There was a time when tales of aliens, space travel, and robots were believed to be the strict province of four-eyed basement dwellers, but the truth is that everybody can find something to enjoy in the weird world of science fiction. The best sci-fi works in both universal truths and hyperspecific detail, using fantastical yet fully-realized worlds to tell stories about our own.
Netflix's selection of good sci fi movies isn't exhaustive, but there's still plenty worth exploring nestled among the sequels and paycheck-generators. Keep on scrolling for 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix streaming to watch right now, all taking you from the moon, the farthest reaches of space, and to the outer fringes of reality itself.
The Wachowskis created one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history with their mind-bending Matrix trilogy, but the original is hard to top. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a young man unplugged from the matrix — a kind of ernate reality that keeps humans docile, so machines can harvest their life energy. He teams up with a band of rebels fighting the machines Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and faces off against a henchman named Agent Smith Hugo Weaving. The real draw of this trilogy, besides its inventive storyline, is the CGI display. The movie also sports some of the most imaginative fight sequences you'll ever see on the big screen.
Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller breathed new life into the tired A.I. trope when it landed in theaters a few years ago. The film focuses on a naïve young programmer Domhnall Gleeson who's selected amongst a pool of applicants to evaluate a new A.I. lifeform. The poor kid is whisked away to a remote villa to spend time with the eerily-human-looking robot, Ava Alicia Vikander and her eccentric, often cruel creator Nathan Oscar Isaac, a genius with an ego to match his talent. The film takes some twists you don't expect, and Isaac gives cinema one of its greatest dance sequences, in case you needed more reason to watch.
There's always going to be backlash when a studio decides to revive a beloved franchise and take it in a new direction but The Last Jedi continues to anger space fanboys everywhere and honestly, we're not sure what their gripe is. Rian Johnson gave us a masterclass in how to take something old and make it new again with his interpretation, injecting a bit of fun and fantasy into the age-old story. Mindblowing Jedi fights, Force connections, Porg, and Arctic Foxes, the movie has something for everyone and it challenges both old and new characters alike with interesting arcs and climactic moments. Plus, did we mention Porgs?
Spike Jonze imagines a world in which Artificial Intelligence can become something more than just a personal assistant program. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a depressed introvert going through a divorce who starts up a relationship with an OS named Samantha. Things get serious before Theodore begins to realize that romance with an A.I. is more complicated than he thought. What follows is a thoughtful exploration of love, relationships, and the ways human beings find connection in a plugged-in world.
Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving star in this sci-fi action flick about a dystopian world ruled by tyranny and fascism. Portman plays Evey, a frightened young woman thrust into a world of cloaked rebellion after a meeting with the mysterious V Weaving, a man who wears a Guy Fawkes mask and plans to blow up Parliament in one year. The British government has utilized a military state to purge itself of “undesirables,” homosexuals, free-thinkers, those of a different race and religious background than they deem worthy. V seeks to correct this by punishing the government, slashing up police, burning down buildings, and inciting others, including Evey, to riot. It's an action-filled romp that packs a philosophical punch.
6. Okja 2017
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Bong Joon-Ho's send-up of corporate farming and environmental abuses isn't subtle. Tilda Swinton goes all-out as the CEO of an evil corporation only to be outdone by Jake Gyllenhaal's broad turn as an unstable TV host. But its tale of an endearing, genetically modified “super pig” and the girl who loves him is effective and contains both some terrific action set pieces and the most affecting child/strange beast relationship this side of E.T.
7. Snowpiercer 2013
Run Time: 126 min, IMDb: 7.1/10
Chris Evans stars in this sci-fi thriller from auteur Bong Joon-ho. The film, set years into the future following a devastating ice age caused by mankind, follows Evans' Curtis who lives in poverty on a train that continuously circles the Earth and contains all that remains of human life. Curtis is part of the “scum” the people relegated to the back of the train while the “elite” enjoy the privilege of weh and status that comes with living in the front. Curtis sparks a rebellion that ends in bloodshed and a devastating reveal when he makes it to the train's engine room and discovers just how the elite have been fueling their operation. It's a dark, grimy action piece that should give fans a new appreciation for Evans' talent.
8. Equilibrium 2002
Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Christian Bale and Sean Bean star in this sci-fi drama set in an oppressive future where all forms of emotion are outlawed. Bale plays a man named John Preston, who's charged with enforcing the law, but when he accidentally forgets to take a dose of the medicine that suppresses feelings and artistic expression, he begins to question the system he upholds and, eventually, leads an uprising.
In an ernate version of 1941 where France has been led by a line of Napoleons and leading scientists mysteriously disappear, young April, her talking cat Darwin, and the shady Julius go searching for April's missing parents. It's an interesting take on a history where technological advancement isn't a thing, where “steampunk” is reality and TVs and cars don't exist. April's journey starts in the dreary, stuck-out-of-time France but leads her to fantastical advancements that still make sense in the world we're presented with. The heart of the film lies in the love that plucky, stubborn April has for those she cares about, and the film's driven by charming animation and a genuinely interesting concept. It's enjoyable action that's just out-there enough for adults while being accessible for the young and young at heart.
Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller about an other-worldly woman with a dark agenda. The film sees Johansson using her sex appeal to lure unsuspecting men to their watery doom while beginning to contemplate her own existence with every new partner she seduces. It's a subtle reverse of rape culture, with themes of race and immigration mixed in, but if all of that goes over your head, you'll at least enjoy seeing Johansson off a bunch of frat bros and rapists.
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As CGI found its footing in the '90s, the masses flocked to big-budget spectacles like Titanic and Jurassic Park. But another revolution was unfolding on a smaller scale. We also saw the first films from some of the best indie directors, from Wes Anderson to Quentin Tarantino. Below are 10 of the best '90s movies on Netflix right now, ranked. They range from the '90s-est '90s movies that every millennial grew up watching to the influential award winners that are worth discovering or revisiting.
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1. The Matrix 1999
Run Time: 136 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
The Wachowskis created one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history with their mind-bending Matrix trilogy, but the original is hard to top. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a young man unplugged from the matrix — a kind of alternate reality that keeps humans docile, so machines can harvest their life energy. He teams up with a band of rebels fighting the machines Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and faces off against a henchman named Agent Smith Hugo Weaving. The real draw of this trilogy, besides its inventive storyline, is the CGI display. The movie also sports some of the most imaginative fight sequences you'll ever see on the big screen.
2. Schindler's List 1993
Run Time: 195 min | IMDb: 8.9/10
It took decades in the industry for Steven Spielberg to finally earn an Oscar for one of his movies, but his win for Schindler's List is well deserved. The film focuses on wealthy businessman Oskar Schindler, who spends his fortune and risks his life to save the lives of 1,100 Jewish men and women after taking in the horrors of WWII and the concentration camps. Between the three hour running time, the cold, unrelenting cruelty of Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of Amon Goeth, and its realistic style, it's a bleak film. But there's hope to be found in the grim black and white images. It's an important story told movingly by a filmmaker at the of his powers.
3. Pulp Fiction 1994
Run Time: 154 min | IMDb: 8.9/10
Possibly the most famous of Quentin Tarantino's masterpieces, Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman spitting out punchy dialogue, pop culture references, and committing some pretty violent crimes along the way. Tarantino's love of non-linear storytelling is on full display here with three separate plots, all entwined in some way, take shape over the course of the film. Travolta plays Vincent, a hitman for a mob boss who, along with his partner Jules Jackson, survives a couple of shootouts in the film as the two contemplate their life of crime, escort mob wives across town, help fix boxing matches, and dispose of dead bodies.
4. Trainspotting 1996
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Danny Boyle's black comedy crime film has become a cult classic and made it on plenty “best movies” lists over the years. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, an unemployed heroin addict who shares a flat with his equally unimpressive friends, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco, and Tommy. The group parties together constantly, doing drugs, getting into fights, and committing petty crimes before Renton attempts to get clean only to return home to make a drug deal that could set him up with a clean slate. It's darkly comedic, with some ridiculous twists thrown in, but the core of the story is surprisingly emotional.
5. Jackie Brown 1997
Run Time: 154 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
After earning acclaim with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino made his subtlest feature with Jackie Brown, an Elmore Leonard adaptation that the director still makes very much his own. After middle-aged stewardess Jackie Brown Pam Grier is picked up by the FBI, she's pulled between her arms-dealing boss Samuel L. Jackson, the feds that are after him, and saving her own skin. With an all-star ensemble that includes Robert De Niro and Robert Forster who earned an Oscar nomination, Jackie Brown is a throwback to the blaxploitation genre, which started in the '70s, of which Grier was a big part of. It's a tense, sexy, and desperate story with a wonderful soundtrack to boot.
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6. American History X 1998
Run Time: 119 | IMDb: 8.5/10
Edward Norton stars in this politically-charged drama about a reformed neo-nazi skinhead hoping to prevent his brother from following in his footsteps. Norton plays Derek, a man who's anger over his father's death fuels him to start up a violent racist gang and recruit his brother, Danny, to film their exploits. When Derek goes to prison for killing a man, he changes his ways, enduring violence at the hands of his Aryan brothers while befriending a Black inmate who he works with. Once Derek is free, he goes against his former friends and mentor to get his brother out of the life, a decision that puts his life and his family at risk. It's a tough watch, one that feels even more relevant now than it did in the '90s, but Norton is fantastic in it.
7. Men In Black 1997
Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
We should all hail the casting genius who threw Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones together in this sci-fi action flick about a police officer who joins a secret government organization in charge of monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth. That's because the two bros — Smith, the wise-cracking rookie, and Jones, the seasoned veteran — have an almost otherworldly kind of chemistry on screen. Watching them bicker like an old married couple is almost more fun than witnessing them take down alien monsters intent on subjugating our planet.
8. Four Weddings And A Funeral 1994
Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
A Hugh Grant-starring rom-com, this one sees the witty British playboy wrestle with the unwelcome realization that he may have finally found love over the course of five social occasions. The epiphany upends his comfortable bachelorhood and amuses his family and friends, but Grant's character fights the inevitable at every turn, giving us plenty of humor and sexual tension to keep things interesting.
9. Now and Then 1995
Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffman, Thora Birch, and Ashleigh Aston Moore play younger versions of stars Rosie O'Donnell, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson in this quintessentially 90s tale of a group of young girls who form a friendship that carries them into their adult lives. The girls spend a life-changing summer together, investigating a mysterious death and learning more about themselves in the process before reuniting years later where they confront past mistakes. It's a heartwarming ode to friendship supported by a truly talented group of young actresses.
10. The Waterboy 1998
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Remember when we used to like Adam Sandler? Sure, his comedies were never high art, but you still find yourself quoting them to this very day. The Waterboy is the classic example of this comfortable familiarity. Sandler mugs his way through his performance as a football team's waterboy who gets a shot at playing due to his ability to channel his rage into unexpected prowess on the field, and you'll find yourself cocooned in the welcoming embrace of '90s nostalgia.
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There's nothing better than bingeing some good scary movies on Netflix on a dark, stormy night in October. From ghosts to vampires and zombies just about every morbid fantasy that your demented mind can conjure has representation. We've watched the best horror movies on Netflix streaming right now, and here they are, in their beastly, blood-curdling glory. It's perfect for that late night movie binge to keep you wide awake all the way through 2019.
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Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Sissy Spacek's blood-drenched teen horror flick made high school seem even more terrifying when it landed in theaters in the late '70s. The film follows a young girl suffering under the abuse of her religiously-devout mother and being bullied by the more popular kids at school. She has some embarrassing moments — getting her period during swim class — and some tension-filled fights with her mother that begin to unleash her supernatural abilities. Good ol' mom thinks they're powers given by the Devil himself, but Carrie decides to use them to exact her vengeance, and it's as gruesome as you'd hope.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974
Run Time: 83 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Probably the most influential horror film in the slasher genre, this '70s era nightmare has spawned a franchise that continues to thrill movie audiences, but the original film from Tobe Hooper is a cult classic. The film follows a group of friends who attract the attention of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead and must try to survive the torture of Leatherface, a terrifying villain with an even scarier get-up. There's plenty of gore if that's your thing and some sly political commentary if you can look past it.
Scream 2 1997
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Surprisingly, despite internet leaks and constantly rewritten scripts, this sequel to Wes Craven's cult slasher flick performed even better than its predecessor, especially with critics. The story treads along the same lines as the first: we're still following Sydney Prescott Neve Campbell around, this time as she navigates college life. But when a copycat killer begins donning Ghostface's disguise and stalking her, she's forced to turn to some old friends for help. The whole world feels more lived in, and Craven's not afraid to take shots and exploit sequel clichés, which makes this a terrifying, at-times hilarious, follow-up.
As Above So Below 2014
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
Before Ben Feldman played a lovable know-it-all on Superstore, the guy was surviving a terror-filled jaunt through the catacombs of Paris in this horror movie. Feldman plays George, a reluctant sidekick to Scarlett Perdita Weeks, a young alchemy scholar and his former girlfriend. Scarlett convinces George a few others to venture into the famous Paris underground in order to find the fabled philosopher's stone Harry Potter kids should know all about this thing, we're not explaining it here. What they find instead is basically Dante's Inferno come to life as they face down cults, demons, ghosts, and all manner of horrific beings. Let this be a warning, children: Nothing good happens this far below street level. Nothing.
The Perfection 2018
Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Allison Williams, who's become something of a scream queen after her work in Get Out, continues her horror track record with this thriller about a gifted musician who befriends the talented student who replaced her. Strange happenings begin to occur, events that sabotage the young girl, but as terrifying as this story is, there's absolutely no way you'll be able to predict its ending.
Next Entertainment World
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
This South Korean period zombie flick is just weird and gory enough to stick with you long past its end credits. The basic premise follows a clash between an exiled prince and a minister of war set to the backdrop of a zombie plague, but the horror elements spring up while zombie hordes attack villages and during creepier, nerve-wracking moments between its main characters.
Murder Party 2007
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Jeremy Saulnier is someone who knows how to make a story of thrilling and brutal violence. Director of Blue Ruin and Green Room, he manages to make his stories gripping and tense with slight touches of offbeat humor. Well, for his first feature, that offbeat humor is just as extreme as the violence. An awkward guy finds an invite to a random Halloween party and decides to attend, unbeknownst to him that he'll be the murdered main attraction for a group of eccentric artists. It's a slow build toward its inevitably over-the-top and bloody conclusion, but it's a fun ride for a low-budget gory comedy.
Rosemary's Baby 1968
Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 8/10
Mia Farrow stars in this iconic horror classic that's probably influenced every other film on this list. The movie follows Rosemary Woodhouse Farrow and her husband, Guy. They're a pair of newlyweds who move to a new apartment where they're quickly surrounded by strange neighbors and even more worrisome happenings. When Rosemary mysteriously becomes pregnant, she becomes paranoid that the people around her, including her husband, are out to get her.
The Conjuring 2014
Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
The Conjuring marks the first installment in a horror series that sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga playing a married pair of paranormal investigators who seek to understand the phenomenon of hauntings. When the duo is called to assist a family living in a ghostly farmhouse in Rhode Island, they encounter more than they can handle when it comes to the undead. Again, these stories were based on true events, so watch at your own risk.
Life After Beth 2014
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 5.6/10
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this horror comedy about a guy named Zach, who's mourning the loss of his girlfriend, only to discover she's come back to life. Plaza stars as Beth, the dead girl revived, who begins exhibiting strange behavior, eventually going into full-blown zombie mode while her devoted boyfriend Zach DeHaan tries to manage her mood swings and her pesky craving for human flesh. John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon play Beth's parents, who hilariously try to cover-up their daughter's current undead state, and though things go off the rails in the final act, watching Plaza play a moody, angst-ridden walking corpse is one hell of a good time, even if it does give you nightmares.
Green Room 2015
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10
When a punk rock group accidentally witnesses the aftermath of a murder, they are forced to fight for their lives by the owner of a Nazi bar Patrick Stewart and his team. It's an extremely brutal and violent story, much like the first two features from director Jeremy Saulnier Blue Ruin and Murder Party, but this one is made even tenser by its claustrophobic cat-and-cornered-mouse nature. Once the impending danger kicks in, it doesn't let up until the very end, driven heavily by Stewart playing against type as a harsh, unforgiving, violent character.
The Witch 2016
Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Robert Eggers' Sundance hit attracted some of the oddest complaints directed at any film in recent years when some disgruntled audience members suggested it wasn't scary enough. Maybe they were watching a different movie? Set in colonial New England, the austere film follows a family outcast from their strict religious community and trying to make it on their own at the edge of some deep, dark woods. It essentially takes the witch-fearing folklore of the era at face value, watching the family disintegrate under the insidious influence of a nearby witch. It's a slow-burn horror movie, light on shocks, heavy on unease, and thematically rich in ways that only become apparent later.
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Patrick Wilson stars in another horror flick on this list, this time as the father of a little boy trapped in a coma who's been possessed by evil spirits. Rose Byrne plays his wife, and while the story itself is a bit muddled, the premise is solid nightmare fuel. Really, is there anything more terrifying than a demon child?
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 2010
Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
This indie comedy has quickly become a cult classic, turning familiar scary movie tropes on their heads in bloody and hilarious ways. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two bumbling-yet-well-meaning hillbillies who get pulled into a nightmare scenario when a group of horny coeds think they're trying to kill them. In a series of events that escalates in violence, Tucker and Dale try to do the right thing while managing to stay alive in the process. As one of the best horror comedies, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those looking for off-the-beaten-path hilarity.
GMM Grammy/Phenomena Motion Pictures
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
This Thai horror film follows a young man named Tun and his girlfriend, Jane, who accidentally run over a young woman after a party and are haunted by her spirit. Hauntings and horror go hand-in-hand, but this film digs deeper into the supernatural trope by revealing a surprising, gruesome connection between the woman's ghost and the film's protagonist. We won't spoil anything here, but let's just say there's a reason this death follows this guy wherever he goes.
Run Time: 99 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
When a graduate student in Chicago who's completing her thesis on urban legends accidentally summons the ghost of an artist murdered in the late 19th century, things become a bit hellish. The Candyman was the son of a slave who grew up in polite society, became a painter, and fell in love with a white woman before a lynch mob cut off his painting hand, replaced it with a hook, and doomed him to his current existence. It's a terrifying commentary on race relations and what we inherit, but even if that flies over your head, you'll still be sufficiently spooked.
Run Time: 81 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Mike Flanagan, who directed Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil, expertly directs this simple tale of a deaf woman being menaced by a masked and later unmasked killer in her remote home. This is nothing you haven't seen before, but Flanagan brings real panache and visual energy to a film that could have easily felt redundant in the hands of a lesser filmmaker.
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe 2016
Run Time: 86 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Succession's Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star in this horror mystery about a father-son coroner team attempting to identify a Jane Doe who was harboring all kinds of dark secrets. When a corpse is brought into a small-town coroner's lab, he and his son begin to experience supernatural phenomena. Tommy Cox and Austin Hirsch try to escape the lab but quickly realize that they're dealing with something far more dangerous than a dead body while demonic spirits, old curses, and witches come to life.
The Ritual 2017
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
This Netflix nightmare follows a group of friends who venture into the Scandinavian wilderness in order to honor their recently-murdered brother. The guys, Luke Rafe Spall, Phil Arsher Ali, Hutch Robert James-Collier, and Dom Sam Troughton are forced to take a different path from the one planned, a mistake that leads them to cults and sacrificial offerings and an ancient being who prefers to stake its prey. The scenery is gorgeous, the chemistry of the cast is spot on, and the premise — how these men confront their fears and failures thanks to a supernatural being — starts out promising, though it could've delivered a better ending.
Gerald's Game 2017
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
Stephen King's 1992 novel transpires mostly in one isolated lake house's bedroom where its protagonist, Jessie, lies bound to a bed after her husband dies in the midst of a sex game. That makes it a tough story to film, which may explain why it took 25 years to get turned into a movie. But the wait was worth it: director Mike Flanagan delivers a resourceful, disturbing adaptation anchored by a great Carla Gugino performance with some fine supporting work from Bruce Greenwood. Forced to find a way out of her situation, while confronting her own past, Gugino's Jessie is made to go to extremes, which leads to, among other things, one of the squirmiest scenes in recent memory.
Under the Shadow 2016
Run Time: 84 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
This Iranian horror flick manages to tie in relevant world events with a darker story of demonic possession. The film follows Shideh, a former medical student and mother trapped in her home during the bombings of Tehran with her daughter, Dorsa. The pair are soon haunted by a djinn, a malevolent spirit who can possess a human by taking what's most important to them. For Dorsa, it's her doll, for Shideh, it's a medical textbook her dead mother gave her. The two fight to survive the bombs and this evil spirit, and you'll be fighting to get to sleep after the nightmares from this one begin
Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
After losing her father, young Veronica Sandra Escacena and two classmates attempt to contact the other side with a Ouija board during a solar eclipse. Something more sinister breaks through, though, as Veronica is haunted by a dark presence everywhere she goes. Even though it has just been released in 2018, it's already been called one of the scariest movies ever made. While that is certainly open for debate, what Veronica does do is excel phenomenally in the cliche horror bits every viewer has seen a thousand times over, such as mishandled Ouija use, frightening entities that only the protagonist is privy to, and twisted dreams. Based on a true story, the film relies on the strong performance of newcomer Escacena, highlighted by her haunting expressions of terror and anguish.
Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Netflix is running the market on creepy AF movies lately. This one comes in the form of a young kid suffering from a rare autoimmune disease that forces him to live life inside a bubble. When a new treatment option presents itself, his family sends him to a kind of safe house where specialist can test out the cure, but the boy quickly discovers things aren't what they seem. The mansion may in fact be haunted by past patients, and his doctors are probably trying to kill the young kid. Yikes.
Run Time: 82 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
One of the better found-footage movies to come down the pike in Paranormal Activity's wake is this creepy gem about a videographer director Patrick Brice who answers a strange Craigslist ad from a man Mark Duplass who requests to be followed around with a camera for 24 hours. There are a few points late in the narrative where suspension of disbelief becomes an issue a not-atypical problem for the genre, but if you can look past that, you'll be treated to a very scary turn by Duplass and a supremely-unnerving epilogue.
Creep 2 2017
Run Time: 80 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Spoilers for Creep: What could have very well been a stand-alone character exploration in 2014's Creep is ened in Creep 2, which sees Mark Duplass' chameleon-like killer seeking a different kind of self-portrait. Burned out on his string of murders, Aaron reaches out to a woman who's looking for her own kind of story by meeting and filming the lonely people she meets online. Instead of a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing path the killer normally follows, he tells the woman what he is off-the-bat and what he wants: An ending to his journey. With all his cards seemingly on the table — and her hiding some of her own — it's an even more fascinating tale than the original.
Train To Busan 2016
Cannes Film Festival
Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Zombie movies have been done to death, brought back to life, and repeated a few more times. But that doesn't mean there still aren't entertaining stories to be found in the genre. Train To Busan doesn't bring anything exceptionally original to the walking undead, but it's no less of a thrilling ride. An overworked dad is riding the rails with his neglected daughter when a Z-word outbreak strikes, causing savagery from corpse and living alike. Its fast-moving, contorted foes are genuinely freaky in the movie's cramped setting, making the story feel like a zombified Snowpiercer. It's a fun action flick with a slightly heavy-handed but solid emotional core that's unsurprisingly getting an English remake.
The Invitation 2016
Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
After back-to-back big studio bombs, Karyn Kusama returned to her scrappy indie roots with this contained, brilliantly suspenseful study of the darkness that can arise when people don't allow themselves to feel. The Invitation isn't a perfect film, but Kusama does a lot with the scant resources she had to play with here, and you have to appreciate her willingness to tackle grief so directly in a genre that tends to have little time for genuine human emotion.
The Bar 2017
A Pokeepsie Films/Nadie es Perfecto/Atresmedia Cine
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
A varied group of people is stuck in a bar after a man is gunned down outside. As the paranoia spreads and they turn on one another, they discover a mysterious sickness could be the culprit. It's a bottle-type plot that has been done before — locking a bunch of frenzied folks in a cage and let instincts take their course — but this Spanish horror comedy injects its own dark humor and keeps the answers to a minimum, making an entertaining story that unfortunately favors the “dark” over the “comedy” in its final act.
In The Tall Grass 2019
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 5.5/10
The latest Stephen King adaptation is this disturbing nightmare maze from Netflix about a brother and sister who venture into a tall grass field in Kansas after hearing a young boy's cries for help and quickly discover something evil lurking within. The film stars Patrick Wilson as the kid's dad, who's also been looking for him for an undetermined amount of time. The most terrifying thing about this film is how it uses something so common-place and unextraordinary to mine fear and suspicion at every turn. You'll never look at a cornfield the same way again.
Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
A man Legion's Dan Stevens travels to an island to infiltrate a brutal cult in the hopes of saving his kidnapped sister. As the group's leaders close in on discovering his identity, the dark secrets of the island start to present themselves. Written and directed by The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans, Apostle is a tense, beautifully shot thriller that doesn't even seem like a horror film from the get-go. Stevens provides another icy, powerful performance alongside Michael Sheen's turn as the leader of the harsh cult. It's certainly a highlight among the Netflix original films.
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Amazon Prime is way more than just a way to get your electronics and books in two days or less. There's a wide breadth of good movies and TV shows out there to choose from if you know what you're looking for.
To help you out, we've rounded the 30 best movies on Amazon Prime right now. From new Oscar winners to classic titles, you might be surprised as to what the service has available.
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Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 8.2/10
Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson star in this neo-noir about a private investigator who becomes entangled in a government scheme. Nicholson plays Jake Gittes, a P.I. hired by Evelyn Malwray Dunaway to follow her husband and report on his dealings. It turns out, Mr. Malwray was at the center of a government cover-up as the local water authority was trying to run people off their land by drying up their water source. There's a lot going on here — corruption, a twisted family secret, romance, and plenty of violence — but watching Nicholson confusedly sort through it all is most of the fun.
12 Monkeys 1998
Run Time: 129 min | IMDb: 8/10
Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt star in this quintessential '90s flick, a mind-bending sci-fi story about a convict sent back in time to save humanity. Willis plays Cole, a criminal given a chance to prevent a virus from wiping out most of Earth's population by traveling back in time to prevent the disease from spreading. He teams up with a psychiatric patient named Goines an off-his-meds Pitt, who has a read on the mysterious agency responsible for the virus. The two fight their way through conspiracy theories and involuntary psych procedures to get to the truth of why the group wants to destroy the world.
The Virgin Suicides 1999
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
An early work of director Sofia Coppola, this film based on a 1993 novel of the same name, follows the story of the Lisbon sisters, five girls aged 13-17 who make a suicide pact after their youngest sibling kills herself. A sense of mystery and aloofness adds to the girls' appeal when it comes to the neighborhood boys, through whom much of the story is told. Confined to their house after the death of their sister, the girls find ways of communicating with the outside world through secret phone calls and late-night trysts. Eventually, the sisters make good on their pact, but Coppola chooses to find a sense of freedom and validation in their decision to commit suicide, one that paints the end of the film in a strangely victorious light.
Sunshine Cleaning 2008
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
A comedy about a pair of sisters who run a maid service that cleans up crime scenes is the definition of dark, but there are some bright spots in Amy Adams and Emily Blunt's Sunshine Cleaning. The two play siblings struggling to find themselves and stay afloat in a small town before they happen upon a macabre idea for a new business. Mopping up blood and hazardous waste isn't the most reputable of jobs, and the two aren't particularly good at it, especially Blunt, who plays a woman floundering in her personal and professional life, but if you've got a strong stomach, there's plenty of payoff here.
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Mel Brooks' hilarious space odyssey has become something of a cult classic over the decades. It's a parody of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, so it follows the same plot: a rogue pilot and his sidekick must rescue a princess and save the galaxy, but instead of Startroopers, the bad guys are known as Space Balls, and everyone is hopelessly out of their depth playing hero and villain.
Requiem For A Dream 2000
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
Darren Aronofsky gives us a true mindf*ck with this early aughts drama that follows the drug-induced hallucinations of four Coney Island residents who descend further into their respective addictions as the film goes on. Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, and Jennifer Connelly star in the film, which serves as a cautionary tale about the way people find happiness and how it can be easily snatched away. It's pretty dark and depressing, but plenty of people like it anyway.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
George Miller's follow-up reunites fans with Max Rockatansky Mel Gibson, who's still roaming the desert with his dog, looking for fuel. He finds it in a small village that's been plagued by raiders, led by an unhinged biker and a goliath named Lord Humungus. Max ends up helping the village, rediscovering a bit of his humanity in the process. It's a worthy installment in the franchise and the action is top-notch.
Run Time: 152 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Luca Guadagnino's buzzed-about horror remake is a mind-bending exercise in the cinematic. Dakota Johnson plays Susie, a young dancer who arrives at a prestigious academy where disturbing happenings begin to take place. After one dancer goes missing, another dies, and a third is severely injured, the students begin investigating their instructors to discover they belong to a coven of witches with troubling rituals that rest upon the dancers playing their parts.
It's A Wonderful Life 1946
Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 8.6/10
James Stewart stars in this holiday flick about a down-on-his-luck businessman who laments his suburban life. George Bailey wishes for a different, more successful life, one unencumbered by a wife and kids but when his wish is granted and an angel shows him what life would be like without him, Bailey must figure out how to make the most of the present. Stewart is magnetic in the role and though it's thought of as a Christmas classic, this film can and should be enjoyed year-round.
Short Term 12 2013
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 8/10
This film by Destin Daniel Cretton the guy Marvel's tapped to direct Shang-Chi marks the first leading role for Brie Larson. Long before her Captain Marvel days, Larson was playing Grace Howard, a young woman navigating life as a supervisor of a group home for troubled teens. Other soon-to-be stars like Lakeith Stanfield and Rami Malek also have a role in this thing but it's Larson's vehicle and she's in full command of it.
Run Time: 85 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Jonah Hill's directorial debut is a nostalgic ode to growing up in the 90s. The film follows a 13-year-old kid named Stevie who spends one summer in L.A. navigating between his troubled home life and a new group of friends that push to him to test his own boundaries. The movie is heavy in skater culture, a scene L.A. was known for at the time, but it's also an introspective look on making the transition from boyhood to adulthood, and how perilous that time can be.
Lady Bird 2017
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Greta Gerwig's love letter to her hometown of Sacramento, California follows Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as they navigate the often-frustrating relationship between mother and daughter. Ronan plays “Ladybird,” a young woman attending Catholic school who longs for the culture and change of scenery that New York City promises. Her mother, Metcalf, is overbearing and overprotective, and the family's lack of money and social standing contributes to a rift between the two. Some hard truths are explored in this film, but watching Ronan manage teenage angst, first love, and everything in between will give you all kinds of nostalgia.
Run Time: 127 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Toni Collette stars in this terrifying nightmare by first-time director Ari Aster. The film charts the grief and shared trauma of the Graham family. Annie Collette is mourning the loss of her secretive mother, worrying over her inherited mental health issues and her children. When her son Peter accidentally kills his sister, hauntings begin happenings. Malevolent spirits, possessions, a seance gone wrong — this is pure nightmare fuel people.
First Reformed 2017
Run Time: 113 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
A dark, morose examination on everything from faith and fidelity to climate change, grief, and mental health issues, Paul Schrader's drama about a Protestant minister struggling to reconcile his beliefs with the changing world around him is a poignant, if heavy-handed, commentary on some pretty complicated universal themes. Ethan Hawke gives a stand-out performance as Reverend Toller, a man mourning the loss of his son, facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, and grappling with the reality of his dwindling church membership. He counsels a young woman named Mary Amanda Seyfried about her husband, who's entered a dangerous state of depression over the very real issue of climate change; and through his relationship with her, Toller confronts his own demons and his community's narrow-minded views. It's by no means a fun watch, but Hawke is such an underrated actor that being surprised by his stroke of genius in this role is reason enough to stream.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 8.6/10
When filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's childhood friend Andrew Bagby is killed and his suspected killer/ex-girlfriend reveals she's pregnant, Kurt decides to make a documentary chronicling Andrew's life. While largely a love letter to a man who touched the lives of many for Zachary, the son he never met, Dear Zachary also tells the starkly bitter side of a broken Canadian legal system that directly endangered a baby. We follow the drawn-out custody battle between Andrew's parents and Zachary's mother, interspersed with loving snapshots into the Bagby family. The story sucks you in, but it's also the at times comedic, fast-paced, and downright enraging documentary style of the film that breaks up the emotional tale.
Run Time: 115 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Natalie Portman leads this cast of badass women investigating a natural phenomenon that is slowly invading Earth. Portman plays Lena, a biologist who leads a team of women consisting of a psychologist Jennifer Jason Leigh, a scientist Tessa Thompson, and a paramedic Gina Rodriguez into “The Shimmer,” a quarantined zone mutated by alien DNA that seems to be transforming matter at will and spreading further each day. Past teams, including one led by Lena's husband Oscar Isaac, have disappeared in The Shimmer and Lena goes searching for a clue as to what happened to them and how she can save her husband — who returned changed from his mission. The entire journey is filled with bizarre happenings tied to meta-commentary about evolution and the human condition but honestly, the coolest thing about this movie is its cast and the kick-ass characters they play
Late Night 2019
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson team up for this comedy that imagines the grit and humor it takes to lead a late-night talk show as a woman. Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, an accomplished TV personality who fears she may lose her talk show because of declining ratings and competition from a younger, male comedian. She hires Molly Kaling a comedy writer with little experience to diversify her team, and the two women weather hilarious mishaps and a few scandals to bring the show back on track.
Eighth Grade 2017
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Comedian Bo Burnham's directorial debut looks at the social anxieties of a young girl on the cusp of her high school career. Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, a pre-teen in her final week of eighth grade. She's virtually friendless, choosing to spend her time creating inspiring Youtube videos that no one sees. When she decides to venture from her computer screen, attending pool parties and hanging out with older kids, she's thrust into situations she's not entirely ready for. The film is a painfully honest look at the pressure of growing up, the loss of innocence, and how social media can contribute to feelings of anxiety and isolation in teens, especially young girls who are forced to grow up much more quickly than their male counterparts.
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Darren Aronofsky's mystery thriller might best be described as “polarizing.” You'll either tap into the various themes churning just under the surface of this thing, or you'll walk away after the two hours are up thinking, “What in the hell did I just see?” Either way, the film does A LOT and it gives its A-list cast including Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris, even more to chew on. Whether you love it or hate it, mother! is a film you need to see at least once.
The Handmaiden 2016
Run Time: 144 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Based on a historical crime novel set in Victoria-Era England, Park Chan-wook's lavish, mesmerizing thriller focuses on two young women fighting to escape oppression by the men in their lives. Chan-woo has traded the stuffy British countryside for Japanese-occupied Korea, telling the stories of Lady Hideko and her handmaiden Sook-hee in three parts, weaving a tale of passion, betrayal, dark secrets, and revenge with grander themes of imperialism, colonial rule, and patriarchal corruption. The two women are the draw of the film with both resorting to illicit, illegal, morally compromising schemes in order to gain their freedom, but love is an unintended consequence that leaves the third act — one you might think you have figured out halfway through the film — completely unpredictable.
The Big Sick 2017
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon drew from their own unusual love story for their script about a Chicago comic named Kumail Nanjiani who falls in love with Emily, a woman Zoe Kazan who falls into a coma while in the midst of a rift in their relationship created by the expectations of Kumail's traditional parents. The funny, moving romantic comedy also features strong supporting work from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily's parents, who form an awkward bond with Kumail as they wait for Emily's recovery.
You Were Never Really Here 2017
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled hitman with a dark past in this thrilling crime flick from Lynne Ramsay. Phoenix plays Joe, a gun for hire, former military man and FBI agent, who spends most of his time rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He's recruited to save a Senator's daughter from a brothel that caters to high-end clientele, but the job thrusts him into the center of a conspiracy that costs him everything and ends in blood and tragedy. It's a relentless slog to be sure, but it works because Ramsay is more interested in profiling the man, not the hits he makes.
Run Time: 113 min | IMDb: 8/10
This family drama based on an NY Times bestseller stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as parents to a truly remarkable little boy named Auggie. Auggie has a facial deformity that affects his social life as he begins going to school for the first time. Since we're nearing the holidays, and this is a time that's all about families, it makes sense Amazon added this to their library. The kids will love it and, hopefully, learn from it.
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Beautiful Boy 2018
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star in this heartbreaking drama about a father trying to save his son from a drug addiction that's slowly eating away at his family. Carell plays David, a New York Times writer who struggles to help his son Nic Chalamet after he falls victim to a worrying drug habit. He has moments of sobriety, attending college, living with his mother in L.A., and working at a drug clinic to help others battling the disease. Yet eventually, his addiction returns, and Nic is powerless to fight it. David is forced to choose between sacrificing his family and his own sanity or continuing to help his son. Both Carell and Chalamet give powerful performances that elevate what essentially is an emotionally restrained look at father-son relationships and the landmines they navigate.
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013
Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
A portrait of a particular moment in music history, when the folk revival found young musicians discovering their voices in old styles and old songs, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac as a singer/songwriter who can never quite translate his talent into professional success. Joel and Ethan Coen both exactingly recreate early '60s New York and use it as the site of one of an affecting tale of the clash between artistic impulses and the needs of the material world, a theme they'd previously explored with Barton Fink and would pick up again with Hail, Caesar!.
The Disaster Artist 2017
Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Only an actor as confusing and committed to swimming against the Hollywood tide as James Franco could direct this pseudo-biography of Tommy Wiseau, an aspiring filmmaker who made the wrong kind of noise in the industry with his theatrics while trying to get a feature film made. Wiseau in real life is an enigmatic kind of train wreck, and Franco plays him brilliantly here, injecting heart and a dreamy sense of possibility to his story.
We Need To Talk About Kevin 2011
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
Eva Khatchadourian Tilda Swinton, who's unwilling and unable to properly care for her troubled son Kevin, watches her life unravel as her husband John C. Reilly ignores their problems and Kevin grows more and more sociopathic and violent. The story jumps around in time, showing Swinton's character as both a new mother who blames her son for ruining her life and as a woman who eventually blames herself for what becomes of her son. Swinton proves once again that she's the actress that indie movies need for complex characters that live their lives in grey areas. At its core, We Need To Talk is about the importance of proper parenting, communication, and probably therapy. And it's not for the faint of heart.
Logan Lucky 2017
Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Ten years after his last Ocean's entry, Steven Soderbergh revisits the heist genre, this time centering on a pair of unlucky brothers Channing Tatum and Adam Driver working a scheme to rip off a big NASCAR race. Memorable side characters, rapid-fire dialogue, and charismatic performances keep the story from becoming too predictable even for a twist-filled heist tale. Soderbergh was even able to cut out major studios and keep complete creative control over the movie, thanks to streaming services and international distribution. It's a largely light-hearted movie, and frankly, that's necessary sometimes.
The Man From Nowhere 2010
Run Time: 119 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
A mysterious pawnshop owner Won Bin, whose only friend is a child that lives next door, tears the local criminal presence apart after she's kidnapped. This South Korean thriller from Lee Jeong-beom follows a similar format to such films as Léon: The Professional and Man On Fire of “guy with a shady past protects little girl”, but The Man From Nowhere still crafts an original tale of a heartbroken man out to save the only thing he has left in this world. The action sequences are bloody and intense, and Bin's stoic performance brings a painful depth to the brutal savior.
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
Coherence is one of those low-budget sci-fi stories that is extremely tough to explain without either giving too much away or requiring an extended entry. Essentially, a group of friends sifts through their own issues and insecurities during a mind-bending paradoxical experience. Taking place almost entirely in the same room on a single night, the characters struggle to find answers just as much as the viewer. It's a challenging yet enthralling film, perfect for those who love to overthink things.
Recent Changes Through November 2019:Removed: The Terminator, The Fifth Element, The Silence Of The LambsAdded: Chinatown, 12 Monkeys, The Virgin Suicides
Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.
Matt: As an uncivilized swine who barely has enough time to keep up with weekly cinema releases, let other mediums of storytelling, Chris has informed me that some of my favorite horror films are actually based on written literature. I didn’t believe him at first, but some quick researching proves he’s actually right! Who knew books could be good for something besides kindling for campfires? In any case, in honor of some little movie called Drowsy Physician or something, here are a few rad horror movies based on authored horror you can stream right now!
Chris: Happy Doctor Sleep month! Yes, it’s time for yet another Stephen King adaptation – this time adapted from his sequel to The Shining. In honor of this particular literary horror adaptation, Matt and I are turning to the wild world of horror books for this week’s Now Scream This! Too lazy to read a book? Don’t worry! There are movies!
John Dies At The End Now Streaming on Vudu
Matt: David Wong’s John Dies At The End was adapted by Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame, and quite well if you ask my opinion. Not everyone can wrangle alternate-reality invasions laced with stoner humor, doped-up by a fake street drug dubbed “Soy Sauce.” This title actually landed in my “100 Best Horror Movies Of The Decade” series posted right here on /Film, as lead actors Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes sell their psychotropic freakout as an evil-fighting buddy tandem. Meat monsters, doomsday cults, Paul Giamatti – John Dies At The End has it all!
Chris: I’ve never read the John Dies at the End book, but I have seen the film, and it sure is wacky!
Candyman Now Streaming on Netflix
Matt: Clive Barker’s works have long disturbed horror movie audiences, with Bernard Rose’s Candyman adaptation ranking high in terms of quality. In a time when representation wasn’t the greatest for slasher cinema, Tony Todd carved his face on the Mount Rushmore of horror icons as the Chicago hook-hand slayer. Personally, it took until this Halloween season to check Candyman off my blind spot list. Why, dear readers, did it take twenty-seven years to right such a wrong besides obvious reasons first about my age upon release and then being BUSY BUSY BUSY. Doesn’t matter – enlightenment prevails. A magnificent cultural horror swing that’s gory, mesmeric, and makes Bloody Mary look like a punk.
Chris: The Candyman short story is vastly different than the film, and I’d go so far as to say the film is better. Sorry, Clive Barker!
The Midnight Meat Train Now Streaming on Hulu/Amazon Prime
Matt: No, not *that* The Midnight Meat Train I mistakenly flipped to on Cinemax one night past 2AM. The other one. Adapted by Ryuhei Kitamura, based on a Clive Barker story, starring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones. A grimy look at a city’s underbelly where a murderer slaughters subway train passengers, only to reveal an even more insidious motivation. It’s brutal, drenched in vile butcher’s remnants, and a slick piece of conspiracy horror from the perspective of a paranoid photographer. Definitely still for the after 2AM crowd, based on stomach-churning reasons and super mature content.
Chris: Wow, two Clive Barker adaptations in one list? Crazy! Once again, I’m going to say I think this movie adaptation is better than the story it’s based on. It’s just fun. Bradley Cooper! In a movie called Midnight Meat Train! How can you resist?
Gerald’s Game Now Streaming on Netflix
Matt: Mike Flanagan did what some thought would be impossible: adapt the Stephen King story Gerald’s Game. Kinky bedroom rape-fantasy “enjoyment” gone horribly awry. Carla Gugino’s work as a woman bound to her bedpost shines while the vision of her now-deceased lover, played by Bruce Greenwood, pays continual visits in addition to other unwanted guests. Shades of single-setting tension and unsightly torments plague Gugino’s performance, then Flanagan pays off with his “sliding of the glove” effect. It’s all fun and games until your lover dies of a heart attack and leaves you handcuffed, stranded with no key. Someone *has* to have said that, right?
Chris: Directors avoided adapting Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game for years, simply because the book is so un-cinematic. But Mike Flanagan actually found a way to make it work.
Audition Now Streaming on Shudder
Matt: Everyone’s lives can use a little more Takashi Miike, especially horror fans who’ve yet to behold his adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s Audition. Eihi Shiina stars as a romantic who desires to be loved by only one man, and Ryo Ishibashi plays the poor widowed bastard who becomes her latest fixation. A movie that zigs, zags, and pulls morbid tricks out of an unassuming sack. Cinematic historians have read the film as both feminist and misogynistic, the former stemming from a particularly gruesome torture scene. In any case, it’s an exquisite, divisive gaze into violent obsessions, as the apple of one’s eye rots from the inside outward.
Chris: The perfect date movie.
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There are a lot of good TV shows on Netflix and you can find more with these secret codes. But what's the best Netflix original series? The streaming service has put more and more emphasis into their own programming over the last few years, and with over 100 Netflix originals — between shows and movies — browsing aimlessly can be daunting. If you're trying to figure out exactly which original show to watch next, here's a great place to start with a look at a ranked list of the 55 best Netflix series right now.
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1. BoJack Horseman
6 seasons, 68 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
Netflix's best series is also one of its most underrated. Set in a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans live side-by-side, BoJack Horseman is about a horse named Bojack Arnett, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin' Around. After a decade boozing on his couch and sleeping around, Bojack tries to resurrect his celebrity relevance with decidedly mixed results. His agent and on-again, off-again girlfriend is a Persian cat Amy Sedaris; his rival Paul F. Tompkins is a golden labrador; he's in love with a human woman who works as a ghostwriter Alison Brie; and he has a layabout roommate Aaron Paul with whom Bojack has a co-dependent relationship. On the face of it, it's a zany satire of Hollywood and celebrity culture. What's unexpected, however, is that Bojack Horseman may be television's most honest and thorough examination of depression. The writing is sharp, the jokes are layered, and the situations are hilarious, but there's a melancholy undercurrent to the series. Despite being a horse, Bojack is also one of the most human characters on television. It takes two or three episodes to hook viewers into its world, but once it does, it's an impossible series to stop watching.
2. Stranger Things
3 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10
A throwback and love letter to the early 1980s movies of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, the Duffer Brothers Stranger Things feels both familiar and new. The first season is about a boy named Will think E.T.'s Elliot who is captured by a The Thing-like creature and trapped in a Poltergeist-like world. His mother Winona Ryder recruits the local sheriff to investigate Will's disappearance. Meanwhile, Will's dorky, Goonies-like best friends take to their bikes to do some sleuthing of their own and eventually befriend an alien-like girl with telepathic powers the E.T. of the series. The investigation into Will's disappearance and the arrival of the telepathic girl all seem to lead back to a power plant operated by a character played by Matthew Modine. It's great PG horror/sci-fi, like the blockbusters of the early '80s, but for those who didn't grow up in the era or aren't intimately familiar with Amblin Entertainment's catalog, the series may not hold as much appeal.
3. Orange is the New Black
7 seasons, 91 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Jenji Kohan's knack for social commentary mixed with humor is perfect for a prison story. Orange Is the New Black is as funny as Weeds in its early years, but Kohan has found a way to infuse poignancy to the overall vibe of her stories. The diverse, engaging ensemble cast is chock-full of fan favorites, and while Orange is the New Black traffics in stereotypes, it also challenges and complicates them. The acting is superb, the writing is brilliant, and the storylines are addictive. More importantly, it forces us to root for people who make poor decisions and appreciate the fact that we all make poor decisions because we're human. The series will make viewers laugh and think, and every once in a while, it will break viewers' hearts. It is a smart show, but most of all, it is good, in every sense of the word.
4. American Vandal
2 seasons, 16 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
In theory, American Vandal sounds silly and sophomoric, and it is, but it's also a genuinely brilliant, incredibly clever, smartly written satire of true-crime documentaries. It plays just like any other true crime docuseries — interviews, investigations, multiple suspects, and numerous conspiracy theories — only the crime here is not a murder. It's a high school student who has been accused by the school board of spray painting dicks on 27 cars, a crime that threatens his ability to graduate. It's a brilliant whodunnit that just happens to also be the best parody of 2017, and it even earned a Peabody Award earlier this year. With the show's second season, the guys are investigating a new mystery: the case of the cafeteria's contaminated lemonade. If you thought there were a lot of dick jokes in season one, just wait until you see how many sh*ttakes the've got planned.
2 seasons, 19 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
In Mindhunter, Jonathan Groff plays Holden Ford, a character based on the real-life John E. Douglas the inspiration for Jack Crawford in the Hannibal series. The series itself is based on the origins of an actual behavioral science unit in the FBI used to study serial killers in the 1970s and 80s. Ford is a young FBI Agent who takes a keen interest in psychology which, in turn, grows into an interest in the psychology of sequential killers. It's a fascinating exploration into the origins of what now seems commonplace, a science that has inspired dozens of police procedurals. What's more interesting here, however, is that while Ford is studying serial killers all of whom are based on actual serial killers from that era, Ford develops his own obsession with serial-killers which mirrors the obsession serial killers have with their victims. The series comes from Joe Penhall and executive producer David Fincher who also directs several episodes, and fans of Fincher's Zodiac will appreciate Mindhunter for its same attention to detail, and the same dedication to character and research over surprising twists and reveals.
6. Russian Doll
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
Natasha Lyonne stars in this Groundhog Day-from-hell remake about a woman who's forced to relive the last day of her life over and over again. It's been done before, but this series stands out thanks to its mix of dark humor and a tinge of the supernatural. Lyonne is one of the often overlooked OITNB stars, but it looks like this series is giving her a chance to show off her comedic chops as her character, Nadia, endures a constant loop of partying, dying, then waking up to do it all over again. As bleak as the premise is, Lyonne manages to find a silver lining, a universal message that basically read, “The world is sh*t, let's help each other out if we can.”
7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
4 seasons, 51 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10
Relentlessly positive, infinitely quotable, and insanely likable, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt applies the quick-witted, reference-heavy comedy of 30 Rock to the life of Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, a woman who moves to New York after being rescued from a doomsday cult. Kimmy, a 30-year-old woman with the pop-cultural IQ of a '90s teenager, must navigate the cynical big city while dealing with her own form of PTSD. She's helped along by her conspiracy-theory minded landlord Carol Kane and her irresponsible, flighty gay roommate Titus Burgess. Its fast pace and wide-eyed wonder of its lead make it one of the most bingeable series on Netflix. It's almost impossible not to finish each season in one or two sittings because it's a near-perfect sitcom about the power of human optimism that's as life-affirming as it is funny.
8. Master of None
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Aziz Ansari's Master of None is a post-racial dating and relationship sitcom about millennials. Like the better dating sitcoms of the past, the series still manages to capture the anxieties of dating, of new relationships, and of settling down, only it successfully brings in texting and social media into the mix naturally and without calling attention to itself. It also explores intimacy without resorting to gender stereotypes or relationship clichés. It's new, and unique, and most of all, it is kind. It's a good series about genuinely good people, and the chemistry between Ansari's character and his love interest Noel Wells in the first season is electric. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but Master of None is funny in its observations, clever in its writing and honest in the depiction of its characters. It's a truly great sitcom and something of a roadmap to dating for a new generation.
3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
G.L.O.W., from exec producer Jenji Kohan and a couple of her proteges, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, is based on the real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling television series. Set in the 1980s, G.L.O.W. sees a group of failed actresses and assorted misfits shaped into a female wrestling league by a cult-flick screenwriter Marc Maron and a trust-fund kid Chris Lowell. There's nothing particularly original about G.L.O.W., which traffics in a number of tropes and stereotypes, but the characters led by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are so unbelievably likable that it's almost impossible not to fall in love with these underdog heroes. It's a fast-paced, funny and immensely sweet series that goes down like candy. It's smartly written, well acted, infectious as hell, and it has a huge heart, making it one of the best that Netflix has to offer, whether viewers are fans of wrestling or not.
10. The Umbrella Academy
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
Superhero team-ups are a dime a dozen but the TV adaptation of this award-winning comic series created by Gerard Way — yes, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance — feels wholly unique and thus, totally refreshing. The show follows the story of seven kids, all born on the same day to mothers who didn't even know they were pregnant. They're adopted by a mysterious billionaire and trained to use their supernatural abilities to fight evil in the world, but when they grow up, their dysfunctional upbringing catches up with them, and they're left struggling to live normal lives. It's all kinds of weird, which is exactly what the genre needs right now.
11. Sex Education
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Following in the footsteps of Nick Kroll's Big Mouth, this British teem comedy is committed to exploring all of the cringe-worthy, taboo topic associated with sex, just not in animated form. The series follows a mother-son duo navigating their way through those uncomfortable “talks.” Of course, the mother here happens to be a sex therapist named Dr. Jean Milburn a terrific Gillian Anderson and her son Otis Asa Butterfield is the kid enduring her overbearing tendencies at home while doling out sex advice of his own in an underground sex therapy ring amongst his friends. Sex is a comedy goldmine, and although the show loves to play up '80s high-school tropes, there's real nuance and thought that goes into how these teens are portrayed and their interactions with sex. Plus, Anderson's comedic timing is spot-on.
12. Dear White People
3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 6.3/10
One of the best and most underappreciated series on Netflix, Dear White People is a television adaptation that manages to improve exponentially on the movie upon which it is based. From creator Justin Simien, Dear White People is a smart, insightful, thoughtful and at times sharply funny examination of racial politics on a college campus, where it's more than just black people pitted against white people; it's woke people vs. those who aren't woke; black people fighting the system versus black people trying to work within the system; and light-skinned black people versus darker skinned black people. It's an eye-opening, smartly crafted television show that's as entertaining as it is important, and it features an outstanding cast, led by Logan Browning.
13. Everything Sucks!
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
This coming-of-age series set in the '90s could easily be described as the comedic counterpart to Stranger Things, but it's so much more than that. It's a sweet, funny, and heartfelt show about a group of high school kids — popular, unpopular and in-between — searching for their own identities and trying to find their place not only in high school but in the world. The main story sees a freshman from the A/V club, Luke Jahi Di'Allo Winston, falling in love a with Kate Peyton Kennedy, who is trying to come to terms with her own sexual identity as a lesbian. While the issues they face are specific to their characters, the range of feelings they experience as universal — falling in love, heartbreak, seeking acceptance and validation from others. It is a comedy infused with '90s nostalgia, but it doesn't rely on nostalgia to tell its story, and the story it tells is one of those most hopeful, optimistic, and deeply affecting series in the Netflix catalog.
1 season, 7 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and written, directed, and created by Scott Frank, who wrote Logan and Out of Sight, Godless, is equal parts a feminist Western and s a show about fathers and sons. The series is set in the 1880s in the small mining town of La Belle, where nearly all of the town's men have died in a mining accident. Enter Roy Goode Jack O'Connell, a charming gunslinger on the run from the mentor he double-crossed, Frank Griffin Jeff Daniels, who — along with his crew out desperadoes — had already murdered everyone in another small town for harboring Goode. The series ultimately pits a town of mostly women against a brutal, merciless outlaw gang. Scoot McNairy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Sam Waterston play lawmen, but the standouts in Godless are Downton Abby's nearly unrecognizable shotgun wielding pioneer woman Michelle Dockery and Merritt Wever, a bisexual woman all out of f—ks to give. It's a tremendously good series buoyed by beautiful cinematography, poetic language, a few great shoot-outs, and fine performances from the entire cast. It's one of the best Netflix series of 2017.
15. Marvel's Daredevil
3 seasons, 39 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
Brilliantly shot, excellently choreographed, and superbly written, Daredevil lives so far outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as to be completely distinct. It is darker, more brutal, and grittier than the film franchise, although there are enough light and humor in the show to make its characters sympathetic. The series nails the tone of the comic, the characters are complex, and it really understands the grey area between hero and villain, and the fine line between the two where violence is concerned. The fight scenes are brutal, and one couldn't ask for a better Matt Murdock than the one depicted by Charlie Cox. The villains — Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin in the first season, and Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle in the second — are not caricatures. They're three-dimensional and at times sympathetic in their own right. It's a potent combination of writing, acting, and directing that makes Daredevil one of the best Netflix originals and the best superhero series on television, although one that begins to flag in the back half of season two.
16. Big Mouth
3 seasons, 32 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
The animated, coming-of-age comedy from Nick Kroll is full of familiar voices and even more familiar life problems. Centered on a group of pre-pubescent friends, Kroll voices a younger version of himself, a kid named Andrew who's going through some embarrassing life changes like inconvenient erections and strange wet dreams and bat-mitzvah meltdowns. All these traumatizing and hilarious happenings are usually caused by Maurice, Andrew's own Hormone Monster also voiced by Kroll who takes pleasure literally in abusing the poor kid. As painfully accurate as the show is, if you're lucky enough to be removed from that angst-ridden era of life, you'll probably appreciate the humor in all of it.
2 seasons, 18 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
If you're trying to pin down Netflix's mystery crime thriller, the best way to describe it is to call it a German version of Stranger Things minus the demogorgon. The show centers on four families whose lives and dark deeds are brought to light after two children vanish in the woods. There's plenty of familial drama here and a supernatural twist or two to keep things interesting.
18. Marvel's Jessica Jones
3 seasons, 39 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
As an episodic series, Jessica Jones occasionally falters. Jones is a private detective with certain special powers, but the series doesn't put her P.I. talents to much use, instead focusing on one storyline surrounding the big bad, Kilgrave David Tennant for the entire 13 episodes. Tennant's character, however, is the best reason to watch the series — he's captivating yet repugnant, alluring yet vile — and the themes of rape and domestic abuse resonate loudly. Unfortunately, when Kilgrave is not onscreen, the series drifts. Krysten Ritter's title character is too often dour and sarcastic, robbing the series of some much-needed levity. Still, it's a captivating, thematically-rich series that covers ground no other superhero series would dare to explore, and while that doesn't make it the most entertaining Marvel series, it is the bravest and most original.
19. 13 Reasons Why
3 seasons, 39 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
13 Reasons Why has an intriguing hook: A teenage girl named Hannah takes her own life and leaves behind a suicide note in the form of 13 tapes, each one directed at a particular individual at least partially responsible for the decision to kill herself. The tapes are then passed around to the 13 people, who have to deal with the guilt they feel for the role they played in her death, as well as keep their secrets hidden as the contents of the tape threaten to destroy relationships and cost the school millions in an ongoing lawsuit. The drama came under fire in its first season for its heavy subject material, and the reason it stirred so much controversy is that it is an honest and unflinching look at teen suicide. It's a heavy series, especially for one featuring teen characters, but it is also emotionally raw, incredibly compelling, heartbreaking and admirable for at least what it's trying to do. 13 Reason Why is a haunting and very personal series, and whether it succeeds — or backfires — in its aims will depend largely on the viewer.
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20. Peaky Blinders
5 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10
A British import licensed in America exclusively by Netflix, Peaky Blinders is roughly the UK equivalent of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, taking place in the same time period and covering similar terrain. It's got British gangsters, and while bootlegging and gambling are involved, so is the IRA, Peaky has one thing that Boardwalk does not, however, and that's the piercing, intense Cillian Murphy, who plays something akin to Prohibition-era Boyd Crowder. The show also features Tom Hardy as a phenomenal recurring character in seasons two and three along with Noah Taylor. It's a short series, and it is addictive, violent, and intense as hell.
21. The End of the F***ing World
2 seasons, 16 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
The End of the F***ing World is a dark-black comedy based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman about James Alex Lawther, a withdrawn and disturbed 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath, and his burgeoning Bonnie & Clyde-like relationship with Alyssa Jessica Barden, a classmate damaged by a dysfunctional family. Written by Charlie Covell and directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak, the series' is akin to a high school version of True Romance, about two deeply troubled, misanthropic teenagers who find comfort in one another and who are willing, if necessary, to perpetrate crimes to maintain their relationship. Boasting a stellar soundtrack, magnificent performances, and a binge-worthy runtime, The End of the F***ing World is a bleakly funny series, but it's also deeply, soul-achingly romantic.
22. Luke Cage
2 seasons, 26 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
The third entry in Marvel's Defenders series, Luke Cage follows the title character — introduced originally in Jessica Jones — to Harlem, where he works as a sweeper in a barbershop and as a dishwasher in a restaurant. Cage —who has superhero strength and unbreakable skin — gets dragged against his better instincts into crime-fighting in order to save Harlem from violence and corruption. Mike Colter is the real draw here — he manages to perfectly straddle the line between imposing and kind — and Luke Cage is every bit as thematically complex as Jessica Jones before it. Cage only falters in pace and storytelling. It's thematically bold, but the storylines are conservative and predictable, and it might benefit by cutting its episode count from 13 down to eight or ten.
23. The Crown
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
At once intimate and sweeping, The Crown presents an inside view of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Claire Foy, and the first few years of her reign. John Lithgow is featured as the indomitable Winston Churchill, struggling with the ignominy of age at the end of his career. Churchill's support and mentorship of Elizabeth, despite his limitations, creates an important emotional center around which various historical events turn. Elizabeth's relationship with her husband, Prince Phillip Matt Smith is also wonderfully explored; his role as consort is one that he by turns delights in and rebels against. The production spared no expense in painstakingly recreating the physical environments and rigid protocols that constrained and defined the royal family. The challenges posed by modernity and the post-colonial period are filtered through the Palace's political structure, in which despite her role, Elizabeth's personal needs and wishes are continually subsumed to protocol and appearance. This series will appeal to anyone who enjoys costume drama, but it is also a fascinating exploration of the post-WWII period and the development of a monarch who managed to maintain and even expand the popularity and stability of the British Monarchy against significant odds.
24. On My Block
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
At first glance, On My Block is just another teen drama about a group of funny, street smart kids trying to figure life out. But the show, which has been praised for its diverse cast and its ability to touch on real issues like immigration and the effects of gang violence, provides a refreshing viewpoint while concentrating on the lives of these four friends making it on the rough streets of an inner Los Angeles neighborhood. The show may deal in larger themes, but the fun in watching it comes when the focus falls back on the close-knit bond between four very different kids.
3 seasons, 33 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
While the second season doesn't quite live up to the near-perfect first, that freshman outing offers slow-burning greatness, doling out revelations about the Rayburn family incrementally. The series follows the Rayburn siblings, John Kyle Chandler, Meg Linda Cardellini, Kevin Norbert Leo Butz and Danny, portrayed by the Emmy-nominated Ben Mendelsohn, who gives one of this decade's best television performances It's Danny who's the powder keg, the black-sheep brother who returns home to hotel business and upends the entire family, outing their secrets and putting them all in danger. Bloodline is a stressful series. It seems designed not to entertain, but to give viewers a panic attack. It's a series that demands to be binged, not because the viewer wants to find out what's next so much as not pushing through means living with these characters' anxiety that much longer.
The Wachowksis' Sense8 is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally. Like Cloud Atlas, the disparate stories about love and relationships weave in and out of each other. For all its sci-fi flourishes, however, Sense8 is about big, sloppy profound love, and as unwieldy as the series can often be, there's at least one moment in every episode so powerful that viewers can't help but to feel moved by the affection the characters feel for one another. It is sometimes cheesy, and occasionally illogical, but it is also one of the most diverse, multi-cultural, romantic, life-affirming sci-fi series ever. It may require some patience from viewers, but for idealists and romantics, it's a truly special series.
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley returns as a scumbag we can't help but swoon over in this Lifetime drama that's now been handed off to the streaming platform. Badgley plays Joe Goldberg, a seemingly-sweet guy who works at a bookshop in the city and courts a beautiful blonde named Beck Elizabeth Lail. Unfortunately, that's where the rom-com portion of this thriller ends. You see, Joe's “courting” includes stalking the object of his affections, breaking into her apartment, holding her boyfriend hostage, and peeping in on her most intimate of moments. And that's only in the first episode. If anything, this show is proof that the modern dating world can be a terrifying hellscape.
3 seasons, 34 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Travelers is a sci-fi series co-produced by Netflix and a Canadian television network Showcase starring Eric McCormick Will & Grace. It's a light sci-fi drama about people from hundreds of years in the future whose consciences are sent back to the present day to take the place of others who are already about to die. They're sent back, a la Terminator, to prevent a bleak future from taking place. In the present day, this group of people is tasked with missions to prevent the future dystopia from happening, but they also have to acclimate into the lives of their host bodies. It is a quintessential Netflix show: Easy-to-binge, madly addictive, fun as hell, and immediately engrossing. While it certainly borrows heavily from other sci-fi shows and movies, it does an excellent job of shaking it up and bringing fresh life to the genre.
29. One Day at a Time
3 seasons, 39 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
A remake of a 1970s sitcom produced by 94-year-old iconic television producer Norman Lear, One Day at a Time manages to not only match its predecessor but miraculously improve upon it. This updated version centers on a Cuban America family headed by a single mom Justina Machado raising three kids with the help of her mom Rita Moreno. It's broad jokes and laugh track feels somewhat out of place on the streaming service, but the jokes still land and more importantly, the characters connect in an honest way as they attempt to live on a modest nurse's salary and maintain their Cuban heritage while adapting to modern progressivism much like Fresh Off the Boat. It's more poignant sitcom than it is funny, but it's a warm, loving look at difficulties of single parenting that resonates as much now as it did in the '70s.
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Ozark, from part of the team behind Ben Affleck's The Accountant, is an example of what I call stress-watching television. A combination of Breaking Bad and Bloodline, Ozark sees a money launderer Jason Bateman and his wife Laura Linney move from Chicago to backwoods Missouri in an effort to clean $8 million in three months, lest their entire family be killed by a Mexican drug cartel. It's not a fun show, and it's barely entertaining, but like Bloodline, it's the kind of series where the viewer is anxious to binge through it just to see if the antagonists will survive and how. It's a seedy, well-written, well-acted series, and Bateman is terrific, but the entire point of Ozark is to put the viewer through the wringer: It's tense, and stressful, and we don't watch for resolution; we watch for relief.
31. Seven Seconds
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10
Veena Sud's follow-up to The Killing uses a similar structure — one season devoted to one case — but it takes a more holistic approach and injects a heavy dose of racial politics into the mix. The series sees a white cop, Peter Jablonski Beau Knapp, run over a 15-year-old African American kid on his bike and leave him to die. There's no question that the initial hit was an accident, but the drama comes from the cover-up. The Jersey City cops aim to protect their own, while the grieving family of the boy seeks justice, but this is more than a simple criminal case. It pits cops versus the black community, the prosecutor's office, and fellow cops, and it ultimately asks the question: How much is the life of a black kid worth? The answer, unfortunately, is depressingly little, at least where the criminal justice system is concerned. The series takes a few episodes to get up to speed, but the end of the fourth episode will grab viewers by the lapels and never let them go. It also features some sterling performances, particularly those from Regina King, Clare-Hope Ashitey, and Michael Mosley.
32. A Series Of Unfortunate Events
3 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Sure, this show is based off a children's book series, but that doesn't mean the adults can't enjoy it too. For fans of Lemony Snicket's darkly-fun tale of a trio of orphans trying to escape the machinations of their evil guardian, an eccentric villain named Count Olaf, Netflix's on-screen interpretation hits all the right notes. Neil Patrick Harris plays Olaf, a mysterious man whose greed and lack of morality reach new s with every episode, and his poor victims, the Baudelaire children, prove more capable of handling the evil genius than they let on.
33. Alias Grace
1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Alias Grace, adapted by Sarah Polley from a Margaret Atwood novel which itself is based on a true story, is set in Canada in the middle of the 19th century, where a house servant Grace Marks Sarah Gadon has been convicted of a double murder. After spending time in a mental asylum and while serving time in prison, an early version of a therapist is called in to try and discern if Grace is guilty, innocent, lying or telling the truth. Grace's account of the murders is as confounding to the viewer as it is the doctor, but the truth is not the point. The point of Alias Grace is to illustrate how the men in her life and the lives of the women around her have tyrannized and abused them. They are the product of that abuse, of a system controlled by men, and if a woman were to rise up and murder her terrorizer, who could blame her? It's a smart, brilliantly acted, and entertaining series, but more than that, it's an important one for these times.
34. House of Cards
6 seasons, 78 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
The highly bingeable political series is the grandfather of Netflix original programming, and now with five seasons under its belt, it's had a lot of highs and plenty of lows. The first season is impeccable, as we see the beginning of Frank Underwood's ascent to power from Speaker of the House to eventual President of the United States. The series, however, hits some rough spots, especially in season three when Underwood and his wife Clare Robin Wright turn against each other. The series is best when the two are working together, and as House of Cards moves into its fifth season in 2017, it's beginning to run out of political room to maneuver. Still, the series is never short on twists, turns, and the occasional huge surprise, and it's always a pleasure to watch Spacey — nominated for three Emmys for his work on the series — chew scenery with delight and disdain in equal measure. The supporting cast — which includes Molly Parker, Michael Kelly, Reg E. Cathey, Constance Zimmer, and Corey Stoll, among others — is always excellent, even if their storylines often run into dead ends.
3 seasons, 28 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Atypical is a family sitcom that would feel right at home among ABC's family sitcoms Speechless, Black-ish, Fresh off the Boat, etc.. It's also a charming coming-of-age show about Sam Gardner Keir Gilchrist, an 18-year-old from Connecticut with high-functioning autism. He's arrived at an age when he's decided that he'd like to date and have sex, and the first season covers his awkward encounters with women, his inappropriate crush on his therapist, and his relationship with the teenage girl he eventually asks to prom. It also deals with the challenges of his parents; his father Michael Rapaport is trying to figure out how to connect with his son while his mother Jennifer Jason Leigh aims to find her own identity apart from being the mother of an autistic child. It's the older sister Brigette Lundy-Paine who is the real stand-out of Atypical, however, as she aims to both support her brother while also creating a life of her own separate from her brother. It's not a groundbreaking series, but it's funny, heartwarming, and very, very sweet.
36. F is for Family
3 seasons, 26 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
Set in 1973, the Netflix animated series from Bill Burr is based on his childhood experiences in Massachusetts, and while it is not a particularly original family sitcom, it's deceptively smart, hilariously profane, and pays great attention to the details of the 1970s. F is for Family will appeal to anyone who shares Bill Burr's worldview — dark, unapologetically politically incorrect, and honest. Despite its vulgarity and crude animation, the series also boasts a few poignant turns that border on heartbreaking. For people of Burr's age, F is for Family really captures what it was like to grow up in the early 1970s.
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.4/10
Michael C. Hall stars as a well-to-do British family man whose daughter goes missing in this thriller. There are a bunch of moving storylines in this one as Hall's character jumps from flashbacks to the present, wrestling with guilt over his wife's death and frantically searching for his missing teen who may have uncovered a decades-long secret kept by those closest to him right before she vanished. Figuring out the who and whydunnit probably won't happen until the end.
38. Lady Dynamite
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
“I'm a 45-year-old woman who's clearly sun-damaged! My skin is getting softer, yet my bones are jutting out, so I'm half-soft, half-sharp!” Maria Bamford says in a shampoo commercial fantasy sequence within the show within the show that's drawn from the life of a real-life stand-comedian, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. It's that kind of show, and its surrealist brand of comedy is not for everyone. The pilot episode sees Bamford, recovering from a breakdown, attempting to ease her way back into the entertainment business with the help of friends and her manager Fred Melamed, a process that begins by putting a bench in her front yard so that she can better connect with the community something the real-life Bamford did herself. Creators Pam Brady South Park and Mitch Hurwitz Arrested Development bring extreme versions of those shows' sensibilities to Lady Dynamite, although it also possesses the absurdist streak of Brady's Hamlet 2. To give potential viewers an idea of what to expect, at one point Patton Oswalt — who plays an actor playing a cop within the show about Bamford's life — breaks character to advise Bamford as Oswalt not to frame her series with her stand-up because it didn't work for him. Oswalt and Bamford then have a conversation about Breaking Bad, before using a Breaking Bad reference to indicate a time jump. In other words, there's a lot of balls in the air in Lady Dynamite, but it rewards those who can keep up. Its Season 2 even made it one of our picks for the best TV shows of 2017.
4 seasons, 40 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
With Narcos, Netflix takes on the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellín drug cartel. Splicing together dramatized scenes and actual news footage, Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha Elite Squad combines Scarface and Goodfellas to track the life of Escobar. However, the real story here is not the characters as much as it is the Colombian drug trade and the spread of cocaine from South America into the United States in the 1980s. Escobar is used as a vehicle to illustrate the futility of the American drug war and the toll it took on both the criminals in Colombia and the authorities in the United States. As dramatic series go, Narcos is decent. As a historical examination of the drug trade, it is absolutely fascinating.
40. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.4/10
Viewers who didn't like the original Wet Hot American Summer movie or haven't seen it shouldn't bother with the Netflix series without at least watching the film first. The series operates like an inside joke within an inside joke referencing a bunch of '80s teen movies Zapped, Summer School, School Spirit, Meatballs, etc. that only a particular demographic will understand. It's a parody series that uses a very small window as a reference point, but for those who get the joke, it's impossible not to appreciate the attention to detail that David Wain and Michael Showalter put into the show. The Netflix series sees 45-year-old actors playing teenagers in a prequel to a movie in which the same actors at 30 were playing teenagers at a sleepaway summer camp. It also provides an origin story to many of the characters in the original film. There's a lot of meta humor, scores of callbacks, and it is littered with Easter Eggs. WHAS is a special kind of brilliant, but as a stand-alone series, it doesn't function particularly well.
41. The Punisher
2 seasons, 26 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
Netflix's sixth Marvel series falls victim to the same problems that have beset the previous Marvel series, namely it takes a strong character and stretches the story entirely too thin. Frank Castle Jon Bernthal is, save for Jessica Jones, arguably the most compelling character in the Netflix's Marvel universe. He's a villain in the second season of Daredevil, but a dark anti-hero here, a man who has zero regards for the lives of bad people, who he pummels and tortures to death. Castle is a grim character, but — thanks to the buddy partner dynamic with David Lieberman Ebon Moss-Bachrach — there are moments of levity and occasional doses of humor in the season. The problem with The Punisher is that it's a six-episode season stretched into 13 episodes, and the filler episodes will test the patience of even the most engaged fan of The Punisher. In fact, this is a season where viewers can watch the first three episodes and the last two, and really truly and honestly not miss a thing.
42. Altered Carbon
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
Based on the 2002 science fiction novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon mixes a few great, new ideas with a lot of derivative ones and delivers a series that alternates between frustrating and brilliant. The show is set in a future where everyone's consciences have been downloaded into stacks, which can be transferred into different “sleeves,” or bodies. Theoretically, a person can live forever, unless his or her stack is destroyed; however, in practice, only the wealthy can afford to buy the necessary sleeves to live indefinitely. In this world, Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a former U.N. elite soldier who returns in a different sleeve to work as a private investigator hired by a wealthy man to solve the murder of his own sleeve. The premise itself is fascinating, but the show gets bogged down in world-building before it can establish its characters. There are also a few fascinating wrinkles clones, backed-up consciences, Blade Runner-like androids, but it's a show that, for better or worse, requires viewers' close attention. Unfortunately, the characters themselves are often not worth the attention required. It's a better show on paper than onscreen, but there are easily enough interesting ideas percolating here to sustain sci-fi enthusiast through some of the dense, slower-moving episodes and the occasionally unengaging characters.
43. The Defenders
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
The Defenders is the Avengers of the Marvel Netflix universe, a superhero team combining Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist against Elektra and The Stick in the first season, at least. It is decidedly decent, not as good as Jessica Jones but not as bad as Iron Fist. It does a nice job of advancing the individual character arcs and keeping us invested in those characters except for Iron Fist; the fight sequences are fantastic, and there are plenty of witty barbs. However, The Defenders suffers from the pacing issues that have plagued several Marvel Netfix series, and like all of them, there's a lot of bloat in the middle. Sigourney Weaver, however, helps that bloat go down easy. It's fun, but hardly the climactic season of television we were expecting when Netflix greenlit their Marvel franchise.
44. Santa Clarita Diet
3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10
Boasting a stellar cast led by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant and a compelling premise — a suburban mom/realtor is mysteriously infected by a zombie virus and has to murder to stay alive — this zombie comedy is nevertheless all over the place. Santa Clarita Diet's comedy is too broad, the satire has no teeth, and the episodes begin to feel repetitive halfway through the first season. The sitcom is sprinkled with a few great laughs and a number of spectacular gross-out moments, but it ultimately doesn't add up to much. Still, it's light and entertaining, the cast is fantastic, and the series is just addictive enough to keep binge-watchers reluctantly pushing the next button after each episode until the entire five-hour season is consumed like an above-average fast-food meal. It goes down easy, but it doesn't taste that great after the 5th bite.
45. The Get Down
2 seasons, 11 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge lavish, ambitious and expensive series explores the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Messy and over the top, Lurhmann threatens to derail The Get Down with a campy bombastic style that overshadows substance. The movie-length pilot episode is too long and unfocused, but once the series gets going, it improves dramatically. After all the major characters are introduced and the storylines begin to congeal, The Get Down transforms into an eclectic, infectious and delightful 1970's cultural remix. The storylines don't always hold, but every episode delivers at least one show-stopping musical number that will stop viewers in their tracks.
46. Grace and Frankie
5 seasons, 65 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Starring veteran actors Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen, Grace and Frankie follows the lives of two reluctant best friends who move in together after their husbands leave them for each other. The series can best be described as amiable. It's funny, but not hilarious; occasionally clever, and always pleasant. The conceit is novel, but the storylines are familiar and don't really go anywhere. They don't really need to. It's a great lot of people to hang out with, boosted by a strong supporting cast that includes Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, and Ethan Embry. For longtime fans of the main cast, the series borders on irresistible.
47. Friends from College
2 seasons, 16 episodes | IMDb: 6.6/10
Friends from College — from husband and wife team, Nicholas Stoller Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors and Francesco Delbanca — is a tonal nightmare. It meshes sitcom television tropes with dark relationship drama with very mixed results. The cast is incredible — Keegan Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon, Billy Eichner, Annie Parissie, Jae Suh Park, and Fred Savage with extended cameos from Kate McKinnon and Seth Rogen— which makes Friends from College very watchable, but the characters are deeply unlikable. It centers on a married couple Key and Smulders who move back to New York and end up reuniting with their college friends, one of whom Key's character has been having a 20-year affair which they continue even as the wife is trying to have a baby. The catch is that when these 40-year-olds get together, they find themselves acting just as they did in college: They drink too much, they're obnoxious, and old romantic attractions are reignited. There are plenty of laughs, and much of it might feel relatable to the over 30 demographic, but the series doesn't quite gel. Despite its many problems, I liked it, but viewers' mileage may vary, depending on their tolerance for privileged adults acting like college kids.
48. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
1 season, 4 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
The four-episode revival of the popular cult series Gilmore Girls is something of a mixed bag. It's great to see the characters we know and love from the original series return to Stars Hollow, and much of the quick-witted barbs and fast-paced banter remains intact, although the jokes and pop-cultural references are badly out of date. But the season as a whole nevertheless falls flat. It feels contrived, designed for fan service over good storytelling, and though it is set in the present time, it doesn't suit this era of America life. That's a problem for a show that once so astutely commented on the culture of its time. The bloated runtimes — each episode is 90 minutes — do not do the show any favors, either. Ultimately, A Year in the Life does what so many revival series/movies Arrested Development, Veronica Mars have done before it: It doesn't ruin our fond memories of the original, but it certainly dampens our enthusiasm for more.
3 seasons, 34 episodes | IMDb: 7.7/10
Like FX's You're the Worst and Amazon's Catastrophe, Netflix's Love is another anti-romcom sitcom, but unlike the other two series, its leads aren't funny or boisterous enough to overcome how unsympathetic they are. Gillian Jacobs plays Mickey, a woman with substance abuse problems and insecurity issues, who falls for Gus Paul Rust in part because he's so nice and non-threatening. It turns out, however, that Gus is “fake nice, which is worse than being mean.” Gus presents himself as something he's not and uses his non-threatening looks and his awkward nice-guy demeanor to exploit lonely women searching for safe men who won't screw them over. The series, exec-produced by Judd Apatow, succeeds in what it's attempting to do, but the characters are so thoroughly unpleasant that all we can do as viewers is hope they get as far away from each other as possible.
3 seasons, 23 episodes | IMDb: 6.8/10
Anyone who has seen the work of Joe Swanberg Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas should know to expect from his TV series: A lot of well known, well-liked actors Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, etc. improvising through a premise supplied by Swanberg. That kind of arrangement — usually shot quickly and cheaply — can provide mixed results, and Easy is no exception. It is at turns aimless, clever, boring, sexy and compelling, depending on the storyline. The first season is broken up into six very-loosely connected half-hour vignettes that all take place in Chicago and explore different facets of love. They're basically short films, and some are good, and some are not so good, but through it all, it's more worth watching than not.
51. The OA
2 seasons, 16 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10
The OA has been wildly divisive among both critics and viewers alike, with about 50 percent strongly disliking it and the other 50 percent incredibly intrigued by the Brit Marling series. Marling stars as Praire Johnson, a blind, adopted woman who disappears for seven years and when she returns, she has scars on her back, she's clearly been underground for a long period of time, and she can see. She calls herself The OA, and shares the details of her disappearance with only a few select people, her cult of followers. It's an ambitious, imaginative series and though it is wildly uneven, it still remains watchable, full of moments both profound and eye rolling. The problem with The OA, however, is that it buys too readily into its own ethos and ultimately takes itself way more seriously than any viewer could. While it also manages to build a compelling mystery, it fails to resolve it in a satisfying manner.
52. The Ranch
7 seasons, 70 episodes | IMDb: 7.1/10
Netflix's attempt to replicate the success of Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men with laugh track sitcom actually falls in between the two in terms of quality. The Ranch is not quite Big Bang, but it's much better than Two and a Half Men thanks mostly to a deep sense of pathos that runs through the series, as well as strong performances from Debra Winger and Sam Elliott. About a washed-up football player Ashton Kutcher who returns to help his dad Elliot and brother Danny Masterson run a faltering ranch, the series surprisingly works as decent background noise, boosted by the likable, familiar presences of Elisha Cuthbert, Brett Harrison, and Megyn Price. It's an easy series to dismiss, but it's also an easy one to watch.
53. Fuller House
4 seasons, 48 episodes | IMDb: 7/10
One ratings service suggests that Fuller House may be the most popular series on television, but popularity doesn't make something good. Full House was bad; Fuller House is worse, but nobody watched either series for high art. Fuller House mostly gets by on nostalgia, but its brand of family-friendly themes make it a serviceable series for the tween demographic while the ease with which it is watched makes it decent Saturday morning hangover television for wistful adults.
54. Hemlock Grove
3 seasons, 33 episodes | IMDb: 7.2/10
Executive produced by Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove was one of Netflix's first original series. It was also one of the first to end its run. Buoyed by interest in a horror series and Netflix's bingewatching model, the first season of Hemlock Grove was popular worldwide, but poor reviews and the slow pacing led to dwindling interest. Hemlock Grove follows the investigation of two brutally murdered teenage girls into the secrets of a town in Pennsylvania chief among them, the town's werewolf population. There's plenty of gore in the series to keep horror hounds satiated, and there is the occasional spark of life. Unfortunately, the interesting moments are few and far between, and what's left in between is an inscrutable mystery, disjointed storylines, and far too many loose ends. It's a ridiculous mess, but not ridiculous enough to be consistently entertaining.
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 7/10
Given Netflix's impeccable track record with quality, bingeworthy television, it's a complete mystery as to why the streaming network picked up Gypsy, from first-time television writer Lisa Rubin. Aside from a top-notch cast — Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup — there is little worthwhile in this clunky, insipid series. The show sees a 40-something therapist Watts bored with her marriage turn to her clients' problems for adventure, including flirting with a same-sex relationship with a singer/barista, a relationship the series wrongly believes is risqué in 2017. Watts does her best in the series, but there's very little she can do to salvage the undercooked writing. It's a bad show, but more than anything, Gypsy is boring — there's nothing in the series to compel viewers to click the next button after each episode.