With each passing month brings a brand new selection of Original movies to choose from. You’ll find the best of them right here in the list below! From the singing cowboys to murderous art, you’ll have quite the variety to choose from. Here are our top 50 of the best Netflix Originals for May.
Remember we update this list every month adding the best brand new Original titles.
50. To The Bone
Director: Marti Noxon
Cast: Rebekah Kennedy, Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins, Dana L. Wilson, Ziah Colon
Released on Netflix: July 14, 2017
IMDb: 6.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
49. The Incredible Jessica James
Director: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells
Released on Netflix: July 28, 2017
IMDb: 6.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Director: Ryan Koo
Cast: Michael Rainey Jr., Tekola Cornetet, Hanna Longo, Walter Anaruk
Genre: Drama, Sport
Released on Netflix: April 6, 2018
IMDb: 5.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Gifted high school basketball player Terron Forte struggles to fit in with his new team at an elite prep school.
Most underdog films don’t delve into the seedy underbelly of corruption in sports let alone high school basketball. A fresher take on the longshot story, this film is one of our favorites of 2018. If you’re a sucker for the dark horse sports film then this is a must watch for you.
47. Velvet Buzzsaw
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalia Dyer, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Rene Russo
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Released on Netflix: February 1st, 2019
IMDb: 5.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
A collection of art by an unknown artist is found by a greedy art collector. Strange and mysterious events begin to happen when the art appears to target anyone that used art for greed and personal gain.
A satirical take on the Thriller/Horror franchise, Velvet Buzzsaw is exactly what you’d expect from a Jake Gyllenhaal and Dan Gilroy film. The title while at times chilling also has a comedic element to it that some may find jarring while we thoroughly enjoyed it.
46. The Cloverfield Paradox
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Gugu Mbatah-Raw, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, Daniel Bruhl
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
Released on Netflix: 4th February 2018
IMDb: 5.6/10 | Metacritic: 37 | Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
If you’re a fan of the Cloverfield universe created by J. J. Abrams then this is absolutely essential viewing. If you’re a fan of sci-fi we’d also recommend this movie but only once you’ve seen the two movies to which Paradox follows. Cloverfield Paradox was initially intended to be carried in cinemas, but because of a complicated plot and a tough box office in 2018, Netflix managed to secure the exclusive rights and dropped it in a spectacular fashion. Cast your minds back to the Superbowl in 2018 and you’ll remember the advertisement for this movie which followed with the announcement that it was ready to watch once the football game was over.
The sci-fi movie features the biggest cast yet with the likes of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and Daniel Bruhl starring. It attempts to bridge the universe together and give us context to the previous two movies. It’s not perfect but it’s a watchable and tense flick that hopefully pioneers a new way of releasing blockbuster movies.
45. 22 July
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Anders Danielson Lie, Thorjborn Harr, Jon Oigarden, Ulrikke Hansen Dovigen, Maria Block
Released on Netflix: October 10th, 2018
IMDb: 6.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Based on the true events of 22 July 2011, the story is split into three parts for the before, during, and after right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik committed heinous crimes against his own country which resulted in the deaths of 69 children.
The attack carried on the 22nd of July was the largest in Norway’s history since WW2. The two attacks were carried out only hours apart. The first attack was on an office building where the then prime minister of Norway resided which resulted in the deaths of multiple Norwegian citizens and injured hundreds. Mere hours later at the Utoya Summer Camp, Anders Breivik massacred the defenseless children staying at the camp which resulted in the deaths of 69 children. By the end of the day, 77 people had died and over 300 hundred citizens were injured and, according to a survey carried out in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, 1 in 4 Norwegian citizens had been personally affected by the atrocities carried out that day.
Director: Vikram Gandhi
Cast: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashly Judd
Released on Netflix: 16 December 2016
IMDb: 5.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
If you’re worried about politics then you have nothing to fear as this movie on the young Barack Obama leaves his more recent politics at the door and explores his upbringing. We realize this will still cause people to scoff so we’d advise you to move onto the next listing. For those that are still interested, we get to learn about what crafted Barack Obama. As you’ll know, he was the first ever man of color to be elected to the United States Presidency which signals significant progress but for Barry growing up, this really didn’t seem possible.
The movie takes place in 1980’s New York where race relations in the city were still edgy and although it does excellently portray Barrack’s early life, it more provides a social commentary on that time period as a whole.
43. The Night Comes for Us
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian, Dian Sastrowardoyo
Genre: Thriller, Action
Released on Netflix: 19th October 2018
IMDb: 7.2/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Ito turns his back on his former life as an enforcer after saving the life of a young girl. In response to his betrayal, the Triad sends a legion of thugs and enforcers to kill Ito and the young girl.
The film has been highly praised for the performances of Julie Estelle and Joe Taslim’s performance. While the film has been criticized for its use of excessive violence, it is still a thoroughly entertaining slobber-knocker of a thriller.
Cast: Kristine Froseth, Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Michael Sheen, Annes Elwy
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Released on Netflix: October 12th, 2018
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
After his sister is abducted by a religious cult, Thomas Richards travels to the island where the mysterious cult resides. After they demand a ransom for her return instead of returning his sister the cult will soon come to realize they messed with the wrong man. As Thomas delves deeper into the cult he begins to learn their secrets and lies on which the cult was built.
Apostle debuted in August at the Fantastic Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film was met with a great response from fans and critics and highly praised for its use of blood and gore in the movie. It has been described as the modern-day Wicker Man.
Director: Adam Leon
Cast: Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel, Mike Birbiglia
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Released on Netflix: April 21, 2017
IMDb: 6.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Pulled into a shady briefcase swap for different reasons, young strangers Danny and Ellie spend two days trying to get the briefcase back after the deal goes wrong.
A short and sweet film that compacts a lot in its 82 Minute run time, director Adam Leon was able to capture its charm and intimacy showing that we don’t always need a big epic plot all we need sometimes is a small setting and an excuse for two people to fall for each other. A sincere and fantastic little love story, make sure you give it a watch.
40. The Perfect Date
Director: Chris Nelson
Cast: Noah Centino, Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Matt Walsh, Zak Steiner
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Released on Netflix: April 12, 2019
IMDb: 5.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Brooks Rattigan has dreams of getting into Yale, his dream Ivy League School. While he’s outstandingly gifted in the academic department, what he lacks is the funds to make his college dream come true. When he poses as a Boyfriend for a girl named Celia, he’s the dream stand-in, earning some extra cash for his tome too. Giving him the idea to make money, with his friend Murph the pair launch an app selling Brooks as a stand-in for hire for all occasions. Business booms and Brooks even meet the girl of his dreams Shelby Pace. But when the business and Shelby begin to dominate his life, Brooks must reassess what’s most important to him.
Noah Centino has become one of the most popular actors amongst teenage audiences since his role in In All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Once again returning to Netflix, the young actor’s popularity is growing alarmingly fast and it’s easy to see why.
39. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Justin Timberlake
Genre: Documentary, Music
Released on Netflix: October 12, 2016
IMDb: 8.0/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
This is a brilliant and captivating performance by Justin Timberlake in the culmination of his 20/202 world tour.
Director: Sian Heder
Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit
Released on Netflix: July 29, 2016
IMDb: 6.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
A young woman takes a baby from an irresponsible mother and pretends the child is hers. Without a place of her own, she asks for the help of her ex-boyfriend’s mother, telling her the baby is her granddaughter.
This film surprisingly went under the radar back in 2016. It’s a charming movie with a brilliant performance from Ellen Page that brings an insightful look into what makes a mother. Entertaining from the outset, make sure to add this to your watchlist for those nights in.
37. Little Evil
Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas, Adam Scott, Marcus Terrell Smith
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Released on Netflix: September 1, 2017
IMDb: 5.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
A newly married man starts to believe that his 5-year-old stepson is the spawn of Satan.
For a spoof, Little Evil is surprisingly great. With a hilarious performance from Adam Scott playing the role of step-dad, he tries to be a great father to his new stepson. The hilarity kicks in once he starts to believe his stepson is actually the Anti-Christ. With a lot of heart, this sweet and charming take on the “Spawn of Satan” genre deserves a place in your queue.
36. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Director: Joe Berlinger
Cast: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, James Hetfield, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment
Genre: Biography, Thriller
Released on Netflix:
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Shown from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vilechronicles the events of Ted Bundy’s infamous and terrible crimes. Elizabeth the longtime girlfriend of Ted Bundy refused to believe the awful truth behind Bundy’s good looks and charismatic charm.
While the film has split opinion down the middle, Zac Efron’s performance as the charming and yet cold killer Ted Bundy is great. Finally, in a role where he can show off some of his acting talents, his performance was aided with the equally excellent Lilly Collins. This needs to be added to your que ASAP!
35. The Babysitter
Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Released on Netflix: 13 October 2017
IMDb: 6.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
A new twist on the horror/comedy, this fun blood fest is a modern twist on the Home Alone-style story. Twelve-year-old Cole Johnson is dared by his friends to spy on his babysitter ‘Bee’ to see what she gets up too while he’s supposed to be asleep, what starts out as a simple game of truth or dare between Bee and her friends she’s brought to his home, to Cole’s horror he witnesses a demonic ritual, caught by her friends Cole must fight for his life to stop Bee and her Murderous friends.
While not critically acclaimed this was certainly a new take on the horror/comedy genre. A fun film and a must watch out from the Netflix catalog.
34. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Director: Susan Johnson
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: 17th August 2018
IMDb: 7.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Teenager Lara Jean leads a normal, boring high school life until love letters written to herself were made public. The contents of the letters meant for her eyes only are Lara pouring her heart and soul into saying the things she could never in real life, or more specifically, to all the boys she’s ever loved. Lara’s best friend leaked the letters in the hope of getting Lara a boyfriend. Soon her love life goes from 0 to a 100.
Prior to production, there had been many studios interested in producing the film, but nearly all wanted to change the lead character to Caucasian over Asian. Finally finding a studio that was happy to progress with an American-Asian lead the film went into production. The film itself is very charming and sweet and has gone to become massively popular amongst female audiences both young and old. Actress Lana Condor also can be credited for a fantastic performance in a role made just for her.
33. Gerald’s Game
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Released on Netflix: 29 September 2017
IMDb: 6.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
As you’d expect from an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, this movie is one of the tensest in the original library, scoring well with fans and critics alike. Set in rural Alabama, this film is about a couple who tries to spice up their sex life with disastrous consequences, turning into a fantastic psychological horror.
As you’d expect from a superbly written Stephen King novel, the characters are well fleshed out and most importantly, the tension that his books achieve so well to build carries over to the movie equivalent. A must watch.
32. Imperial Dreams
Director: Malik Vitthal
Cast: John Boyega, Rotimi, Glenn Plummer, De’aundre Bonds
Released on Netflix: February 3, 2017
IMDb: 6.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Reformed gangster Bambi has his devotion to his family is tested when he is released from prison and returns to his old neighborhood.
Technically one of Netflix’s oldest Originals, the film initially released in early 2014 at the Sundance film festival. It wasn’t until three years later that Netflix would pick up the exclusive rights to stream the movie. Initially one of John Boyega’s first big lead roles, his captivating performance shows why he has gone on to star in Star Wars, one of the biggest franchises in movie history. Cynical and less glamorous than other L.A gangster films, Imperial Dreams gives you an insight into the struggle of a post-incarcerated black man.
31. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
Director: Chris Smith
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance, Elijah Wood
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released on Netflix: January 19, 2017
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
30. Winter on Fire – Oscar Nominated
Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Cast: Bishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton, Serhii Averchenko, Kristina Berdinskikh
Released on Netflix: October 9, 2015
IMDb: 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
A civil rights movement erupts in Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution.
Powerful, captivating and harrowing, this documentary was nominated for an Oscar after its release in 2015 and it’s understandable to see why. If you were unsure as to what happened in Ukraine back in the winter of 2013/2014 you’ll witness harrowing first-hand accounts of what the Ukrainian protesters had to contend with to fight for their freedom of speech. What started out as peaceful protests almost tore the country asunder.
29. Our Souls At Night
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Judy Greer, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Matthias Schoenaerts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: September 29, 2017
IMDb: 6.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Addie Moore, a widow, and Louis Waters, a widower, have lived next door to each other for years. When Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor, the two begin sleeping in bed together platonically, with the innocent goal of alleviating their shared loneliness. As their relationship deepens, however, they each deal with grief and loss, and a real romance begins to blossom.
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite to take part in this very sweet and heart touching movie. Diving deep into how the soul deals with a loss, this charming film will pull on the heartstrings.
28. The Christmas Chronicles
Director: Clay Katis
Cast: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Released on Netflix: 22nd November 2018
IMDb: 7.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Brother Teddy and Sister Kate Pierce scheme to capture Santa Clause on Christmas Eve. After the plan goes disastrously wrong, the sibling pair must help Santa Clause and his elves save Christmas.
At the time of writing the film has already been watched over 20,000,000 times! A future Christmas classic, the latest Christmas original has been enjoyed by millions worldwide. Kurt Russell’s casting as Jolly Saint Nick was nothing short of fantastic.
27. The Other Side of the Wind
Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Oja Kodar, Peter Bogandovich, John Huston, Susan Strasberg,
Released on Netflix: 2nd November 2018
IMDb: 7.2/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
An aging director returns to the film industry after his self-imposed exile. Hoping to reignite his failing career director John Huston creates an extravagant comeback film.
The last ever film by legendary film director as taken almost 50 years to release since production began in 1970. The film could be considered a self-reflection of how Orson Welles may have felt during the making of this film. While the film hasn’t had the same impact as Citizen Kane, The Other Side of The Wind is a fitting swan song for a director long since past.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Cast: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo
Genre: Documentary, War
Released on Netflix: April 17, 2014
IMDb: 8.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
A team of brave individuals risks their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.
Sometimes we forget the evil humanity can commit and the dangers of the of our civilization and what it does ecosystems of the world. The fact this documentary is central to the last group of Mountain Gorillas speaks for itself, with that this documentary deserves the same level of attention as what Blackfish received, this heart-wrenching documentary will keep you in suspense and tear at your emotions as you have to deal with the harrowing account of the Gorillas plight for survival and those that protect them.
25. The Fundamentals of Caring
Director: Rob Burnett
Cast: Alex Huff, Donna Biscoe, Paul Rudd, Julia Denton
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: 24 June 2016
IMDb: 7.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Selena Gomez is no stranger to Netflix as she produces the infinitely popular Netflix Original series, 13 Reasons Why. Before that released though came this quaint comedy starring herself and Paul Rudd. The comedy looks to tear apart stigmas of disabilities as a writer who is stuck in the past and a young boy with a disability venture on a road trip together. It’s a feel-good story that has a great ending and a fun soundtrack throughout.
Despite Paul Rudd now being best known for his role in Ant-Man, we believe this is his defining role as it just goes to show that not all superheroes wear capes.
24. Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour
Director: Ben Wheatly
Cast: Taylor Swift
Genre: Musical, Reality
Released on Netflix: December 31, 2018
IMDb: 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Mega Pop-Star takes to the stage for her record-breaking 5th worldwide stadium tour. Performing her latest and best music in her phenomenal set, Taylor wowed millions of fans worldwide.
23. Triple Frontier
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Adria Arjona
Genre: Action, Thriller
Released on Netflix: March 3, 2019
IMDb: 6.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Five former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.
With an all-star cast of some of Hollywood’s most popular leading men and packed with plenty of action, Triple Frontier will more than keep you entertained.
Director: Zak Hilditch
Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Released on Netflix: October 20, 2017
IMDb: 6.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Rancher Wilfred James conspires to murder his wife Arlette for financial gain and convinces his teenage son Henry to participate.
Based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King, a wonderful film of suspense this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as it explores what guilt can do to the human mind. The screenplay was written and Directed by Zak Hilditch and his adaptation is definitely a must watch. Even Stephen King infamously known for panning adaptations of his work praised the film.
21. First They Killed My Father
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released on Netflix: September 15, 2017
IMDb: 7.2/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Amid the sudden and terrifying rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, 7-year-old girl Loung Ung must fight for her survival.
Told from the narrative of a child, Angelina Jolie’s 6 directing credit is her best to date. With an emphatic approach to the emotion that a child goes through during a time of great turmoil, this film was handled beautifully. Well received by both Critics and audiences at home, this gracefully crafted film is a highlight of the Netflix library.
20. The Meyerowitz Stories
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: 13 October 2017
IMDb: 7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Sandler ditches his traditional in your face comedy for a beautifully written movie with some fantastic talent involved. Ultimately, the movie is about a broken family with two sons who have spent their life vying for their father’s attention. Both have taken different directions in their lives with neither seemingly being good enough for their father. The movie is dubbed as a comedy but it’s actually more of a drama interspersed with subtle humor and a family dynamic that’s three dimensional and realistic. If none of the other Netflix Sandler movies are to your taste then this is the movie for you.
19. High Flying Bird
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Zazie Beetz, Andre Holland, Bill Duke, Caleb McLaughlin, Sonja Sohn
Genre: Drama, Sport
Released on Netflix: February 8th, 2019
IMDb: 6.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
During an NBA Lockdown a high profile Sports Agent looks to change the industry after he pitches a controversial opportunity to a Rookie Basketball client.
Incredibly the entire film was filmed on iPhone and the level of creativity used in the camera work is one of the big reasons why the film has had praise heaped upon it.
18. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Director: David Slade
Cast: Will Poulter, Fionn Whitehead, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry, Craig Parkinson
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released on Netflix: December 28, 2018
IMDb: 7.6/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
It’s the year 1984 and young programmer Stefan Butler is developing his own video game called Bandersnatch. Stefan’s choices are your choices, will Bandersnatch become a smash hit or will the pressure go to poor Stefan’s head? The choice is up to you…
While Bandersnatch cannot be credited for being the first interactive title on Netflix, it certainly now is the most well known. Most fans may have preferred an actual film/episode but all credit to Netflix and Charlie Brooker’s team for putting together an enigmatic title like Bandersnatch. If you haven’t already tuned make sure to add this to your watchlist right now!
17. Private Life
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Emily Robinson, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: October 5th
IMDb: 7.1/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Middle-aged couple Richard and Rachel have been desperate to start a family. On multiple occasions, they have failed to conceive a child and even assisted reproduction has resulted in failure. With not much hope of ever having a child, they turn to the daughter of their Sister-in-Law for help in the hope of having a child.
While Private Life is one of the latest films available to stream on Netflix the movie actually debuted earlier this year at the Sundance film festival and was well received by critics for its handling of a story of such a sensitive Nature. the film will take you on an emotional roller coaster of emotions.
16. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: 7th December 2018
IMDb: 6.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Orphan Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves after the Tiger Shere Khan killed his parents. While growing he is taught the rules and laws of the Jungle by Black Panther Bagheera and Baloo the Bear. But as his trial to join officially join his wolf pack draws closer, the threat of Shere Khan looms over the jungle.
There have been many adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s novel over the years and many would have thought it too soon after Disney’s 2016 adaptation. But with Andy Serkis in the director’s seat, it’s clear how much influence he had on the animation of the film. It took many years for the film to finally be released but what a spectacle it is. Make sure to add this film to your watch list.
15. On Body and Soul – Oscar Nominated
Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Cast: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Released on Netflix: February 21, 2018
IMDb: 7.6/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Two shy and socially awkward co-workers Maria and Endre form a special bond through a mysterious mystic connection that manifests in a dream.
The film was Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film this year and it’s easy to see why. This was the comeback film for director Ildikó Enyedi who hadn’t directed a film in over 18 years before its release. She has crafted a visual beauty with sincerity in its approach to lonely individuals finding love one in each other albeit through mystical means and with a great performance from the beautiful Alexandra Borbély the film tugs on the feel factor but leaves you feeling satisfied in the end.
14. 13th – Oscar-nominated
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales
Genre: Documentary, Crime, History
Released on Netflix: September 30, 2017
IMDb: 8.2/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
The documentary delves into the racial inequality of America, from Post Slavery through the Jim Crow laws and Segregation all the way into the modern day. “13th” isn’t afraid to pull its punches with the amount of history it covers in such a short space of time it’s incredible the amount fitted into the documentary within 100 minutes, the fact it feels almost pocket sized just goes to show the scale of the issue it presents, it would be of no surprise to anyone if they had of made a 4 hour documentary instead they still would have only scratched the surface.10
13. Outlaw King
Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Howle, Stephen Dillane
Genre: Historical, Drama
Released on Netflix: 9th November 2018
IMDb: 7.1/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
King of Scots Robert de Bruce flees Scotland after an English ambush destroys his forces. Upon his return to his country, what remains of his forces take a final stand against the tyrannical English king.
Chris Pine and the outset deliver a fantastic performance in this historical-action drama. Taking inspiration from the events of real history, the gritty and somewhat gruesome film doesn’t fail to impress. If you are expecting something akin to Braveheart then you may well be surprised. Instead of Kilts, the film chooses to deliver a historically accurate look on the Scottish rebellion.
12. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Director: Joel & Ethan Cohen
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tom Waits, Brendan Gleeson
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Released on Netflix: 9th November 2018
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Set across six chapters, each story tells the tale of life on the western frontier. A sharpshooter, a bank robber, traveling performers, a prospector, a traveler, and a motley crew all experience life in the west with its own tragedies, ironies, and success.
One of our personal favorites of 2018, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was an exceptionally great and unique experience. The Coen brothers once again did not fail to deliver on the western comedy.
11. Strong Island – Oscar Nominated
Director: Yance Ford
Cast: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford
Released on Netflix: September 15, 2017
IMDb: 6.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker’s brother.
A deeply personal film, director Yance Ford takes you on a somber journey into the investigation of the death of his brother. A powerful and gut-wrenching film Yance can be proud of the work he put into this for his brother. This documentary will take you on an emotional rollercoaster into the memoir of a loved one’s life.
10. Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce
Director: Beyonce, Ed Burke
Released on Netflix: April 17th, 2019
IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Beyonce’s Netflix debut gave fans and subscribers alike an in-depth look into all the behind scenes work that went into Beyonce’s captivating performance at Coachella.
9. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Director: Macon Blair
Cast: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz
Released on Netflix: November 17, 2017
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Using 100 hours of footage from the set of “Man on the Moon,” filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey’s transformation into legendary performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.
An incredibly fascinating watch that shows the level of commitment method actors such as Jim Carrey has gone to get into character, Carrey reminiscing of his time playing Andy Kaufman is almost a performance in of itself while also a stark reminder of the level of commitment it takes to put on such a performance. This is a documentary that must be seen, even if you love or hate him I could not recommend this film more.6
8. Beasts of No Nation
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike
Released on Netflix: 16 October 2015
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Beasts of No Nation marked a turning point for Netflix. It’s one of the oldest Netflix Original movies but perhaps, more importantly, it was their first big budget title that was clearly gunning for the award bodies. Looking back, the movie is one of the most influential Netflix Originals to date. Starring Idris Elba who was hot of the heels of one of his most active years to date, he portrays the warlord Commandant that enslaves kids to commit heinous war crimes. The story follows the young boy Agu, recruited into Commandant’s army he is now the soldier in his country’s civil war.6.
7. Bird Box
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released on Netflix: December 13, 2018
IMDb: 6.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
In the not too distant future, a cataclysmic event has wiped most of humanity off the face of the earth. When their safe house becomes too dangerous to stay, mother of 2 Malorie must take her children downstream on a dangerous river to find their next home. All the while they must remain blindfolded for in the new world there are foul creatures that will make any that gaze upon them to take their own life.
There are many that will agree and disagree with how high we’ve ranked Bird Box. Despite any opinions on the film, we cannot deny its overwhelming popularity therefore whether the film was good or not the number of subscribers that tuned in to watch was ginormous.
6. Icarus – Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature
Director: Bryan Fogel
Cast: Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev
Genre: Documentary, Sport, Thriller
Released on Netflix: August 4, 2017
IMDb: 8.0/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death, and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.
Like most documentaries, Netflix produces this is a massive eye-opener into the world of sport and the level of underhanded cheating that has plagued sports for years. Peeking through the Iron Curtain and looking state-sponsored doping, this shines a huge light on one of the biggest controversies to rock the sporting world in years
5. The Wandering Earth
Director: Frant Gwo
Cast: Wu Jing, Ng Man-tat, Qu Chuxiao, Zhao Jinmai, Mike Sui
Released on Netflix: April 30th, 2019
IMDb: 6.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
The Wandering Earth unknown to many is one of 2019’s biggest films of the year. Raking in millions of dollars at the Chinese box office, the film became China’s second highest grossing film of all time.
In the future, the Sun finally begins to expand. Threatened with extinction, humanity powers the earth with thousands of thrusters sending the planet off into space in the hope of searching for a new solar system to call home. As the planet travels close to Jupiter, a gravity spike causes Earth’s thrusters to lose power. With Earth at risk of crashing into the gas giant, a team of Chinese scientists and astronauts are in a race against time to save the world from destruction.
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Sheena Kamal, Michael Mitton, Colm Hill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: 19 May 2017
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
A beautiful movie with some serious messages contained regarding the future of mankind and its relationship with its food sources. Joon-ho Bong has produced some fantastic movies so far and this absolutely stands out as one of his finest.
The story is about super pigs but specifically one girl who lives in an isolated village in the mountains who raises one. After winning the contest, Okja is taken away and the adventure begins to save him from his certain fate.
Director: Dee Rees
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J Blige, Garret Hedlund
Released on Netflix: 17th November 2017
IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
This is essential viewing for all and has so far been one of Netflix’s most decorated movie releases so far going as far to earn itself 4 Oscars, 30 wins and another 102 nominations elsewhere. The harrowing picture tells us a story of two families in a post-WW2 in a rural south village. The film touches on multiple taboo subjects of the time but especially of the race relations. Despite being over 2 hours in length, the film manages to hold your attention with fantastic performances from the whole cast but particularly to Mary J Blige who puts in a performance of a lifetime. An absolute gem of the Netflix Originals library and one that may not have come to the light of day had Netflix not published it for the world to see.
2. The Little Prince
Director: Mark Osborne
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: August 5, 2016
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
A little girl already has her entire life laid out by her Ambitious Mother, tired of her mundane and planned out life, the little girl meets the pilot and introduces her to a world where she can rediscover her childhood and that human connections matter most and only with the heart can you see what it is mort important of all.
Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Film The film was received very well by critics, with its beautiful story and charming animation this is a must watch for you and the family.
1. ROMA – Oscar Winner
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy Garcia, Marina De Tavira, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey
Released on Netflix: 14th December 2018
IMDb: 8.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
The story of Roma takes place in the city of Mexico City in the 1970s. Centered around the life of a live-in housekeeper who works for a middle-class Mexican family that lives in the neighborhood of Roma. Cuarón has drawn upon his own experiences of his childhood to the big screen in this heartfelt and emotional rollercoaster of a film.
Roma’s Oscar buzz was justified and is now the most successful Netflix film winning 3 academy awards. The awards won were for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Oscars aside the film is visually beautiful and filled to the brim with emotion and ultimately deserves the top spot.
There you have it, folks! That is our top 50 Netflix Originals now available to stream, do you like our list? Is there a film we may have missed that you feel deserves a place on this list? let us know in the comments, and while you’re here take a look at our other top lists and see what takes to your liking.