You landed here probably because you are on the hot chase of the best Netflix movies in 2021 that can make it worth your leisure time. If that is the case, have a seat and catch up with this update. We will keep updating this list with the newest at the top.
About movies! We all love those things and some of us take them so real forgetting that it’s just an act by professionals who stand before cameras and make their character world so real. We hunt for the best like they are food to our souls. I guess they are.
However, getting one hand of the best set of most recent to watch requires someone to take the task of watching and recommending it for most of us or we go watching trailers and reading backstories and doing little research which in the end kills the suspense.
In this article, we are dropping the best Netflix movies to watch in 2021. This list consists of Netflix originals and some of what we deem great enough for you to love and enjoy.
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For fans of Korean drama.
Squid game is a South Korean survival drama television series written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. The nine-episodes, starring Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo and Wi Ha-Joon, tells a story of a group of 456 people who are invited to risk their lives in a mysterious survival game with a ₩45.6 billion prize. [ Trailer ]
For Fans of crime/comedy.
Cruella is a 2021 American crime comedy film based on the character Cruella de Vil from Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Estella is a young and clever grifter who’s determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She soon meets a pair of thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they build a life for themselves on the streets of London. However, when Estella befriends fashion legend, Baroness von Hellman, she embraces her wicked side to become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella. [ Trailer ]
I CARE A LOT
For fans of black comedy.
I Care a Lot is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by J Blakeson. The film stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González… A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a powerful gangster. [ Trailer ]
For fans of red water and scar talk.
Steven Spielberg’s classic about a great white shark that terrorized a tourist community still holds up today as one of the greatest horror movies ever. All of the Jaws movies are now on Netflix, but you’re on your own if you want to watch any of the disappointing sequels. [Trailer]
THE FATHER WHO MOVES MOUNTAINS
For the fans cinematography, the battle between sanity and madness, fast snows & slow burns
This Romanian film follows a powerful man of means desperate to find his son after he goes missing on a mountain trek. It’s not an action film, but rather a contemplative exploration of how far a man will go to save his son and at what cost to others. You’ll understand why he does what he does, but you might not like him for it. [Trailer]
Fans of kids horror between goosebumps and fear streets, hairless cats…
This adaptation of the 2018 children’s fantasy-horror book by J.A. White is the perfect movie for the young horror fan in your life who is too old for things like Goosebumps but not quite ready for the teen-slasher gore of the Fear Street movies. It follows a young boy who is captured by a witch (a delectable Krysten Ritter) and bargains for his life by agreeing to tell her a new scary story that he writes each night. While there’s no real blood and gore, there are definitely some creepy things — Sam Raimi is a producer — that will give some young ones nightmares for weeks, so make sure your kiddo is mentally prepared before they sit down to watch this. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Fans of incredibly difficult questions about life, sentimental biopics.
Michael Keaton plays lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was assigned the task of formulating how money was distributed through the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which the government granted to families whose loved ones were killed in the 9/11 attacks. It essentially asks how much a life is worth and whether they’re all equal. Strong acting and directing overcome some pretty melodramatic moments. [Trailer]
Fans of Yellowstone, marvel stars in other things and snowy shootouts.
Taylor Sheridan, who created the Paramount hit drama Yellowstone, sticks to the wilderness for this 2018 movie starring Jeremy Renner as a sharpshooting game official and Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent trying to solve a rape and murder on a Native American reservation in Wyoming during the winter. It’s a character-driven whodunnit in America’s untamed land. [Trailer]
THE OLD WAYS
Fans of witchcraft, Latin American demonology and creepy crawlies.
A young journalist goes deep into the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico, for a story on indigenous people who practice ancient witchcraft, only to be kidnapped by them when they believe she is possessed by a demon. It’s full of terrifying imagery, as is expected, but it’s the claustrophobia of being imprisoned that really drives the horror. On top of that, there are themes of cultural identity that take it to a smarter level than your typical horror film, and visually, it’s aces. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
Fans of remembering how much high school sucks.
One of the best teen comedies of the last decade, The Edge of Seventeen has everything you want in a coming-of-age movie. After finding out her best friend is hooking up with her popular older brother, awkward outsider Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is thrown into crisis mode. Meanwhile, Nadine is navigating a strained relationship with her mother (Kyra Sedgwick) and a crush on an older boy by herself, with her only friend being her teacher, Mr Bruner (Woody Harrelson), who barely tolerates her existential ramblings. It’s a funny, sweet movie that will remind you of the classics you already love, like Clueless and Mean Girls, while standing totally on its own. [Trailer]
THE WITCHER: THE NIGHTMARE OF THE WOLF
Fans of the witcher, animated gore.
This anime Witcher prequel film follows Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir (voiced here by Theo James). The film, set several years before the events of the series explore Vesemir’s origin story, showing him as a young lad who is only concerned with monster-slaying and getting paid for the monster-slaying.
THE FEAR STREET TRILOGY
For the fans of gruesome horror, not wanting to wait for the sequel.
R.L. Stine, the guy who wrote the Goosebumps books, set his sights on a slightly older crowd with his Fear Street novel series, which are now the foundation for one of Netflix’s biggest film experiments yet. The three teen-slasher horror films, which all tell the origin story of a cursed town, were each released over three consecutive Fridays in July 2021. Each film is set in a different year (1994, 1978, and 1666), culminating in a flashback to witch trials in the 1600s, and feature carryover cast members and plenty of gory deaths. Let’s just say you’ll be extra careful around a bread slicer. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
BLOOD SKY RED
Fans of monstrous surprises, tiny space horror.
This German-English language action-forward horror film is set on a Transatlantic flight between Berlin and New York City that is besieged by hijackers. But they don’t know that one of the passengers on board possesses supernatural powers, and will do anything to protect her young son, which sometimes means eating the bad guys. It’s a taut thriller with a paranormal twist that’s one of Netflix’s better original horror films. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
ARMY OF THE DEAD
Fans of Tig Notaro, sombie gore.
Say what you want about Zack Snyder, but the movie that put him on the map, 2004’s remake of the classic zombie flick Dawn of the Dead, was pretty frickin’ great. Snyder returns to the undead with this Netflix original film starring former pro wrestler Dave Bautista as a soldier planning a casino heist in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas swarming with zombies who have evolved to be smart, faster, and more organized than their numb-skulled ancestors. Snyder. Bautista. Zombies. And somehow Tig Notaro? You know what you’re getting with this movie: dumb fun. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
THE MITCHELLS VRS THE MACHINES
Fans of celebrity voices, families saving the world.
On a road trip to drop eldest child Katie (Abbi Jacobson) off at film school, the dysfunctional Mitchell family is interrupted by a technology uprising. Seriously! Everyone’s actual worst fear comes true when all the electronic devices in the world come to life to push back against the humans, and due to a variety of reasons I won’t spoil for you here and also because this is a movie that needs a plot, the Mitchells are the only ones who can save the planet. Few other movies will give you Olivia Colman doing the voice of a bitter robot, and you’ll also recognize the vocal stylings of Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Eric Andre, and Fred Armisen. [Trailer]
Bo BURNHAM: INSIDE
Fans of existentialism, music.
Indie auteur and certified bad movie boyfriend Bo Burnham surprised his fans when he announced he had orchestrated a return to his comedic roots during the pandemic. With Inside, which Burnham wrote, directed, and edited without a crew or an audience while stuck at home, he lets out his feelings through music, delivering a setlist of very catchy, very meme-worthy songs that have titles like “White Woman’s Instagram” and “FaceTime with My Mom (Tonight).” The special get in touch with the collective mood 2020 inspired in all of us — the anguish, the despair, the horniness. Burnham’s comedy has always touched on the existential, but he goes deeper than ever here. [Trailer]
ARLO THE ALLIGATOR BOY
Fans of musicals, stories about identity.
This charming animated children’s film wasn’t a hit for Netflix, probably because it was hardly promoted by the streamer, but it’s a solid choice for family movie night and follows a half-alligator half-human boy who grew up in the bayou and goes searching for his human father in the big city. Joined by a ragtag group of companions, the spectacularly upbeat Arlo — voiced by American Idol’s Michael J. Woodard, who’s got some pipes! — learns that being yourself is more important than satisfying others. It’s got some real bangers in it, too. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Fans of stylish violence by female heroines.
If you are a fan of women shooting bad guys, breaking bad guys’ necks, and just overall bringing pain of all sorts to bad guys, then the Netflix original movie Gunpowder Milkshake is for you. Karen Gillan stars as a female assassin who teams up with her estranged female assassin mom (Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey) and her female assassin friends (Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh) to rescue a young girl from kidnappers, and the action is frequently put in slow-motion to soundtrack-ready songs like Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” It’s a fun film even if it’s just more apery of Tarantino’s catalogue. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans about learning about the prison industrial complex and social injustice.
Ava DuVernay’s documentary takes a deep dive into the truth about American prisons and the disproportionate incarceration of Black Americans. Its title comes from a topic the film is predicated on: the 13th Amendment, which led to the end of slavery and made involuntary servitude illegal in the United States, except in cases of conviction for a crime. Using archival footage as well as talking heads from activists and politicians, DuVernay offers an eye-opening look at the prison-industrial complex, and how the legacy of slavery continues to impact our present-day society. [Trailer]
Fans of realising that the horrors of the past are still affecting the present.
Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum executive produce this documentary about Exodus International, an Evangelical group formed in the ’70s that claims it could turn gay people straight through prayer and conversion therapy. What’s most interesting about this film is that it features interviews with ex-leaders who are now speaking out against the movement they were part of for so many years. [Trailer]
Fans of Eric Andre, the Sacha Baron Cohen Effect
How in the world is Bad Trip as great as it is? There is no plausible reason why a prank movie was able to feel so fresh and hilarious in the year 2021, and yet here I am, writing about the greatness of Bad Trip. It has a pretty loose plot (two listless best friends take a road trip so one can reunite with his high school crush), which is sort of unnecessary to the film’s broad comedy but does help with providing structure and emotional beats when needed. Anyway, that’s not really why it’s on this list.
Bad Trip shines thanks to its many interactions with the unsuspecting public, who have no idea they’re being filmed or that they’re part of a movie. The way the film’s stars, Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish, drag poor strangers into the bizarre world they’ve created and get them invested in their characters’ fictional problems (a particularly memorable scene in which Haddish recruits the patrons of a restaurant into helping her track down Andre and Howery becomes an instant classic thanks to the passionate reaction from one woman), ends up producing the best comedic moments. Clocking in under 90 minutes, Bad Trip is a quick, wholeheartedly joyful watch. [Trailer]
THE FORTY-YEARS-OLD VERSION
Fans of the struggles of life before hitting the big 40. The artist life.
Soon-to-be household name Radha Blank writes, directs, and stars in this poignant comedy about a playwright who is approaching her 40th birthday but still has nothing to show for it, even after winning a coveted “30 under 30” award nearly a decade before. To reinvent her life, she breaks into rapping, spitting rhymes from her unique viewpoint and fighting to stay true to her own artistic vision. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Fans of horse riding and Idris Elba.
The era of horse girls has made its natural progression into the era of horse boys. This film, based on the real-life Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, centres on a Detroit teen (Caleb McLaughlin) who’s sent to Philadelphia to live with his dad (Idris Elba), a cowboy who spends his time hanging out with other cowboys. It’s about fathers and sons, it’s about Black horse-riding culture, and it’s about coming of age. [Trailer]
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
For the fans the COEN brothers, dark comedy.
The Coen brothers strap on their spurs for this collection of short stories from the Wild West, all peppered with that trademark Coen absurdism made famous in their films Fargo and Raising Arizona. The stories range from a singing cowboy (Tim Blake Nelson) who’s quick on the draw to a mumbling prospector (Tom Waits) tracked down by an opportunist to an outlaw (James Franco) who’s no stranger to the gallows. It’s a gorgeous film about an opportunity in a land where there’s nothing but opportunity. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
DA 5 BLOODS
Fans of Spike Lee, being reminded that war is not good.
Spike Lee’s latest is a sprawling drama split between two timelines: the first during the Vietnam War, where a group of Black soldiers band together, and the second during the present, where the surviving members, now ageing veterans, return to the country in the hopes of recovering the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman, in one of his last performances) and locating the gold they buried years ago. It’s a dazzling, stylized adventure, and the kind of movie that will make you walk away feeling like you learned something without skimping on character development. [Trailer]
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER.
For fans of unlikely friendships, cephalopods.
This film about the intimate relationship between a man and his octopus won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2021. Craig Foster, a diver, buddies up with an octopus in South Africa for a year, documenting her life as she sleeps, eats, and battles sharks. The whole experience teaches Foster about life and moves him to gain an appreciation for humanity’s relationship with nature, as well as form a closer bond with his son. The whole thing feels a little like a more wholesome version of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, but I’m not here to knock anyone who dares to explore interspecies friendships. [Trailer]