Best Netflix Original Films

Netflix continues to go from strength to strength. It’s the first choice TV and movie streaming provider for audiences all over the world, particularly in the UK and USA. In this list, we check out some of the best Netflix original films…

Netflix is producing more and more original content, so much that they deserve a list of the Top 10 Original Netflix films. The list highlights the great variety of content Netflix is producing, how many have you seen?

The average person wastes 115 hours a year just trying to find a film to watch. Something the movie recommendation podcast www.downthehallpodcast.com tackles by having a weekly recommendation. The podcast has recommended a number of Netflix originals, most recently the dramatic and tense Mudbound.

What would make your list of best Netflix original films?

10. Okja (2017)

best netflix original filmsAn unique film worth watching for its unusual approach even if the final product is a bit of a jumbled mess. A young girl in South Korea has raised a genetically modified animal for conglomerate Miranda led by the odd Tilda Swindon and must risk everything to save him when the company try to claim him back. It also features a very strange and manic Jake Gyllenhaal performance. Director Bong Joon Ho tries to blend humour with poignancy on the bond between man and animal but it never escapes from the whimsical and odd approach.

9. Mascots (2016)

best netflix original filmsAn uncompromising look into the world of competitive mascots, by the master of mockumentaries, Christopher Guest . This highlights just how diverse the Netflix content is. Don’t expect anything near as good as This Is Spinal Tap, but for fans of Guests work this does amuse during its short running time even if it never reach the heights of previous work such as Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.

8. Gerald’s Game (2017)

best netflix original filmsThis is a Stephen King adaptation so you know it’s not going to be a rom-com! Gerald’s Game features a commanding central performance by Carla Gugino who is left handcuffed to the bed in a remote lake house whilst things go wrong trying to spice up her marriage. A thrilling and uncomfortable film that will leave you talking about that one scene.

7. The Siege Of Jadotville (2016)

best netflix original filmsAn interesting action full of high stakes drama as an Irish commander faces a stand off against French and Belgian mercenaries in the Congo in the early 1960s. There is plenty of well staged battle sequences with a slow escalation to the chest thumping finale. A good if not standout war movie covering an area of history often ignored.

6. Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

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JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND – FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON – PRODUCTION STILLS – Photo: Netflix

A fascinating overdue documentary that looks at how Jim Carrey not only adopted, but fully embodied the odd comedic character of Andy Kaufman on the set of the film Man on the Moon (1999). This footage had been hidden away for some time but Netflix has finally released it with a full and frank interview with Jim Carrey today. The only thing missing is perhaps talking heads from the the director and rest of the cast on Man on the Moon.

5. Imperial Dreams (2014)

best netflix original filmsFresh from his Star Wars fame, John Boyega is tested as a reformed gangster whose family devotion and future is tested as he returns to his old stomping ground. The uncomfortable setting still manages to find a heartwarming story of family bonding and whilst the plot may stretch credulity, Boyega’s grounded performance carries you through.

4. Bright (2017)

best netflix original filmsMauled critically but appreciated by the audience, a buddy cop film with a fantasy twist. The script is lazy in places but the gritty real world setting against orcs, elves and fairies makes for a fascinating watch. This is worth watching for Joel Edgerton’s awkward and naive first orc cop paired with the gruff Will Smith.

3. Beasts Of No Nation (2015)

best netflix original filmsSet in a fictional African country as a child soldier has his childhood and innocence brutally ripped from him by the domineering and forceful commander played by Idris Elba. A harrowing exploration of the mechanics and toll of this type of war.

2. Mudbound (2017)

best netflix original filmsThis is a very worthy awards contender film that is a tough and gruelling watch but a rewarding cinematic character journey. As two men return from World War 2 to work on a farm in Mississippi on different sides of the racial spectrum, a nasty racist undercurrent within the farm bounds the two men.

1. The Fundamentals Of Caring (2016)

best netflix original filmsA delightful and uplifting film that deserves to be seen by as big an audience as possible. This is the perfect movie night film with a charming central performance from Paul Rudd as he learns to accept his past on a road trip acting as a caregiver for a blunt but humorous disabled teen played by Craig Roberts. Delicately directed by Rob Burnett, the comedy and human element make this is a must see.

Over to you: what are your choices for best Netflix original films?

Written and Compiled by Lyndon Wells

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A film geek and cinephile masquerading as a Doctor, husband and father. With my dog Bilbo by my side I seek to prescribe a healthy movie experience through accurate diagnostics. Find me on Twitter: @lwellsfilm

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  1. Dan Grant Reply

    Terrific list. I’ve only seen three of these films (Okja, Gerald’s Game, Bright). I’ll definitely seek some of the films on here. I’d have to add The Babysitter. It’s a terrific little horror film filled with humour, gore and beautiful women. I like my horror films and this one was a nice addition to the genre.

    • Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks Dan
      I am yet to watch the Babysitter – it’s on the watch list thanks
      I can’t recommend Fundamentals of Caring enough great film- let me know what you think

  2. Rory Reply

    Jim and Andy was excellent. Mudbound is a great pick too.

  3. The Humpo Show Reply

    Beasts of No Nation looks to be a riveting and hard-hitting film. Great list.

  4. Rodney Twelftree Reply

    I’ve not seen too many of these (but they’re on my list of ones to catch) but the couple of Netflix films I have seen (Okja, Wheelman, The Open House) has me totally jazzed for all their releases. A studio unafraid to tackle all kinds of storytelling and all manner of ideas is one to savour.

  5. Callum Reply

    Mudbound and Jim and Andy I’ve seen. Loved them both. The others I must add to my list.

  6. ArchE Reply

    What..!? No mention of an Adam Sandler film!? Surely one is worthy! 🙂

    • Dan Reply

      I sense a bit of sarcasm but The Meyerowitz Stories would be a contender for my top 10.

  7. Callum Reply

    The Meyerowitz Stories was really good.

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