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Netflix: 40 of the absolute best movies to watch

Netflix: 40 of the absolute best movies to watch

The God Committee (2021)

It is a small collection of movies and as, it becomes an exercise of sifting through the best of the bunch.

To reduce time, you'll find highlights of new content below as well as CNET's full list of best movie Originals on Netflix.

What's new this week (December 10-16)

Watch a trio of new movies this week and a classic.

Tuesday is the first day of the week.

  • Dear Mother (2022) -- French comedy. When Jean Louis' heart stops beating, he must confront his Oedipal issues -- and ask his mother an unthinkable question.

Wednesday is the first day of the week.

  • The God Committee (2021) -- Drama starring Julia Stiles and Kelsey Grammar. An organ transplant committee has one hour to decide which of three patients deserves a life-saving heart.

Friday is the first day of the week.

  • Riverdance (2021) -- Animated fantasy. An Irish boy and a Spanish girl journey into a mythical world and learn about Riverdance.

Sunday is the day of the Sunday.

  • Phantom Thread (2017) --Historical drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

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The full list of best Netflix Original movies

At the time of writing, these films all feature at least 70 on Metacritic.

Dramatic

Passing (2021)

Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut in unprecedented detail with her novel Passing. It tells the story of two light-skinned Black women, one of whom chooses to "pass" as white. Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga embody the duality at the heart of this delicate story, shot in black and white.

Boom! (2021) Tick, Tick...

This biographical musical drama features Jonathan Larson as the late composer of Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom! The film, helmed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in his directorial debut, follows Larson's career and the time he feels to leave a lasting impression.

The Dig (2021)

The Dig is a complete blend of elegance.

Mank (2020)

The best part of this biographical comedy is the story of a black-and-white screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

An Aaron Sorkin thriller based on a true story? The Trial of the Chicago 7 holds its potent potential, following the real-life trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy to incite riots. With a stellar ensemble cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both exciting and packed with entertaining entertainment.

High Flying Bird (2019)

Steven Soderbergh, a sports agent who shoots a feature film in 2018, has used an iPhone to illustrate his behavior. High Flying Bird is a captivating story that combines expert instruction, editing, and performance.

Marriage Story (2019)

This is a beautiful scene for filmmakers alike. Johansson and Adam Driver have two of the best performances of their careers.

The Two Popes (2019)

This biographical scene focuses on Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the aftermath of the Vatican leaks scandal.

Roma (2018)

With his stunning scenes, Alfonso Cuaron guides you through the ups and downs of a live-in housekeeper in a middle-class family.

As Lazzaro (2018) approaches, it feels like a happy 2018 season.

The director of Parasite, Alice Rohrwacher, has written and directed Happy as Lazzaro is set in the '70s on a tobacco farm, where a nobleman is convinced to help him in the robbery of his crimes.

Sunday's Illness (2018)

The execution of this elegant Spanish film will delight you in its rich imagery and phenomenally good performances from its two leads. Anabel and Chiara are both married for reasons that aren't as clear as they first seem. The precision of the film is worthy of soaking up for those who are partial to deliberately paced meditations on pain, love, and loss. Masterful

(2018) The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career best performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, a drama about, yep, a kindergarten teacher. Lisa is dissatisfied with her own life, which prompted Lisa to make some controversial decisions about one of her young students.

Mudbound (2017)

With a cast of Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, Mudbound will get you to the spot.

Western Europe

The Power of the Dog (2021)

The Power of the Dog is a mesmeric exercise in the subtle shifts of emotion and power in relationships, while in contrast to the characters' struggles. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, and Kirsten Dunst are all experts in Campion's work.

News of the World (2020)

Tom Hanks is directed in a Western directed by Jason Bourne's Paul Greengrass. Enjoy Hanks going full-time single dad mode as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd discovers a young girl years after she was captured as a baby.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Coen Brothers kicks up the western dust with an anthology film that gives you six vignettes all set on the American frontier. One of them is about the titular Buster Scruggs, a chipper singing cowboy who casually sets off a shoot-up in a cantina. But there's a dark twist that keeps you on your toes.

Horror is a ploy.

Vampires against the Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. the Bronx is a gruesome comedy film set in the New York City area, where players are eating up their plants. But it's not just new designer clothing stores threatening to move in. A commentary on gentrification with goofy charm, twists and thrills, and it's a fresh, entertaining twist on the genre.

His House (2020)

The horror flick shows off the supernatural in its story, and exposes Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, who struggle to adapt to their new life in an English town.

1922 (2017)

The horror drama based on the novella 1922 is a slow-burn and with a surprising performance. Thomas Jane, who you'll also know from Boogie Nights and 2004's The Punisher, is a man who takes the task of murdering his wife with the help of their teenage son. The consequences are harrowing on multiple levels (if you don't like rats, you really won't like them after this).

Gerald's Game (2017)

Gerald's Game, directed by Mike Flanagan, draws audiences to a quiet scene while visiting the cottage. Carla Gugino is stunning. The couple's trouble persists when she is on holiday in an isolated lake house in Alabama.

Comedy

Paddleton (2019)

Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) are both suffering from terminal stomach cancer. Andy is searching for medication to end things before they get too painful. Paddleton is the heart of the touching friendship.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Eddie Murphy returned from his acting break with a spectacular performance as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who played Dolemite in stand-up movies and blaxploitation films from the '70s.

Private Life (2018)

Are there some things that must be said about modern marriage? Private Life is a remarkable and relatable part of a New York middle-age couple's struggles with different avenues to have a child. But because Hahn and Giamatti are in it, it sparkles with wit and charm. Add Kayli Carter to the mix as Sadie, a college dropout, and you have another layer to this compelling film

Win It All (2017)

Jake Johnson co-writes this comedy from prolific indie director Joe Swanberg (he was also behind Easy) and pennes a duffel bag of cash to get a local thug to jail. Win It All is a pleasure that brings out Johnson's humor and charisma.

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories is a bittersweet comedy-drama about dysfunctional adult siblings, played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, trying to live in the shadow of their father.

Tramps (2016)

Tramps may have gotten under the radar, but don't forget to give it a try. Danny and Ellie are a sincere kid and a streetwise girl who try to make a shady purchase for a little cash.

The Thriller

I'm Going to End Things (2020)

The psychological thriller I'm Thinking of Ending Things will not be for everyone, but it connects you to the frustrations of the young lady (Jessie Buckley) at its heart, who grapples with breaking off her seven-week relationship with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) a little bit. With atmospheric cinematography and good performances from Toni Collette and David Thewlis will be delighted.

The Call (2020)

The Call, a time travel thriller revolving around, comes out in 2020. Watch the video and you'll hear it. Seo-yeon, a 24-year-old caller, is living in the same house 20 years earlier.

Calibre (2018)

This gruesome thriller is far from a idyllic getaway. Prepare for a full on nerve-wringing nightmare that their protagonists are desperate to wake up from. Vaughn and Marcus set out on a lads' weekend hunting trip, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves confronting things they never could have planned for. Calibre lives up to its name, delivering a slick package of grim, gripping drama.

Their first death was on my Father's behalf (2017).

The fifth and last film on Angelina Jolie's directing CV was deemed her best. Based on Loung Ung's memoir, the biographical thriller recounts the hardships Ung suffered as a child under the control of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

In This World Anymore, I Don't Feel At Home in This World

With a touch of Coen Brothers' humor, this might be the film for you. When the police refuse to assist with a robbery, nursing assistant Ruth and her neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore demonstrates the idiosyncrasies of everyday life before escalating it into dark places.

Sci-fi

Platform (2019)

The Platform, a Spanish sci-fi thriller developed by Netflix, is based on a tower that feeds people on each of its many levels via a platform. Those at the top receive the best and most abundant spread, which is devoured as the platform lowers the levels. Social commentary entails this dystopian thriller, which takes shocking, sometimes gruesome turns all the way to the bottom.

Romance

The Half of It (2020)

Ellie Chu, a shy Asian American, is discovering her sexuality in the remote town of Squahamish. Ellie has a side-hustle writing letters for her classmates, but it turns out Aster's is perfect for Ellie instead. A story of self-acceptance tells with a delicate touch, The Half of It is a joy.

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James introduces a delightfully self-possessed main character played by an equally charming Jessica Williams. A fresh take on the breakup movie with an empowering lead, this is an easy hit for a relaxing night in.

Animation

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

With some of the same people who made Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this adventure is about a strained relationship between Katie and her technophobe father. The technology-inept parent gags are rife, the colors are frenetic and the character growth is moving. A near-perfect package with the timeless message that embracing your oddness is a superpower.

I Lost My Body (2019)

With a few flashbacks and a poignant animation, this award-winning French film aims to express its loss in the most poetic ways.

Action/Adventure

Okja (2017)

Okja comes from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho -- who should be in awe of the experience. Part cheeky dark comedy, part porn environmental thriller, and a young South Korean farmer girl whose pet pal is a genetically enhanced super-pig. But Okja is the target of a big corporation that wants her delicious flesh. With an English actor like Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja sucks you in with its sweetness before showing you a

Crime/War

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

With a wreakful war resurrecting, Da 5 Bloods gives you a glimpse into the Vietnam War through black experiences, giving you a shot at racism and warfare.

The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman takes on a three-and-a-half-hour crime episode, filmed by Martin Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Upon arrival in West Africa, Director Cary Joji Fukunaga gives you a sobering look at the life of a boy who becomes a child soldier. This is a real life journey to the west African country in civil war.

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