Check out the 45 Best Movies Currently Available on Netflix.
This list is regularly updated as movies come and go on Netflix. *New additions are marked with an asterisk.
Netflix offers a vast selection of films from around the world, making it challenging to decide what to watch. But worry not, as we’ve curated a list of the essential 30 titles, including action films, comedies, horror flicks, and family-friendly options.
This selection features a mix of Netflix Originals and licensed films, all of which are available to subscribers. We will update the list regularly as movies are added or removed from the Netflix catalog. Let’s start with our pick of the week.
Editor’s Pick of the Week:
Title: The Ring
Runtime: 1h 55m
Director: Gore Verbinski
During the early 2000s, Hollywood had a fascination with remaking Asian horror films with English-speaking casts, but most of them fell short. However, “The Ring” stands out as a notable exception. Directed by Gore Verbinski, this riveting adaptation of the incredible 1998 film “Ringu” stars Naomi Watts. It revolves around a cursed videotape that claims the lives of viewers after seven days.
DRAMA MOVIE RECOMMENDATION:
Title: Call Me by Your Name
Runtime: 2h 6m
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Considered one of the finest films of the 2010s, “Call Me by Your Name” explores the journey of self-discovery and sexuality of a young boy portrayed by Timothée Chalamet. He is captivated by the charms of an older man, played by Armie Hammer. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, this delicate and moving drama captures the authenticity of the human experience, complemented by exceptional performances, including the remarkable Michael Stuhlbarg.
Title: If Beale Street Could Talk
Runtime: 1h 59m
Director: Barry Jenkins
Following his Best Picture-winning film, director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, this lyrical and poignant adaptation features a stellar cast, including KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Brian Tyree Henry, Colman Domingo, and the Oscar-winning Regina King. The story follows a young couple’s struggle when the man is unjustly accused of a crime. Immerse yourself in this masterful drama by one of America’s finest filmmakers.
Title: The Power of the Dog
Runtime: 2h 6m
Director: Jane Campion
“The Power of the Dog” is a critically acclaimed film directed by Jane Campion that earned her an Oscar for directing. Adapted from Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name, the movie delves into the story of a ruthless landowner (Benedict Cumberbatch) who torments his brother’s new wife (Kirsten Dunst), portrayed brilliantly by Jesse Plemons. Blending elements of drama and thriller, this beautifully crafted period piece explores themes of toxic masculinity and manipulation, captivating audiences with its compelling narrative. Regarded as not only one of the finest Netflix Original films but also one of the standout movies of the 2020s so far, “The Power of the Dog” is a must-watch.
Runtime: 2h 27m
Director: Steven Soderbergh
“Traffic,” directed by Steven Soderbergh, is an epic examination of the illicit drug trade at the turn of the century. This masterfully crafted film earned Soderbergh and Benicio del Toro well-deserved Oscars. It intertwines the stories of users, politicians, traffickers, and law enforcement, providing a comprehensive portrayal of the entire drug structure in North America. While some aspects may feel slightly dated, the sheer force of Soderbergh’s filmmaking ensures its timeless impact.
Title: To Leslie
Runtime: 1h 59m
Director: Michael Morris
“To Leslie” tells the story of Leslie, portrayed phenomenally by Andrea Riseborough, as she grapples with alcoholism and embarks on a journey to rediscover herself in her hometown. Although the film’s structure may follow familiar patterns, it showcases Riseborough’s remarkable talent, supported by an excellent cast including Marc Maron, Owen Teague, and Allison Janney, who deliver captivating performances. Surprisingly earning an Oscar nomination, “To Leslie” is a stunning and emotional cinematic experience.
ACTION MOVIE RECOMMENDATION:
Title: American Legend
Runtime: 2h 36m
Director: Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott helms this epic crime saga, featuring a dynamic collaboration between two of the most captivating actors of their time, in their first major project together (no offense to Virtuosity fans). Denzel Washington portrays a loose interpretation of the legendary criminal Frank Lucas, who revolutionized the drug trade. Russell Crowe embodies the relentless detective determined to bring him to justice. While both actors deliver standout performances, the film shines as an ensemble piece, boasting exceptional work from a diverse cast of talented character actors.
Runtime: 1h 50m
Director: Joe Wright
Saoirse Ronan takes the lead as Hanna, a young woman raised far off the grid by her ex-CIA father, portrayed by Eric Bana. Her upbringing has equipped her with extraordinary survival skills, both in the wilderness and against potential pursuers. When Cate Blanchett’s character becomes determined to find them, Joe Wright’s film erupts into an unforgettable display of action and intensity. This gripping movie went on to inspire the Prime Video series of the same name.
Runtime: 2h 50m
Director: Michael Mann
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino unite in this ’90s masterpiece, delivering a mesmerizing cat-and-mouse narrative between a seasoned criminal and an obsessive detective. The release of Heat 2 in 2022 rekindled interest in this remarkable film, which has stood the test of time over nearly three decades. Michael Mann’s direction and the superb performances make it an undeniable cinematic achievement.
Title: Inside Man
Runtime: 2h 8m
Director: Spike Lee
Spike Lee, known for his thought-provoking works like Do the Right Thing and Da 5 Bloods, demonstrates his versatility with this outstanding action film from 2006. Denzel Washington, a frequent collaborator with Lee, portrays an NYPD hostage negotiator called in when a bank heist unfolds on Wall Street. Tight and gripping, this underrated movie showcases Spike Lee’s ability to excel in any genre he chooses. It’s a true gem that keeps you engaged from start to finish.
Title: The Raid 2
Runtime: 2h 30m
Director: Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans, the mastermind behind the breakout hit The Raid, surpasses all expectations with its mind-blowing sequel. Writing, editing, and directing, Evans amplifies everything that made the first film great—jaw-dropping action choreography, relentless intensity, and physics-defying stunts. The Raid 2 stands as one of the finest action movies of the past decade, providing an exhilarating thrill ride that never lets up.
Title: Road House (1989)
Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes
Director: Rowdy Herrington
As production begins on a remake of this beloved cult classic, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, why not revisit the original? Patrick Swayze shines as the bouncer of an average Missouri bar, who finds himself immersed in a violent world after crossing paths with a dangerous adversary. With the stellar performances of Sam Elliott and Kelly Lynch, this movie perfectly encapsulates the many charms of Mr. Swayze.
Title: Rocky (1976)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
Director: John Avildsen
The film that started it all is now on Netflix, offering you the chance to catch up before the release of Creed III in a few months. Journey back almost five decades and witness the beginning of the Rocky Balboa saga. This film took the world by storm, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning Best Picture, and catapulting Sylvester Stallone to stardom.
Title: RRR (2022)
Duration: 3 hours 5 minutes
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
In 2022, this extraordinary action flick captivated audiences worldwide, and its popularity soared even higher when it arrived on Netflix. Describing the sheer magnitude of RRR is challenging—it encompasses elements of music, romance, comedy, action, and drama. Whatever you seek in a movie, you’ll find it here. It’s a film worth watching not once, but twice.
Title: Starship Troopers (1997)
Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes
Director: Paul Verhoeven
The bugs! Only the director of Robocop could have crafted this unforgettable sci-fi/action masterpiece about gigantic bugs from outer space. On the surface, it’s a wildly entertaining action film depicting young soldiers’ struggle against an unimaginable force. However, upon deeper examination, you’ll uncover thought-provoking satirical layers about the military complex and even fascism. However you choose to enjoy it, savor the experience while you can.
Title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes
Director: James Cameron
Any list of the greatest sequels that excludes Terminator 2: Judgment Day is unequivocally mistaken. James Cameron expanded upon the ideas of his groundbreaking 1984 sci-fi film, delivering an action masterpiece that reversed roles and left an indelible mark on movie history. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, the woman who knows her son holds the key to the future. While she delivers a remarkable performance, the movie truly belongs to Ah-nuld and, more so, Cameron, who showcases his exceptional skills as an action director in unforgettable ways.
Title: The Woman King (2022)
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
In this retelling of the all-female warriors of the 19th-century Kingdom of Dahomey, the incomparable Viola Davis takes the lead as General Nansica. She trains young women to follow in her footsteps and leads an ensemble cast of future stars, including Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and Sheila Atim. Prepare to become acquainted with these remarkable talents.
COMEDY MOVIE RECOMMENDATION:
Title: Animal House (1978)
Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes
Director: John Landis
Animal House, a classic comedy and one of the most influential films of all time, perfectly captures the infectious energy and camaraderie of its cast. Despite its modest budget and a cast of mostly unknown actors at the time, this movie brought together a group of friends determined to create something hilarious, and they succeeded in making cinematic history.
Title: Glass Onion (2022)
Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes
Director: Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson, the brilliant writer/director behind Knives Out, returned to the screen with Glass Onion, a sequel exclusively available on Netflix. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the laid-back detective, Benoit Blanc, who finds himself on an island owned by a billionaire in this comedy/mystery. Once again, Johnson assembles a star-studded cast including Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Ed Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and more. Glass Onion is a clever, funny, and thoroughly entertaining film.
Title: Groundhog Day (1993)
Duration: 1 hour 41 minutes
Director: Harold Ramis
Bill Murray delivers one of his finest performances in Groundhog Day, a tale of Phil Connors, an ordinary weatherman trapped in a time loop on the eponymous holiday. While consistently providing laugh-out-loud moments, this film also delves into profound philosophical themes of personal growth and self-improvement. Groundhog Day remains one of the greatest comedies of the ’90s and continues to captivate audiences even after three decades.
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Title: Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Magic Mike XXL, the second installment in what is now a trilogy leading up to Magic Mike’s Last Dance in 2023, was a resounding success when it hit theaters. Despite its subject matter, this film is often overlooked for its intelligence and its insightful portrayal of the gig economy and striving for success in any field. Channing Tatum delivers another outstanding performance, solidifying his status as a true movie star.
Title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes
Directors: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
During a break between the third and fourth seasons of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the immensely talented comedic group embarked on a journey to create a film that would become a timeless comedy. Drawing inspiration from the King Arthur legend, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a rare gem that continues to make audiences laugh even after many years. This film elevated the Monty Python team to new heights of fame, securing their place in the annals of movie history.
HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION:
Title: The Birds
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Often dismissed as a lesser work by Hitchcock, “The Birds” remains a significant film in its own right. While it may not reach the same heights as some of his other masterpieces, it is a terrifying exploration of filmmaking precision. The story follows a series of violent bird attacks in California, instilling a sense of genuine fear. Tippi Hedren delivers a remarkable performance that adds to the film’s impact.
Title: Gerald’s Game
Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
Director: Mike Flanagan
Before captivating audiences with “The Haunting of Hill House,” Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed one of the finest horror films in the Netflix Original collection. “Gerald’s Game” is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel from 1992. Carla Gugino delivers a phenomenal portrayal of a woman who finds herself handcuffed to a bed by her toxic husband, only for him to suffer a heart attack. As she confronts the challenge of survival, she is forced to confront the trauma of her past.
Title: Dawn of the Dead
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Director: Zack Snyder
Long before the concept of “The Snyder Cut” took hold, Zack Snyder directed this remake of George A. Romero’s timeless horror masterpiece. “Dawn of the Dead” stands on its own, differing in tone from its predecessor. Snyder’s exceptional direction blends horror and action seamlessly, while the stellar cast featuring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, and Jake Weber contributes to its success.
Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Considered one of the most significant movies of all time, “Psycho” has stood the test of time, surpassing many films from its era. Its influence reverberates through countless thrillers and horror movies, forever altering the cinematic landscape. This groundbreaking Hitchcock classic reshaped the moviegoing experience, captivating audiences from start to finish. Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins deliver fantastic performances, but it is Hitchcock’s directorial prowess that truly shaped film history.
FOR KIDS & FAMILY MOVIE RECOMMENDATION:
Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Release Year: 2010
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
The trilogy based on Cressida Cowell’s book series stands out as one of the finest trilogies of the 2010s. The adventure begins with this DreamWorks film, where a boy (Jay Baruchel) forms a friendship with a dragon named Toothless, defying the fear his people hold for these winged creatures. This enchanting journey teaches us the timeless lesson of not judging others by appearances. It is a captivating film that blends heart and spirit flawlessly.
Release Year: 1996
Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes
Director: Danny DeVito
The Netflix library now features the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, but they have also included the clever and hilarious 1990s version of this story about an exceptionally gifted child. Mara Wilson portrays the titular character, while real-life couple Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito portray her parents. DeVito, known for his television work, not only stars in the film but also directs it. Although it didn’t find great success in theaters, it gained a dedicated following on VHS and DVD.
Title: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Release Year: 2022
Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes
Director: Guillermo del Toro
The visionary and Oscar-winning director ventured into stop-motion animation with this instant classic. It presents a reimagining of the beloved fairy tale of the wooden boy who yearned to become real. With extraordinary voice performances, del Toro sets the story against the backdrop of the period preceding World War II, allowing him to explore his recurring themes of innocence and violence. This deeply personal and visually stunning film is a true masterpiece.
Title: Wendell & Wild
Release Year: 2022
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes
Director: Henry Selick
This year, the director behind A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline made his long-awaited return with this twisted and clever tale, co-written by Oscar winner Jordan Peele. Peele also stars as one of the title characters, who are literal demons haunting a girl burdened with guilt over her parents’ demise. Selick’s mastery of stop-motion animation shines in this project, allowing him to showcase his visual brilliance in new and unsettling ways. It has quickly become a Halloween favorite, although it can be enjoyed at any time!