250 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now, Ranked

#50

American Factory (2019)
96%

#50
Adjusted Score: 99.061%
Critics Consensus: American Factory takes a thoughtful -- and troubling -- look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.
Synopsis: In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring... [More]
Starring:

#49

GoodFellas (1990)
96%

#49
Adjusted Score: 103.064%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#48

Undefeated (2012)
96%

#48
Adjusted Score: 99.117%
Critics Consensus: It covers familiar sports documentary territory, but Undefeated proves there are still powerful stories to be told on the high school gridiron.
Synopsis: Set in the inner-city of Memphis, Undefeated chronicles the Manassas Tigers' 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive... [More]
Directed By: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin

#47

Menashe (2017)
96%

#47
Adjusted Score: 100.318%
Critics Consensus: Menashe offers an intriguing look at a culture whose unfamiliarity to many viewers will be rendered irrelevant by the story's universally affecting themes and thoughtful approach.
Synopsis: Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk--struggles to make ends... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Z. Weinstein

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 100.68%
Critics Consensus: The Look of Silence delivers a less shocking -- yet just as terribly compelling -- companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing.
Synopsis: Through Joshua Oppenheimer's work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer

#45

Blue Ruin (2014)
96%

#45
Adjusted Score: 101.138%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.
Synopsis: BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#44

Atlantics (2019)
96%

#44
Adjusted Score: 101.865%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.
Synopsis: In Dakar, a group of construction workers abandon their work on a sky-scraper in response to months of withheld wages.... [More]
Directed By: Mati Diop, Mati Diop

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 106.334%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.
Synopsis: The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 105.733%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.
Synopsis: "The Social Network" explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#41

The Irishman (2019)
96%

#41
Adjusted Score: 115.403%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 97.595%
Critics Consensus: Assembled with absorbing insight and passion by director Petra Costa, The Edge of Democracy is a disturbing and expansive overview of how a democratic nation can teeter into autocracy.
Synopsis: A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis -- the personal and political fuse to explore one of... [More]
Directed By: Petra Costa

#39
Adjusted Score: 97.644%
Critics Consensus: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open uses an encounter between two strangers as the catalyst for a thoughtful drama as poetic as its title.
Synopsis: Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver, B.C. sidewalk when brutality and... [More]

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 98.629%
Critics Consensus: Alfonso Cuarón adapts Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel with a keen sense of magic realism, vividly recreating the world of childhood as seen through the characters.
Synopsis: A privileged, free-spirited young girl tries to adapt to life in a strict boarding school in this charming, critically acclaimed... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#37
Adjusted Score: 99.151%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Synopsis: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once? Lara Jean Song... [More]
Directed By: Susan Johnson

#36
Adjusted Score: 106.022%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score.
Synopsis: In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#35
Adjusted Score: 105.387%
Critics Consensus: A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.
Synopsis: From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

#34

13th (2016)
97%

#34
Adjusted Score: 100.092%
Critics Consensus: 13th strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.
Synopsis: The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither... [More]
Directed By: Ava DuVernay

#33

Aquarius (2016)
97%

#33
Adjusted Score: 100.646%
Critics Consensus: Led by a powerful performance from Sônia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.
Synopsis: Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings... [More]

#32
Adjusted Score: 101.915%
Critics Consensus: The movie that catapulted Ang Lee into the ranks of upper echelon Hollywood filmmakers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features a deft mix of amazing martial arts battles, beautiful scenery, and tasteful drama.
Synopsis: Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#31

Mud (2013)
97%

#31
Adjusted Score: 103.614%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.
Synopsis: Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

#30

Mudbound (2017)
97%

#30
Adjusted Score: 104.756%
Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
Synopsis: Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 106.395%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Synopsis: Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 107.765%
Critics Consensus: Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.
Synopsis: Texas brothers--Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#27
Adjusted Score: 113.636%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Synopsis: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents... [More]

#26

The Cakemaker (2018)
98%

#26
Adjusted Score: 99.54%
Critics Consensus: The Cakemaker explores all-consuming emotion with beguiling restraint, adding up to a delicately understated character study fueled by the power of love.
Synopsis: Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits... [More]
Directed By: Ofir Raul Graizer

#25
Adjusted Score: 99.611%
Critics Consensus: Beychella forever.
Synopsis: Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé's historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and... [More]
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles
Directed By: Beyoncé Knowles

#24
Adjusted Score: 101.701%
Critics Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.
Synopsis: In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 102.638%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.
Synopsis: Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lee

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 102.712%
Critics Consensus: Don't Think Twice offers a bittersweet look at the comedian's life that's as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny -- and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.
Synopsis: When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest... [More]
Directed By: Mike Birbiglia

#21

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#21
Adjusted Score: 112.942%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)

#20

Under The Shadow (2016)
99%

#20
Adjusted Score: 101.751%
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Synopsis: Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War... [More]
Directed By: Babak Anvari

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 101.791%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.
Synopsis: Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest... [More]
Directed By: David Gelb

#18

Starred Up (2014)
99%

#18
Adjusted Score: 102.885%
Critics Consensus: Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.
Synopsis: 19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#17
Adjusted Score: 104.143%
Critics Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
Synopsis: After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster... [More]
Directed By: Claude Barras

#16

Virunga (2014)
100%

#16
Adjusted Score: 90.775%
Critics Consensus: Virunga offers a heart-rending glimpse of natural wonders vulnerable to the atrocities of greed -- and the people devoting their lives to defending them.
Synopsis: "In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Orlando Von Einsiedel

#15

Anima (2019)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 100.015%
Critics Consensus: Thom Yorke's eerie compositions blend perfectly with Paul Thomas Anderon's ethereal direction to form a bewitching meditation on alienation and what it means to connect.
Synopsis: In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#14
Adjusted Score: 100.015%
Critics Consensus: Invader Zim quits being banished all over again in Enter the Florpus, an excellent revival that captures the spirit of the cartoon while cranking the doom up to eleven.
Synopsis: Zim discovers his almighty leaders never had any intention of coming to Earth and he loses confidence in himself for... [More]
Directed By:

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 93.776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie... [More]
Directed By: Peter Foott

#12

Democrats (2015)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 96.773%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Even the slyest political satire couldn't outdo this riveting docu study of Zimbabwe's troubled coalition government." - Guy Lodge, Variety.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Camilla Nielsson

#11

Creep 2 (2017)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100.054%
Critics Consensus: Creep 2 has everything that made the original work and more -- more laughs, more awkwardness, more unsettling terror.
Synopsis: Desiree Akhavan ("Girls", APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men.... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#10

Mercury 13 (2018)
100%

#10
Adjusted Score: 100.129%
Critics Consensus: Mercury 13 offers yet another sobering example of how institutionalized sexism has thwarted countless dreams -- and held nations back from their full potential.
Synopsis: Mercury 13 is a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 before their dreams were... [More]
Starring:

#9

Paris Is Burning (1991)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101.478%
Critics Consensus: Paris Is Burning dives into '80s transgender subculture, with the understated camera allowing this world to flourish and the people to speak (and dance) for themselves.
Synopsis: Jennie Livingston's documentary offers a behind-the-scene glimpse at the golden age of New York "Drag Balls" where rival fashion houses... [More]
Directed By: Jennie Livingston

#8

Kilo Two Bravo (2015)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 100.22%
Critics Consensus: Kilo Two Bravo honors its fact-based story with an almost unbearably tense drama that captures the horrors -- and the human cost -- of modern warfare.
Synopsis: KILO TWO BRAVO relives the true story of a platoon tasked with neutralizing a Taliban roadblock in the Kajaki region... [More]
Directed By: Paul Katis

#7

Chasing Coral (2017)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100.421%
Critics Consensus: Chasing Coral offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth's most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.
Synopsis: Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jeff Orlowski

#6

Mr. Roosevelt (2017)
100%

#6
Adjusted Score: 100.467%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Roosevelt offers an existential exploration of an entire generation through the microcosm of one woman's relationship with her cat.
Synopsis: In her feature directorial debut, Noël Wells portrays Emily, a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her home... [More]
Directed By: Noël Wells

#5

Strong Island (2017)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.2%
Critics Consensus: Strong Island uses one family's heartbreaking tragedy to offer a sobering picture of racial injustice in modern America.
Synopsis: In April 1992, on Long Island NY, William Jr., the Ford's eldest child, a black 24 year-old teacher, was killed... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.487%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one group's remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
Synopsis: In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle... [More]
Starring:

#3

Shirkers (2018)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.01%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Synopsis: Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique--or it would have... [More]
Directed By: Sandi Tan

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101.893%
Critics Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.
Synopsis: The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we... [More]
Directed By: Jehane Noujaim

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 103.932%
Critics Consensus: A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.
Synopsis: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Lears

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