Netflix has been a trusty source of entertainment throughout lockdown. From action, crime, thrillers, comedies and weeping dramas, Netflix is packed full of content to keep you entertained on a sunny, rainy as well as winter days. Trying to find the best movie to watch on Netflix can be a daunting challenge. We have all been there. You have decided you are going to watch something. You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared down list of films you have already bookmarked to watch at a future date. But then there’s the choosing. You have going to find something that fits your mood, or something you and your friend/significant other/couch companion can agree on. You spend hours browsing, and by the time you stumble on something you think maybe is the one, it is too late, you are too tired, and indecision has won out.
Never fear, though, because we here at HDMoviePlus.iN have a guide to help you find the perfect Netflix movies available. We have assembled a list of some of the best films currently available for streaming, from classics to hidden gems to new releases and beyond.
With so much to choose from, we have compiled a list of some of the best flicks Netflix has to offer so hopefully you wont spend half of your evening deciding what to watch. This list of the best movies on Netflix is updated regularly with all-new choices, so be sure to return the next time you are looking for something great to watch.
The Old Guard (2020)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts
This Netflix original super-hero thriller star Charlize Theron as Andy (An Oscar-winning actress), An immortal woman lead a team of immortal soldiers. What an exciting story! The script is balanced written between action and drama. Casts are great and they acted excellent. However, when the team’s regenerative powers are exposed during an emergency mission, it is up to her and former US Marine Nile (KiKi Layne) to fight off those seeking to exploit their inability to die.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller
This movie has everything a fantasy movie should have, romance, clever witticisms, great acting and a fair dose of magic. Based on Neil Gaiman’s novella of the same name, Stardust is a whimsical, magical adventure through a magical land where stars crash to earth in human form, space pirates navigate the air, and the ghosts of the monarchy are entertained by fratricide. Long before he was Daredevil Charlie Cox charmed as Tristan Thorn, a young man who journeys to a magical land to capture a fallen star (Claire Danes) and finds adventure and romance lying beyond the wall he was told to never cross. Stardust is playful and fun to boot, with a vibrant performance from Michelle Pfieffer as a badass witch on the quest for immortality. All in all, Stardust has everything you want from a fantasy adventure, from wild imagination to sweeping romance to Robert De Niro as a space pirate. — Haleigh Foutch
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
While the seventh Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movie may be delayed due to COVID-19, in the meantime we can reminisce with Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, as they defy the laws of gravity as they attempt to save a mission that’s gone wrong – and prevent a nuclear disaster – in 2018 instalment Mission Impossible Fallout.
The film, which also co-stars Rebecca Ferguson and Superman actor Henry Cavill, includes Cruise’s real-life death-defying jump from one building to another in London – which saw the actor break his ankle.
Netflix recently released action movie has proved so popular that a second instalment is already in the works. From first-time feature director Sam Hargrave, with Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Antony Russo serving as executive producers (and Joe also having written the script), Extraction stars Chris Hemsworth and tells the story of black-market mercenary Tyler Rake, who is sent to Bangladesh to rescue the kidnapped son of a drug lord. It is tense, well paced, a solid star vehicle for Hemsworth and contains just the right amount of genuinely exciting action to keep most viewers firmly glued to their seats.
Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
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.
Genre: Drama / Romance
While it’s a film that’s almost certainly mocking tech lovers like us, Her is a beautiful look at a lonely man who’s rescued by a futuristic fictional smart assistant. At times a bit heavy-handed with its messaging, Her provides a solid foundation for why human connection is more intimate than machines, even if the latter can remove the awkward initial dating phase using a personalized algorithm.
A Quiet Place (2018)
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 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.
The Martian (2015)
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this sci-fi thriller. A manned mission to Mars is abruptly abandoned and one crew member (Damon) is left for dead. But he survives and discovers it will take many years to get home but he only has enough resources for one month…
At times, The Martian can be really breathless and it will leave you racing towards the end to see if our plucky hero can make it home. And director Ridley Scott brings vivid life to the drama.
Ex Machina (2014)
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…
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.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception
Here’s another mind-bending movie from Memento Christopher Nolan, but it has the capacity to make your brain hurt, so you’ll need to remove all distractions. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a talented thief uses hi-tech devices to enter other people’s dreams so he can steal their secrets. An industrialist hires him to perform a far more challenging job – to implant an idea into a corporate heir’s mind, so he will think it is his own. However, the mission is compromised by the thief’s own troubled psyche…
Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy also feature in the all-star cast.
Probably the best of Tarantino’s revisionist history-flavored movies (including Inglourious Basterds and the recent Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Django Unchained is an 1800s-set Wild West picture about Django (Jamie Foxx), a liberated slave who joins up and works with the benevolent bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Django’s goal is to save his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who’s owned by appalling plantation owner Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene-stealing, nasty performance). This has all the ingredients you want from a modern western.
Genre: Post-apocalyptic drama
Bong Joon Ho’s English-language debut is set on a train carrying mankind’s last survivors in an ice-covered world ravaged by climate change. Like the director’s Oscar-winning Parasite, Snowpiercer is about class divide, with the wealthy at the front of the train, and the poor living at the back under dreadful conditions. Curtis (Chris Evans) leads an uprising against those living at the front. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but it’s a performance from Evans that’s completely against type and really engaging as a result.
I Am Mother (2019)
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…
The Truman Show (1998)
There’s little question about it: This funny, thought-provoking genre-defying classic is perhaps Jim Carrey’s finest performance of the 1990s (sorry, Ace Ventura). However, that’s largely due to the film’s intriguing set-up: Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a seemingly everyday man who slowly learns his life is the subject of a live 24-hour reality show. And don’t worry: that’s not a major spoiler. It’s just the basic synopsis of the film, with the real surprise coming in what Carrey’s character does with the newfound knowledge.
Director: David Fincher
In the mood for an impeccably crafted drama from a master filmmaker? Look no further than Zodiac, David Fincher’s 2007 chronicle of the hunt for the Zodiac Killer in 1960s and 70s San Francisco. Jake Gyllenhaal anchors a phenomenal ensemble as a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle who grows obsessed with figuring out the identity of the serial killer, to the detriment of pretty much everything else in his life. Buoyed by terrific performances from the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Anthony Edwards as well as Fincher’s knack for details, the film is an absorbing, darkly funny, and at times terrifying watch that stands as one of Fincher’s best. – Adam Chitwood
The Irishman (2019)
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, so you’ll need plenty of popcorn).
Uncut Gems (2020)
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 no bad thing. We’d go as far as to say he was robbed this award season.
The Social Network
Genre: Biographical drama
David Fincher’s movie about the founding of Facebook is essential viewing, with a sharp script from Aaron Sorkin based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mark Zuckerberg, and we see the social media network’s journey from an eyebrow-raising college project into the money-making, opinion-spitting beast it is now, and the bitter battles it caused between those who claimed to have a stake in it.
The only question, then, is when are we getting a sequel that covers everything that’s happened since then? The Social Network may be Fincher’s best film.
Few horror movies in recent times have petrified audiences quite as much as Ari Aster’s feature debut, which boasts an exceptional turn from Toni Collette in the lead role and some of the most memorable – and terrifying scenes – of all time.
The film is at once an exploration of grief, a discussion of the legacy of family and just a good old-fashioned horror movie, with a masterful command of mood and atmosphere. It draws on classics of the genre including Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Shining – and just a year later Aster would prove that he was by no means a one-hit wonder, writing and directing an arguably even greater horror movie in Midsommar.
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.
Darkest Hour (2017)
Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
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 to perfection by Gary Oldman) from the dusty pages of history books.
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Can a man and a woman ever be just friends? That is the age-old question at the heart of this much-loved 80s romantic comedy. And even if you’ve never watched, you’ll surely be familiar with Meg Ryan’s star turn in the diner, a scene that that has been spoofed a thousand times over. Billy Crystal was the perfect choice to star opposite Ryan, while Rob Reiner directs Nora Ephron’s Oscar-nominated screenplay. Guaranteed to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside…
Schindler’s List (1993)
Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Schindler’s List established Steven Spielberg as not just one of the greatest action and sci-fi directors of his generation, but as one of the greatest directors, full stop. When World War II starts, businessman Oskar Schindler heads to Krakow, Poland, fully prepared to earn a fortune during the war. He’s joined the Nazi party primarily for the pragmatic, political gains and staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similar reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, however, Schindler uses his political clout to protect the workers in his factory. He soon realizes that he isn’t simply keeping his business running seamlessly; he’s saving scores of innocent lives and, at great risk to himself, ramps up his “list-making” of Jews whose services he requires.
Legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou followed up his misbegotten The Great Wall with 2018’s Shadow, a beautiful return to form. The film begins when Commander Ziyu (Deng Chao) is defeated in a duel with enemy commander Yang Cang (Hu Jun), losing an important city in the process. This infuriates Ziyu’s king, who demotes Ziyu to commoner status and tries desperately to reclaim the city. Unbeknownst to the king, the actual Ziyu is on the verge of death after the duel, replaced by a body double who must now train to beat Yang Cang. Shadow is a historical epic of grand scope, heavy on intrigue and stylish combat sequences accented by a stark color palette.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Some directors work within one genre their whole careers; Quentin Tarantino is seemingly on a quest to try all of them. The 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, his take on old-school war movies, follows two separate plots to assassinate Hitler that intersect with bloody results. The eponymous Basterds are a group of Jewish-American commandos led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who wage a guerrilla war in Nazi-occupied France, eventually teaming up with British intelligence to plan an attack on Hitler himself. Meanwhile, a Jewish theater owner named Shoshanna (Mélanie Laurent) whose family was murdered by Nazis gets a shot at revenge when the Germans decide to hold a showing of a new propaganda film in her theater, with all the Nazi high command in attendance. Violent and hilarious in equal turns, with sharp dialogue that ranks among Tarantino’s best, Inglourious Basterds is a superb war movie.
The Incredibles 2
Genre: Animated Action
While there’s no shortage of endearing animated films on Netflix (see: Coco, Moana, Spider-Man, etc…) The Incredibles does something none of the others do by building a successful sequel on a fondly remembered original film. The second Incredibles film might not hit the same star status that the original hits, but following the family through their new life as re-instated heroes is as adorable this time around as it was before thanks to Mr. Incredible’s role as a stay-at-home dad. If you need something for the kids and don’t want to sit through the same movie again, The Incredibles 2 shakes things up while building upon the 10-year-old franchise.
Back to the Future (1985)
You can take the family on a trip through time — in more ways than one, incidentally. Back to the Future is one of the most beloved sci-fi films of all-time and stands as an enduring pillar of filmmaking. Released in 1985, Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning adventure has had a significant influence on film over the past 35 years; the kids might even recognize how important it is. When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is accidentally sent back in time by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he causes an alteration of history. Suddenly, he must ensure his parents fall in love as they did before — otherwise, he will cease to exist. Speaking of which, Back to the Future will cease to exist on Netflix at the end of July.