Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

For as many streaming services as there is currently are, Netflix remains possibly the premiere platform to watch movies and television shows. The first mainstream streaming service there was, it’s a platform that continues to boast some of the finest and most noteworthy movies you’ll find anywhere.

With a streaming catalog mixed between Netflix original movies and endless amounts of well-known movies like Blonde, This Is the End, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, there’s no shortage of potential viewing options when it comes to Netflix’s impressive lineup of movies.

Here are some of the movies you can currently find streaming on Netflix that we’d recommend checking out.

Updated: September 29.

Biopic: Blonde

The most anticipated movie to land on Netflix in recent memory, Blonde is the ambitious adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s award-winning novel following the enigmatic ‘50s actor, Marilyn Monroe.

Centered around the iconic actor and internationally renowned sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas), Blonde takes a stylized approach to Monroe’s life and career, focusing on her childhood as Norma Jeane to her well-publicized personal relationships.

Opinions over Blonde seem to differentiate between open scorn and repeated praise among critics and filmgoers. While the movie has been called “cruel” in its treatment and depiction of Monroe, others have called it a refreshing take on the biopic genre, headlined by an amazing performance from its lead star.

Comedy: This Is the End

Arguably the freshest and most bold of their comedic collaborations together, This Is the End is the perfect follow-up to co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s previous outings with Superbad and Pineapple Express.

As the Biblical Rapture occurs around them, a group of selfish actors must learn to contend with the coming apocalypse as they try to redeem their souls, ensuring safe passage into heaven.

Starring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, James Franco, and Jonah Hill, all playing fictitious caricatures of themselves, This Is the End is a fun and surprisingly dark take on the post-apocalypse genre. Its satirical treatment of its principal cast, assortment of celebrity cameos, and non-stop jokes all make it a ceaselessly entertaining movie.

Family: Monster House

If you and the family are looking for a good film to watch as you prepare for the Halloween season, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than 2006’s supremely underrated, Monster House.

In the early 1980s, 13-year-old DJ (Mitchel Musso) becomes fascinated by the neighboring house across the street. As his investigation into the house continues, he discovers it’s actually a sentient being that begins preying on the neighborhood’s occupants.

Striking a great balance between lighthearted scares and genuinely great comedy, Monster House is a fun inversion of the haunted house premise we’ve seen time and time again. With a visual style and central premise straight out of a Tim Burton movie, it’s one of the more imaginative family-friendly movies on Netflix right now.

Drama: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Following up on his equally well-loved indie film, What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi decided to turn in a touching and emotionally enriching portrait of family and friendship in the most unlikeliest of places with 2016’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a problematic teenage orphan who moves into the New Zealand country to live with his new foster parents, Hector (Sam Neill) and Bella (Rima Te Wiata). After Ricky resolves to run away in the wake of a tragedy, Hector reluctantly ventures into the bush to find him.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of the quirkier comedies you’ll find currently streaming, but therein lies its charm. As with all of his films, Waititi gifts the movie with enough nuance and warmth for viewers to relate to, resulting in a comedy that’s as effortlessly fun to watch as any other on Netflix.

Sci-Fi: Elysium

From Neill Blomkamp — the man behind the audacious District 9 — comes this 2013 examination of wealth and class privilege, told through a fitting sci-fi heavy lens.

In the year 2154, the wealthy classes abandoned Earth to live in a luxurious space station orbiting the planet. As poverty and overpopulation run rampant, a man (Matt Damon) tries to venture to the station and bring the two social classes together for the common good.

One of those rare sci-fi movies with relevant themes and undertones worthy of discussion, Elysium is also a fast-paced and interesting take on the post-apocalyptic subgenre of film.

Superhero: Spider-Man

In 2002, Sam Raimi introduced the superhero genre for the current age. Gone were the overly dramatic presentation of comic book characters popularized by Superman or Batman. Moving forward, Raimi pioneered the more realistic worlds of superheroes, paving the way for almost every DC and MCU movie that followed over the next decade.

After being bit by a radioactive spider, average teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) miraculously gains superpowers that resemble that of a spider. Donning a superhero persona and costume, Peter begins protecting New York from the city’s criminal underbelly, including his nemesis, the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).

Without Spider-Man, who knows what the state of superhero movies would look like today? In so many ways, Raimi set the stage for everything that came after it, updating the superhero mythos for a modern audience.

Crime: Snatch

One of the great ensemble crime films of the early 2000s, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch can be basically summed up as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as directed by Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino.

Focusing on the criminal underbelly of London, the film traces two heavily interconnected storylines. The first involves a world-wearied boxing promoter (Jason Statham) who — under pressure from a powerful gangster (Alan Ford) — tries to convince a fledgling fighter (Brad Pitt) to throw a match for him.

As that unfolds, a heist leads to various criminal parties trying to get their hands on a priceless diamond that continuously finds its way into the hands of amateur crooks, arms dealers, gambling addicts, and many other deplorable characters.

A fast-paced, energetic crime movie, Snatch is also one of the biggest ensemble films on Netflix currently, with appearances made by Pitt, Statham, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Rade Šerbedžija, Stephen Graham, Lennie James, and many, many others.

Horror: Creep

If you’re ever in the mood for a good indie film, it’s never a bad idea to settle on a movie either written, directed by, or featuring the criminally underrated Mark Duplass, with his 2014 horror film, Creep, a great illustration of Duplass’s exceptional talent on and off-screen.

Aaron (Patrick Brice) is a struggling young videographer who takes a job recording the last messages of a terminally ill man (Duplass) in a remote town. As the job unfolds, Aaron begins to suspect his client is hiding something from him.

Creep is the epitome of an indie horror film in the best possible way. Suspenseful and disturbing without relying on too heavy a run-time (it’s only an hour and fifteen minutes), it’s a minimalist horror film that builds a psychologically uneasy atmosphere instead of routinely using cheap jump scares.

Action: Road House

To be fair, Road House isn’t exactly an Oscar winner by any stretch of the imagination. But as Anthony Bourdain and Bill Murray have pointed out, it’s not nearly as bad a film as most people tend to deem it as, either.

Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is a bouncer with an expert knowledge of martial arts and hand-to-hand fighting. Summoned to a small town in Missouri, Dalton works on cleaning up a sleazy backwater bar, leading into conflict with a shady businessman (Ben Gazzara) who wants to keep the town exactly as it is.

With its stylized kung fu fights, heavy depiction of blood and violence, and expletive-filled screenplay, Road House feels like the kind of film Tarantino might’ve made if he were active in the ‘80s. And with production on the new Jake Gyllenhall-led remake of the film having just gotten underway, what better time to revisit this ‘80s cult classic than the present?

Thriller: Lou

The other major new arrival to Netflix, Lou is a hard-edged action thriller featuring a wholly different heroine than Die Hard’s John McClane or the T-800 from the Terminator franchise.

In a rugged forest community, a young girl is kidnapped by a mysterious hitchhiker (Logan Marshall-Green), who then flees into the woods. With a storm cutting her off from help, the girl’s mother (Jurnee Smollett) enlists the aid of her older, arthritic landlady, Lou (Allison Janney), who agrees to track the hitchhiker and rescue the woman’s daughter.

Carried by the leading performances of its two stars, Lou is an enthralling and exciting movie that offers a more female-centric subversion of the traditional action genre. It’s taut, unforgiving, and well-balanced by emotional nuance that most other action movies lack.

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Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).