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15 Of The Best Movies You Need To Check Out On Netflix Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
20th Feb 2020

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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.

The Last Thing He Wanted

Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title, this epic flick is set around the Iran-Contra scandal and features a blockbuster cast. Veteran D.C. journalist Elena McMahon (played by Anne Hathaway) abandons the 1984 campaign trail out of a misguided sense of duty to her father, Dick McMahon (Willem Dafoe). Then, guilted into running a dangerous errand on his behalf, Elena leverages the moment to pursue her own investigation but instead gets drawn into the very intrigue she’s trying to expose. This awesome political thriller drops tomorrow, 21 February. 

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

We’ve been counting down for the much-anticipated sequel of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to drop and the day is finally here. It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. Your heart melt as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter—her first real kiss and her first real date to her first Valentine’s Day. But this is high school so love is never going to run that smoothly. The couple hit a serious speed bump when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again and he wants answers. Drawn into a love triangle she never wanted to be a part of, Lara Jean is confronted with her first real dilemma—can she love two boys at the same time?

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. 


If you haven’t yet seen the flick that scored Brie Larson an Oscar for best actress, now is your chance. Room tells the story of 24-year-old Joy Newsome and her five-year-old son Jack who are held captive in a squalid shelter they call Room. While Joy is submitted to daily abuse by their capture known as ‘Old Nick’, she works hard to keep Jack sheltered from it. One day, unable to stand it any longer, Joy and Jack hatch a plan to escape. But while that seems like their biggest challenge, they soon learn that the outside world comes with a whole new host of hardships. This flick is absolutely one of the best on Netflix right now. 

The Sapphires 

We can’t get enough of this Aussie gem (see what we did there?). Set in the late 60s, this movie tells the story of four indigenous Australian women (played by Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens). The talented friends form a musical group called The Sapphires and are soon discovered by talent scout Dave (Chris O’Dowd) who sends them to Vietnam to sing for the troops in the war. While over there the girls find love, heartbreak and face being caught up in the war itself. It goes without saying the singing in this flick alone make it worth a watch. 

Saving Zoë

Based on the novel of the same name, this flick is all about murder, mystery and high school drama. When Echo (Laura Marano) starts the school year, she’s dealing with all the regular teen hang ups… as well as grappling with the recent murder of her uber-popular sister Zoë (played by Laura's own sister, Vanessa Marano). But when Echo finds Zoë’s missing journal, she discovers her sister was caught up in a twisted modelling ring that was really a front for something much more sinister. As Echo takes it upon herself to investigate the true cause behind Zoë’s murder, she realises some of the people closest to her are responsible. Directed by Riverdale’s Jeffrey G. Hunt, this teen drama with a twist will give you chills. 

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is back to his absolute best in this game-changing flick. After garnering praise for his dramatic work and ample Oscar buzz, Netflix snapped up Uncut Gems and we’re so glad they did. The electrifying crime thriller follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and enemies on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win. This gem drops tomorrow. 

A Fall From Grace

Disheartened since her ex-husband’s affair, Grace Waters (Crystal Fox) feels she start afresh with a new romance. But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent. This thriller costars Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson and it’s also written and directed by Tyler Perry.

I, Tonya

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. This epic movie stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney and tales the controversial ice skater who you kind of can’t help but love. I, Tonya drops on Netflix December 21.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird has gone on to win multiple best picture awards, making it one of the most talked-about films. It’s a coming of age movie featuring Saoirse Ronan in the lead role as hard-headed “Lady Bird” and Laurie Metcalf as her pleading mother. If Perks of Being a Wallflower or Juno were amongst your fave films then Lady Bird will be perfect for you.

Marriage Story

It’s one of the most talked-about films to drop this summer and for a good reason too– Marriage Story, is Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's compassionate portrait (read: you will definitely cry) of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star. Marriage Story drops December 6.


Permission to come aboard? Permission granted, Jason Momoa. Yes, Aquaman is finally sailing onto our Netflix accounts, and frankly we couldn’t be more jazzed about our trip to Atlantis. Easily one of the best DC films, Momoa, and director James Wan, turn Aquaman from the dorkiest hero in the Justice League to the coolest guy this side of the seven seas. Full of breathtaking world-building, fabulous costumes, awesome action, and did we mention Jason Momoa? Aquaman is a rollicking adventure and pure trident-wielding fun. 

A Star Is Born

It took out Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards for its original song Shallow and now, A Star Is Born has landed on Netflix so you can replay this love story as many times as you dare to weep. No one doubted for a second that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper would create anything but on-screen magic, and their talent lives on pretty much every day as people of the world play Shallow and Always Remember Us This Way on repeat. Produced and directed by Cooper, this third remake of A Star Is Born is everything you need it to be and more. Head here to watch it.

I Am Mother

It’s been dubbed as one of the best films to come out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, so good in fact that Netflix jumped on the sci-fi thriller and nabbed the distribution rights stat. I Am Mother is the creation of Australian director Grant Sputore, and follows a teenage girl (played by Clara Rugaard) who is one of the first of an entirely new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne). The twist? Mother is a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humanity.  With the surface no longer inhabitable, Mother has raised the girl in total isolation underground. Starring Hilary Swank, this one is well and truly one of the biggest Netflix drops of the year and lands on June 7.

Crazy Rich Asians

The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller has officially landed on Netflix and bring back all the laughs. Re-introducing Nicolas Young (Henry Golding), the Prince Harry of rich Asians and Rachel (Constance Wu), maybe more the Kate than the Megan, a native New Yorker who finds herself in the classic rich boy falls for poor girl conundrum. The hilarity starts with Nick taking Rachel home to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and to meet his family. The clincher? Rachel has no idea that Nick is essentially The Asian Bachelor and, even better, rich. We’re talking hectically rich, from one of the country’s wealthiest families. Head here to watch it.

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