50 best movies to watch on Netflix right now

There are some excellent award-winning, genre-changing, thought-provoking movies streaming right now on Netflix. Here's our pick of the very best

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Looking for a great movie to watch right now? Netflix has thousands of films to choose from (there are even secret codes to help you unearth different genres of films) – from new releases to comedies and dramas, historical tales to action thrillers, kids’ movies and Oscar-winning flicks, so you’ve come to the right place.

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But there can be such a thing as too much choice, right? Well, don’t despair – we’ve whittled down the huge list for your viewing pleasure, separating the pretty low-commitment Superbad to the rather more heavy-going The Irishman.

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

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Last updated 9th April 2020

Mudbound (2017)

A scene from Netflix movie Mudbound (Netflix, JG)

Director and screenwriter Dee Rees gathered together a potent cast, including British star Carey Mulligan, singer/actress Mary J Blige and rising Hollywood heavyweight Jason Mitchell, to tell the story of two families in 1940s rural America – one black, one white – who struggle to live and work together in post-Second World War America. The movie created a lot of buzz at the time of release and was nominated for four Oscars, including best supporting actress for Blige. A moving and powerful watch.

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The Irishman (2019)

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). The film was constantly in the news up to its release; from its CGI de-aging used on De Niro, Pacino and Joe Pesci, to the sheer unwieldy length of this epic (it’s a whopping 3 hours 30 minutes).

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The Irishman review: Scorsese’s film is a meditative, remorseful gangster epic

Okja (2017)

Prepare to cry if you watch this heartwarming tale from Bong Joon-Ho (if he sounds familiar, that’s because he recently dominated award season with his latest film Parasite). Okja is a slightly odd story following a girl and her best friend, a huge, weird animal called Okja. Soon the pair find themselves battling the CEO (Tilda Swinton) of a huge company who wants to take Okja away. There’s a clear agenda underlying the story, animal activism is a strain throughout, and the film doesn’t shy away from that. Joon-Ho’s wonderfully refreshing odd style blends with slight preachy notes, but it comes together to give you a beautiful film.

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A Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski in A Quiet Place
John Krasinski in A Quiet Place

Part heartfelt Spielbergian family drama, part quirky Carpenter-esque creature feature, writer/director/star John Krasinski’s sensational shocker A Quiet Place was an instant sci-fi horror classic. A Quiet Place II may have just been delayed thanks to coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the original starring Emily Blunt and Krasinski while we wait. Regarded as one of the best horror movies in recent times, it became a smash hit when first released. In a post-apocalyptic very near future, blind insectoid monsters with super-sensitive hearing have wiped out most of humanity. A family has to survive along with a few survivors, whispering and using sign language to communicate as creatures chase them down solely on the noises they make. Expect tense situations, and a few heart-stopping moments in this must-see movie.

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It (2017)

Jackson Robert Scott and Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)
Jackson Robert Scott and Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)

The Goonies meets Stand by Me in Andy Muschietti’s creepy, crafty coming-of-age horror movie, “a gripping and glowing Stephen King adaptation”. Based on the book of the same name, the movie slightly changes its approach. Kids begin to vanish in small-town Derry prompting a group of outcast schoolchildren to tackle their own fears as an evil stalks them down. Don’t expect a comfortable end (IT Chapter Two was released last year and picked up the story 30 years on). Featuring Stranger Things’s Finn Wolfhard, this is a slower-paced horror that focuses more on your own fears than gore. Great set-up, perhaps not as great pay-off, but definitely one of the best King movie adaptations for the big screen. If you weren’t scared of clowns before, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise will definitely change your mind. Get ready to hear those nerves snapping! 

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

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)

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. Based on the YA trilogy by Jenny Han, it became one of Netflix’s most successful original films in 2018. Watch out for a break-out performance from mini Mark Ruffalo, Noah Centineo (as Peter Kavinsky). Once you’ve watched this, the long-awaited sequel PS I Love You is waiting for your attention, and there’s a third and final instalment on the way.

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Marriage Story (2019)

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On the face of it, Marriage Story shouldn’t be as an enjoyable watch as it is, given it’s about a relationship falling apart and all the emotions that come with that. The couple decides to get divorced in this award-winning masterpiece from writer/director Noah Baumbach. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver put in some of the best performances of their career, which really deserved more award attention than they got. 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…

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Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)
Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)
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Named after a Mariah Carey song, this Netflix romcom deserves a watch just for its dynamite soundtrack alone, featuring as it does D’Angelo, David Bowie and Lizzo, among others. The film centres on two estranged childhood friends (played by Randall Park and Ali Wong, who also wrote the movie), who reunite 16 years after they lost their virginity to one another. Watch out for a brilliant and shocking cameo from none other than John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves.

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Ex_Machina (2014)

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In the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later…), computer programmer Domhnall Gleeson goes through the looking-glass when he wins a competition to spend a week residing with the reclusive creator of the world’s top search engine (Oscar Isaac). Gleeson’s purpose once there is to perform a variation of the Turing test on an advanced AI (a strikingly sensitive Alicia Vikander) to determine whether it has consciousness. Things don’t go to plan…

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My Neighbour Totoro – and more Ghibli films

A scene from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro
A scene from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro

If you’re stuck at home and looking for something to watch with the kids, then Netflix’s range of Studio Ghibli movies are just the ticket. Arguably more pleasing to adults than some of the Disney offerings (yes, it’s possible sometimes), there are some many great stories to pick from. My Neighbour Totoro follows two girls and spirits in the forest near their home. If you’re looking for your next Studio Ghibli film there’s Spirited Away, which is probably more well known, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Only Yesterday.

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The Revenant (2015)

An astonishing piece of film-making from director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Leonardo Di Caprio finally won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as a frontiersman leading a hunting party through the wilderness in the 1800s. There’s a horrific bear attack in this no-holds barred weather-beaten look at what life was like at the time. It can be quite bleak and grim at times, but it’s undeniably a classic. Tom Hardy fans might want to take a look, too.

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Uncut Gems (2020)

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems (Netflix)
Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems (Netflix)

We should probably start by warning you you’re in for a tense and stressful two hours if you choose to watch Uncut Gems in one sitting. The Safdie brothers’ film takes funnyman Adam Sandler and turns him into a New York City jeweller risking everything to banish his debts and escape the collectors after him. Sandler is unrecognisable, but that’s a good thing. We’d go as far as to say he was robbed this award season. 

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Trainwreck (2015)

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in 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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The Post (2017)

In the mood for something a little more challenging? Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in this brisk, decent telling of the leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers in 1971, the nickname for a secret US Department of Defense report covering United States-Vietnam relations from 1945-1967. Steven Spielberg’s latest slice of liberal history was made in admitted haste to meet awards-season deadlines and retrospectively hymns good old-fashioned print journalism from the perspective of the compromised “fake news” age.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Seventy-five years after her first comic-book appearance, Wonder Woman is finally the star of her own feature and it doesn’t disappoint. Gal Gadot reprises her role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Patty Jenkins (Monster) directs an origin story that sees the warrior princess drawn into the First World War after rescuing Chris Pine’s crash-landed pilot. DC may not have quite fared as well at the cinemas as Marvel, but Wonder Woman marked a change in fortune and tone for the comic book giant. Mixing drama with comedy, a strong female lead in Gadot and tangible chemistry with Pine’s Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman is an easy family watch. 

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Jaws (1975)

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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. You’ll never see a shark without hearing that dread-filled theme tune in your head again…

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El Camino: a Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

Aaron Paul in El Camino: a Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Aaron Paul in El Camino: a Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

Can a movie ever live up to the hype of one of the greatest TV shows of all time? Aaron Paul leads this satisfying spin-off film from beloved crime series Breaking Bad, as we finally find out what happened to Walter White’s partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman after his escape from captivity in the series finale. And you might just recognise some of the old faces that crop up…

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

A free black man living in pre-Civil War New York is abducted and sold into slavery. He spends the next 12 years struggling to survive and maintain his dignity in the face of brutal treatment, while clinging to a desperate hope that he can return to his family. This Oscar-winning historical drama based on Solomon Northup’s autobiographical book, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, is not an easy watch, but gets five stars from us.

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Roma (2018)

Roma (Netflix)
Roma (Netflix)

Winner of three Oscars, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film about a maid working for an upper-middle class family in Mexico City in the 1970s is visually stunning, deeply moving and well worth your time. The director, known for Gravity and Children of Men, brings this beautiful story to life as we follow housekeeper Cleo as she, and her family, face societal and political issues. Largely touted as one of the best films of 2018 – and applauded by critics globally – it won two Golden Globes, for best director and best foreign language film.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)
Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)

This was meant to be six individual episodes for a Netflix TV series, but when you get movie legends the Coen brothers you kinda have to see where they take you. The result is this, an elegant anthology of frontier tales that affectionately celebrates the Western in inimitable style. Although the opening comic yarn starring Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana) as a singing prairie hero in a white Stetson gives the film its potentially misleading title, it’s hardly typical of what follows, but then again nothing is…

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The Two Popes (2019)

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes (Netflix)
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes (Netflix)

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 nominated for two Oscars.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

Cult TV show The Avengers meets Bond as Colin Firth stars as Harry Hart, a John Steed-like agent in the Kingsman organisation, whose operatives are codenamed after Round Table knights. Hart recruits a dead colleague’s tearaway teenage son (Taron Egerton) and puts him through his secret-service paces…

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Groundhog Day (1993)

Director Harold Ramis joins forces once more with his fellow Ghostbuster Bill Murray to deliver one of the best comedies from the 1990s. Murray plays an obnoxious TV weatherman reporting on a small town’s annual festival who finds himself trapped in a day he will remember for the rest of his life because, unless he can find some answers, it will be the rest of his life.

So good, you’ll want to watch it again. And again. And again (sorry).

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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility
Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility

Avoiding the chocolate-box visuals that cheapen so many British costume dramas, director Ang Lee brings a refreshing period realism to Jane Austen’s tale of two sisters that allows Emma Thompson’s respectful Oscar-winning script to flourish. The mouthwatering line-up features Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.

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Superbad (2007)

Fan of American Pie? Superbad stands out from the standard teen-movie crowd with its slacker dialogue, universally funny performances and an unexpected sweetness in the friendship between the sex-crazed Seth (Jonah Hill) and the slightly more diffident Eric (Michael Cena). For those with a high tolerance for exuberant crudity, belly laughs are guaranteed…

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The 13th (2016)

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The 13th (Netflix)

The title of this potent film refers to the 13th Amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” “Punishment for crime” is the key qualifier here, as Ava DuVernay’s documentary explores the injustices at the heart of America’s penal system. 13th secured Netflix its first BAFTA.

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American Psycho (2000)

In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’s novel American Psycho shocked those that read it. Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman’s cool attitude to his day job and night-time pursuits left people shaken up. The murderous character was brought to life in 2000 in the film of the same name. Co-scripted by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner, the film is perhaps a less shocking take on the tale, but no less gripping. Christian Bale goes all out to flesh out killer Bateman, capturing that crazy-eyed sociopath perfectly. Those eggshell business cards, though…

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and based on a true story, Dallas Buyers Club is a rare drama that shows HIV-positive characters as heroes rather than victims or martyrs. Matthew McConaughey’s painful transformation into AIDS sufferer and illegal meds dealer Ron Woodruff won him the best actor Oscar in 2014. Jared Leto’s performance is arguably even more tortuously engrossing, and bagged him the best supporting Academy Award.

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The Theory of Everything (2015)

Biopic of Stephen Hawking (played by an Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne), exploring the renowned astrophysicist’s romance with future wife Jane during their time at university in the 1960s and his initial diagnosis with motor neurone disease, which doctors believed would lead to his death within two years. Undaunted by deteriorating health, he continued his groundbreaking research into the origins of the universe.

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Spotlight (2015)

This extraordinary story from writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) – which centres on a group of journalists in Boston investigating children being molested within the Catholic church – is brought vividly to life in a riveting, serious-minded drama that sticks mindfully to the facts.

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Fighting with My Family (2019)

Florence Pugh in Fighting with My Family
Florence Pugh in Fighting with My Family

This feel-good charmer following the true journey of superstar wrestler Paige (Florence Pugh) from her humble beginnings in Norwich to becoming the youngest ever Divas Champion is an unqualified smackdown success. Written/directed by Stephen Merchant and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, it’s an unapologetic soap opera in spandex…

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This multi-Oscar-winning classic, adapted from Thomas Harris’s bestseller, was responsible for giving cinematic serial killers a better image, thanks to Anthony Hopkins’s enthralling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. So what if Lecter was an incarcerated cannibal? Jodie Foster plays fledgeling FBI agent Clarice Starling, who is drawn into a disturbingly close relationship with Lecter as she hunts for serial killer “Buffalo Bill”. Best washed down with a nice chianti…

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Ghost (1990)

Patrick Swayze plays a murdered banker trying to warn girlfriend Demi Moore she’s in mortal danger via psychic Whoopi Goldberg. The special effects are a real treat, the love-beyond-the-grave theme is very touching and the ending is a wonderful piece of schmaltz (and you won’t be able to watch The Great Pottery Throw Down in quite the same way again).

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The Great Hack (2019)

David Carroll (Associate Professor Parsons School of Design), The Great Hack (Netflix)
David Carroll (Associate Professor Parsons School of Design), The Great Hack (Netflix)

Data is now the world’s most valuable commodity. In this terrifying documentary, New York design school professor David Carroll is a man on a quest to acquire his own data. His journey takes him to London and Cambridge Analytica – the consultancy closed down in 2018 after a scandal involving unsuspecting Facebook users having their data harvested and then used for political gain. Think twice about clicking away your personal details…

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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Idris Elba is best known for star-making turns as a drug dealer in US TV series The Wire and as troubled cop John Luther in the acclaimed BBC drama, but this role is altogether more sinister. He plays a commander of child soldiers in West Africa for this extraordinary Netflix film from the director of the first season of HBO’s True Detective. Based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the movie brings to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

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Prisoners (2013)

Hugh Jackman isn’t playing Mr Nice Guy any more, but then he is pushed to the limit in this deeply haunting thriller. He stars as the father of a kidnapped daughter, while Jake Gyllenhaal is the cop who, in his eyes, fails to put away the chief suspect: a young man with learning difficulties, played by Paul Dano. Jackman takes it upon himself to do his own questioning, and his tactics are heavy-handed to say the least…

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The Maze Runner (2014)

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The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies in this fast-paced and enjoyably moody teen thriller adapted from the bestselling novel by James Dashner. A teen arrives in an isolated community of youngsters, with no memory of who he is or the outside world…

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The Terminator (1984)

Go right back to where it all started, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first outing as the violent cyborg who is time-warped from the future to alter the nuclear war-torn course of history (he’ll be back later, of course). Linda Hamilton shines as the bewildered waitress who will unwittingly become the saviour of the human race. Unmissable action flick from the master James Cameron.

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Cargo (2017)

Martin Freeman in Cargo
Martin Freeman in Cargo

Anxious new parents be warned: Netflix’s thriller Cargo will probably stay with you longer than you would like. Martin Freeman stars as a father who must safeguard his young daughter’s passage after her mother becomes flesh-hungry in zombie-ravaged outback Australia. Watching it is akin to watching a clip of a toddler ambling towards the edge of a flight of stairs, on a loop…

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Boyhood (2014)

As uplifting as it is universal, this is Richard Linklater’s drama filmed over the course of 12 years, starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Tracking Coltrane up to the age of 18, the film is told not through traditional births, marriages and deaths but the moments in between, casually punctuated by cultural milestones like midnight Harry Potter book launches, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the wave of optimism that swept Obama to his historic first presidential term.

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I Am Mother (2019)

Hilary Swank in I Am Mother (Netflix)
Hilary Swank in I Am Mother (Netflix)

The majority of this dark, twisty sci-fi thriller takes place in a high-tech bunker (so you’ll feel right at home if you’re spending a lot of time indoors at the moment). Inside, an artificially intelligent robot named Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) is raising a young woman known as Daughter (Clara Rugaard). The rest of mankind is extinct, and Mother insists that nothing can survive on the outside. However, everything changes when a mystery woman (Hilary Swank) bangs on the door…

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Reservoir Dogs (1991)

The film that first introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino remains as electrifying as it did upon release in 1992. Starring many famous faces who would go on to become Tarantino regulars – including Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel, as well as Steve Buscemi in sparkling form – this 99-minute movie is fully deserving of its stellar reputation.

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Dunkirk (2017)

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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. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles, proving there’s more to the former One Direction singer than his vocals. What really makes Dunkirk stand out is it’s all immersive approach taking you from quiet moments to sweeping set pieces back to intense emotional interactions.

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Darkest Hour (2017)

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (Netflix)

A near-perfect companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Joe Wright’s account of the lead-up to the 1940 evacuation not only fills in some of the political background of that now infamous wartime debacle but also reclaims Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman) from the dusty pages of history books.

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West Side Story (1961)

Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming makeover has much to live up to. Winner of a whopping ten Oscars, this is the electrifying and moving version of the magnificent Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Two teenagers from rival New York street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fall in love – but it causes already simmering tensions to explode.

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Annihilation (2018)

Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotnyin Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Controversial and divisive, Annihilation had a rocky start in life. After struggling to find a distributor, Netflix picked up the international rights to Ex_Machina director Alex Garland’s film. The sci-fi/horror film is based on book series The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer and follows a group of scientists as they head into Area X, a quarantined area of the planet, where a lot of weird things have started happening. They have no idea what they’ll find, and they’re not all being honest as to why they’re going. Natalie Portman stars and puts in a convincing performance when everything around her is, well, beyond comprehension. 

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Mistress America (2015)

A New York college student with literary ambitions finds ample material when she befriends a scatterbrained socialite in this quirky frolic co-written – like Frances Ha before it – by director Noah Baumbach and leading lady Greta Gerwig. Both hilarious and poignant, this is a richly rewarding treat from a film-maker and his muse at the top of their game.

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Limitless (2011)

Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish star in this 2011 sci-fi thriller. A failed writer acquires a supply of an experimental drug that enables his brain to process and learn information at a superhuman rate. His new-found abilities allow him to make a killing on the stock market, but he soon attracts the attention of shadowy forces who have sinister plans for him…

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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

A Netflix Original, this biographical documentary film charts the volatile life and fluctuating fortunes of jazz legend Nina Simone, featuring interviews with family and friends, diary entries and previously unseen footage. It’s a wholly satisfying portrait of a formidable talent and was unsurprisingly nominated for an Academy Award – a must for fans of the genre.

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Mean Streets (1973)

Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets
Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets

Mean Streets is classic gangster fare, and was director Martin Scorsese’s breakthrough film. Drawing on his upbringing in New York’s Little Italy, the semi-autobiographical story concerns two friends – Charlie (Harvey Keitel), the older of the two and a debt-collector for the Mob, and tearaway hoodlum Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), who’s in hock to loan sharks and a drain on Charlie’s patience and reputation.

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Lost in Translation (2003)

A lonely and past-his-prime American actor travels to Japan to film a commercial. During a depressing night in the hotel bar, he meets a spirited younger woman and the pair strike up a close friendship, exploring Tokyo and helping each other face the mundanities of everyday life. Sofia Coppola expertly shapes her comedy drama starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisito to ensure the actors are at the forefront of this melancholy and moving story.

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