Netflix is the video game’s ultimate 800pound gorilla with almost 4,000 titles available for download, and new ones are being added all the time. That’s quite a lot of material! We screened hundreds of films to bring some entertainment gems out of the rough, including entries in diverse genres, Netflix originals, and brand new service titles.

  1. Class of ’83(2020), Best Hindi Crime Drama:
Bobby Deol in Class of '83

IMDb rating: 6.4
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Starring: Bobby Deol, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Anup Soni
Director: Atul Sabharwal
Motion Picture Rating: TV-14
Duration: 98 minutes

The story of an upright policeman-turned-trainer whose wards deal with various complexities.

2. Les Miserables (2012):

Les Misérables 2012 promotional image

IMDb rating: 7.6
Genre: Drama, History, Musical
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Director: Tom Hooper
Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
Duration: 158 minutes

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

3. September of Shiraz (2015):

Selma Hayek in Septembers of Shiraz

IMDb rating: 6.1
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Salma Hayek, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Adrien Brody
Director: Wayne Blair
Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
Duration: 110 minutes

Prior to the Iranian revolution, it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandons everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

4. IBR (2019): Best Horror movie of an evil apartment:

Nicole Brydon Bloom in 1BR

IMDb rating: 5.8
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Nicole Brydon Bloom, Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols
Director: David Marmor
Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated
Duration: 90 minutes

Sarah tries to start anew in LA, but her neighbors are not what they seem.

5. Night Comes on (2018):

Dominique Fishback in Night Comes On

IMDb rating: 6.6
Genre: Drama
Starring: Dominique Fishback, Jill Rene, Tatum Marilyn Hall
Director: Jordana Spiro
Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated
Duration: 86 minutes

Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10-year-old sister that could destroy their future.

6. Lingua Franca (2019), best LGBT themed film:

Isabel Sandoval in Lingua Franca

IMDb rating: 6.4
Genre: Drama
Starring: Isabel Sandoval, Eamon Farren, Lynn Cohen
Director: Isabel Sandoval
Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
Duration: 89 minutes

Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex (Eamon Farren), Olga’s adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

7. John Was Trying To Contact Aliens (2019): Documentary

John Shepherd in John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

IMDb rating: 6.1
Genre: Documentary, Short, Biography
Starring: John Shepherd, John Litrenta
Director: Matthew Killip
Motion Picture Rating: TV-PG
Duration: 16 minutes

John Shepherd spent 30 years trying to contact extraterrestrials by broadcasting music millions of miles into space. After giving up the search he makes a different connection here on Earth.

8. Jurassic Park (1993):

Sam Neil faces off with a T-Rex in Jurassic Park

IMDb rating: 8.1
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Steven Spielberg
Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
Duration: 127 minutes

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

9. Being John Malkovich (1999):

John Cusack in Being John Malkovich

IMDb rating: 7.7
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Starring:  John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Director: Spike Jonze
Motion Picture Rating: R
Duration: 97 minutes

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star John Malkovich.

10. The Perfection: Best Romantic Psychological thriller with LGBT characters

Logan Browning and Allison Williams play violin in The Perfection

IMDb Rating: 6.1
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Alaina Huffman
Director: Richard Shepard
TV Rating: TV-MA
Duration: 90 minutes

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.