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We get it, there are a lot of good movies on Netflix; so much so that deciding on just one is no easy task and we end up spending an hour going through our queues and every random genre in the streaming giant’s massive library. To make the most out of our streaming, maximize our movie-watching time and prevent ourselves from getting caught in the infinite abyss, we’ve put together a list of the best movies on Netflix, with a little something for everyone.
But, you may want to get on these movies sooner rather than later, before they end up on the list of titles leaving Netflix. Let’s take a look at some of the best movies to watch for anyone with a Netflix subscription as of February 2024. Remember to check back later in the month as there is always something new on Netflix worth checking out.
Society Of The Snow (2023)
A Best International Feature Film nominee at the 2024 Academy Awards, Society of the Snow recounts the Uruguayan 1972 Andes flight disaster that saw a group of young survivors band together to live long enough to be rescued from the perilous situation. J. A. Bayona, the filmmaker behind the emotional survival drama, The Impossible, directs this Netflix original.
George C. Wolfe’s Academy Award-nominated biographical drama, Rustin, takes a deep dive into how Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo) helped build the foundation for what would become one of the key moments of the 20th century: the historic 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Often considered one of the best baseball movies of all time, Moneyball tells the story of how general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) revolutionized the way the Oakland Athletics looked at building a roster as well as how the program completely changed the game as a whole.
Ti West had already established himself as one of the great modern horror directors by the time X was released in 2022, his slasher film about a pornographic film crew being attacked being hunted down by a pair of killers deep in the heart of Texas took him to the next level. Starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, and Brittany Snow, this franchise-starter is one hell of a good time.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
In 2003, Nancy Meyers gave us one of the best romantic comedies of all time with Something’s Gotta Give, a charming love story about an unlikely pair who attempt to make it work despite their many, many differences.
Apollo 13 (1995)
Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, which totally should have won Best Picture, brought one of NASA’s most intense episodes to the big screen in 1995 with some major starring power. After a trip to the Moon doesn’t go according to plan, a trio of astronauts led by Tom Hanks’ Jim Lovell, and a team of the nation’s top minds, work together to avoid tragedy with nothing more than spare parts and American ingenuity.
El Conde (2023)
Released in 2023, Pablo Larraín’s El Conde takes an unusual satirical approach to the life and legacy of notorious Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet by making it more of a horror movie than a political thriller. In this version of the megalomaniacal leader’s story, he is a 250-year-old vampire seeking death, which is difficult due to those around him fighting feverishly to keep him alive.
The John Wick Movies (2014 - 2019)
Though the fourth installment in the franchise isn’t available on Netflix, you can watch the first three chapters in the John Wick series right now. Throughout these three movies, Keanu Reeves’ titular assassin goes from a grieving widower avenging his new puppy to the most wanted man in the criminal underworld. With dozens of gruesome kills, some unforgettable action sequences, and beloved characters, there’s a lot to enjoy.
One of the best 2023 Netflix movies, Bradley Cooper’s Maestro sees the actor-turned-filmmaker take on one of his biggest roles yet: Leonard Bernstein. This two-hour exploration of Berstein, his music, and the relationship he shared with his wife, Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan), sheds light on the man, the myth, and the legend of the celebrated composer.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is one of the most successful and consequential movies ever made for more than a few reasons. With the dinosaur movie (as well as its first two sequels) being available on Netflix, now is the perfect time to go back to Jurassic Park and get wrapped up in the magic, danger, and adventure of this 1993-defining film.
Jackie Brown (1997)
A Quentin Tarantino movie that doesn’t get talked about as much as it should, Jackie Brown follows Pam Grier’s titular flight attendant as she gets caught between an arms dealer and the FBI. Though there’s no easy way out in this crime flick, there are some incredible supporting characters and top-notch music moments that make this a classic worth revisiting.
Training Day (2001)
When discussing the most iconic Denzel Washington movies, it doesn’t take all that long for Training Day to enter the conversation. The 2001 crime thriller follows Washington’s Detective Alonzo Harris as he shows Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) the ropes on a first day the rookie officer won’t soon forget.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
One of the biggest 2023 box office stories was The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the long-awaited video game adaptation from Illumination and Nintendo. The star-studded cast led by Chris Pratt as the iconic plumber, the callbacks to the video game world, and an unlikely hit song were some of the reasons this movie was just so much fun.
Gran Turismo (2023)
It’s true that 2023 was a banner year for video game movies, and one of the biggest contributors was Sony’s Gran Turismo adaptation. This movie, which chronicled the true story of Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe) as he went from an avid Gran Turismo player to an actual race car driver, featured an all-time underdog story and was better than it had any right being.
Meet The Parents (2000)
Though the franchise kind of lost its way over the years, the first movie in the series, Meet the Parents, still holds up nearly a quarter-century later. There are so many unforgettable scenes shared by Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro; like the “Circle of Trust,” the “Milking” conversation, and that uncomfortable interrogation.
Alfonso Cuarón’s brisk 2013 sci-fi thriller, Gravity, is one of those movies you have to watch at least once in your life. Following Sandra Bullock’s astronaut as she survives the destruction of a space shuttle in orbit and attempts to make it to safety, it’s tense, emotional, and a beautiful experience like no other.
Before the upcoming Joker: Folie à Deux premieres later in 2024, now is the perfect time to go back and revisit Todd Phillips’ groundbreaking 2019 drama. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, this intense character study dives into the broken psyche of one of DC’s most iconic characters and then some.
Leave The World Behind (2023)
One of the biggest book-to-screen adaptations of 2023, Leave the World Behind follows two families as they attempt to survive a catastrophic event and make sense of everything that is happening around them. Sam Esmail’s take on Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel of the same name brings up some big questions with major implications.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a couple of hours with the family, then Paddington is going to be the way to go. This charming, endearing, and all-around hilarious movie follows a young Paddington Bear (Ben Whishaw) as he tries to find his place in London, a scary experience that is made not so bad by the Brown family.
May December (2023)
Todd Haynes’ 2023 drama, May December, follows actress Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman) as she spends time with the couple at the center of a scandalous romance while preparing to play one of them in a movie based on their story. Over time, however, what starts as a research trip turns into something much deeper.
Lady Bird (2017)
A few years before giving the world Barbie, Greta Gerwig made her directorial debut with the 2017 coming-of-age drama, Lady Bird. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior in Sacramento, California trying to plan her next step in life. Dealing with teenage romance, a tumultuous relationship with her mom, and finding who she is and wants to be, Lady Bird is in for a confusing few months.
Uncut Gems (2019)
If you were to look up anxiety-inducing movies in the dictionary, it would say “See: Uncut Gems.” The Safdie brothers’ 2019 thriller follows New York jeweler and gambling addict Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) as he puts everything (and we mean everything) on the line to pull off an improbable yet fortune-changing bet.
Mystic River (2003)
One of the best movies set in Boston, Mystic River is an intense, thrilling, and sobering exploration of childhood trauma, broken friendships, and crime and punishment. With outstanding performances by Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon, this heartbreaking drama is something to behold.
The Farewell (2019)
The movie that helped turn Awkwafina into one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood, The Farewell follows aspiring writer Billi Wang (Awkwafina) as she travels with her family back to China after learning her grandmother hasn’t long to live. But here’s the thing: Billi’s grandmother doesn’t know why so many of her relatives are coming to see her, which creates some hilarious and emotional moments.
The Killer (2023)
The latest addition to David Fincher’s stellar filmography, The Killer follows Michael Fassbender’s titular assassin as he deals with the fallout of a hit gone wrong. With his world crashing down around him, this cold and calculated killer with a certain fondness for The Smiths and internal monologues decides to get back at those who tried to take away the one thing he cares about.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
After a gruesome killing in a Los Angeles coffee shop, three policemen, played by Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kevin Spacey, begrudgingly work together to get to the bottom of the mystery and the wide-reaching conspiracy behind it in L.A. Confidential. Add in a femme fatale played by Kim Basinger in an Oscar-winning performance and Danny DeVito’s tabloid publisher, and you have yourself the best L.A. detective movie.
The Suicide Squad (2021)
Not to be confused with David Ayer’s very similarly titled 2016 film, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad follows the titular group of villains and anti-heroes as they attempt to prevent a tyrannical dictator from unleashing a destructive force that could bring on the end of the world. With hellacious violence, a tremendous amount of heart, and a top-notch John Cena performance as Peacemaker, this movie slaps.
Boyz N The Hood (1991)
One of the best movies from a first-time director, John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood is one of the defining films of the 1990s with its brilliant coming-of-age story about a group of young men trying to survive in South Central Los Angeles. Outstanding performances by Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett add to this enriching experience, making it one of the best of all time.
The Batman (2022)
Set outside the former DCEU and the upcoming DCU, Matt Reeves’ The Batman follows Robert Pattinson’s young and brooding masked vigilante as he tries to track down the demented Riddler (Paul Dano) and stop him from murdering more of Gotham’s power players. Clocking in at three hours, this epic comic book movie feels a lot like David Fincher’s Se7en, both in tone and its various twists and turns.
Wonder Woman (2017)
After appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince was given time to shine on her own in the 2017 superhero movie, Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, this incredibly successful DCEU title follows Wonder Woman as she discovers her true powers and destiny while fighting in World War I, a global conflict that puts her up against an ancient force.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (2023)
Just when Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) thought his life couldn’t get any more out of hand, he comes in contact with the Spider-Society, a group of web-slingers from across the Multiverse. With one of the best Spider-Man villains in the mysterious Spot (Jason Schwartzman), the tyrannical Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), and a returning Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), this teenage superhero has his hands full in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Featuring what could very well be the best J.K. Simmons performance as the intimidating Terence Fletcher, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is a tour de force, to say the least. This 2014 music drama/thriller follows jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) as he pushes himself to the edge to be the best of the best, which ultimately isn’t enough for his perfectionistic and short-tempered teacher. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually grueling, this is worth another visit a decade after its release.
13 Going On 30 (2004)
After wishing to be “thirty, flirty, and thriving,” Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen) goes from being a girl in the infancy of her teenage years to a fully established adult (played by Jennifer Garner) who edits her favorite magazine. In 13 Going on 30, Jenna tries to make sense of it all while also making great changes in the lives of everyone around her, including her childhood best friend, Matty Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo). And, is it too late for a sequel?
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
P.J. Hogan’s 1997 romantic comedy, My Best Friend’s Wedding follows Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) as she does everything in her power to prevent her longtime friend, Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), from marrying his young and rich fiancée, Kimberly Wallace (Cameron Diaz).
In 2021, Denis Villeneuve released the first installment of his multi-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark sci-fi novel, Dune. The epic follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he is forced to fight for survival after his family is betrayed and attacked by House Harkonnen. On the desert planet of Arrakis, the young heir finds new purpose, and allies, as he encounters a mysterious clan of local natives known as the Fremen.
Stand By Me (1986)
If you want to go back and rewatch Stand By Me as an adult, now is the perfect time to revisit Rob Reiner’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body. This coming-of-age drama follows four friends as they embark upon a journey over the last weekend of summer to find the body of a boy who was supposedly hit by a train deep in the Oregon forest. The remains of the poor soul aren’t the only thing these childhood buddies will discover in the fading days of childhood.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)
Nominated in the Best Animated Feature category at the 2023 Academy Awards, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, not to be confused with the Disney+ exclusive that was also released in 2022, serves as a reinvention of the timeless story of a wooden puppet with dreams of becoming a real boy. This painstakingly crafted stop-motion musical was all the rage upon its release, thanks to its animation, dark story, and outstanding performances by the likes of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
In the followup to his 2019 whodunit, Rian Johnson introduces audiences to a new set of characters, an exotic location, and a multi-layered murder mystery that can only be solved by Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the first of at least two movies in the franchise exclusive to Netflix, is full of thrills, chills, and hilarity around every corner.
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Killer rabbits, an unflinching Black Knight, and other dangers aren’t enough for King Arthur (Graham Chapman) or the men in his company as they embark upon a quest to find the mythical holy grail. Released in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is certainly a comedy that will cheer you up when in a funk.
All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)
Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) and his school buddies think they are in for the adventure of a lifetime upon joining the German army at the height of World War I, but they soon find out that claims of “Paris in six weeks” are nothing more than false hopes given to new recruits. In Edward Berger’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, boys become men as they face one hellish day after another while members of the government attempt to broker a peace deal with France and its allies.
The Power Of The Dog (2021)
Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), a closed-off and abrasive rancher in 1920s Montana, becomes even more cruel when his brother, George (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Jane Campion’s Academy Award-winning drama The Power of the Dog.
Alfonso Cuarón’s 2018 black-and-white drama Roma follows the lives of domestic workers and the families whose lives they tend to set in 1970s Mexico City. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards (winning three) following its release, Roma is a touching and daunting feat in filmmaking, and helped further cement Cuarón’s place in movie history.
This is just a small portion of the best movies on Netflix, as there are literally thousands of decorated films from all corners of the earth. If you want to see all of the good movies on Netflix that are set to come out this year, check out CinemaBlend’s guide to all the 2024 Netflix originals