50 of the best movies on Netflix right now

There are some brilliant award-winning, genre-changing, thought-provoking movies streaming right now on Netflix. Here are the very best for you to stream right now

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Well, Netflix has thousands of movies from which to choose – from brilliant dramas and historical tales to action thrillers, comedies and Oscar-winning flicks from the biggest names in the business, so you’ve come to the right place.

But there can be such a thing as too much choice, right? Well, don’t despair, we’ve whittled down the huge amounts of titles to just 50 of the very best films for your viewing pleasure.

What’s more, we’re updating this page regularly, so keep checking back for new recommendations of what to watch…

Last updated 13th February 2020

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Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Parasite is currently the talk of the town, having been showered with awards across the globe, including the coveted best picture Oscar. This 2013 offering from the Korean director is an uncompromising slice of dystopian sci-fi: it takes place in the year 2031, when the world has been plunged into a second ice age as a result of a failed experiment to prevent global warming. Bong draws a range of diverse performances from a seasoned international cast, which includes a career-best turn from Chris Evans.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)

The long-awaited sequel PS I Love You is finally here, so if you haven’t already, now’s a perfect time to catch the original hit. A sweet, precisely executed romcom, which serves as an homage to the best films of the genre from the 1980s and 90s. Lana Condor stars as Laura Jean Covey, a Korean-American high-schooler whose world is turned upside down when a box of private love letters that she penned to her crushes is distributed to its intended recipients. Watch out for a breakout performance from mini Mark Ruffalo, Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky). Watch on Netflix

Trainwreck

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TRAINWRECK – Key Art

This wildly funny film, from director Judd Apatow, is the screenwriting debut of spunky stand-up and sketch show favourite Amy Schumer, who also stars. A journalist (Schumer) lives her life by her father’s maxim that monogamy never works, and has spent her adult life enjoying freedom from commitment. When she is sent to interview a doctor, an attraction develops between them, and she begins to wonder if there might be something to be said for a stable relationship…

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Clueless

Would you believe a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma plonked down squarely in Beverly Hills 90210? Well, that’s the setting for this screamingly funny satire-cum-put-on, which perfectly captures the inanities of 1990s teen America. Alicia Silverstone is a delight as Cher, the chic but dippy blonde who’s devoted to improving the love lives of her Rodeo Drive-shopping high-school girlfriends, even though she can’t sort out her own…

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

A director at the top of his game, Christopher Nolan takes on British wartime history with this tour-de-force treatment of the miracle of Dunkirk. This utterly immersive epic plunges the viewer into a three-pronged story that unfolds on land, sea and air with the life-and-death ordeals. Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles star.

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Marriage Story

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A story about a couple (played by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver) who decide to get divorced, this just may be a modern masterpiece from writer/director Noah Baumbach. It will make you laugh. It will make you smile. And if you are married, it will make you pray that you never get divorced…

Marriage Story has already been racking up the awards with six nominations at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, winning an award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture too. That’s on top of its eight nominations at the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards, three at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. It also got six nominations at this year’s Oscars, with Laura Dern walking away with the Best Supporting Actress statuette.

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The Irishman

Al Pacino in The Irishman

A passion project long in the making, Netflix’s The Irishman sees director Martin Scorsese reunited with Robert De Niro for their ninth collaboration. The gangster biopic centres on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (De Niro), who recalls his involvement in the disappearance of his longtime friend Jimmy Hoffa (played by Al Pacino). You may want to carve out some time to dedicate to this one though, it’s 3 hours 30 minutes long.

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Jaws

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Jaws

Many of us won’t forget the first time we saw that film about a seaside resort named Amity that is terrorised by a great white shark. Police chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Schneider) orders the beaches to be closed, but the corrupt mayor and local businessmen insist they stay open – with tragic results.

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The NeverEnding Story

In German director Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 fantasy tale, a young boy is drawn by a magical book into a wondrous alternative world that is threatened by evil forces… Watch on Netflix

El Camino: a Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul leads this hotly anticipated spin-off film from the beloved TV series, as we finally find out what happened to Jesse Pinkman after his escape from captivity…

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The Two Popes

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Here’s a mouthwatering prospect: two veteran British thesps in a barnstorming, virtual two-hander based on a play by screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Anthony Hopkins plays doubt-ridden, conservative Pope Benedict XVI as a wounded bear during his meeting with his reluctant and progressive successor Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) – later Pope Francis – at the former’s Italian retreat in 2013… The film was been nominated for two Oscars.

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The Great Hack

THE GREAT HACK (2019), David Carroll (Associate Professor Parsons School of Design)
THE GREAT HACK (2019), David Carroll (Associate Professor Parsons School of Design)

In an era when data is king, this documentary, “a terrifying exposé of information mining“, will make you think twice about clicking away your personal details…

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