100 Best Movies On Netflix India Right Now

100 Best Movies On Netflix India Right Now

February 20, 2024

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Netflix is undoubtedly the best film streaming service out there. However, the list of movies on Netflix India might seem limited or at least somewhat different from other countries. This is simply not true. What is happening is that Netflix is really overwhelming: it’s not the lack of options, it’s too many of them – something called the paradox of choice: the more you have to choose from, the harder it is to choose. As you’re reading through our list, you’ll come to understand that there is no shortage of great movies available to viewers in India. Each of the entries on this list is a highly rated, little known movie that was handpicked by our staff of movie enthusiasts. This page is also frequently updated so you never run out of great movies to watch. So without further ado, please meet our countdown of the best movies for Netflix India. You can browse all of our suggestions here.

61. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

7.5

Country

Japan

Director

Isao Takahata

Actors

Akiko Yano, Chôchô Miyako, Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Lighthearted

One of Studio Ghibli’s overlooked gems, My Neighbors the Yamadas is a charming anthology film about a modern-day Japanese family. The film sets itself apart from other Ghibli films through its unique doodle-like watercolor animation and its short piano themes. While the vignettes may just depict regular family conflicts, the scenes still feel compelling due to the Yamadas’ imagination of the metaphors that they use. Exaggerating the metaphors keeps the audience breathless in certain strategic moments – most notably in the wedding day speech of the mother of the bride. While not as fantastical as Ghibli’s other offerings, the completely digital My Neighbors the Yamadas finds humor in and celebrates the mundane.

62. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

7.5

Country

Japan

Director

Goro Miyazaki

Actors

Aoi Teshima, Goro Miyazaki, Haruka Shiraishi, Jun Fubuki

Moods

Easy, Heart-warming, Lighthearted

While more known for their fantastical children’s stories, Studio Ghibli occasionally serves a down-to-earth, domestic film set in the real world. One of them is From Up On Poppy Hill. On the surface is a story of two student activists who fall in love while fighting to keep their high school club’s Latin Quarter from demolition. Of course, with this in mind, the most surprising event in the film is the incest scare. However, this seemingly random plot point feels important in the sense that everything is resolved once they’ve fully understood the past. And because of the 1960s post-Korean War Tokyo setting, the film is nostalgic yet dares to question whether or not Japan has fully processed and acknowledged their losses in a war that isn’t theirs.

63. Fan Girl (2020)

7.5

Country

Philippines, United States of America

Director

Antoinette Jadaone, Female director

Actors

Bea Alonzo, Camille Penaverde, Charlie Dizon, Gie Onida

Moods

A-list actors, Challenging, Dark

In the years since Fan Girl’s original release in the Philippines, its ultimate message and execution has become polarizing: is it enough that the film shows the corruption of a parasocial relationship into an abusive one, without offering much hope? Is its vision of justice actually constructive or disappointingly limited? No matter where you fall, it’s exciting that a movie can stir up these kinds of questions through a bizarre dynamic between characters, in a place that’s clearly set somewhere between reality and delusion. The narrative is circular and frustrating for a reason—a constant push and pull as the titular fan girl keeps getting drawn back into the celebrity’s orbit—and the film only grows more disturbing with each repetition.

64. Dear Ex (2018)

7.4

Country

Hong Kong, Taiwan

Director

Chih-Yen Hsu, Female director

Actors

Ai-Lun Kao, Clover Kao, Danny Liang, Fang Wan

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Dramatic, Emotional

Dear Ex is a family drama that explores LGBT+ issues in contemporary Taiwan. As much as it is a movie about how people cope with loss, it’s a powerful, heartwarming, and intimate portrait of the relationship between Jay and Song Zhengyuan and all the obstacles they face.

While the themes of Dear Ex are heavy, the director makes the viewing experience easier for the audience thanks to humorous and witty dialogue. Meanwhile, the history between Jay and Song Zhengyuan’s relationship unfolds in a very beautiful, almost poetic way, and by the end of the movie, we understand that everyone gets their own kind of forgiveness. The way the characters effortlessly show that love is something beyond genders is admirable, and it is great to see how everyone gets their own kind of forgiveness whether it’s from themselves or from others by the end of the movie.

65. Pom Poko (1994)

7.4

Country

Japan

Director

Isao Takahata

Actors

Akira Fukuzawa, Akira Kamiya, Beichou Katsura, Bunshi Katsura

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Gripping, Thought-provoking

This 1994 animated gem from Studio Ghibli is one of their many environmentally-conscious works. In a world of shape-shifting animals and environmental conservation, Pom Poko beautifully combines folklore, humor, and social commentary to tell a tale of raccoons fighting to save their forest home from human encroachment. The animation is stunning, showcasing Ghibli’s signature attention to detail and vibrant visuals. But it’s the heartfelt story and lovable characters that really steal the show. Although it is slow-paced, Pom Poko is a thought-provoking and entertaining film that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the wonders of nature. 

66. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

7.3

Country

United States of America

Director

Craig Brewer

Actors

A.J. Tannen, Aaron Craven, Akono Dixon, Aleksandar Filimonović

Moods

Easy, Funny, True-story-based

This Eddie Murphy comedy had all the ingredients to be both a famous movie and an award-winner, but neither happened. It tells the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who became famous for creating a character called Dolemite, a pimp, and who later attempted to make his own movie based on the same character. Murphy plays Rudy, but there are also other recognizable faces in supporting roles: Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Snoop Dogg, and many others. It’s above all a funny movie, but being Eddie Murphy’s first R-rated movie since 1999, it’s also a realistic portrayal of both 1970s L.A. and the struggles of being a black filmmaker at the time.

67. The Endless Trench (2019)

7.3

Country

Canada, France, Spain

Director

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño

Actors

Aitor Arregi, Antonio de la Torre, Antonio Romero, Belén Cuesta

Moods

Challenging, Character-driven

This historical drama opens with one of the most thrilling chase scenes in recent memory, as Higinio Blanco, the man at the center of the story, escapes government forces during the Spanish Civil War.

He goes into hiding that, without him realizing, would last 33 years. He would only emerge in a government amnesty in 1969, as would many like him across Spain.

Themes of love (Higinio was confined with his newlywed wife), solitude and fear are at the center of a story that remains thrilling even when it goes through the isolation years.

68. The Half of It (2020)

7.3

Country

United States of America

Director

Alice Wu, Female director

Actors

Abigail Donaghy, Alec Tincher, Alexandre Bagot, Alexxis Lemire

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Slice-of-Life

This lovely romance is about Ellie, a straight-A student who takes money from a classmate, Paul, to write love letters for him. Ellie does this to help with the household bills but there is one big problem: the girl Paul is in love with is also the girl Ellie has a crush on.

This might seem like the set-up for a standard Netflix comedy (and if you’re thinking Bergerac, you’re right, it is based on the famous play) but as the introduction of the film reads: “This is not a love story … not one where anyone gets what they want.”

It is in fact, personal work from a brilliant and quality-focused director, Alice Wu. Her last movie, Saving Face, a pioneering lesbian romance set in an Asian American context, was released a long 15 years ago.

69. Omar (2013)

7.2

Country

Palestine, Palestinian Territory

Director

Hany Abu-Assad

Actors

Adam Bakri, Adi Krayem, Doraid Liddawi, Eyad Hourani

Moods

Raw, Thought-provoking, Thrilling

Ask yourself how many Palestinian movies you have seen before. You will want to give this smart and twisty Academy Award nominee by Golden Globe winning director Hany Abu-Assad a chance to change your answer. Omar, a Palestinian baker, climbs the West Bank Wall to see his lover, Nadia, whom he wants to marry. When Israeli soldiers catch and humiliate him, he gets implicated in the shooting of an Israeli soldier, and eventually gets arrested and faces an extremely lengthy sentence. Later, his captors’ motives and his own get tangled up in politics, friendship, trust, and love. Omar is a highly realistic, compelling crime drama you don’t want to miss.

70. The Reader (2008)

7.2

Country

Germany, United States of America

Director

Stephen Daldry

Actors

Alexandra Maria Lara, Benjamin Trinks, Bruno Ganz, Burghart Klaussner

Moods

A-list actors, Depressing

The Reader is a German-American drama from 2008, based on the best-selling novel by author Bernhard Schlink. The storyline begins with adult Michael (Ralph Fiennes) reminiscing about his adolescence in post-World War II Berlin and his fateful relationship with an older woman named Hannah (Kate Winslet). 15-year old Michael is beset by Scarlet Fever and helped off the street one day by Hannah. Taken into her care, they soon begin a passionate affair, quickly forsaking family and friends for every opportunity to ensconce themselves in a world of lust and desire. As their time together progresses, Hannah begins urging Michael to read to her daily—to which he draws from many classic novels and delights in their rich interchange.
Hannah suddenly disappears from Michael’s life, however, only reappearing several years later when young law student Michael is stunned to find her facing a World War II war-crimes tribunal. Tied to a real-life series of trials against former Auschwitz employees, The Reader is a strikingly original and exceptionally well-made film that is recommended to those who appreciate sophisticated, emotionally mannered cinema.

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