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20 Underrated Best Movies On Netflix Which You Have Probably Missed Out

By Anubha Das

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 13 min read

A few movies hit like a comet, pummeling into history and leaving a permanent stamp on the audience that resonates through the ages. And, some movies don't do that well at the time of their premier due to which they are forgotten by the people even when some of those movies are the best movies of all time. Whatever the reason be, you must watch these 20 underrated best movies on Netflix for yourself.


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


1. The Intern

Director: Nancy Meyers

Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo 


The Intern is about a 70-year-old retired successful business owner and a widower ( Robert De Niro) who lands up getting an internship at a fashion website run by a young woman played by Anne Hathaway. This film represents and male-female friendship which isn’t familial or sexual, which is something you rarely see in a movie. The Intern qualifies along masquerading as a fish-out-of-water comedy. Director Nancy Meyers makes sure that you sink into the lifestyle fantasies of The Intern like eiderdown which makes it one of the best movies on

IMDb: 7.1




2. Into The Wild

Director: Sean Penn

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener 


Sometimes when life gets tough, we fantasize about sacking everything off and heading out on an adventure. But then it dawns on us that doing something so spontaneous would actually require a lot of efforts, so, instead, we shrug it off and go back to watching movies like " Into The Wild" on Netflix. One of the best things to watch on Netflix that would refresh you and make you think about the inviting feeling of wanderlust. Into the wild tells us a story about a guy named Christopher Johnson McCandless who gives away $25,000 to charity, burn all the cash after abandoning his car and hitchhike to Alaska. One of the best movies on Netflix that has an awesome background score which will make you connect with every scene of the film’s happy-go-lucky

IMDb: 8.1


3. The Reader

Director: Stephen Daldry

Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz


Kate Winslet mixes seduction with the war in the adaptation of an indecent novel by Bernard Schlink. One of the most underrated movies of Kate Winslet who did justice to the character she played. This belongs to the list of top movies on Netflix which is about an erotic affair that turns to love. The Reader is sure to make the audience feel good about a historical catastrophe that grows fainter with each new tasteful interpolation. Those who acknowledge a good movie with a great storyline and fantastic cinematography, look nowhere, The Reader is your

IMDb: 7.6


4. Zero Dark Thirty

Director:  Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt 


This is one of the best thriller movies on Netflix in which a group of CIA operatives spends a decade tracking the location of the Americas most wanted criminal, Osama Bin Laden. With a winning script by Mark Boal, the film displays the hunt properly and the eventual assassination of the al-Qaeda leader in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A cinematic-page- turner like a roller-coaster ride, with its thrills and scares, which the viewer knows will result in success certainly makes "Zero Dark Thirty" one of the good movies to watch on

IMDb: 7.4


5. The Silence Of Lambs

Director: Jonathan Demme

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney 


A classic beauty which would make you spell bounded about the whole plot of a psycho killer Hannibal movie that would send a chill down your spine every time you watch it. Released on Valentines Day in 1991 this best thriller movie won 5 major Oscar award that year- Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay. In the Silence of LAmbs, an FBI agent Clarice Starling is sent to interview a serial killer Dr. Hannible Lector in his glass cell to persuade him into helping the agency track another serial killer who is one loose. The performance by Anthony Hopkins is an uproarious technical

IMDb: 8.6


6. 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: 8.4


7. The Perk Of Being A Wallflower

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Stars:  Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller 


The happy potter stardom Emma Watson magically transports herself into this teen romance movie. Just like the book, the movie "The Perk of being a Wallflower" is about Charlie and his course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. This comedy-drama being one of the best movies on Netflix captures the dizzying highs and crushing low of growing up, and what friendship means all along the way of growing up. The comedy flick will show you the ugly side of truth and is full of rife with honesty and captivating

IMDb: 8.0


8. 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: 7.3


9. On Body & Soul

Director:  Ildikó Enyedi

Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider 


Oscars best foreign language film is also the best romantic movie on Netflix which you should stream right away for being an urban pastoral. It’s a love story that unfolds itself in a secret inner dreamscape since both the characters have the same dream and also on an outer world of ostensible normality. The movie is far more comically irrational, and the duality can be easily understood through the title. This romantic movie is eccentric and weird since it is forged in the least romantic place you can think of, a slaughterhouse. “On Body and Soul” is the best testament to the grit of its writer-director, Ildikó

IMDb: 7.6


10. The Fundamentals Of Caring

Director:  Rob Burnett

Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez 


You are probably a fan of the Wolves and Kill em with kindness singer Selena Gomez, and after watching this comedy movie with a tint of sarcasm at every dialogue will make you fall in love with the actress Selena Gomez too. The Fundamentals of Caring is both a dark comedy as well as a poignant story. With solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor, this movie is one of the best things on Netflix right now. Based on the novel by Jonathan Evison, it is one of those rare films that gets disability right- least for the most of

IMDb: 7.3


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11. My Sister's Keepers

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Stars:  Jeremy Leven (screenplay), Nick Cassavetes


You must have seen the movie " The Notebook" and dreamt about one of the classic love stories which have all the elements in it. Jeremy Leven collaborates with the director Nick Cassavetes to come up with this audience grabber drama about  parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them when the daughter who was just born to be a source of spare parts for her dying her sister files a case in the court. This is a perfect mother-daughter story filler with emotions and conflicts about various life decisions which makes it one of the best movies on

IMDb: 7.4


12. Her

Director: Spike Jonze

Stars:  Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson


Her is a beautiful, unusual romantic movie on Netflix whose protagonist falls in love with a computer's voice, an offbeat coupling. The movie shows that affection cannot be treated as just white or black, there are some grey areas too that just requires two people to create its magical, maddening stew. "Her" won the 2014 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay which is a story that explores the modern world and its evolving nature that also indulged risks and

IMDb: 8.0


13. The Town

Director: Ben Affleck

Stars:  Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm 


If a film can bring us to this point and make us feel anxious, it has done something right. "The Town" by Ben Affleck is a well-made crime procedural which shares the plot of the story about a group of thieves successfully robbing a bank and holding the manager as the hostage. The twist comes up when one of the robbers fall in love with the hostage make the movie a very interesting one. It's an effective thriller movie, where the director worked closely with

IMDb: 7.6


14. Blue Ruin

Director:  Jeremy Saulnier

Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves 


A revenge movie that largely covered the overturning of the ground upon which most revenge thriller movies would expend their entire running time followed by the fallout for those actions. A damaged homeless drifter seeks retaliation after he finds out that his parents were murdered a long time ago the gothic tale of the movie " Blue Ruin".The movie reflects a gripping, grueling and thought-provoking work by director Jeremy Saunier. Watch this best thriller movie on Netflix for its great start and killer ending and all the good scenes in

IMDb: 7.1


15. Short Term 12

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr. 


Short Term 12 is one of the best movie of all time with strong reviews and two awards from the SXSW Festival. It is fervently acted and directed. Grace looks after the troubled teens alongside her longtime boyfriend and co-worker Mason in a foster care facility being one of the young supervisor staff member is the story of Short Term 12. One of the most underrated best movies on Netflix the movie's sincerity is inscribed in every frame. A film so well made and well acted that you won't regret watching it even for a

IMDb: 8.0


16. I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach

Stars:  Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy 


I, Daniel Blake is a slice of the British working-class modern life directed by social-realist director Ken Loach and his longtime screenwriter Paul Laverty. Dave Johns delivers an astonishing performance as the title character, a 59-year-old woodworker who has been out of work since a heart attack and is now navigating the state bureaucracy to get his old job back.  “I, Daniel Blake” is about human value which is about disposable and abstract in one context and eternal and sacred in another context. Marching into being the top movies on Netflix “I, Daniel Blake” won the Palme d’Or at

IMDb: 7.9


17. Warrior

Director:  Gavin O'Connor

Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton


Warrior is one of the best things on Netflix which is high on testosterone -- brutal martial arts with solid punches. Warrior is about an ex-marine returning to his hometown to train his former coach and a recovered alcoholic for an MMA tournament that awards the biggest purse in the history of sports. Three men who are torn by destruction are pulled together by a love for a sport. Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama which should be watched by one and all. best-movies-netflix

IMDb: 8.2


18. The Sixth Sense

Director:  M. Night Shyamalan

Stars:  Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette


The Sixth Sense is the psychological thriller which is a must watch, one of a kind that you still be thinking about hours later. M.Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is about an eight-year-old boy seeing dead people. This thriller captivated a lot of audiences when it was released in the year of 1999. It got nominated for six Academy Awards which was a highly impressive feat for a horror thriller movie at that time. The movie gives out excellent energy due to its subtle horror atmosphere which you will

IMDb: 8.1


19. Jim & Andy- The Great Beyond

Director: Chris Smith

Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman 


Another brilliant movie of Jim Carrey for which he earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for his performance of portraying a famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Filmmaker Chris Smith used 100 hours of footage from the set of " Man on the Moon" to document the transformation of Jim Carry into Andy Kaufman, a legendary performance artist, and a comedian. This unique behind the scenes study was the result of the rumor that spread along the years about Jim Carrey not breaking his character of "Man on the Moon," Andy Kaufman and also his alter, ego Tony Clifton. All the movie buffs should definitely watch this amazing documentary sort of movie.


IMDb: 7.7


20. Silver Linings Playbook

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro


While most romantic comedies typically contain awful acting, sappiness, and a lot of unsurprising minutes; Silver Linings Playbook is different. There might be a little sum sappiness in this movie, yet there will undoubtedly be some in any romantic circumstances. In general, however, the majority of the sap in Silver Linings Playbook can be disregarded because of the way that the film is unique, extremely funny, and contains extraordinary acting from the two lead parts, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook is brimming with innovativeness, creativity and minimal on sentiment platitudes. It is a standout amongst other comedies to be made inside the most recent few

IMDb: 7.7


So, if you are looking for a movie to watch that you might not have considered watching before, pick any of these 20 underrated movies, or all of them. All the movie buffs devour these movies now. 


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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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