The 21 Best Movies On Netflix, Right Now!

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It's Friday: the designated Netflix-and-Chill night. You pop open the wine bottle, pour yourself a glass of red, and sip. By the time you pour your second glass, Netflix pops on. It's time to pick the movie, and every thumbnail looks inviting. But time passes, and you still can't seem to decide. We're sure you've been there, which is why you're reading this article. Choosing a movie is no laughing matter. The streaming giant has 3781 movies until now and keeps adding more by the day. There are some great movies on Netflix catering to every type of viewer and mood. You do not want to choose the wrong option on movie night. Luckily, we've got your back. Here is a list of the best movies on Netflix - from comedies to dramas, this list has something for everyone.

Nightcrawler

Year: 2014

IMDB: 7.8

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Nightcrawler might seem like a cool premise, but it is a mirror to show our addiction to wanting to stay updated all the time. With a stellar performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie is dark but will keep you hooked to the screens. Louis Bloom survives in Los Angeles with petty theft but finds an untapped potential within himself as a cameraman for news channels. When his nighttime recordings catch the eye of Nina, a star news director who is seeing the end of her career, they team up to increase her station’s ratings. But Louis’ run behind ratings soon blurs the lines between ethics and madness. How will this end?

The Call

Year: 2013

IMDB: 6.7

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Halle Berry shines in the role of Jordan, who plays the central role in The Call. As a veteran operator at an emergency call center, she saves tons of lives. But one tragic failure causes her to give up her job and help new entrants how to navigate through the pressure of being responsible for saving lives over the phone. But one call from a kidnapped teen pulls her back into a high-stakes game of helping her escape. Fast-paced and smartly written, you’re definitely going to be on the edges of your seat as Jordan does what she does best – helping people save their lives.

Return to Space

Year: 2022

IMDB: 7.4

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Return to Space films the rise of one of the most inspirational organizations on Earth – SpaceX. It is not far-fetched to say that Elon Musk rekindled the space travel ambitions of the US. Return to Space also gives us a sneak peek at the iconic year of 2011 when the Space Shuttle was retired. What we learn through the 128 minutes is more about the humans that took on this journey than the machines themselves. The show is a fabulous watch, and it’s a fantastic case of why space exploration is the final frontier of the human imagination.

Blow

Year: 2001

IMDB: 7.5

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Blow is the kind of biography where you feel sorry for the main character, as they keep getting richer and richer. The movie is placed in the ‘70s when the international drug trade was growing by leaps and bounds. George Jung, played by Johnny Depp, rises to fame as the world’s premier importer of cocaine from the Medellin cartel. The movie shows his rampant rise to fame and equally fast fall from the top. Blow is a fine masterpiece of a biography, and there’s a warning in it for all of us to be wary of the paths we take.

Munich: The Edge of War

Year: 2021

IMDB: 6.9

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Munich: The Edge of War is based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris, but we think the movie did a much better job of imprinting into our minds the lives of fear people felt like the threat of World War 2 became more imminent day after day. As Adolf Hitler plans to invade Czechoslovakia, Hugh Legat, a servant of the Neville Chamberlain government, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat meet each other for the first time in Munich, for the emergency Conference. But they soon realize that the conference is a myriad of political subterfuge that is moving towards serious consequences. What can be done, even though these men mean the best? It’s been far too long since we’ve seen such a well-crafted war-spy drama, and we think you should definitely check this one out.

My Octopus Teacher

Year: 2020

IMDB: 8.1

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My Octopus Teacher is one of the most uncommon concepts we’ve seen in the documentary genre, but one that will shine out as an example of why the simplest of ideas can shake your very foundations and beliefs about nature. Craig Foster, the main human character in this 85 minute-long show, is schooled about life and the present by an uncommon teacher – an octopus. Before you laugh out in disbelief, know that we felt the same too, until we sat down and played it out. Then we couldn’t get enough, and Craig seemed more of a side character throughout while we wanted more of the octopus.

Against The Ice

Year: 2022

IMDB: 6.5

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Denmark’s famous 1909 polar expedition laid the foundation stone for the making of Against the Ice. The search for a lost map forces two men to go beyond the extremes for their survival. The drama between these two men is further amplified by the various adventures that almost always threaten to leave them dead. Man’s defiance of his mortality and his ambition to conquer Nature’s harshest tests makes for a good watch, but Against the Ice takes it to the edge, making this a worthy entry into the history of movie fame.

The Weekend Away

Year: 2022

IMDB: 5.6

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The Weekend Away is a fast-paced mystery thriller, one that can provide a good night’s entertainment at home. When Beth’s best friend goes missing one night on their girl's trip to Croatia, she has to find out what happened and do everything she can to rescue her friend. But every step of the journey takes her deeper and deeper into a pit of deception, and Beth must race against time to save her friend and herself from the strange dangers of the web they’ve stumbled upon. If you’re looking for 90 minutes of thrilling adventures, The Weekend Away is a good start for your night.

The Unforgivable

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.2

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The Unforgivable packs serious women firepower, starring both Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis. Ruth Slater, played by Bullock, was put in prison for a violent crime, and as the movie begins, has just been released. The movie follows her attempts to reconcile with her sister, who was five years old when Ruth went to prison. But in a society that treats criminals as brute beasts, how will this turn out? How will Katherine, her sister, who lives in a world that couldn't be farther away from Ruth's, react to meeting her after 20 years? Bullock shines in this role, which is far from her typical type of movie. The story is well-written, and we were at the edge of our seats throughout the movie.

Stand By Me

Year: 1986

IMDB: 8.1

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Stand By Me is a movie that defines what it means to have an adventure for an entire generation. This 1986 movie, based on Stephen King's story, puts in front of us four boys who are just trying to find something to do in the summer. They come across a rumor about a dead body and venture out to see it for themselves. The boys take us through an adventure on train tracks, a swamp filled with leeches, and a mad man with madder dogs. The fun-filled movie will take you back to the "good old days" - it's a classic, and you will never go wrong if you decide to tag along for the ride!

The Dig

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.1

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Set in the backdrop of World War II, The Dig features a plot that ties in themes of love, drama, family, death, and hope - all while inspired by a true event. Basil Brown, an amateur archaeologist, trained by his father and his grandfather, is hired by Edith Pretty to dig up her property in search of treasure. Though he is not completely hopeful when he gets to work, Basil soon makes the discovery of a lifetime, certainly the greatest in British Archaeology. But soon, the news goes out, and people flock to the discovery, wanting a piece of the action. The movie is quite thrilling, with instant chemistry between Basil and Edith even if their world is poles apart. Other characters introduced into the movie play a crucial role in strengthening the plot. The movie does not shout out for recognition, but the quiet, thoughtful undertone manages to draw you in.

Taxi Driver

Year: 1976

IMDB: 8.2

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"I've got some bad ideas in my head" is one of the most iconic lines to come out of Hollywood. Taxi Driver is a look into the life of Tarvis Buckle, a taxi driver in New York during the '70s. Throughout the duration of the movie, we see the character of Tarvis develop into a dark, twisted persona in the madness of New York - until he can't take it anymore. What will really stand out for you about this movie is the cinematography and music, making Taxi Driver one of the finest movies by Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro stars at Travis, bringing his terrific acting skills to fully capture the character and the plot. We would give out the go-ahead for this movie any time.

Gladiator

Year: 2000

IMDB: 8.5

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Gladiator is a movie that has vengeance, love, greed, and power all interlaced with historical events that took place during ancient Roman civilization. Commodus, the evil son of the last Good King Marcus Aurelius, takes over the Roman empire by trickery. He demotes Maximus, Aurelius’ favorite among his generals, kills his family, and sells Maximus off to Proximo, a man who acts as a manager of gladiators. The dark scenery and lighting impress upon us a seriousness throughout the movie and mirror Maximums’ dark anger at Commodus. Maximum soon becomes the best of the gladiators, to exact vengeance from those who did him wrong.

Beckett

Year: 2021

IMDB: 5.6

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We've always felt an undeniable pull towards the "man-on-the-run" movies. Beckett is the latest addition that really pulled us in. Beckett, played by John David Washington, is suddenly thrust into a world of uncertainty after a devastating accident claims the life of his girlfriend. Set in the picturesque settings of Greece, Beckett has to run away from the authorities amidst political unrest to clear his name. All this while he unknowingly falls into a darker web of conspiracy. The movie takes well-written stops and the thrills enacted are right on point. Washington manages to tick all our boxes to be added to this list.

The Disaster Artist

Year: 2017

IMDB: 7.3

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The Disaster Artist is not the kind of movie you would expect to make it to this list. In fact, when we were putting together the roundup, this gem was not at the top of our minds. But with James Franco starring, the movie is hard to miss. The Disaster Artist is based on the true story of Hollywood filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, his best friend Greg, and their journey to create the now-infamous cult classic The Room. Looking behind the curtains of the creative process is not to everyone's taste. This is normal because an artist's obsessiveness towards his craft does not always make for good screen time. But we assure you that this movie has potential, and it is worth the watch.

Don’t Look Up

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.3

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Don't Look Up, with its star cast, tries to put a mirror to society's face that we care more about our favorite celebrities than about the future of our world. Professor Mindy, played by DiCaprio, and Dibiasky, played by Jennifer Lawrence, discover a new comet and are over the moon until they calculate its trajectory – it's headed for a direct collision with our planet. When they bring this news to the POTUS, played by Meryl Streep, she's not too concerned and goes back to worrying about her poll numbers. The movie is scarily honest with how the world works in today's time. The dramedy does an excellent job at bringing in a funny premise to some dead-serious problems we face today.

Minority Report

Year: 2002

IMDB: 7.6

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What happens when you get Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise to work together on a sci-fi movie that blends action with intelligence? You get the Minority Report. Set in 2054, Anderton, played by Cruise, is the chief of the Department of Pre-Crime (we won’t spoil the fun in finding what that is about) for Columbia and has maintained a crime-free district for the last six years. However, Anderton soon becomes hunted as he is charged for a murder he commits. The movie, for its time, made a daring attempt to put together technology and drama and pulled it off successfully. The adventure is just pure fun and reminds us of the magic that happens when you put a fantastic actor to work with a film legend.

Step Brothers

Year: 2008

IMDB: 6.9

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Put Will Ferrell and John Reilly together in a movie, and you get 90 minutes of non-stop laughing. Brennan and Dale, played by Ferrell and Reilly, respectively, are lazy and unemployed 40-year-old man-babies living with their parents. When Brenna’s mother and Dale’s father decide to get married, Brennan and Dale are put to face each other, and no surprises- they don’t like each other. And because of their constant narcissism and fighting, the new family is on shaky grounds. The movie takes us through the cycle of them reconciling with each other for their families’ sake, while also including multiple funny elements that will have your stomach hurting.

Tick, tick… BOOM!

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.6

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Tick, tick… BOOM! is an autobiographical musical, if there was such a thing, about Jonathan Larson’s journey to make a musical. Jonathan Larson was famous for being the creator of Rent, a rock musical that has stood out from the other Broadway productions over time. The movie showcases his struggles as a waiter at a New York diner as he puts together a musical he hopes will be the next great American musical. Tick, tick… Boom! is a precise representation of the artist’s life of financial instability in the 90s, the AIDS epidemic that tore through the artistic community, and dreams of discovering what we are meant to do with the time we have. We love how nostalgic this made us feel, and we are mighty impressed.

Mars Attacks!

Year: 1996

IMDB: 6.4

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If there’s one thing we loved about this movie, it is the chemistry between the star cast. Mars Attacks! is a hilarious take on how humans would react if we were visited by Martians. Jack Nicholson, acting as the POTUS James Dale, sits together with his advisors to understand the gravity of the situation, but his advisors assure that the Martians come in peace. When this turns out to be horribly wrong, humans must find a way to make these invaders leave. This movie is fun to watch, with its loony actions and similarity to the movie Independence Day. Tim Burton gives us a movie that we shouldn’t take too seriously, and we seriously love it!

The Hand of God

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.5

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If you’re even remotely aware of football, you likely know what The Hand of God represents. Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino uses this movie to tell us his observations about the life of 17-year-old Fabietto Schiesi, set in the 1980s. During the film, Fabietto doesn’t have many friends, and the only person he connects with is his brother Marchino. But the story also has unexpected joys, which we won’t spoil here. How will Fabietto’s life and love for football come into shape when a terrible family tragedy strikes? The Hand of God invites us to join in Fabietto’s journey to discover his future, despite the worst of circumstances.