The Best Movies On Netflix Australia To Stream In 2024
The Killer (2023) starring Michael Fassbender, dir. David Fincher
— Updated on 15 December 2023

The Best Movies On Netflix Australia To Stream In 2024

— Updated on 15 December 2023
Garry Lu
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Garry Lu

The #1 problem with the streaming era? Aside from the fact we’ve essentially reinvented cable television (and now paying out our collective ass), it’s deciding what to watch. Hence why we wanted to curate a list of the best movies on Netflix Australia right now.

From Netflix-produced originals like The Killer, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Uncut Gems; to the classics the streaming giant has licensed such as Gladiator, Moneyball, and In Bruges, there’s plenty to binge.

Check out BH’s official roundup of the best movies on Netflix Australia (as well as what’s trending).



The Best Movies On Netflix Australia (2024)

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Talk To Me (2023)

Talk To Me - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Horror)
Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
7.1/10
MA15+ 1 hour 35 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto
Directed by: Danny & Michael Philippou
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits with an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill and high-stakes party game — until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.

The Killer (2023)

The Killer - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Action)
Rotten Tomatoes Score
86%
IMDB
6.8/10
MA15+ 1 hour 58 minutes
Genre: Action Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Arliss Howard, Charles Parnell, Tilda Swinton, Sophie Charlotte
Directed by: David Fincher
Solitary, cold, methodical, and unencumbered by scruples or regrets, a killer waits in the shadows, watching for his next target. Yet, the longer he waits, the more he thinks he’s losing his mind, if not his cool.

X (2022)

X - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Horror)
Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
6.5/10
R18+ 1 hour 45 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, Scott Mescudi
Directed by: Ti West
A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Action
Rotten Tomatoes Score
96%
IMDB
8.3/10
M 2 hours 11 minutes
Genre: Action Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it.

Tár (2022)

Tar - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Drama)
Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
7.4/10
M 2 hours 38 minutes
Genre: Drama
Stars:
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Noemie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Mark Strong
Directed by: Todd Field
Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother.

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (2021)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On - Best Movies Netflix Australia (Comedy)
Rotten Tomatoes Score
98%
IMDB
7.7/10
PG 1 hour 30 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, Dean Fleischer Camp, Lesley Stahl
Directed by: Dean Fleischer Camp
Marcel (Jenny Slate), a 1-inch-tall shell, lives with his grandmother, Connie, the only residents of their town after their neighbours’ sudden, mysterious disappearance. When discovered by a guest amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans and a new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family.

Action

Man On Fire (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
39%
IMDB
7.7/10
MA15+ 2 hours 26 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Marc Anthony
Directed by: Tony Scott
In a Mexico City wracked by a recent wave of kidnappings, ex-CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington) reluctantly accepts a job as a bodyguard for 9-year-old Lupita (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of wealthy businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony). Just as Creasy begins to develop a fondness for the young girl, a bloodthirsty gunman (Jesús Ochoa) kidnaps her. Now, Creasy must pick off a succession of corrupt cops and criminals to reach his ultimate object of vengeance.

Gladiator (2000)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
80%
IMDB
8.5/10
M 2 hours 35 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Stars:
Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Set in Roman times, the story of a once-powerful general, Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe), forced to become a common gladiator. The emperor’s son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) is enraged when he is passed over as heir in favour of his father’s favourite general. He kills his father and arranges the murder of the general’s family, and the general is sold into slavery to be trained as a gladiator — but his subsequent popularity in the arena threatens the throne.

The Last Samurai (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
66%
IMDB
7.8/10
MA15+ 2 hours 34 minutes
Genre: Action/War
Stars:
Actors: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Koyuki, Timothy Spall, Shin Koyamada, Hiroyuki Sanada
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernised and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the centre of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.

300 (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
61%
IMDB
7.6/10
MA15+ 1 hour 57 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Stars:
Actors: Gerard Butler, David Wenham, Lena Heady, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Rodrigo Santoro
Directed by: Zack Snyder
In 480 BC, a state of war exists between Persia, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Greece. At the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas (Gerard Butler), king of the Greek city state of Sparta, leads his badly outnumbered warriors against the massive Persian army. Though certain death awaits the Spartans, their sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against their common enemy.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
8.8/10
M 2 hours 58 minutes
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Adventure
Stars:
Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson
The future of civilisation rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer: to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Fight Club (1999)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
79%
IMDB
8.8/10
R18+ 2 hours 19 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto
Directed by: David Fincher
A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.

Warrior (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
84%
IMDB
8.1/10
M 2 hours 20 minutes
Genre: Action/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo, Jennifer Morrison
Directed by: Gavin O’Connor
An estranged family finds redemption in the unlikeliest of places: the MMA ring. Tommy (Tom Hardy), an ex-Marine with a tragic past, returns home and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and former wrestling coach, to train him for “Sparta,” the biggest MMA tournament ever held. But when Tommy’s underdog brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), fights his way into the tournament, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
63%
IMDB
8/10
MA15+ 2 hours 32 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen, Arnold Vosloo
Directed by: Edward Zwick
As civil war rages through 1990s Sierra Leone, two men, a white South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a black Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), become joined in a common quest to recover a rare gem that has the power to transform their lives. With the help of an American journalist (Jennifer Connelly), the men embark on a hazardous trek through rebel territory to achieve their goal.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
8.2/10
PG 2 hours 7 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Stars:
Actors: Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Palaeontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Horror

The Shining (1980)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
83%
IMDB
8.4/10
MA15+ 2 hours 36 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorising his family.

Get Out (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
98%
IMDB
7.8/10
MA15+ 1 hour 44 minutes
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents Missy (Catherin Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
96%
IMDB
7.5/10
M 1 hour 30 minutes
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
Stars:
Actors: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward, Leon Russom
Directed by: John Krasinski
If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.

Midsommar (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
83%
IMDB
7.1/10
R18+ 2 hours 28 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter
Directed by: Ari Aster
A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

American Psycho (2000)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
68%
IMDB
7.6/10
R18+ 1 hour 42 minutes
Genre: Horror/Crime
Stars:
Actors: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny
Directed by: Mary Harron
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiancé (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the co-worker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

The Babadook (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
98%
IMDB
6.8/10
M 1 hour 32 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall
Directed by: Jennifer Kent
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

It (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
86%
IMDB
7.3/10
MA15+ 2 hours 15 minutes
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bill Skarsgård
Directed by: Andres Muschietti
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).

Sci-Fi

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
88%
IMDB
8/10
MA15+ 2 hours 43 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Stars:
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoek, Robin Wright
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
97%
IMDB
8.1/10
MA15+ 2 hours
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Stars:
Actors: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Directed by: George Miller
Years after the collapse of civilisation, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armoured truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.

Ready Player One (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
72%
IMDB
7.4/10
M 2 hours 20 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Stars:
Actors: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, James Halliday
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
In 2045 the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.

Arrival (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
7.9/10
M 1 hour 56 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Elysium (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
64%
IMDB
6.6/10
MA15+ 1 hour 49 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Stars:
Actors: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
In the year 2154, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth’s ruins. His life hanging in the balance, a man named Max (Matt Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population, but Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium’s citizens, no matter what the cost.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
7.9/10
M 1 hour 53 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Stars:
Actors: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor
Directed by: Doug Liman
When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight — and his death — over and over again. However, Cage’s fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

Annihilation (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
88%
IMDB
6.8/10
MA15+ 2 hours
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Stars:
Actors: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac
Directed by: Alex Garland
Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

Drama

Uncut Gems (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
7.4/10
MA15+ 2 hours 15 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Adam Sandler, LaKeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Harnett, Idina Menzel
Directed by: Benny & Josh Safdie
Charismatic jeweller Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family, and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
89%
IMDB
7.7/10
MA15+ 2 hours 9 minutes
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Godron-Levitt
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the US government.

The Prestige (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
77%
IMDB
8.5/10
M 2 hours 10 minutes
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi
Stars:
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, David Bowie, Andy Serkis
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Two friends and fellow magicians become bitter enemies after a sudden tragedy. As they devote themselves to this rivalry, they make sacrifices that bring them fame but, with terrible consequences.

Moneyball (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
7.6/10
M 2 hours 13 minutes
Genre: Drama/Sports
Stars:
Actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Reed Diamond
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labelled as flawed, but have game-winning potential. Based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Whiplash (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
8.5/10
MA15+ 1 hour 47 minutes
Genre: Drama/Indie
Stars:
Actors: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang
Directed by: Damian Chazelle
Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man’s life. But Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

8 Mile (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
75%
IMDB
7.2/10
M 1 hour 50 minutes
Genre: Drama
Stars:
Actors: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller, De’Angelo Wilson, Anthony Mackie
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit, a border, a boundary. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy Smith Jr. (Eminem) from where and who he wants to be. A provocative fictional examination of a critical week in Jimmy’s life.

Fences (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
92%
IMDB
7.2/10
PG 2 hours 19 minutes
Genre: Drama
Stars:
Actors: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

A Star Is Born (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
90%
IMDB
7.6/10
M 2 hours 15 minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
Stars:
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot, Rafi Gavron, Andrew Dice Clay, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Once Were Warriors (1994)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
93%
IMDB
7.9/10
MA15+ 1 hour 43 minutes
Genre: Drama-Crime
Stars:
Actors: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Julian Arahanga, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Taungaroa Emile
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
An unemployed Maori living in the Auckland slums, Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) has a terrible temper that he takes out on family and strangers alike. His wife, Beth (Rena Owen), takes regular beatings after he’s been at the pub, and his kids do what they can to sidestep trouble. Nig (Julian Arahanga), the eldest, is joining a street gang; Boogie (Taungaroa Emile) has been placed in a foster home; and Grace increasingly retreats to the pages of her journal.

Two Hands (1999)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
75%
IMDB
7.1/10
MA15+ 1 hour 43 minutes
Genre: Crime/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long, Steve Vidler, Rose Byrne
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
19-year-old strip club promoter Jimmy (Heath Ledger) is just scraping by in the red-light district of Sydney. When local crime lord Pando (Bryan Brown) offers him a shot at working for his syndicate, Jimmy jumps at the chance to deliver a costly package. But, when Jimmy gets jacked by a couple of kids, he’s indebted to the dangerous gangster for $10,000. Running out of time, he schemes to rob a bank to save himself and a beautiful girl he desires (Rose Byrne) from a gruesome demise.

Moonlight (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
98%
IMDB
7.4/10
MA15+ 1 hour 51 minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
Stars:
Actors: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Hibbert, Andre Holland, Jharrei Jerome, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae
Directed by: Barry Jenkins
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support, and love of the community that helps raise him.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
95%
IMDB
7.6/10
M 1 hour 37 minutes
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern
Directed by: Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz
After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally.

Marriage Story (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
95%
IMDB
7.9/10
M 2 hours 16 minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
Stars:
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

Hustle (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
93%
IMDB
7.3/10
M 1 hour 57 minutes
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Juancho Hernangomez, Ben Foster, Kenny Smith, Anthony Edwards, Robert Duvall
Directed by: Jeremiah Zagar
After a down-on-his-luck basketball scout discovers an extraordinary player abroad, he brings the phenom back without his team’s approval.

Crime

Goodfellas (1990)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
8.7/10
R18+ 2 hours 26 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top. Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.

The Departed (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
8.5/10
MA15+ 2 hours 32 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
South Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes under cover to infiltrate the organisation of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy gains the mobster’s trust, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department and reports on its activities to his syndicate bosses. When both organizations learn they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin must figure out each other’s identities to save their own lives.

LA Confidential (1997)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
99%
IMDB
8.2/10
MA15+ 2 hours 18 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Straithairn, Kim Bassinger, Danny DeVito
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father’s killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

Se7en (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
83%
IMDB
8.6/10
R18+ 2 hours 7 minutes
Genre: Crime/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, Kevin Spacey, Richard Roundtree
Directed by: David Fincher
When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and grizzly murders. They soon realise they are dealing with a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills’ wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is pregnant and afraid to raise her child in the crime-riddled city.

Training Day (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
74%
IMDB
7.7/10
MA15+ 2 hours 2 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Cliff Curtis, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
When South Central Los Angeles sees the rise of drug dealers, Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) is trained by Alonzo Harries (Denzel Washington) of LAPD to knock down the bad guys. But soon, his training methods draw objections from others.

Heat (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
89%
IMDB
8.3/10
MA15+ 2 hours 50 minutes
Genre: Crime/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd
Directed by: Michael Mann

Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while also planning one last big heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Hanna (Al Pacino) attempts to track down McCauley as he deals with the chaos in his own life, including the infidelity of his wife (Diane Venora) and the mental health of his stepdaughter (Natalie Portman). McCauley and Hanna discover a mutual respect, even as they try to thwart each other’s plans.

The Gentlemen (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
75%
IMDB
7.8/10
MA15+ 1 hour 53 minutes
Genre: Crime/Action
Stars:
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes — including bribery and blackmail — from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
96%
IMDB
8.1/10
M 2 hours 21 minutes
Genre: Crime/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline — all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame: at the age of 17, Frank Abagnale Jr became the most successful bank robber in the history of the US. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him.

Gone Girl (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
88%
IMDB
8.1/10
MA15+ 2 hours 29 minutes
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Stars:
Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit
Directed by: David Fincher
Former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a portrait of a blissful marriage to the public. However, when Amy goes missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. The resulting police pressure and media frenzy cause the Dunnes’ image of a happy union to crumble, leading to tantalising questions about who Nick and Amy truly are.

Layer Cake (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
81%
IMDB
7.3/10
MA15+ 1 hour 45 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Daniel Craig, Colin Meaney, Kenneth Granham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
An unnamed mid-level cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) in London makes plans to step away from the criminal life. Before he can cut ties, the dealer’s supplier Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) draws him into a complicated pair of jobs involving kidnapping the teenage daughter of a rival gangster (Michael Gambon) and brokering the purchase of a large shipment of ecstasy pills from a dealer known as “the Duke” (Jamie Foreman), leading to a series of elaborate double-crosses from all corners.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
80%
IMDB
8.2/10
R18+ 3 hours
Genre: Crime/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs, and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.

Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
75%
IMDB
8.1/10
MA15+ 2 hours
Genre: Crime/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steve Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Sting
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Harry cheats and Eddy loses, giving him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds or hand over his father’s pub. Desperate, Eddy and his friends wait for their neighbours to rob some drug dealers, then rob the robbers in turn. After both thefts, the number of interested criminal parties increases, with the four friends in dangerously over their heads.

War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
90%
IMDB
8.3/10
R18+ 1 hour 56 minutes
Genre: War/Action
Stars:
Actors: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened “Joker” by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D’Onofrio), nicknamed “Gomer Pyle,” as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering — and eventually participating in — the bloody Battle of Hué.

American Sniper (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
72%
IMDB
7.3/10
MA15+ 2 hours 12 minutes
Genre: War/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban, Keir O’Donnell
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission — protect his comrades — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

Fury (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
76%
IMDB
7.6/10
R18+ 2 hours 14 minutes
Genre: War/Action
Stars:
Actors: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood
Directed by: David Ayer
In April 1945, the Allies are making their final push in the European theater. A battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), leading a Sherman tank and a five-man crew, undertakes a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Hopelessly outnumbered, outgunned and saddled with an inexperienced soldier (Logan Lerman) in their midst, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds as they move to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
90%
IMDB
7.8/10
MA15+ 2 hours 27 minutes
Genre: War/Action
Stars:
Actors: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Moritz Klaus, Adrian Grunewald, Edin Hasanovic
Directed by: Edward Berger
War breaks out in Germany in 1914. Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) and his classmates quickly enlist in the army to serve their fatherland. No sooner are they drafted than the first images from the battlefield show them the reality of war.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
97%
IMDB
7.5/10
MA15+ 2 hours 11 minutes
Genre: War/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Following the death of their well-respected Staff Sergeant in Iraq, Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) find their Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit saddled with a very different team leader. Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) is an inveterate risk-taker who seems to thrive on war, but there’s no denying his gift for defusing bombs.

The King (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
71%
IMDB
7.3/10
MA15+ 2 hours 20 minutes
Genre: War/Historic
Stars:
Actors: Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Andrew Havill
Directed by: David Michod
Young Henry V (Timothee Chalamet) encounters deceit, war and treachery after becoming King of England in the 15th century, in the aftermath of his brother’s death.

Comedy (Non-Standup)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
7.8/10
MA15+ 2 hours 1 minute
Genre: Comedy/Action
Stars:
Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Hot-shot police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) smells foul play when the residents of a sleepy Somerset village start to die in terrible accidents. Something’s afoot and he must work with daft local plod Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) to find out what.

The Hangover (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
79%
IMDB
7.7/10
MA15+ 1 hour 40 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. In fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can’t remember a thing; nor can they find Doug. With little time to spare, the three hazy pals try to re-trace their steps and find Doug so they can get him back to Los Angeles in time to walk down the aisle.

The Nice Guys (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
91%
IMDB
7.4/10
MA15+ 1 hour 56 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Action
Stars:
Actors: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourice Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualey, Keith David, Kim Bassinger
Directed by: Shane Black
Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.

In Bruges (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
85%
IMDB
7.9/10
MA15+ 1 hour 47 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Crime
Stars:
Actors: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jeremie Renier
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium to hide out until things cool down. Ray hates the medieval city they land in, but Ken finds its beauty and peacefulness enchanting. Their experiences become increasingly surreal and possibly life-changing as they encounter tourists, locals, an American dwarf and a potential romance for Ray.

Step Brothers (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
55%
IMDB
6.9/10
MA15+ 1 hour 38 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn
Directed by: Adam McKay
Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) have one thing in common: they are both lazy, unemployed leeches who still live with their parents. When Brennan’s mother and Dale’s father marry and move in together, it turns the overgrown boys’ world upside down. Their insane rivalry and narcissism pull the new family apart, forcing them to work together to reunite their parents.

The Other Guys (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
79%
IMDB
6.6/10
M 1 hour 47 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Action
Stars:
Actors: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson
Directed by: Adam McKay
Unlike their heroic counterparts on the force, desk-bound NYPD detectives Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) garner no headlines as they work day to day. Gamble relishes his job as a paper pusher, but Hoitz is itching to get back on the street and make a name for himself. When a seemingly minor case turns out to be a big deal, the two cops get the opportunity to finally prove to their comrades that they have the right stuff.

The Big Short (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
89%
IMDB
7.8/10
M 2 hours 10 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Biopic
Stars:
Actors: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock
Directed by: Adam McKay
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

The Squid & The Whale (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
92%
IMDB
7.3/10
MA15+ 1 hour 21 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Older sibling Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) sides with dad and acts out at school, while younger brother Frank (Owen Kline) quietly backs up mom. The household tension rises further when Joan’s writing career takes off and surpasses the failed ambitions of her professor ex-husband.

Kicking & Screaming (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
57%
IMDB
6.7/10
M 1 hour 36 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Stars:
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Showrunner: Josh Hamilton, Olivia d’Abo, Chris Eigerman, Parer Posey, Jason Wiles, Cara Buono, Carlos Jacott, Elliot Gould
Four college graduates avoid making real decisions about their futures. They refuse to move forward in their lives, each in their own unique way.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected) (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
92%
IMDB
6.9/10
MA15+ 1 hour 52 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Estranged siblings come together to celebrate their father and his work as an artist. Harold Meyerowitz’s (Dustin Hoffman) children reunite in New York.

Romance

Before Sunrise (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
100%
IMDB
8.1/10
M 1 hour 45 minutes
Genre: Romance/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Directed by: Richard Linklater
On his way to Vienna, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets Celine (Julie Delpy), a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the US departs the next morning and he has no money for lodging, they wander the city together, taking in the experiences of Vienna and each other. As the night progresses, their bond makes separating in the morning a difficult choice.

Before Sunset (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
94%
IMDB
8.1/10
M 1 hour 20 minutes
Genre: Romance/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Directed by: Richard Linklater
A sequel to Before Sunrise, this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
88%
IMDB
7.8/10
PG 2 hours 4 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Sihung Lung, Kuei-mei Yang, Chien-lien Wu, Yu-wen Wang, Winston Chao, Ah-Leh Gua, Sylvia Chang
Directed by: Ang Lee
Master Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is semi-retired and lives at home with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), a religious chemistry teacher; Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu), an airline executive; and Jia-Ning (Yu-wen Wang), an employee at a fast-food joint. Life at the family’s house revolves heavily around preparing and eating an elaborate dinner every Sunday. The stability of these meals gives them all strength as they deal with new romantic relationships and disappointments.

Love Actually (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
64%
IMDB
7.6/10
M 2 hours 9 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

The Bodyguard (1992)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
38%
IMDB
6.3/10
M 2 hours 9 minutes
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Stars:
Actors: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs, Ralph Waite
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Best-selling pop diva Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) has a stalker whose obsession has risen to the level of disturbing threats. At the urging of her manager (Gary Kemp), Rachel hires former secret service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard. Initially resented and treated with disdain for his hard-nosed security procedures, Farmer soon becomes an integral part of Rachel’s inner circle. As they spend more time together, client and protector become closer still.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
71%
IMDB
7.8/10
M 2 hours 46 minutes
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Stars:
Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mahershala Ali, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton
Directed by: David Fincher
Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flickers in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
79%
IMDB
7.4/10
M 1 hour 58 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily (Julianne Moore). Cal’s seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies.

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
55%
IMDB
7.2/10
M 1 hour 52 minutes
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Stars:
Actors: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
92%
IMDB
7.7/10
M 2 hours 2 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Chris Tucker
Directed by: David O’Russell
After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
40%
IMDB
6.7/10
MA15+ 1 hour 52 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Stars:
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Handsome pharmaceutical salesman Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) always has good luck with women. A chance encounter with Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a free-spirited Parkinson’s patient, leads to a sexual relationship. As Jamie and Maggie become closer, each must question if a serious commitment is in their future.

The Notebook (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Score
54%
IMDB
7.8/10
PG 2 hours 4 minutes
Genre: Romance/Drama
Stars:
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

In the streaming platform’s history (as of November 2023).

English

TitleHours ViewedRuntimeViews
#1. Red Notice454,200,0001 hour 58 minutes230,900,000
#2. Don’t Look Up408,600,0002 hours 23 minutes171,400,000
#3. The Adam Project281,000,0001 hour 47 minutes157,600,000
#4. Bird Box325,300,0002 hours 4 minutes157,400,000
#5. The Gray Man299,500,0002 hours 9 minutes139,300,000
#6. We Can Be Heroes231,200,0001 hour 41 minutes137,300,000
#7. The Mother265,900,0001 hour 57 minutes136,400,000
#8. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery320,300,0002 hours 21 minutes136,300,000
#9. Extraction266,900,0001 hour 58 minutes135,700,000
#10. Extraction 2278,700,0002 hours 4 minutes134,900,000

Non-English

TitleHours ViewedRuntimeViews
#1. Troll178,600,0001 hour 44 minutes103,000,000
#2. The Platform129,700,0001 hour 34 minutes82,400,000
#3. Nowhere146,500,0001 hour 49 minutes80,600,000
#4. Through My Window116,000,0001 hour 54 minutes61,100,000
#5. AKA125,900,0002 hours 4 minutes60,900,000
#6. Blood Red Sky124,800,0002 hours 3 minutes60,900,000
#7. My Name Is Vendetta86,500,0001 hour 32 minutes56,400,000
#8. Black Crab103,300,0001 hour 55 minutes53,900,000
#9. All Quiet On The Western Front129,400,0002 hours 29 minutes52,100,000
#10. Below Zero86,700,0001 hour 47 minutes48,600,000

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What are the best movies to watch on Netflix Australia right now?

Some of the best movies to watch on Netflix Australia right now include Blade Runner 2049, The Big Short, Heat, The Departed, Goodfellas, Tar, The Last Samurai, It, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, The King, Hustle, Uncut Gems, Moneyball, The Other Guys, and plenty more.

What are the best new movies on Netflix Australia?

The best new movies to stream on Netflix Australia in 2024 include Talk To Me, The Killer, X, Top Gun: Maverick, Tar, and Marcel The Shell With Shoes On.

What new movies are coming to Netflix in 2024?

New movies coming exclusively to Netflix in 2024 include The Brothers Sun, Good Grief, and Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver. More originals (and licensed content) will be announced as the year progresses.

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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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