The 40 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now (2024)

With a seemingly unlimited library of films at your fingertips, combing through the full Netflix catalog can feel like a full-time job. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, take a look at our picks for the 40 best movies currently streaming on the service.

  1. Hit Man (2024)
  2. Scoop (2024)
  3. Strange Way of Life (2023)
  4. Anyone But You (2023)
  5. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
  6. Gran Turismo (2023)
  7. Leave the World Behind (2023)
  8. Holy Spider (2022)
  9. The House (2022)
  10. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)
  11. The Woman King (2022)
  12. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
  13. RRR (2022)
  14. Troll (2022)
  15. The Wonder (2022)
  16. The Power of the Dog (2021)
  17. Passing (2021)
  18. I Care a Lot (2021)
  19. Moxie (2021)
  20. Worth (2021)
  21. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
  22. The Harder They Fall (2021)
  23. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
  24. The Irishman (2019)
  25. Marriage Story (2019)
  26. High Flying Bird (2019)
  27. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
  28. The Highwaymen (2019)
  29. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  30. Roma (2018)
  31. Small Crimes (2017)
  32. Okja (2017)
  33. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
  34. Paddington (2014)
  35. The Imitation Game (2014)
  36. Big Eyes (2014)
  37. Frances Ha (2012)
  38. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
  39. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  40. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

It Guy Glen Powell stars as a consulting investigator for the New Orleans Police Department, donning outlandish costumes to go undercover and root out people trying to hire a hitman. Naturally, everything goes smoothly ... until he falls for one of his clients (Adria Arjona) and her husband ends up dead. Directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, it's based on a shocking true story.

Scoop (2024)

In 2019, Britain’s Prince Andrew gave a disastrous interview to Newsnight on the BBC regarding his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which led directly to the royal withdrawing from public roles. Starring Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper, and Rufus Sewell (who is practically unrecognizable as the prince), this drama is a fictionalized retelling of how the women at Newsnight negotiated with Buckingham Palace to secure the explosive scoop.

When his son is arrested for murder, Silva (Pedro Pascal) reunites with his former lover Jake (Ethan Hawke), the sheriff who made the arrest. This is not a feature film, but it is well worth viewing. With a breezy runtime of 31 minutes and Pedro Almodóvar's signature melodramatic flair, it's a pulpy set-up that offers an intimate look into the bond between the two men.

Anyone But You (2023)

It's an age old rom-com concept to make two attractive enemies pretend to be in a relationship until they end up falling for each other, but Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney breathe new life into that storyline with comic timing that's even more explosive than their chemistry. After a disastrous one-night stand, Bea and Ben are drawn back together when they attend the same wedding in Australia, which offers a stunning backdrop for these two to hilariously disrupt the proceedings while figuring out their whole deal.

Nadine is deeply unpopular, her mother is checked out, her loving father died, and her brother is partying hard. Fortunately, her best friend since childhood ... starts dating Nadine's cool brother. Wait, that's not good either. Hailee Steinfeld stars in this modern coming-of-age tale about the bumpy road of friendship, finding your place in an unfair world, and weathering Woody Harrelson as a teacher who says a bunch of stuff you aren't supposed to say to kids.

Gran Turismo (2023)

David Harbour and Orlando Bloom co-star in this true sports tale of a race car driver recruited thanks to his aptitude in the Gran Turismo video game.

Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) wrote and directed this apocalyptic thriller about a couple (Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke) who find their Airbnb weekend in a remote part of New York interrupted by the owner (Mahershala Ali), who claims that strange events are unfolding in urban areas. Fans of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror will feel right at home.

Holy Spider (2022)

This wrenching film, which is based on true events, stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi as a journalist out to expose an Iranian serial killer targeting prostitutes—a crime spree that some believe to be a holy crusade.

A single home is the site of three stories in this strange yet compelling stop-motion animated feature.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)

Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson co-directed this version of Pinocchio—one of three adaptations of the story released in 2022, and the one most frequently praised as the best since Disney’s animated 1940 feature.

Viola Davis stars in this tale inspired by true events of a warrior who leads an all-women’s army in 1820s West Africa.

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

This sobering look at life in the German trenches during World War I is based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The 1930 film adaptation won two Academy Awards for Best Director (Lewis Milestone) and Outstanding Production, the precursor to Best Picture.

In pre-independent India, a police officer (Ram Charan) and a freedom fighter (Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr.) form an unlikely friendship when both become involved in the case of a young girl’s kidnapping—though for wildly different reasons. RRR, which is one of the highest-grossing movies in India, throws the kitchen sink at viewers, from man vs. tiger face-offs to set pieces worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Troll (2022)

A formidable monster of Norwegian lore terrorizes a small town, leaving a paleontologist and her estranged father to find a way to vanquish it.

Florence Pugh stars in this atmospheric drama about the true story of a nurse in 1860s Ireland who investigates a woman claiming to be thriving despite a prolonged fast.

The Power of the Dog (2021)

Benedict Cumberbatch headlines this slow-burn of a Western about a rancher who disapproves of his brother’s new wife—a distaste that threatens to undermine everything he and his sibling have worked for. Jane Campion, who co-wrote and directed the movie, made Oscar history by becoming the first woman to become twice-nominated for a Best Director Academy Award; in March 2022, she became the third woman ever to take home the award (following The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow and Nomadland's Chloe Zhao).

Golden Globe-nominated actor Rebecca Hall co-wrote and directed this acclaimed feature about two Black women (Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga) in 1920s New York City who explore their racial identities when they discover they can “pass” as white.

I Care a Lot (2021)

Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage co-star in this razor-sharp black comedy about a grifter (Pike) who fleeces the elderly. Complications arise when she picks the relative of a mob boss (Dinklage) as a target. Director and writer J Blakeson said Quentin Tarantino’s adaptation of Jackie Brown (1997) and its heroine Pam Grier were major inspirations for the movie.

Amy Poehler co-stars in this dramedy about a teen (Hadley Robinson) who expresses herself—and voices her anger at gender imbalances—in an anonymous zine she circulates around her school.

Worth (2021)

Michael Keaton stars in this intense drama about an attorney responsible for the legal and emotional burden of placing a monetary value on the lives lost during the September 11 attacks.

The minds behind 2019’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have another winningly irreverent animated film on tap. The slightly dysfunctional Mitchell family has to contend with technology gone awry. To save the human race, they’ll have to interrupt their vacation. The movie was such a critical hit that Netflix decided to offer it as a limited theatrical release six months after it began streaming.

The Harder They Fall (2021)

Jonathan Majors is an outlaw seeking revenge against Idris Elba in this kinetic Western that co-stars LaKeith Stanfield and Regina King.

Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed this look back at the true story of the Chicago Seven—the group of anti-Vietnam protestors, including Abbie Hoffman, who were arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and charged with conspiracy and inciting riots. While there is some dramatic license taken, Hoffman and Jerry Rubin really did wear judicial robes into the courtroom one day.

The Irishman (2019)

Martin Scorsese’s long-in-the-making epic brings together three of the mob genre’s heaviest hitters in Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. But the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who alleged he befriended and then betrayed union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), isn’t your typical organized crime movie. It takes its time to examine the toll of a criminal life, from the alienation of Sheeran’s family to the fate that awaits old men no longer capable of resolving their problems with violence. The de-aging effects aren’t always convincing, but Scorsese’s ability to weave a captivating gangster tale remains timeless.

Director Noah Baumbach drew rave reviews for this deeply emotional drama about a couple (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson) whose uncoupling takes a heavy emotional and psychological toll on their family. Baumbach has said that his own divorce (from Jennifer Jason Leigh) did not directly inspire the movie, though it’s also not completely far off from it, either. “This movie is not autobiographical,” he said. “It’s personal, and there’s a true distinction in that.”

High Flying Bird (2019)

Steven Soderbergh directs this amiable and offbeat comedy-drama about a basketball pro and his agent (André Holland) who decide to upend the status quo during an NBA lockout and start up their own league.

Eddie Murphy ended a brief sabbatical from acting following a mixed reception to 2016’s Mr. Church with this winning biopic about Rudy Ray Moore, a flailing comedian who finds success when he reinvents himself as Dolemite, a wisecracking pimp. When the character takes off, Moore produces a big-screen feature with a crew of inept collaborators.

The Highwaymen (2019)

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson team up for this fact-based action drama about the Texas Rangers assigned to capture notorious outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Fans of the Coen brothers get a trail mix of stories in this anthology set in the Old West. A gunslinger (Tim Blake Nelson) proves to be a little too arrogant when it comes to his skills; an armless and legless man (Harry Melling) who recites Shakespeare for awed onlookers begins to grow suspicious of his caretaker’s motives; a dog causes unexpected grief while following a wagon train. Knitted together, the six stories are probably the closest we’ll get to the serialized Coen television series that this feature was once rumored to be.

Roma (2018)

Alfonso Cuarón’s tribute to his upbringing in 1970s Mexico City tells the story of a housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio) watching over the children of her employers after their father runs off with his mistress. Cuarón’s film is a living photograph, an intensely personal story that holds no major surprises aside from the sheer craft it took to make it a reality.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) stars in this lean thriller about an ex-cop recently released from prison who finds that his past isn’t quite done with him.

Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) directs this fable poking at consumer culture: a beast on the run from an evil corporation attempts to hide with the help of his human friend Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun). Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton co-star.

Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts star in this amiable road trip comedy about a man who takes a job as a caregiver for a teen with muscular dystrophy.

Paddington (2014)

This charming adaptation of the popular ursine launched a franchise. Colin Firth was originally cast as the voice of Paddington before he mutually parted ways with the production; Ben Whishaw replaced him.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the math genius who helped crack the Enigma Code and ensure an Allied victory in World War II.

Big Eyes (2014)

Tim Burton directs this true story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who finds herself at odds with husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) after he begins taking credit for her work.

Greta Gerwig is an aspiring dancer with troubles of the indie movie variety. Gerwig co-wrote the script with (her now-husband) Noah Baumbach, who also directed.

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Noah Baumbach wrote and directed this quiet and partly autobiographical tale of two boys (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline) coping with their parents’ (Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney) divorce in 1980s Brooklyn.

This ’50s-set crime fable, based on the James Ellroy novel, stars Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce as cops out to expose corruption within their department.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The Monty Python team delivers their best-known work, a silly and sharply satirical feature that uses the King Arthur legend as a springboard for sequences that feature brave-but-armless knights and highly aggressive rabbits. Though it opened to mixed reviews, it has since become a perennial entry in lists of the best comedies ever made.

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A version of this story ran in 2019; it has been updated for 2024.

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