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The best 90 minute movies on Netflix

Fantastic 90-minute Netflix movies.

The best 90 minute movies on Netflix
Marc Chacksfield
27 March 2021

Not everyone wants to spend forever watching a movie. While some wallow in epic films, there are many of us who just want to watch one of the best 90 minute movies on Netflix.

We will of course be watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League but, at four hours’ long, it’s one of the most butt-numbing films of all time. That runtime puts it up there with the likes of Once Upon A Time In America and Gone With The Wind.
It’s the sort of movie that, if watched at the cinema (remember those?) it would be a two-toilet tripper, and that’s not taking into account beer consumption.

If you haven’t got the stomach for 240 minutes of superheroes looking for magic boxes, then we present the following: the best Netflix movies that are 90-ish minutes or under (well, give or take a few minutes).

You could watch two of these and still have change left over to watch a couple of Schitt's Creeks. Bonus!

The best 90 minute movies on Netflix

The best 90 minute movies on Netflix

1. Zombieland

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Runtime: 88 minutes

While the sequel didn’t quite deliver, the first Zombieland is a flab-free zombie movie that sees Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and others heading through the US to find a place of sanctuary away from the pesky walking dead.

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Runtime: 91 minutes

Friday is a stoner classic that focuses on the day in the life of Ice Cube’s Craig Jones who ain’t got no job or shit to do but does owe a local thug $200, and doesn’t have the cash. While Cube is great, it’s Chris Tucker as Smokey who utterly steals the show.

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Runtime: 85 minutes

Jonah Hill swaps acting for directing, creating a movie that captures the good and the bad of the ‘90s. It’s melancholic in mood, focusing on a 13 year old who starts hanging around with older kids, showing him tantalising glimpses of adulthood. It doesn’t feel like a movie, as the acting is so natural. Brilliant stuff.

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4. Corpse Bride

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Runtime: 77 minutes

Tim Burton’s dark animation is a work of twisted beauty. It’s a macabre romance that shares the same stop-motion look as A Nightmare Before Christmas, a film Burton produced. It’s not quite as spectacular as Nightmare but there is still a lot to love here.

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Runtime: 90 minutes

Shot for next to nothing but still packing a gut-busting punch, Blue Ruin is the shocking tale of someone returning back to their hometown, only for violence to erupt. Despite the short runtime, director Jeremy Saulnier slowly ratchets up the tension in this movie to the point that it becomes unbearable. Macon Blair’s central performance - recently seen in I Care a Lot - is heart-rending.

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Runtime: 90 minutes

Endlessly quotable and packed with brilliant cameos and laughs, Zoolander is certainly of its time but it really does still hold up. Ben Stiller is ace as Derek Zoolander, the hapless model turned would-be assassin, and Owen Wilson’s Hansel is silliness personified. The sequel on the other hand...

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Runtime: 93 minutes

Netflix is really upping its horror game and His House is one of its homegrown efforts. It’s a haunted house story that’s been soaked in the real horrors of trying to seek asylum in the UK. As much as the scares the house offer are frightening, the system that immigrants go through to get help is just as scream inducing.

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8. The Fundamentals of Caring

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Runtime: 97 minutes

This one has been a mainstay in our best cult movies list and it’s a beauty. Starring Paul Rudd as a carer who helps out a depressed Craig Roberts by taking him out on a road trip. The film tackles heavy themes with ease while staying true to its light comedy roots.

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Runtime: 93 minutes

Another movie that feels more like a documentary, thanks to the fantastic acting of all the children involved. Rocks is about two children abandoned by their mother and the community around them that try and help figure the situation out. Rocks is up for seven BAFTAs and deserves every single one of them.

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10. Fruitvale Station

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Runtime: 85 minutes

Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut is just effortless in its take on the brutal and racially charged story of Oscar Grant. Michael B. Jordan, fresh from Friday Night Lights, is superb as Grant, while the supporting cast - including a menacing Kevin Durand - are all brilliant.

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