Today we’ll rank some of the top Netflix original films that you should watch. This list will be a blend of new, old and lesser-known best Netflix movies that need to be on your viewing list and we won’t be including already popular titles like Red Notice or Extraction. Below are our top 10 picks of Netflix Original Movies to watch.
10. His House
A horror/thriller film written and directed by Remy Weekes. The story focuses on Bol and Rial, a married couple and refugees from South Sudan who came to the UK to escape conflict and bloodshed. When they arrive in the UK they are given sanctuary in a rural community in England with restrictions on their freedom including being unable to look for work, being unable to take in more money than what has been given to them, and being forced to live in a run-down house with a broken door.
The core plot begins as the couple attempts to adapt to their new lifestyle but they are soon haunted by an evil entity that appears to be living inside their walls.
Despite having a decent plot, the film brilliantly combines a traditional tale of a haunted house with a realistic immigrant horror. So if you enjoy horror films, watch this one because you will scream, gasp, and probably cry. The movie has a 6.5 rating on IMDb and a 74% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Release date: 23 October 2020 (United Kingdom)
Director: Remi Weekes
Screenplay: Remi Weekes
Casting director: Carmen Cuba
Calibre is a British thriller film directed by Matt Palmer. The plot revolves around Vaughn and Marcus, two best friends who go on a hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands that turns into an endless terror as they try to hide a terrible killing accident.
The two are put to the test as they must deal with an unexpected scenario that neither could have anticipated. Calibre’s plot takes a while to unfold but the wait is worthwhile because the second half offers some excellent resolutions to the initial tension building. The plot is quite simple but the outcome is a suspenseful isolated drama, drenched and stunning imagery highlighting Scotland’s scenery.
Release date: 22 June 2018 (Edinburgh)
Director: Matt Palmer
Screenplay: Matt Palmer
Producers: Anna Griffin, Alastair Clark
8. Night in Paradise
A crime/drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung, the plot revolves around Tae-gu, a veteran criminal with a younger sister and niece. When Tae-gu intends to quit the crime organization, another crime group targets Tae-gu which unintentionally leads to his sister and niece’s sudden deaths in a car explosion stage by the opposing Mafia group.
Saddened by the loss of his loved ones, Tae-gu vows to exact revenge by assassinating the leader of the other group before fleeing to Jeju Island. However, things become complicated when he finds a mysterious woman who has little time left to live. Simply put, the film is crazy, the scenery, the script, and the music work so beautifully amid the drama and slow pacing. Night in Paradise has a 6.7 rating on IMDb and an audience score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Initial release: 3 September 2020
Director: Park Hoon-jung
Screenplay: Park Hoon-jung
Cinematography: Young-Ho Kim, Kim Yeong-ho
Distributed by: Netflix, Next Entertainment World
7. The Trip
The Trip is an action comedy film starring Aksel Hennie and Noomi Rapace. The story revolves around Lars and Lisa, a problematic couple pretending to reconnect when they travel to a distant lodge but they are planning to murder each other. However before they can execute their intentions, a trio of escaped prisoners unexpectedly show up and kidnap them. As a result, Lisa and Lars are now preys instead of predators and it is crystal clear where the movie is going from there.
Overall, The Trip begins with a roar and ends with a weep but it is a fast-paced roller coaster ride with superb performances and a crisp story that makes this film one of the most enjoyable to watch. The movie has a 6.9 rating on IMDb and a 69% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Release date: 30 July 2021 (Norway)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Music composed by: Christian Wibe
Distributed by: SF Norge
Producers: Kjetil Omberg, Jorgen Storm Rosenberg
Screenplay: Tommy Wirkola, John Niven, Nick Ball
6. Blade of the Immortal
This is an epic samurai action film directed by Takashi Miike. The plot revolves around the immortal Samurai Manji who has killed many people including good and evil and now resides as an outlaw in ancient Japan. However, when Manji encounters a poor girl named Rin Asano, she appoints him as her protector. The story turns violent when Manji discovers that the girl’s parents were murdered by a gang of expert swordsmen under the command of the merciless warrior Kagehisa Anotsu. Pledging allegiance to safety and revenge against the sword soldiers who massacred her family, the strange duo embarks on an extraordinary mission that will force them into a bloody battle with a merciless warrior.
The opening fight in the film has some of the most brutal samurai combat ever which shows how intense the film is going to be. The only drawback is that you might become a little bored in the middle of the movie but overall it is an absolute treat for fans of sword fighting, martial arts, and action movies. Blade of the Immortal has a 6.7 rating on IMDb and a 70% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Release date: 29 April 2017 (Japan)
Director: Takashi Miike
Adapted from: Blade of the Immortal
Produced by: Jeremy Thomas; Misako Saka; Shigeji Maeda;
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures, Arrow Films
5. Army of Thieves
Army of Thieves is a 2021 heist thriller comedy film directed by Matthias Schweighöfer. The movie is set before the events of Army of the Dead and follows the story of German safe cracker Ludwig Dieter who is recruited by Gwendoline Starr to join a group of FBI’s most wanted criminals in an attempt to rob a series of historic uncrackable vaults throughout Germany.
What happens next is a desperate quest across Europe as a dedicated International Police Officer Delacroix tries everything he has to stop them from robbing banks. Many fans were dissatisfied after watching Army of the Dead since it did not live up to their expectations but Army of Thieves is the polar opposite. It is a much better and more fun film than its successor.
So if you’re looking for a movie that’s high on pleasure, look no further. This one has everything from a fantastic story to action, humor, and thrills to keep you amused. Army of Thieves has a 6.4 rating on IMDb and a 70% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Initial release: 29 October 2021
Director: Matthias Schweighöfer
Film series: Army of the Dead
Cinematography: Bernhard Jasper
Producers: Matthias Schweighöfer, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Dan Maag, Wesley Coller
Casting directors: Kate Ringsell, Maya Kvetny
4. Kingdom: Ashin of the North
A special 1 hour, 30-minutes episode or you might call it a zombie action thriller movie related to the kingdom TV series. Kingdom: Ashin of the North delves into the past of Ashin the enigmatic heir to the clan of the northern tribe as well as the roots of the resurrection herb which kicked off an unprecedented series of horrific events that consumed the Joseon dynasty. It investigates, reveals, and explains the structure of the resurrection plant which has the power to raise the dead as zombies as well as the mystery surrounding Ashin’s existence. It centers on a Shem a character that was revealed after the second season finale of the kingdom and delves deeply into her life. even if you haven’t seen the kingdom series you can still watch this film because it is a pre-equal and an origin story. So, you only need to be a zombie or action movie lover to enjoy this film. This movie has a 7 rating on IMDb.
Initial release: 23 July 2021
Director: Kim Seong-Hun
Screenplay: Kim Eun-hee
Distributed by: Netflix
Production companies: Studio Dragon, AStory
3. Do Revenge
Do Revenge is a teen comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The plot centers on two young girls named Drea and Eleanor as they navigate their teen life in high school.
Drea is at the top of her High School career as the alpha girl in school but her entire adult life is turned upside down when her sex tape is released to the school community supposedly by her lover Max. On the other hand, Eleanor is a new insecure foreign student who is upset to learn that she now has to attend school with her former bully Carissa who spread a terrible rumor about her in Youth Camp when they were both 13. However, the chaos starts when Drea and Eleanor create an unusual relationship to get revenge on their respective abusers.
You might be thinking that this is just another usual High School drama but it’s not. Do Revenge offers an interesting premise and an unexpected plot twist that you won’t see coming. It has a 6.5 rating on IMDb and an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Initial release: 16 September 2022
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Executive producer: Joshua Bachove
Production company: Likely Story
Screenplay: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Celeste Ballard
Producers: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Anthony Bregman, Peter Cron
2. The Fundamentals of Caring
A road comedy-drama film directed by Rob Burnett, the plot revolves around Ben a former author who has just completed a caregiver’s certification course and is prepared to help his first client. Elsa the single mother of Trevor the unhappy teen with a fatal and terrible condition that is rendered wheelchair-bound interviews him and surprisingly Trevor accepts Ben’s offer to work as his carer after being struck by his honesty and sense of humor.
Later, they persuade Elsa to allow them to go on a road trip to see the sights. Their strength to survive is pushed to its limits as they learn the value of faith and friendship.
The Fundamentals of Caring is a heartwarming uplifting film and there are simply not enough words to express the joy this film brings.
The heart and soul of this film is the connection between the characters and without a doubt, Paul Rudd is the main reason to see and enjoy this well-executed dramedy. The movie has a 7.3 rating on IMDb and an 83% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Release date: 2016 (USA)
Director: Rob Burnett
Music composed by: Ryan Miller
Cinematography: Giles Nuttgens
Distributed by: Netflix
Production companies: Levantine Films, Worldwide Pants
1. Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation is a war drama film directed by Carrie Joji Fukunaga. The story centers around Agu, a decent boy who grows up in an unidentified West African Community where his mother is deeply religious and his father is a school teacher.
However, when the nation descends into a deadly civil war, his father, brother, and grandparents die in the merciless onslaught. He escapes into the woods to undertake a terrifying quest through darkness, fear, isolation, and hunger.
Everything changes when Agu is discovered by a gang of young rebels led by the commander who takes an interest in him and recruits him to join his army of Guerrilla troops. The movie, Beasts of No Nation is a brilliant combination of writing acting, and direction. It brilliantly demonstrates how child soldiers are trained, controlled, mistreated, and changed from survivors of civil conflict into beasts of violence and horror. Just a reminder, it will leave you speechless and emotional. The movie has a 7.7 rating on IMDb and a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Initial release: 3 September 2015
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Budget: 6 million USD
Adapted from: Beasts of No Nation
Producers: Idris Elba, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Uzodinma Iweala
Nominations: Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead