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The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (July 2022)

Start planning your next movie night, Netflix subscribers. With new movies coming to Netflix throughout each month, the streaming service really does have something for everyone. We even try to make the decision easier by searching the entire library of films every week and updating this list of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime, and the best movies on Disney+. Watching from abroad? Use a Netflix VPN to access your country’s catalog from anywhere in the world. Want to watch on the go? We can show you how to download movies on Netflix.

Goodfellas (1990)

90 %
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
Directed by Martin Scorsese
The mob flick to rule them all, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas stars Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, a real-life “wiseguy” who rose through the ranks of the Italian Mafia. Tracking the character across three different eras of his life — exploring his criminal career, love interests, and personal vices — Scorsese intricately weaves period-authentic music into each of the film’s major sections, creating one of the most iconic soundtrack movies of all time. Featuring noteworthy performances from its ensemble cast and masterfully photographed by Michael Ballhaus, Goodfellas continues to stand the test of time as one of Scorsese’s finest and a go-to mention for gangster dramas.

Don't Look Up (2021)

Don't Look Up
49 %
Genre Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep
Directed by Adam McKay
This dark satire from Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay (The Big Short) casts Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as a pair of astronomers who discover a massive asteroid on a collision course with Earth. When they try to warn the world of this impending extinction event, however, their efforts are thwarted by narrow-minded politicians, greedy CEOs, click-hungry media outlets, and an apathetic populace more interested in celebrity couples than a looming apocalypse. It’s not exactly a feel-good film, but it’s plenty funny — and with a supporting cast that includes Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, and Timothee Chalamet, it’s full of tremendous performances, too.

Loving (2016)

79 %
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, and inspired by the 2012 HBO documentary The Loving Story, Loving depicts the experiences of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who wanted nothing more than to be wed. But after traveling from Virginia to Washington, D.C., to get married, the couple is tracked down by their hometown authorities and charged with violating Virginia’s segregation laws. For their prison sentences to be thrown out, the couple must agree to vacate Virginia and not return for 25 years. But the couple doesn’t want to give up on their love. Ruth writes to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, which sets into motion one of the most vital Supreme Court cases in civil rights history.

RRR (2022)

86 %
Genre Action, Drama
Stars N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
The most expensive Indian film ever made at the time of its release, this three-hour, action-filled epic offers a fictional account of two real-life revolutionaries’ adventures in the time before they became famous freedom fighters. Packed with gorgeous set pieces, stunning action, excellent performances, and yes, even some fantastic music and dance sequences, RRR is one of the most successful films to come out of India in recent years and has quickly become one of the most talked-about films on Netflix.

The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard
70 %
Genre Action, Fantasy
Stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Netflix went full superhero in this action-packed film about a secret group of immortals that has protected Earth from extinction for centuries. When members of the group are set up during an emergency mission and their powers are mistakenly exposed to the world, they must overcome old grudges and work together to ensure none of the competing entities hoping to control them gain the upper hand. Charlize Theron leads the film’s cast and offers a powerful reminder of her action hero talents.

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained
81 %
Genre Drama, Western
Stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
In Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the barrage of spaghetti-western bullets is never-ending. When Django (Jamie Foxx) is rescued from enslavement by the mysterious Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), the unlikely duo forms a partnership. Django agrees to help Schultz track down bounties, and in return, Schultz will help Django locate his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Their adventure takes an unexpected turn when they track Broomhilda to the plantation of a notorious slaver named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Spiderhead (2022)

Genre Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski and Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick team up with Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Hemsworth for this dark, psychological thriller set in a futuristic, free-roaming prison where the inmates have volunteered for a series of tests with experimental, emotion-controlling drugs. Hemsworth plays the facility’s brilliant, charismatic overseer, while Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country) portray a pair of prisoners who become suspicious of the experiment’s true purpose.

Sleight (2016)

62 %
Genre Drama, Thriller, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Storm Reid
Directed by J.D. Dillard
In this tense drama from director and co-writer J.D. Dillard, a brilliant young street magician in Los Angeles finds himself in over his head when he gets entangled with a violent drug supplier and must use every trick he knows to save himself and his sister. A surprise hit, Sleight won over audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with its unexpected twist on conventional thrillers, as well as star Jacob Latimore’s compelling performance.

Munich: The Edge of War (2022)

Munich: The Edge of War
53 %
Genre Drama, History
Stars George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Sandra Hüller
Directed by Christian Schwochow
Two college friends find themselves on opposite sides of a brewing war in this film based on Robert Harris’ 2017 novel Munich, which is set against the backdrop of the tense, 1938 meeting in Munich of the European nations that would eventually find themselves embroiled in the second World War. Jeremy Irons portrays U.K. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, while George MacKay and Jannis Niewöhner play the former Oxford University classmates who become reluctant spies.

Army of the Dead (2021)

Army of the Dead
57 %
Genre Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick
Directed by Zack Snyder
Nearly two decades after Zack Snyder first tackled the zombie genre with his Dawn of the Dead remake, the Justice League filmmaker returns with yet another adventure set amid legions of the undead. This time around, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) portrays a former war hero recruited to lead a mission deep into Las Vegas — now a walled-off city infested with flesh-hungry zombies. The ensemble cast is filled out with a host of familiar faces, including Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi, Ella Purnell, and Omari Hardwick, among others.

Dunkirk (2017)

94 %
Genre War, Action, Drama
Stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan wrote and directed this World War II drama that chronicles the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and fishing harbor of Dunkirk, France, after they were cut off and surrounded by German forces. The miraculous effort to rescue the troops is depicted in vivid, explosive detail, with some critics calling it one of Nolan’s best films to date and one of the greatest WWII movies ever made. The ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.

The Dig (2021)

The Dig
73 %
Genre Drama, History
Stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James
Directed by Simon Stone
Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan), a widowed landowner, decides to tackle the Sutton Hoo burial mounds on her sprawling Suffolk estate. To do so, she hires amateur archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to tackle the job. As he and his crew begin the work, they unearth profound treasures that spark a national call to arms for prominent British historians. As a hierarchy of high-class excavators steamrolls Edith’s private operation, Edith argues for Brown’s position as the higher-ups try and force him out. A brilliant ensemble cast and picturesque cinematography make The Dig one of the most intriguing historical dramas on Netflix.

The Departed (2006)

The Departed
85 %
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Celebrated filmmaker Martin Scorsese adapted Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs for this film about a pair of men on very different sides of the law, each living a dangerous undercover life. Matt Damon plays a mole planted in the Massachusetts State Police by mob boss Francis “Frank” Costello (Jack Nicholson), while Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a police officer tasked with infiltrating Costello’s inner circle. When they each become aware of the other’s existence, it begins a desperate race to uncover their counterpart’s identity while protecting their own. The tense drama won four Academy Awards and is widely regarded as one of Scorsese’s best films.

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Gunpowder Milkshake
47 %
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman
Directed by Navot Papushado
Karen Gillan plays a lethal assassin who finds herself on the run after she refuses to kill a young girl in this fast-paced, beautifully choreographed thriller. While fleeing the mysterious organization out to end her contract, Gillan finds an unexpected ally in the mother she thought she lost (played by Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey) and a trio of brutally effective hitwomen (Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino). With nonstop action and an impressive ensemble of leading ladies, the film gives new meaning to smashing the patriarchy.

If Anything Happens I Love You (2020)

If Anything Happens I Love You
Genre Drama, Animation
Directed by Will McCormack, Michael Govier
From writer/director duo Michael Govier and Will McCormack, If Anything Happens explores a world of profound grief with the beautifully illustrated, meditative tale of a family’s tragic loss resulting from a school shooting. Navigating the incident’s emotional aftermath, the short animation begins in a dark and near-unforgiving place, but through the power of love and the will to move forward, the film progresses into a place of love, forgiveness, and hope. It’s certainly not the easiest film to watch in this roundup, but it’s worthy of attention for its emotional bravery and stellar composition.

The Babysitter (2017)

The Babysitter
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Judah Lewis, Jimmy Warden, Frederick Keeve
Directed by McG
Cole (Judah Lewis) loves his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving). She’s fun, good-looking, and worships the dark lord of all dark lords. Behind Bee’s charming smile is a sinister satanist with a thirst for blood. As members of a creepy cult begin their descent over Cole’s life, it’s up to the preteen to outsmart their efforts before he becomes Bee’s next victim. A Netflix original film, The Babysitter doesn’t surprise in many ways but follows the genre formula to a T, and we love the dedication. It’s campy, edgy, and a joyride through and through.

Roma (2018)

96 %
Genre Drama
Stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma opens quietly, the camera staring, motionless, at a tile floor as the credits play; eventually, water pours over the floor as the sound of a mop spills in from just offscreen. It’s a boldly mundane opening, fitting for a film about an ordinary woman. Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid working in the household of a wealthy doctor, Antonio (Fernando Grediaga), and his wife, Sofia (Marina de Tavira). Cleo cleans the house, tends to the children, and keeps the household running as Antonio and Sofia’s marriage strains. Cleo is the type of character typically relegated to the background of stories like this, but Cuaron makes her the focus, depicting her daily labor and struggles with a surprise pregnancy and unreliable lover. It’s a beautiful Netflix film, delicately composed and shot in stark black and white.

Space Sweepers (2021)

Space Sweepers
64 %
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Hae-jin
Directed by Jo Sung-hee
Widely regarded as Korea’s first blockbuster space adventure, Space Sweepers is set in the year 2092 and follows the colorful crew of The Victory, a salvage ship that retrieves debris from space and sells it to the megacorporation that owns humanity’s last hope for survival, an orbiting space station high above the toxic surface of Earth. When the crew encounters a young girl in their latest salvage haul, it kicks off a wild adventure that pits them against powerful forces intent on steering mankind’s future. Filled with gorgeous visual-effects sequences, fascinating characters, and plenty of comedy — and a memorable robot named Bubs — the film is a fast-paced, fun throwback to classic space adventures with some wonderfully modern twists.

The Midnight Sky (2020)

The Midnight Sky
58 %
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo
Directed by George Clooney
George Clooney directs and stars in this cataclysmic sci-fi thriller, an adaptation of the 2016 Lily-Brooks Dalton novel Good Morning, Midnight. After a powerful radiation event eradicates a majority of the earth’s population, scientist Augustine Lofthouse (Clooney) attempts to make contact with any returning spacecraft to warn the travelers of Earth’s decimation. When he eventually makes brief, interrupted contact with the homebound crew of a Jupiter rover, he decides to set off on a journey across the North Pole along with a young survivor named Iris (Caoilinn Springall) in order to find a stronger antenna to reach the incoming Jupiter crew.

Operation Mincemeat (2022) new

Operation Mincemeat
65 %
Genre War, History, Drama
Stars Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
Directed by John Madden

Oscar-winning filmmaker John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) directs this war drama that chronicles the secret World War II project regarded by many military historians as one of the greatest acts of wartime deception in modern history. The film explores how a small group of British intelligence agents tricked the Nazis into believing Allied forces were planning to invade Greece in order to draw the German army away from their intended — and most obvious — invasion point in Sicily. To do so, they would have to pull off a complicated feat of espionage and counter-intelligence involving a corpse, a batch of fabricated letters, and plenty of luck.

Finding 'Ohana (2021)

Finding 'Ohana
69 %
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson
Directed by Jude Weng
Uprooted from her Brooklyn life, Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena (Kea Peahu) and her family travel to Oahu to care for her ailing grandfather. Initially disappointed by the lack of big-city buzz and activity, they discover a pirate journal that alludes to an ancient treasure buried somewhere on the island. As Pili and her older brother begin their quest for the trove, their journey takes them on a Hawaiian odyssey that connects them with their ancient island heritage. A loving family drama, Finding ‘Ohana is like The Goonies set amid the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii.

Ravenous (2017)

Genre Horror, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin
Directed by Robin Aubert
Ravenous (originally titled Les Affamés) begins after a mysterious plague has annihilated much of Quebec, turning its victims into shrieking, flesh-eating monsters. The story follows various survivors who eventually band together to fight back the horde, but despite the familiar plot, this isn’t a typical zombie movie; it is a deliberately paced, eerily beautiful horror movie. The protagonist is a man named Bonin (Marc-Andre Grondin) who wanders the countryside, finding other survivors and slaying zombies. As the group grows, the film gives each character proper development, so they feel fully fleshed out, unlike the stock survivors of many a zombie film. While the film has its gory moments, Ravenous frequently employs an atmosphere of dread built through uncanny imagery, such as when the zombies congregate before a shrine made of furniture.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
91 %
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Widely regarded as one of the funniest movies ever made, this parody of Arthurian legend was written and performed by the famous Monty Python comedy troupe and directed by troupe members Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. The film chronicles various elements of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail and those of his fellow Knights of the Round Table as they encounter one ridiculous scenario after another in pursuit of the relic. If you’ve ever wondered about the airspeed of a swallow, the best ways to determine whether someone is a witch, or how a fuzzy bunny could be the most terrifying creature in the world, well … you might not get all the answers in this film, but you’ll definitely find plenty of laughs.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes
68 %
Genre Mystery, Crime, Adventure
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
So, you thought Sherlock Holmes was played out? Well, you thought wrong because you didn’t know he had a little sister. Millie Bobby Brown shines as the title character in this action-packed, fun-filled twist on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. When her mother turns up mysteriously missing, teenage Enola Holmes hits the trail to find her — something her more famous brother is simply too preoccupied to do. As she sniffs out clues, Enola discovers she might just have as much as, or even more of, a knack for this sleuthing thing than her brother, slowly uncovering a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to rattle the English aristocracy.

Bubble (2022) new

56 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Jun Shison, Riria, Mamoru Miyano
Directed by Tetsuro Araki
This animated feature from Attack on Titan director Tetsuro Araki is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where a mysterious event has affected the laws of gravity, leaving strange bubbles and urban debris floating throughout the city. Skilled racers compete in parkour-like competitions for food and supplies, and when one gifted young man encounters a strange girl while exploring the epicenter of the gravity-twisting “bubble event,” their relationship changes the lives of everyone around them. A gorgeous spectacle of sights and sounds, Bubble begs to be seen on a high-end entertainment system, delivering remarkably detailed scenes of the characters traversing the city and a powerful score that accentuates its most thrilling — and quietest — moments.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Ouija: Origin of Evil
65 %
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Before he was one of horror’s hottest filmmakers Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed this prequel film in the Ouija franchise. It’s not common for a prequel to be better than the original, but Origin of Evil was the rare exception, showcasing Flanagan’s talents and paving the way for the great projects that followed, including the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. Set in 1965, this film follows a single mother and her daughters’ horrifying ordeal after they attempt to add a new dimension to their séance business but accidentally bring a very real supernatural threat into their home.

Metal Lords (2022)

Metal Lords
r 97m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Stars Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth, Adrian Greensmith
Directed by Peter Sollett
Jaeden Martell and Adrian Greensmith play a pair of teenage friends who decide to form a heavy metal band and enter their high school’s Battle of the Bands competition. What they don’t expect, however, is to have their friendship tested and to learn about a lot more than music when they recruit a shy cellist to join them. Along with being a fun, funny coming-of-age film, Metal Lords features one of the most intense soundtracks of any recent film, thanks to the involvement of Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello as music supervisor. As if that wasn’t enough to make this one stand out, the script was penned by Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss as one of his first Netflix-exclusive projects.

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man
59 %
Genre Drama, Action, History
Stars Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
Directed by Wilson Yip
This award-winning 2008 biographical film about Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man took a while to find its way to US audiences, but not before breaking all kinds of box office records and earning heaps of praise for star Donnie Yen and choreographer Sammo Hung. Set during the 1930s and ’40s in the city of Foshan, the film chronicles Ip Man’s experiences during the second Sino-Japanese War, when a Japanese general challenged local men to duels to prove his army’s superiority. The first installment of what would become a four-film franchise, Ip Man offers a fascinating look at the life of the man who would go on to train Bruce Lee years later.

Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

Apocalypse Now Redux
94 %
Genre Drama, War
Stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now casts Martin Sheen as an Army captain sent deep into the jungles of Cambodia to find and assassinate a renegade colonel amassing his own personal army and a cult-like following during the height of the Vietnam War. Marlon Brando delivers a truly iconic performance as the terrifying Colonel Walter Kurtz, whose ideology and brutality have made him a god to those around him, both feared and worshipped. The Redux version of the film has been re-edited to include almost an hour of additional footage cut from the 1979 theatrical release.

The Social Dilemma (2020)

The Social Dilemma
78 %
pg-13 94m
Genre Documentary, Drama
Stars Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Vincent Kartheiser
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Director Jeff Orlowski’s The Social Dilemma is an eye-opening docudrama that puts big tech like Google, Facebook, and Instagram under the microscope. Various talking heads (many ex-employees of big tech) weigh in on social media’s harmful implications — from algorithmic data mining to mental health detriments. The more one watches Orlowski’s film, the more questions one begins asking about their own social media exposure. The Social Dilemma doesn’t stray from its intent, leaving us with all kinds of things to think about (particularly our own social media accounts) once the credits roll.

Mank (2020)

79 %
r 132m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins
Directed by David Fincher
In this photographic gem of a Hollywood retrospective, director David Fincher delivers a finely layered drama about the writing of a Golden Age masterpiece. The writer in question is Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman). The film he’s writing, commissioned by Orson Welles (Tom Burke), is Citizen KaneMank‘s narrative shifts back and forth from the 1930s to the 1940s, chronicling the turbulent life of its title character throughout his development of the screenplay. Mank was written by the late Jack Fincher, the director’s father, and features amazing performances from its rich ensemble cast. It’s a great watch for cinephiles and casual viewers alike, with a dazzling and authentic take on La La Land’s heyday.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049
81 %
r 164m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve returned to the world of Blade Runner for this sequel released 35 years after the original 1982 film that had Harrison Ford hunting hidden androids in a neon-drenched, cyberpunk metropolis. The sequel casts Ryan Gosling as an agent tasked with continuing to track down androids living among us, but when he unearths a dangerous secret, he ends up on the trail of Ford’s Rick Deckard, the same agent involved in a conspiracy 30 years earlier.

Fear Street: 1994 (2021)

Fear Street: 1994
67 %
r 107m
Genre Mystery, Horror
Stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr.
Directed by Leigh Janiak
This retro slasher feature based on R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name follows a group of teenagers in fictional Shadyside, Ohio, who find themselves terrorized by a supernatural killer with a link to the town’s dark history. Dripping with ’90s nostalgia and plenty of blood, the movie is the first installment of a trilogy that explores Shadyside’s deadly reputation as the murder capital of the country, with each chapter unfolding in a different era. Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, and Fred Hechinger star in the terrifying tale.

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You
80 %
r 112m
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy
Stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Directed by Boots Riley
Set in an alternate version of Oakland, California, Sorry to Bother You casts LaKeith Stanfield (Get OutThe Harder They Fall) as a Black telemarketer who discovers that using his “white voice” propels him up the corporate ladder, only to find that every inch of upward mobility comes at a high moral price. A fascinating, unpredictable takedown of corporate culture and viral celebrity, the 2018 surreal comedy served as the directorial debut of hip-hop musician Boots Riley, and earned a long list of awards and high praise from critics en route to becoming one of the year’s most under-the-radar gems. Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer so-star in the film, which delivers plenty of unexpected surprises along with its potent message.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street
76 %
r 91m
Genre Horror
Stars Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon
Directed by Wes Craven
The film that spawned one of horror’s most iconic franchises and helped save a studio, filmmaker Wes Craven’s 1984 story of a monstrous serial killer who hunts teenagers in their dreams delivers plenty of scares for a movie that’s nearly four decades old. In the role that made him a legend, Robert Englund plays the terrifying, razor-gloved, sweater-wearing Freddy Krueger, who stalks the subconscious minds of a sleepy town’s high school students whenever they fall asleep. Sure, the sequels fell off a bit with each installment and reboot, but the original movie still packs a punch due to Englund’s performance and some innovative, ahead-of-their-time effects.

Over the Moon (2020)

Over the Moon
60 %
pg 100m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong
Directed by Glen Keane
Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), grieving the loss of her mother, clings to a legend about a moon goddess named Chang’e. Much to the dismay of her father and his new family, the girl aims to prove that the goddess does indeed exist. To do so, she begins work on a rocket that will take her to the moon to prove Chang’e’s existence. Filled with heart and mesmerizing animation, the Oscar-nominated Over the Moon often looks and feels like your standard Disney epic, but the familiar structure and dazzling music are enough to keep everyone glued to the screen.

Warrior (2011)

71 %
pg-13 140m
Genre Drama, Action
Stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison
Directed by Gavin O'Connor
Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy portray estranged brothers whose long-simmering grudges come to the surface when they find themselves competing in the same mixed martial arts tournament. Edgerton plays high-school teacher Brendan Riordan, who enters the tournament to pay off his family’s medical bills, while Hardy plays Tommy Riordan, a Marine who can’t bring himself to stop fighting. Looming large over the brothers’ impending showdown is their father, a recovering alcoholic portrayed by Nick Nolte, whose childhood treatment of his sons has led to the rift between them. A tense, heart-wrenching drama featuring impressive fight sequences and equally hard-hitting emotional beats, Warrior earned Nolte an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Misha and the Wolves (2021)

Misha and the Wolves
63 %
pg-13 90m
Genre Documentary
Stars Misha Defonseca
Directed by Sam Hobkinson
Move over, Tiger King, Netflix has another wild documentary you need to see to believe. The film chronicles the far-reaching investigation that took place after the publication of Misha Defonseca’s widely circulated 1997 memoir Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, in which the author describes her experiences as a young Holocaust survivor who was raised by wolves while searching Europe for her parents. It’s best not knowing any of the twists and turns the story takes ahead of time, so just sit back and let this true, stranger-than-fiction story unfold. You won’t be disappointed.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things
78 %
r 135m
Genre Drama, Mystery
Stars Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette
Directed by Charlie Kaufman
Writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York) is at his most delightfully weird in this Netflix original movie. This time- and the perspective-bending story follows a young, nameless woman on a road trip to her new boyfriend’s parents’ house in the middle of a blizzard. When she gets there, she finds the parents (Toni Collette, David Thewlis) are extremely weird, and the house seems to exist in some kind of surreal alternate reality where time and character morph with abandon. Alternatively strange and hilarious, and constantly thought-provoking, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is powered by strong writing and outstanding performances from all the actors involved.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
67 %
g 100m
Genre Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson
Directed by Mel Stuart
Gene Wilder was at his wacky best in this beloved adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which follows a young boy’s adventure through a candy-filled wonderland when he wins the opportunity to visit the eccentric, reclusive chocolatier Willy Wonka (Wilder). Infinitely quotable and filled with iconic — and occasionally terrifying — moments, director Mel Stuart’s film is a silly, psychedelic fantasy tale that still holds up more than 50 years after it first hit screens.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver
94 %
r 114m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
Directed by Martin Scorsese
An existential odyssey by seedy New York moonlight, Taxi Driver follows Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), an unmoored Vietnam vet who takes a job as a cab driver. Reeling from the war, Travis becomes enraged by the world around him. From the pimps of child sex workers to the rhetoric of political movers and shakers, Travis’ inner rage begins to boil over, propelling the character from a quiet observer into a darkened vigilante. Directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver helped to pour the template for gritty ’70s realism, serving as inspiration for such modern-day films as Joker and Nightcrawler.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
81 %
pg 114m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo that gave us The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, return for this animated feature about a dysfunctional family that ends up becoming humanity’s last and best hope against a robot uprising. Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) makes his directorial debut with the film, which also features an impressive voice cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Griffin, and Conan O’Brien, among other familiar names (and voices). An early favorite for the year’s best animated feature, The Mitchells vs. The Machines became a surprise hit for Netflix.

The Summit of the Gods (2021) new

The Summit of the Gods
78 %
pg 95m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Mystery
Stars Éric Herson-Macarel, Damien Boisseau, Elisabeth Ventura
Directed by Patrick Imbert
This gorgeously animated, French-language film from director Patrick Imbert chronicles a Japanese photojournalist’s quest for the truth regarding a mysterious mountain climber and his connection to one of the first teams to attempt to climb Mt. Everest. A Cannes Film Festival darling praised for its beautiful visual achievement and compelling story, The Summit of the Gods is the rare adaptation of a Japanese manga series that does right by its source material — which was also based on a 1998 novel by Baku Yumemakura. Fascinating and emotional, the film makes it tough not to be pulled along on the characters’ epic journey.

Fast Color (2019) new

Fast Color
64 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Saniyya Sidney, Lorraine Toussaint
Directed by Julia Hart
Three generations of African-American women with supernatural powers find themselves reunited and on the run across the Midwest in this critically praised 2018 drama directed by Julia Hart. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and Saniyya Sidney portray the three women pursued by scientists looking to study their powerful abilities in a story about family, grief, and forgiveness unlike any other superhero story in recent years.

The Power of the Dog (2021) new

The Power of the Dog
89 %
r 127m
Genre Western, Drama, Romance
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
Directed by Jane Campion
Written and directed by Jane Campion (The Piano), this critically acclaimed western drama casts Benedict Cumberbatch as a charismatic, domineering rancher who torments his brother’s new wife and her son when they move into the family home. Jesse Plemons portrays the aforementioned brother, with Kirsten Dunst playing the new wife and Kodi Smit-McPhee as her son. Campion’s celebrated film carefully uncovers the resentment, jealousy, and frustrations lurking beneath the surface of each of the film’s characters, setting them up for a dramatic collision you won’t see coming.

The White Tiger (2021)

The White Tiger
76 %
r 125m
Genre Drama
Stars Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Based on Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel of the same name, The White Tiger follows the rags-to-riches story of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), an impoverished Indian villager that, through hard work (and a little manipulation), pushes himself into a much-lauded driver position for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), two highly influential business magnates. Coming to love his position, a tragic misstep places Balram in the crosshairs of Ashok’s family. Unwilling to serve as a scapegoat, Balram chooses to fight back against the corrupt forces at play. A gripping class-drama akin to Parasite mates with JokerThe White Tiger is one of the greatest dramas you can stream today.

tick, tick...BOOM! (2021) new

tick, tick...BOOM!
74 %
pg-13 121m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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.

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Da 5 Bloods
82 %
r 156m
Genre War, Drama
Stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters
Directed by Spike Lee
This 2020 war drama marked a celebrated return to form for director, producer, and co-writer Spike Lee, and earned a long list of honors and awards for both Lee and the magnificent performances of the film’s talented cast. The story follows a group of Vietnam War veterans who return to the jungle hoping to find the remains of their dead squad leader and a hidden treasure they left behind during the war. Delroy Lindo leads a cast that also includes Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jean Reno, and the late, great Chadwick Boseman.

It Follows (2015) new

It Follows
83 %
r 101m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
This 2014 horror film was praised for its fresh, frightening tale about a teenager who discovers she’s been given a sexually transmitted curse that passes from one partner to the next and kills its current host if it’s not passed on. Stylish and tense, the film casts Maika Monroe as a teenage girl forced to contend with the curse stalking her wherever she goes.

Yes, God, Yes (2020) new

Yes, God, Yes
71 %
r 78m
Genre Comedy
Stars Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, Francesca Reale
Directed by Karen Maine
Stranger Things alum Natalia Dyer stars in writer-director Karen Maine’s Yes, God, Yes, a coming-of-age take on religious repression and burgeoning sexuality. Alice (Dyer) and her friend Laura (Francesca Reale) decide to attend their Catholic school’s annual Kirkos retreat. On their pilgrimage, Alice inadvertently enters into a promiscuous AOL chat when she tries to look up a particular sex act. This puts into place a daisy chain of rumors among Alice’s peers, with Alice’s genuine innocence and curiosity put uncomfortably in the middle. Based on her 2017 short film of the same name, Maine’s Yes, God, Yes is a nuanced and mature story of one teenager trying to wade her way through the stigma of sex, featuring a powerful lead performance from Dyer.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe
64 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan
Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) cross paths as adults, years after a teenage fling, and soon find themselves navigating life and love while maintaining two very different career paths and social circles. She’s a celebrity chef who hangs out with Keanu Reeves and he installs air conditioners. Can they ever find common ground? You probably know the answer to that already, but watching how they get there is where the fun lies — particularly when it comes to Reeves’ memorable performance.

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