100 Best Movies On Netflix Right Now

It is very easy to become lost in Netflix land and believe you've already seen everything worth watching. Rest assured, there is very little chance you have. For the second time we have curated a list of the best movie suggestions on Netflix: the best highly-rated, little-known titles available to stream. This is a list we update almost every week to adjust for new arrivals and expired titles.

agoodmovietowatch is your gateway to on-demand streaming services, but instead of recommending the same movies to you you've been hearing about for the past 20 years, we focus on the good ones that were overlooked. This way we introduce you to movies you haven’t yet seen, that you can watch immediately and love. To do this, we only recommend movies that have received a high rating from viewers combined with a high score from critics. This means that these movies have been appreciated by both, so you can trust that they’re awesome. We also only suggest movies that didn’t make a huge splash at the box office or which didn’t get the attention they deserved, so there is little chance you have already seen them. Below we count down again our best movie suggestions available to stream on Netflix Instant America. For other countries, visit agoodmovietowatch.com/netflix and use the region selector in the top bar to switch to your geography.

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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

This is the first film directed by actor Macon Blair (so good in both Blue Ruin and Green Room), and while it is shaggy and tonally all over the place, there is a lot to recommend here. First off, I’m a huge fan of the (underrated) Melanie Lynskey, so I was primed to like this movie from the get-go. After Ruth’s (Lynskey) home is broken into, she seeks revenge against the perpetrators with help from her martial arts obsessed neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood, sporting an impressive rat-tail). What starts out as an empowering journey for Ruth & Tony quickly teeters into dangerous and increasingly violent territory. This movie is probably not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of 90s indie films and don’t mind some violence mixed in with your dark humor, then you will enjoy this small, well-acted film.

(Tara Goe)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Chris Doubek, Christine Woods, Dana Millican, David Yow, Derek Mears, Devon Graye, Elijah Wood, Gary Anthony Williams, Jana Lee Hamblin, Jane Levy, Jared Roylance, Jason Manuel Olazabal, Macon Blair, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Matt Orduna, Melanie Lynskey, Michelle Moreno, Myron Natwick, Robert Longstreet
Director: Macon Blair
Rating: Not Rated, TV-MA
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Carol (2015)
69.

Carol (2015)

Watching Carol is like reading a really interesting book while relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. It is one of those movies that you probably heard about during its Oscar run, and have since delayed actually viewing it. Well now that it is on Netflix and other streaming services you have no excuse! It’s refreshingly unique, incredibly charming, and features a kind of story that hasn’t been told very often – a love story between two women. Both characters played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara attempt to live true to their own principles while facing unjust yet severe backlash from society. If you are open to it, the love story in this will stay with you forever.

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Anita Farmer Bergman, Carrie Brownstein, Cate Blanchett, Cory Michael Smith, Giedre Bond, Greg Violand, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Ken Strunk, Kevin Crowley, Kyle Chandler, Nik Pajic, Rooney Mara, Sadie Heim, Sarah Paulson, Todd Haynes
Director: Todd Haynes
Rating: R
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And Breathe Normally (2018)
68.

And Breathe Normally (2018)

Iceland is a country of vast lands but limited population - only about 300,000 people can call themselves Icelandic. On the other hand, 8 million people have connecting flights through Iceland every year. 

In this setting of mass movement, a single mother dealing with poverty is offered a chance to turn things around - a job as a border agent. One of her first days, she comes across an asylum seeker on a connecting flight from Guinea Bissau to Canada, trying to cross with a fake passport. 

Their stories don’t only intertwine as border agent and asylum seeker, but as two mothers. And Breathe Normally is about struggling with poverty both in Europe and coming from a place like Guinea Bissau. It’s a beautiful, plot-heavy statement on the importance of solidarity and of seeing the human behind the country of origin or race. 

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Ísold Uggadóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Bragi Arnason, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Þorsteinn Bachmann
Director: Isold Uggadottir
Rating: TV-14
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Song of the Sea (2014)
67.

Song of the Sea (2014)

This animated movie is absolutely wonderful. It’s an Irish production, and the drawings/graphics are so beautiful and different from what you usually see in this genre. This alone, along with the music, would be good reasons to watch this.

But what really makes this worth your time is the story – it’s about a boy dealing with the loss of his mother. He embarks on an adventure into a parallel world of feelings to save his sister.

I found it to be refreshingly original, sometimes quite intense (I cried, but I easily cry), and heartwarming. The details are great. And I love the way the story was interwoven with Irish mythology, making it magical.

(Jennie)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Actor: Brendan Gleeson, Colm ÓSnodaigh, Colm O'Snodaigh, David Rawle, Fionnula Flanagan, Jon Kenny, Kevin Swierszcz, Liam Hourican, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O'Connell, Pat Shortt, Tomm Moore
Director: Tomm Moore
Rating: PG
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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
66.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

“As fragile as she was strong, as vulnerable as she was dynamic, she was African royalty. How does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?”. What Happened, Miss Simone? will surprise you no matter how much you thought you knew about the soul singer - not only in its exploration of Nina Simone’s personal life and complexities, but by being both a personal and political documentary. As you discover an original singer with talents that reach all the way to performance art, you will also learn about a Civil Rights activist’s journey and an unstable woman’s struggle. The documentary is not about answering the question of what happened, Miss Simone? – it’s an exploration of why that question is so important.

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Genre: Documentary, Music
Actor: James Baldwin, Liz Garbus, Nina Simone, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite
Director: Liz Garbus
Rating: Not Rated
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Snowpiercer (2014)
65.

Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer is an under-the-rader post-apocalyptic thriller that offers the grittiness that many times only Asian cinema may achieve. South Korean director Joon-ho Bong forces audiences to forget that Chris Evans was ever a Marvel superhero, as he leads a revolt of his fellow “low-class” citizens against the self-appointed gentry in a train that contains all remaining members of the planet. With immersive environments and a layered script, this film melds together social commentary and moral discourse in a visually arresting and vastly entertaining package.

(Akshay Goyal)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Actor: Adnan Haskovic, Alison Pill, Chris Evans, Clark Middleton, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Kenny Doughty, Ko A-sung, Luke Pasqualino, Marcanthonee Reis, Octavia Spencer, Parry Shen, Paul Lazar, Sean Connor Renwick, Song Kang-ho, Steve Park, Tilda Swinton, Tómas Lemarquis, Vlad Ivanov
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Rating: R
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Director Noah Baumbach’s autobiographical film is a strikingly realistic take on divorce and the turmoil it sets on an already-dysfunctional family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a selfish decadent writer who’s splitting with his unfaithful wife Joan (Laura Linney). Their two sons, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline), are taking different sides that reflect their personality. This separation only reinforces their insecurities as they quickly fall into depression and grow away from their friends. The parents, however, find unconventional lovers just as quickly, Bernard with a student of his, and Jane with her son’s tennis coach. The Squid and the Whale is a funny, emotional, and gripping story that finds a perfect balance in tone despite dealing with bitter divorce and troubled adolescence.

(Anass)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Adam Rose, Alexandra Daddario, Anna Paquin, David Benger, Eli Gelb, Elizabeth Meriwether, Halley Feiffer, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Ken Leung, Laura Linney, Maryann Plunkett, Owen Kline, Peggy Gormley, William Baldwin
Director: Noah Baumbach
Rating: R
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A Ghost Story (2017)
63.

A Ghost Story (2017)

Twisted yet deep. Sad yet interesting. Slow yet exhilarating. A Ghost Story is an incredible artistic achievement. With hardly any dialog, and breathtakingly long takes in its first half, it manages to bring you in its own creepy world and not let go until you feel completely lonely. Starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a loving couple who are hit with a horrible tragedy, the beginning is slow, and it's not a plot driven movie, but if you give it a chance it will blow your mind.

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Actor: Augustine Frizzell, Brea Grant, Casey Affleck, David Lowery, Kenneisha Thompson, Kesha Rose Sebert, Liz Cardenas Franke, Liz Franke, McColm Cephas Jr., Rob Zabrecky, Rooney Mara, Sonia Acevedo, Will Oldham
Director: David Lowery
Rating: R
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
62.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

This movie’s energy is completely intoxicating.

It’s the directorial debut of renown British/Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, but it feels like the work of a veteran.

In a true story told in English and Chichewa (a language from Malawi), a young boy is expelled from school because his parents couldn’t afford tuition. At the same time, his village is struck by a variety of natural circumstances that bring them the threat of drought and famine.

The young boy sneaks into the library in the hopes of making a windmill and saving his village, and you can guess what follows from the title.

The triumph of engineering and a boy with a dream; mix in an incredibly interesting culture, full of unique family dynamics and a thought-provoking intersection between religion, tradition, and technology. The result is a delicate but uplifting movie, not to be missed.

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Genre: Drama, Family, History
Actor: Aissa Maiga, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Felix Lemburo, Joseph Marcell, Lemogang Tsipa, Lily Banda, Maxwell Simba, Noma Dumezweni, Philbert Falakeza
Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Rating: TV-PG
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Uncut Gems (2019)
61.

Uncut Gems (2019)

A crazy, anxiety-inducing thriller that turns Adam Sandler into a thrill-generating machine, which in its own speaks volumes about the rhythm of this movie. It follows a jeweler who gets himself in trouble with what feels like all of New York - a gang, Kevin Garnett (the NBA player), other jewelers, his family, odd twins that appear out of nowhere - everyone. This all happens in the backdrop of him feeling he has “hit big” and is on the verge of receiving a lot of money.

If you watched Good Time, you know what to expect from directors Safdie brothers: excruciating tension that keeps building up when you thought it wasn’t possible. And that might be the only problem with Uncut Gems; the tension doesn't feel that different from Good Time, and having watched one you can guess where the other one is going.

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Actor: Abel Tesfaye, Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Hailey Gates, Idina Menzel, Jake Ryan, John Amos, Judd Hirsch, Julia Fox, Keith Williams Richards, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Liang Wei-Hei Duncan, Marcia DeBonis, Marshall Greenberg, Mesfin Lamengo, Natasha Lyonne, Noa Fisher, Pom Klementieff, Sahar Bibiyan, Sean Ringgold, Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton, Sun Zhi Hua-Hilton, The Weeknd, Tilda Swinton
Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Rating: R
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A quick recap

Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
30
Drama
116
Documentary
112
Romance
24
Average score
74.3%
from our staff
Average score
73.5%
from our users
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