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The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (January 2024)

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The 50 Best Movies On Netflix Right Now (January 2024)

It’s a brand new year, which means it’s time to discover your next favorite movie. Fortunately, Netflix is prepared to offer whatever you’re in the mood for. Whether it’s romantic comedies like Set It Up, family favorites like Paddington, classic dramas like Heat, or foreign masterpieces like Burning, there’s a wide selection of amazing films available on Netflix.

Choosing can be challenging, but this guide will assist you in finding exactly what you’re seeking, whether it’s a comedy that will have you laughing until you cry (such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail) or a heart-wrenching drama that will bring tears for a different reason (prepare for a whole box of tissues with Tick, Tick…Boom!).

Rest assured, this list has been carefully curated by experienced Collider editors with decades of combined experience and a deep passion for the medium. Only the very best films have made the cut. Keep reading to discover the top movies currently available to watch on Netflix.

For even more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Netflix, best comedies on Netflix, and best dramas on Netflix.

Disclaimer: These titles are available on US Netflix.

Set It Up

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 6.5/10

Set It Up

Editor’s Choice

Release Date June 15, 2018

Director Claire Scanlon

Runtime 105 minutes

Read Our Review Anyone who knows me knows I’m a rom-com junkie — obsessed to the point of running a podcast on it, actually. So it’s no surprise that Set It Up, Netflix’s 2018 original film starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, is easily my favorite movie the streamer has on offer, even five years after its premiere. While they’ve made plenty of other rom-coms since the film was released, the story of two down-on-their-luck executive assistants who attempt to set their bosses up with each other for a little free time is easily still their best.

While it’s not the first time Powell and Deutch starred together — that award goes to Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! — and both have gone onto much bigger projects, it’s a sweet and heartwarming film that’s easy to get into, even if the comedy’s a bit cringe-worthy. It’s rare to find rom-coms made after 2005 whose leads have such immediate, entertaining, and believable chemistry and even rarer to find a cast filled with heavyweights who are just as much fun — can you believe this film also boasts the likes of Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Pete Davidson? Not to mention it’s an easy hour and forty-five minutes, perfect for watching (and rewatching, as I do) whenever you want a little fun in your life. —Maggie Boccella, News Editor

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It Follows

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDb: 6.8/10

It Follows

Release Date March 15, 2015

Director David Robert Mitchell

Cast Bailey Spry , Carollette Phillips , Loren Bass , Keir Gilchrist , Maika Monroe , Lili Sepe

Runtime 100 minutes

Read Our ReviewIn a world filled with remakes and reboots, It Follows defied the norm by finding an original way to tell a mysterious horror story. The story follows Jay (Maika Monroe), a teenager who has sex with a guy named Hugh (Jake Weary), whom she doesn’t know very well. Afterward, Hugh tells her that she’s inherited a curse that he’s now free of. Jay starts to be followed by a phantom who wishes her dead, and the only way Jay can get rid of the curse is if she sleeps with someone else, passing it along to them.

It Follows premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, where it was then a part of a limited theatrical release before moving to a nationwide release in 2015. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (Under the Silver Lake), audiences raved about the movie not just for its originality but also for their different interpretations of the meaning behind the plot. Throughout its time in theaters, the film continually received great reviews for its terrifying scares and for its deeper meaning. As of October 2023, a sequel is in the works entitled They Follow. – Emily Cappello

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Heat

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% | IMDb: 8.3/10

Heat

A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a verbal clue at their latest heist.

Release Date December 15, 1995

Director Michael Mann

Runtime 170 minutes

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Talk about an all-star cast. 1995’s Heat stars Al Pacino (The Godfather), Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Jon Voight (Deliverance), Val Kilmer (The Doors), and Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy) in a crime drama about career criminal Neil (De Niro) and LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino). Neil and his crew are used to pulling off big heists involving stealing from armored cars, banks, and vaults, but after a heist goes wrong, the LAPD and Detective Hanna start to cave in on Neil and his team. The film also dives into the personal lives of both the “good guys” and the “bad guys,” paralleling the interpersonal conflicts that they have in common.

Written and directed by Michael Mann (Collateral), the film is considered a staple within the American crime drama genre and is said to have had a heavy influence on similar films that followed it. Upon its 1995 release, the film grossed over $187 million worldwide, making it an absolute hit in theaters and solidifying it as one of the most successful films of the year. With classic action moments, great catchphrases, and terrific acting performances by its ensemble, re-watching Heat packs a major hit of nostalgia for 90’s crime dramas. – Emily Cappello

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Burning

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDb: 7.5/10

Burning

Release Date May 17, 2018

Director Chang-dong Lee

Cast Ah In Yoo , Steven Yeun , Jong-seo Jeon , Soo-Kyung Kim , Seung-ho Choi , Seong-kun Mun

Runtime 148 minutes

Genres Drama , Mystery

Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami, Burning is a South Korean-Japanese thriller written and directed by Lee Chang-dong in his first film after an eight-year hiatus. The film focuses on Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) after he runs into an old classmate named Shin Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo), who asks him to feed her cat while she’s away. Jong-su obliges, but upon Hae-mi’s return with a mysterious man named Ben (Steven Yeun), things take an odd turn. When Ben admits his illegal and dangerous hobby to Jong-su, Jong-su becomes worried for Hae-mi’s safety. It’s a story that knows how to heighten the tension little by little and, by the end, has viewers’ hearts racing.

Burning premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, where it won the International Critics’ Prize and was then released in South Korea and later in the United States. Perhaps more impressive, the film was voted as the best Korean film of all time on Korean Screen. Burning appeared on many critics’ “Top 10” lists for 2018, with critics at The A.V. Club and The Los Angeles Times rating it number one. The film also made some “Best Films of the Decade” Lists, proving the power of the writing, directing, and the three lead actors’ performances. – Emily Cappello

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Mobile Suit Gundam I

IMDb: 7.9/10

Mobile Suit Gundam I

Release Date January 1, 1981

Runtime 2 hr 17 min

In outer space, an interplanetary war is raging. This is the story of Mobile Suit Gundam I, a Japanese animated action and adventure movie based on an animated series of the same name. While the battle rages on in the Solar System, there is hope in the form of a mobile battle suit named the “Gundam,” but there’s one problem: the only person able to pilot the massive machinery is a boy named Amuro Ray (Toru Furuya). Now, Amuro must fight alongside other kids to save themselves and their families as the war rages on. The film also stars Hirotaka Suzuoki, Toshio Furukawa, Kiyonobu Suzuki, and Shôzô îzuka.

The film, directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Ryoji Fujiwara, premiered in Japan in 1981 and acted as a compilation of episodes 1-13 of the popular Animated series Mobile Suit Gundam. Later dubbed in English and released on VHS tape in the United States in 1999, both the film and its original show material were suddenly popular worldwide, finding a completely new fanbase with English-speaking audiences. – Emily Cappello

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Miss Juneteenth

Rotten Tomatoes: 99% | IMDb: 6.6/10

Miss Juneteenth

Release Date June 19, 2020

Cast Nichole Beharie , Kendrick Sampson

Runtime 1 hr 43 min

Genres Drama

Miss Juneteenth follows the story of single mother Turquoise (Nicole Beharie, who won a Gotham award for Best Actress for the role) as she enters her fifteen-year-old daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) into the Miss Juneteenth Pageant. Kai is rebellious and doesn’t follow the path her mother has laid out for her willingly, but she ends up making Turquoise proud nonetheless.

When Miss Juneteenth premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, it received critical praise and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize in the “Dramatic” category. The film continued its victory lap with wins at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Louis Black/Lone Star Award, as well as numerous other honors from different festivals across the US. The film had a prominent release date to video-on-demand: June 19, 2020: the 155th anniversary of the holiday Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The film tackles the significance of the holiday while also bringing in other themes within the characters’ lives. In January 2021, it was announced that Miss Juneteenth would be adapted into a television series with NBCUniversal, but it is still listed as “in development.” – Emily Cappello

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Paddington

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 7.3/10

Paddington

Release Date November 24, 2014

Director Paul King

Cast Tim Downie , Madeleine Worrall , Lottie Steer , Geoffrey Palmer , Theresa Watson , Imelda Staunton

Runtime 95

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The filmmakers of 2014’s Paddington had big, fuzzy shoes to fill. Based on the beloved children’s books by Michael Bond that premiered in 1958, Paddington Bear was already known worldwide when he hit the big screen, putting a lot of pressure on the film’s creators to get him right. The story follows a computer-animated Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, as he travels from Peru to London to find a home under the advice of his uncle (the late, great Michael Gambon) and aunt (Imelda Staunton, another Harry Potter alum). There, Paddington meets the Brown family, played by Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Madeleine Harris (Man Down), and Samuel Joslin (The Impossible), who take Paddington home with them. All is going swell until Paddington catches the interest of a taxidermist.

The film was widely critically praised, earning $282 million at the box office and generating a sequel that is regarded by some to be one of the best films ever made. The film is fun and light and also has a surprising amount of depth for what might be viewed as a “kid’s movie.” It contains an all-star cast, with additional stars like Julie Walters (Billy Elliot), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids), and an excellent score by Nick Urata. The film won awards from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and a British Screenwriters’ Award for Best Screenplay by Paul King. It was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards. No matter your age, Paddington is sure to put a smile on your face. – Emily Cappello

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% | IMDb: 8.2/10

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Release Date May 25, 1975

Director Terry Gilliam , Terry Jones

Runtime 91 minutes

Monty Python and the Holy Grail follows the exploits of King Arthur of the Britains (Graham Chapman) as he tries to recruit knights to join his court at Camelot. He faces many obstacles in this journey, such as anarcho-syndicalist peasants and a stubborn Black Knight, but eventually, he recruits Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones), Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), Sir Robin (Eric Idle), Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) and Sir Not Appearing In This Film. They are then tasked by God (Graham Chapman) with retrieving the Holy Grail, an arduous task filled with perils they cannot imagine.

Though incredibly stressful on the cast and crew due to behind-the-scenes troubles, Holy Grail has become one of the most beloved comedies of all time. The Pythons already enjoyed a lot of success thanks to their unique brand of surrealism mixed with biting British whit, but Holy Grail adds a dash of antiquity by using Arthurian legend as its setting. In fact, there’s little action in the film: everything is carried by the camaraderie of the Pythons and the hilarity of their situations. Many of its jokes have become cemented in popular culture, ensuring that, even if audiences haven’t experienced Monty Python before, they’ll be familiar with its comedy. – Tyler B. Searle

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Carol

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | IMDB: 7.2/10

Carol

Release Date November 20, 2015

Runtime 118

Genres Drama , Documentary , Romance

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Carol is a dramatic romance film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as Carol and Therese, two women living in the 1950s who have a chance encounter that leads to a passionate relationship. Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, the film explores what it meant to go against conventional norms during a time when same-sex relationships were widely shunned. Further complicating the matter is Carol’s estranged husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler), who finds out about her relationship with Therese and uses it as a tactic to gain full custody of their children. The film also stars Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Jake Lacy (Obvious Child), and John Magaro (The Big Short).

When Carol premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, it was widely celebrated for the direction of Todd Haynes and for the performances of Blanchett and Mara. After being released in theaters, it became the best-reviewed film of the year, earning six Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe nominations. If that’s not enough reason to admire the film, the BBC ranked Carol as one of the best films of the 21st century, with the British Film Institute (BFI) naming it one of the best LGBT films of all time. – Emily Cappello

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Stand By Me

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 8.1/10

Stand By Me

Release Date August 8, 1986

Runtime 89

GenresAdventure , Crime , Documentary , Drama

Based on Stephen King‘s novella The Body, Stand By Me is a 1986 coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner that is set in the 1950s and follows the journey of four young boys on a quest to find the body of a missing teenager through the narrator of the protagonist, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), who is now in his adulthood. Their journey leads them through Oregon’s scenic landscapes, where they face physical and emotional trials. Along the way, they share hopes, fears, and personal stories, deepening their friendship and facing life’s harsh truths.

Stand By Me is a thoughtful and nostalgic film with an intriguing touch that captures the essence of Stephen King’s storytelling and the challenges of adolescence. The boys’ bickering and personal discoveries unfold in a believable and humor-filled manner, encapsulating that uncertain phase between childhood and adolescence. Furthermore, it explores a writer’s transformation, his connections with his three closest childhood friends, and an event that shaped his talent and morbid intrigue. The youthful ensemble, including Wheaton, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, and Jerry O’Connell,gives outstanding performances with incredible chemistry that truly brings their characters and the story to life. – Jessie Nguyen

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Phantom Thread

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% | IMDb: 7.4/10

Phantom Thread

Release Date December 25, 2017

Director Paul Thomas Anderson

Runtime 130

Genres Drama , Documentary , Romance

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In the 1950s setting of Phantom Thread, Daniel Day Lewis’s character, Reynolds, does everything by the book. He lives his life as structured and measured as he tailors clothing with great care and concentration. That is, until he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), a woman who completely disrupts the order of his life. Complicating matters is Reynolds’s sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville), who runs the business side of Reynolds’s life. The introduction of Alma creates a ripple effect as Reynolds hires her to be his assistant while also making her his lover and muse. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Phantom Thread explores both familial and romantic relationships while delivering powerhouse acting performances from its leading trio of actors.

The film opened in 2018 to rave reviews despite its lackluster box office performance. It received five Oscar nominations and secured one win for Best Achievement in Costume Design by Mark Bridges. Bridges won this same award at the BAFTA Awards as well as the Critics’ Choice Awards. Also highlighted was the film’s hauntingly beautiful score by Jonny Greenwood, whose previous work with writer-director Anderson has proven they are a winning pair. – Emily Cappello

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Get Out

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | IMDb: 7.8/10

Get Out

Release Date February 24, 2017

Runtime 103

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When I walked into the theater to see Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, I didn’t know what I was going to see, both literally and figuratively. My aunt had bought movie tickets to something she’d heard was good, and so I met her there and took my seat. What I didn’t expect was how scared and intrigued yet moved I was going to be over the next 104 minutes. Get Out, which was also written by Peele, tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he goes to visit his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) family. From the moment Chris arrives at Rose’s parents, Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean’s (Bradley Whitford) home, things seem off, from housekeepers Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson) to the strange group of people invited to the home. Chris must rely on his instinct and his hilarious best friend Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery) to get him out.

The film was a massive success upon its release in 2017, grossing over $255 million at the box office and winning an Academy Award for Peele’s screenplay. Academy Awards are rare for horror films, and seeing as the project was such a giant pivot from Peele’s comedy show Key and Peele, it solidified him as a force to be reckoned with, not just in television but in a film genre no one saw coming. From Get Out’s success, Peele created Us, followed by the sci-fi thriller Nope. All have done very well at the box office, but neither successor has yet to beat the power of Get Out. – Emily Cappello

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Dune

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 8.0/10

Dune

Release Date September 15, 2021

Director Denis Villeneuve

Runtime 155

Read Our Review Based on Frank Herbert‘s iconic novel of the same name, Dune follows Timothée Chalamet‘s Paul alongside Rebecca Ferguson‘s Lady Jessica and an all-star ensemble as Paul’s gifted upbringing, driven by destiny, forces him on an intergalactic journey to find safety and solace for his community. The quest, accompanied by a political war over precious resources that could propel civilization into the future, is fraught with the stresses of battle foreseen through Paul’s visions of the future.

A cinematic triumph of scope and scale from directorDenis Villeneuve, Dune was an awards darling with 172 total wins, including six Academy Awards. The movie’s slow-knitted narrative allows the audience to appreciate the stunning settings of each scene, with even the smallest costume detail given the utmost amount of time and care. Powerful and moving, Dune is a fascinating example of the astronomical feats of modern cinema. Lucky for us, a sequel and third film are on the way. – Jake Hodges

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Fair Play

Rotten Tomatoes 86% | IMDb 6.4/10

Fair Play

Release Date October 13, 2023

Director Chloe Domont

Runtime 113 minutes

Read Our Review A tale of unraveling mystery is afoot in Chloe Domont’s directorial debut, as successful New York couple Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) and Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) find their honeymoon-esque relationship challenged by their ambitious drive for success. After a career promotion is at stake in the financial industry, what was once a dreamy romance spirals into a cutthroat rivalry that will come to define their relationship.

For her first directorial outing, Domont impresses with a story bursting at the seams with thrills and deceit. A fascinating analysis of the shifting power dynamics of a relationship, anxiety is the order of the day, as Fair Play thrives thanks to the captivating chemistry of its lead couple. Supported by a talented ensemble, the movie is a whirlwind of paranoia from start to finish

Our critic Therese Lacson raved in her review that “Fair Play‘s leads and fiery chemistry lend themselves to the genre more so than any other recent feature. A good thriller will ramp up the anxiety with each step as it hurtles towards its conclusion, and Fair Play does not let up until the very end, offering a



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