TV & Movies

20 Of The Best Movies On Netflix Worth Watching

By Morgan Reardon
26th Nov 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.

Hillbilly Elegy

Based on J.D. Vance’s New York Times Bestseller and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard put Hillbilly Elegy to the top of your must watch list. The plot goes like this: J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey. 

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Christmas movie tragics, this sweet watch is for you. It’s been two years since siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack. Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). 

Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

Just like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, singer Shawn Mendes has joined the elite group of celebs who have their very own Netflix doco. In Wonder follows Mendes’ journey toward self-discovery, after the physical and emotional demands of his rise, and his last world tour, pushed him towards a personal and musical reckoning. The doco is a heartfelt look at a songwriter and performer wrestling with the pressures of stardom and the emotional tolls of coming-of-age while the world watches. Largely framed around his recent tour, the film offers unprecedented access to Mendes’ private life both at home, and while traveling across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. As far as celeb docos go, this one is a goodie. 

What Men Want

If you’re after a serious LOL session, then pop What Men Want on stat. It follows Ali (Taraji P. Henson), an uber successful sports agent who is gunning to make partner at work but is often overlooked by her male colleagues. Everything changes when she sees a psychic who decides to give Ali a helping hand—by giving her the power of hearing men’s thoughts. Using her new found gift, Ali sets about snagging the best clients and impressing her boss, but along the way she also finds herself falling in love where it turns out, sometimes it’s best not to know what everyone is thinking.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Vanessa Hudgens is back for the second installment of The Princess Switch. If you need a refresher: last year, one week before Christmas, Margaret (Hudgens), the Duchess of fictional Montenaro, switches places with Stacy (also Hudgens), a “commoner” from Chicago, who looks exactly like her. With the assistance of a magical Santa's helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret's fiance, the dashing Prince. Fast forward a year when Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, she calls on her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans. Watch it here.

Greta

If you’re after a chilling thriller, then start streaming Greta immediately. The flick follows Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young waitress in New York who is still struggling with the death of her mother one year on and has a strained relationship with her father. When she finds a handbag discarded on the subway, she meets and eventually befriends the owner, Greta (Isabelle Huppert), a lonely older widow. While at first their friendship seems harmless and the duo seek solace in one another, Frances' friends begin to think Greta has sinister motives. Soon enough, Greta's horrific secrets start seeping into her life and Frances desperately tries to cut ties, but it’s not that easy. 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

If you like your Christmas movies stacked with an all-star cast, then this flick is for you. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter—and a long-forgotten invention—to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. Featuring original songs by John Legend, this Christmas movie will make you feel warm and fuzzy. 

The Life Ahead

This Netflix original movie will hit you right in the feels. Based on Romain Gary’s novel, The Life Ahead it stars the incredible Sophia Loren as Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who has turned her seaside home in Italy into a daycare centre that is predominently made up of children of sex workers. She gives every ounce of love she has to these kids but her resolve is tested when she takes in 12-year-old street kid Momo, the boy who recently robbed her. While Momo fights against her discipline and love, slowly the two outsiders become each other’s protectors, anchoring an unconventional family. It drops 13 November. 

Goldstone

Set in the Australian outback, this fast-paced action flick is a standalone sequel to Ivan San’s equally epic breakthrough movie Mystery Road—although you don’t have to watch this first, we recommend you do because it’s brilliant. Once again it follows Detective Jay Swan played by the supremely talented Aaron Pedersen, a proud Arrernte and Arabana man. This time around the detective is working on a missing persons case of a Chinese woman, but everything goes sideways when he unearths a trafficking ring up north and runs afoul of political-industrial interests. Sounds juicy right? It is. Watch it here


Motherless Brooklyn

Set in New York in the 1950s, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (played brilliantly by Edward Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, who is trying to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). With few clues to go off, but determined to seek justice, Lionel begins to unravel closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the city in the balance. Taking him from jazz clubs in Harlem to the tough streets of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, the detective battles thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation. It drops 13 November. 


What They Had

Featuring a banging cast and moving storyline, What They Had is one of the best movies on Netflix right now. The plot goes like this: When Bridget’s mother Ruth (Blythe Danner), who has dementia, is found wandering around town in the middle of night during a snowstorm, it becomes clear things need to change. Bridget (Hilary Swank), along with her rebellious daughter, returns to her childhood home in Chicago to find her family in tatters. Her brother Nick (Shannon), wants to place Ruth in a care facility, while her dad Burt refuses to live apart from his wife, leaving Bridget stuck right in the middle playing referee. It’s heartbreaking at times but oh so worth the watch. 

The Founder 

Packing an all-star cast, put this movie to the top of your must-watch list immediately. The  biographical drama kicks off in 1954, where Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a travelling milkshake machine salesman, craves a more successful life. When he links up with the McDonald brothers and sees how popular their Californian burger joint is, he convinces them to strike up a business deal with him to franchise the eatery. But as this is a movie depicting real life, it isn’t the fairytale Ray had hoped for with marriage breakdowns, bankruptcy and a whole lot of drama headed his way. This flick reveals the incredibly interesting foundation story behind the world's biggest fast food chain.

Savages

Oliver Stone delivers a high-stakes, fast-paced, often brutal, action thriller in the form of Savages. It follows best mates and weed growers Chon (Friday Night Light’s Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and Ben (Aaron Johnson) a University of California graduate. But their chilled out, California lives are thrown into chaos when their (not a typo) girlfriend Ophelia (Blake Lively) is kidnapped by Mexican drug-cartel enforcer Miguel "Lado" Arroyo (Benicio del Toro) and cartel leader Elena Sánchez (Salma Hayek) after a business deal turns sour. Desperate to save Ophelia, Chon and Ben turn to corrupt DEA agent Dennis Cain (John Travolta) for help, and together the trio hatch a grand plan to take down the cartel in a brutal and bloody battle.

Holidate

No it’s absolutely not too early to watch a Christmas flick you grinch. This Netflix original movie goes like this: Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Australia’s Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.

Rebecca

This mesmerising psychological thriller, based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel, is absolutely one of the best movies on Netflix right now. It goes like this: After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).

One Day

Based on David Nicholls best-selling novel of the same name, One Day gets our vote as one of the best movies on Netflix. An absolute cryfest, this moving tale of “Will they? Won’t they?” will keep you hanging on (and tearing up) until the final credits role. It follows best friends and occasional lovers Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) who after meeting one night at university in Scotland, form a bond that lasts a lifetime. When it comes time to graduate, the duo make a pack to meet every year on 15 July and see where they stand in life. As the tradition continues for 18 years, Emma and Dexter must eventually choose a life together or a part. Honestly, you’ll need a box of tissues for this one. 

On The Basis Of Sex

While the world might have just lost one of the greatest feminists of all time, thankfully this flick ensures her story and message lives on. For those who aren’t familiar with the incredible Ruth Bader Ginburgs (often referred to as RBG) the plot of this movie (which follows her early years) goes like this: RBG is a struggling lawyer and new mum who is constantly facing sexism and adversity in her grueling fight for equal rights. But everything changes when she takes on what will be a life-changing case with her husband, fellow lawyer Martin Ginsburg. Over the course of the flick you’ll see how RBG became a trailblazer for women all over the world, paving the way for thousands of females that came after her. The movie is packing an epic cast featuring Felicity Jones as RBG and Armie Hammer as Martin Ginsburg.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Cancel your plans because this move is absolutely of the best to hit Netflix in 2020. The latest Aaron Sorkin feature is already scoring serious Oscar but for the true story of the Chicago 7. If you’re not familiar with this moving story, it goes like this: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history. The star-studded cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name, this flick is an absolute must-see. It features a banging ensemble including KiKi Layne, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal and Regina King, who picked up a best supporting actress Oscar for her work. Set in Harlem, New York in the early 70s, it follows the story of pregnant wife-to-be Tish, and her crusade to free her fiancé Alonzo who was wrongly imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Friends since they were kids, Tish will stop at nothing to prove her love’s innocence. You’ll want to have tissues close by for this one. 

Just Mercy

This drama, based on a true story, will hit you right in the gut. It tells the story of idealistic Harvard law graduate Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) who heads to Alabama in the 80s with high hopes of defending the wrongly accused who can’t afford proper legal representation. One of his first cases is death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) who is sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite there being zeo evidence to prove this. While it feels like everyone is against them, Stevenson will stop at nothing to save McMillian’s life. 

 

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