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Best Hollywood Movies On Netflix To Check Off Your List This Weekend

By Anubha Das

Updated - Dec. 5, 2019 12 min read

You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared down list of films you’ve already noted to watch at a future date. And while there are some glaring omissions in their selection of good movies, there’s still plenty to peruse. But then there’s the choosing. To make it easy for you we have put together a list of the Best Hollywood Movies on Netflix under different genres.


*Disclaimer: The movies listed in the blog are available on Netflix on a temporary basis.



1. Blue Valentine 

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman


Here is a film that watches pretty well itself and also considered as one of the best Hollywood and romantic movies on Netflix. Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great precision the birth and decay of a relationship. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a couple whose marriage is coming apart at the layers. Blue Valentine can hardly be a date movie, but this movie is much useful to your relationships than watching Sleepless In Seattle a thousand times. The movie is all about a raw but beautiful picture of love uniting and dividing: tender, real and

IMDb Rating:  7.4


2. Kissing Booth 

Director: Vince Marcello

Stars: Megan du Plessis, Lincoln Pearson, Caitlyn de Abrue 


This must watch one of the good movies on Netflix that came out in 2018. Girls drooling over Noah, the main character of the teen love story made a benchmark when to comes to romantic movies. The movie was not released on theatre. Instead, Netflix streamed it on little Mayfair in the month of May, and it quickly became a sensation. So get ready to swoon and watch  “The Kissing Booth,” multiple times because this love story will take you back to good old days of your high

IMDb Rating: 6.2


3. To All the Boys I’ve loved before

Director: Susan Johnson

Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish


If you've spent the past week on Instagram scrolling through all 82 pictures of Peter Kavinsky's, then you must know all about the movie which is one of the best movies on Netflix. This new teen romantic comedy is enchanting. The kids of the world have already established this movie to be wholesome of pure and soft moments. The storyline of this movie is a bit complex, having a high-concept premise, but it is one of the oldest stories to be seen out there- the fake dating

IMDb Rating:  7.4


4. Blue Jay

Director: Alex Lehmann

Stars: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager 


Blue Jay is an amiable black-and-white film about ex-lovers who meet by chance two decades after breaking up which has emotional electricity zapping through it. Nostalgia gives way to drama, and melodramatic fact to soapy histrionics, and “Blue Jay” wavers on a fixed exposé about mistakes made and lessons learned too late. Having said that, this movie surely is a must watch and gets easily counted as one of the best romantic movies on

IMDb Rating:  7.3


5. Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick


One of the most overrated good movies to watch on Netflix. Before Midnight is part of a trilogy which documentary series for love-stricken cinephiles, returning to the story of Jesse played by Hawke and Celine played by Delpy every nine years.  "Before Midnight" is economical from the very start. It was released to a smattering of five-star reviews for its romanticized third chapter that served as the climax for the previous

IMDb Rating:  7.3



1. The Departed

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson


Let us start the list of best thriller movies on Netflix with the movie "The Departed." Whenever we talk about classic thriller movies the name, Martin Scorsese comes to our mind. Martin Scorsese has been the Director of many thriller flicks, but he finally won his Oscar for this crime classic that some felt was too old-school to be profound. With casts like Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson The Departed is a long but a well-crafted gangster movie that gives an insightful look into life as an undercover agent. The movie revolves around Leonardo DiCaprio who is a cop but pretending to be the opposite. Partly during the movie, Scorsese hits us with the cruel glimpses of the fact that corruption starts from childhood itself. With this motion picture, Martin Scorsese demonstrated again that he is the ace of the urban storyteller-and of thrillingly intense

IMDb Rating:  8.5


2. The Godfather

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan 


"Revenge is a dish best served cold," one of the most famous thriller movies quote from 1972. Yes, we are talking about The Godfather which have been the most watched classic thriller movie from around the time. There is no doubt that Francis Ford Coppola has directed many remarkable movies, but his obituary will be lead by the most famous movie in the thriller genre “The Godfather.” The Godfather shows the Corleone family which follows the storyline of a crime dynasty in New York with Marlon Brando as its ruthless patriarch. A binge watch of “The Godfather I” and the “The Godfather II” will satisfy every thriller

IMDb Rating:  9.2


3. Shutter Island

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo 


This brilliant psychological thriller is directed by Martin Scorsese and screenplay is based on the same name novel by Dennis Lehane. Shutter Island needs the complete attention of the people watching, so that get to feel involved while the characters reveal the mystery of the island. The plot of the film is about the disappearance of a patient from Ashecliffe hospital for mentally disturbed and violent criminals in 1954. Upon this two detectives played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are called to the island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Scorsese keeps the anticipation high all through the whole film while never falling back on shoddy startle strategies. Indeed, even in scenes that should not be tensed, the score makes the watcher thrilled. That’s exactly where Scorsese wants his viewer to be, and it makes for a hell of a movie-going experience that keeps you guessing until the last

IMDb Rating:  8.1


4. Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page 


Whenever you ask anyone for their suggestions about the best thriller movie on Netflix, there is one name that cannot be missed, Inception. With a rating as high as 8.8 on IMDb it an intense, imaginative and entertaining movie which will make you stick to your seat to the very end. The plot is about a person entering the dreams of people to steal information which leads to redemption for his alleged role in his wife's murder by performing the impossible, an Inception. No more saying anything more other than that Inception rewards the attention it demands. best-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating:   8.8


5. Full Metal Jacket

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio 


Full Metal Jacket is one of those movies after "The Shining" that made a huge impact on the audience and became one of the best thriller movies of all times. This movie depicts what war was like. This film shows the true horror of war that takes purposeful men and unleashes them on a populace on the other hand when suits don't have anything more than public relations in mind. It’s a masterpiece, and one of Kubrick's most indelible IMDb Rating:  8.3


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1. The Ritual

Director: David Bruckner

Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier 

Here and there, the most paramount piece of a blood and gore flick is its beast. The Ritual is an uncommon horror movie that has a strong cast, a story loaded with twists aimlessly you won't see coming, and a more profound passionate level to the account that is uncommon among macho motion pictures nowadays. The story takes after four friends who choose to accomplish something brave like climb a trail in the Swedish woods as opposed to going on a fellows end of the week. A standout amongst the most watched horror-flick which is extraordinary compared to other best movies on Netflix right

IMDb Rating:  6.3


2. The Shining 

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd


Everyone has a fond memory of their first Stephen King experience. Listed as one of the best thriller movies on Netflix, The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is adapted from a story by one of the most prolific creative minds. This thriller is about a man (Jake Nicholson) who is a gurning madman who resented his wife and son from the very first time. The Shining is, without doubt, one of Stanley Kubrick's undisputed masterpieces and a true classic in horror thriller genre of movie. Bring a blanket, lots of popcorn and have one of the most thrilling experiences with every scene of this

IMDb Rating:  8.4


3. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Director: Scott Derrickson

Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo 


The all-time favorite movie of the horror genre which has an incredible storyline and the cinematography would give you chills down your spine. This courtroom-drama-meets-horror flick dives into the divide between faith and doubt in telling the story of the demonic possession of a college girl. Director Scott Derrickson made sure that this true story about Emily rose to give out the actual story of what and how it happened. Get a handful of popcorn and soda and watch this horror movie this

IMDb Rating:  6.7


4. Hush

Director: Mike Flanagan

Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco


Hush is a 2016 horror movie which is about a writer who is apparently deaf and gets the target of a crossbow-wielding killer while he was living alone in the woods. One of those movies that will make you feel tense till the end once the movie gets going. A tense, breathless horror film full of things we've seen before but can never get enough of. It has a great story & great

IMDb Rating:  6.6


5. Gerald’s Game

Director:  Mike Flanagan

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia 


After trimming the fat and stripping away the odder quirks of the another Stephen King's novel, Mike Flanagan made this tense, effective thriller that goes out of its way to highlight two strong actors playing powerful characters. A kinky weekend shaped into a horror story when the women kill her husband during a kinky unfettered celebration of their craft. Tied down to the bed and no one to rescue her, she struggles with surviving while battling her crumbling psyche. Critically claimed as the best thriller movie, Mike Flanagan won the best director award for the "Gerald's Game" at Fright Meter

IMDb Rating:  6.6



1. The Meyerowitz Stories

Director: Noah Baumbach

Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman


A flat-out brilliant drama movie and one of the good things to watch on Netflix which is about Harold Meyerowitz's children reunited in New York for the preparation of their father's career retrospective. The Meyerowitz Stories is a must watch for anyone who loves a movie that depicts great art, whether they succeed or not. The Meyerowitz Stories banters, bristles and sometimes bleeds too. The main highlight is Dustin Hoffman, giving a performance that is sublime in every silly and serious

IMDb Rating:  7.0


2. Spotlight

Director: Tom McCarthy

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams 


A Boston Globe investigation into widespread child abuse by Catholic clergy has been turned into a new film starring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. The movie is about a group of five investigative journalists, uncovering the widespread sexual abuse of children by scores of the district’s clergy. best-movies-netflix

IMDb Rating:  8.1


3. A Serious Man

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick 


An ordinary man who is in search for clarity in a universe is the main center protagonist of A Serious Man. A Serious Man has marked out an intriguing spectrum between broad, bright comedy and bitter darkness. The film conjures a woozy, weightless feeling, combined with an almost hallucinatory clarity and the heightened sense of itself. Watch it for all the heart beating fast scenes and twists because A serious man is one of the best movies on Netflix to be streaming right

IMDb Rating:  7.0


4. Boyhood

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke


Ever imagined a movie to be made in 12 years? Yes, that's what Boyhood is all about being one of the good things to watch on Netflix. It is a bittersweet lite-sexy dramedy about the teenager who finds out about love and the meaning of friendship over one unforgettable summer. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. There has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard IMDb Rating:  7.9


5. Atonement

Director: Joe Wright

Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn 


Filmmaker Joe Wright burst onto the scene with his excellent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that remains the greatest modern film about love and war. Atonement really showed the director’s flair for inventiveness. It manages topics - including youthful youthfulness, class contrasts, lying, and enthusiasm - that is excessively unpredictable for everything except the most develop adolescents to truly have the capacity to handle and put in the

IMDb Rating:  7.8

Get this list done as soon as you can so that you don't have a fear of Missing Out. 


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Q: Which are the best thriller movies on Netflix?

A: Creep, Gerald's Game and Killing Ground

Q: Which is Netflix and how does it work?

A: Netflix is an online platform/website which screens the top-notch series of movies, documentaries and tv shows based on monthly subscription packs. 

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