Best Netflix Original Movies to Watch

If you have Netflix, you should pat yourself on the back because you have access to a huge number of movies at your finger tip which will keep you entertained for hours. But sometimes too much choice is a bad thing, and with some films from studios moving on and off the platform, it’s often nice to know that when you go to watch a recommended feature that it will be on the service. And that’s why it’s worth considering Netflix Original and co-funded films, because they’re on the streaming service for the long haul… and what is more, there are a great deal of seriously good films to choose from.

In our video review below, we choose some of the very best Netflix Original films that you can watch on the platform right now, but if you’re into spoilers, or are simply someone who likes to read their lists rather than watch them, here’s a hint as to what you can expect when you tune in…

Marriage Story

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, this is the story of an actress (Scarlett Johansson) and director (Adam Driver) in a coast-to-coast divorce.

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese is one of the best-know and best-respected filmmakers in Hollywood and he doesn’t disappoint in this gangster drama starring none other than Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.


Telling the story of two war veterans – one black, one white – as they return to a rural Mississippi community, this stunning film deals with issues of race, mental health and changing attitudes in a changing world.


Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this is the brilliant, award-winning and gripping story of two domestic workers as they help to care for a family and children in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

El Camino

A continuation of the Breaking Bad story after the events of the television series, this exciting and intriguing adventure from the pen of Vince Gilligan offers a glimpse into the life of Jessie Pinkman on the run.

The Power of the Dog

Winning director Jane Campion an Oscar for Best Director, this hard to define genre-wise story stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons this is the story of warring brothers in 1920s Montana.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The last feature film before the sad and untimely death of Chadwick Boseman, this beautifully crafted film tells the story of a particularly story recording session of the titular Ma Rainey, an influential blues singer in 1920s Chicago.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Created by the Coen Brothers, as you might expect from its creators, this is a dark and twisted set of stories in a film anthology laced together by jet black humour.

Munich: The Edge of War

Starring Jeremy Irons as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the year’s before the Second World War broke out, this is a fascinating drama focussed on power games and personal relationships.

Okay, that’s it. Hopefully one of those films will take your fancy…

So, stop reading and start streaming!

Tim Glanfield

Tim Glanfield is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing about television, film and the entertainment business. He has been editor of, a writer for The Times (of London) and the Guardian as well as a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. He is author of the book Digital Economy or Bust: The Story of a New Media Startup and makes regular appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

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