TV & Movies

20 Of The Best Movies On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
15th Apr 2021

the members of N.W.A, dressed in black, walk down a hallway.

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.

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. 

Why Did You Kill Me?

This incredible documentary will give you chills. It follows the true story of 24-year-old Crystal Theobald, a mum-of-two who was shot and killed while driving in California in 2006—at the time of the shooting, her mother, Belinda Lane was in the car behind her, watching the tragedy unfold. While the police suspected Crystal was an innocent victim, caught up in a gang-related revenge attack, her mum Belinda turned detective, creating a fake account on MySpace in an effort to track down the violent people responsible. But what she uncovers will send shockwaves through multiple families and put many lives—including her own—at risk.  

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. 

Thunder Force

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) has created a formula that will give a regular human super strength. But when her estranged childhood bestie Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) turns up at her work and accidentally injects herself with the formula—a new superhero is born. The duo, both in their 40s, challenge the norm of what a superhero really is, using their new found powers (Emily can make herself invisible) to fight crime in the city. But they might have met their match when they come up against The King (Bobby Canavale) a truly evil creature. Shout out has to go to Jason Bateman for his hilarious turn as The Crab in this LOL-worthy flick

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.

Moxie

Directed by Amy Poehler this teen flick has all the hallmarks of a modern Mean Girls. It follows Vivian, a shy 16-year-old, who prefers to keep her head down and fly under the radar. But when the arrival of a new student forces her to examine the unchecked behaviour of her fellow students at her high school, Vivian realises she’s fed up. Inspired by her mother’s (Amy Poehler) rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her school, and unexpectedly sparks a movement, reaching across the divide of cliques and clubs as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of high school together. 

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. 

Yesterday

This British comedy, complete with an epic soundtrack, makes for the perfect easy watch. Yesterday follows Jack (Himesh Patel), a struggling musician who dreams of making it big but in reality spends his nights singing in dingy pubs to a handful of drunks. But when awakes from a freak accident, Jack finds the world has changed—no one remembers The Beatles and their incredible music. When Jack starts singing their songs, he becomes an overnight success, touring with Ed Sheeran and gaining a wacky agent (Kate McKinnon). But when a random stranger threatens to reveal he’s a fake, Jack must decide if his new-found fame and fortune are really what it’s cracked up to be. 

2067

Produced by the people who gave us X-Men and Killing Ground, 2067 is the ultimate sci-fi thriller, and even better, it’s Australian. The plot goes like this: By the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. A mysterious illness is slowly killing the world’s population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: Send Ethan Whyte. Suddenly Ethan (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an underground tunnel worker, is sent to the future where he must face imminent and unknown dangers as well as the possibility of never returning home. It also stars Aussie Deborah Mailman and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten. 

News Of The World

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna, a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home. Watch it here.

Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart is so much more than just a romantic teen drama, it will lowkey rip your heart out—you've been warned. The flick follows Stella (Haley Lu Richardson), who at 17 spends most of her life in hospital receiving treatment for cystic fibrosis. Instead of hanging with friends and going to school, her life is regimented with medication, routines and plenty of boundaries. But all of that is put to the test when Will (Cole Sprouse), a handsome, charming teen arrives at the same hospital seeking treatment for the same disease—which means they must stay five feet apart at all times. As their friendship grows into something deeper, they’re tempted to break all the rules… but at what cost?

Malcolm & Marie

Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker  (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success.  The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love.  Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future.

The Equalizer 2

If you haven’t seen the OG The Equalizer, then stop reading, go back and watch that first. In the highly anticipated sequel, Robert "Bob" McCall (Denzel Washington) a retired Marine and former DIA officer turned vigilante returns, and he’s ready to shake things up again. When his close friend, Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo), is murdered while investigating a murder-suicide, McCall must again call on his unique set of deadly skills and resources to track down the culprit and avenge her death. Expect some seriously epic fight scenes. 

The Dig

This incredible flick got us right in the feels. Based on the 2007 novel of the same name, the plot goes like this: As WWII looms, Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan), a wealthy widow, hires amateur archaeologist, Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. But when they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain's past resonate in the face of it's uncertain future‎. Moving and equal measures heart-warming and heartbreaking, it also stars Lily James, Johnny Flynn and Ben Chaplin.

Measure For Measure

Set in Melbourne, this modern, radical retelling of Shakespeare's play, Measure For Measure, is a must-see. Gritty and raw, it follows the lives of a group of people who reside in a housing commission block on the fringe of the city. When a resident, high on drugs, goes on a shooting spree, Claudio, an aspiring musician, and Jaiwara, whose family fled a war zone years ago, are suddenly thrown together. Their forbidden romance ignites long-held grudges between the block’s Aussie crime lords (lead by Duke, who is played brilliantly by Hugo Weaving) and an immigrant gang, led by Jaiwara’s brother Farouk. When the sides clash, it’s a battle to see who will be left standing. 

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