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What Are Some Must-See Movies On Netflix?

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There are tens of thousands of movies on Netflix, but one couldn’t say that all of them are equally exciting to watch. Some films are more popular than others simply because they have the X-factor we usually seek in must-see types of movies. These are the hidden gems you might not find easily on the streaming service. That’s why we have compiled a list of must-see movies on Netflix to watch right now. Some of these titles are perfect for chilling by yourself after a long day at work – while others are perfect for cuddling up with your significant other and sharing laughs. So let’s dive into our list and see which movies you should add to your watchlist:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail 

Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

Star Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

IMDB Rating: 8.2

Runtime: 1hr. 31mins

It’s a British comedy movie from 1975 that garnered mostly favorable feedback from critics. It was named the second-best timeless comedy in 2011. Ultimately, the title includes it in must-see movies on Netflix

Its story follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table venture on a bizarre low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering numerous absurd barriers.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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A Clockwork Orange

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Burgess

Star Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

IMDB Rating: 8.3

Runtime: 2hrs. 16mins

It’s a futuristic crime movie from 1971 premised on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel with the same title. The film received mixed reactions from critics and was widely condemned for depicting graphic violence. However, the film garnered critical re-evaluation and developed a cult following in the following years. It received numerous accolades and nominations, along with 4 nominations at the 44th Academy Awards, including for Best Picture.

Its story follows a depraved mafia boss who is jailed and volunteers for a conduct-aversion test, but things don’t go as intended.

Apocalypse Now

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Apocalypse Now 

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writer: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr

Star Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

IMDB Rating: 8.5

Runtime: 2hrs. 27mins

It is a 1979 American epic psychological war thriller partly premised on Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness. It did great at the box office, earning $40 million locally and more than $100 million globally. The film received mixed reviews initially, but Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography was highly lauded. The film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. 

A US Army veteran assisting in Vietnam is assigned to kill a rogue Special Forces Commanding officer who regards himself as divine.

The Irishman

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The Irishman

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Steven Zaillian, Charles Brandt

Star Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

IMDB Rating: 7.8

Runtime: 3hrs. 29mins

It is a 2019 American iconic crime movie centered on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, I Heard You Paint Houses. The film was released in limited theatres on November 1, 2019, accompanied by digital streaming through Netflix on November 27, 2019. It was universally praised for Scorsese’s direction and the acting skills of De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci.

Frank Sheeran, a shooter, reflects on the secrets he managed to keep as a faithful person of the Bufalino mafia family.

I Am Not Your Negro

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I Am Not Your Negro 

Director: Raoul Peck

Writer: Raoul Peck, James Baldwin

Star Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King

IMDB Rating: 7.9

Runtime: 1hr. 33mins

It is a documentary movie released in 2016 premised on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House – narration was provided by Samuel L. Jackson. The film received positive reviews and grossed more than $9.6 million against a budget of $1 million. 

In his incomplete book, Remember This House, author James Baldwin presents the tale of race in advanced America.

If Beale Street Could Talk

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If Beale Street Could Talk 

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writer: Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin

Star Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Runtime: 1hr. 59mins

It is a 2018 romantic drama premised on the 1974 novel of the same title by James Baldwin. The movie was commended for its acting, storyline, and direction by Jenkins, cinematography, and soundtrack. As a result, it was titled one of the top ten films of 2018 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Academy. In addition, it received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted screenplay. So, don’t you think it is rightfully on the list of must-see movies on Netflix?

A youthful woman supports her pregnancy – as she and her parents work to clear her school friend and lover of an offense they were not guilty of.

Uncut Gems

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Uncut Gems 

Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Writer: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein

Star Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel

IMDB Rating: 7.4

Runtime: 2hrs. 15mins

It is an American crime thriller released in limited theatres on December 13, 2019. The movie earned extensive critical praise, particularly for Sandler’s performance, characterized as “the finest of his career” by many reviewers. In addition, the National Board of Review labeled it among the top ten movies of 2019.

A quick-talker New York City jeweler endangers all in the expectation of surviving as his liabilities tower up and angry collectors close in.

The Master (2012)

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The Master 

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Star Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Runtime: 2hrs. 18mins

It is a psychological drama that premiered in theatres in the US on September 14, 2012. It was widely praised for its performances (particularly by lead characters), script, direction, believability, and lifelike depiction of post-World War II Americans. The Master was elected as the 24th greatest movie of the twenty-first century by 177 critics from all over the globe in 2016.

A Naval soldier returns from battle unsettled and unsure of his future – until the Cause and its strong pioneer entices him.


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Director: Julia Ducournau

Writer: Julia Ducournau

Star Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

IMDB Rating: 7.0

Runtime: 1hr. 39mins

It is a 2016 French, and Belgian horror movie that premiered in US theatres on March 10, 2017. The movie was met with great admiration, with applause for Ducournau’s direction and script, but it sparked some controversy due to its explicit content.

Its story follows a youthful woman learning to be a veterinarian who evolves a taste for human meat.

Phantom Thread

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Phantom Thread 

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Star Cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

IMDB Rating: 7.4

Runtime: 2hrs. 10mins

It is a historical drama launched on December 25, 2017. The movie’s script, direction, soundtrack, costume design, and production values received praise. It was ranked among the top ten movies of 2017 by the National Board of Review and is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of its time.

Reynolds Woodcock, a famed fashion designer in 1950s London, has his solicitous life interrupted by Alma — a youthful, fierce woman who becomes his source of inspiration and lover.



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