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.
The Power Of The Dog
Directed by Oscar-winning Kiwi Jane Champion, this must-watch Western will rip your heart out. The Power Of The Dog follows charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), who inspires fear and awe in those around him. But everything changes for Phil when his brother George (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her timid son, Peter (played by Australia’s Kodi Smit-McPhee). Phil makes it his mission to torment George’s new family until the unthinkable happens and he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
Single All The Way
Single All The Way is the Christmas movie guaranteed to give you all the feels. Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they're now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Luke Macfarlane)—the plan goes awry.
Mixtape goes like this: on the eve of Y2k, orphaned, awkward 12-year-old Beverly Moody discovers a broken mixtape crafted by her teen parents. Raised by her grandmother Gail (Julie Bowen), a former teen mom herself who finds it painful to speak about her late daughter, Beverly sees this mixtape as a chance to finally learn more about her parents. So she sets out on a journey to find all the songs on the tape. Along the way, she makes friends with her quirky neighbor, Ellen; intimidatingly tough, Nicky; and Anti, an anti-everything record store owner who’s the key to finding these tracks, and a renewed bond between Gail and Beverly.
Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after the fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny—the son she gave up as an infant—shows up at her doorstep. Bruised is the directorial debut of Academy Award winner Halle Berry and is a triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.
Boasting an all-star cast, including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, Bombshell is an absolute must-watch. Based on a true story, it follows the accounts of three women at Fox News, who after being continually sexually harassed, set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes (who is played brilliantly by John Lithgow). Risking their careers to expose the toxic work culture perpetuated by their powerful boss and the world of media, the trio’s bravery triggers a domino effect, culminating into a liberation movement.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
What’s better than The Princess Switch one and two? A third installment of course. Bring on the festive feels as we return to the fictional country of Belgravia, where Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy (both played by Vanessa Hudgens) hold the very first international Christmas festival. But when a relic on loan from the Vatican is stolen, the royal duo enlist the help of Margaret’s audacious look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it... rekindling the sparks of a tantalising Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.
Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of Rent. The flick follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere all amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords Of Dogtown), Miss Bala is a heart-stopping thriller. It follows Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), a makeup artist, who heads to Mexico to support her friend Suzu in a beauty pageant. But just days before the pageant is set to begin they are torn apart when a violent drug cartel storms the club they’re partying at. While Suzu goes missing, Gloria is captured by the gang and is forced to become a mule for them. Attracting the attention of the gang’s leader Lino—and the DEA—Gloria must use all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength to survive in the cruel world of crime and eventually find her way back home.
When an Interpol-issued Red Notice—the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted—goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack bang in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot). The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company.
Passing tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare.
Natalie Bauer (Nina Dobrev), an LA-based writer, is a self-confessed romantic. After one too many bad dates, she falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app called Tag. Deciding to risk it all for love, she flies across the country to surprise him at Christmas. But when she gets there, she finds she’s been catfished and Tag is actually Josh. The silver lining? Tag actually does exist and Josh promises to make things right by helping Natalie woo him. This lighthearted romantic comedy is the perfect Christmas flick, complete with snow, LOLs and fuzzy moments.
The Harder They Fall
When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men—hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)—and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.
Official Secrets chronicles the true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), who leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing exposing an illegal spying operation by American and British intelligence services to potentially blackmail United Nations diplomats tasked to vote on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This gripping flick features an all-star cast including Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes.
Army Of Thieves
In this prequel to Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, Army of Thieves tells the origin story of Dieter (played by Matthias Schweighöfer), who goes from small-town bank teller to being drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals. Together the motley crew attempt to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.
Hypnotic follows Jenn (Kate Siegel) who, still reeling from a series of traumatic events and feeling stuck both personally and professionally, decides to enlist a renowned hypnotherapist, Dr. Meade (Jason O'Mara) to help on her road to recovery. After a handful of intense sessions, terrifying events, and mysterious blackouts, Jenn soon finds herself caught in a dangerous mind game. With the help of Detective Wade Rollins (Dulé Hill), Jen looks to put the pieces together before it's too late and there are deadly consequences.
Night Teeth follows quirky college student Benny, who moonlights as a chauffeur to make some extra cash. His task: drive two mysterious young women around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Taken captive by his clients' charm, he soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him—and an insatiable thirst for blood. As his night spins out of control, Benny is thrust into the middle of a clandestine war that pits rival tribes of vampires against the protectors of the human world, led by his brother, who will stop at nothing to send them back into the shadows.
The Invisible Man
After escaping from an abusive, controlling relationship with a wealthy tech genius called Adrian, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) attempts to begin a new life. But when strange events begin to occur, Cecilia is convinced that her ex has tracked her down and is stalking her. The only twist? When she tells the police they inform her that Adrian is dead. Feeling like no one is taking her seriously, Cecilia decides to hunt down the truth on her own. The Invisible Man boasts an all-star cast including Aussies Harriet Dyer and Michael Dorman, as well as Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge.
From the producer of The Farewell comes this moving documentary film from Amanda Lipitz. In FOUND, three adopted American teenage girls—Lily, Sadie and Chloe—discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history. Keep the tissues close for this one.
If horror flicks is a serious slice of action is your vibe, then Till Death is for you. It follows Emma (Megan Fox) who is stuck in an unhappy marriage to Mark. In an effort to save their marriage Mark whisks Emma away to a secluded lake house for a romantic winter evening to celebrate their 10th anniversary. But things take a dark and terrifying turn when Emma wakes the next morning and finds herself shackled to her dead spouse as part of a twisted revenge plot. As the rest of the plan unfolds (read: hitmen arrive to take Emma out), she begins a desperate battle for survival.
There's Someone Inside Your House
Based on Stephanie Perkins’ New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, There's Someone Inside Your House will keep you up at night. It goes like this: Makani Young moves from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorising victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims themselves.
Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman is back and this time she’s living in the booming 80s. In Washington, 1984 we find Diana Prince working at the Smithsonian and still pining for her lost love Steve (Chris Pine) who perished in World War I. Whilst working at the institute Diana discovers the Dreamstone, an artifact with staggering powers granting the holder any wish they desire. Sure enough it falls into the hands of the wrong people including Diana’s shy colleague Barbara (Kristen Wiig) and Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a shrewd entrepreneur that will stop at nothing to achieve world domination.
From the writer of True Detective comes this heart-stopping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. The Guilty takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled police detective demoted to emergency operator duty. What initially seems like a routine morning spirals when Joe takes a call from a woman who says she’s about to be murdered. Scrambling to save the caller, Joe soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.
Britney Vs Spears
The world knows Britney Spears: performer, artist, icon. But in the last few years, her name has been publicly tied to another, more mysterious term: conservatorship. Britney vs Spears tells the explosive story of Spears’ life and her public and private search for freedom. Featuring years-long investigative work and exclusive interviews, this feature film paints a thorough portrait of the pop star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and family and her own legal status. Director Erin Lee Carr (How To Fix a Drug Scandal, Dirty Money) and journalist Jenny Eliscu work to delve deep into the tangled history of the conservatorship that has been in place for over 13 years.
No One Gets Out Alive
No One Gets Out Alive will straight up terrify you. It follows Ambar who arrives in Cleveland illegally from Mexico, with very little money and unsuitable clothing for what’s expected to be the coldest winter on record. After finding cash-in-hand work at a factory, she rents the cheapest room available in a derelict boarding house. Kept awake by the other tenants’ sobbing, disturbing nightmares and strange unearthly noises echoing from the basement, Ambar begins to wonder exactly who—or what—lives inside the house with them.
Intrusion is the perfect thriller flick for your weekend viewing. It goes like this: when married couple Henry (Logan Marshall-Green) and Meera (Freida Pinto) move into their dream home on the edge of a small town, they feel like they’re in their own private oasis. But when they get caught up in a violent home invasion that leaves the intruder dead—Meera starts her own investigation into why they were targeted. Traumatised and suspicious, she begins to realise that those around her might not be who they seem—from the local police to her own husband.
After Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) and Jack (Chris O'Dowd) lose their baby, their entire world falls apart. Jack checks into a mental health facility while Lily is left at home to pick up the pieces where she begins a battle with a territorial bird (The Starling) over dominion of her garden. Surprisingly the bird provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love. This incredible flick will absolutely pull at your heart strings.
Thriller fans listen up, Escape Room is for you. It follows six strangers—Zoey, a physics student; Jason, a wealthy daytrader; Ben, a stock boy; Mike, a truck driver; Amanda, an Iraq War veteran; and Danny, an escape room enthusiast—who all randomly receive an invitation to participate in an Escape Room. The prize? A cool $10,000 to the first person who cracks the code. But once they begin the challenge, they soon realise there is a deadly twist and nothing is as it seems. In this new game, they’re playing to live and not everyone will survive.
If you’re looking for an easy, light-hearted comedy then pop Superintelligence on stat. The plot goes like this: a sentient supercomputer threatens to blow up the planet and gives Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy)—the "most average person on earth"—just three days to save humanity. Her task? She must convince the AI (who is voiced by James Corden) that people are worth saving by finally going after her dreams and making good with former love George (Bobby Cannavale).
Boasting an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, this reboot of the Roald Dahl classic is one of the best movies on Netflix right now. If you haven’t read the book or seen the original flick (you can catch that one here), it follows a young orphan boy and his grandmother who encounter a coven of glamorously diabolical witches and their cruel, child-hating leader while on holiday at a seaside resort. Together, along with their new friend Bruno, the trio try to put a stop to the witches evil plans.
SAS: Rise Of The Black Swan
If you like your movies action-packed and filled to the brim with epic fight scenes, then SAS: Rise Of The Black Swan is for you. Based on the popular novel by Andy McNab it follows a special forces operative traveling from London to Paris with his girlfriend, who is forced to take action when armed, ruthless mercenaries seize control of their train. It stars Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Aussie Ruby Rose and Lord Of The Rings’ Andy Serkis.
You Vs. Wild: Out Cold
Bear Grylls is back for another exciting interactive movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. Following a plane crash in the ice ravaged mountains, Bear finds himself with amnesia trying to save himself and the pilot from the harsh winter elements. Bear will face huge rock walls, freezing dark tunnels and creepy wildlife creatures. He’s in big trouble, and he needs your help to find his friend and get out of danger.
Meticulous and preternaturally skilled, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game. But when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, she quickly discovers she’s been poisoned, a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. As her body swiftly deteriorates, Kate forms an unlikely bond with the teenage daughter of one of her past victims.
Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, The Owners will straight up give you nightmares. The horror flick follows mates Gaz, Nathan and Terry who decide to break into the countryside estate of Dr. Richard Huggins and his wife Ellen, who are said to have a very large safe full of cash. Things get complicated when Nathan's girlfriend Mary turns up and unwittingly joins the break-in. But the whole plan gets really messy when the novice crims realise the doctor and his wife are actually sadistic monsters themselves and soon the hunters become the hunted.
Afterlife Of The Party
A social butterfly (Victoria Justice) experiences the biggest party foul of all… dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones—like helping her dad (played by Australia’s Adam Garcia) overcome his grief and guiding her wallflower bestie Lisa (Midori Francis) to new love. But most importantly, she has just five days to prove the powers that be that she’s worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky. Full of LOLs and sweet moments, Afterlife Of The Party is the feelgood flick you need.
Following the horrific 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Congress appoints attorney and renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Assigned with allocating financial resources to the victims of the tragedy, Feinberg and his firm’s head of operations, Camille Biros (Amy Ryan), face the impossible task of determining the worth of a life to help the families who had suffered incalculable losses. When Feinberg locks horns with Charles Wolf (Stanley Tucci), a community organiser mourning the death of his wife, his initial cynicism turns to compassion as he begins to learn the true human costs of the tragedy. WORTH is a must see.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir—a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past. This flick will fill The Witcher-sized hole in your heart perfectly.
Don’t Let Go
From the producers of Get Out comes this epic thriller. When Detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) finds his beloved niece Ashley (Storm Reid) has been murdered, his life spirals out of control. But things get even weirder when he receives a call from Ashley—who is very much alive and communicating from the past. With Jack living two weeks into the future, he must race against the clock to prevent her murder from happening again.
Everyone’s favourite action man Jason Momoa is back with this action thriller that will get your heart racing. Sweet Girl follows devoted family man Ray Cooper, who vows justice against the pharmaceutical company responsible for pulling a potentially life-saving drug from the market just before his wife dies from cancer. But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced) in harm’s way, Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left.
Luce, one of the best movies on Netflix right now, will have your mind racing long after the credits roll. It goes like this: Parents Amy (Naomi Watts) and Peter Edgar’s (Tim Roth) seemingly idyllic home life is thrown into disarray when their adopted son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), writes an extremely disturbing essay for his class at school. An all-star student-athlete, Luce feels he’s being unfairly targeted by his new teacher Ms Wilson (Octavia Spencer) and soon psychological warfare breaks out between the two with Luce desperate to clear his name, and Wilson equally desperate to expose Luce for who she thinks he really is—a disturbed and dangerous child.
This psychological thriller based on the DC Comics character of the same name was one of the biggest movies of 2019—scoring 11 Oscar nominations, winning Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. The plot goes like this: In 1981 Gotham City, a struggling, mentally ill comic Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) battles to be seen, walking the streets seeking human connection. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck’s life takes a dark, gut-wrenching turn after he lashes back at attackers, transforming himself into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
Warning this movie will scare the sh*t out of you. Aftermath, which is inspired by a true story (yes, really), centres on Kevin and Natalie Dadich (Twilight’s Ashley Greene), a young couple whose marriage is on the rocks. In an effort to salvage their relationship they take a deal to move into their dream home. But soon strange events begin to unfold within the walls of their new house, and disturbing events reveal the house’s troubled history.
Based on a true story, Hustlers follows a journalist (Julia Stiles) who is working on a story about a group of struggling New York strippers who teamed up to extort money from their Wall Street clientele during the 2008 global financial crisis. Flashing between present day interviews and their rise to a life of crime and fortune, this movie is an absolute must watch. The cast is also seriously stacked featuring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lili Reinhart.
The Kissing Booth 3
We’re feeling seriously mixed emotions about The Kissing Booth 3 dropping–excited for the final installment and sad that the journey of our favourite high school trio is coming to an end. The plot goes like this: It’s the summer before Elle (Joey King) heads to college, and she’s facing the hardest decision of her life: whether to move across the country with her dreamy boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi) or fulfill her lifelong promise to go to college with her BFF Lee. Whose heart will Elle break?
While vacationing in Greece, American tourist Beckett (John David Washington) becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to run for his life and desperate to get across the country to the American embassy to clear his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in, political unrest mounts, and Beckett falls even deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracy. This high action flick will have you on the edge of your seat.
This animated musical adventure featuring songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton and In the Heights) follows Vivo, a one-of-kind kinkajou (a rainforest “honey bear,” voiced by Miranda), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively square with his beloved owner Andrés. Though they may not speak the same language, Vivo and Andrés are the perfect duo through their common love of music. But when tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval (Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert with the hope of reconnecting, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Feel-good and touching, Vivo is the kind of flick we all need right now.
This legal drama is one of the best movies on Netflix right now so add it to your binge list stat. It follows uber successful Chicago-based lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral. But Hank gets more than he bargained for when his estranged father, the respected Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) is accused of murder. At odds for most of their lives, Hank must put his personal feelings aside and represent his dad in court. During the course of the trial, long buried family secrets come to the surface irrevocably changing their relationship.
How To Be Single
Fresh out of college and starting her first job in New York, Alice (Dakota Johnson) splits from her longtime boyfriend to discover herself and to learn ‘How To Be Single’. Helping her along the way is her hilarious colleague Robin (Rebel Wilson) and her big sister Meg (Leslie Mann). From playing the field to cracking dating-site algorithms, Alice soon realises that perhaps the grass isn’t always greener with hilarious and heartbreaking results.
The Last Letter From Your Lover
Adapted from JoJo Moyes best selling book of the same name (she also brought us tearjerker Me Before You) The Last Letter From Your Lover follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), a journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare the journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist who helps her track down more letters.
Under the guise of a wedding, Billi (Awkwafina) returns home to China to say goodbye to her grandmother, Nai Nai, who only has a few weeks to live. To Billi’s shock, the family decides to keep Nai Nai’s diagnosis a secret from the elderly matriarch. The comedy-drama is an autobiographical exploration of moral ambiguities, cultural differences, and the difficult but powerful bond created by a family crisis—making it one of the best movies on Netflix right now.
Fear Street Trilogy
If you were a fan of Goosebumps growing up then you’ll want to check out this epic three-part movie adaptation. Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, the Fear Street trilogy follows Shadyside’s sinister history through a nightmare 300 years in the making. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 follows a group of teens who discover the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected. Fear Street Part 2: 1978, takes place at Camp Nightwing where another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill. In the final installment, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, the origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.
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