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The best movies on Netflix Australia: great films you can watch right now

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UPDATE: Leading this year's Oscars with 10 nominations is Mank, from director David Fincher – find out all about this prestigious film 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. 

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!

Finding 'Ohana

A wonderful adventure film that's strongly inspired by The Goonies (it even features a notable Goonies cameo), Finding 'Ohana delivers a heartfelt message about the importance of family and heritage. The film sees a pair of Brooklyn-based siblings return to their ancestral home in rural O‘ahu when their grandfather falls into financial trouble. Before long, one of the kids stumbles onto a secret journal which points to the location of long-lost treasure, causing her to set off on an journey to find the loot and save her family's home. 

IMDB Rating: 6.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Watch Finding 'Ohana on Netflix right now

The White Tiger

Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Arvid Adiga’s 2008 Booker Prize-winning novel is no Slumdog Millionaire. Instead of a charming rags-to-riches story, this is a very real, and dark look into India’s caste system and what life is like for those living in poverty. It’s a gripping tale of a poor, yet ambitious, young man keen to become a driver for a wealthy businessman’s US-educated son. He brings not only loyalty, but servility as well, but his loyalty is challenged when he’s betrayed by his employers. The movie is dark, seething with resentment and cynicism. It also captures, for the most part, what life really is like for India’s poor, portrayed almost perfectly by director Ramin Bahrani and director of cinematography Paolo Carnera. Strong dialogue, great characters and good acting showcases the hypocrisy of the privileged classes, the needs of India’s poor and the underlying corruption that keeps the system churning.

IMDB Rating: 7.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Watch The White Tiger on Netflix right now

Mank

A director best known for dark and twisted projects like Seven, Zodiac, Fight Club and Mindhunter, David Fincher throws out a curveball with Mank, a dramatisation of the days social critic Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) spent writing the first draft of Orson Welles' masterpiece, Citizen Kane. Shot in glorious black and white, Fincher's film does a terrific job of recreating Hollywood's golden era of cinema, and the film's script, penned by the director's late father Jack Fincher, has a fast-paced energy that crackles. It won't be for everyone, but Mank is a great example of a film for cinephiles that probably wouldn't exist outside of the streaming model.

IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Watch Mank on Netflix right now

Stephen Lambrechts

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, and consuming all forms of media at the highest quality possible. He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases or boutique Blu-ray labels.