50 Best Movies To Watch On Netflix Right Now

Trying to find a good movie to watch on Netflix can be a challenge for sure and trust me when I say that we’ve all been there. Netflix is a savior for all the people who love watching movies however when you decide that you’re going to watch one, you have the entirety of Netflix films at your disposal which makes it even harder to choose. 

 Netflix is an American media and technology service provider founded back in 1997. It is a subscription-based streaming platform that offers online streaming of tons of films, TV series, and documentaries. Netflix has more than 193 million paid subscribers worldwide and today, the site produces and distributes content from different countries globally.

It has a wide range of film choices to choose from and it can be super hard to find one that fits your mood and something you and your partner/ friend can really enjoy together. You literally spend hours browsing, scrolling through the massive list of options including best horror, best actions, or the best romcoms, and when you finally stumble upon something that you might like, it’s already too late as the indecisiveness has won out. But never fear because we have got you covered!

Top 50 Best Movies To Watch On Netflix

Rather than wasting your precious time scrolling to find the perfect film, we have assembled the 50 best movies to watch on Netflix!

1. Da 5 Bloods (20

Da 5 Bloods is an American drama film whose plot follows the story of a group of four African- American Vietnam War Veterans who return to search for the remains of their fallen squad leader. They also search for the treasure that they buried while serving there. They are forced to confront the lasting consequences of the Vietnam War while they battle man and nature alike. 

Runtime: 156 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Chadwick Benson, Clarke Peters, Jonathan Majors, Delroy Lindo

2. Lady Bird (2017)

The Golden Globe Award-winning film is truly one of the greatest movies that actually captures how the mind of a high schooler thinks, interacts,s and feels. Lady Bird is a coming–of–age film which depicts the story of a high school senior and her much-strained relationship with her mother. Lady bird’s mother works tireless hours to provide for her family when her husband loses his jobs, yet her daughter still wants to fly away to college on East Coast. 

Genre: Drama- Comedy

Director: Greta Gerwig

Runtime: 93 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf

Marriage Story (2019)

This film follows the story of a married couple, an actress, and a stage director. Although the film opens with a couple describing all the reasons why they love one another, it quickly dispels the illusion reminding them that the story is about them going through a coast-to-coast divorce. It’s the latest in the series of tensions and break-ups as Nicole, his wife (Scarlett Johansson) wants to move back to LA where a brand new job awaits her, while Charlie, the husband (Adam Driver) would rather stay in New York. 

Genre: Drama

Director: Noah Baumbach

Runtime: 137 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Adam Driver

4. Grease (1978)

Grease is an American musical romantic -comedy film that depicts the love story of greaser Danny Zuko and the Australian transfer student named Sandy Olsson. They both develop an undeniable attraction for each other and share a brief fling but can’t quite seem to make it work as a couple. This musical has some incredibly catchy tunes that made it a rom-com fan -favorite for generations. 

Genre: Musical, comedy

Director: Randal Kleiser

Runtime: 110 minutes

Rating: PG

Stars: John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Olivia Newton-John

Because one Spider-Man movie is never enough right! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018’s hit computer-animated superhero film that follows the story of a young boy named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) who gets a bite from a radioactive spider and becomes the ‘new spider-man’. He develops spider-esque superpowers and joins other Spider-People from various dimensions to protect and save New York City from Kingpin. 

Genre: Action- Adventure

Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman

Runtime: 117 minutes

Rating: PG

Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld 

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery/thriller film that is based on a 1986 non-fiction book named Zodiac by Robert Graysmith. The film tells the horror story of the manhunt for the notorious uncaught criminal ‘Zodiac killer’ who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60s and 70s, taunting the police with bloodstained clothing and letters. This case still remains one of the most infamous unsolved crimes of the United States. The film is a tense, gripping thriller with superb direction.

Genre: Mystery- Thriller

Director: David Fincher

Runtime: 157 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Downey Jr.

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future is one of the most iconic Science fiction films that depict the life of a teenager named Marty McFly (played by Michael J.Fox) whose best friend famously turned a DeLorean automobile into a time machine. After he witnessed his BFF’s Doc’s murder in 1985, he finds himself trapped 30 years earlier in 1955 and tries to convince Doc’s younger self to help him get back. I mean heavy right?

Genre: Sci-fi, comedy

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Runtime: 116 minutes

Rating: PG

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd

8. The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman (titled onscreen as I Heard You Paint Houses) is an epic American crime film that plays many of the same notes as the earlier gangster stories. The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hit-man with Russel Bulfalino (Pesci, a mobster, and his crime family. The Irishman film is an incredible crime drama that explores the lives of its outlaw characters while emphasizing the slow and steady routine corruption that drags Frank Sheeran down. 

Genre: Drama, Crime

Director: Martin Scorsese

Runtime: 209 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Dolemite is a biographical comedy-drama film which stars the incredible Eddie Murphy as filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, best known for portraying the character of Dolemite in both his stand-up routines and the series of Blaxploitation films which started back in 1975 with Dolemite. After a long hiatus from the silver screens, star Eddie Murphy returned to our screens in a very unusual yet triumphant fashion and his dramatic, nuanced and hilarious role in the film gained massive attention. 

Genre: Comedy

Director: Craig Brewer 

Runtime: 118 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan- Michael Key, Wesley Snipes

10. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

We have seen a few entries in the Indiana Jones franchise but the first still remains to be the best one. Raiders of the Lost Ark follows Indiana Jones, a professor of archaeology who moonlights as an adventurer, vying with Nazi forces in 1936 to recover the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. Jones teams up with his former- lover Marion Ravenwood to stop rival archeologist Dr. Rene` Belloq from guiding the Nazi forces to the Ark and its powers. 

Genre: Drama- action

Director: Steven Speilberg

Runtime: 115 minutes

Rating: PG

Stars: Harrison Ford, Paul Freeman, Karen Allen

11. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

The American sports drama film, Million Dollar Baby was such a big commercial hit, not to mention that it won four Oscar awards. The film follows the story of Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) who has devoted his life to the boxing ring but is still an underappreciated boxing trainer. When the amateur boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald walks into the doors of the gym asking for a trainer, Frankie refuses as he doesn’t think much of female boxing but she won’t take no for an answer. Frankie helps her to achieve her boxing dream of becoming a professional and they both develop an emotional connection that helped them shape for the rest of their lives. 

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Clint Eastwood

Runtime: 133 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

12. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

The epic series ‘Breaking Bad’ might not have needed a sequel but hey, we are not complaining- El Camino is a crime thriller film that serves as an epilogue to the hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’. The plot of the film follows Pinkman and the events that immediately took place following the series finale. In the film, Jesse Pinkman is on the run being an outlaw, trying to always stay one step ahead of the law with nothing but his gun and wittiness. Several actors involved in the ‘Breaking Bad’ series have reprised their roles for the film. It was also star Robert Forster’s last screen appearance as he passed away on the day El Camino release. 

Genre: Drama- Thriller

Director: Vince Gilligan

Runtime: 122 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

Stars: Aaron Paul

13. Jurassic Park (1993)

This science-fiction film is probably the best movie about Dinosaurs ever made in history. Jurassic Park is truly a masterpiece and an innovation that still holds up to this day. It is set on the fictional Island of Isla Nublar where a rich businessman John Hammond and a great team of scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs on a remote Costa Rican Island. When a catastrophic shutdown takes place due to industrial sabotage, a small group of visitors and John’s grandchildren struggle to escape and survive from the perilous island. 

Genre: Adventure- Action

Director: Steven Speilberg

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Stars: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum

14. Burning (2018)

Burning is a South Korean intense psychological thriller that leaves the viewers thinking long after it ends. The movie depicts a young delivery man named Jong-su who runs into an old childhood friend, Hae-mi. Both excited to see each other, they start a fling. Hae- mi asks him to look after her cat while she is away on a trip to Africa. On her return, she comes back with a wealthy businessman friend named Ben. As the three start spending some time together, Ben reveals himself and tells Jong-su about his unusual hobby that lurks something dangerous. The movie touches on the issues of international politics, masculinity, and economic decline. 

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Director: Lee Chang-dong

Runtime: 148 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

Stars: Moon Sung-keun, Kim-Soo- kyung, Chol Seung

15. The Silence of Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs, after its release, became the third film in history to win 5 big Oscars Awards and it was all well- deserved as it’s one of the best thriller movies out there. The film depicts the story of a young FBI trainee named Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her an assignment by pulling her out of training to apprehend a serial killer known as ‘Buffalo Bill’ who skins his female victims’ corpses. Clarice’s supervisor advises her to also interview another serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter as he might know something. But his information comes at a price as by digging into Clarice’s psyche, he exploits her memories and identifies her vulnerabilities to find his way to freedom. 

Genre: Horror- Mystery- Suspense

Director: Jonathan Demme

Runtime: 118 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

16. Mudbound (2017)

The original Netflix film Mudbound wades the muck of poverty and racism by examining 2 families, one black and one white, living on a farm in 1940s Mississippi. The film explores different ways in which two families address racism and PTSD in their own way and also the chaos that ensues when the two sons, Ronsel Jackson and Jamie McCallan return from the Second World War.

Genre: Drama, History

Director: Dee Rees

Runtime: 167 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige

17. The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories is an American comedy-drama film that is so good that you’ll forget that it’s just another family drama set in New York. Noah Baumbach delivered yet another intimate and witty drama for his fans with this movie. The story follows a dysfunctional family, who reunite for the first time in a while and try to hash out their differences.

The head of the crazy family is Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman) with his children named Danny (Adam Sandler), Mathew (Ben Stiller), and Jean (Elizabeth Marvel). The group of adult siblings live under their father’s shadow and let’s be honest that the cast delivered applaud-worthy performances.

Genre: Comedy- Drama

Director: Noah Baumbach

Runtime: 112 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

Stars: Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller

18. Schindler’s List (1993)

The epic historical drama film ‘Schindler’s List’ is the winner of seven Oscars and it has not only made Steven Speilberg one of the greatest directors of his time but also the best directors of action and sci-fi films.

The film depicts the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, and industrialist who together with his wife saved thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees by employing them in the industry and his factory during World War II. While saving scores of innocent lives, he realizes that he isn’t simply keeping up with his business. 

Genre: Drama- History

Director: Steven Speilberg

Runtime: 116 minutes

Rating: R

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley

19. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

This teen romance film has become one of Netflix’s biggest rom-com hits. Based on Jenny Han’s young adult novel of the same title, the film follows the story of a young girl named Lara Jean whose love life goes from imaginary to completely out of hand when the letters that she wrote to all the boys that she has ever loved get mysteriously mailed out to all of the boys.

Now, all five of the boys suddenly know that Lara Jean had or has a crush on them, and believe me- they’re interested. The film is followed by two more sequels. 

Genre: Comedy- Romance

Director: Susan Johnson

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rating: NR

Stars: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Noah Centineo

20. Dumplin (2018)

Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Julie Murphy, the coming-of-age comedy film was a huge hit. Now can you imagine Jennifer Aniston as a mom and a former Texan beauty queen who is still very active in the pageant circuits?

On top of that, she is a mom to a plus-size teenager who could not care less about the pageant world. Yup, that’s Dumplin. Willowdean ‘Dumplin’ Dickson signs up as a protest for her mom’s pageant that quickly escalates when some other contestants follow in her footsteps which made the pageant a little less conventional.

Genre: Comedy

Director: Anne Fletcher

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rating: NR

Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Jennifer Aniston

  1. I Lost My Body (2019)

The film I lost My Body is based on the novel Happy Hand and depicts a unique perspective on human life, contrasted with the often inconspicuous nature of inanimate surroundings. This creatively animated French film follows the story of a severed hand that sets out to reconnect with its body.

In an escapade across the city of Paris, the hand fends off rats and some pigeons to reunite with its owner named Naoufel. The film artfully paints towards a reunion and provides a beautiful poetic backdrop while showing his love and memories for Naoufel.

Genre: Animated, Drama, Sci-Fi, and fantasy

Director; Jeremy Clapin

Runtime: 81 minutes

Rating: NR

Stars: Victoire De Bois, Patrick d` Assumcao, Hakim Faris

  1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The 2018’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a sextet of short films that are all set in the Wild West and let’s be honest, what’s better than a new Western from the incredible Coen brothers’ right? The film follows different characters through a wild list of plots that explore the vast themes of cosmic justice and human depravity that often recurs in the Coens’ works. These comical yet brutal folk tales surely leave every viewer with a great lesson to learn.

Genre: Comedy- Drama

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Runtime: 133 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

Stars: Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson