Buttering up the popcorn and firing up Netflix has got to be our favourite thing ever. If you’re anything like us we know you don’t relish in spending hours scrolling for something half decent to kick back to.
Here are all the best movies to watch on Netflix right now.
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this flick is absolutely one of the best on Netflix right now. The 2016 coming-of-age drama follows a young, gay African-American man, Chiron, growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film tracks him through three life stages—youth, adolescence and early adult life—as he struggles with his identity and finding his place in the world. Starring powerhouses Jharrel Jerome and Mahershala Ali, this incredible movie scooped several accolades including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay. Honestly, we could go on about how epic this movie is all day but seriously—just go and watch it.
Prepare for an all-out gangster flick lead by a truly stellar female cast, including Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. Set in, you guessed it, Hell’s Kitchen, New York in the late 70s, it follows a trio of Irish mob wives (McCarthy, Haddish and Moss) who are forced to take over the family business after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. Picking up where their volient lovers left off is no easy feat, as the trio soon discover by running rackets and taking out the competition. Side note, we're pretty stoked to see McCarthy and Haddish show off their dramatic acting chops in this too!
Two of our absolute faves in one flick make this Netflix movie an absolute must see. It goes like this: Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) experience a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme and hilarious circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
Warning the opening scene is kind brutal but trust us, this thriller is absolutely worthy of your weekend viewing plans. Breaking In follows the story of single mum-of-three Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) who plans on spending a weekend clearing out her estranged father’s home after he was murdered. Shaun intends to simply empty the high-tech mansion and then put it up for sale, but what she doesn’t know is that four very dangerous men are already inside, and they’re not exactly happy about their unexpected visitors. You might want to leave the lights on for this one.
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart team up for this serious LOL-fest. Night School follows Teddy Walker (Hart) a high school dropout studying to pass his GED exam (high school diploma) so he can finally make something of himself after failed jobs and relationships have left him with no other choice. At night school he finds the same old demons preventing him from passing and it’s not helped by the fact his unorthodox teacher Carrie (Haddish) is constantly on his case.
The Wrong Missy
Staring OG comedians David Spade and Rob Schneider, if you’re looking for an easy flick full of LOLs then this Netflix movie is it. The Wrong Missy follows Tim Morris (Spade) who meets his dream girl (Molly Sims) and falls hard. When their relationship quickly escalates through texts, he throws caution to the wind and invites her to his company’s big corporate retreat on an island resort. But, when a past blind date from hell shows up at the airport for the weekend getaway instead, he learns too late that he’s been texting “The Wrong Missy”.
All Day And A Night
As soft-spoken Jahkor (played by Ashton Sanders of Moonlight) struggles to keep his dream of rapping alive amidst a gang war in Oakland. And when his real-world responsibilities drive him down the wrong path it ends with tragic consequences. Landing in prison beside his father, J.D. (Jeffrey Wright of Westworld) whom he never wanted to be like, Jahkor embarks on an unlikely journey of self-discovery, exploring the events that unite them, in hopes of helping his newborn son break a cycle that feels unavoidable. Yep, keep the tissues close for this one.
Based on a true story, this flick follows former Olympian skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) who ran a high-stakes poker game for the stars—we’re talking Hollywood A-Listers, sports legends, business tycoons, even the Russian mob. And while it’s all glitz and glamour for a while, Molly gets in too deep and her lofty lifestyle nearly sends her to prison when she’s arrested by the FBI. The all-star cast of Idris Elba, Michael Cera and Chris O’Dowd is a good enough reason to watch this absolute cracker of a movie—but also, it's really good.
We love a thriller and this newbie from Netflix is ticking all of our boxes. After losing her waitressing job, Katie Franklin (Camila Mendes) takes a job as a caretaker to a wealthy elderly man in his sprawling, empty Chicago estate. The two grow close, but when he unexpectedly passes away and names Katie as his sole heir, she and her husband Adam (Jessie T. Usher) are pulled into a complex web of lies, deception, and murder. If she's going to survive, Katie will have to question everyone's motives—even the people she loves. The flick also stars Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, and Sasha Alexander, so it’s packed with all your noughties faves.
We’ve been waiting for this beauty to drop for months and it’s finally here. Extraction goes like this: Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black-market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy. This action-packed thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
You wouldn’t expect a twisted thriller to be set in the stunning Italian countryside but that’s exactly where a nightmare holiday for Bryan (Aaron Paul) and Cassie (Emily Ratajkowski) begins. Hoping to work on their relationship after Cassie cheated, the couple book a romantic escape in a secluded villa set amongst rolling vineyards. The only problem is they’re being watched, not just by their creepy neighbour Frederico but by dozens of secret cameras hidden in their villa. But that’s only the beginning of the twisted game Bryan and Cassie unwittingly find themselves in. Watch this baby here.
Inspired by a true story, this flick follows Sergio Vieira de Mello (played by Narcos’ Wagner Moura), who has spent the majority of his storied career as a top UN diplomat working in the world’s most unstable regions—he deftly navigates deals with presidents and war criminals for the sake of protecting the lives of ordinary people. But just as he readies himself for a simpler life with the woman he loves (Ana de Armas), Sergio takes one last assignment in Baghdad, newly plunged into chaos following the US invasion. The assignment is meant to be brief, until a bomb blast causes the walls of the UN headquarters to come literally crashing down upon him, setting into motion a gripping life-or-death struggle.
This Spanish horror flick, which nabbed the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is an absolute must-watch. Set in a future dystopia, prisoners are housed in vertically stacked cells where the only food available to inmates are the leftovers of those people above them. Although there is plenty of food to go around (we’re talking spreads that Marie Antionette would be proud of), prisoners get greedy, meaning there is next to nothing for those housed on the lower levels. Some starve to death, some fight one another for scraps and some—this is where the horror kicks in—revert to cannibalism. In its purest form, this flick is about mankind at its darkest and hungriest… yea we’re not going to point out the obvious here.
All The Bright Places
Is it just us or are all the best movies adapted from books? All The Bright Places is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, and tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. This moving drama is a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness and its impact on relationships. Keep the tissues close.
Ben Is Back
This moving family drama will have you reaching for the tissues. The movie tells the story of Ben (Lucas Hedges) who returns home—earlier than expected—from rehab where he has been dealing with prescription drug addiction. His mother (played by Julia Roberts) although excited to see him is wary and quickly hides her pills, while his sister (Kathryn Newton) has lost all hope. As the movie unfolds, we deep dive into Ben’s story, from how he became addicted in the first place to the ripple effect his actions have had on everyone to his family, friends—even the dad of a kid he dealt drugs to that eventually died from it. Yes, it’s heavy but it’s a moving must-see.
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