50 Best Critically Acclaimed Movies on Netflix UK

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Last updated: 2019-07-17

Looking for what to watch on Netflix? If you follow critic ratings more than others, here’s a list of 50 best critically acclaimed movies on Netflix UK streaming right now.

Boyhood


Boyhood 2014
IMDb:   7.9/10

Metacritic:   100/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Richard Linklater

After divorcing, a mother and father continue to share the task of guiding their young son through youth and adolescence, and finally to adulthood.

Actor(s):   Elijah Smith, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette

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Some Like It Hot


Some Like It Hot 1959
IMDb:   8.2/10

Metacritic:   97/100

Genre:   Comedy, Romance

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1959

Director(s):   Billy Wilder

When two musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, they get out of town the only way they know how dressed as women.

Actor(s):   Billy Gray, George E. Stone, George Raft, Jack Lemmon, Joan Shawlee, Joe E. Brown, Marilyn Monroe, Nehemiah Persoff, Pat O'Brien, Tony Curtis

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ROMA


ROMA 2018
IMDb:   8.0/10

Metacritic:   96/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2018-12-14

Year:   2018

Director(s):   Alfonso Cuaron

Director Alfonso Cuaron delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of domestic life and social hierarchy set against Mexico's political turmoil of the 1970s.

Actor(s):   Carlos Peralta, Diego Cortina Autrey, Marina de Tavira, Yalitza Aparicio

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Mean Streets


Mean Streets 1973
IMDb:   7.3/10

Metacritic:   96/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2016-11-02

Year:   1973

Director(s):   Martin Scorsese

In director Martin Scorsese's look at New York City's Little Italy, a small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

Actor(s):   Amy Robinson, Cesare Danova, David Proval, George Memmoli, Harvey Keitel, Richard Romanus, Robert De Niro, Victor Argo

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Zero Dark Thirty


Zero Dark Thirty 2012
IMDb:   7.4/10

Metacritic:   95/100

Genre:   Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2012

Director(s):   Kathryn Bigelow

Helmed by Kathryn Bigelow, this gripping dramatization chronicles the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Actor(s):   Callan Mulvey, Chris Pratt, Edgar Ramirez, Harold Perrineau, James Gandolfini, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Strong, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Reda Kateb, Scott Adkins

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The Social Network


The Social Network 2010
IMDb:   7.7/10

Metacritic:   95/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2010

Director(s):   David Fincher

Director David Fincher's biographical drama chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Harvard sophomore to Internet superstar.

Actor(s):   Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Brenda Song, Bryan Barter, David Selby, Denise Grayson, Douglas Urbanski, Jesse Eisenberg, John Getz, Josh Pence, Justin Timberlake, Max Minghella, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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Carol


Carol 2015
IMDb:   7.2/10

Metacritic:   95/100

Genre:   Drama, Romance

Available From:   2017-01-01

Year:   2015

Director(s):   Todd Haynes

A wealthy married woman and a female department store clerk begin a forbidden affair in the 1950s that leads to both heartache and liberating joy.

Actor(s):   Carrie Brownstein, Cate Blanchett, Cory Michael Smith, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Kevin Crowley, Kyle Chandler, Nik Pajic, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003
IMDb:   8.9/10

Metacritic:   94/100

Genre:   Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2003

Director(s):   Peter Jackson

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Actor(s):   Ali Astin, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen

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The Hurt Locker


The Hurt Locker 2008
IMDb:   7.6/10

Metacritic:   94/100

Genre:   Drama, War

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2008

Director(s):   Kathryn Bigelow

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Actor(s):   Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Pearce, Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes

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Schindler’s List


Schindler's List 1993
IMDb:   8.9/10

Metacritic:   93/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1993

Director(s):   Steven Spielberg

Oskar Schindler becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz during World War II.

Actor(s):   Andrzej Seweryn, Beatrice Macola, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Friedrich von Thun, Jonathan Sagall, Liam Neeson, Malgoscha Gebel, Mark Ivanir, Ralph Fiennes, Shmulik Levy

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