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What are good movies on Netflix?
Netflix has plenty of movies to watch but there’s a real mixed bag on there. Sometimes finding the right film at the right time can seem like an impossible. This is particularly the case now Netflix’s film rating system is a percentage rather than a numerical rating. So, to help you in this most important of tasks, we’ve compiled a list of the good films on Netflix. We’re also updating this list with the latest releases and new finds most weeks, so check back for more recommendations.
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The 2016 iteration of Ghostbusters manages to cut itself free of the original with a mix of great casting, smart writing and genuinely brilliant comic timing. Sure, it’ll never be a cult classic, but there’s plenty to enjoy and admire about this alien-busting comedy. At times the film’s relentless pursuit of special effects wizardry gets in the way of the plot, but this is a splendid slice of easy-viewing fun.
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers one of his finest performances as the American author Truman Capote. Such is his dedication to the character that at times his acting is more possession than portrayal. It’s utterly uncanny. The film itself follows one of the most intense and remarkable periods of Capote’s life as he begins the process of researching his landmark novel In Cold Blood..
The winner of seven Oscars, including best director for Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity is a visually stunning, incredibly intense sci-fi thriller. Packed into a tight, masterfully director 90 minutes, the film follows astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as they grapple with the infinite and deadly void of deep space. .
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Pride & Prejudice
The 2005 adaption of Jane Austen’s classic romance novel is the most recent and features Matthew MacFadyen as Mr Darcy and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. The film, coming in at just over two hours long, is a stylish remake that has plenty of charm. Knightley’s performance saw her receive both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture in the 2006 Globes. Watch it on Netflix .
The Jungle Book
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Disney’s live action remake of The Jungle Book was shot entirely in a warehouse. The scenes were filmed using motion capture and then digitally recreated. The result is an incredibly slick production of Rudyard Kipling’s novel. The remake, released in 2016, features Ben Kingsley as the voice of Bagheera the panther, Bill Murray as Baloo the bear and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. Mowgli is played by Neel Sethi. You can.
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Marge Gunderson is a small town Minnesotan cop who has a problem. Her town, Fargo, has been hit by some rare murders. What’s worse, one of the bodies is a state police officer. Two other witnesses are also dead. Gunderson who is expecting a baby in two months starts to hunt down the killer and in the process discovers fraud, kidnap, and a plot to extort ransom money.and when you’re done, head across to the series Netflix created .
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Miles Teller plays Andrew Neiman, a talented young drummer, determined to practise his way to the top of his elite music school. Pushing Neiman to greatness is his terrifying teacher, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who seems to view teaching as a military exercise, using unconventional and abusive methods that threaten to undermine everything the pair have worked so hard for. Directed by Damien Chazelle, who later went on to direct La La Land, Whiplash is an exhausting, adrenaline-filled film that will have you tapping your feet for weeks after watching. Watch it .
Subtle this film ain’t. Quentin Tarantino’s take on the spaghetti Western is a ruthless romp that at times goes too hard at the gratuitous violence. That violence, of course, is a hallmark of Tarantino’s but Django Unchained also brings subtly and humour, delivered superbly by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. The subject of slavery is rightly often approached by Hollywood with caution, but here it is taken on with impressive vigour..
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Good Will Hunting
The drama that launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who both wrote and starred in this drama set between the city of Boston and the prestigious Harvard and MIT universities nearby. Will’s self-taught academic talent inspires a professor to save him from a prison sentence, in exchange for studying maths with him, and seeing a therapist to temper his arrogant and confrontational personality. The story plays out fairly simply, but the strength of the characters and their relationships, particularly Damon as Will and Robin Williams as psychologist Sean, are what propelled the film to its two Oscar wins in 1997. Watch it .
When curmudgeonly Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) finds out he’s won a million dollars in a magazine sweepstakes, he’s determined to walk the 800 miles to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect his prize if he has to. Unwilling to see his elderly father walk himself to death over the scam prize, his son David (Will Forte) offers to drive him the distance. On the way, they visit Woody’s home town and learn that the slightest whiff of money brings out the worst in his old friends and relatives. Shot entirely in stark black and white, Nebraska is a thoughtful take on the road trip genre, both wryly funny and a touching meditation on ageing, family and regret..
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Prepare yourself for an uplifting time. This 2014 film sees top chef Carl Casper ditch his high-end, high-pressure kitchen job and start travelling. Instead of just taking in the sights, he decides to setup a travelling food truck and makes an unforgettable journey across the US with his wide, son and friend. One tip: make sure you eat before starting to watch Chef as if you don’t, you’ll come away very hungry. .
God’s Own Country
When Johnny’s father has a stroke, he is left to tend to the family’s disintegrating Yorkshire farm – and only source of income – by himself. But destructive nightly binges mean sullen, aggressive Johnny (Josh O’Connor) isn’t much of a farm hand. His lot begins to turn around, though, with the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu). This stunning debut from writer and director Francis Lee, who himself grew up in Yorkshire before turning to acting, won the Sundance Film Festival’s world cinema directing award, and recalls the rugged intensity of Andrea Arnold’s 2011 Wuthering Heights. Watch it .
A taut, clever crime thriller, Nightcrawler explores the world of ‘stringers’, freelance videographers who scour late night LA for violent events to film and then sell to local news TV stations. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou, who lucks into the trade and quickly discovers the profits to be made, especially when he bends the law for juicier material. Desperate to feed demand and ratings, a local morning news director (Rene Russo) doesn’t care how the footage is obtained so long as it’s good. An outstanding central performance from Gyllenhaal, who lost weight to portray the desperate Lou, drives the action forward and it features an early Hollywood appearance for Riz Ahmed as his sidekick, Rick..
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Marvel’s Deadpool is one of the most successful R-rated movie that earned its 2018 sequel in a field packed with all-too-similar superhero films. .. There’s good reason for this. The superhero film does something different with the genre by making everything a little more raunchy. Deadpool’s dialect is fllled with expletives, he’s sweary and doesn’t care what others think of him. Deadpool is a genuinely funny
This biopic tells the true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. The film starts on the eve of Milk’s (Sean Penn) 40th birthday, and follows his early unsuccessful election battles and then his fight against Proposition Six – an attempt to ban gay and lesbian people from working in public schools. Although Milk’s tireless campaigning earns him the admiration of San Franciscans, he ends up making a dangerous enemy of his fellow city supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin)..
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Based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Road is a bleak, post-apocalyptic film where a global cataclysm has put humanity on the brink. All the trees are dead, often found burning from lightning strikes, and dangerous gangs who have resorted to cannibalism dominate. We did say it was bleak. Thrust into this world is a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his son, barely surviving with little more than a shopping cart of scant supplies and a rusty old revolver running low on bullets. Incredible cinematography and a haunting central performance from Mortensen make this compelling, but not especially comfortable, viewing..
The World’s End
The final film of the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ also featuring Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End sees a group of middle-aged men reunited to attempt a famous pub crawl in their hometown. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost return, albeit with roles reversed as Frost plays the straight man and Pegg the fool. While considered the weakest of the three films, it’s nonetheless an outstanding and deceptively poignant comedy that touches on alcoholism and the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia..
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Back in 2013, a great deal of controversy surrounded Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour. This wasn’t only for its intense and uncompromising depiction of the love that develops between two young women, but because of the intrusive, exacting demands the director made of his stars. Léa Seydoux (Emma) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle) both came forward after the film’s release to say that he had been tyrannical as a director, making them work in abusive conditions to get scenes right. In this passionate film, the furious love affair which develops between Emma and Adèle is nevertheless shot with depth and care – with astounding performances from those in the lead, who were unconventionally awarded thealong with the film’s director. .
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Everyone in this period drama from director Dee Rees is trying to drag themselves out of the Mississippi mud, in one way or another. Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) moves his young family to a farm on the Mississippi delta, although his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) is less than pleased by the news that he’s also bringing his horribly racist father to live with them too. The Jackson family are tenants on the farm, led by Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) who hopes he can work his way out of sharecropping and own his own slice of land one day. When Hap’s son and Henry’s brother return to Mississippi from World War II, the two men find themselves locked in a struggle against the ugly oppression of Jim Crow America..
Midnight Special has Michael Shannon in it. This is generally a good indicator of quality, as is a supporting cast of Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver. Here Shannon plays Roy Tomlin, a father protecting his son Alton from a cult who covet and worship the boy’s special powers, and government agencies investigating the strange events surrounding him. It’s a tense, emotional ride with more than a hint of Spielberg about it. Certified 83% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. watch.to give it a
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Writer and director Alex Garland won numerous plaudits for his directorial debut Ex Machina, including Oscar and BAFTA nominations for best original screenplay. Annihilation is his second feature as a director and it’s another serious, enthralling sci-fi exploration that’s much better than its ‘straight to Netflix’ status would suggest.
Channelling a sci-fi horror vibe reminiscent of Soviet-era mind trip Stalker, Annihilation’s main antagonist is a slowly expanding zone called The Shimmer in which all life is undergoing rapid and inexplicable mutation. Natalie Portman travels with an all-female team of scientists to try and reach the centre of The Shimmer and understand what’s causing it, and what happened to her husband after his own journey into Area X. Cerebral and dream-like, it’s the kind of film that begs discussion, interpretation and repeat viewings. It’s also an absolute visual treat. See it.
Based on true events, Pride tells the story of a group of LGBT activists who come together to support striking British miners in the mid-1980s. The activists, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, recognise some of the difficulties their own community has faced in the way the miners are treated by the police, the press and the Thatcher government, and start raising funds in solidarity. But not all of the miners are ecstatic about their new comrades, and many of the LGSM members have their own challenges to deal with too. The film is a moving testament to the capacity for people to overcome their differences and inspire lasting change – even after the pits close. Watch Pride .
La La Land
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Los Angeles is a city where people go to chase their dreams, but wind up working dead-end jobs for a boss they hate. It’s also a place where a traffic jam turns into a musical set-piece, complete with jazz hands on car roofs, at the drop of a hat. Ryan Gosling plays a gloomy pianist stuck playing jazz standards in restaurants while Emma Stone is an aspiring actor who can’t quite seem to get a land her first acting gig. La La Land follows the pair as they make the agonising decision to choose between their relationship and their dreams, but along the way they manage to rattle off a handful of original songs, helped along by the film’s superb score. The film received 14 nominations at the 2017 Oscars, and ended up winning six. You can.
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his long lusted-after Best Actor Oscar, in 2016, for his role as a nineteenth-century American fur trapper who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the man who once left him for dead. The Revenant is a beautifully-shot and relentless period piece that will leave you exhausted, but in a good way. Watch it on .
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The Nice Guys
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Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star in this classic buddy comedy that follows the screw-up filled antics of two private detectives. The script is pacy, the gags (both physical and spoken) are funny and the plot – while a little thin at times – keeps things going to an action-packed finale. The retro buddy movie feel is neatly complimented by a remarkably detailed recreation of 1970s Los Angeles, while the film’s somewhat adult themes ensure it doesn’t get lost in a sea of teen-friendly, wishy-washy action adventure films. In short: it’s something a bit different and the relationship that develops between Gosling and Crowe makes The Nice Guys a must-watch. .
Mad Max: Fury Road
Rarely is a franchise reboot this successful. Fury Road is a manic, bewildering spectacle of a blockbuster that sticks two fingers up to the soulless CGI-filled action films that dominate the box office. The visuals are remarkable, the costume and prop design out of this world and the pace unrelenting. The big-budget treatment takes a vision dreamt-up in the late-1970s and puts on an eye-achingly epic show. Turn up the sound and let the madness wash over you. Watch it on Netflix .