The 25 best films to watch on Netflix right now – The Sun

IF you're stuck on what to watch during lockdown season, then look no further.

Here is a guide to which Netflix movies you should feast your eyes on to pass the time during self-isolation.


Sandra Bullock stars as a mum who tries to protect her two children against all odds.

The world is thrown into chaos with this post-apocalyptic thriller film, which sees sight prove to be humanity's biggest threat.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 58%

2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

If teen rom-coms are your favourite then this ticks every box. With newcomers Lara Condor and Noah Centineo in high school portraying a fake relationship, what could go wrong?

A heart-warming film series based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jenny Han. Also starring Sex and the City's John Corbett.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86 %.


This heart-pounding thriller by director Mike Flanagan follows the story of a deaf woman living alone in the woods.

Secluded and existing in a silent world, this young woman has to fight her way to safety after a psychotic killer appears outside her window. With no one around for miles, it proves to be a bloody battle for survival.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 73 %.

4. Ladybird

Saoirse Ronan stars as a teenager whose turbulent relationship with her very Christian mother  is in focus.

The protective woman come to blows with her daughter over issues like sex, boyfriends and university.

Laurie Metcalf's character is loving, opinionated and strong-willed, grappling with the fact that while she struggles to keep her family afloat, her daughter is exploring her own awakening.

With appearances from Timothée Chalamet and set in an economically-shifting California in 2002, it'll no doubt bring up a whole load of conflicting feelings for viewers.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 79 %.

5. A Quiet Place

For the chatterboxes who don't know when to stop, what would you do if you had to keep your lips shut or risk dying?

This spine-chilling thriller shows the lengths that parents Emily Blunt and John Krasinski go to when making any sounds threatens their survival in an Earth invaded by aliens. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 83 %.

6. The Duff

If you're a sucker for clichés, then this one has your name written all over it.

The DUFF (or designated ugly fat friend) shows a typical high school experience for the friend who is pushed to the side in favour of their cooler counterparts.

Robbie Amell guides his next door neighbour and childhood friend through the the dating scene.

The only problem is there's feelings involved that may not end well for the pair…

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 66 %.

7.Call Me By Your Name

Powerful, melancholy and affectionate portrayals of love acted out by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

Chalamet plays 17-year-old Elio Perlan, the American-Italian who's close to his father and enjoys reading and transcribing.

When Oliver (Hammer) arrives as a charming American Scholar, the two embark on a beautiful awakening that will change their lives forever.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86%.

8. The Irishman

This crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he looks back on his work for the Bufalino crime family.

As an older man and WWII veteran he reflects on all of his prolific hits and debates his involvement in the disappearance of his good friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86 %.

9. Spirited Away

Studio Ghibli made up a part of everyone's childhood and Spirited Away is a standout success.

The Oscar-winning production follows Chihiro, who is led to a mysterious town where her parents turn into pigs after eating the local food.

On a mission to find her parents once they go missing and adamant to find her way home, Chihiro befriends Haiku in this mystical tale.

Set in Japan, the original language is Japanese but there's both English dubbing and subtitles available.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 97%.

10. Clueless

A 90's classic, perfect for when you need an uplifting film with plenty of laughs.

Based on the lives of the ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverley Hills high school.

The satirical take on the pampered upper-class girls who care more about the right clothes than grades is popular to this day.

Starring Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone, you'll be in for some laughs, eye-catching outfits and witty comebacks.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 76 %.

11. Someone Great

This post break-up film will have you laughing, crying and feeling enlightened.

The story follows three young women living in New York dealing with all the trials and tribulations of falling in and out of love.

Not to mention how the independent gals are paving their own way in their respective careers. Starring She's Gotta Have It's DeWanda Wise, Pitch Perfects Brittany Snow and Jane The Virgin's Gina Rodriguez.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 65%.

12. Isn't It Romantic

Rebel Wilson is back as New York City architect Natalie whose trying her hardest to get noticed at her job.

While delivering coffee and bagels, she is desperate to be following her passion instead of menials tasks.

After being rendered unconscious by a mugger, she discovers that she now exists in a romantic comedy and despite her cynical outlook on love, she's now the leading lady.

With appearances from Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 70 %.

13. Orphan

A spine-chilling horror that's guaranteed to serve jump scares and take the viewer through a world of confusion.

After the loss of their unborn child, Kate and John decide to look past their crumbling marriage and adopt a child.

Going to the local orphanage they stumble upon a young lady named Esther.

However, all is not as it seems when she arrives and an alarming series of events start to unfold.

Kate notices and tries to save her family before it's too late, with limited success…

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 63 %.

14. As Above So Below

Set in Paris, explorers get more than they bargained for when they begin to roam around in the underground of the French capital.

The catacombs provide the backdrop for this horror flick. A journey of madness and terror, this psychological thriller explores the human psyche at its most unsettling.

Delving into personal demons, the protagonists must find their way back to the surface to escape.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 40%.

15. Dumplin'

Jennifer Aniston is the mother of a young plus-size teen who wants to win a beauty contest.

Being a former beauty queen, Aniston doesn't support her daughters dreams as she thinks there are too many obstacles in the way.

A heart-warming, uplifting drama centred around revolutionising the way a small Texas town thinks.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 74 %.

16. Spy

When in need of a good laugh, look no further than this James Bond-esque spoof.

Melissa McCarthy is desk-bound CIA analyst who is sent into the field on dangerous missions. Feeling unequipped and having had her former partner (Jude Law) fall off the grid she goes undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer in order to prevent global pandemonium. Action comedy with Jason Statham and Rose Byrne.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 78%.

17. Boss Baby

Need something to watch with the kids that won't make you fall asleep? Look no further than this.

DreamWorks Animation introduces an unusual baby who wears a suit and speaks with the voice of Alec Baldwin.

When Boss Baby is taken to a new family home, his brother, 7-year-old Tim tries to figure out what Boss Baby's purpose really is. Drawing on the message of the importance of family, this heart-warming film is definitely one to watch.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating:  52 %.

18. Burlesque 

This feel-good flick will have you up and dancing.

Christina Aguilera stars as a young performer who leaves her hometown of Iowa, arriving in a Los Angeles burlesque lounge with the dream to take her voice to the stage.

The sensual dance club is owned by none other than diva Cher, who lends her support to the young songstress during testy times.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating:  64%.

19. Ocean's Eleven 

George Clooney and Brad Pitt can still leave fans swooning when they pull off a bank heist.

They band together a group of ex-cons to rob 150 million dollars from an underground vault that serves three of Las Vegas's biggest casinos. Teaming up with nine other men, the criminal specialists co-ordinate a heist to end all heists.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 80 %.

20. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black team up to get themselves out of a game that they found in their high school basement.

The highly successful reboot of the classic is family friendly and gives guaranteed laughs as the four try to make sure they aren't stuck in the game forever. Also starring Nick Jonas.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating:  87 %.

21. Bring It On: All Or Nothing

The sequel to the original cult classic follows Brittany Allen, who has to make new friends when her wealthy family moves to a new town.

Combining the concept of cheerleading with other forms of dance, she finds her place with her new pals, only to face off against her previous school posse. Starring Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles, get your high kicks ready.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating:  70%.

22. Divergent 

The thrilling action-adventure is set in a dystopian world where people are divided into district factions based on human virtues.

Battling through the system and finding out information about the higher ups on her terms, Tris (Shailene Woodley) enlists the help of her faction in order to uncover the conspiracies that their leader (Kate Winslet) is hiding. Also starring Theo James.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 69 %.

23. Now You See Me

Brace yourselves for some mystifying magic tricks, as The Four Horseman try to outwit an elite FBI squad that wants to take down the super-team of illusionists.

The Four Horseman pull off a series of elaborate stunts, starting with draining a bank of all its money and Mark Ruffalo leads an FBI task force to find out how.

But all is not what it seems, so keep an eye out for a twist of epic proportions.

Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco pull off some spectacular stunts in this blockbuster.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 70 %.

24. Nappily Ever After

Sanaa Lathan has the seemingly perfect life until a devastating event throws all her plans into chaos.

When her life begins to unravel she starts seeing the life she truly wants to live, rather than following the path laid out for her.

Drawing on real experiences, this eye-opener is educational and refreshing to the secret experiences of those living around us.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 73%.

25. Warm Bodies

A love story like no other, this poignant tale shows the power of human connection in the zombie apocalypse.

After a zombie epidemic, an unusual zombie encounters a human and the two form a special relationship.

Their struggle for survival in a lifeless world presents all sorts of challenges, but love proves to be the cure to the pandemic nobody saw coming.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 81 %.

All the titles above are available to stream on Netflix. For more recommendations check out our round-up of Netflix's best series.

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