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30 best films on Netflix to watch right now

30 best films on Netflix to watch right now

NETFLIX can be overwhelming due to the sheer volume of content available, it can be hard to know what to watch.

Thankfully if you’re in the mood for a film, here is a guide to which Netflix movies you should feast your eyes on, updated on a regular basis.

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Drama

 

1. Boiling Point

Boiling Point was shot in just one take

If you don’t want to be kept on the edge of your seat, this one might not be for you.

But if you’re up for a breathless thrill-ride through the stressful world of a restaurant, you really could do no better.

Stephen Graham shines as Andy, the head chef of an up-market London restaurant, and is surrounded by a stellar supporting cast including Vinette Robinson and Jason Flemyng.

The film was shot in just one take, with four attempts taken to get the finished article that you see on screen.

It’s a phenomenal technical achievement, and well worth checking out even just to marvel at how they accomplished it.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 99 %.

 

2. The Invisible Man

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible and becomes murderously insane

The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss leads the cast of this chilling reimagining of Universal’s classic monster movie, which comes courtesy of Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell.

The film tells the story of architect Cecilia Kass, who drugs her abusive boyfriend to escape a life trapped in his oppressive home.

However, while she initially believes him dead, an invisible presence in her home leads her to believe he may have found a terrifying new way to stalk her.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%

 

3. The Irishman

Robert De Niro looks back at his past as a hitmanNetflix

This crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he looks back on his work for the Bufalino crime family.

As an older man and WWII veteran he reflects on all of his prolific hits and debates his involvement in the disappearance of his good friend Jimmy Hoffa.

If you’re a fan of The Godfather films or Goodfellas, this’ll be right up your street.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86 %.

 

4. Hillbilly Elegy 

2020 © NETFLIX Vance had to give up his dream job and return home to Ohio to help his family[/caption]

The American drama film premiered on the popular streaming service last month and has had polarising reviews.

It is based on a memoir of the same name written by J. D. Vance which was published in 2016 and follows the story of Yale law student called Vance whose career dreams are ruined when he has to return to Ohio to help his family.

The blockbuster explores and reflects on Vance’s Appalachian family history and stars Amy Adams.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%.

5. Marriage Story

The turmoils of divorce fall on the shoulders of two creativesNetflix

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johanssen star as a stage director and his actor wife who go through the stages of marriage that aren’t told.

The pair go through a gruelling divorce that pushes them and their personal extremes to the limit. 

The couples story of their marriage troubles is inspired by the director, writer and producer of the film.

Noah Baumbach based it on his divorce from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh as well as his parents divorce. 

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 85%

 

 

 

Romance

 

6. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This heartwarming rom-com will have anyone swooningNetflix

If teen rom-coms are your favourite then this ticks every box. With newcomers Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in high school portraying a fake relationship, what could go wrong?

A heart-warming film series based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jenny Han. Also starring Sex and the City’s John Corbett.

There’s also a sequel to get stuck into if you’re a fan of the first film.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86 %.

 

7. Call Me By Your Name

Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet star in this romanceNetflix

A powerful and affectionate portrayals of love acted out by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

Chalamet plays 17-year-old Elio Perlan, the American-Italian who’s close to his father and enjoys reading and transcribing.

When Oliver (Hammer) arrives as a charming American Scholar, the two embark on a beautiful awakening that will change their lives forever.

Call Me By Your Name received critical acclaim for its superbly acted romance.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%.

 

8. Warm Bodies

An alternative zombie love storyNetflix

A love story like no other, Warm Bodies shows the power of human connection in the zombie apocalypse.

After a zombie epidemic, an unusual zombie encounters a human and the two form a special relationship.

Their struggle for survival in a lifeless world presents all sorts of challenges, but love proves to be the cure to the pandemic nobody saw coming.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 81 %.

 

9. Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is a classic 80s filmHandout

If you’re looking for a classic 80s film, look no further than Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

The pair play Baby and Johnny, who meet at a holiday camp in the summer of 1963.

Baby has her eyes opened after learning to dance and getting to know Johnny and his working class friends.

The pair fall in love despite the social barriers between them – not to mention Baby’s father, and love triumphs all through the medium of dance set against a stellar soundtrack.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

 

10. Pride and Prejudice 

Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden star in the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s classicRex Features

The Jane Austen classic got another movie adaptation in 2005 starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy.

Elizabeth is headstrong while Mr Darcy is enigmatic and their hot and cold relationship is a riveting watch.

With an excellent cast and fantastic chemistry between Keira and Matthew, it’s the perfect film romance that does justice to the original novel.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

 

Horror/Thriller

 

11. Hush

This quiet thriller will have people on the edge of their seatsNetflix

This heart-pounding thriller by director Mike Flanagan follows the story of a deaf woman living alone in the woods.

Secluded and existing in a silent world, this young woman has to fight her way to safety after a psychotic killer appears outside her window. With no one around for miles, it proves to be a bloody battle for survival.

If you’re not good with gore then we suggest swerving this as it doesn’t hold back with its grisly battle sequences.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73 %.

 

12. Army of the Dead

Dave Bautista takes on zombies in Las Vegas in Army of the DeadNETFLIX

This zombie heist film by Zack Snyder stars Dave Bautista, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell.

It is set in Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak and follows a group of mercenaries who have been tasked with carrying out the greatest heist ever – within the quarantine zone.

As you might expect, things don’t go according to plan, but it makes for a fun watch with plenty of action to keep you entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

 

13.Gerald’s Game

This is what can happen when sex games go wrongNetflix

Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) try and rekindle the lost spark in their marriage with a retreat to a remote lake house.

However, a dangerous sex game leaves Gerald dead and Jessie handcuffed to the bed.

During this time she must battle hallucinations and the sheer panic of being unable to do anything.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

 

14. V Wars

The series followed an deadly disease outbreak that left people seeking human blood like vampiresNetflix

If you get scared of films like Contagion or simply want to be scared out of your wits in the midst of a pandemic, then this series is for you.

After a fast-spreading disease turns people into blood-sucking fiends, two best friends must team up in order to save humanity.

Starring Ian Somerhalder in another vampire-esque role this is a blood-soaked blend of action and tension.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%

 

15. Shaun of the Dead

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in Shaun of the Deadcheck copyright

Simon Pegg stars in this comedy horror which he also wrote alongside director Edgar Wright.

It follows Shaun and his friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, as they are initially unaware of a zombie outbreak.

Once realisation dawns on them, they attempt to seek refuge in their local pub with their loved ones, with varying degrees of success.

Funny and with plenty of blood, it’s a must for comedy horror fans.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 93%

 

Animations

 

16. Spirited Away

An animation for all agesNetflix

Studio Ghibli made up a part of everyone’s childhood and Spirited Away is a standout success.

The Oscar-winning production follows Chihiro, who is led to a mysterious town where her parents turn into pigs after eating the local food.

On a mission to find her parents once they go missing and adamant to find her way home, Chihiro befriends Haiku in this mystical tale.

Set in Japan, the original language is Japanese but there’s both English dubbing and subtitles available.

If you’re new to anime, Spirited Away is a great place to start and will likely get you addicted to the genre.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 97%.

17.The Mitchells vs. The Machines 

A family’s road trip doesn’t go to plan when machines launch an uprisingAlamy

This animated film follows Katie Mitchell and her family as they embark on a road trip ahead of her first year at film school.

However, their plans are interrupted when all the world’s electronic devices come to life and stage an uprising.

It’s up to Katie, her family and two friendly robots to save the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating:  89%.

 

18. Shrek

An Academy Award Winning animationNetflix

One of the best animations to grace screens and it even won an Academy Award. 

Once Upon a Time in a far away swamp, lived on Ogre named Shrek. 

His peaceful solace is interrupted when a herd of fairytale characters descend on his swamp claiming they have nowhere to go.

When he asks who sent them there, they state the evil Lord Farquaad had banished them.

With determination and an irritating donkey, Shrek goes to Lord Farquaad to make a deal to get his swamp back.

What he didn’t know was that entailed saving a princess from a tower guarded by a dragon.

If you love the original, you can also check out Shrek 3 and Shrek the Third.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

 

19. My Neighbour Totoro

This heartwarming animation will cheer anyone upNetflix

Studio Ghibli is the gift that keeps on giving with this family friendly, heartwarming animation.

Two girls find that their country home is in the middle of a mystical forest inhabited by fascinating mythical creatures.

They befriend Totoro, the king of the forest as well as the biggest and eldest of the mystical land.

Whilst their mother is sick in hospital, the girls are taken on an adventure where they begin to understand the realities of life. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

 

20. How to Train Your Dragon

This viking has everything to prove after finding a rare breed of dragonNetflix

Family friendly animation about the son of a Viking Chief who is trying to live up to his father’s expectations of him.

Wanting to mark his passage into manhood is harder as he isn’t built like the rest of the viking’s on the island.

However, when a rare breed of dragon lands on the island, injured and in need of a trainer, his luck begins to change.

How To Train Your Dragon also has two sequels, so if you’re a fan of the original you’re in luck.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

 

Comedy

 

21. Dumplin’

Join Jennifer Aniston in a beauty contest that changes heartsNetflix

Jennifer Aniston is the mother of a young plus-size teen who wants to win a beauty contest.

Being a former beauty queen, Aniston doesn’t support her daughters dreams as she thinks there are too many obstacles in the way.

A heart-warming, uplifting drama centred around revolutionising the way a small Texas town thinks.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 74 %.

 

22. Spy

Join Melissa McCarthy for a wild rideNetflix

When in need of a good laugh, look no further than this James Bond-esque spoof.

Melissa McCarthy is desk-bound CIA analyst who is sent into the field on dangerous missions. Feeling unequipped and having had her former partner (Jude Law) fall off the grid she goes undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer in order to prevent global pandemonium. Action comedy with Jason Statham and Rose Byrne.

Expect slapstick stunts and cheesy one-liners aplenty.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%.

 

23. Always Be My Maybe 

Ali Wong stars as a famous TV chef who returns to her hometown after 15 yearsNetflix

If you’re a sucker for the childhood sweethearts trope then this film is definitely on to put on the watchlist. 

After being friends since childhood, two friends are reunited after 15 years. 

Reconnecting as adults who followed very different career paths, the two begin to see what they’ve missed over the years.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%.

24. Me, Earl and The Dying Girl 

This quirky trio look on the bright side of life after being thrown back togetherNetflix

Greg (Thomas Mann) is an awkward high school senior, and has to have his mum force him to spend time with a girl.

Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is a girl whom he hasn’t spoken to since kindergarten and she was also justy diagnosed with cancer. 

Earl (R.J. Cyler) Greg’s best friend, joins the duo as they rekindle their friendship.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%

 

25. The Prom

Netflix The Prom stars the likes of James Corden, Meryl Steep and Nicole Kidman[/caption]

This musical comedy, which was released on Netflix in December 2020, is one of the best feel good films to watch on a cold winters day wrapped up in your duvet.

It follows the story of two New York City stage performers called Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Steep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) who get into a bit of bother when their latest show turns into a flop.

When the pair find out that a high school student called Emma Nolan is experiencing difficulties trying to let her school let her take her girlfriend to prom, they see it as the perfect opportunity to help them get back in everybody’s good books.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73 %.

 

Action

 

26. Kingsman: The Secret Service 

Manners maketh manNetflix

Colin Firth stars as a spy belonging to a super-secret elite organisation that recruits a promising candidate.

The candidate in question is the son of a former, deceased member of the organisation.

After getting into legal trouble, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is called up by Harry (Colin Firth) and has to compete against the most competitive recruits in order to earn his place at Kingsman.

Based upon the acclaimed comic book of the same name. 

Liked the original? There’s also sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle to dive into.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%.

 

27. Bad Boys 

Bad Boys (1995) Directed by Michael Bay. Shown from left: Martin Lawrence, Will SmithNetflix

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Miami detectives investigating $100 million worth of seized mafia heroin which is stolen from a secure police vault.

The two police officers embark on a journey in order to recover the money.

However their lives are made harder when internal affairs snooping around they also have their boss breathing down their necks.

An action comedy with dirty coppers, snooping wives and a bachelor who refuses to settle down.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%.

 

28. Ocean’s Eleven 

Join the Oscar winning stars for a money heistNetflix

George Clooney and Brad Pitt can still leave fans swooning when they pull off a bank heist.

They band together a group of ex-cons to rob 150 million dollars from an underground vault that serves three of Las Vegas‘ biggest casinos. Teaming up with nine other men, the criminal specialists co-ordinate a heist to end all heists.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80 %.

 

29. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Throwback to the childhood Jumanji you always knew but with a new twistNetflix

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black team up to get themselves out of a game that they found in their high school basement.

The highly successful reboot of the classic is family friendly and gives guaranteed laughs as the four try to make sure they aren’t stuck in the game forever. Also starring Nick Jonas.

Jumanji has since released a video game-themed sequel Next Level.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating:  87 %.

 

30. Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is sensational as Wonder WomanAlamy

Wonder Woman had a long wait for her very own standalone movie, but damn it was worth it.
Gal Gadot plays the heroine, who saves Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor when his plane crashes on the shores of her secret Amazonian island.
The warrior princess soon learns about World War I and sets out to save the human race with Steve’s help.
As well as some seriously good action sequences and great chemistry between Gal and Chris, there are some funny moments which are sometimes lacking in other DC Universe films.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating:87%

 

 

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