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

The best Netflix movies right now - fantastic movies to stream.

The best movies on Netflix (February 2020): great Netflix films to stream today
Becca Caddy
20 February 2020

These are the best movies on Netflix, the great flicks old and new that have arrived on the service recently and are already proving to be popular. Netflix has made quite the name for itself as a purveyor of top quality, original TV content. But that’s only half the story for the world’s premier streaming service. It’s also a great source of films, from Originals to classics, blockbusters to indie films.

UPDATE:February has had a great start so far when it comes to new Netflix movies, there's Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler, Lady Bird, a fantastic coming-of-age story directed by Greta Gerwig and the beautifully-animated Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbour Totoro. Now there's also another fantastic watch: the Nazi-fighting Inglorious Basterds, a violent, fun and typically Tarantinoesque film with an all star cast, including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent.

That's one of the main reasons we love the Netflix film library, it may not be comprehensive, but it does turn up its fair share of established cinematic treats. Netflix also seems to be getting better and better at producing its own original movies. We’re not saying Roma was robbed at the Oscars, but yeah. Roma was robbed at the Oscars.

Here, then, is a round up of some of the best recent additions to the Netflix film library. Do keep in mind that the non-Netflix Originals will likely be on borrowed time, so don’t drag your feet on pressing that play button if you see something you like. Some titles tend to stay on Netflix for years, others are gone within a month or so.

The best movies on Netflix right now

The best movies on Netflix right now

1. Goodfellas

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There’s never a bad time to rewatch Martin Scorsese’s hugely influential gangster epic, which is an adaptation of a true story recounted by Nicholas Pileggi. Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, who went from tough mob enforcer to FBI informant over the space of 25 chaotic years. Goodfellas became famous for a whole bunch of reasons, not least of which is a memorable turn from Joe Pesci as the psychotic mobster Tommy DeVito.

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2. Reservoir Dogs

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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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3. Silence of the Lambs

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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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4. Ex Machina

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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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5. The Terminator

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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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One of the first blockbusters, Jaws is a masterpiece of suspense cinema. We may not see much of the titular shark, but its presence is felt throughout the entire movie. The small fishing town of Amity finds itself terrorised by a killer Great White shark, and it's up to its police chief to save the day.

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7. Lost in Translation

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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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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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9. Enter The Dragon

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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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10. The Irishman

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"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.

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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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The classic 1960 horror film Psycho is now showing on Netflix and it's truly one of the most eerie and suspenseful movies ever made – famously without any actual violence shown on screen. It's directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and it's about a secretary (played by Janet Leigh) and her stay at a motel, run by Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) where things are not as they seem.

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13. Prisoners

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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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14. You Were Never Really Here

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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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15. Nightcrawler

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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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16. Uncut Gems

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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.

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17. Blade Runner 2049

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It may not have gotten the box-office return that it deserved but that doesn't stop this sequel to Blade Runner from being one of the most visually arresting movies you will see. The plot follows K, a new replicant officer who finds himself mixed up in one of the biggest mysteries of them all. It's slow paced, but brilliant executed and blends seamlessly into the Blade Runner world Ridley Scott originally created.

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18. Marriage Story

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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).

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19. My Neighbour Totoro

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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.

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20. Inglorious Basterds

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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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21. Call Me By Your Name

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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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22. Wonder Woman

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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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23. Lady Bird

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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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24. Midnight Cowboy

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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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