50 Best Critically Acclaimed Movies on Netflix

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Last updated: 2019-07-18

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
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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Moonlight


Moonlight 2016
IMDb:   7.4/10

Metacritic:   99/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2017-05-21

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Barry Jenkins

In a crime-infested Miami neighborhood, a gay African-American boy with a drug-addicted mother grows up with the help of a mentoring drug dealer.

Actor(s):   Alex Hibbert, Alex R. Hibbert, Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders, Duan Sanderson, Jaden Piner, Janelle Monae, Jharrel Jerome, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Shariff Earp, Trevante Rhodes

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The Third Man


The Third Man 1949
IMDb:   8.2/10

Metacritic:   97/100

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
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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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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A Separation


A Separation 2011
IMDb:   8.3/10

Metacritic:   95/100

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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Taxi Driver


Taxi Driver 1976
IMDb:   8.3/10

Metacritic:   94/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1976

Director(s):   Martin Scorsese

While looking out for a misguided child prostitute, an unhinged cabbie descends into madness while grappling with society’s moral decline.

Actor(s):   Albert Brooks, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Leonard Harris, Martin Scorsese, Murray Moston, Peter Boyle, Richard Higgs, Robert De Niro, Steven Prince, Victor Argo

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Pulp Fiction


Pulp Fiction 1994
IMDb:   8.9/10

Metacritic:   94/100

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
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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