The best movies on Netflix UK (April 2020): great Netflix films to stream today

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The best movies on Netflix right now

The best movies on Netflix right now

The Terminator is a horror movie. A low-budget, cult one at that and a far cry from where the franchise had found itself. Watch the original again and you’ll be surprised at just how grindhouse the film is. Arnold Schwarzenegger is terrifying at the Terminator, while Linda Hamilton’s performance as Sarah Connor – the one being targeted – starts off as ‘woman in peril’ and morphs brilliantly into the heroine that we know and love from the second movie.

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FBI trainee Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster) is tasked with talking to Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins) about a recent spate of murders. The thing is, the talks take place within a maximum-security asylum because Lecter is a psychiatrist-turned-cannibal who knows a thing or two of his own about murdering people. It’s a fantastic thriller filled with psychological twists and turns as well as a fair amount of gore and suspense.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

The film that put Quentin Tarantino’s name on the map, then proceeded to blow a hole through said map with a shotgun. Reservoir Dogs remains a visceral treat with one of the tensest denouements in cinematic history, as a crew of violent criminals pick through the bloody aftermath of a bungled jewellery store heist. The question of who is to be trusted soon becomes secondary to who will get to keep all their body parts.

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Inglorious Basterds (nope, that’s not a typo) is an alternate history about plans to assassinate Nazi Germany’s Nazi leaders. It follows the story of a French Jewish cinema owner (played by Melanie Laurent) and a team of Jewish American solders led by Aldo Raine (played by Brad Pitt). It’s fun, gory and full of all the violence and smart dialogue you’d expect from a Tarantino movie.

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Starring real-life couple John Kransinski and Emily Blunt (and written and directed by the former), The Quiet Place is one of the tensest horror movies you will ever watch. The premise: monsters that prey on people are roaming the world. They have super hearing so any survivors have to walk around in silence to survive. It’s a shame the sequel has been delayed but we’re glad the original is now on Netflix.

 

The best movies on Netflix right now

The brilliant thing about Netflix is that you can watch movies and TV shows on whatever screen you want – even your phone. Please don’t do this when watching Dunkirk, Chris Nolan’s war masterpiece. The film – which follows three different people and timelines in the world war II – needs to be watched on the biggest screen possible with the loudest sound system. It’s that good.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

This movie singlehandedly moved Hong Kong kung-fu cinema away from the cult cinemas and into the mainstream and all thanks to its star, Bruce Lee. The plot is a little hackneyed (a bunch of fighters are brought to an island by a rich stranger and are told to fight each other) but the action is some of the best you will ever see. There’s a reason this movie has been rehashed by the world’s best action directors and doted upon by Quentin Tarantino – although the Bruce Lee scene in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a disappointment -it’s fantastic fun.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

Written and directed by the fantastic James Garland (of The Beach and Annihilation fame), Ex Machina follows the story of Caleb (played by Domhnall Gleeson), who wins a contest at work to meet the founder of the company he works for, the reclusive Nathan (played by Oscar Isaac). But all isn’t as it seems in Nathan’s super fancy and futuristic home in the middle of nowhere. He claims he wants Caleb to test one of his AI creations, but really his motives are much more nefarious. This is a nail-biting sci-fi movie that not only looks fantastic and harks to classic gothic fiction, but poses some interesting philosophical questions about artificial intelligence, consciousness and what it means to be human.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

Before he ventured into Blade Runner territory, director Denis Villeneuve made this superb, dark thriller about a missing girl and her friend. Hugh Jackman stars as the father who takes matters into his own hands when the police leads lead to nothing. Things get very dark indeed, but this is a brilliant edge-of-you-seat rollercoaster.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

Jake Gyllenhaal shines in the lead role of Nightcrawler as Louis Bloom, a man who records violent scenes and car crashes late at night around Los Angeles before selling the footage to a local TV station. It’s a hard-hitting thriller that raises important questions about journalism and the public’s desire to be the first to see horrific scenes on their TV. It received widespread critical acclaim when it was released in 2014 and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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When it comes to screen chemistry, not many movies can beat the spark that can be found between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation. It’s a beautiful lo-fi movie, filled with fantastic music and an underlying feeling of alienation and being alone in a strange country. Murray is an actor in Japan doing a commercial, where he meets Johansson – someone who seems to give his life purpose.

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Some movies aren’t meant to be enjoyed, but experienced. This is one of these movies. Whatever brutality besets those on the screen, just remember that these events happened in real life. 12 Years A Slave is an astonishing piece of work by director Steve McQueen. It holds a mirror up to a part of US (and British) history that should not be forgotten – watch this movie and we assure you that you won’t forget it anytime soon.

Perhaps the greatest animation ever made (it’s certainly the best thing by Studio Ghibli), Spirited Away is a masterclass of emotions. Filled with the supernatural and the wonderful you have some to expect from anime, the movie focuses on Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who is unhappy about moving house. It turns out, though, her new home is near something called The Land of Spirits. Beautiful stuff.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

And there was us thinking that the DCU was dead and buried. It tried, and failed, to emulate what Marvel did but where Man of Steal showed promise, Batman V Superman was too dark and let’s not talk about Justice League. Wonder Woman, though, is a fantastic romp – it’s World War historical setting works, er, wonders for the movie and Gal Gadot is sublime as Wonder Woman. The best thing is that Chris Pine could have been cast as the overbearing leading male, but he is very much in the shadow of Gadot. We can’t wait to see what Wonder Woman 84 brings.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

Comedy classic Dumb and Dumber may be 26 years old now (wow!) but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as funny as it was the first time we saw it. Starring comedy duo Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels it’s about two friends who go on a road trip to return a briefcase full of cash to its rightful owner.

Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbour Totoro is now on Netflix – and will be one of the first of many new Ghibli movies coming to the streaming platform soon. This 1988 animated movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of two girls (Satsuki and Mei) who befriend wood spirits.

The best movies on Netflix right now

One of the most stressful movies you will ever watch, Uncut Gems should come with an anxiety warning. But it is worth it as this is one of the best movies of the year, and some of the best work Adam Sandler has done. The plot is slight: a jeweller tries to pull off something that will make him a whole lot of money – unless it goes wrong and then everything is at stake.

When a movie by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay arrives, everyone needs to sit up and pay attention. You Were Never Really here is perhaps her best yet. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as an enforcer embroiled in the capture of a teenage girl, it’s a slow-moving brutal film that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. Not one for a fun Saturday afternoon viewing then, but make time for it and you will be rewarded.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

“I hear you paint houses?” That line sets the scene for The Irishman, an epic 3.5 hour movie that is everything you want from a Martin Scorsese / Robert DeNiro link-up. This is a film about Frank Sheeran, a hitman and his ties to the mob. It spans decades and while the de-aging doesn’t always work, this is a movie that demands to be watched on the biggest screen possible – slightly ironic, given many of you will be giving it a spin on your smartphones first.

The best movies on Netflix right now

Tim Burton may have gone off the boil of late, but the movies he made with Michael Keaton are still utterly sublime. A year before Batman, Keaton teamed up with Burton for Beetlejuice, a macabre comedy about a mischievous spirit who helps a newly dead couple try and rid their (old) home of its new occupants. It’s fantastical, goofy and dark – and it’s all held together by the brilliance of Keaton’s central performance. Say his name three times, go on… we dare you.

The best movies on Netflix right now

Director David O’Russel knows how to get performances out of his actors, and Fighter his perhaps his greatest achievement. The movie is about a boxer given a chance to achieve greatness and get out of the shadow of his older brother, who could have been a contender buy has been ravished by drugs. It’s a tale of fighters delicately told, with duelling performance by Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

The best movies on Netflix right now

A smart and thoughtful movie about a man who becomes obsessed with one of his daughter’s friends. Although the movie’s marketing is centred on this obsession (and of course, it plays a central role in the movie), it also examines the lives of other characters. It’s a little dark and Kevin Spacey is in the lead role so if you want to pass on this one for obvious reasons, we understand.

Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman star in this classic 1969 drama about an unlikely friendship between prostitute Joe Buck (played by Voight) and conman Ratzo Rizzo (played by Hoffman). Based on a 1965 novel of the same name, it scooped three Academy Awards when it was first released and is considered one of the best American films ever made.

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It’s great to see Eddie Murphy back to his best in this biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian in the 70s who hits the big time with his rude, crude alter ego – a pimp named Dolemite. Moore made a big-screen version of Dolemite, dipping his toes into the blacksploitation movement at the time but he’s also seen as one of the forefathers of rap. This movie brilliantly shows off all of this and more.

Marriage Story is a devastating but poignant look at a marriage slowly breaking up and the effects it can have when there is a child in the picture. This is Noah Baumbach’s latest, and best, drama and is loosely based on the filmmaker’s own divorce experience. It stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson and is a must watch (but bring some tissues).

The best movies on Netflix right now

We don’t think it’s a coincidence that Netflix has added Contagion to its movie catalogue this month – and it’s already proving to be a big streaming hit. It turns out there must be something oddly cathartic about watching a movie about a pandemic that has similarities to what we’re going through right now – but in actual fact is much worse. Of course you’d expect that from a Hollywood movie about a pandemic. There’s great performances here from the likes of Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne. But having said that, if you’re worried about what’s happening right now, it might be best to skip this one and check out something lighter instead.

The best movies on Netflix right now

Margot Robbie’s career is filled with fantastic performances. Whether it’s the manipulative wife in Wolf of Wall Street, the brilliant and barmy Harley Quinn or her royal performance as Mary Queen of Scots, she manages to nail her character every time. Her best, though, is as Tonya Harding in I. Tonya. Every emotion is wrapped up in a true tale that never vilifies or accepts the extremes Harding went to for glory

The best movies on Netflix right now

One of the loveliest movies to come out in recent years, La La Land is a great big throwback to the Hollywood musicals of old. Starring the brilliant Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as two people who fall in love while trying to make it big as an actress and piano player respectively. While it doesn’t turn out quite how you expect, the movie is a love letter of sorts to movies.

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This romantic drama from director Luca Guadagnino won a number of awards when it was first released in 2017. It’s about 17-year-old Elio (played by Timothée Chalamet) and 24-year-old Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) and their sexual relationship over one summer. It was so well received that it’s even been confirmed there’ll be a sequel.

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The best movies on Netflix right now

A coming-of-age movie from Greta Gerwig about a teenager called Christine or ‘Lady Bird’ (played by Saoirse Ronan) growing up in California who is desperate to attend a prestigious east-coast university. It’s about young love, friendship and family, which will have you laughing and, probably, crying in equal measures.

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