When it comes to a massive library of original films, no streaming service comes close to Netflix. But Netflix is also home to movies from other studios, some of which have found success on the streaming service that eluded them in theaters. With all that at its disposal, Netflix has an incredible lineup of movies that spans decades and genres.
It can be tricky to stay on top of the selection when there’s something new on Netflix nearly every week. Fortunately, we’ve already picked out the best movies on Netflix right now with a list that is up to the minute. All you need to do is find the time to watch.
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Dragged Across Concrete barely made a blip in theaters when it premiered in 2018, but it has found an audience on Netflix after racing to the top of the movie chart. The film explores the parallel stories between two lifelong friends, Henry Jones (Tory Kittles) and Biscuit (Michael Jai White), and two desperate cops, Detective Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Detective Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn).
Ridgeman and Lurasetti need money so badly that they agree to rob a local crime boss, Lorentz Vogelmann (Thomas Kretschmann). Meanwhile, Henry and Biscuit work as getaway drivers for Vogelmann’s men. But once the detectives start closing in, Henry and Biscuit realize that they may not walk away from this gig alive.
There’s a lot going on in I See You, and you’ll miss the clues if you aren’t watching closely. Equal parts mystery and horror, the film starts out like a thriller as Detective Greg Harper (Jon Tenney) and his partner, Detective Spitzky (Gregory Alan Williams), are assigned to an apparent copycat serial abduction based on a killer that Greg put away years ago.
At the same time, Greg’s home life has been shattered as his wife, Jackie Harper (Helen Hunt), is having an affair that is threatening to tear their marriage apart. There’s also an unseen presence in Greg and Jackie’s house that haunts them with seemingly harmless pranks before escalating into violence and murder. That’s just the beginning of a twisted tale that eventually draws everyone together.
All three Riddick films are now back on Netflix, but Pitch Black remains the best of the trilogy. That’s because it plays out like a sci-fi thriller rather than a standard Vin Diesel action flick. This was Diesel’s first turn as Richard B. Riddick, a killer whose eyes can see in the dark. In a distant part of space, Riddick is captured by bounty hunter William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), and both men have the misfortune of being on a starship that crashes on a remote planet.
After Riddick escapes, the survivors, including Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), Jack (Rhiana Griffith), and Abu al-Walid (Keith David) realize that the planet is overrun by fearsome creatures whenever it gets dark. In order to survive this planet of monsters, they have to rely on their own monster: Riddick.
Netflix just took home the Oscar for Best Animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and it’s already got another strong animated flick out this week. The Magician’s Elephant adapts Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name, and it tells the story of a young orphan named Peter (Noah Jupe). Peter’s only wish in life is to find his missing sister, Adele (Pixie Davies), Through a fortune teller, Peter is told that he has to find a Magician (Benedict Wong) who will summon an elephant.
Incredibly, the prophecy comes true. But before the elephant can lead Peter to his sister, he is forced to perform three impossible tasks. And the attempt will change Peter’s life forever.
Idris Elba’s John Luther returns in the Netflix original film Luther: The Fallen Sun. And right off the bat, Luther is tossed in jail for everything illegal he did in the Luther TV series. Luther’s incarceration was engineered by his current adversary, David Robey (Andy Serkis), and it demonstrates just how much Robey fears the disgraced detective.
However, Luther eventually escapes from prison to go after Robey and bring him down for good. Unfortunately for Luther, his former colleagues on the police force are also hunting for him.
This sci-fi film from the writer and director of Train to Busan is part explosive action spectacle, part exploration of big business and technology run amok. The film follows a scientist working on the next generation of lethal, combat-oriented artificial intelligence, developed from the brain patterns of one of the world’s most celebrated mercenaries, who was left comatose after a failed mission. The catch here is that the mercenary is actually the mother of the scientist, who has spent decades grappling with both her mother’s legacy and the company’s ownership of what remains of her mother.
Andrew Garfield stars as Rent playwright Jonathon Larson in this semi-autobiographical film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical drama chronicles Larson’s struggles to bring the rock musical he’s been working on for years to the stage while navigating love, friendships, and both personal and professional pressure in New York City.
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