You may have heard that Netflix has dumped a lot of content, but that shouldn’t be a cause for concern. What’s actually happening is that Netflix is ditching the filler in order to pay for more compelling content.
And boy, it’s working out extremely well.
Netflix’s library has never been packed as densely with high-quality content as it is right now. So despite the drop in quantity, I still think Netflix is worth far more than it costs. Don’t believe me? Keep reading to see just how many excellent movies you can watch, and remember that this doesn’t even touch upon all of the original TV series being produced by Netflix.
Note that this article only covers the U.S. version of Netflix so there’s no guarantee that these movies will be available to you if you’re watching from another country. To access the U.S. version of Netflix, consider using one of these compatible VPN services.
100. The End of Malice (2016, IMDb: N/A, RT: N/A)
No Malice, formerly of the hip-hop duo Clipse, sheds light on his history of drugs, his embrace of Christianity, and how his life has changed as a result.
A group of tearaways are hired to steal a rare VHS tape from an abandoned house full of them. However, as they comb through the footage, they discover that each tape is more disturbing than the last.
Two old friends reunite after many years apart, but one of them believes that the people around them are not who they claim to be.
A teenager, who is perhaps a little too fascinated with death, investigates a series of supernatural murders in his small rural town.
A teenager teams up with his neighbor to rally the unleashed monsters that have escaped from her father’s imagination.
When a scientist invents an infinite energy device, he must defend it from the mercenary unit that’s come to take it away — and find a way to break out of the time loop that the device has created.
A team of military specialists investigate a supernatural phenomenon: ghost-like beings that relentlessly slaughter their forces.
Three film students venture into the woods of Maryland to investigate the Blair Witch urban legend. They never return, but the footage they shot is later found, revealing all.
Three friends come across a machine that can take pictures of the future, but as time goes by, the pictures grow increasingly troubling.
A cowardly man hires a killer to assist him in suicide, but miraculously survives every attempt on his life.
In this mockumentary based on an alternate history, a team is sent to one of Jupiter’s moons to investigate the likely existence of alien life.
The story of how a couple learns to coexist when one is an inventor of puzzles who can only work in silence and the other is a skilled pianist who loves music.
A deaf writer, who lives secluded in the woods, is caught off guard when a masked murderer appears at her window.
A mid-thirties British woman keeps a diary for one year while she works on self-improvement and looks for love.
An independent radio station team deals with a deadly virus that spreads through their quaint town.
85. The Invitation (2015, IMDb: 6.7, RT: 89%)
A group of friends are invited to a dinner party where something just doesn’t seem quite right.
A Nazi-raised demon is captured by American forces and retrained to fight the forces of darkness.
The half-fictional, half-autobiographical story of a comedian and his struggles with his career, his relationships, and his unpredictable sleepwalking.
An uptight college graduate reluctantly takes a summer job at an amusement park.
A grieving widow waves away her son’s fears that a monster is coming to kill them, until she begins to sense an evil presence around her.
When two stoners discover that Miramax is making a film based on them without their consent, they do whatever they can to ruin it.
In the final stage of interviews for a prestigious corporate job, eight candidates are locked together in a room and asked to answer one question.
Four entrepreneurs accidentally build a time machine that turns out to be much more than they bargained for.
A group of film students follow a mysterious man who claims to be a troll hunter, and discover that the government has been covering up the existence of these creatures.
An egotistical psychiatrist goes on vacation with his family only to realize that his most unstable patient has followed him there.
When a giant monster emerges from the river and steals away a young girl, her family does what they can to rescue her.
Two chickens plan to break out of a chicken farm. Hijinks ensue.
73. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017, IMDb: 7.1, RT: 90%)
When her home is burglarized, a depressed woman teams up with her neighbor to track down who did it, but they soon find themselves going up against dangerous criminals.
A focused look at the Yoshida Brewery and its incredible dedication to upholding 2,000 years of saké-brewing tradition.
A high school teen isn’t allowed to date until her boy-hating older sister does, and so she concocts a plan to set her up with someone who may be able to win her over.
After their brief summer fling, an innocent girl and rebellious boy find that they’re now in the same high school and must deal with the ensuing drama.
A son is surprised when his elderly father not only tells him that he’s dying of cancer but admits for the first time that he is actually gay.
An animated epic showing what happens when an extraterrestrial fugitive is adopted by a Hawaiian girl as a pet.
After William Shakespeare encounters a bout of writer’s block lasting several years, he falls in love with a woman who reignites his passion.
Everything you ever wanted to know about wine: the history, the culture, and the nonsense that goes with it.
A look into the impossible decisions that patients, families, and doctors have to make in intensive care.
This is less than 30 minutes long, but nonetheless eye-opening and thought-provoking. Without a doubt, one of the best documentaries on Netflix at the moment.
Having escaped from a Siberian gulag, a group of men must walk thousands of miles to India to reach freedom.
When America is destroyed and left in a post-apocalyptic state, a father must take his son all the way to the coast where salvation hopefully awaits.
During the 1933 occupation of Korea by the Japanese army, a group of rebels plans to assassinate the Commander.
An American everyman gets caught up in the underbelly of San Francisco’s Chinatown and the mystical war taking place therein.
When his advisor turns him into a llama, the young Emperor Kuzco must return to the throne before it’s too late.
A miserable chef quits his job to pursue his dream of operating a food truck while also reconciling with his estranged wife and son.
More than 20 years after separating, two high school sweethearts run into each other by chance and reconnect as if nothing has changed in the intervening years.
57. Sour Grapes (2016, IMDb: 7.3, RT: 100%)
The real-life story of a man who created counterfeit wines and sold them for millions of dollars through swindling auction houses.
A scientist discovers proof of intelligent life in the form of a radio signal.
A golf course is thrown into chaos when an obnoxious new member and a destructive gopher join the fun.
54. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016, IMDb: 7.4, RT: 77%)
A disabled 18-year-old butts heads with his new caregiver, both of whom end up having their lives changed as a result.
A man accidentally pledges to marry a deceased woman, who rises from the grave and takes him away to the land of the dead.
An amnesiac fish called Dory embarks on a journey to find her long-lost parents.
51. Sky Ladder (2016, IMDb: 7.4, RT: 100%)
A documentary that explores the dazzling art of Cai Guo-Qiang, whose signature medium is gunpowder and fireworks.
This film follows four different storylines across the world that each involve characters who fall victim to fate and circumstances beyond their control.
The story of an orphan boy who needs to unlock the secret of an automaton left behind by his late father.
When a mysterious stranger arrives in a rural village, the villagers begin killing each other for no apparent reason. In order to save his daughter, a policeman must solve the mystery.
Two friends retreat to a cabin in the woods for a vacation and run into a group of college kids who mistake them for serial killers.
Two awkward high school seniors plan to throw one final party, and have to deal with the uncertainty of what will happen once they graduate.
When a Palestinian terrorist is tricked into admitting his guilt, he agrees to work as an informant for the Israeli military — but whose side is he really on?
Years after a mother gives birth to a son out of wedlock and gives him up for adoption, she teams up with a BBC reporter to track him down.
A master thief hatches a plan to steal a painting worth millions from right under the nose of an ex-mercenary soldier.
A family of tourists visits Thailand only to get caught up in the devastating tsunami of 2004. They must reunite while surviving against overwhelming odds.
Thirteen of the best samurai are brought together and tasked with one mission: to kill a wicked lord before he’s able to take his seat on the throne.
A documentary that follows two South Korean twins who were separated at birth, raised on different continents, and reunited by sheer chance.
39. David Blaine: Real or Magic? (2013, IMDb: 7.7, RT: N/A)
World-renowned magician David Blaine travels across the U.S. performing mind-bending tricks in front of celebrities and members of the public.
The story of eight different London couples in the month leading up to Christmas, exploring the ways in which love comes together and, in some cases, falls apart.
This is one of the best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix. It may be a bit silly and over-the-top at times, but few films will fill you with all the aspects of Christmas spirit like this one does.
37. The Fear of 13 (2015, IMDb: 7.7, RT: 92%)
A Death Row convict tells the incredible story of how he wound up rotting away in prison.
During a trip to Paris, a struggling screenwriter finds himself transported back in time to the 1920s every midnight, where he meets famous writers of the past.
A documentary that explores the multibillion-dollar charity industry and why it hasn’t been effective at fighting world poverty.
When two crime lords mistake Slevin for his friend, he finds himself caught up in a gang war.
Three convicts escape from prison and seek out hidden treasure while evading the efforts of a persistent lawman.
A high school slacker just wants to take a day off, but his principal has other ideas.
During the 2000s, four financial managers foresee the collapse of the credit and housing markets and plan to profit off other people’s misery.
30. Beasts of No Nation (2015, IMDb: 7.8, RT: 91%)
A West African child loses his family in the midst of civil war and is forced to join a mercenary unit as a child soldier.
29. The Little Prince (2015, IMDb: 7.8, RT: 93%)
An aviator tells a little girl the story of how he once met an extraterrestrial prince.
Two young lovers run away from town and the ensuing search party that’s out to track them down.
A group of desperate, under-performing salesmen are put into competition against one another in order to avoid being fired.
Nicholas Angel, a snobby cop from London, is relocated to a quiet village in the English countryside where he uncovers an evil conspiracy.
The story of a nameless man who dispatches three would-be assassins of the King of Qin and the intrigue lurking below the surface of it all.
A desperate young man takes up nightcrawling — the act of filming crashes, fires, and murders for journalistic purposes — and loses all sense of morality and appropriateness.
A documentary that explores the corporations and laws that have radically changed the food industry for the worse.
A documentary that looks at the life and legacy of Jiro Ono, the world’s greatest sushi master.
Netflix is chock full of food documentaries, and this is the title that arguably jump-started the whole food documentary craze. It’s fascinating, it’s delightful, and it may even make you reconsider your own approach to life.
Following a car accident, an amnesiac woman searches across Los Angeles for answers. Unfortunately, they only drive her deeper into mystery.
20. The Ivory Game (2016, IMDb: 8.0, RT: 84%)
An undercover documentary that investigates the dark world of poaching and ivory trading in Africa.
When the bored king of Halloween Town accidentally stumbles across Christmas Town, he fights to bring it home with him.
A Miami cop-slash-martial-artist goes back in time to kill Adolf Hitler.
A reluctant martial artist trains students in the art of Wing Chun during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.
Genius mathematician Alan Turing attempts to crack a secret code during World War II.
A cat-and-mouse drama is sparked when a hunter stumbles across a drug deal gone wrong and two million dollars in cash.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, a ready-to-open dinosaur theme park loses all control of its cloned dinosaurs.
Based on the true story of how an editorial team at the Boston Globe investigated and uncovered the child molestation scandal involving their local Catholic Archdiocese.
A fairytale involving a princess, a hero, and a villain, all framed as a grandfather reading the story to his sick-at-home grandson.
There are many cult classics available on Netflix, but few are as widely loved and praised as The Princess Bride. It’s the kind of film that will put you in a good mood no matter what, making it more than worthy of repeat viewings.
A rookie bunny cop and con artist fox put aside their differences as they stumble across a conspiracy that threatens to ruin the utopian city of Zootopia.
Not only is Zootopia one of the best animated films on Netflix, it’s simply one of the best films of the year. It’s fun for children yet mature enough for adults. There’s something for everybody, and we consider it a must-watch.
A Korean pastor builds a “drop box” where mothers can safely abandon their newborns instead of leaving them on the streets.
In a dystopian future, a mysterious freedom fighter named V enlists the help of a young woman to overthrow the tyrannical British government.
A genius janitor at M.I.T. with a penchant for mathematics meets regularly with a psychologist trying to help him get his life back on track.
This film is a must-watch. Not only is it one of the few films on Netflix that have won an Oscar, it has since been elevated in status to dramatic classic.
A Scottish warrior, William Wallace, leads a war of revenge and independence against King Edward of England.
After 15 years imprisoned by an unknown jailer, a man is released and given five days to find his captor.
A frustrated writer takes his family to the Overlook Hotel where a previous caretaker went crazy and murdered his entire family.
A charming young Parisian woman embarks on a quest to change the world by changing the lives of those around her, one person at a time.
A police detective interrogates the only surviving witness of a robbery-gone-wrong that started when five criminals were rounded up as suspects for a different crime.
After his friend is murdered, a filmmaker sets out to interview all the people who knew him so that his infant son can “meet his father” when he’s grown up.
Two mob hitmen embark on a journey of violence and redemption as their story intersects with a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and two bandits.
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Did this article help you find any new movies to watch on Netflix? If so, which ones have you added to your watchlist? Are there any lesser-known diamonds on Netflix that we have missed? Please share your own recommendations with us in the comments below!