UPDATE: Netflix has followed up 2017's hit horror comedy The Babysitter with a hilarious sequel in The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Find out all about this delightfully silly splatter flick below!
If you're new to Netflix and want to find the best movies to watch, or you're tired of browsing the app for 30 minutes before finding something to watch, you've come to the right place. With thousands of movies at your disposal, it's easy to get stuck in binge-watching mode, but finding the honest-to-goodness best films can be a bit of a hassle.
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In an effort to determine the best of the best, we've put together a list of the greatest possible films you can watch – curated by TechRadar editors and backed up with ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes – so that you don't have to sift through the muck. We'll keep this best-of list up to date with the latest movies that are must-watch, so you waste zero screen time searching.
Below, you'll also find a hand-selected list of the top trending newly added movies on Netflix Australia at the moment. Here's what we think you should be watching this month. Alternatively, you could also skip directly to your chosen genre via the drop down menu above!
1. The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Set two years after the events of The Babysitter, the film that introduced the world to the talents of Australia's own Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), The Babysitter: Killer Queen doubles down on its predecessor's colourful and comedic tone, while still delivering ample amounts of blood and gore. Having grown up significantly since the previous film, Cole (Judah Lewis) and Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) find themselves entangled once again with a murderous satanic cult. Critics seem to hate this one, but audiences seem to enjoy it quite a bit, so we suggest checking it out for yourself.
2. Project Power
No thanks to the ongoing pandemic, it's been a long time since the last big superhero movie was released, so chances are you're craving some super-powered action right about now. Thankfully, Netflix has delivered just that with Project Power, a visual effects-driven blockbuster that sees a new illegal drug can grant people superpowers for five minutes at a time. Of course, you won't know what your power is until you take the drug, meaning you could end up exploding, and that wouldn't be so super. Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback, Project Power is en entertaining diversion that will help keep you satisfied until Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984 are released.
3. The Old Guard
Based on the graphic novel by acclaimed comic writer Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, Action Comics), The Old Guard offers a fresh twist on a familiar premise. Andy (Charlize Theron) leads a tight-knit group of immortal warriors who have spent thousands of years in the shadows, protecting humanity through well-meaning mercenary work. However, when a greedy pharmaceutical executive finds out about the team's immortality, their very existence comes under threat. Packed with extreme violence and beautifully choreographed action scenes and fascinating mythology, The Old Guard may very well end up being Netflix's next big film franchise.
4. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Bummed about Eurovision's cancellation this year due to Covid-19? You're in luck, because Netflix's new Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams-starring comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is here to fill the void! Not the satire that many think it is, the film is glorious and sincere love letter to the world's biggest music competition. The film follows the Icelandic pub band Fire Saga which, due to unforeseen circumstances, becomes the country's only eligible submission into the Eurovision Song Contest. With a number of fantastic original songs, and cameos-galore from Eurovision's biggest stars, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga might be the most purely enjoyable crowd-pleaser that Netflix has delivered to date.
5. Da 5 Bloods
Arriving at seemingly the perfect time, right in the middle of a paradigm-shifting cultural movement, Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods feels ripped from the headlines, even as it weaves a story about five African-American vets who return to Vietnam as old men. In dealing with the experience of black GIs drafted into an immoral war, Da 5 Bloods get right to heart of issues that are still prevalent today. That it manages to do so while simultaneously acting as an action-packed (and surprisingly violent) film about buried treasure is a testament to Spike Lee's mastery as a filmmaker. Sure, Da 5 Bloods is at times messy and raw by blockbuster film standards, but Lee has never been concerned with perfection – he's a director who aims for emotional truth, with the urgency of someone who will tell you how he feels in pure, unfettered form.
From Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) comes Extraction, one of the most hard-hitting action blockbusters to arrive on Netflix to date. Our very own Chris Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, an Aussie mercenary with a death wish who accepts missions that most others would run away from. His latest mission is an especially dangerous one – rescue the kidnapped teenage son of an imprisoned drug lord in Dahka, Bangladesh. Of course, he'll have to contend with a ruthless rival drug lord's personal army and an entire force of corrupt cops. Featuring nail-biting action sequences that rival The Raid and John Wick in their intensity, Extraction is an action lover's dream come true. Watch out for show-stopping 12-minute 'single-take' action sequence in the middle of the film – just don't forget to breathe!
7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
Fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt rejoice! The impossibly sunny character and her friends Titus, Jacqueline and Lilian are back in Netflix's new interactive special, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend! Like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch before it, the new special allows the viewer to make decisions throughout the story which could lead the character to unexpected places. Admittedly, many of the choices in Kimmy vs. the Reverend are of the pass/fail variety, meaning your story probably won't chase drastically no matter what you choose. That said, the choices do open up a large number of hilarious jokes, so it's worth trying out choices that you know will fail just for the heck out it (you'll even get some secret jokes by choosing every option). Thankfully, regardless of what you choose, you'll always have a 'do-over', meaning you won't cut the story short by making the wrong choice. Oh, and make sure you click on 'skip intro' to get an additional treat.
8. Uncut Gems
Featuring Adam Sandler's best performance since Punch-Drunk Love, Uncut Gems sees the comedian go darker than ever before. This gritty thriller sees a New York jeweller get in way over his head with a number or gangsters, bookies and loan sharks as he attempts to pull off an enormously risky bet on the NBA finals. With a blaring and chaotic soundtrack that perfectly matches the chaos that's unfolding on-screen, Uncut Gems is designed to keep you stressed out for its entire run time. One of the most anxiety-inducing films you'll ever see, Uncut Gems is one of the few Netflix films that absolutely will not let you 'chill'.
9. Spenser Confidential
Mark Wahlberg stars in his first Netflix Original film with Spenser Confidential, an old-school buddy action film which pairs the actor with Winston Duke (Us, Black Panther). Directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day), the film follows an ex-cop named Spenser (Wahlberg) who gets out of prison and is wrangled into training up-and-coming MMA fighter, Hawk (Duke). Though he planned on turning his life around, Spenser once again finds himself in a whole mess of trouble when some of his old colleagues turn up dead. Eager to find those responsible, Spenser convinces Hawk to help him track down the killers. An action film with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, Spenser Confidential is the kind of flick that may not land on anyone's 'favourite movies' list, but should at least offer an entertaining escape for a couple of hours.
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10. The Irishman
A front-runner for the 2020 Academy Awards, Netflix's original film The Irishman may very well be the most ambitious picture of director Martin Scorsese's celebrated career. In order to tell the story of real-life hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and his interactions with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) over multiple decades, Scorsese employed a team of VFX artists to de-age his cast. More than just another gangster movie, the funereal latter portion of The Irishman indicates an older director and cast pondering their own mortality through the story's doomed characters. If you're put off by the film's length, don't be – The Irishman's three-and-a-half hour runtime practically flies by, and you're likely to be glued to the screen the entire time. It is what it is.
10. Marriage Story
A heartbreaking (and surprisingly funny) film that details a messy divorce from both sides, Marriage Story feels like writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) publicly working through the emotional minefield of his own relationship breakdown as a means of therapy. Featuring a razor-sharp script that feels painfully real, the film is backed by career-best performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, who somehow leave us rooting for both sides and hoping that both parties just find happiness.
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