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25 Of The Best Movies On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
17th Jun 2021

a man embraces a small child.

Buttering up the popcorn and firing up a good Netflix movie has got to be our favourite thing ever.

But how often do you find yourself endlessly scrolling, looking for something half decent to kick back to?

Well, scroll no more friends, here are all the best movies to watch on Netflix right now.

Fatherhood

Warning: you will need tissues for this one. In this heartwarming, funny and emotional flick, Kevin Hart stars as a newly widowed dad, who after the sudden and unexpected death of his wife, must take on one of the toughest jobs in the world: fatherhood. Going on a rollercoaster of emotions, he’ll deal with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty nappies as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Oh and did we mention this one was inspired by a true story? Bring on the tears as you prepare to see funnyman Kevin Hart like never before. 

Last Christmas

Sure it’s not the festive season but in our opinion it’s always a good time to watch a Christmas flick and this one is a must-see. Based on the 1984 song of the same name, and inspired by the music of George Michael, this romantic comedy stars Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Katarina, a jaded, semi-alcoholic Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man called Tom (Crazy Rich Asian’s Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him. With a new perspective on life, Katarina starts to believe that Christmas miracles might really exist. 

Awake

Brace yourself, dystopian thriller Awake is a truly terrifying and wild ride. The plot goes like this: After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill (Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez), an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind?

Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey

Based on a terrifying true story, Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey, will shock you to your core. It follows 17-year-old Lisa McVey who is abducted by a notorious serial killer when leaving her late night shift at a doughnut shop in Florida. After being subjected to a horrific 26 hours, she uses reverse psychology to get her kidnapper to set her free. But when she returns home she faces another battle—convincing her family and the police that she was actually kidnapped. 

Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this film lays out the science that underpins the narrative of both of these influential programmes. Breaking Boundaries follows the scientific journey of world-renowned scientist Professor Johan Rockström. It tells the story of the most important scientific discovery of our time—that humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept Earth stable for 10,000 years, since the dawn of civilisation. The 75-minute film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of planetary thresholds we must not exceed, not just for the stability of our planet, but for the future of humanity. 

Changeling 

Directed, produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood, this crime thriller is a must-watch. Set in LA in the 1920s, Changeling follows single mum Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) whose life is turned upside down when she returns home one day to find her nine-year-old son Walter is missing. Five months later, the LAPD find a young boy fitting Christine’s son's description and reunite them. But when Christine insists this isn’t her son, the police think she’s crazy and confine her to a psychiatric ward. Whilst there Christine meets other women, who share a similar story to hers and together they fight for freedom and justice for themselves and their missing children. The wildest part? The script for this flick was based on real-life events!

Army Of The Dead

From Zack Snyder (Man Of Steel, 300) comes this action-packed, gritty thriller. It follows army veteran Scott Ward (played by former wrestler Dave Bautista) who is approached by a businessman and offered $50 million to find and retrieve a hidden fortune (to the tune of $200 million) below the Las Vegas strip. The only problem? There’s been a zombie outbreak and nowhere is safe. Not one to turn down a deal, Scott gathers a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

The Woman In The Window

The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn is undoubtedly one of the best crime books we’ve ever read, so we’re seriously stoked the movie adaptation has finally dropped on Netflix after initially being delayed by COVID. The plot goes like this: Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who finds herself keeping tabs on the picture perfect family across the street through the windows of her New York City brownstone. Her life is turned upside down when she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime. Soon enough shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one are what they seem in this suspenseful psychological thriller starring Gary Oldman,  Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry and Julianne Moore.

Monster

Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. As well as boasting an all-star cast—Jennifer Hudson, John David Washington and A$AP Rocky—the flick is executive produced by John Legend and Nas.

Stowaway

Brace yourself, this sci-fi thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Stowaway follows a three-person crew on a mission to Mars who face an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardises the lives of everyone on board—i.e. they don’t have enough oxygen for all of them to survive the trip. The compact cast of just four actors is seriously stellar including, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, David Kim, Shamier Anderson and Toni Collette. 

Love And Monsters

Seven years after he survived the monster apocalypse, lovably hapless Joel (Dylan O'Brien) leaves his underground bunker behind on a quest to reunite with his former high school sweetheart Aimee (Game Of Thrones’ Jessica Henwick), after reconnecting over the radio. The only problem? Aimee is living 80 miles away at a coastal colony surrounded by giant monsters. How far will Joel go for true love? Watch it here

Things Heard & Seen

Based on the acclaimed novel, All Things Cease to Appear, by Elizabeth Brundage this Netflix newbie will straight up terrify you. It follows Catherine (Amanda Seyfried), an artist, and her husband George (James Norton) who move from their Manhattan digs to a sprawling old house in the picturesque Hudson Valley. But behind closed doors, cracks begin to appear in not only Catherine and George’s relationship but the house itself. Throw in creepy neighbours who drop hints about a grisly murder from the past and supernatural happenings and you’ve got yourself a seriously scary movie. We recommend watching this horror flick with the lights on. 

Venom

If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, then you’ll want to line up a viewing of Venom stat. It follows Eddie (Tom Hardy), a journalist who is investigating a company called the Life Foundation, whom he suspects is doing a series of illegal—and very deadly—human trials. When Eddie breaks into the Life Foundation’s research laboratory in an attempt to expose the company and its CEO Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), he is accidentally exposed to the lab’s mutation virus, causing his entire body to transform into a monstrous creature dubbed Venom. As you can imagine, epic fight scenes and serious chaos ensues. If you’re after an action packed watch—this is it. 

August: Osage County

With an all-star cast of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juliette Lewis, popping August: Osage County to the top of your must-watch list is really a no-brainer. The film is based on Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name and tells the story of three estranged sisters, who return to their dysfunctional family home when their father Sam suddenly disappears after their mum (Streep) is diagnosed with cancer. Expect tears, heartbreak and a whole lot of family secrets to come to the surface in this moving flick. 

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton is based on the true story of ground-breaking hip hop group N.W.A. It follows their origins, growing up on the tough streets of Compton, California, navigating their way around gang culture and systemic racism from the police force, all the while coming together to create music that would change the music scene forever. All members of the group were involved in the production of the flick, with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre serving as producers, as well as Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. Ice Cube is even played by his real-life son, O'Shea Jackson Jr so you know it’s legit as can be. 

Concrete Cowboy

This moving drama is one of the best movies on Netflix, period! Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, the flick follows Cole (Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin), a troubled 15-year-old who is sent to live with estranged father Harp (Idris Elba) in Philadelphia for the summer. While he finds kinship in a tight-knit group Black cowboys—yep right in the middle of a city—he struggles with the lure of gang life. Boasting an all-star cast including the like of Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, and Clifford "Method Man" Smith, you’ll want to keep the tissues close for this one. 

Night In Paradise

Night In Paradise is an action-packed thriller that goes much deeper than the genre typically allows. It follows Park Tae-goo, a wronged mobster who escapes to Jeju Island, after a brutal tragedy has left him with a deadly target on his back. Whilst on the island he befriends Jae-yeon, a mysterious woman who slowly reveals she too has her own demons to contend with. Together they form a deep and true connection that is threatened by all the carnage Park Tae-goo has left in his past. When deadly assasins come knocking, all hell breaks loose. Prepare for some truly epic fight scenes. 

Run

Sarah Pulson’s brand new psychological thriller Run is an absolute must watch this weekend. The plot goes like this: After Diane Sherman (Pulson) gives birth to her daughter Chloe prematurely, she’s devastated to learn about her potential medical issues and decides to raise her in total isolation. Controlling her life since she was born, Chloe (Kiera Allen), now a teenager, begins to suspect that the person she should trust most in this world—her mother—might actually be  harboring sinister secrets. Yep, the tension in this one will have you on the edge of your seat. It drops 2 April.

I Met A Girl

This independent Aussie flick will tug at your heartstrings. It follows Devon (Brenton Thwaites), an aspiring musician who lives with schizophrenia. His life completely changes when he meets Lucy, a mysterious dream girl who just “gets” him like nobody else. But when he tries to introduce her to his family, she doesn’t show, with those closest to him believing Devon has simply made her up. Travelling across the country (the stunning Aussie backdrop is a sight to behold) Devon goes on a mission to find Lucy, navigating the blurred lines of fact and fiction.

The Daughter

This moving Aussie drama, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's 1884 play, The Wild Duck, is a must watch. It centres around Christian, a recovering alcoholic, who returns home to Australia from the US for his father's (Geoffry Rush) wedding to his much younger housekeeper. When Christian reconnects with his estranged mates and family, he soon uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy both his own family and that of his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie). The all-star cast also includes Miranda Otto, Anna Torv and Sam Neil. 

Booksmart

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is absolutely one of the best movies on Netflix right now. It goes like this: On the eve of their graduation best mates Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are struck with the devastating realisation that they’ve spent their entire high school existence studying for college instead of having fun and making memories. In fact, their whole peer group have ostracised them as pretentious do-gooders. Determined to change their opinion and finish school on a high, they endeavour to let loose and make up for lost time—cramming four years’ worth of parties, drinking, adventure and romance into one night. 

Rocketman

Rocketman follows the life of one of the world’s greatest showmen, Elton John, from his early days performing rock music at empty pubs to the moment his world changed—when he met music manager John Reid and was catapulted to a world of fame and chaos. The biographical musical film stars Taron Egerton as Elton John (for which he nabbed a Golden Globe), as well as Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen, John's mother. Whether you’re an Elton John fan or not, pop this one to the top of your must-see list immediately.

Holding The Man

Set in Australia in the 1970s, this thought-provoking flick was adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name. It tells the story of Timothy (Ryan Corr) and John (Craig Stott), two teenage boys who fall in love with each other while attending an all-boys high school in Melbourne. Battling to stay together despite shocking discrimination, then seperation, tempation and loss, Holding The Man chronicles their incredible 15-year romance. It packs an all-star Aussie cast including the likes of Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Sarah Snook and Kerry Fox. 

Ma

We love a psychological thriller so strap yourselves in for Ma and get ready for Octavia Spencer to haunt your screen. Taking her role as a lonely woman called Sue Ann, Octavia’s eerie character of the neighbourhood matriarch has some pretty violent undertones. She basically lures a bunch of teenagers into her basement which she’s decked out to be the ultimate clubhouse, but Sue Anne soon becomes overtly needy and demands the teenagers spend more time with her if they want to use her basement.

Blue Story

This incredible flick is absolutely one of the best movies on Netflix right now and needs to go to the top of your must-watch list. This British crime drama was written, directed, and narrated by Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu) through the medium of rap—and is based on true events. It follows best mates Marco and Timmy who live in different neighbourhoods in south London but attend the same high school. Once inseparable, the duo turn rivals and side with different, deadly gangs, when Marco is attacked by one of Timmy’s “friends”. The rapping Greek chorus is like nothing we have ever seen before.

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