Since it started in 1997, Netflix has become an entertainment constant. It’s home to tons of movies and tv shows of every genre, from action, to horror, to comedy, and everything in between. However, with so many great options, it’s sometimes hard to pick something.
Right now Netflix offers just shy of 4,000 movies in the U.S., all streaming and ready to watch.
If you’re feeling a bit dizzy at that number, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 of the best movies on Netflix.
It’d be hard to come up with a list of the best movies on Netflix — or even just the best movies period — without mentioning The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola’s classic introduction to the Corleone crime family is one of the great films of the 1970s.
The film follows Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as he reluctantly takes the reins of his father’s criminal empire and fights for the continued survival of his family in the criminal underworld of 1970s New York City.
It launched the careers of Coppola and star Al Pacino, and brought legendary actor Marlon Brando back into the limelight. If you’ve somehow missed this one, you’re in for a piece of Hollywood history.
The Dark Knight
It’s hard to avoid superhero movies these days; they make up a pretty substantial amount of theater options and production company budgets. Most of them are pretty light fare, aimed at kids and people looking to shut their brains off for a few hours. The Dark Knight is a little different.
This second entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy successfully walks the line between cerebral thriller and popcorn action. It introduces Batman’s (Christian Bale) greatest villain, the Joker (Heath Ledger), who takes over Gotham’s criminal underworld and terrorizes the city.
No other superhero movie has taken such occasionally absurd source material and made it feel as grounded and realistic as this. The late Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker ties everything together in a fantastic, unhinged bow.
One of the best horror films of the last few years, It Follows focuses on a group of teenagers fleeing a demon attracted by a sexually transmitted curse.
The movie’s steady sense of tension and its refusal to rely on jump scares give it a truly unique tone and pace. Its electronic score by Disasterpeace is a real earworm, too. If you’re into horror films, this isn’t one to miss — it’s definitely one of the best movies on Netflix.
Okja is the latest film from the strange mind of Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, whose previous films Snowpiercer and The Host have become certified modern classics. It focuses on the plight of a young girl as she crosses the world to rescue her best friend, a genetically modified giant pig, from a multinational corporation intent creating a new breed of livestock to sell to the hungry masses.
Okja has a fantastic Korean and American cast and balances horrific and comedic elements in a really unique way. It’s a great movie about friendship, activism, and sticking it to the man. Also it has super pigs.
No Country for Old Men
This Cohen brothers’ modern western is a gritty look at how bad things can get when you find a body and a bag of money in the desert. The film introduced Javier Bardem to English-speaking audiences as the polite and terrifying Chigurh, a hitman on the trail of Llewyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a hunter who finds the spoils of a drug deal gone bad.
Rounding out Brolin and Bardem’s performances are great appearances from Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson.
This film is gritty, tense, and darkly comedic in a way only the Cohen Brothers can pull off.
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams all turn in great performances as journalists in the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, investigating the now-infamous systematic cover-up of decades of child abuse by the Catholic Church in Massachusetts.
In this true story, the reporters must navigate around a powerful institution committed to protecting its image in a community more interested in maintaining the status quo, while fighting to bring injustice to light.
The film won the Oscar for best picture in 2016. It’s harrowing and engrossing and definitely one of the best movies on Netflix.
Steven Spielberg’s epic dinosaur movie broke new ground in the special effects world and spawned a massive franchise still going strong. This masterful melding of wonder and horror stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern as paleontologists brought to an island theme park populated by resurrected dinosaurs. Things go wrong as they inevitably must, and the dinosaurs break out of their cages, forcing the characters to fight for survival and find a way off the island.
If you’ve somehow missed Jurassic Park, you should fix that. Even 25 years after the film’s release, the mix of practical and CG special effects holds up pretty well.
Under the Skin
In Under the Skin, Scarlett Johansson stars as a silent alien wandering around Scotland disguised as a human, luring men back into her lair (maybe it’s a ship? It’s all very trippy and unclear) to be eaten. As the film goes on, she starts to question her place in the world, setting off on her own to gain a better understanding of herself and people around her.
If that sounds strange, it’s not on you — this movie is most certainly very strange. However, Under the Skin is also one of the most visually interesting and atmospheric science fiction films in years.
It’s a slow burn, and it can be confusing, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
The only movie currently on Netflix by acclaimed indie director Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom focuses on two young lovers as they run away from their small New England town into the woods, as well as on the adults and children trying to find them.
The film touches on heady subjects like social isolation and developing sexuality, albeit with the same fairly lighthearted tone of Anderson’s other films. Every inch of every scene is meticulously planned. Each shot is almost perfectly symmetrical. The characters are quirky and eccentric. There’s a heaping helping of kitsch laid over everything. If you’ve seen anything by Wes Anderson, you know what I’m talking about.
This 90s cult classic focuses on a class of Japanese high school students shipped to a deserted island by the government to fight to the death using limited supplies and whatever they can find on the island to survive.
The movie is funny and tragic and smart, and more than a little absurd, featuring a near-perfect balance of tense action and Japanese melodrama.
There’s tons of movies to watch on Netflix. While these 10 were just a few we feel represent the best movies on Netflix, we’d love to know what you’d recommend, too! Sound off in the comments.