The Top 50 Movies And Shows On Netflix
Not too many people know that Netflix started in 1997, and since then, it has been offering people tv shows and movies that are just as good as Hollywood films. There have been several original shows and movies that they have made over the years, and most have become a favorite among fans of film and tv shows. Netflix has changed a lot since it first started, and many Hollywood actors have started to respect Netflix because they are coming out with quality films and offer a different path to grow in the industry. Many new actors have started their careers with Netflix and have gained the same amount of exposure.
Are you interested to find out about the best movies and shows that have come out on Netflix? Then you should check out the top 50 shows and movies that have been released on Netflix. Who knows, maybe you will find a movie or show you can watch later tonight.
The Unforgivable is a crime drama that stars Sandra Bullock and was released on Netflix in 2021. The film's story is about a woman named Ruth Slater who ends up getting released from prison after a long sentence that she received for a violent crime.
Now Bullock’s character has to learn how to deal with a society that doesn't want to forget what she has done and searches for her sister, that was left behind when she went to jail. Some other notable actors that star in the film are Vincent D'Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, which make the film that much better. So if you are in the mood for a crime drama, you should check out this film.
Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead is an action-based zombie film that was released in 2021 on Netflix and featured Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, and Omari Hardwick. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, who has a good reputation in Hollywood and is known for making great action films.
This is a great film to watch if you want to see some action and a bit of comedy blended in. The story follows a group of mercenaries that are looking to plan a casino heist in Las Vegas while there is a zombie Apocolypse happening. It seems like Synder just wanted to have fun with this movie as some of the scenes are outlandish but overall entertaining.
Enola Holmes is a mystery-based film that was released on Netflix in 2020 and is based on the book by Nancy Springer. The film was directed by Harry Bradbeer and featured Millie Bobby Brown, who became famous from Stranger Things, and Henry Cavill, who is just an overall great actor.
The story follows Enola Holmes, who is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, as she travels to London to find her missing mother but, in the process, ends up solving a mystery that endangers all of England. If you liked the Sherlock Holmes movies, then this film isn't too far off and offers a similar story.
Spenser Confidential is an action comedy film that was released in 2020 and was directed by Peter Berg and features Mark Wahlberg. This wouldn't be the first time the two worked together; they have worked on several films and have a great relationship which translates to the film.
The story is based on the novel Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, which was written by Ace Atkins and follows the story of Spenser, who is released from prison and is looking for the people that murdered his friends. This film offers people everything they would want out of an action film, and Wahlberg makes the film worth watching.
6 Underground is an action thriller film that was released in 2019 and was directed by Michael Bay, who is known for his epic action movies with massive explosions. The film features Ryan Reynolds and Melanie Laurent. The story of the film is about a group of people that fake their deaths so that they can create a vigilante group in order to stop a dictator from taking over the country.
There are several fantastic action scenes in the film that are entertaining. It took around $150 million to create the movie, and it shows with the number of explosions and CGI. If you are looking for a fun film to watch, you should check out this film.
The Kissing Booth 2
The Kissing Booth 2 is a romantic teen comedy that was released in 2020 on Netflix and was directed by Vince Marcello, who also wrote the story. The film features Joey King and Joel Courtney as the main characters who end up falling in love. This was the second installment to the Kissing Booth trilogy and the one that is rated the best among the three.
Marcello read the book The Kissing Booth and right away knew that he needed to make a film out of it because of how good the story is. If you are looking for something romantic to watch that has a good amount of comedy, then you should check out this film.
The Irishman is a drama that was released in 2019 and became one of the most popular Netflix films. The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses which was written by Charles Brandt. It was directed by Martin Scorsese, who has a long history with both Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. This is one of the longest films to come out on Netflix with a time span of 209 minutes.
The film follows the story of Frank Sheeran, who is a truck driver that ends up becoming a hitman for Jimmy Hoffa. If you enjoy Mafia films, then this is one to definitely check out.
Extraction is an action film that was released in 2020 on Netflix. The film was directed by Sam Hargrave and features Chris Hemsworth and Rudhraksh Jaiswal. It is based on the graphic novel Ciudad which was written by Ande Parks and many others. Several people found the story interesting as it was different from most movies that have come out.
The story follows an Australian mercenary that is given a mission to save an Indian drug lord’s son who was kidnapped in Bangladesh. The film is full of action scenes and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Of course, Hemsworth’s performance is stellar and should be the reason why you watch this film.
Bird Box is a thriller film that was released in 2018 and was directed by Susanne Bier. The film features Sandra Bullock and Trevante Rhodes. The story was based on the novel Bird Box which was written by Josh Malerman.
This is an exciting film that has mixed reviews, but most of them are good; it follows the story of Malorie, who is trying to protect her two children from entities that will cause people to commit suicide if you look into their eyes. Some people really liked the film because it was something different than your usual thriller movie while others didn't enjoy that the characters were blind the whole time.
Red Notice is an action-comedy film that was released in 2021. It is a Netflix original that was quite popular due to the actors who star in it. The film was written, directed, and produced by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wanted to do everything himself. The film features Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, who make this film pretty entertaining.
The story follows an FBI agent and an art thief who work together to catch an infamous criminal that is known for stealing precious gems. There are several funny scenes and enough action to keep you entertained the whole time.
Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is The New Black was one of the first Netflix shows to become extremely popular and was first released in 2013. The show was created by Jenji Kohan, who wanted to show what it was like for women in prison and the things they have to go through. The show became an instant hit, and many people started following it, which led to seven seasons being filmed.
You may recognize several actresses in the show, including Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon. The show has done so well that it received six Golden Globe Award nominations and several other film awards due to the performances of these lovely ladies.
The Witcher is an action fantasy-based show that was released in 2019 and is based on the novel series The Witcher which became extremely popular after the game series was released. The show was created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich who wanted to bring the series to life and they couldn't have picked someone better to play the role of Geralt in Henry Cavill.
Cavill was a huge fan of the series and when he heard that there were talks for a show, he signed up as quickly as he could because he was a fan of both the book series and video games. If it wasn't for Cavill, the show probably wouldn't be as good as it is.
Murder Mystery is a mystery-comedy movie that was released in 2019 and was directed by Kyle Newacheck. The film features Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston who played the two main characters. This was a different type of movie that the two actors don't usually do but ended up performing well which led to several people liking the film.
The story follows a married couple who gets caught up in a murder that happens on a billionaire's yacht. The film did so well that a second film is coming out later this year. If you are looking for a movie that will have you laughing and keep you entertained the whole time, this is one to check out.
Stranger Things is probably one of the most popular shows to come out on Netflix, which was released in 2016. The show was created by the Duffer Brothers, who wanted to make a show that was set in the 80s and followed a group of kids who find out that there are supernatural experiments being conducted in their town by the government.
People worldwide fell in love with the series as it offered people a look into what the 80s looked like and also had an exciting story that kept everyone intrigued. There have already been three seasons that have been released, and there is a fourth that is in the making, so we will see what the conclusion of this exciting story will be.
Triple Frontier is an action-based film that was released in 2019 and was directed and written by J.C. Chandor, who wanted to make a film that was all about action. The film features Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal, who portray the team that is looking to pull a heist in South America.
Everyone who watched the film enjoyed it because it was full of action and had a decent storyline that you could follow. The film isn't too long, but it shows that Netflix can make movies of the same quality as Hollywood and proves that you don't need to release new films in theaters.
The Highwaymen is a crime drama film that was released in 2019 and was directed by John Lee Hancock, who wanted to make a film about the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. The film features two great actors, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, who portray cops that are looking for Bonnie and Clyde.
Amazingly, this film had been in production since 2005 and took several years to make as they wanted it to be perfect. The film received a lot of praise because it was something different that people enjoyed. If you are looking for a movie that will keep you engaged, this is the perfect film.
Squid Game is a South Korean drama show that was released on Netflix in 2021 and became one of the most-watched shows on the streaming service. Even though the whole show is in Korean, people worldwide really enjoyed the show more than they thought they would.
The story is about 456 players in severe financial debt that are pitted against each other in a survival game where they have to fight for their lives and, if they win, can pay off all the debt in their name. In a way, it is like a Korean Hunger Games show that is pretty brutal and probably the reason why so many people liked it.
Money Heist is another foreign show that gained a lot of popularity worldwide and was released on Netflix in 2017. The show was created by Spanish director Alex Pina who wanted to make a show all in Spanish. Even though the show is in a foreign language, people worldwide fell in love with the series as it offers something different that they would have never expected.
There have already been three seasons released, and another two are still in the works. The story is about two heists carried out in Spain and follows the group of people pulling them off.
Peaky Blinders is a crime drama show first released in 2013 and is one of Netflix's shows with a considerable following. The show was created by Steven Knight, who wanted to capture the period in England after the First World War ended. The show follows a gang in Birmingham that is based on a real gang that goes by the name of Peaky Blinders, who wants to be one of the top gangs in England and follows their rise to power.
The show features Cillian Murphy, who portrays the infamous Tommy Shelby and is what really makes the show enjoyable. There have been five seasons already released, and another season is coming out later this year that will conclude everything.
Don't Look Up
Don't Look Up is a comedy film that was released in 2021 on Netflix and is one of its originals. The film was directed, produced, and written by Adam McKay, and it features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawernce, Rob Morgan, and Jonah Hill. In the story, two astronomers are trying to warn everyone that an apocalyptic comet is heading toward Earth and it will destroy everyone if nothing is done.
But for some reason, nobody wants to believe the two astronomers, which leads to them going a bit crazy. The film is full of hilarious scenes that will keep you entertained, and the story will have you wondering what will happen in the end.
Bridgerton is the most-watched show on Netflix and is a drama that was created by Chris Van Dusen, who knows how to make an exciting series. The show was released in 2020 and has gained an enormous following since then. There have already been two seasons that have been released, with another two that are planned to come out.
The series is based on the novel Bridgerton which was written by Julia Quinn and is about the Regency era in London. There are several great actors in this show, and the reason why it is the top show watched on Netflix. If you are looking to get into a new show, this should be at the top of your list as everyone says this show is intriguing.
Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is a true-crime documentary that was released on Netflix in 2020 and became an instant hit among viewers as this man’s story is more interesting than certain films. The series was directed by Eric Goode, who wanted to capture the life of Joe Exotic, who found himself in a lot of trouble which eventually lead to his arrest and imprisonment.
This true-crime series became so popular because of Joe Exotic himself; the man is like a cartoon character and is full of entertainment. There are three seasons in total, and each one keeps getting better.
13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why is a teen drama that was released on Netflix in 2017 and was created by Brian Yorkey. The series features Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford and is about the story of Clay, who ends up trying to solve the death of one of his friends from high school. There are serval twists and turns that will keep you engaged the whole time while you watch this series and will leave you wanting more.
The series has been liked so much that a total of four seasons were created. If you are looking for a mystery thriller show, then this should be one that is on your list.
Inventing Anna is a drama series that was released on Netflix in 2022 and has become one of the most-watched shows on the streaming service. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes, who wanted to recreate the life of Anna Sorokin, who ended up conning several men to give her millions of dollars. Julia Garner, who became famous for her role in Ozark, plays Anna herself and gives a stellar performance.
The series is not meant for everyone, as there have been mixed reviews about the series. Only one season was made that concludes Anna's story and is enough to fill in all the details.
Russian Doll is another Netflix original show that was released in 2019 and was created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler. The series is about a game developer by the name of Nadia that finds herself in a time loop and relives the same day. The whole time Nadia is trying to find the explanation for why she is stuck in the time loop and how she is able to escape it.
This series is even more interesting because Nadia is stuck in New York during the 80s. The first season did so well that the creators decided to make another season that was recently released.
Uncut Gems is a crime thriller movie that was released in 2019 and is a Netflix original. The film was directed and written by Josh Safdie, who wanted to make a film about a Jewish jeweler with an obsessive gambling addiction. The film features Adam Sandler, who portrays the main character Howard. Sandler was praised for his performance in the film, so much so that it is considered one of his best roles.
This is one of the few films in which Sandler doesn't have a comedic role, but overall the film works. If you want to see a different side of Sandler’s acting, check out this film.
The Crown is another Netflix show that has had tremendous success and was first released in 2016. The series was created by Peter Morgan, who was already known for working on the film The Queen, so it was a perfect fit for him to work on the series. The series features many different actors and actresses throughout the show as they follow the life of the Queen of England as she is growing up. The series has become a favorite among fans as it is well-written and directed.
The series is so well done that it has a total of 63 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and several others as well. There have been a total of four seasons, and there is one more that is in the making.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Western film that was released in 2018 and is a Netflix original. The film was directed by the Coen Brothers, who are famous for making unique films, and this one was no different. The movie features several actors such as James Franco, Bill Heck, Zoe Kazan, and Liam Neeson. Six short stories make up the film, each one starring different actors.
This film is the perfect mix of comedy and action that blended well with a Western-style film. If you are looking for a couple of laughs and enjoy watching the actors mentioned above, then you should check out this film.
The Other Side of the Wind
The Other Side of the Wind is a Netflix film that was released in 2018. The film was directed and written by Orson Welles, who started making the film during the 1970s. There are even some shots that were filmed back in the 70s that are used in the movie and make it one of the longest films in production.
The film stars John Huston, Bob Random, and many others that had been working on the movie for quite some time. Even though Welles passed in 1985, filming was completed and many attempts were made at restoring the unfinished film. In 2014, the rights were acquired by Royal Road and the project was overseen by Peter Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall. This film is for everyone as it is slow, but if you are in the mood for something serious, check out this film.
The Dig is another Netflix original film that was released in 2021 and is based on the novel of the same name that John Preston wrote. The film was directed by Simon Stone, who thought that the book would make a good film. The movie features Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes and is about an excavation that happened in 1939, which was the site of Sutton Hoo.
This excavation site contained the remains of an Anglo-Saxon king buried with treasures and weapons. It ended up being one of the most significant archeological discoveries in England. This is a great story if you enjoy history and how certain historical treasures have been found.
Narcos is another Netflix original series that got a lot of attention because of how good the series was. The series was first released in 2015 and was created by Chris Brancato and a few others who wanted to make a series about the life of the infamous Pablo Escobar. Wagner Moura portrays the legendary man and does an exceptional job at doing so. If it weren't for him, the show just wouldn't be the same.
There are a total of three seasons, and each one is just as good as the first. The show did extremely well and the fans wanted more, so the creators decided to make a spinoff show called Narcos: Mexico, which came out in 2018.
The Queen's Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix original series that was released in 2020 and is based on the novel The Queen’s Gambit which was written by Walter Tevis. The series was directed, written, and produced by Scott Frank, who had a vision for the book once he was done reading it. The series features Anya Taylor-Joy, who is exceptional at her performance and the reason why the series works.
The story is about Beth Harmon, who is looking to become the top chess player in the country while also struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction. If you are looking for something different to watch and are a fan of chess, then this is a show you should check out.
The King is a war film that Netflix released in 2019. It was directed and written by David Michod, who wanted to make a historically accurate film. The film features Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton, who have exceptional performances. The film is based on the story of King Henry V of England and the war he raged with France.
Several people enjoyed the film because of its serious tone and epic battle scenes. It is one of the first films to portray the Battle of Agincourt accurately and is praised for having one of the best battle scenes that Netflix has to offer.
Ozark is another Netflix original series that was first released in 2017 and gained a lot of attention. The series was created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, who wanted to make a show about a family that started to work with the Mexican cartel. The show features Jason Bateman, who had to do a lot with the show's success and at first, wasn't even interested in starring in it.
Once Bateman started reading the script, he loved it and decided to come on board to play the main character. Four seasons have been released, with another one on the way.
Barbarians is a Netflix original series that was released in 2020. The series was created by Andreas Heckmann, who wanted to create a series that was based on the Roman invasion of Germany. There are not too many series out there that touch on this subject which made it extremely popular with fans of the time period.
Historians and people alike found this series enjoyable because all the characters spoke in their native tongues. The series did so well that the creators are already producing another season, which will conclude the storyline.
House of Cards
House of Cards is another Netflix original series that was one of the first released on the streaming service and the reason why Netflix stuck with making tv shows. The show was created by Beau Willimon, who wanted to make a fictional story about the president of the United States and what it took to run the country. Kevin Spacey portrays the President of the United States and does exceptionally well at doing so.
There are a total of 6 seasons, so if you are looking to binge-watch something, you should consider this one as it is full of twists and turns. Unfortunately, the show could have gone on for longer, but Spacey was accused of sexual harassment, and the whole show was canceled shortly after.
The Outlaw King is a historical drama that was released on Netflix in 2018 and was directed by David Mackenzie, who ended up writing and producing the film as well. The film features Chris Pine, who portrays the main character of Edward I of Scotland. This is another excellent historical war film that Netflix had the pleasure to work on and proved to Hollywood that they could make films just as good.
The story is about Edward I and his struggle to fight the invading English army. If you enjoy the medieval period, then this film is one to watch.
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville is a war film that was released on Netflix in 2016 and was one of the first times Netflix started making war films. The film was directed by Richie Smyth, who based the movie on the book The Siege of Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle, which Declan Power wrote. The film features Jamie Dornan, who portrays the main character that is involved in the bloody battle.
Although the movie didn't have that big of a budget, the film was loved by critics worldwide. The film won three Irish Film & Television Awards, which is a significant accomplishment for such a small film.
War Machine is a comedy war film released in 2017 on Netflix and was directed by David Michod, who also wrote the film. The film features Brad Pitt, who portrays General Stanley McChrystal, who has to command a base in Afghanistan. The story is based on the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, which was written by Michael Hastings.
Pitt’s character is determined to win the war, but most of his colleagues don't think it is possible, which leads to many problems. Even though the story is about the war, there is a good amount of comedy to keep you entertained.
The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom is a historical show that was released in 2015 by the BBC but was later acquired by Netflix. The show was created by Stephen Butchard, who has a deep love for Anglo-Saxon history and wanted to create a show about the time period. There are a total of five seasons that complete the epic tale and are loaded with historical information.
Several people enjoyed the series, which led to Netflix investing in more shows like this one. If you are someone who is interested in this time period, then this is a show that you will enjoy.
The Forgotten Battle
The Forgotten Battle is a war film that was released on Netflix in 2020 and was directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. The film is based on the Battle of Scheldt, which occurred in Holland in 1944. This film is unique because everyone in it speaks their native language, which has become a big thing in Netflix shows.
Netflix should be praised for bringing foreign films to the light as they offer something different compared to Hollywood films. The film features Gijs Blom and Jamie Flatters as the main characters, who play their roles perfectly. If you want to watch a war film with a different tone, this should be one to watch.
Munich: The Edge of War
Munich: The Edge of War is a historical drama that was released in 2021 and is based on the novel Munich which Robert Harris wrote. The film stars Jeremy Irons, George MacKay, and Jannis Niewoehner. All of the characters in the movie speak their native language, which makes the film that much more accurate.
The story is about two friends in college who end up being on the opposite side of the war when World War II breaks out but conspiring with each other to kill Adolf Hitler. This is a great war thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time and is a great historical film.
The Adam Project
The Adam Project is an adventure film that was released in 2022 and was directed by Shawn Levy. The film features Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Garner, who portray the main characters. The story is about a pilot that travels back in time and meets a younger version of himself.
Originally the film was supposed to star Tom Cruise and was set to be released in 2012, but things fell through, and it was pushed back. Several people enjoyed the film as it was a nice balance of comedy and action. It is now the fifth most-viewed film on Netflix to this date.
Frontier is an action-adventure series that was released on Netflix in 2016 and was created by the Blackie Brothers. The series stars Jason Momoa, who is the main character and the reason why the series has a good reputation. The story is about Canadian fur traders during the 1700s and 1800s and follows the life of Declan Harp.
Several people fell in love with the series as the wide-angle landscape shots and realistic costumes blended so well. If you enjoy stories about the past, you should dive deep into this series.
Lost In Space
Lost In Space is another Netflix original series that came out in 2018 and is based on the 1965 tv show Lost In Space. The series was created by Irwin Allen, who was always a fan of the original series and thought that it was time for the series to be introduced to the younger generation. It is good that Allen had this in mind because the show ended up being a hit for Netflix.
There are a total of 3 seasons that completes the story of this futuristic family. The visual effects and the story will keep you engaged to the end of the series, and it is a great show to binge-watch.
Godless was first released on Netflix in 2017 and is one season long. The series was directed, produced, and written by Scott Frank, a massive fan of Westerner films who wanted to create a show that would capture the moment. The series features Jack O'Connell and Michelle Dockery, who make this show worth watching. The story follows a young outlaw who takes refuge in a small town full of women.
The series did so well that it was labeled one of the top 10 that came out that year. If you are looking for a historical piece that stays accurate, you should check out Godless.
Metal Gods was released in 2022 and was directed by Peter Sollett, who wanted to make a series about Metal music and what it takes to make a band in high school. This was something different from what Netflix usually goes with, but, in the end, they are glad that they did, as the film ended up having a big following.
The film stars Jaeden Martell, Adrian Greensmith, and Isis Hainsworth, who make up the high school band. The film shows that even if you come from different backgrounds, you can still work together and make excellent music.
Against the Ice
Against The Ice is a survival film that was released in 2022 and was directed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who also ended up starring in the movie. The film is based on the novel Two Against the Ice, which was written by Ejnar Mikkelsen and is about an expedition launched in Greenland in search of excursions from the past.
Coster-Waldau wanted to make a film that was about the people of Iceland and Greenland and thought that this story was the perfect way to do so. This is a serious film that was nominated for many awards and is an excellent reason to give it a watch.
Rebellion is another Netflix original series that was released in 2016 and is based on the Easter Rising in Ireland. The series was created by Colin Teevan, who wanted to make a series about the hardships of the Irish rebellion that occurred during the early 1900s. The series perfectly captures the time period and shows how hard life was for people back then.
The series features Charlie Murphy, Ruth Bradley, and many others that are native to the Irish tongue. There is only one season with five episodes, but it is enough to tell the epic tale of these amazing revolutionaries.
Longmire is a Western-themed crime drama that was acquired by Netflix in 2015 and became one of their most-watched series. The series was created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, who thought that there needed to be a modern Western series. The series features Robert Taylor, who portrays the main character in the show and becomes the most loved character.
The story is about a sheriff who has to deal with all the criminals within his county, and things end up getting pretty dicey for him in the end. The series has a total of six seasons which is more than enough to keep you watching.
I hope you have enjoyed the top 50 movies and tv shows that are on Netflix, and hopefully, you discovered some that are worth watching along the way.