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Last Updated: April 6th
A good gangster movie must do two things: Make us want to live a life of crime and, at the same time, make us grateful we haven't indulged our dark sides like the characters on this list. Most gangster films make the criminal underworld look like a hell of a good time. There's booze, money, women, expensive cars, everything we're taught we should want, but the lavish lifestyle often comes with a price, which means a good gangster movie must also show us the downside of running a criminal empire: The violence, the bloodshed, and the very real threat of prison time. As they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too — but no one told that to the characters in these films.
Here are the 10 most enjoyable films currently streaming on Netflix.
Related: The Best Crime Movies On Netflix Right NowNetflix The Irishman 2019
Run Time: 209 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
Martin Scorsese delivers another cinematic triumph, this time for Netflix and with the help of some familiar faces. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up again for this crime drama based on actual events. De Niro plays Frank Sheeran a World War II vet who finds work as a hitman for the mob. Pacino plays notorious Teamster Jimmy Hoffa, a man who frequently found himself on the wrong side of the law and the criminals he worked with. The film charts the pair's partnership over the years while injecting some historical milestones for context. It's heavy and impressively cast and everything you'd expect a Scorsese passion-project to be.A24 A Most Violent Year 2014
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 7/10
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a husband-wife duo caught up in the criminal underground in this darkly-lit drama. Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant and aspiring business owner who finds himself the target of ruthless competitors when he takes steps to secure a facility to transport oil throughout the boroughs. Chastain plays his wife Anna, a shrewd businesswoman in her own right who comes from a mobster family. The two fights against a determined D.A. and corrupt criminals in order to secure the money they need to purchase the land, but in doing so, they become the enemy they've been fighting against. It's a heavy, morose kind of film, filled with violence and shady back-door dealings, but Chastain and Isaac bring a bit of brilliance to it all.Netflix Imperial Dreams 2014
Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
John Boyega stars in this stirring drama about a recently released convict caught up in the terrible cycle that people often face after prison. Boyega plays Bambi, a 21-year-old who gets a taste of freedom after spending time behind bars for some kind of crime involving a weapon. Bambi's determined to live right and do right by...
Last Updated: April 3rd
There are plenty of good TV series on Netflix. Arguably, too many, in fact. If you're trying to figure out what to watch next, here's a great place to start with a look at 65 of the best shows on Netflix right now including some of the best Netflix original series. You can also find recent changes, including new seasons and removed shows, at the bottom of this list, while some of the most recently added entries listed first.
Related: The Best Movies On Netflix Right NowNBC Community
6 seasons, 110 episodes | IMDb: 8.5/10
Has there ever been a sitcom as downright clever as Community? Aside from the gas leak year, Community was quicker than nearly every other comedy out there, with jokes flying fast but also taking seasons to reach a punchline. After getting caught with a phony degree, former lawyer Jeff Winger Joel McHale heads to Greendale Community College to get a legitimate degree. There he gets into increasingly hilarious hijinks with his Spanish study group. Between paintball wars, zombie outbreaks, and the increasingly ridiculous presence of Senor Chang Ken Jeong, Community is never, ever boring. Quit living in the darkest timeline and get to watching.Netflix
Feel GoodFeel Good
1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
Comedian Mae Martin stars in this feel-good dramedy series about a stand-up performer named Mae, who falls for a young woman named George. Mae's a recovering addict; George has just emerged from the closet. Sparks fly between the two, but Mae's past drug use and George's reluctance to come out to her friends and family threatens to break them up.Netflix Tiger King
1 season, 7 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
There are stories to bizarre, too mind-boggling to be true... and then there's this seven-part docuseries. Cults, queer romance, exotic cats — this true crime binge has it all. Is Joe Exotic, a gay, gun-loving conman running an exotic zoo out of his home in Oklahoma, a criminal or an American hero? Did animal rights activist Carole Baskin murder her husband and feed him to her tigers? Why are so many zoo employees missing limbs? These are just a few of the questions you'll ask while watching this train wreck. Have fun, kids.Netflix Narcos: Mexico
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.4/10
Good news: Narcos is back. Even better news: Mexico is basically an entirely revamped show, which means you don't need to be familiar with past installments to enjoy the wild ride. Diego Luna plays the new big bad, a drug lord looking to expand his reach, while Michael Pena plays the fed tasked with busting his operation. Luna looks to be thoroughly enjoying playing the sleazeball gangster-type, and since this installment is set in the 1980s, expect...
Social distancing continues this weekend amid the global pandemic, and Netflix has a heaping heaping of new series to fill that time. If nothing here suits your sensibilities, check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Netflix series, Friday — This true crime series is truly stranger than fiction and serves as a welcome distraction during a weekend of self-isolation. Watch as Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country vocalist, uses his charismatic ways to share his passion for big cats. He's joined, while running an Oklahoma roadside zoo, by a bizarre cast of kingpins, cult leaders, and other conmen. Naturally, there's a murder-for-hire plot afoot.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker Netflix series, Friday — Octavia Wilson stars as Walker, who trailblazed a path as an African American haircare entrepreneur and first female self-made millionaire in the U.S. It's an uplifting underdog story told in four parts, in which Walker overcomes betrayals, biases, and rivalries and also fights for social change. Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll, and Bill Bellamy also star.
Feel Good Netflix series, Friday — Lisa Kudrow's part of the ensemble cast for this show about a rising stand-up comic, who's also a recovering addict and an addict of love. Mae Martin plays the protagonist, Mae, who's juggling all aspects of her chaotic life with that love addiction threatening to bring the house down, in a bitingly funny way.
The Letter for the King Netflix series, Friday — A ruthless prince is up to absolutely no good for humanity, so a young knight Tiuri, played by Amir Wilson embarks upon an epic quest to deliver the truth to the king. All of this leads to magical prophecies and, eventually, maybe, the restoration of peace. Is Tiuri part of the greatest prophecy of all? Sure looks like it!
Little Fires Everywhere: Hulu series, Wednesday — The first three episodes of this series dropped on Wednesday, but there's a fair chance that you've been distracted by a certain pandemic. Here's your chance to catch up on dramatic fireworks between Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, whose characters see their idyllic lives upended by the unleashing of family secrets.
Here's the rest of this weekend's notable programming:
Batwoman Sunday, CW 8:00 p.m. — Kate's questioning her instincts, Luke's dealing with upsetting news, and Alice needs to call upon her sister for help.
Supergirl Sunday, CW 9:00 p.m. — A pair of Obsidian contact lenses might be the key to unlock a virtual National City, and Kelly's helping on an investigation of Lex Luthor.
The Walking Dead Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m. — Michonne and Virgil are on a...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...