To be honest, Netflix has changed our lives, and mostly for the better. The streaming giant has ensured that we can get the choicest of other picks while choosing to watch a movie in the comfort of your home. While it’s own released movies are definitely a class apart, there are many wildly acclaimed and popular movies streaming on Netflix that you should check out.
Jennifer Lawrence plays a domestic goddess who wafts around her home, breathing life back into the building and stroking the ego of her older poet husband (Javier Bardem). When strangers show up, our heroine bristles. First comes Ed Harris’s ailing surgeon, followed by his wife (a boozy, bitchy Michelle Pfeiffer) and sons. Events spiral, initially amusingly, then terrifyingly, until things get very ugly indeed. A biblical reference in more ways than one, Mother is a movie that will leave you thinking.
Blade Runner 2049
Thirty-five years after Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2049 proves an artistic and philosophical triumph, an unforgettable vision of a deracinated future from director Denis Villeneuve. Harrison Ford returns as grizzled ex-LAPD cop Rick Deckard, befriended by Ryan Gosling’s more beatific, explicitly android cop “K” during his search for a fabled replicant child. Watch on Netflix
Alfred Hitchcock’s magnum opus, which features one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. If you’ve never seen it before, this is the perfect chance to remedy that. And this movie gave birth to a whole new genre of psychological thrillers. Watch on Netflix
Reese Witherspoon stars in Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Valée’s film about a troubled young woman named Cheryl Strayed, who decided to hike over a 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find herself. Watch on Netflix
This extraordinary story from writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) – which centers on a group of journalists in Boston investigating children being molested within the Catholic church – is brought vividly to life in a riveting, serious-minded drama that sticks mindfully to the facts. Watch on Netflix
In typically understated fashion, director Clint Eastwood re-creates the events of 15 January 2009, when US Airways pilot ChesleySullenberger (played here by Tom Hanks) landed a passenger plane on New York’s Hudson River. Hanks doesn’t make a big noise, but he does have enormous presence and carries this one home with great skill and composure. Watch on Netflix
An injured Civil War soldier (Colin Farrell) is brought into an all-female household to recover from his wounds, and causes quite a bit of trouble… Sophia Coppola’s remake of the Don Siegel original from the 1970s won her the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Watch on Netflix
Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey’s painful transformation into AIDS sufferer and illegal meds dealer Ron Woodruff won him an Oscar in 2014. Jared Leto’s performance is arguably even more tortuously engrossing.
A labour of love in every sense. Seven years in the making and composed of some 65,000 frames produced by 120-odd artists, this film touts itself as the world’s first fully painted film. Watch on Netflix
Dan Stevens tries to save his sister from a sinister cult (led by Michael Sheen’s prophet Malcolm Howe) on a remote Welsh island in the early 20th century.