50 Best Critically Acclaimed Movies on Netflix

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Last updated: 2019-05-19

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 streaming right now.

Boyhood


Boyhood 2014

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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Pan’s Labyrinth


Pan's Labyrinth 2006

Genre:   Drama, Fantasy, War

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2006

Director(s):   Guillermo del Toro

Young Ofelia meets a mythical faun who claims she is destined to become princess of the Underworld. But first she must carry out three perilous tasks.

Actor(s):   Alex Angulo, Ariadna Gil, Cesar Bea, Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Manolo Solo, Maribel Verdu, Roger Casamajor, Sergi Lopez

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The Third Man


The Third Man 1949

Genre:   Crime, Drama, Mystery

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1949

Director(s):   Carol Reed

After arriving in post-World War II Vienna, unemployed pulp novelist Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry has died in an accident. Compelled to investigate the death, Holly slowly uncovers startling revelations about Harry's life.

Actor(s):   Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard

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ROMA


ROMA 2018

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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A Separation


A Separation 2011

Genre:   Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2011

Director(s):   Asghar Farhadi

An Iranian couple split up over his decision to stay in Iran and care for his aging father. But then he hires a stranger to do most of the caretaking.

Actor(s):   Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi, Kimia Hosseini, Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Sahabanu Zolghadr, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh

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Carol


Carol 2015

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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Pulp Fiction


Pulp Fiction 1994

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1994

Director(s):   Quentin Tarantino

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Actor(s):   Laura Lovelace, Samuel L. Jackson

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The Hurt Locker


The Hurt Locker 2008

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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Apocalypse Now


Apocalypse Now 1979

Genre:   Drama, War

Available From:   2015-06-03

Year:   1979

Director(s):   Francis Ford Coppola

During the Vietnam War, Capt. Willard is sent to Cambodia on a top-secret mission to terminate Col. Kurtz, who's gone completely insane.

Actor(s):   Albert Hall, Aurore Clément, Christian Marquand, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

Genre:   Comedy

Available From:   2018-04-14

Year:   1975

Director(s):   Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

The Monty Python comedy clan skewers King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they quest far and wide for the Holy Grail.

Actor(s):   Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Neil Innes, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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