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Settle In With 18 Of The Best Netflix Original Movies Of All Time

By Jessica Best
30th Sep 2020

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You might not remember a time before Netflix and hey, neither do we.

The juggernaut movie vault has been whirring out its own stuff since 2013 and fun fact, it’s produced over 1500 original titles since then. And who has time to work their way through that list? No one. So, to make things a little easier for you, we’ve whittled that bad boy down to a more manageable size. It was hard, but someone had to do it.

Check out the best Netflix Original movies of all time.

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world. It’s horror, but not as you know it. Watch it here.

Uncut Gems

By far one of the most chaotic movies of all time, Uncut Gems is one of the best Netflix Original movies out there. From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, this guy is an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam 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 encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Marriage Story

We’re not already crying, you are. Marriage Story is Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and heated portrait 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 and yep, you’ve already pressed play.

Enola Holmes

When Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, with Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham-Carter, Enola Holmes is easily one of the best Netflix Original movies around not to mention, it’s directed by Harry Bradbeer, the same guy that brought you Fleabag.

The Devil All The Time

In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighbouring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family. The Devil All The Time spans the time between World War II and Vietnam War so sit tight and watch it here.

The Boys In The Band

It’s been hilariously dubbed “To All The Gays I’ve Loved Before” but The Boys In The Band is a serious contender as one of the best Netflix Original movies of all time. Based on the Tony Award-winning play that changed a generation, The Boys In The Band follows a group of nine gay men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down. 

Okja

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano star in this drama about a girl who must keep a powerful company from abducting her pal, a gentle beast. Mija has been the caretaker and constant companion to Okja, a massive animal, in her mountainous home in South Korea. The multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York and Mija sets out on a rescue mission. Watch the Netflix Original here.

First They Killed My Father

Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film follows her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Cringe, right? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all– are mysteriously mailed out. From New York Times Bestselling Author, Jenny Han, the film adaption of the popular YA novel stars Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) and Noah Centineo (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, The Fosters), directed by Susan Johnson. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of the most iconic Netflix Original movies, watch it here

You can also watch the sequel right here.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is one of the more light-hearted Netflix Original movies to come out of 2020 and that’s exactly why we love it. Written by Will Ferrell, the comedy follows aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at Eurovision and from here — the Eurovision cameos and references literally spiral out of control.

Bird Box

When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. To escape it, Malorie's flees her home with her two children and heads down to a river where they all undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Bird Box was big back in 2019, and the Netflix Original movie is still big now.

Roma

From Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

Annihilation

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X - a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity. Watch Annihilation here.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs 7

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

Barry

A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. Barry is one of the most humbling Netflix Original films so do yourself a favour and watch it here.

I Lost My Body

I Lost My Body is an animated Netflix Original movie very well worth your time. In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body. During a hair-raising escapade across the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. It’s whacky and beautiful, watch it here.

Always Be My Maybe

Childhood friends Sasha and Marcus have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. But when Sasha, now a celebrity chef in Los Angeles, returns to her hometown of San Francisco to open a new restaurant, she runs into her old pal, a happily complacent musician still living at home and working for his dad. Though the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find the old sparks and it’s cute with a capital “C”. Watch Always Be My Maybe here.

Dumplin’

Directed by Anne Fletcher, Dumplin’ follows an outspoken plus-sized teenage girl named Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s known as Will to her friends and Dumplin’ to her mother (Jennifer Aniston), a former beauty queen who now runs the local Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant. In her small Texas town, Will confidently ignores comments about her weight and listens to Dolly Parton songs obsessively. But when she decides to enter her mother’s pageant in protest, her bold move encourages other contestants to follow in her footsteps, redefining the town’s traditions in the process. Watch Dumplin' here.

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