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

By Jessica Best
16th Jan 2020

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.

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.

The Irishman

No doubt you’ve seen this Scorsese film rack up all the Oscar buzz and we’d be lying if we said we haven’t been waiting for this one to drop with much anticipation. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, this is the epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa so yes, you should definitely be feasting your eyes on The Irishman this week.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Zack Galifianakis’ satirically harsh talk show Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis has been given a glorious Netflix spin-off and there’s not much you can’t love about it. The movie take on this one follows Zach and his crew who road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews to “restore his reputation”. Directed by Scott Aukerman, and produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Caitlin Daley, and Aukerman and Galifianakis, this gem is absolute on-screen gold.


Aquaman

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. 

 

Suicide Squad

The supervillain film of 2016 has finally hit Netflix and you know what to do. Based on the DC Comics team of the same name, Suicide Squad stars an all-star cast with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto and a heap more. If you’re not across this one, supervillains are recruited by a secret government agency to pull off a bunch of black ops missions to save the world to lessen their jail sentences. Head here to watch it. 

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.

Sixteen Candles

This iconic coming-of-age movie has just dropped on Netflix so settle in. Starring the famous Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall, this 1980s gem tales one girl’s “sweet sixteenth” where her birthday ends up being anything but special. 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.

The Nun

The Nun has finally landed on Netflix which means you’re in for all the gothic supernatural horror. This Conjuring spin-off is the fifth instalment in the Conjuring Universe and stars Bonnie Aarons as the incarnational Valak i.e said demon nun. Expect a lot of jump-scares and practically no sleep after you watch this one. Head here to watch The Nun now.

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.

Someone Great

If you need a break from the seemingly dark world of Netflix right now, Someone Great is your fix for laughs, the reality of relationships and amazing close friends. Extremely relatable, this hilarious film stars Gina Rodrigues as Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who has just landed her dream job across the country. Things fall through with her boyfriend of nine years which naturally means her two best friends rally together to give her a mammoth send off and hit one last adventure around the city for old times sake. Head here to watch it.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile

If you worked your way through the Ted Bundy tapes and loved it, then sit tight. Starring Zac Efron, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile is the official movie that chronicles the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy. This time around, the story is from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Liz (Lily Collins) who refused to believe the truth about him for years. This one drops May 3.

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