Best movies on Netflix: over 100 films to choose from

Stop browsing: these are the best Netflix movies

Welcome to our constantly updated list of the best movies on Netflix UK right now. Netflix may have taken the world by storm with its TV output but, as you will see from the following list, there's plenty of movies on Netflix to devour once you have got all that binge-watching out of your system.

Our Best Netflix Movies list has been broken up into categories to make it easier for you to navigate. To make things neat and tidy we have chosen 10 movies to watch in each category - with further recommendations listed at the bottom.

In all there's around 150 movies to choose from here, all chosen because they are, simply, the best films on Netflix to watch right now.

From comedy to indie, to horror and kids, there's a movie category for everyone - so read on and let us help you get the best out of your Netflix subscription.

Best movies on Netflix

Die Hard

Yipee Ki-yay! The action film that created the blueprint for most action films that came after it, Die Hard is a masterpiece. Bruce Willis' John McClane is the perfect antidote to the almost-invincible muscle men action heroes of the time - he's equipped with one-liners, but you feel every bit of pain he does throughout the movie because he is shown as fallible. Couple this with a brilliant turn from Alan Rickman as the big bad and what you have is an endlessly watchable movie.

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

With a script by word genius William Goldman and George Roy Hill at the helm, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is a wonderful watch. Paul Newman and Robert Redford ooze screen chemistry as the titular pair and the soundtrack by Burt Bacharach is lovely on the ears. It's funny too - mixing both buddy movie and Western tropes with fantastic results.

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The Warriors

Focused around a turf war between rival street gangs, The Warriors is an achingly cool cult film. It showcases '70s New York in all its filth and fury and while its focus is on gang fighting, the film never comes across as an exploitation flick. This is because it's shot with such style and flourish by director Walter Hill that 37 years on, it's still as pertinent as ever.


Released at a time when Mel Gibson found his popularity on the wane for various reasons, Apocalypto is one of the actor-director's finest movies. Shot on digital, Apocalypto rattles on at a furious pace, mixing old-fashioned storytelling (about Mayan culture) with huge smatterings of violence.

Ip Man

Donnie Yen may have a starring role in Star Wars: Rogue One, but it's in Ip Man where he truly shines. The story revolves around the retelling of the grand master who created the Wing Chin style kung fu and also happened to teach Bruce Lee. The film is frenetic, the action impressive and there's also a strange Mike Tyson cameo. Great stuff.

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Predator sees Arnold Schwarzenegger in his pomp as special forces fighter Dutch. He leads a gaggle of soldiers into the deep forests of Central America to fight a foe that just so happens to be a predator from another planet. Filled with cartoon violence and ridiculous machismo, the movie is big and dumb but that won't stop you from having a smile on your face for the most part.

Big Trouble In Little China

Big Trouble In Little China is brilliant tongue-in-cheek fun. It's John Carpenter putting all of his favourite things. It's East meets Western (Kurt Russell is in full-on John Wayne mode), as truck driver Jack Burton gets himself embroiled in a whole heap of mess when he visits San Francisco's Chinatown. Initially Big Trouble was a box-office flop but strong VHS sales turned it into a cult classic.

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

The Mission: Impossible movies all start to blend into one after a while but Ghost Protocol is far better than it should be, given it's the fourth film in a franchise. That's because of director Brad Bird - best known for The Incredibles - made a propulsive action film, where Tom Cruise and co have to go 'off grid', that zips along at a fantastic pace.

Battle Royale

Kids are the worst. Well, they are when you put them on an island and make them fight to the death until there is only one winner. This Japanese cult classic is a hard watch but it's worth it. It also pretty much inspired the Hunger Games, albeit in a very watered down way.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

You can understand why the Wu-tang Clan loved this movie so much they used it as the basis of the name of their first album. It's a Shaw Bros classic that sees a Ching Dynasty rebel fight through battle after battle and eventually reach the hallowed 36th Chamber. Lovely stuff.


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