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These are the best movies on Netflix right now

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Dec 6, 2020

We know how taxing it is to find something to watch on Netflix, with millions of options that come recommended to you. It can take hours to find the movie that matches your mood. Because of how overwhelming this task is, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to give you a rundown of the best movies to watch on Netflix when you’re on holiday break.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

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Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 35m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99% (Critics) 83% (Audience)

James Baldwin continues to be as vital as ever. He has lived an extraordinary life, leaving behind an unfinished memoir, “Remember This House.” This manuscript is the base for Raoul Peck’s 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.” Four years later, this look into the writer’s life is as important as it was in 2016. The documentary offers a look into the experiences and thoughts of Baldwin himself, in his own words, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. It focuses on his memories of the civil rights movement, offering a deep look into its key figures. This is a history lesson we all need in 2020. 

 

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Genre: Crime, Comedy
Runtime: 1h 56m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83% (Critics) 80% (Audience)

Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the ‘60s classic film “Ocean’s Eleven,” is complete with a star-studded cast and is as admired as the original. It includes characters played by Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Bernie Mac, and Matt Damon among many others. Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, gathers eleven people to steal more than $100 million from three Las Vegas casinos. Fantastic cast aside, the movie is perfectly written and directed, and is among the best heist movies of all-time.

 

Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

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Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 29m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100% (Critics), 78% (Audience)

Kirsten Johnson’s new film, “Dick Johnson Is Dead,” has received a ton of critical acclaim. The film follows Kirsten and her father, who suffers from dementia, as they go about acting out various scenarios in which he dies. Sounds morbid, but don’t be fooled by the storyline, as this documentary is lively and offers a magical take on love, life, and death.

 

Fargo (1996)

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Genre: Crime/Thriller
Runtime: 1hr 28m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% (Critics) 93% (Audience)

If you’ve been watching the new season of Fargo and are obsessed with it, it may be time to watch the iconic film. The creation of the Coen brothers, this could easily be their most impressive work to date. Following the story of a pregnant police chief in Minnesota, the film investigates homicides related to a car salesman. The story is clever, thrilling, and keeps you on your feet for its entire duration. The beautiful filming, hauntingly mesmerizing score, and engrossing story make Fargo one of the best movies of the twentieth century. 

 

I Lost My Body (2019)

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Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 21m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96% (Critics) N/A (Audience)

This is one of the most critically acclaimed animated movies of 2019, and it just hit Netflix. “I Lost My Body” won the coveted Nespresso Grand Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, making it the first animated film to do so. It centers on a young man named Naofel, played by Hakim Faris, as he falls in love with a librarian—all this after he loses his hand in an accident. But there’s a twist to this, and you have to watch the movie to find out what it is. Trust us, it won’t be lame.

 

Knock Down The House (2019)

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Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 27m
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99% (Critics) 20% (Audience)

Immediately after the 2016 election, director Rachel Lears began working on a documentary about female politicians. She sought out female candidates who were motivated by the result of the elections to represent their communities. In this iconic and seminal documentary, Lears profiles Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia, Amy Vilela of Nevada, and Cori Bush of Missouri. This crucial documentary is a testament to the fact that there is an incredibly exciting surge of hard-working grassroots politicians who are working day and night to make the world a better place for everyone.