Netflix Movies offers thousands of movies via its streaming platform. Although the service can be surprisingly accurate with its suggestions, it’s often still tough to find something worth watching amid the deluge of choices.
So, we’ve taken the time to wade through Netflix’s robust catalog in order to bring you a list of some of the best movies on Netflix right now. Whether you’re into poignant documentaries or Scorsese’s latest mobster flick, our list has you covered. Lets begin with our list of Best Netflix Movies to watch this weekend.
Netflix Movie – Marriage Story (2019)
Although it opens on a couple describing all the reasons they love each other, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story quickly dispels the illusion: This is a story of divorce, of a couple coming to the ultimate realization that the futures they want are simply incompatible and the messy process of sorting out where they go from there.
The couple in question is playwright Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson). Nicole wants to move back to Los Angeles where a new job awaits, while Charlie would rather state in New York. It’s the latest in a series of tensions, the one that finally breaks them, and the two lawyer up, marshaling their grievances as they divvy up what remains of their life together.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern
Director: Noah Baumbach
Runtime: 137 minutes
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Spike Lee’s newest joint is a Netflix special. Da 5 Bloods tells the story of four African American Vietnam vets who return to Vietnam years after the war to search for the remains of their fallen squad leader.
On top of that, though, they’re also seeking buried treasure they believe was left behind after the war. As they battle man and nature alike, they’re forced to confront the lasting ravages of the Vietnam War.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Chadwick Boseman
Director: Spike Lee
Runtime: 156 minutes
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Lady Bird (2017)
One of the few truly great movies to actually capture how high schoolers think, feel, and interact with one another and their elders, Lady Bird is an outstanding directorial debut for Greta Gerwig.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) has a complicated relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) because they are almost exactly the same in their opinionated, strong-willed ways. Of course, they don’t see it like that. Lady Bird’s mom works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job, yet Lady Bird wants to fly away to college on the East Coast.
Set in Sacramento in 2002, Lady Bird uses one family’s crossroads as a lens into a shifting American economic and cultural landscape.
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothee Chalamet
Director: Greta Gerwig
Runtime: 93 minutes
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Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future is a sci-fi movie that has become so iconic that even blockbuster movies like Avengers: Endgame still openly refer back to it! Michael J. Fox had the cinematic role of his life as Marty McFly, a teenager whose best friend, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd), famously turned a DeLorean into a time machine.
After witnessing Doc’s murder in 1985, Marty finds himself trapped 30 years earlier in 1955. To get home, Marty has to convince Doc’s younger self to help him. In the meantime, Marty has to convince his smitten mother, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), to date his father, George (Crispin Glover), or else Marty is history. Now, that’s heavy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Sci-fi, comedy
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Runtime: 116 minutes
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Written and directed by Antonio Campos (James White, Martha Marcy May Marlene), The Devil All the Time is American Gothic at its most perverse.
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia after World War II, the story follows Arvin Russell (Tom Holland), a young man who is determined to protect his loved ones against the corruption and violence that plagues his town.
From complete strangers to the most powerful institutions in the area, brutality is pervasive as everyone seeks desperately to assert their own small bits of power in a broken — but recovering — world. Things aren’t getting better for everyone, however, and The Devil All the Time takes its time exploring the generational trauma and cold truths that inhabit this sinister town.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan
Director: Antonio Campos
Runtime: 138 minutes
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
There have been a few entries in the Indiana Jones franchise over the decades, but the first remains the best. Set in the 1930s, Raiders of the Lost Ark follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), a professor of archaeology who moonlights as an adventurer, exploring ancient ruins and plundering their treasures in the name of science.
When he learns that Nazis are seeking the legendary Ark of the Covenant, Jones and his former lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) head to Egypt to find the Ark first.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a pitch-perfect throwback to classic pulp adventure stories, with a charming, wisecracking hero, nefarious villains, and spectacular set pieces sprinkled throughout a tight script.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 115 minutes
The Zodiac killer, who terrorized San Francisco in the ‘60s and ‘70s, remains one of the most notorious uncaught criminals in history.
David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac doesn’t attempt to solve the crime; instead, it uses the case as the impetus for a character study, focusing on the obsessions of three men trying to catch the killer.
The protagonist is Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a puzzle-obsessed cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle, who jumps at the chance to decode a message the killer sent to the paper’s editors.
Together with crime reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) and homicide detective David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo), Graysmith tries to piece together the clues the killer leaves behind. Despite its length, Zodiac is a tense, gripping thriller, with superb direction from Fincher.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.
Director: David Fincher
Runtime: 157 minutes
Above are The 7 best movies on Netflix right now that you need to watch 2020 that you will not regret watching.