The best Netflix movies available now, from Spike Lee joints to Oscar-nominated epics
We have a new addition to the best Netflix movies! The Harder They Fall joins our list of the finest movies on the streaming service – and rightly so. The debut movie from Jeymes Samuel is one whip-smart Western and not one to be missed. Make sure you watch it this weekend if you haven’t already devoured the Tarantino indebted flick.
Elsewhere, we have Bo Burnham’s hilarious Inside, more than a few Oscar-nominees, and some hidden gems from Netflix’s huge catalog of films. Best of all, everything below is available in the UK and US, meaning you can enjoy the best Netflix movies on whichever side of the pond you’re on. Enjoy!
The best Netflix movies to watch right now
- The Harder They FallIt’s estimated that a quarter of cowboys were Black, but you’d never know it from Hollywood westerns, which so whitewashed American history that Mel Brooks found provocative humor in having a Black man holding the reins in 1974’s Blazing Saddles. Like Mario Van Peebles’ 1993 oater Posse, The Harder They Fall by Jeymes Samuel (aka London singer/songwriter The Bullits) looks to change things up and have a blast doing it, with its starry Black cast trading shots in thrilling sequences of stylized violence set to quality music.
Many of the larger-than-life characters in The Harder They Fall are historical figures. But Samuel and his co-writer Boaz Yakin (Now You See Me, 2012’s Safe) aren’t past playing fast and loose with history themselves, albeit in less harmful ways. So what we have here is a fictional revenge tale that entangles lives that, in some cases, never did cross, as Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) – aka Deadwood Dick – reconvenes his old gang, including former flame Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), to take down fearsome outlaw Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). Only Buck has reteamed with his own posse – ‘Treacherous’ Trudy Smith (Regina King), Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and more. Also in the volatile mix is legendary US Marshal Bass Reeves (Delroy Lindo). An almighty gunfight is on the blood-rimmed horizon…
Bo Burnham’s Inside isn’t your normal comedy special. Made and released during the Coronavirus pandemic, Inside is unlike anything else during the same period. It starts off laugh-out-loud funny, with some great songs about white women’s Instagram profiles and Facetiming with your parents. However, it soon looks inward, with Burnham addressing depression, turning 30, Jeff Bezos, and a growing discontent with the internet. We won’t spoil anything more, but the overall experience is a thought-provoking film that will have you rethinking your relationship with being inside for months on end…