Netflix: 40 of the most important movies to watch on the market

Netflix: 40 of the most important movies to watch on the market ...

Home Team (2022)

As each week prepares new content, it becomes a task of purging through the best of the bunch.

For more information, click here. Highlights of new content as well as CNET's complete list of best movie originals on Netflix

What's new this week (January 24-30)

Here are some of the highlights of this week.

Tuesday is a good day.

  • Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian (2022) --Standup special. An intimate surprise gig filmed in New York City.

Thursday is the first day of the month.

  • Only You (2021) -- Comedy horror from the Philippines.

Friday is the day of the holidays.

  • Home Team (2022) -- Sports comedy starring Kevin James. Two years after NFL head coach Sean Payton is suspended, he goes back to his hometown and finds himself reconnecting with his 12-year-old son by coaching his Pop Warner football team.

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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 play

Passing (2021)

Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut in great detail with her adaptation of Nella Larsen's 1929 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.

Tick, Tick...Boom! (2021)

This biographical musical drama about Jonathan Larson, the late composer behind Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom! is a hit. With a heartfelt vision of the creative process, Garfield draws inspiration from his work.

The Dig (2021)

The Dig is a full collection of buried treasures that has been excavated by Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, and Johnny Flynn. It's based on the real events that preceded the Sutton Hoo excavation in 1939, producing a massive trove of Anglo-Saxon artefacts hidden in a burial ship.

Mank (2020)

This biographical drama is reminiscent of Herman Mankiewicz, who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane. Take the stage and learn more about how studio systems function in different circumstances. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried are among the best performers of the drama.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

What is the story behind Aaron Sorkin's Trial of the Chicago 7? After the real-life trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy to incite riots, the movie remains relevant and full of compelling theatrical energy.

High Flying Bird (2019)

Steven Soderbergh, the director of this sports drama from 2019, made the first appearance in Unsane. High Flying Bird tells the story of a sports agent who is facing the ax only if he pulls off a company-saving program in 72 hours.

Marriage Story (2019)

This is a very enjoyable film. The story of Noah Baumbach is a story you'll want to take. Nicole and Charlie are two individuals who have lost their careers through emotional and logistical issues.

The Two Popes (2019)

This biographical scene is set mostly in Vatican City, and follows Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the aftermath of the Vatican leaks scandal. It's as fascinating as it sounds. Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins have played a first-class two-hander.

Roma (2018)

His clichemic story of the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City tells a simple story with remarkable personalities.

Lazzaro (2018) is a hit for Lazzaro (2018).

This Italian film has the from Bong Joon-ho, so let's listen to the Oscar-winning director of Parasite and add it to this list. Lazzaro is set in the '70s on a tobacco farm, where a nobleman convinces him to help him fake his own kidnapping, and a story of friendship, innocence, and social commentary unfolds.

Sunday's Illness (2018)

The rich imagery and unparalleled performances from its two leads will delight you in this film. Susi Sanchez and Barbara Lennie star as Anabel and Chiara respectively, an estranged mother and daughter who reunite for things that aren't as clear as they first appear. The precision of the film here is worthy of soaking up for those who are partial to deliberately paced meditations on pain, love, and loss. Masterful

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

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 causes her to make some difficult decisions about one of her young students. There's no question about Gyllenhaal's mesmerizing performance.

Mudbound (2017)

Mudbound gives you an insight into class struggle through the lens of a black veteran and a white veteran who both have one foot in World War II. With a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, Mudbound's tempest will rivet you to the spot.


The Power of the Dog (2021)

The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, is a mesmeric exercise in the subtle interactions of emotion and power in relationships, but it doesn't feel subtle at all within each character.

News of the World (2020)

Tom Hanks in a Western directed by Jason Bourne's Paul Greengrass. Enjoy Hanks going full-time single dad mode as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Civil War veteran who 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.


Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

It's a comedy-horror in more ways than one. Set in the New York suburb of the Bronx, it follows youngster Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for his local bodega before it's sold.

His House (2020)

It's a horror flick that hits close to home. Revealing its supernatural nemesis through a harrowing human story, it follows Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, who struggles to adapt to their new life in an English town. Don't expect straightforward jump scares -- It's a heartbreaking, powerful piece.

1922 (2017)

The sequel to Stephen King's novella 1922 is a slow-burn with a satisfying performance. Thomas Jane, who you'll also know from Boogie Nights and 2004's The Punisher, is his greatest performer. He is a farmer who makes the decision to kill his wife with the help of his teenage son.

Gerald's Game (2017)

If you prefer The Haunting of Hill House, then check out Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Gerald's Game. Jessie is a constant companion to the mother of a baby. We see the couple's feelings go from bad to worse, with Jessie being forced to bed with no one to help her escape.


Paddleton (2019)

With the help of Mark Duplass, his tennis-playing buddies and Andy (Ray Romano) are getting terrible news. Michael is on the verge of taking medications before they become too painful. Paddleton eases the touching friendship at its core into deftly-affecting locations.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Eddie Murphy returns from his acting break with a memorable performance as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who played Dolemite in stand-up movies and blaxploitation films from the '70s. Dolemite Is My Name gives a sense of humor to Moore's and Murphy's abilities.

Private Life (2018)

What is more to Private Life? A unique and relatable slice of a New York middle-age couple's struggles with different avenues to have a child

Win It All (2017)

Jake Johnson co-writes this comedy from prolific indie director Joe Swanberg (he was behind Easy). Win It All follows Eddie, a gambling addict who has agreed to make a duffel bag of cash for a local thug before being sentenced to prison.

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories is a bittersweet comedy-drama about dysfunctional adult siblings who are trying to survive in the shadow of their father. A effervescent cast, including Dustin Hoffman, plays these intelligent, though even miserable characters as they weave their poignant tales.

Tramps (2016)

Tramps will effortlessly win your heart if you're looking for a modern romcom overflowing with charm. Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten star as Danny and Ellie, a sincere good kid and a streetwise girl who attempts to do a shady deal.

Thriller: A Threiller

(2020) I'm Thinking of Getting To Ende.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things will never be for everyone, but it connects you to the frustrations of the young woman (Jessie Buckley) at its heart, who grapples with her seven-week-long relationship with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) while still staying on your toes. With atmospheric cinematography and strong performances from Toni Collette and David Thewlis as Jake's fairly odd parents, fans of director-writer Charlie Kaufman will be amazed.

The Call (2020)

The Call is coming out in 2020, with the South Korean one revolving around, and a phone call ringing up until the next moment, plus a wild cat-and-mouse chase.

Calibre (2018)

Calibre is a slick thriller set in the remote Scottish Highlands, but it's loin from an 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 confronted by dangerous events they never could have planned for.

The first they had a child threw their heads on my Father (2017)

The fifth and most recent film on Angelina Jolie's directing CV turned out to be her best. Based on Loung Ung's memoir, the biographical thriller recounts the horrors Ung suffered as a child under the rule of the Khmer Rouge.

(2017) I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore

If you've had a bad day, this might be the movie for you. When the police refuse to assist with a burglary, nursing assistant Ruth and her weird neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore spots the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, before escalating it into dark places with even darker humor.


The Platform (2019)

The Platform, a fictional horror company that distributes food to people on every level, is being transformed into a platform. Those at the top get the best and most abundant spread, which is devoured as the platform lowers its levels.


The Half of It (2020)

Ellie Chu, an Asian American in the remote town of Squahamish, is being developed by Paul Munsky, who writes a love letter for her classmates. But it turns out Aster's is perfect for Ellie rather than Aster. A story of self-acceptance told with a delicate touch

Jessica James, The Incredible (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 an entertaining night in.


The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

In the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, some people have influenced this phenomenon, involving Mom, Dad, and their slobbery, bug-eyed dog. But in the meantime, it's a strained relationship between Katie and her technophobe father. The technology-inept parents gags are rife, the colors frenetic and the character growth is moving. A near-perfect package with the timeless message that embracing your weirdness is a superpower

I Lost My Body (2019)

This award-winning French film begins with a severed hand escapeing a refrigerator in a laboratory and embarking on a Paris-wide journey to the rest of its body. What an opening! With a few flashbacks and animation, this strange, satisfying story speaks of loss, both physical and emotional, in the most poetic of ways.


Okja (2017)

Okja, a young South Korean farmer, has been developed by Parasite's Bong Joon-ho, who is a big star. But with an English role, Okja fills you in with its sweetness, before showing you a shocking close-up of the meat industry.


Da 5 Bloods (2020)

With a frenzied energy going through it, Da 5 Bloods gives you a look at the Vietnam War through Black experiences, delivering an all-too-timely critique of racism and warfare.

The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman sweeps off the screen in a three-and-a-half-hour crime thriller. And don't worry, you can break up the tour de force if you are using it. Always clever and entertaining, with Martin Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci directing the screen is a funny way to look at aging mobsters.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

The director of Cary Joji Fukunaga gives you a chilling look at a boy who becomes a child soldier in a West African country embroiled in civil war.

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