50 Best Downloadable Movies on Netflix

50 Best Downloadable Movies on Netflix

June 16, 2024

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Taking a trip soon? Download these dozen incredible movies on Netflix. They’ll make your nights.

Like all movies on agoodmovietowatch.com, they are: highly-rated by users, highly-rated by critics, and little-known. They’re gems that you probably haven’t yet seen, which you will love.

41. Aquarius (2016)

7.8

Country

Brazil, France

Director

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Actors

Allan Souza Lima, Arly Arnaud, Bárbara Colen, Bruno Goya

Moods

Sunday, Thought-provoking, Thrilling

If you’ve never heard of Sonia Braga, you’re in for a ride with this movie. She is, in my opinion, one of the best actresses alive today. In Aquarius, she stars as a 65-year-old trying to keep the home in which she pledged to die. In a quiet, yet stoically powerful performance, she reminds us that identity often intersects with the spaces in which we live.

42. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

7.7

Country

Brazil, Ghana, United States of America

Director

Cary Fukunaga, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Actors

Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese, Andrew Adote, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Moods

Intense, Raw, Thought-provoking

An instant classic, Beast of No Nation is a unique and uniquely-paced war drama which ranges in patterns from explosive visual storytelling to calm character studies. A child joins a rebel group consisting almost entirely of children and led by a charismatic leader credited as Commandant. As you get to witness the conflict through the child’s eyes, his own development and his commander’s, the film unfolds as an exploration of the never ending state of war in Africa. It takes you to varying conclusions, most of which you will have trouble admitting you’ve reached. As Commandant, Idris Elba is transfixing, and the whole cast of almost entirely non-actors, as well as the deeply authentic staging by True Detective and Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga, are enthralling.

43. Spy Game (2001)

7.7

Country

France, Germany, Hong Kong

Director

Tony Scott

Actors

Adrian Pang, Amidou, Andrew Grainger, Balázs Tardy

Moods

Action-packed, Instructive, Thrilling

Robert Redford and Brad Pitt make quite the ensemble in this edgy game of espionage. With performances as strong as their jawlines, this action-packed rescue mission will keep you in suspense! Be sure to keep up with all the witty banter and interesting plot twists shifting between flashbacks and present-day scenarios. Keep in mind that this isn’t your average spy movie, with a more realistic approach and a character-driven storyline, most of the flash happens cinematically.

44. Frances Ha (2013)

7.7

Country

Brazil, United States of America

Director

Noah Baumbach

Actors

Adam Driver, Britta Phillips, Charlotte d'Amboise, Christine Gerwig

Moods

Easy, Funny, Grown-up Comedy

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York – but not the glamorous NYC of Woody Allen movies. Taking place primarily in the gritty and rapidly gentrifying North Brooklyn, the black and white film paints a picture of an extended adolescence. Focusing on the goofy and carefree Frances, who loses her boyfriend, her best friend and her dream of being a dancer. She moves in with two guys, both of whom are more successful than her, and becomes even more determined to fulfil her goals, impractical as they may be. Fans of HBO’s Girls and other odes to not being a “real person” yet will love this film.

45. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

7.7

Country

United States of America

Director

Anna Boden, Female director

Actors

Aasif Mandvi, Adrian Martinez, Alan Aisenberg, Ato Blankson-Wood

Moods

Uplifting, Warm

Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner checks himself into a mental-health clinic. Unfortunately, the youth wing is closed, so he must spend his mandated five-day stay with adults. One of them, Bobby, quickly becomes his mentor — and him his protege, while Craig finds himself drawn to a fellow teen, Noelle, who just may be the cure he needs to forget an unrequited crush. Starring Keir Gilchrist and Zack Galifianakis, It’s kind of a Funny Story is based on a novel of the same name.

46. Swiss Army Man (2016)

7.7

Country

Sweden, United States of America

Director

Dan Kwan, Daniel Kwan

Actors

Aaron Marshall, Andy Hull, Antonia Ribero, Daniel Radcliffe

Moods

Funny, Mind-blowing, Sunday

Probably the weirdest film you’ll ever see. Paul Dano plays a borderline suicidal man who befriends a farting corpse that washed up from the sea as played by Daniel Radcliffe. It’s an adventurous, witty and hilarious film yet it is filled with discreet and very deep lessons about society and norms. The soundtrack is so charmingly unique as well, it’s a definite must-watch for anyone looking for a refreshing comedy.

47. The Babadook (2014)

7.6

Country

Australia, Canada

Director

Female director, Jennifer Kent

Actors

Adam Morgan, Barbara West, Ben Winspear, Benjamin Winspear

Moods

Challenging, Thrilling

In an age where recent horror films mostly use the jump-scare as a crutch to make their CGI-spawned (not to mention generic) creatures seem scary, The Babadook portrays real scares, relatable characters and a moving story. Jennifer Kent (director and writer) sets this on the backdrop of heavily Lars von Trier-inspired cinematography, elevating The Babadook from a shot at an amazing horror to a resemblance of an art house film. The unease felt during this film only increases as it creeps towards its conclusion. Whenever the Babadook (the monster of the film) is seen lurking in the peripherals of the camera, appearing in television sets and the shadows to create a sense of omnipresence that disturbs the viewer on a deeper, more primal level than that of so many recent horror films could even hope to reach. It leaves the audience with the sensation that they are being lowered onto a lit candle, spine-first. In short; the seamless acting, the beautiful shots, the slow-burning terror together creates a masterpiece that strides past any horror film of the past decade (maybe even further) and stands toe-to-toe with the greats without even breaking a sweat.

48. The Wailing (2016)

7.5

Country

Korea, South Korea, United States of America

Director

Hong-jin Na, Na Hong-jin

Actors

Bae Yong-geun, Cho Han-cheul, Chun Woo-hee, Do-won Kwak

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Dramatic, Mind-blowing

In rural Korea a policeman starts to investigate peculiar and violent events that most of the people in his village attribute to the arrival of a new Japanese resident. As the occurrences keep multiplying, and different perspectives in the film are shown, you start to lose touch with reality in the face of what can only be described as genius film-making. As critic Jada Yuan puts it, the film operates on a level “that makes most American cinema seem clunky and unimaginative”. For this reason, and while The Wailing is a true horror flick with a great premise, it’s also more than just that: it boosts a mind-boggling, interesting plot that will have you thinking about it long after the credits roll. Protip: grab the person next to you and make them watch this movie with you so you can have someone to discuss it with after!

49. The Impossible (2012)

7.5

Country

Spain, Thailand, United States of America

Director

J.A. Bayona

Actors

Bonnie Zellerbach, Bruce Blain, Dominic Power, Douglas Johansson

Moods

Thrilling, True-story-based

A heart-wrenching tribute to victims of natural disasters that is one of despair, suffering, and hope. And it wouldn’t be so damning if it weren’t based off a true story surrounding the tragedy that killed more than 230,000 people. Boxing Day 2004 was one of the most memorable dates for wedded couple, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts, for an Oscar nominated performance). Just two days prior, they arrived at Orchid Beach Resort in Thailand to celebrate the Christmas holidays together with their three children. After a squabble with the crew regarding their room reservations, they are granted the privilege of staying in a peaceful villa and all seems to be well. Nature had other plans in mind, though, and facing it head-on is the bittersweet reality.

50. Team Foxcatcher (2016)

7.5

Country

United States of America

Director

Jon Greenhalgh

Actors

Dan Chaid, Dave Schultz, John E. du Pont, Mark Schultz

Moods

Dark, Intense, True-crime

This documentary prides itself on its rawness from its home video style. It uses a lot of uninterrupted clips that don’t really need to be there, as well as odd choices for symbolic b-roll and mood-setting music in the early going. But at the center of the documentary is John du Pont, an unstable old money mark who wishes to be one of the boys, treating the wrestlers like his family in the absence of his own. The interviews paint a clear picture of him as a delusional, lonely, and dangerous man, and the foreshadowing is insane albeit too slow. While it may be visually all over the place, perhaps the biggest nitpick about it is that, out of respect, it could have allotted more time to Dave Schultz or the aftermath.

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