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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Private Life (2018)
40.

Private Life (2018)

Paul Giamatti, man. Ever watched Win/Win? What a performance. I didn’t think he could do any better than that. But here he did. This movie is now on Netflix. It’s about a couple that is trying to have a kid but can’t. Their frustration grows, but so does their willingness to do whatever it takes to become parents. They try to adopt, go to fertility clinics and ultimately ask their niece to donate her eggs. To really work, such a plot requires well-written, multifaceted characters one can relate to. I did, and it really worked.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Caroline Martin, Danny Deferrari, Denis O'Hare, Desmin Borges, Emily Robinson, Francesca Root-Dodson, Gabrielle Reidy, Hettienne Park, John Carroll Lynch, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, Kerry Flanagan, Lizzy DeClement, Maddie Corman, Molly Shannon, Paul Giamatti, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Tracee Chimo
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Rating: R
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Wildlife (2018)
39.

Wildlife (2018)

A powerful but quiet movie directed by Paul Dano and based on a novel of the same name by Richard Ford. It stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as a couple who move to a new town with their only child during the 1960s. Their relationship transforms after Gyllenhaal's character loses his job as a butler and chooses to leave for a more dangerous profession, firefighting. This movie is about his wife's response to this event and the implications of both parents' behavior on their kid. There are no twists or turns, exciting action or plot; but Wildlife doesn't need any of that. This moving story about a decaying family unit is portrayed in the sadness that comes with such events. The only joy comes from watching the outstanding (but expected) performances of the cast.

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Bill Camp, Carey Mulligan, Darryl Cox, Ed Oxenbould, Ginger Gilmartin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lexi Anastasia, Mollie Milligan, Paul Dano, Travis W Bruyer, Zoe Colletti
Director: Paul Dano
Rating: PG-13
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The Death of Stalin (2017)
38.

The Death of Stalin (2017)

This is a hilarious political comedy starring the ever-great Steve Buscemi. Set in the last days before Stalin's death and the chaos that followed, it portrays the lack of trust and the random assassinations that characterized the Stalinist Soviet Union. Think of it as Veep meets Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator. Although to be fair, its dark comedy props are very different from the comedy that comes out today: where there are jokes they're really smart, but what's actually funny is the atmosphere and absurd situations that end up developing.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Actor: Adam Shaw, Adrian McLoughlin, Andrea Riseborough, Andy Gathergood, Cara Horgan, Daniel Tuite, David Crow, Dermot Crowley, Diana Quick, George Potts, Gerald Lepkowski, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Aris, June Watson, Justin Edwards, Karl Johnson, Michael Ballard, Michael Palin, Nicholas Sidi, Nicholas Woodeson, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, Paul Chahidi, Paul Ready, Paul Whitehouse, Richard Brake, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Tom Brooke
Director: Armando Iannucci
Rating: R
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Queen and Slim
37.

Queen and Slim

On their drive back from a Tinder date that was only average, a couple are pulled over by a racist police officer. Things escalate unexpectedly and the couple, one of whom is a lawyer aware of the corruptedness of the system, start a life on the run together. This thrilling set-up mixing social commentary and romance is a movie that's actually many movies in one. And almost as if to cut in-between the different tonalities, there are so many quiet and beautiful shots of the couple: silent, still or dancing - these moments are true cinematic magic. 

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Actor: Benito Martinez, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryant Tardy, Chloe Sevigny, Daniel Kaluuya, Flea, Gralen Bryant Banks, Indya Moore, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Jodie Turner-Smith
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Rating: R
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
36.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

This coming-of-age story based on the bestseller by the same name starts fun but veers towards darker territory. It's about a high-schooler who makes two older friends, played perfectly by Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. But as he gets closer to one of them, his anxieties and past trauma come to the surface. The impressive depth to which the makers of The Perks of Being a Wallflower were able to take it is what elevates it to greatness. It's the perfect mix between easy and challenging. If there is ever such a thing, it's this movie.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Adam Hagenbuch, Chelsea Zhang, Dylan McDermott, Emma Watson, Erin Wilhelmi, Ezra Miller, Joan Cusack, Johnny Simmons, Julia Garner, Kate Walsh, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Melanie Lynskey, Morgan Wolk, Nicholas Braun, Nina Dobrev, Patrick de Ledebur, Paul Rudd, Reece Thompson, Stacy Chbosky, Stephen Chbosky, Tom Savini, Zane Holtz
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Rating: PG-13
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Paddleton (2019)
35.

Paddleton (2019)

There are three big reasons to watch Paddleton. The first two are Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, who play the two neighbors at the center of the story. And the third is Alexandre Lehmann, the director, who also is responsible for Blue Jay (on Netflix as well).

These two misfit neighbors find themselves together when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. They embark on a trip to the nearest pharmacy (a six-hour drive) which turns into an adventure.

This premise gives Paddleton a lot to play on: it’s a comedy, but it’s also a drama about a fatal disease. It’s a bromance, but it’s about a fragile friendship. All these contradictions make Paddleton a great slice-of-life movie. And again, both actors are amazing. Watching it just for them is worth it.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alexandra Billings, Christine Woods, Dendrie Taylor, Kadeem Hardison, Marguerite Moreau, Mark Duplass, Matt Bush, Ray Romano, Yolanda Bolden
Director: Alex Lehmann, Alexandre Lehmann
Rating: TV-MA
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Tell Me Who I Am (2019)
34.

Tell Me Who I Am (2019)

This documentary starts with Alex Lewis, who gets into a motorcycle accident and wakes up in the hospital not knowing who he is. He doesn’t remember anything (not even what a bicycle or a TV is, or who his mother or father are), but he remembers his twin brother, Marcus. When Alex gets back into his childhood home, he’s full of questions, and Marcus is full of answers. However, slowly, Marcus realizes his power to reshape Alex’s version of their past. Marcus leaves one important detail from Alex’s life that makes this documentary (as if it wasn’t already) such an insane story. I know I said it’s a sad movie, but it’s also fascinating and, ultimately, humanizing of the brothers’ experience.

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Genre: Documentary, Drama, Mystery
Actor: Alex Lewis, Andrew Caley, Evan Milton, Marcus Lewis |
Director: Ed Perkins
Rating: TV-MA
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Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (2020)
33.

Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (2020)

“They called me uppity. Uppity n*****. And I loved it”. That’s how this excellent documentary, about the first professional black racing driver Willy T. Ribbs, starts. It summarizes the strong personality of a champion who excelled in tracks that were filled with confederate flags.

The documentary explains the details of the difficulties that Ribbs went through in the 70s and 80s, but also the people who supported him and recognized his talent. It’s by no way a sad movie, on the contrary, even when Ribbs is talking about people spitting wherever he walks or about the death threats escalating, his unharmed determination is at the center of the story.

This is an inspiring documentary about a character who never got his worth in the history books. I was full of shivers by the first half-hour mark.

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Genre: Documentary
Actor: Adam Carolla, Bernie Ecclestone, Chase Austin, Doug Boles, Ian Brown, Nate Adams, Paul Newman, Willy T. Ribbs
Director: Adam Carolla, Nate Adams
Rating: Not Rated
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32.

The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)

This fun comedy-drama is about a New York playwright called Radha who never hit big. When she turns 40, she decides to reinvent herself as RadhaMUSPrime, a rapper.

And it’s all a personal affair: Radha Blank plays the main character (named after herself) and is also the writer, director, and producer.

The story is about rap and theater, but being so connected to reality, it feels like it’s about Blank making the movie itself. Its very existence feels like a triumph against the pressure of age, the misunderstanding of others, and the weight of unreached goals.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Antonio Ortiz, Ashlee Brian, Haskiri Velazquez, Imani Lewis, Oswin Benjamin, Peter Kim, Peter Y. Kim, Radha Blank, Reed Birney, T.J. Atoms, Welker White
Director: Radha Blank
Rating: R
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Election (1999)
31.

Election (1999)

Starring Matthew Broderick and a young Reese Witherspoon as, respectively, Jim McAllister, a high school teacher and Tracy Flick, a notorious 'that girl' in his class. When Tracy decides to run for class president, we see the floodgates open as all sorts of bizarre and insane behavior pours out of the two. Quickly, it becomes clear that Tracy will do nearly anything to win, and as circumstances spiral out of control, madness descends - along with hilarity!

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Genre: Comedy
Actor: Chris Klein, Colleen Camp, Delaney Driscoll, Frankie Ingrassia, Holmes Osborne, Jeanine Jackson, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Matt Malloy, Matthew Broderick, Molly Hagan, Nicholas D'Agosto, Phil Reeves, Reese Witherspoon
Director: Alexander Payne
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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