Looking for the best original Netflix movies to watch? Look no further, because Khojdeal has put together a list of the best original Netflix movies available to watch right now.
Starting in 2015 with Beasts of No Nation, the streaming giant has since churned out hundreds of original films—some memorable, some less so, and some memorable for all the wrong reasons.
We’ve done the groundwork for you in separating the mediocre and the absurd from the exceptional and award-winning.
Best original Netflix movies
As Netflix’s library of original content continues to expand and expand, it’s worthwhile to take stock of all that the service currently offers. Here are our favorites – watch them and never suffer from decision fatigue ever again.
A black-market mercenary who has nothing to lose is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible. Tyler Rake, a fearless black-market mercenary, embarks on the deadliest extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord from Bangladesh.
Dolemite Is My Name
Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Murphy’s comeback performance, as well as its screenplay, period costumes and sense of humor.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film based on Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name. When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. The film is precisely what it should be; pleasing and clever, comforting and fun and romantic. Just right for your Friday night, your Saturday afternoon, and many lazy lay about days to come.
Mudbound is a 2017 American historical drama film about two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way. It offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
The Irishman is a 2019 American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). An aging Frank recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together. The film follows a married couple, an actress and a stage director (Johansson and Driver), going through a coast-to-coast divorce. Among its many accolades, the film received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Driver), and Best Actress (Johansson).
Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker’s journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico. Roma received a number of accolades, with ten nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, among them Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira). It became the first Mexican entry to win Best Foreign Language Film, and also won for Best Cinematography and Best Director.
Pulled into a shady briefcase swap for different reasons, young strangers Danny and Ellie spend an eventful night together when the deal goes wrong. Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, Tramps traipses through its romcom premise with earnestness and ease.
Brij Mohan Amar Rahe
Brij Mohan (36), a hosiery shop owner in a busy Delhi market, desperately wants to change his life. He is fed up of his ball-crusher wife and mounting debts. In order to escape his wretched life, he changes his appearance and adopts a new identity as Amar Sethi, but ends up committing a botched-up murder. He runs off with his young girlfriend, hopeful of making a new beginning. Instead, as luck would have it, he finds himself trapped in a web of his own Karma.
Love Per Square Foot
Love Per Square Foot is a feature film which deals with the very common predicaments that faces today’s urban youth; finding a house and finding love. Individually, Sanjay and Karina don’t earn enough to be able to buy a home, so they enter into a marriage of convenience. Through the course of this romantic comedy we see them desperately seeking a house, but realizing the difference between ‘ghar’ and ‘makaan’.
Soni, a young policewoman in Delhi, and her superintendent, Kalpana, have collectively taken on a growing crisis of violent crimes against women. However, their alliance suffers a major setback when Soni is transferred out for alleged misconduct on duty.
Upstarts, is a bromance about three college graduates from small-town India, captivated by the startup mania sweeping the country. As they enter the rollercoaster startup ecosystem of big dreams, big money and bigger sharks, they are faced with a big choice — their dreams, or their friendship.
Discovered by an eccentric ballet master, two gifted but underprivileged Mumbai teens face bigotry and disapproval as they pursue their dancing dreams. Based on the lives of two ballet dancers, Manish Chauhan and Amiruddin Shah, Yeh Ballet is a fictionalized version of their struggle in mastering a dance form that wasn’t accepted by their families.
Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college dropout, re-enters their life, they reconsider.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Grudges and rivalries abound as three adult siblings converge in New York to contend with their prickly artist father — and his fading legacy. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.
High Flying Bird
High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.
Beasts of No Nation
In West Africa, the life of young Agu (Abraham Attah) is disrupted when his father is slaughtered in a civil war and he is inscripted as a child soldier into a mercenary unit led by the sadistic Commandant (Idris Elba). Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of war’s human cost.
A young father returns home from jail eager to care for his son and become a writer, but crime, poverty and a flawed system threaten his plans. Themes include mass incarceration, the importance of education, racial profiling by police, and the many obstacles present in the system that prevent those interested in rehabilitation to survive when placed back in society.
Set It Up
Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them ’round the clock. When they realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux-romance.
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. It takes its time coming together, but the quietly effective Paddleton pulls off a tricky tonal balancing act, thanks largely to the strengths of its well-chosen leads.
Our Souls at Night
Based on the best-selling novel written by Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters (Robert Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they’d been neighbors for decades, but had little contact. Their children live far away and they are all alone in their big houses. She seeks to establish a connection, and make the most of the rest of the time they have.
I Am Mother
I Am Mother is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. But the pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions.
The Two Popes
Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba. Inspired by a science book, William Kamkwamba builds a wind turbine. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.
While searching for her ex-boyfriend, a young drifter impulsively kidnaps a baby from a neglectful mother and pretends the child is her own. Without a place to stay, the woman asks for help from her ex-boyfriend’s mother, telling her the baby is her granddaughter.
The Fundamentals of Caring
An 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts) goes on a road trip with his caregiver (Paul Rudd), and the pair learn about life from the people they meet along the way. The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
A group of former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.
Matt Ryder (Sudeikis) is convinced to drive his estranged and dying father Benjamin Ryder (Harris) cross country to deliver four old rolls of Kodachrome film to the last lab in the world that can develop them before it shuts down for good. Along with Ben’s nurse Zooey (Olsen), the three navigate a world changing from analog to digital while trying to put the past behind them.
To the Bone
Based on the real-life experiences of writer/director Marti Noxon, TO THE BONE shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey – navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.
Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
The Kindergarten Teacher
Writer-director Sarah Colangelo’s sophomore feature film is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a forty-year old married kindergarten teacher living in Staten Island who is terminally bored with her banal middle-class existence. When she becomes convinced that her five-year-old student is a budding poetic genius, she decides to nurture his talents in a reckless and questionable manner.
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