Movies, movies, movies – there are plenty of them about, but which films do you watch? Well, if you’ve got access to Netflix, then you certainly have a lot to choose from.
In fact, the streaming service has a seemingly endless back-catalogue of titles, which rotates on a regular basis. But while many of these films come and go, there are a large number of Netflix exclusives which are pretty much accessible all of the time.
From Bird Box to Don’t Look Up, Netflix has a wealth of films to choose from which you’ll find day in, day out. You simply need to know what to check out – and that’s where this post can come in handy!
In this post, you will find a rundown of the best Netflix-exclusive movies to stream. These are the top titles that are almost always available, should you want a little bit of escapism.
The Wasteland (2022)
First up, in Spanish horror movie, The Wasteland (aka El Páramo), a young family are terrorised by an unseen presence which appears to be stalking them in the night. Directed by David Casademunt, The Wasteland stars Inma Cuesta, Asier Flores, and Roberto Álamo, and is a deliciously dark picture which is part ghost story, part paranoid chiller.
The Harder They Fall (2021)
Next up, is a superb film about an outlaw and his quest for revenge against the man who murdered his parents. Directed by Jeymes Samuel, and starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, RJ Cyler, and Regina King, The Harder They Fall is a great entry point for those new to Westerns, and a damn fine film for those who adore this genre!
And speaking of Westerns…
The Power of the Dog (2021)
Written and directed by Jane Campion, and based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, The Power of the Dog is a slow-burning Western drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The movie tells the story of two brothers, Phil and George Burbank, and their connection to a widower and her son.
The Invisible Thread (2022)
Next on this list is the Italian LGBTQ+ comedy-drama, The Invisible Thread (aka Il filo invisibile). The movie – from director Marco Simon Puccioni – stars Francesco Gheghi, Filippo Timi, and Francesco Scianna, and follows the story of 15-year-old high school student Leone, and his relationship with his two fathers, Simone and Paolo.
The Adam Project (2022)
Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell take the lead in this next movie – the sci-fi adventure film, The Adam Project. The movie follows the story of middle-aged pilot, Adam Reed, who opens up a wormhole to the past, which leads him on a path to his younger self.
If you love Ryan Reynolds and Spielberg-style movies, then The Adam Project is sure to delight. Plus, the pairing of Reynolds and Scobell is inspired.
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
Loosely based on the real-life events of Operation Moses and Operation Joshua, The Red Sea Diving Resort is a spy-thriller from director Gideon Raff. The movie stars Chris Evans, Michael K. Williams, and Haley Bennett, and follows the story of a team of undercover operatives who use an abandoned holiday resort off the Red Sea coast to perform a rescue mission.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
Directed and co-written by Mike Flanagan, and based on the Stephen King book of the same name, Gerald’s Game is a psychological horror thriller about a wife who finds herself in a precarious and life-threatening situation, when her husband suddenly passes away during sex. In the movie, the wife is handcuffed to a bed, without a key, and has to find a way to survive.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
Next on this list is Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – a hilarious musical comedy starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. The film focuses on two Icelandic singers who pursue their dream of entering the Eurovision Song Contest, and is filled with infectious pop songs, a number of Euro-infused cameos, a whole heap of comedy.
Red Dot (2021)
Next up, is the Swedish revenge thriller, Red Dot. The film – from director Alain Darborg – stars Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis, and Thomas Hanzon, and centres around a married couple who become targets in a deadly game of cat and mouse, while out in the snow-covered wilderness.
The Old Guard (2020)
Based on the comic book of the same name, and starring Charlize Theron, The Old Guard follows a team of immortal mercenaries who cross paths with an unethical pharmaceutical company. The company use whatever means necessary to capture the team, with the ultimate goal of unlocking the secrets behind their gifts.
Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is a semi-autobiographical drama about the life of a live-in Mixteco housekeeper, who works for an upper middle-class family. The film – set between 1970 and 1971 – stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.
Directed by Annesh Chaganty, Run is a psychological thriller starring Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. The movie focuses on the relationship between a mother and daughter, which takes a rather sinister and worrying turn, when a hidden secret is exposed.
Don’t Look Up (2021)
In satirical black-comedy, Don’t Look Up, the world is on the brink of disaster when a comet heads directly for the Earth. As the leading political figures of the planet debate how best to deal with the situation, many choose to simply ignore the scientists and hope the impending problem goes away.
Directed by Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up is a frighteningly realistic picture, which lampoons the modern-day approach to tackling climate-related problems. The film stars a wealth of top names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, and Cate Blanchett, with a particularly great turn from Meryl Streep.
Directed by Alexandre Aja, Oxygen (aka Oxygène) is a French sci-fi thriller about a confused young woman who finds herself trapped inside a medical cryo-chamber. The movie – produced on a relatively low budget – is a tense, small-scale affair, similar to the movie Buried (2010), and is certainly one to watch.
The Babysitter (2017)
In this tongue-in-cheek, action-packed teen slasher, a young boy discovers his babysitter is a member of a demonic cult. Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving star, while McG directs, this superb horror hit!
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2021)
In this follow-up to The Babysitter (see above), Judah Lewis is back, and so is his evil babysitter! More horror hijinks and hilarity follow in The Babysitter: Killer Queen – a worthy sequel filled with thrills and kills.
Army of the Dead (2021)
Zack Snyder directs this horror heist, about a team of mercenaries on a mission to steal a large sum of money from a zombie-infested casino in Vegas. Daft, fun, and at times completely over the top, Army of the Dead is an incredibly stylish film starring Dave Bautista.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022)
In animated-adventure film, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, the world is on the brink of destruction when an alien race known as the Krang begin to make their presence known. Teaming up with Casey Jones – a companion from the future – Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter, and April O’Neil, form a formidable force that might just avert the future and stop the world from entering a dystopian era.
The Irishman (2019)
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, and Bobby Cannavale star in this biographical crime drama, based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses. The movie – directed by Martin Scorsese – follows the story of Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who becomes a hitman for the mob.
Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021)
Inspired by a series of horror novels by author R. L. Stine, Fear Street Part One: 1994 stars Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger, Kiana Madeira, and Olivia Welch. The film tells the story of a group of teens who become terrorised by serial killers.
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021)
Set during the late 1970s, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, is the second instalment in the Fear Street trilogy. The movie stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Gillian Jacobs, and Sadie Sink, and tells the story of a bloody massacre at a summer camp.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021)
In the concluding part of the Fear Street trilogy (see above), the time-hopping story is brought to an end, with a trip back to the 17th Century for more gruesome horror. Fear Street Part Three: 1666 picks up directly after Part Two and stars Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman and Elizabeth Scopel.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Based on the book of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation is a war drama directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The film – which stars Idris Elba – follows the story of a young boy who becomes a child soldier during a terrible civil war.
Bird Box (2018)
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Sandra Bullock plays the role of a middle-aged woman tasked with protecting two children from a deadly threat. The world has been turned upside down by strange entities, with the power to induce mass suicide, and the only way for humanity to stay safe is to keep eyes closed at all times.
Filmed in black-and-white, Mank is a biographical drama which focuses on screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of the screenplay for acclaimed classic, Citizen Kane. The movie – directed by David Fincher – stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson are just some of the names that feature in this Western anthology movie from directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs comprises six vignettes, all centred around the Wild West.
Directed by Alexis Almström, JJ+E is a Swedish romantic teen drama, which tells the story of two teenagers from different social and cultural backgrounds, who fall in love and develop a relationship. The movie is based on the novel, Vinterviken by Mats Wahl, and stars Mustapha Aarab, Elsa Ӧhrn, and Jonay Pineda Skallak.
He’s All That (2021)
He’s All That is a bright and breezy romantic teen comedy, directed by Mark Waters. The movie stars Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Matthew Lillard, and Rachael Leigh Cook, and tells the story of a high school girl who falls in love with a fellow student after she gives him a makeover.
Blood Red Sky (2021)
Fancy a bit of horror? Then maybe take a look at German action-horror flick, Blood Red Sky. Directed by Peter Thorwarth, the film stars Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, and Dominic Purcell, and focuses on a vampire who battles terrorists, whilst aboard a commercial flight from Germany to the US.
Toscana is a Danish romantic drama, about a chef who re-evaluates his life following the passing of his father. In the movie, the chef travels to Tuscany to oversee the sale of his father’s property, only to have a change of heart after he falls for its rustic charm.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
Andy Serkis directs this action-adventure movie about an orphaned boy, raised by wolves, which is based on the Mowgli/Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling. Rohan Chand takes on the role of Mowgli, while Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Eddie Marsan, Naomie Harris all put in motion-capture performances as jungle characters.
Based on the book of the same name by J. A. White, Nightbooks is a children’s horror-fantasy from director David Yarovesky. The movie stars Krysten Ritter, Winslow Fegley, and Lidya Jewett, and tells the story of a young boy who recounts scary tales to a witch, in order to save his life.
Below Zero (2021)
In Spanish crime-thriller, Below Zero (aka Bajocero), a police officer finds himself caught up in a sinister situation, when he gets locked inside a prison van with his prisoners. Lluís Quílez directs.
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods is a war drama about a group of aging Vietnam War vets, who search for the remains of their fallen squad leader, as well as some buried treasure. The movie stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, and Chadwick Boseman.
A Classic Horror Story (2021)
A Classic Horror Story tells the tale of a group of strangers who find themselves caught up in a sinister situation, following a road accident. The Italian horror movie, directed by Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli, is a gruesome little beast with an interesting final act which allows the movie to shift gears and offer a new perspective to what has come before.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman star in this drama, based on August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom focuses on the career of influential blues singer, Ma Rainey.
Marriage Story (2019)
Noah Baumbach writes and directs this drama about a married couple, going through divorce. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and features an Oscar-winning performance from Laura Dern.
Martin Freeman leads this post-apocalyptic horror-drama, about a father carrying the most precious cargo of all – his infant child. The pair are trying to survive in a world where a virus has turned the population into zombies, resulting in Freeman doing his level best to keep his child alive.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
Moving over to some animation for this next movie, which is the brilliant adventure romp, The Mitchells vs the Machines. The film – directed by Mike Rianda – is a sci-fi road picture, about a family bonding session which takes place in the midst of a robot apocalypse.
American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)
A different change of pace for this next entry, which is based on real-world events. The movie is the true crime docu-film, American Murder: The Family Next Door.
The film – directed by Jenny Popplewell – details the tragic case of the Watts family murders, which took place in Frederick, Colorado. This is a difficult and incredibly sad story, so approach with care and caution.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)
Directed by Kwang II Han, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is an animated fantasy movie, set within the world of The Witcher. The film centres around the origin story of Vesemir – the mentor of Geralt Rivia.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
In biographical comedy, Dolemite Is My Name, Eddie Murphy takes on the role of filmmaker, Rudy Ray Moore – the star of a series of blaxploitation movies. Directed by Craig Brewer, the cast includes Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Snoop Dogg.
Directed by Nic Mathieu, Spectral is a military sci-fi horror movie, about the battle between soldiers and mysterious apparitions. James Badge Dale leads the cast, which includes Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood.
The Guilty (2021)
The Guilty is an excellent, low-budget, low-concept, crime thriller from director Antoine Fuqua. The movie – a remake of a Danish film of the same name – stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Vidal, and Adrian Martinez, and follows the story of an emergency call handler, who is contacted by woman in distress.
Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)
Andrew Garfield takes the lead role for this semi-autobiographical story, based on the stage musical of the same name. The film looks at the life of American composer, lyricist, and playwright, Jonathan Larson, with Lin-Manuel Miranda on directing duties.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
In The Christmas Chronicles, two children accidentally ruin Christmas, then have to work with Santa to put things right, in this family adventure film from director Clay Kaytis. Kurt Russell plays Santa, while Darby Camp and Judah Lewis play the children.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
Created as both a sequel and an epilogue to hit TV series, Breaking Bad, El Camino is a feature-length movie centred around popular character, Jesse Pinkman. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan writes and directs, while Aaron Paul reprises the role of Pinkman.
Love and Monsters (2020)
Slipping in near the end of this list is the sci-fi adventure-comedy, Love and Monsters. The movie – directed by Michael Matthews – tells the story of a young man in his early 20s, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, overrun by mutated creatures.
Written and directed by Thomas Sieben, Prey is a German adventure-thriller about a group of friends who become the target of a mysterious sniper, while hiking in the wilderness. The movie stars David Kross, Hanno Koffler, and Maria Ehrich.
And finally, in Extraction, Chris Hemsworth takes on the role of black ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, who is sent on a mission to rescue an Indian drug lord’s kidnapped son. However, things go awry when Rake is double-crossed, leading to a tense action-thriller, with a superb final act.
What you see above is a run-through of all the best Netflix movies. Now, to save you having to scroll back up, in order to see the titles again, here they all are in one handy list.
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