upon an unscheduled road trip to make some discoveries, and their path is tested through various hiccups and difficulties. Not only do they come out stronger than ever, but this movie also shows how hope is what keeps us afloat even when everything seems ugly and devastating.
With Craig Roberts in the main role along with Paul Rudd, this movie also features Selena Gomez, a girl they meet on the street and start a moment of friendship and bonding.
4. Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
Who says animated movies are only for kids? This spiderman movie revolves around not one spiderman, but those from several universes and also comes with a spider girl, and guess what? A spider pig! The protagonist, Miles Morales, gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes a spider man. Through a series of events, Miles comes across the various spider men from all the universes, and together, they embark on an adventure to save the world that is facing a universe collision. This movie is genuinely a bite of entertainment with well-timed humor, action, and even sad scenes.
5. Black Panther
If you are an avid fan of the Marvel Universe, you must have already watched this movie! However, if you missed it in theatres or want to re-watch it, this movie is all in one action-packed marvel. The Marvel universe expands to the country of Wakanda that has developed itself to the brim with the strongest metal on earth, Vibranium. After his father’s painful death in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, becomes king of the throne after a duel. He then goes on an operation to capture Klaue, who had stolen Vibranium from Wakanda during his father’s reign. When T’Challa’s brother, who had stayed away from Wakanda, Killmonger, comes to Wakanda demanding his throne, the two fight a majestic battle. With a talented cast and the best CGI illustration, this movie is truly a must-watch.
6. Beasts of No Nation
This is one of the earliest publications of Netflix released in the year 2015 and remains to be one of the best Netflix originals. The main protagonist of the story is Agu, who has been trained to become a child soldier in the most brutal ways by a merciless warlord played by Idris Elba. The movie follows the oath of Agu and is a brilliant drama based on the horrors of war. Not only has it been nominated for a host of awards, but it has also won many.
If you want a heartwarming, animated movie to watch during your next movie night with your family, this is a perfect choice. This movie is about a small boy who wants to become a musician, but not only does his family discourage him from having this passion but has banned music altogether. He then goes to the land of the dead to look for his great grandfather so he can lift the ban and become a great musician. This is a movie filled with comedy, joy, colors, and family sentiment!
This movie stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, who played the role of a mother and son who had been locked up in a room for seven years. When they finally find the opportunity, they escape, which provides the boy with a chance to look at the outside world for the first time and soak in the novelty. Brie Larson won the Academy Award for best actress for this movie, and it was also nominated for best picture in the Oscars.
9. Apocalypse Now
Some movies never get old, and this is classically based on war and has to date been considered one of the best movies of all time, although it was released in the year 1979. The movie is about a young man recruited in Vietnam to take the life of a colonel who was once extremely promising but had ultimately become insane with time. This Movie packs such action, drama and pathos in just 2 hours, it is worth a watch.
10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This movie follows Lara Jean, played by Lara Condor after her sister moves out of the city for college, and the secret love letters are revealed and find its way to the recipients. One of the recipients, Peter agrees to enter into a fake relationship with Lara Jean in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. This charming rom-com us everything you want in a movie. It is fresh and light-hearted and truly brings to light the Importance of love in life.
11. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
This movie is set in the early ’90s LGBTQ intervention camps. This movie captures Chloe Grace Moretz’s best part ever played as Cameron as she is discovered going around with the prom Queen while she was still in the closet about her sexuality. She is immediately sent to an intervention camp to get rid of her sins, where she discovers the meaning of life, and all there is to it. She embarks on an eye-opening journey of love and friendship. This is truly one of the best films released in the year 2018 and worth a watch.
12. The Edge of Seventeen
This truly is one of the best performances ever by actress Hailee Steinfeld as she plays the role of a troubled teenager Nadine. The film opens with a conversation she has with her teacher Mr. Bruner played by Woody Harrelson, where she tells her that she will kill herself. The movie unfolds as we see why Nadine wants to commit the act and is fed up with her life after the sad demise of her father. While it ends on a much positive note, this is genuinely a modern teen comedy all about the struggles of puberty and adolescence. If you want to feel positive and take a break from serious movies, this is the one for you.
13. The Siege of Jadotville
This movie is a perfect choice for those who have an appetite for intense drama and action. Not only is this film based on real events, but it is also made to perfection, reflecting the real struggles. It is depicted on an Irish commander and his battalion consisting of 150 members struggling to withstand the force and from being besieged by over 3000 Congolese troops. This movie is all about unity and good leadership and the strength and courage of men at war.
14. First They Killed My Father
This Netflix original was directed by none other than Angelina Jolie and was released in the year 2017. The story revolves around Loung Ung, who is a passionate journalist and a famous activist as she recollects her traumatic experiences under the regime of Khmer Rouge. She tells the story of how she was sent to a camp to become a child Soldier, estranged from her family at the young age of 6 years while her other siblings were sent to labor camps. This movie is quite traumatic and must be viewed with discretion.
15. The Imitation Game
This is one of the best performances by Benedict Cumberbatch as he plays the role of Alan Turing, who had been hired to crack German codes of the Nazi period during the Second World war. This is a biographical movie based on the real-life of Alan Turing. With the help of his team, he finally can crack the most difficult German code Enigma and is celebrated. However, later in life, after 12 years to be specific, he is imprisoned and ridiculed because of his sexuality.
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16. The King’s Speech
This movie revolves around King George IV, who quickly tries to recover from a stutter and hires a speech therapist so he can give a speech as he ascends the throne. This huge responsibility comes on his shoulder without much caution. This movie has won an Oscar for its brilliant performance and is a treat for those who are into history and unraveling things of the past.
This movie features Louis Bloom, who is an isolated man and a con artist who begins his journey as an independent crime journalist. As he embarks on this adventure, he soon finds out that it was much more tricky a job than he had initially thought. He soon begins to influence the crime stories rather than simply capturing them. This is one of the best performances by actor Jake Gyllenhaal and is truly a thriller of its kind.
18. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This movie is nothing like you have ever watched on screen. It is a movie about a freshman in school who is trying to get a grip on his depression after his best friend commits suicide. The movie entraps the essence of life and the small things that change and click to make us feel more alive. It is a coming of age tale of a boy deeply entangled in his world trying to handle the pressure of life while finding love and friendship for the first time in his life.
19. Marriage Story
Unlike the title of the story, the most ironic part of the movie is that it is, in fact, about divorce. The cinema opens with the couple telling us all the reasons why their marriage works only to realize later that the future they want for themselves shall never be possible in wedlock.
This story takes us on an adventure with Charlie and Nicole, played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, respectively, of how they fall out of a marriage and the remnants of their love life. While Nicole wants to move to Los Angeles for a new job, Charlie wants to live in New York. It starts their disagreement, which later on takes them to their journey into divorce and their respective grievances.
If you like to keep up with news and history, you must have heard about the Zodiac killer who was the most notorious killer of all times who, to date, remains uncaught. Unlike most movies that stick to either solving the cases or takes us on the journey of the killer, this story is instead about the three men who delve into the mystery in obsessive hopes of solving it.
The protagonists of the story are Paul Avery, played by Robert Downey Junior, a crime reporter, Robert Graysmith, played by Jake Gyllenhaal who is a cartoonist for San Francisco. Chronicles is a man riddled with puzzles and tries to decode the message sent by the killer to the editor of the paper, along with David Toschi, played by Mark Ruffolo are united by their list to solve the case and indulge in solving the crime. Although this film is longer, it is something you do not want to miss out on.
21. I Am Not an Easy Man
This is another Netflix original movie that it uses on a journey where a man sexist by nature finds his world turned upside down in a world run by women or somewhat matriarchal. He tries to figure out how to survive in this world, and matters reach a boiling point when he falls in love with a vital novelist named Alexandra who, much like his previous self, is a female chauvinist. This quirky movie is indeed the spice you need in life.
22. The Discovery
This is a science fiction movie set in the future where science and technology have proved the existence of an afterlife that poses the world with a plethora of existential questions. As some people try to figure out the discovery and what it adds to life, others have decided to commit suicide in hope for a new life. The movie is about Will played by Jason Segal as he tries to unfold the mysteries of a woman who is locked up in her past. This movie is perfect for those who love science fiction and a little drizzle of romance!
23. American Gangster
This movie starring Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe, and more is about a policeman who has burned out and is on one hell of a mission to bring down one of the biggest drug lords in America. This stunning crime based thriller and drama was brilliantly directed by the notable director Ridley Scott and, although released in 2007, is still an excellent movie to watch.
In a career based performance by Ellen Page, this movie encompasses her in the lead role who kidnaps a baby from a careless mother when she was employed to take care of the baby by the mother herself. While she becomes restless and fears capture, she resorts to going to her mother’s house so that she remains undiscovered and pretends that it is her baby. This comedy-drama is a movie filled with twists and turns that you will truly enjoy.
25. Gerald’s Game
This Netflix original is based on a novel by Stephen King of the same name. The story is about a married couple who retreats to a cottage house far from men and crowd in hopes of spicing up their sex life. While tied to the posts of the bed, the wife, played by Carla Gugino, kills her husband, who dies inadvertently and even with every iota of energy spent to find help once she fails. The wife directs her strength to fight for not only her life but also her sanity as she starts to hallucinate and hear voices in her head. This truly is a thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat and truly rocks your sanity as well.
26. The Irishman
Released in the year 2019, this movie directed by the phenomenal Martin Scorsese is another one of his movies related to the gangster life after tremendously successful films of the same genre, like Goodfellas and Casino. This crime drama is based on Frank, who follows the orders of his crime boss Russell Bufalino. This movie takes us through decades of their lives and shows the parts that are less glamorous and unknown to the public eye.
27. War Machine
This is a somewhat satirical war movie that features Brad Pitt in the lead role as a charming and charismatic general who is all set to rebuild operation on Afghanistan. His efforts, however, face harsh criticisms from bureaucrats, enemy soldiers, and politicians. This movie is filled to the brim with dry humor and perfects if you want something less profound yet not a comedy or romance.
28. Pulp Fiction
A film directed by Quentin Tarantino is always worth a watch because of the cinema marvel that he creates on the screen that is truly out of the world. Although released in the year 1994, this remains one of his best works in the movies. From storytelling to the story itself is out of this world as it shows interweaved story of crime, drug abuse, and violence. This crime-drama stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and more in some of their best performances.
29. Old Boy
This riveting story will make you sit at the edge of your seat through the film because of its mysterious drama. It is a tale of revenge for a man who had been held imprisoned for fifteen years by someone unknown. Upon being freed, he gets an invitation to meet his jailer for the first time in the next five days. This movie has received much appreciation from critics all over but is not meant for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised for a sensitive film like this.
30. City of Gods
Although released in 2002, this movie has already made its way into gaining the title of an international classic. The story revolves around two protagonists who need each other to realize their remarkably divergent goals. While one of the men is a photographer, the other wants to become a drug lord. This movie has been shot in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rio and is a social commentary on poverty, addiction, and crime.
This movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson is about a desolate man who had been left heartbroken by his failed marriage, who falls in love with the artificial intelligence in his phone, which is voiced by Scarlett Johansson. This truly is an offbeat movie and something to watch if you have an atypical taste.
32. The Pianist
This movie revolves around the main character played by Adrien Brody, who won an Oscar for this film. It is about a Jewish musician and his struggles to stay alive during the wretched Nazi rule in Germany during the Second World War. As Warsaw collapses, the journey of this pianist trying to fight the Nazis and keep alive amidst the chaos and the treacherous life is truly rewarding.
33. Kissing Booth
If you are an avid fan of romantic comedies and need a new film to rejuvenate your life, this is the perfect movie for you. It is about two best friends from childhood Elle and Lee, who had made several rules, one of which was that the other person’s family was off-limits. Hell breaks loose when Elle kisses her long time crush Noah, who is also Lee’s brother during their spring fest kissing Booth, and they soon realize that they have feelings for each other. When Lee discovers the relationship, matters get out of hand, and all three of the leads are heartbroken and see no end to this. The end of this movie will truly warm your heart.
34. Love, Simon
This movie is a brilliant take on the life of a teenager in the closet about his sexuality. He hides his true self from the world, but when he finds a confession from someone named “Blue” who comes out online, he starts to develop a relationship over emails with him and hence begins his roller coaster ride trying to find the true identity of Blue. However, when someone threatens to reveal his orientation to the world, his world turns upside down, and he meets the crisis of a lifetime until he starts to untangle the mess. Watch this movie for an eye-opening yet beautiful journey of Simon.
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35. About Time
This is a movie about time-traveling, but at the same time is a beautiful romantic movie that will truly warm your heart while breaking it in a million pieces. It all starts on his 21st birthday when Tim, played by Domnhall Gleeson, realizes that he has inherited the ability to travel through time from his family. The movie starts as a fun glimpse of Tim trying to travel time for unleashing the greatest and to find love, but the unexpected twists will truly leave your heart-wrenching. This movie is not only a gem of a cinema but also has much to be thought about and an insightful message to end with.
36. The Outlaw King
While historical movies are much of uncharted territory for Netflix originals, this one movie is truly a gem that stands out in its own merits. The story is about the 14th century Scottish King who plans a strategy with much wit and courage to defeat the British at which is much more durable and well-armed than his. This movie came out in the year 2018 and is somewhat a biography that indulges in drama and war.
37. The Meyerowitz Storie
This movie revolves around two brothers played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, who meet after years to celebrate their fathers’ artistic endeavors. The play the parts of brothers in a flawless manner, and the acting chops of these brilliant actors truly make a difference in this movie that is much worthy of appreciation.
38. Always Be My Maybe
Featuring Ali Wong and Randall Park, who have been childhood lovers but had broken up. They meet again after 15 years as adults, and the spark between them is still alive that makes them embark on a Romantic journey again. Even when they try their hardest at the relationship, they realize that they have changed a lot over the past 15 years, yet they keep pushing the limit. This movie also has some brilliant cameos from Keanu Reeves, which makes it even more exciting.
39. Blood Diamond
One of the main reasons why you need to watch this movie is because of the brilliant acting and charming appearance of the Oscar-winning phenomenal actor Leonardo DiCaprio. He plays the role of a South African smuggler and mercenary who embarks on a wild adventure inust of finding out a rare piece of diamond that has the potential to change his life forever. On his adventure, he meets a fisherman who is also looking for the same gem. This movie is an excellent narrative of colonialism and the illegal diamond trade taking place around the World.
40. Rosemary’s Baby
This film is based on one of the best-selling horror novels by Ira Levin, and although released in the year 196í, this remains to be one of the most haunting and disturbing horror movies of all time. The story revolves around Rosemary and her husband Guy, who move to an eerie house in New York where Rosemary soon becomes aware of the weird noises and the frightening neighborhood. When her actor husband bags a role in Broadway, she is left alone in the house where she one day dreams of getting raped by a beast. As she delves more in isolation, she soon starts losing her mind, and being pregnant, she soon starts to discover that the baby inside her is no ordinary fetus. This is a classic that has been marked as one of the best of the era, and if you have the appetite for a film like this, you must give it a go.
41. Dolemite Is My Name
This movie stars Eddie Murphy, who plays the role of Rudy Ray Moore, who transforms into the character-based in the ’70s as a blaxploitation character Dolemite, and soon, he becomes a cult star of his era. While Eddie Murphy is known more for his comedic roles, this is genuinely one refreshing a more nuanced performance yet, although maintaining his humor bones.
42. The Silent Voice
This film is not like ordinary anime movies on Netflix and will make you ponder and think deeply about the lives we live. The story revolves around Shoya, who is a man who is now being consumed by guilt as he was one of the many who used to bully a deaf kid in his class named Shoko. When the kids are confronted, they point fingers at Shoyo, and he spends the rest of his school life as an outcast who himself witnessed Bullying all his life. After many years, Shoyo is filled with guilt and self-loathing that motivates him to go forth and make things right. He learns sign language and visits Shoko with whom he forms beautiful Friendships. The story had a much deeper meaning and is a portrayal of how hurtful honest communication is.
43. Blue Valentine
As the name suggests, this movie revolves around a couple and takes the viewers on a journey of how their love blossomed but also came to a bitter end. The unique part of this movie is that it is not chronologically in sequence, slightly jumps back and forth in time, keeping you active throughout the movie. The couple, Dean, played by Ryan Gosling, is a high school dropout who works for a moving company whole Cindy, played by Michelle Williams, is a med student who ends up in a relationship although being very different. The film travels through time as it shows the arc of love and romance through graceful and joyous emotions that soon turn people into vexed and disinterested humans falling out of love.
44. Private Life
This movie features a couple who are having a hard time trying to conceive. The wife acted by Katherine Hahn soon tries out number rod fertility treatments in hope for a little boy or a girl, but soon, what should have bought much joy, and happiness shakes her life with her husband and family as she becomes obsessed.
45. Dallas Buyers Club
This movie is based in real life and follows the journey of Ron Woodroof, who is an electrician. He later gets infected and is diagnosed with HIV positive. Not only does he try to circumvent the healthcare and hospital sector but also tries to find means through which people like him can get effective treatment for HIV. This movie about drama and modern history is truly worth your watch.
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With these movies, not only will you be able to spend a wonderful time immersing yourself in the story of others, at the same time, you will be able to travel through many genres like horror, action, science fiction, romance, drama, and more. Choose what you want and get the popcorn ready!