What are the best Netflix Original movies?

We all have a favorite Netflix Original show and Netflix has released more than 200 original movies since 2015. So if you thought original TV shows were the only thing Netflix had to offer, think again. Here are the best Netflix Original movies that you can watch right now.

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    #1Roma

    Roma

    Roma is a Netflix Original drama film by Alfonso Cuaron released first at the 75th Venice International Film Festival before Netflix acquired its distribution rights. It centers on the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. 

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    Katherine Hopkins
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "I believe that Roma isn't just the best Netflix Original movie yet...it's more like the best in this entire decade. Let's admit that the movie is certainly cloudy but there is brilliant light at the heart of this."
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    #2Mudbound

    Mudbound

    Mudbound is an American period drama film directed by Dee Rees released in 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival and then later on Netflix. It centers on the life of two men after returning home from World War II to work on a farm. 

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    Michelle Arnold
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Mudbound is a Netflix original movie based on the novel by bestselling author Hillary Jordan. Nominated for four Oscars, this dramatic film stars Mary J. Blige and others after World War II."
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    #3Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation is a war drama Netflix Original movie directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga released in 2015. This is based on the experiences of Agu, who is a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. 

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    Olivia Davidson
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This is a well received film with a sad and moving story line. It is hard to say if it is the best Netflix original film, as everyone has different taste and this will not suit everyone. The ratings, reviews and critical acclaim are high, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%, so it is very well done. If you enjoy history, military drama, or docudrama, it is certainly worth watching."

DID YOU KNOW?

Netflix will now release episodes for some of its shows on a weekly basis, like regular cable TV. Yes, you read that right! Netflix is changing its way of releasing some of its shows from putting all episodes out at once. The first show to implement the new weekly treatment in October is The Great British Baking Show. This means viewers can keep up with the reality competition as they would on a regular cable. Netflix's new show Rhythm & Flow will also have the same treatment. Its first four episodes will premiere on October 9 and then it will release four episodes per week. Hold your horses though before you go and cancel your subscription! The streaming service isn't doing anything drastically new. If you are not aware, its show The Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj has weekly releases. The same goes for other shows in the past, although most of it is talk shows and reality shows.

Surprisingly, this does not mean Netflix will adapt this strategy for all its shows especially for its popular and top Netflix Originals. In fact, the streaming giant has clarified that it won't be making any big changes with its other programming. But if Netflix ever decides to change its programming release schedule, it won't be the only streaming service to do so. Hulu and CBS All Access have implemented a similar release schedule throughout the years. Recently, Disney+ confirmed it will release its episodes on a weekly basis. Obviously, these staggered releases will benefit those who don't have time to binge-watch. But for those who have time to do a full marathon of episodes then Netflix is still their sanctuary.

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    #4Bird Box

    Bird Box

    Bird Box is a drama and thriller film directed by Susanne Bier. The original Netflix movie was first released on December 14, 2018, featuring Sandra Bullock as the lead actress. It won the MTV Movie Award for Most Frightened Performance in 2019.

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    Zhou Lai
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "A Quiet Place was my favorite 2018 movie but when I saw Bird Box this film tied on my top spot. Anyway, so yeah Bird Box is definitely one of the best Netflix Original movies. Damn this movie eh! It is scary, thrilling and filled with suspense. "
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    #5Okja

    Okja

    Okja is an action-adventure Netflix Original film released in 2017 directed by Bong Joon-ho. It centers on a young girl named Mija who raises a genetically modified super pig named Okja, which a multinational company plans to kidnap. 

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    Karen Elliott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethic"
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    #6Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch is a standalone interactive Netflix Original film, part of the anthology series Black Mirror. It centers on young programmer Stefan Butler who starts to question the reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel to a video game. 

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    Phillip Roberts
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "i dont know about you but this is one of the top Netflix Originals I have watched. I gotta admit though that I am a Black Mirror fan so yeah there is no doubt that I won't like it. I keep on re-watching this movie eh."
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    #7Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe is an original Netflix romantic comedy movie. The romcom stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, and Keanu Reeves. The film tells the tale of two childhood friends and how they rekindle their relationship as they grow.

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    Ai Dai
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "Always Be My Maybe is basically a feel-good lovey-dovey movie. If I am not mistaken this is based on a book. Correct me if i am wrong please. "
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    #8The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories is a 2017 Netflix original movie directed by Noah Baumbach. This dramatic-comedy stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Dustin Hoffman. It tells the story of the Meyerowitz children, who reunite as adults in New York.

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    Omar Granados
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Meyerowitz Stories is a great movie to wind down to after a long week. It does a good job of combining intricate and complex characters with genuine and relatable comedic moments. I'm not a big fan of Adam Sandler but in this movie he gets the job done. Ben Stiller is great as always and overall the cast works really well together to create a solid film."
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    #9To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 romantic drama film from Netflix. The movie was directed by Susan Johnson starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, and John Corbett.

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    Patricia Amador
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "First of all I am a fan of romantic comedies and To All the Boys I've Loved Before is on that genre. But even if you're not into that genre this movie is still worth watching as it is not your usual rom-com. Plus Noah Centineo is here. He's such a dream boy!"
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    #10Tallulah

    Tallulah

    Tallulah is a 2016 Netflix original movie directed by Sian Heder. Starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Tammy Blanchard, this drama tells the story of a young woman named Tallulah who steals a baby from an irresponsible mother.

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    Zheng Xiong
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Tallulah is a sure-fire winner. I loved how intriguing it is, and its also kinda funny. It stars Ellen Page from the ever popular, Juno as well. She's gorgeous!"
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    #11Win It All

    Win It All

    Win It All is a romantic comedy directed by Joe Swanberg, starring Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez, and Joe Lo Truglio. This Netflix original movie tells the story of Eddie, a gambling addict who sets out to change his life for the better.

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    Heather Perry
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Win It All by Joe Swanberg is an exciting new Netflix original, I really enjoyed it. It was an exciting story and I look forward to more"
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    #12First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father is a 2017 Netflix original movie based on Loung Ung's memoir of the same name. Directed by Angelina Jolie, this film tells the story of Loung Ung, played by Sreymoch Sareum, and her experiences during the Cambodian genocide.

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    Sandra Ramirez
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "not too bad but netflix has way better"
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    #13Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    The director of the modern horror classic ''Hush'' (another Netflix original) delighted us again with this incredible adaptation of the homonym Stephen King novel, that counts with one of the most sordid and realistic premises of his bibliography. 

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    Xiang Gong
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Netflix has great original movies and Gerald's Game is another one. This movie had me on the edge of my chair and almost crowing behind it lol. Netflix movies are generally really great and this one is no exception"
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    #14Imperial Dreams

    Imperial Dreams

    Imperial Dreams is a drama film written and directed by Malik Vitthal. It was first released in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival and later on Netflix in 2017. This centers on reformed gangster Bambi who is released from prison. 

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    Kyle Martinez
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Imperial Dreams is an intense Netflix Original about the jail growing up in the hood becomes. It's very inspiring and gets to the true grit of American life for some. I recommend this movie, it has stuck with me since watching. I can relate due to growing up in poverty."
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    #15The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is an animated fantasy movie directed by Mark Osborne featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and Mackenzie Foy in 2015. It was based on the novel of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. 

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    Shirley Mason
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "The Little Prince is refreshingly a heartfelt film. Yeah it is not perfect in terms of pacing but i like how clean, wholesome this movie which is good to watch with your entire family. "
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    #16Small Crimes

    Small Crimes

    Small Crimes is a crime film directed by E.L. Katz which premiered first at South by Southwest and released on Netflix in 2017. It is about disgraced former cop Joe Denton who is seeking redemption after a six-year prison sentence. 

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    Laura Alvarado
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "I came across this movie while browsing on netflix, and I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed it. The plot is about a cop who was recently released from prison, so it was something different and intriguing. The acting and writing were also both above average."
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    #17I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a comedy, crime, and drama released in February 2017. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Macon Blair. It features Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey.

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    Julia Montoya
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore gets a middle rating from me. While the plot is intense and full of dark comedy, the profanity throughout the movie is a bit annoying. There is also quite a bit of violence at times. While I do understand that many people like this sort of thing, for someone looking for what is the best thing to watch on Netflix, I would say this is just mediocre at best."
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    #181922

    1922

    1922 is a Netflix Original film directed by Zak Hilditch and written by Stephen King. It is a crime, drama and mystery movie about a farmer set in 1922. It features Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid.

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    Liu Gao
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a great movie on Netflix. It is based on the Stephen King book, so you know the story is going to be well thought out. The mystery elements of the movie really set it apart for me as it really drags the viewer in and makes it hard to wait to see what is going to happen next. If you need a good movie on a Saturday night with your date, give this one a shot."
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    #19I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a film about a nurse taking care of an elderly author that lives in a hunted house. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Oz Perkins. It is starred by Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban.

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    Nancy Mendez
    Written on May 29, 2018
    "Very slow at first and might cause a lot of viewers to dismiss this gothic horror movie. It takes the slow build to a whole new level. I kept watching though because I like creepy 1800's settings and the older type horror flicks I used to watch in the 60's and 70's. The characters are engaging and the story is intriguing . Beautiful cinematography too. "
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    #20Wheelman

    Wheelman

    Wheelman is released in 2017 and directed by Jeremy Rush. It features Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt. The film is about a bank robbery's gateway driver that is in conquest in finding who betrayed him.

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    Betty Pierce
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is sure to keep you captured and glued to every single thing that is happening throughout the movie. 10/10"

Summary

Best What are the best Netflix Original movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1RomaMovies 23 Paid
2MudboundMovies 16 Paid
3Beasts of No NationMovies 6 Paid
4Bird BoxMovies 6 Paid
5OkjaMovies 6 Paid
6BandersnatchMovies 5 Paid
7Always Be My MaybeMovies 5 Paid
8The Meyerowitz StoriesMovies 5 Paid
9To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeMovies 4 Paid
10TallulahMovies 4 Paid
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