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.
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.
The very best movies on Netflix:
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. Raiders of the Lost Ark (action)
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg wanted to make a movie that had the feel of the classic Saturday afternoon movie serials of the 1930s and 1940s. The final result was this 1981 classic. Harrison Ford is perfect as Indiana Jones. He calls himself an archeologist, but that seems to be just an excuse to find cool ancient artifacts from all over the world.
In 1936, Jones is recruited by the US government to find and secure the Ark of the Covenant. Yes, that’s the container for the original smashed Ten Commandment stones. Jones has to get his hands on it before the Nazis. There’s tons of great action set pieces in this movie, along with humor and a finale that can still raise some goose bumps. It’s definitely one of the best movies on Netflix.
2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (action)
This 2018 film won the Academy Award for the best animated movie for that year. It’s easy to see why. It takes the typical Spider-Man mythos and expands it to cover lots of different characters. That includes Miles Morales, who becomes the new Spider-Man of an alternative universe. He also discovers that the villainous Kingpin is opening dimensional doors and that causes even more Spider superheroes to show up in his universe. 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. Starship Troopers (sci-fi)
This 1997 sci-fi epic has achieved a cult following. What would happen if the military controlled the Earth? We see a possible future where that could happen in this movie. On the surface, it looks peaceful, but when an intelligence alien bug race threatens the planet, it’s time for all-out war. In between the big action sequences where the Mobile Infantry is fighting the bugs, we see lots of World War II-styled propaganda that encourages even more people to join up. It’s 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. It’s great fun.
9. Despicable Me (kids and family)
The 2010 Dreamworks Animation film tries to answer the question, “What if a supervillain suddenly became a family man?” Gru is a person who just wants to rule the world, with the assistance of his man strange Minion creatures. However, Gru has to deal with a rival villain, who has stolen a shrink ray that Gru needs for his plan to shrink and steal the moon. Gru’s plan to get the shrink ray involves him taking on three young orphans, but soon he becomes emotionally attached to these kids.
This movie has tons of humor, great action set pieces, and a terrific voice role for Steve Carell as Gru. It’s the source of two sequels and a spin-off series for Gru’s yellow and short Minions. This is definitely one of the best kids movies on Netflix you can watch.
10. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (kids and family)
Ralph and Vanellope just can’t stop getting into trouble. Vanellope’s arcade game breaks down and might be thrown out without a replacement part. The dynamic duo sets on a quest to find it online. We all know the internet is not always a nice place, so you can only imagine the adventures they get into.
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: