Netflix is still the biggest premium streaming video service worldwide, with over 150 million subscribers. However, its massive content library can sometimes be a little intimidating. It can be hard to find what to watch on Netflix. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best movies on Netflix you should consider checking out.
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After you go through this quick list of our ten favorites, head to the bottom of the article for a look at more specific genres like westerns, comedies, and so much more. You can sign up for the service at the link below, with a 30 day free trial.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best movies on Netflix regularly as new ones make it to the streaming service.
1. Extraction (action)
Chris Hemsworth reteams with his Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo for this action-packed Netflix original movie. Russo wrote the script for this flick, which stars Hemsworth as a mercenary who’s hired to rescue a drug lord’s son, who has been kidnapped and is being held in Bangladesh.
The movie was directed by Sam Hargrave, who previously was the second unit director for many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. In other words, he handled all the action and stunt scenes, and it shows in his full directorial debut. It’s definitely one of the best movies on Netflix.
2. Casino Royale (action)
Daniel Craig made his debut as British superspy James Bond with this 2006 film. It remains one of the best, if not the best, of the Bond movies ever made. The film first shows how Bond got his 007 designation and then jumps ahead to his next mission, which involves stopping a terrorist banker from blowing up a plane, and then competing with him in a very high stakes poker game. There are also some great action sequences in this movie as well.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (comedy)
After gathering a cult following for their work on the BBC comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and a movie based on it, this group of sketch comedians blew audiences away with their first original film. 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of the funniest movies ever made. If you have never watched it, prepare to start quoting a ton of its lines. This may be the best movie ever made about the myth of King Arthur as well, and that’s saying something.
You can catch up on the group’s earlier work on Netflix, which is streaming the entire run of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series. Also make sure to watch another great film, Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (comedy)
Netflix has recently hit it big with original young adult romantic comedy movies, which have turned its actors into major social media hits. Perhaps the best movie in this category is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based on the best selling book of the same name, it was released on Netflix in 2018. It tells the story of a teenage girl and her letters to all of her past secret crushes, but she’s only written these notes for herself. However, these letters get out into the wild, and she has to deal with the fallout.
The movie may have a cute premise, but it’s made more relatable thanks to the performances of Lana Condor, who plays the letter-writing girl Lara Jean, along with breakout teenage male heartthrob star Noah Centineo, who plays one of her crushes. You can check out the recently released sequel To All The Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You.
5. Freaks (drama)
This 2019 movie is getting more and more popular on Netflix, and it’s easy to see why. It centers on a seven-year-old girl who has been kept inside an abandoned house all of her life by her father. At first, you might think the father is crazy or abusive. However, as the movie progresses, we see that there might be a big reason why he wants to keep her daughter away from the outside world.
6. Bird Box (drama)
Consider this Netflix’s nod to A Quiet Place. Instead of tiptoeing and keeping quiet to avoid blind monsters, humans must wear blindfolds when going outside. A single look at these supernatural entities drives humans insane to the point of suicide.
The story follows Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) and her two children. They’re heading downstream in a rowing boat packed with a blanket, supplies, and blindfolds. Their goal is to reach a sanctuary, but the journey won’t be easy.
7. The Wandering Earth (sci-fi)
This is a massive sci-fi epic from China. It begins with an outrageous premise. In the future, the Earth’s sun is dying and turning into a red giant that will swallow the planet. The countries of the Earth unite in an effort to put huge rocket engines on the planet to move it to another star system. The project succeeds, but later in the journey, the engines start to fail, and the effort may not be able to reach its goal. The combination of great visual effects with an epic story make this one of the best movies on Netflix.
8. Total Recall (sci-fi)
Forget about that recent remake and watch the 1990 original Total Recall. It still holds up as a great near-future sci-fi action movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger has one of his best performances as “Douglas Quaid,” a man who dreams about going to Mars. However, when he decides to go to a company that offers virtual vacations, he finds out that his life, and even his name, is a lie. It’s a great mind-bending movie but with lots of explosions and guns.
9. Enola Holmes (kids and family)
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown has yet another hit character on her hands after her turn on the Netflix series as the psychic-powered teen Eleven. In this original Netflix movies, she plays the previously unrevealed younger sister to the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Enola Holmes has some mad skills as well, and she will need them to find her mother, who has just gone missing. It’s a ton of fun for any age to watch.
10. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (kids and family)
Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic film is the story of a young boy who discovers an alien in his backyard shed. This modern-day story may be set in suburbia America, but it has its roots in fairy tales. The cool thing about E.T. is that Spielberg manages to merge the ordinary look and feel of the typical American family with the magic of finding a creature that can heal people, causes objects to fly in the air, and make that believeable.
That’s just a brief look at what’s on Netflix. However, there’s a ton of other content you can stream on the service. Here are some of our other Netflix guides worth checking out: