Trying to find the best movie to watch on Netflix can be a daunting challenge. We’ve all been there. You've decided you’re going to watch something. You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared-down list of films you’ve already bookmarked to watch at a future date. But then there’s the choosing. You’ve gotta find something that fits your mood, or something you and your friend/significant other/couch companion can agree on. You spend hours browsing, and by the time you stumble on something you think maybe is the one, it’s too late, you’re too tired, and indecision has won out.

Never fear, though, because we here at Collider have a guide to help you find the perfect Netflix movies available in the U.S. We’ve thumbed through the library and assembled a list of some of the best films currently available for streaming, from classics to hidden gems to new releases and beyond. This list of the best movies on Netflix is updated weekly with all-new choices, so be sure to return the next time you're looking for something great to watch.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Netflix, best comedies on Netflix, and best dramas on Netflix.

Editor's note: This post was last updated on January 6th to include White Noise.

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The Power of the Dog (2021)

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Director: Jane Campion | Genre: Western Drama | Run Time: 2 hr 6 min

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

The Power of the Dog is a slow, sly movie that reveals itself to you in subtle, measured glimpses at tenderness that are otherwise caked in grit, cruelty and crudity. Set in 1920s Montana, Jane Campion's awards contender stars Benedict Cumberbatch, giving one of his best performances yet as Phil Burbank; a gruff and bitter cowboy who takes an immediate disliking to his brother's (Jesse Plemmons) new wife, Rose (Kirsten Dunst). In turn, her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) takes a disliking to him, determined to protect his mother, setting the stage for fascinating, subtle power plays and dynamic shifts as the contentious new family attempts to settle in together. As with all Campion films, you can expect exquisite shots and stunning glimpses into small moments of human vulnerability, but The Power of the Dog is also a challenging, often caustic film about tracing the ripples of toxicity. It certainly isn't your average Neo-western, so don't go in expecting standoffs our shootouts, but even without those flashy calling cards, The Power of the Dog makes a striking impact that seems to land all in one final blow. - Haleigh Foutch

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White Noise (2022)

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Run Time: 2 hrs 16 min | Genre: Absurdist Comedy Drama | Director: Noah Baumbach

Cast: Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle

Written for the screen and directed by Noah Baumbach,White Noise is based on the book by Don DeLillo. An interesting balancing act by Baumbach, White Noise has been described as both a dark comedy and a horrific mystery, which could easily be a reflection on the philosophical questions broached by the absurdist film, such as the existence of joy in a precarious society. Starring skillfully adaptable actors including Adam Driver (House of Gucci) and Greta Gerwig (Barbie) as a fascinatingly mundane American couple attempting to grapple with existential dread blossoming from universal realities, White Noise provides these versatile performers a solid foundation from which to thrive. – Yael Tygiel

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

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Run Time: 2 hrs 19 min | Director: Rian Johnson

Cast: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monáe

Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his hit mystery movie Knives Out, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery allows Daniel Craig (No Time to Die) to reprise his role as investigator Benoit Blanc. With an intriguing new puzzle, the famed southern detective heads to Greece, where he finds a new group of suspects. The deliberate casting of incomparable talent deserves an award of its own. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery features stars like Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, and Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision), to name a few. Star power aside, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery continues to captivate with twists, enigmas, and even some clever laughs. – Yael Tygiel

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Prisoners (2013)

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Run Time: 2 hr 33 min | Director: Dennis Villeneuve

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard

For his first English language picture, Dennis Villeneuve delivered an instant classic in the vein of Seven or Zodiac.Prisoners may be Dennis Villeneuve’s most underrated film. It’s heavy, like a waterlogged coat, and driven forward by the dramatic reactions of the characters lost in the haze of mystery in this missing child thriller. Superb performances, melancholic music, and a rainy atmosphere reinforce the weighted tone of the film. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the fastidious detective Loki, trying to connect the dots between old cold cases, missing children, and a dead body. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard metamorphose into two men on the edge of desperation as they abduct the man (Paul Dano) they believe to be responsible for their missing daughters. It’s a dark story about faith, resolve, and morality that sees a community pushed to its emotional limit. There's little respite from the darkness in the world of prisoners, as each scene compounds the mystery and pain in the wake of two missing children.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)

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Run Time: 1 hr 57 min | Genre: Fantasy Musical | Director: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson

Cast: Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchiois one of the most beautiful adaptations of the classic fairytale. Highlighted by the monster maestro’s love of creatures, Guillermo del Toro(The Shape of Water) crafts an enchanting version of the story, working in tandem with co-director Mark Gustafson (The PJs) to bring this stop-motion masterpiece to life. Like most del Toro projects, Pinocchio may not be suitable for younger audiences as the director enjoys his darker themes and images, even in his most whimsical projects. Expressed through claymation, this rendition of Pinocchio follows the grieving Italian woodcarver Geppetto, voiced by Game of Thrones alum David Bradley, as his wish magically brings to life his wooden marionette. – Yael Tygiel

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Do Revenge (2022)

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Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson | Genre: Teen Comedy | Run Time: 1 hr 58 min

Cast: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke

This is what teen comedy dreams are made of. Starring Riverdale’s Camila Mendes and Stranger Things scenestealer Maya Hawke, Do Revenge revolves around an unlikely friendship between fallen popular girl Drea (Mendes) and new student Eleanor (Hawke). After being wronged by friends and exes, the two of them hatch the perfect plan: to help each other get revenge. With plot twists you won’t see coming, sharp comedy, and a killer soundtrack (not to mention epic cameos by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sophie Turner), this is a truly generation-defining film among the ranks of Heathers and Mean Girls. – Taylor Gates

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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Director: Barry Jenkins | Genre: Romance Drama | Run Time: 1 hr 59 min

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

If there was ever a film that deserves more love and admiration, it is Barry Jenkins’ magnificent If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from the novel of the same name by one of history’s greatest writers, the great James Baldwin, and could not be a more graceful honoring of his legacy. In addition to being a gorgeous cinematic experience, every single frame is overflowing with compassion for characters trying to find a way to live a life together. Set in 1970s Harlem, it centers on Tish (KiKi Layne) who is about to have a child with her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt (Stephan James). As they dream of a future together, the couple's hopes are dashed when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he did not commit. A moving look at the tragedy found in the everyday, both Layne and James are outstanding in every single moment. When your film also has a supporting cast of Regina King, who won an Oscar for her role as Tish's mother, and Coleman Domingo as Tish’s father, it becomes a masterclass in acting from start to finish. – Chase Hutchinson

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When Harry Met Sally...

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Director: Rob Reiner I Genre: Romance Comedy I Run Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Autumn is upon us, and you know what that means? Following two people who could not be more different from each other go from hate, to like, to hate again, and finally, to love. When Harry Met Sally.. stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in one of the most famous romcoms of all time. Harry and Sally bump into each other unexpectedly throughout their 20s and into their 30s, hating each time until heartbreak brings them together as best friends. They bond over their failed romances, even get their respective best friends together, and spend most of the movie oblivious to or purposefully ignoring the fact that they are perfect for each other. Oh - and there’s an orgasm in Kats Deli, we couldn't forget that! Nora Ephron gave us a love story for the ages that still feels fresh and nuanced watching it thirty years later. Add in a sublime supporting cast of Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby - and you have yourself a timeless classic. Set against the red and yellow leaves of New York City, When Harry Met Sally.. Is essential Autumnal viewing. - Emma Kiely

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The Nice Guys (2016)

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Director: Shane Black | Genre: Action Comedy | Run Time: 1 hr 56 min

Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Between Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Nice Guys, writer/director Shane Black has proven himself to the be the king of crackling neo-noir. In The Nice Guys, you have private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and fixer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) teaming up to investigate the disappearance of a young woman (Margaret Qualley), but it's all about how Black plays with genre conventions and film tropes to constantly upend expectations. Gosling has never been funnier, and in an alternate, better universe, The Nice Guys would have been a massive hit and we'd have an amazing comic franchise. As it stands, we only have this movie, so at least we can treasure this outing of March and Healy. – Matt Goldberg

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Tick, Tick... Boom! (2012)

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Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda | Genre: Drama Musical Biography | Run Time: 1 hr 55 min

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús

Hamilton and In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the long-awaited film adaptation of RENT creator Johnathan Larson's Tick, Tick... Boom! The result is an excellent movie musical that's every bit a love letter to theater itself as much as it is to Larson and his tragic tale of short-lived genius. Which is perhaps what makes Miranda such an exceptional fit for the material in his filmmaking debut, and not just because his every-damned-award-winning musical Hamilton is all about capturing the beauty and tragedy of short-lived genius: the Broadway polymath has also been vocal about how Tick, Tick... Boom! influenced and inspired him as a creator, and he even starred in a production of the show several years ago. Equally at home is Andrew Garfield as Larson himself, showcasing a hell of a singing voice and yet another outstanding performance that will lift you up, rake you through the anxiety of excellence, before absolutely breaking your heart. It's a beautiful film based on a beautiful piece of writing, and whether you're a fan of Garfield's, Miranda's, Larson's, or just the theater dahling, it's a moving testament to those who openly embrace ambition, earnestly love performance, and believe that both give them the power to change lives. - Haleigh Foutch

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Hell or High Water (2016)

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Director: David Mackenzie | Genre: Western Crime Drama | Run Time: 1 hr 42 min

Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

When it comes to heist movies, Hell or High Water walks among the most emotional, contemplative, and Texan experiences of them all. David Mackenzie (Starred Up) and Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) raging critique of classism and corruption endemic to the modern American financial system is on full display from the opening of the film. Graffiti and billboards paint the picture of poverty and desperation many folks struggle with throughout the country. The Midland setting, southern accents, and numerous six-packs of texas treasures Lone Star and Shiner give the film a specific tone despite the thematic elements being more ubiquitously relatable. Ben Foster and Chris Pine truly shine as two brothers built of different character, morals, and functions. Their fraternal love is at once silly and tender. Jeff Bridges and his partner Gil Birmingham chew and churn through conversations about history, life, and crime in a way that endears and enchants. Their chemistry is natural and comedic, and their calm approach to the chase is starkly contrasted against the adrenaline-pumping, unpredictable actions of the Howard brothers on their bank-robbing binge.

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The Addams Family

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Genre: Comedy | Run Time: 1 hr 40 min

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, and Judith Malina

While so many adaptations of The Addams Family tend to keep the characters animated—understandably so, given the family's macabre interests—the best iteration of this morbid family brought Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, and Puglsey into the live-action. Barry Sonnenfeld 's take focuses on the love and bonds of this twisted family, particularly between brothers Gomez (a delightfully dynamic Raul Julia ) and Uncle Fester (an almost unrecognizable Christopher Lloyd ). Even though they're creepy and they're kooky, The Addams Family is always about family first. Even of they try to maim and kill each other, it's all out of love for one another. — Ross Bonaime

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The Imitation Game (2014)

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Director: Morten Tyldum | Genre: War Drama | Run Time: 1 hr 54 min

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear

One of the most highly acclaimed films of 2014, The Imitation Game has largely faded into obscurity in the years since its release. This is a shame because it really is a pretty great movie. The Imitation Game draws a portrait of the life and times of Alan Turing, one of the most brilliant scientists of his time. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, it shows how the mathematician and computer scientist was recruited by the British government to crack the German Enigma code during World War II. It also, perhaps more importantly, shows how despite his contributions, Turing was ostracised and subjected to a horrible fate after it came out that he was gay. Is it a truly accurate historical piece? Not really, but this Academy Award-winning film is certainly a great watch and deserves praise for bringing Turing's once-forgotten story to a global audience. – Remus Noronha

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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Director: Charlie Kaufman | Genre: Thriller Horror | Run Time: 2 hr 14 min

Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis

Charlie Kaufman is no stranger to films that make you feel like your brain is leaking out of your head, like with his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, or with screenplays like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. With I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Kaufman adapts Iain Reid's novel of the same name, in which Jake (Jesse Plemons) brings his girlfriend (Jessie Buckley) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis). But of course no Kaufman story could be that simple, as I’m Thinking of Ending Things becomes a twisty, strange, and remarkable experience unlike any other film. By the end, I’m Thinking of Ending Things becomes one of the most insane and towering achievements of Kaufman’s career, which is really saying something. — Ross Bonaime

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Phantom Thread (2017)

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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Genre: Romance Drama | Run Time: 2 hr 11 min

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps

Some ofPaul Thomas Anderson's finest films have focused on captivating pairings, such as The Master, Punch-Drunk Love, or his first collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood. The second Anderson/Day-Lewis film, Phantom Thread, told the story of a unique, rich, and often extremely hilarious romance between Day-Lewis' fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, and his muse-turned-wife Alma (Vicky Krieps). Phantom Thread has a stillness and beauty unlike any other Anderson film so far, a stunning Anderson masterpiece, with an expectedly great performance by Day-Lewis, but also tremendous supporting roles by Krieps and Lesley Manville. – Ross Bonaime

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Director: Stanley Kubrick | Genre: Drama Mystery | Run Time: 2 hr 45 min

Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson

Divisive, controversial, erotic, meandering—all of these adjectives and more could accurately describe filmmaking giant Stanley Kubrick’s final film, but it’s a must-watch regardless of the divided opinion. Eyes Wide Shutfinds Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman—still married at the time—playing a couple in New York City working through some issues of their own, when an admission from Kidman’s character that she’s thought about infidelity leads Cruise’s character on a sexual odyssey of insecurity. Almost nothing in this film is to be taken literally, as Kubrick crafts something more along the lines of a daydream (or nightmare), and subsequent watches only further illuminate the film’s various themes and motifs. What does it all mean? Is there one right answer? You be the judge. But on a pure carnal level, the sexiness of this one is off the charts. – Adam Chitwood

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

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Director: George C. Wolfe | Genre: Drama Music | Run Time: 1 hr 34 min

Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo

The 2020 film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a powerhouse showcase for the acting talents of all involved, including Chadwick Boseman in his final live-action performance. Based on the stage play of the same name, the film chronicles a day in the life of iconic recording artist Ma Rainey as she assembles her team to record a new album on a hot summer day in 1927. Tensions rise and the dialogue crackles between these various characters, as Boseman's trumpeter dreams of making it big on his own while the temperamental Ma Rainey knows what lies ahead all too well. This is an excellent performance-driven drama. - Adam Chitwood

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The Good Nurse (2022)


Director: Tobias Lindholm | Genre: Drama | Run Time: 2 hr 1 min

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens

Tobias Lindholm's haunting The Good Nurse, based on a true story, shows both how monstrous people can be, while also showing the importance of compassion. Jessica Chastain plays Amy Loughren, a nurse who is dealing with a dangerous heart condition, who meets the newest nurse, Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) and immediately strikes up a friendship with him. When a series of mysterious deaths at the hospital start to raise eyes, Amy believes that Charlie might be behind these deaths and attempts to find out what is really going on. Chastain is excellent as the caring nurse, but Redmayne is shocking as a potential monster waiting to be uncovered. But put together, Chastain and Redmayne play The Good Doctor like a battle between humanity and indifference, in a film that will both get under your skin, while also making the viewer thankful for those who see the best in people.

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The Lost Daughter (2021)

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Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal | Genre: Psychological Drama | Run Time: 2 hr 1 min

Cast: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley

In her directorial debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal has to handle a complex balance in telling the story of Leda Caruso (Olivia Colman). Leda takes a holiday to Greece and upon watching young mother Nina (Dakota Johnson) with her child, Leda reflects back on her own struggles with motherhood. Adapting ElenaFerrante's novel of the same name, Gyllenhaal presents a lead character whose impulsiveness could easily have been seen as selfish, but instead, Gyllenhaal and Colman present Leda as an intricate and extremely complicated character. The Lost Daughter provides not only another great Colman performance, but a fantastic introduction to Gyllenhaal as a commanding filmmaker. – Ross Bonaime

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Director: Sam Raimi | Genre: Superhero/Action | Run Time: 2 hr 7 min

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons

After the beginning of the superhero boom with 2000's X-Men and 2002's Spider-Man, Sam Raimi's sequel not only improved upon Peter Parker's first film, but also set the bar ridiculously high for the future of superhero films. Spider-Man 2 escalated the stakes with excellent character development, a villain that we actually cared about in Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, and most importantly, made Peter Parker's life just as interesting—if not more so—than the adventures of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 still remains one of the best superhero films ever made, thanks to Raimi's insistence on showing how being a superhero might not be so super after all. — Ross Bonaime

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