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100 Best Movies on Netflix, Ranked by Tomatometer (September 2021)
In our world of massive entertainment options, who’s got time to waste on the below-average? You’ve got a subscription, you’re ready for a marathon, and you want only the best movies no Netflix to watch. With thousands of choices on the platform, both original and acquired, we’ve found the 100 top Netflix movies with the highest Tomatometer scores!
You’ll quickly notice that none of the films featured here fall below 89% on the Tomatometer (with each score tallied from at least 20 reviews), meaning the overwhelming majority of critics who saw these gave them a favorable Fresh review. These movies run the gamut, from widely-seen popular movies (Uncut Gems) to arthouse hits (Snowpiercer, Pan’s Labyrinth).
The movies are by turns funny (Monty Python and the Holy Grail), dramatic (Marriage Story, Spotlight), and romantic (Always Be My Maybe). They’re the scariest horror movies out there (Under the Shadow), and the best documentaries ever made (13th).
And we’ve only just scratched the surface of Netflix’s growing stable of formidable originals, like Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, and Eddie Murphy comeback vehicle Dolemite Is My Name. And to make sure you’re only seeing the cream of the crop, every movie featured here is Certified Fresh, meaning it maintained a high enough Tomatometer score after crossing a minimum critics review threshold.
Time to get comfy on the couch because we’re not just throwing good movies on Netflix at you, not even just great ones, but the 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now, Ranked by Tomatometer!
Added: Pray Away, Blade Runner, Do the Right Thing, School of Rock.
Adjusted Score: 92599%
Critics Consensus: Like a good wine, once you let Uncorked breathe, its heartfelt tenderness will yield a sweet time.
Adjusted Score: 92607%
Critics Consensus: An appealing animated adventure whose silliness is anchored in genuine emotion, The Willoughbys offers fanciful fun the entire family can enjoy.
Adjusted Score: 93256%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, well-acted, and intelligent, I Am Mother is an ambitious sci-fi story that largely achieves its impressive aims.
Adjusted Score: 94153%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Geralds Games small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Adjusted Score: 95022%
Critics Consensus: Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendships ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.
Adjusted Score: 95200%
Critics Consensus: Miss Americana provides an engaging if somewhat deliberately opaque backstage look at a pop star turned cultural phenomenon.
Adjusted Score: 96148%
Critics Consensus: Boasting enough intelligence to bolster its darkly violent thrills, The Guest offers another treat for genre fans from director Adam Wingard.
Adjusted Score: 97407%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not essential, El Camino adds a satisfying belated coda to the Breaking Bad story -- led by a career-best performance from Aaron Paul.
Adjusted Score: 97707%
Critics Consensus: High Flying Bird takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology.
Adjusted Score: 99608%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully made, The White Tiger distills the strengths of its source material into a grimly compelling drama.
Adjusted Score: 99311%
Critics Consensus: Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages.
Adjusted Score: 100409%
Critics Consensus: Widely touted as a masterpiece, this sparse and sprawling epic about the underhanded heroes of capitalism boasts incredible performances by leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is director Paul Thomas Andersons best work to date.
Adjusted Score: 103721%
Critics Consensus: A Ghost Story deftly manages its ambitious themes through an inventive, artful, and ultimately poignant exploration of love and loss.
Adjusted Score: 109612%
Critics Consensus: Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema -- and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.
Adjusted Score: 107401%
Critics Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.
Adjusted Score: 92531%
Critics Consensus: Led by a committed performance from Julian Barratt, Mindhorn offers audiences a laugh-out-loud comedy whose sublime silliness is enhanced by its more thoughtful moments.
Adjusted Score: 92534%
Critics Consensus: Icarus is eye-opening viewing for professional sports enthusiasts, yet it should also prove thoroughly gripping even for filmgoers who might not necessarily be drawn to the subject.
Adjusted Score: 92587%
Critics Consensus: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of method acting in action -- and one stars journey toward something like personal acceptance.
Adjusted Score: 92531%
Critics Consensus: Into the Inferno finds director Werner Herzog observing some of the most beautiful -- and terrifying -- wonders of the natural world with his signature blend of curiosity and insight.
Adjusted Score: 93386%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template -- and in the process, proves theres still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Adjusted Score: 96336%
Critics Consensus: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese lives up to its unwieldy title with a delightfully unorthodox look at a pivotal period in its subjects career.
Adjusted Score: 96336%
Critics Consensus: Fyre smolders with agonizing tension when a party in paradise goes awry, but this slickly assembled documentary reserves its greatest horror for damning observations about the dangers of wealth.
Adjusted Score: 96643%
Critics Consensus: Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.
Adjusted Score: 96887%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Adjusted Score: 97256%
Critics Consensus: Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of wars human cost.
Adjusted Score: 96509%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.
Adjusted Score: 97719%
Critics Consensus: Blacks exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.
Adjusted Score: 102513%
Critics Consensus: A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.
Adjusted Score: 103028%
Critics Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russells sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
Adjusted Score: 108131%
Critics Consensus: Fierce energy and ambition course through Da 5 Bloods, coming together to fuel one of Spike Lees most urgent and impactful films.
Adjusted Score: 93178%
Critics Consensus: Hush navigates the bloody waters of home invasion thrillers and incisive slashers for a contemporary horror puree.
Adjusted Score: 94221%
Critics Consensus: Sand Storm marks an impressive first feature for debuting writer-director Elite Zexer that offers a perceptive -- and crucial -- look at patriarchal traditions.
Adjusted Score: 93263%
Critics Consensus: Pray Away presents a compassionate picture of the damage wrought by so-called conversion therapy -- on its subjects as well as its proponents.
Adjusted Score: 99379%
Critics Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.
Adjusted Score: 101566%
Critics Consensus: Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lees most fully realized efforts -- and one of the most important films of the 1980s.
Adjusted Score: 97982%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Adjusted Score: 96061%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.
Adjusted Score: 97291%
Critics Consensus: Expertly drawn characters and a strong senes of humanity make Sword of Trust an enjoyable -- if at times meandering -- journey.
Adjusted Score: 97643%
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller thats far more than the sum of its salacious parts -- and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
Adjusted Score: 97982%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couples bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.
Adjusted Score: 98108%
Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyers charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maines sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.
Adjusted Score: 100831%
Critics Consensus: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbachs bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.
Adjusted Score: 104193%
Critics Consensus: Wildlifes portrait of a family in crisis is beautifully composed by director Paul Dano -- and brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan.
Adjusted Score: 100770%
Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.
Adjusted Score: 100294%
Critics Consensus: A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forsters tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, Howards End ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivorys work.
Adjusted Score: 98669%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Adjusted Score: 97019%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful hand-drawn animation and a humorous, heartwarming narrative make Klaus an instant candidate for holiday classic status.
Adjusted Score: 98924%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.
Adjusted Score: 103155%
Critics Consensus: The Edge of Seventeens sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfelds outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.
Adjusted Score: 104033%
Critics Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.
Adjusted Score: 104379%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Adjusted Score: 108483%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Adjusted Score: 115451%
Critics Consensus: Observing a splintering union with compassion and expansive grace, the powerfully acted Marriage Story ranks among writer-director Noah Baumbachs best works.
Adjusted Score: 107473%
Critics Consensus: Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike.
Adjusted Score: 96314%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering -- yet thoroughly absorbing -- story.
Adjusted Score: 95854%
Critics Consensus: The writer slumming for human truths and real experience is a common enough story, but this cool-headed and slick thriller provides a gut-churningly compelling backdrop to a look at our darker sides.
Adjusted Score: 101906%
Critics Consensus: One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.
Adjusted Score: 97435%
Critics Consensus: Funny, informative, and occasionally sad, Good Hair is a provocative look at the complex relationship between African Americans and their hair.
Adjusted Score: 102857%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.
Adjusted Score: 101192%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and dramatically moving, The Pianist is Polanskis best work in years.
Adjusted Score: 104004%
Critics Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewers patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.
Adjusted Score: 103500%
Critics Consensus: Pans Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.
Adjusted Score: 106091%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.
Adjusted Score: 107652%
Critics Consensus: A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare.
Adjusted Score: 116516%
Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso CuarÃ³n in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.
Adjusted Score: 120002%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Adjusted Score: 97784%
Critics Consensus: With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.
Adjusted Score: 97950%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys Ive Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Adjusted Score: 99766%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and utterly unique, I Lost My Body takes audiences on a singularly strange journey whose unexpected contours lead to a wholly satisfying destination.
Adjusted Score: 99176%
Critics Consensus: American Factory takes a thoughtful -- and troubling -- look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.
Adjusted Score: 100111%
Critics Consensus: It covers familiar sports documentary territory, but Undefeated proves there are still powerful stories to be told on the high school gridiron.
Adjusted Score: 100204%
Critics Consensus: Menashe offers an intriguing look at a culture whose unfamiliarity to many viewers will be rendered irrelevant by the storys universally affecting themes and thoughtful approach.
Adjusted Score: 101526%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.
Adjusted Score: 102000%
Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film thats stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.
Adjusted Score: 110508%
Critics Consensus: The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.
Adjusted Score: 98675%
Critics Consensus: A fresh, funny coming-of-age story rooted in realistic characters and anchored with a meaningful message, Rocks is as solid as its title suggests.
Adjusted Score: 99781%
Critics Consensus: Pick of the Litter has all the fluffy adorableness audiences expect from a puppy documentary, along with a story thats as edifying as it is heartwarming.
Adjusted Score: 107132%
Critics Consensus: A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.
Adjusted Score: 101371%
Critics Consensus: 13th strikes at the heart of Americas tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.
Adjusted Score: 101732%
Critics Consensus: Led by a powerful performance from SÃ´nia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.
Adjusted Score: 106515%
Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
Adjusted Score: 105587%
Critics Consensus: The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
Adjusted Score: 108321%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moores stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Adjusted Score: 100347%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentarys center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if were only willing to look.
Adjusted Score: 100521%
Critics Consensus: Whose Streets? takes a close-up look at the civil unrest that erupted after a shocking act of violence in Ferguson, Missouri - and the decades of simmering tension leading up to it.
Adjusted Score: 104291%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artists life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Adjusted Score: 112857%
Critics Consensus: Framed by a pair of powerhouse performances, Ma Raineys Black Bottom pays affectionate tribute to a blues legend -- and Black culture at large.
Adjusted Score: 117193%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one mans story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Adjusted Score: 101751%
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Adjusted Score: 103981%
Critics Consensus: A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.
Adjusted Score: 117925%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Adjusted Score: 101524%
Critics Consensus: Strong Island uses one familys heartbreaking tragedy to offer a sobering picture of racial injustice in modern America.
Adjusted Score: 106696%
Critics Consensus: Though hampered by Stuart Rosenbergs direction, Cool Hand Luke is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newmans most indelible performances.
Adjusted Score: 102155%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses -- as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.
Adjusted Score: 102894%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one womans interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Adjusted Score: 102557%
Critics Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.
Adjusted Score: 104087%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
Adjusted Score: 104539%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one groups remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
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