The 25 best movies on Netflix (November 2018)

An image from Cloverfield - one of the best movies on Netflix

You’ve watched everything on your watchlist that looks even mildly appealing. Now what? You’re after the best movies on Netflix, and that can offer up many options. Like, hitting play on that foreign documentary that someone at work said was “totally epic”. Or, trying that lo-fi indie flick shot on an iPhone with no dialogue that lasts for 18 hours. I mean, sure, I am all for being adventurous, but what if they’re… not good? You need a person whose utter Netflix nerdiness could help you to figure out the best movies on Netflix. Well, here I am!

Whatever you’re in the mood to watch next, whether it’s something new on Netflix, or a rollicking good classic, I’ve got you covered. I’m such a massive Netflix geek that I update this list every week, making sure it stays current. US and UK catalogues are both included in the listings, so you may need to consult our best VPN for Netflix, if you want to see everything, but, trust me, it's worth it. This week’s best movies on Netflix include a couple of timeless gems, Ghostbusters and Cloverfield (What? It is timeless!), plus much more. You are welcome!

25. Blade (1998)

Region: US

The movie: One of the earliest Marvel movies to hit the big screen, Blade is a glorious mish-mash, an imaginative dive into a fanboy’s dream: what if you were half-human, half-vampire? Enter Blade, who lets face it, couldn’t have a cooler name if he tried. Shunned by both humans and vamps, he’s not exactly overflowing with social engagements, which works out well as he’s got a lotta shit to get done. In addition to to the small matter of avenging his mother’s death, he’s up against a new slick breed of vampires who want to wipe the human race off the planet. 

Why it’s worth a watch: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is great and all, but it failed to include this late ‘90s piece of camp. Blade makes no bones about what it is, and that’s a superhero flick that’s cheesier than the stinkiest Roquefort.

Read more: The 25 best superhero movies worthy of a true believer

24. Train to Busan (2016)

Region: US

The movie: Your daily commute might be a nightmare, but trust me, it’s peachy compared to the antics people have to deal with in Train to Busan. This bunch find themselves in the unfortunate position of sharing a very busy train with a very hungry horde of the undead. Grouping together is the only way they’ll combat the flesh-munchers... Well, until the humans start squabbling and fighting amongst themselves, and then it’s anybody’s guess who will survive.

Why it’s worth a watch: Whoever said zombie movies are dead, is either trying to make a funny or hasn’t seen this crackin’ South Korean horror outing. Think of this as the perfect genre mashup: part 28 Days, part Snowpiercer, and part utterly bananas, you haven’t seen anything quite like this before. 

Read more: The 25 best zombie movies that will turn you veggie

23. The Endless (2017)

Region: US

The movie: Ever feel as if there is nothing new under the cinematic sun? I'm almost certain that's what led filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead to craft each of their films, including their latest, The Endless. A seemingly "normal" tale of two brothers who, as teenagers, escaped the clutches of a cult, is flipped into a realm David Lynch would feel right at home in. This is not your normal genre outing, folks, as the siblings decide to return to their former homestead and discover that the cult is the least of their worries. 

Why it’s worth a watch: First of all, so you can say you saw one of Benson and Moorhead's earliest movies before the rest of the world caught on. Their horror sci-fi genre mash-up is a glorious headfuck of a movie, a deep dive into the human condition and how we respond to the monstrous - whether it’s a towering beast, or something inside of us.

22. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

Region: Worldwide

The movie: Netflix’s Original Content isn’t just about hard-hitting TV serials. Part of ‘flix’s attempt to reboot the rom-com, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a refreshing, lighthearted tale that revolves around the love life of one Lara Jean Covey (Lara Condor). After her older sister moves away to college, Lara Jean’s life changes when five secret love letters she had kept hidden somehow find their way into the hands of their recipients. One of the boys, Peter, enters into a fake relationship with Lara Jean - to wind up HIS ex, and to prove Lara Jean doesn’t fancy her sister’s ex. Confused? You won’t be, but you’ll love the optimism and John Hughes-esque atmosphere.

Why it’s worth a watch: For a high school rom-com set in 2018, it’s surprisingly light on teen tech. The kids use their cell phones (obviously), but the central conceit here revolves around a surprisingly sweet one - handwritten love letters. The rest of the movie’s charm spirals off from that notion, making this a rom-com likely to leave a lasting impression.

Read more: The 25 best romantic comedies that won't make you throw up

21. Cloverfield (2008)

Region: UK, US

The movie: Kicking off with a goodbye party, things take a turn when a giant monster crawls out of the ocean and starts tearing up the city. Partygoers flee to the street only to see the Statue of Liberty's head tossed down it like a bowling ball. From thereon out, director Drew Goddard keeps the pace up - thanks to a nippy running time - as a small group try to rescue a friend from a damaged building. That is, if they can make it through the subway tunnels...

Why it’s worth a watch: When Cloverfield landed ten years ago, it felt as if horror had truly exhausted the found footage schtick. How many more times would audiences have to bear the vomit-inducing camerawork of characters too brainless to stop filming and save their hides? Cloverfield made all those fears melt away. Gone were the teenagers trapped in the woods, replaced by urban twenty-somethings trapped in Manhattan. Godzilla told from the ground, this is truly scary stuff. 

Read more: The Cloverfield Paradox ending - 10 questions we need answered

20. Groundhog Day (1993)

Region: US

The movie: What would you do if you had to live the same day over and over? Harold Ramis' 1993 classic takes that concept and places it within the world of grumpy weatherman Phil Connors. Sick of covering news that he deems unimportant, Connors begrudgingly follows his producer Rita and cameraman Larry to the small town of Punxsutawney to shoot a segment on Groundhog Day. After putting in a lacklustre report on the festivities, he retires to bed. When he wakes he discovers that he's reliving the same day. The comedy gold lies in the montages wherein Phil experiments with the same scenarios again and again and again. Especially the Ned Ryerson. 

Why it's worth a watch: Arguably Bill Murray's finest comedic role is as the constantly disgruntled Phil Connors. Groundhog Day simply wouldn't have its classic status without his performance, that wrings laughter and poignancy out of his predicament.

19. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Region: US

The movie: Ever wondered about the Rebels mentioned in the opening scrawl of the first Star Wars movie? So did SFX guru John Knoll, who thought that band of resistance fighters deserved their own movie and pitched the idea to Lucasfilm. The result saw up-and-comer Gareth Edwards take directorial control of a new type of Star Wars film, a spin-off untethered from the central Skywalker saga and instead focused on Jyn Erso, an ass-kicking Rebel with the best one-liners.

Why it’s worth a watch: Rogue One has its work cut out for it because anyone watching knows exactly where it’s going to end up. And yet, it comes packed with surprises and triumphs at every turn with new perspectives on a galaxy far, far away. Its handful of well-written characters (old and new) make for an absolutely killer connection to A New Hope. 

Read more: You know how Star Wars: Rogue One ends… but that might actually make it a better movie

18. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Region: UK

The movie: What is the most important thing when you're in high school? Is it asking someone out for the first time? Making friends that you'll have forever? Hearing a song that makes you feel less alone? In the case of Charlie (Logan Lerman), the introverted youngster at the heart of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's all of those things. Befriending seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), Charlie's teenage world is thrown upside down as he begins to open up to his new comrades. Author Stephen Chbosky directs his adaptation, making a glorious celebration of teenage life.

Why it's worth a watch: Imagine a Beat Generation version of a young adult novel, and then that novel adapted into a movie. That's what you're getting here: a mish-mash of comedy, drama, and deep sorrow, the film oscillates between those themes, mirroring the scatty emotional feeling of being a kid. This is a beautiful ode to what it means to be a teenager.

17. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Region: UK, US

The movie: Now approaching its 40th anniversary, Life of Brian still stands as one of the funniest films ever made. To prove that Holy Grail wasn’t a fluke, and eager to craft a winning follow-up, the Monty Python crew got together and gave us Life of Brian. Another period film, another set of ridiculous circumstances blended together to be as offensive as possible. This time, the focus is on a young Jewish man named Brian, who, through an unfortunate mixup, is heralded as being the Messiah. But he’s not. He’s a very naughty boy...

Why it’s worth a watch: Razor-sharp dialogue, witty one-liners, daft slapstick scenarios… there isn’t a type of comedy that Life of Brian doesn’t wrangle into its story. This is classic comedy cinema which will no doubt still be topping ‘best of’ lists in another forty years.

16. Hot Fuzz (2007)

Region: UK, US  

The movie: The juicy filling in the middle of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy brings back his trusted comrades Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman, two cops living in a quiet English 'burg. Where Angel is straight-laced, Butterman is more of a free spirit. They’re essentially an action movie duo happiest when spoofing their favourite blockbusters. It’s not all fun and games, though. Things inevitably go awry as they often do in quiet, idyllic movie villages when the bodies start to pile up...

Why it’s worth a watch: Imagine your favourite buddy cop movie. And now imagine it retold in a quaint West Country village through the cheeky, meta-tinted eyes of Pegg, Wright, and Frost. Who would have thought that two polar opposites - the blazing balls-to-the-wall sequences of the action genre and the snail’s pace of small-town life - would work so well together. This is how you homage. 

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