Finding a truly amazing movie on Netflix may be challenging due to the sheer amount of films available — plus the site’s less-than-ideal layout. To assist, we’ve compiled a list of the 50 finest films now available on the service in the United States, which will be updated as new titles become available. In addition, several of our write-ups below include links to other fantastic Netflix movies. (It’s worth noting that streaming providers occasionally delete titles or modify start dates without warning.) Here are our recommendations for Netflix’s top TV series, Amazon Prime Video’s best movies, and Hulu’s and Disney Plus’s best of everything.
‘Apocalypse Now’ is a film about the end of the world (1979)
Francis Ford Coppola’s rough Vietnam-era version of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” was a famously troublesome production, plagued by weather problems, political wrangling, budget and schedule overruns, and acting issues. It’s almost astonishing that the final product is so distinct and strong, an awe-inspiring synthesis of 1960s psychedelic film, 1970s genre reworking, and classic wide-screen epic, its ambition even more stunning in this extended “Redux” edit from 2001. It was described as “a beautiful effort” by our critic.
‘Titanic’ is a movie about a ship that sinks (1997)
Few expected James Cameron’s dramatisation (and fictionalisation) of the RMS Titanic’s sinking in 1912 to be a near-unrivaled commercial success (it was the highest-grossing film of all time for over a decade) and Academy Award winner (for best picture and best director, among other things); most of the film’s pre-release publicity focused on its over-budget and over-schedule production. But, looking back, we should have known – it was the type of family-friendly entertainment that harkened back to classic blockbusters, masterfully mixing historical drama, wide-screen adventure, and genuine romance. And the film’s stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, delivered in spades, establishing themselves as one of the great onscreen couples of the 1990s. “A massive, exhilarating three-and-a-quarter-hour experience,” our critic said. (In “Shutter Island” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” DiCaprio also impresses.)
‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ is a collection of stories by Meyerowitz. (2017)
From the ageing sculptor father worried about his legacy (Dustin Hoffman) to his current, perpetually inebriated wife (Emma Thompson) to his adult children (Elizabeth Marvel, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller), who have spent their lives trying to please their father and are all screwed up as a result, everyone in the Meyerowitz family has an axe to grind. Noah Baumbach, the writer and director, subtly expresses their concerns via their jittery relationships with their father and one other, skilfully making their trials both wittily unique and profoundly universal. It’s a dryly humorous and surprisingly poignant serio-comic drama, with a “near-perfect mix between engagement and discomfort,” according to our reviewer.
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