While much of the world spends its time in quarantine, arguably now is the best time to sit back and watch some of the best originals Netflix has to offer. Below are the top 50 Netflix originals for April 2020.
Here are our picks for the best original movies on Netflix for April 2020:
- 1 50. All the shiny places
- 2 50. The babysitter
- 3 49. Gerald's Game
- 4 47. Imperial dreams
- 5 46. I no longer feel at home in this world
- 6 45. Winter on fire – Oscar nominee
- 7 44. Our souls in the night
- 8 43. Christmas Chronicles
- 9 42. A Shaun the Sheep movie: Farmageddon
- 10 41. The other side of the wind
- 11 40. Virunga
- 12 39. Between two ferns: the movie
- 13 38. The foundations of care
- 14 37. Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
- 15 36. 1922
- 16 35. Always know my maybe (2019)
- 17 34. First they killed my father
- 18 33. Meyerowitz's stories
- 19 32. High Flying Bird
- 20 31. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
- 21 30. private life
- 22 29. Mowgli: the legend of the jungle
- 23 28. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
- 24 27. uncorked
- 25 26. To all the boys I've loved before
- 26 25. On body and soul – Oscar nominee
- 27 24. 13th – Oscar nominee
- 28 23. Crip Camp
- 29 22. Outlaw King
- 30 21. Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
- 31 20. The wandering land
- 32 19. The King
- 33 18. The Buster Scruggs Ballad
- 34 16. Homecoming: una película de Beyonce
- 35 15. Jim y Andy: el gran más allá
- 36 14. Yo soy madre
- 37 13. The Two Popes – Oscar Nominated
- 38 12. Beasts of No Nation
- 39 11. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
- 40 10. Dolemite is My Name
- 41 9. Bird Box
- 42 8. Icarus – Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature
- 43 7. Klaus
- 44 6. Okja
- 45 5. Mudbound
- 46 4. The Little Prince
- 47 3. ROMA – Oscar Winner
- 48 2. The Irishman – Oscar Nominated
- 49 1. Marriage Story – Oscar Nominated
50. All the shiny places
Director: Brett Haley.
Cast: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O & # 39; Hara, Lamar Johnson
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: February 28, 2020
IMDb: 6.5 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 79%
One of the most polarizing movies on Netflix in 2020, All the bright places He was a true prankster in his attempt to tackle mental health, as he did very well in the source material. Judge Smith was excellent in his portrayal of Theodore Finch, giving what could be said to be his best professional performance to date.
Violet Markey and Theodore Finch meet and change their lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they unite and discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.
50. The babysitter
Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Released on Netflix: October 13, 2017
IMDb: 6.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 71%
A new twist on horror / comedy, this fun blood festival is a modern twist on Home alone-history style. Twelve-year-old Cole Johnson is challenged by his friends to spy on his babysitter & # 39; Bee & # 39; to see what gets up too while he's supposed to be asleep, which starts out as a simple game of truth or challenge between Bee and his friends. she is brought home, to Cole's horror, he witnesses a demonic ritual, trapped by his friends. Cole must fight for his life to stop Bee and his murderous friends.
While not critically acclaimed, this was certainly a remake of the horror / comedy genre. A fun movie and one to watch out for on the Netflix catalog.
49. Gerald's Game
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Released on Netflix: September 29, 2017
IMDb: 6.7 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 91%
As expected from an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, this movie is one of the most tense in the original library that performed well both among fans and critics.
Set in rural Alabama, this movie is about a couple trying to spice up their sex lives with disastrous consequences, turning into fantastic psychological horror.
As you would expect from a superbly written Stephen King novel, the characters are well developed and, most importantly, the tension that his books manage to build so well carries over to the film's equivalent. A must watch.
47. Imperial dreams
Director: Malik Vitthal
Cast: John Boyega, Rotimi, Glenn Plummer, De’aundre Bonds
Released on Netflix: February 3, 2017
IMDb: 6.8 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 91%
Reformed gangster Bambi tests his devotion to his family when he gets out of prison and returns to his old neighborhood.
Technically one of the oldest originals on Netflix, the film initially released in early 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. It wasn't until three years later that Netflix collected the exclusive rights to stream the movie.
Initially, this is one of John Boyega's first major lead roles, his captivating performance shows why he went on to star in Star Wars, one of the largest franchises in film history. Cynical and less glamorous than other L.A. gangster movies Imperial dreams gives you an insight into the fight of a post-imprisoned black man.
46. I no longer feel at home in this world
Director: Chris Smith.
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance, Elijah Wood
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released on Netflix: January 19, 2017
IMDb: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 88%
After being robbed, a depressed woman named Ruth and her nasty neighbor set out to search for the thieves, but they soon face a group of dangerous criminals.
Best described as a dark comedy, this film takes you on a journey you least expect to embark on and has been largely forgotten in the Netflix library.
The performance is fantastic with a remarkable performance by Melanie Lynskey and a great debut as Macon Blair's feature film director. This film produces a feeling of realism. While some may view that as a depressing feature, it sheds light on what's wrong with the world, and thus makes it a more captivating movie to watch.
45. Winter on fire – Oscar nominee
Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Cast: Bishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton, Serhii Averchenko, Kristina Berdinskikh
Released on Netflix: October 9, 2015
IMDb: 8.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 88%
A civil rights movement breaks out in Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly turns into a violent revolution.
Powerful, captivating, and heartbreaking, this documentary was nominated for an Oscar after its release in 2015, and it's understandable to see why. If you were unsure of what happened in Ukraine in the winter of 2013/2014, you will witness heartbreaking first-hand accounts of what Ukrainian protesters had to face to fight for their freedom of expression. What started as peaceful protests almost tore the country apart.
44. Our souls in the night
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Judy Greer, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Matthias Schoenaerts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: September 29, 2017
IMDb: 6.9 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 89%
Addie Moore, a widow, and Louis Waters, also a widower, have lived side by side for years. When Addie tries to establish a connection with her neighbor, the two begin to sleep together in bed platonically, with the innocent aim of alleviating their shared loneliness. However, as their relationship deepens, they each deal with pain and loss, and a true romance begins to flourish.
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford meet to participate in this very sweet and moving film. Delving into how the soul copes with loss, this charming film will pull the fibers of the heart.
43. Christmas Chronicles
Director: Clay Katis
Starring: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Released on Netflix: November 22, 2018
IMDb: 7.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 68%
Brother Teddy and sister Kate Pierce plan to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. After the plan goes disastrously wrong, the sibling couple must help Santa Claus and his elves save Christmas.
At the time of writing, the movie has already been viewed more than 20 million times and has become an annual clock for us here on What’s on Netflix.
Kurt Russell's casting as Jolly Saint Nick was fantastic.
42. A Shaun the Sheep movie: Farmageddon
Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan
Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Chris Morrell, Andy Nyman, David Holt
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Released on Netflix: February 14, 2020
IMDb: 6.9 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 97%
A surprise package, to say the least, A Shaun the Sheep movie: Farmageddon It is one of the best animated movies that comes to Netflix for quite some time.
Since Aardman stopped producing more Wallace and Gromit movies, Shaun the Sheep has taken over and has become immensely popular with families around the world. One that you and the whole family can enjoy.
Mossy Bottom Farm is ready for an out-of-this-world adventure when a UFO crashes nearby. Shaun quickly befriends the alien who landed at one blow and soon learns that his new friend possesses strange powers. With a dangerous organization determined to capture the alien, Shaun the Sheep and his new friend flee.
41. The other side of the wind
Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Oja Kodar, Peter Bogandovich, John Huston, Susan Strasberg,
Released on Netflix: November 2, 2018
IMDb: 7.2 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 81%
An aging director returns to the film industry after his self-imposed exile. Hoping to reignite his failed career, director John Huston creates a flamboyant comeback movie.
The last film by the legendary filmmaker took almost 50 years to launch since its production began in 1970. The film could be considered a self-reflection of how Orson Welles may have felt during the making of this film.
While the film has not had the same impact as Citizen Kane, The other side of the wind it's a swan song suitable for a director a long time ago.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Cast: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo
Genre: Documentary, War
Released on Netflix: April 17, 2014
IMDb: 8.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 100%
A team of brave people risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.
Sometimes we forget the evil that humanity can commit and the dangers of our civilization and what the world's ecosystems do. This heartbreaking documentary will keep you on hold and tear your emotions as you will have to deal with the heartbreaking account of the plight of gorillas to survive and those who protect them.
It is an innovative document that should have the same lasting impact that Blackfish achieved.
39. Between two ferns: the movie
Director: Scott Aukerman
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Mekdara, Mo Zelof, Phil Hendrie
Released on Netflix: September 20, 2019
IMDb: 6.1 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 77%
Zach had a dream, a dream of "becoming a star".
Be careful what you wish for as Zach becomes an online laughingstock after Will Ferrell uploads his Between Two Ferns program to Funny or Die. In an effort to restore his reputation, Zach and the crew hit the road interviewing high-profile celebrities along the way.
After a six-year hiatus, Zach and his ferns returned for even more fun and provocative interviews with celebrities.
If you're a fan of the YouTube series, this has a lot of fan service, but honestly, the most satisfying part of the movie is the final blooper reel.
38. The foundations of care
Director: Rob Burnett.
Starring: Alex Huff, Donna Biscoe, Paul Rudd, Julia Denton
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: June 24, 2016
IMDb: 7.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 78%
Selena Gomez is no stranger to Netflix, as she produces the infinitely popular Netflix Original series, 13 reasons why. However, before this quaint comedy starring her and Paul Rudd was published.
The comedy sought to tear apart the stigmata of disabilities when a writer caught in the past meets a disabled boy and then they venture out together on a road trip. It's a nice story that has a great ending and a fun soundtrack.
Despite the fact that Paul Rudd is now best known for his role in Ant-Man, we believe this is his defining role, as it only shows that not all superheroes wear capes.
37. Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
Director: Ben Wheatly
Cast: Taylor Swift
Genre: Musical, Reality
Released on Netflix: December 31, 2018
IMDb: 8.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 100%
Mega Pop-Star takes the stage for their fifth world tour in stadiums. Performing his latest and greatest music on his phenomenal ensemble, Taylor wowed millions of fans worldwide.
Netflix then produced a documentary, but for pure entertainment value, this is one of the best Netflix concert productions to date.
Director: Zak Hilditch
Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard
Genre: crime, drama, horror
Released on Netflix: October 20, 2017
IMDb: 6.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 87%
Rancher Wilfred James conspires to murder his wife Arlette for financial gain and convinces his teenage son Henry to participate.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, 1922 is a wonderful, absolutely suspenseful movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you explore what guilt can do to the human mind.
The script was written and directed by Zak Hilditch and its adaptation is definitely a must. Even Stephen King, known for his panoramic adaptations of his work, praised the film.
35. Always know my maybe (2019)
Director: Nahnatchka Khan.
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Ashley Liao
Genre: Comedy, Romantic
Released on Netflix: May 31, 2019
IMDb: 7/10 | Rotten tomatoes: 91%
Marcus and Sasha have been lifelong friends, ever since they were children, the couple has always been close, but was never romantically involved. Finally, as adults, Sasha is single and Marcus, who has been in love with her for many years, is building up the courage to invite her out. At the last minute, to ask her feelings over the phone, he asks to meet her the next day, only to have Sasha tell Marcus that she met someone the night before.
As with most Netflix original romantic comedies, they hit most of the right notes and are incredibly popular and probably thanks to a surprise appearance by Keanu Reeves, this title was no different.
34. First they killed my father
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released on Netflix: September 15, 2017
IMDb: 7.2 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 88%
Amid the sudden and terrifying rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Loung Ung, a 7-year-old girl, must fight for her survival.
According to one child's narrative, this is one of Angelina Jolie's 6 directing credits and is hands down the best to date.
With an emphatic approach to the excitement a child goes through during a moment of great turmoil, this film was handled beautifully. Well received by critics and audiences at home, this humorously crafted movie is a highlight of the Netflix library.
33. Meyerowitz's stories
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: October 13, 2017
IMDb: 7/10 | Rotten tomatoes: 92%
Sandler abandons his traditional comedy in your face for a beautifully written movie with fantastic talent involved.
Ultimately, the film is about a broken family with two children who have spent their lives vying for their father's attention. Both of them have taken different directions in their lives and neither seems to be good enough for their father.
The movie is called comedy, but it's actually more of a drama interspersed with subtle humor and family dynamics that is three-dimensional and realistic. If none of the other Netflix Sandler movies are to your liking, this is the movie for you and is from the same director as Marriage Story, another favorite from the Netflix Original movie library.
32. High Flying Bird
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Zazie Beetz, Andre Holland, Bill Duke, Caleb McLaughlin, Sonja Sohn
Genre: drama, sport
Released on Netflix: February 8, 2019
IMDb: 6.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 92%
During an NBA lockout, a high-profile sports agent seeks to change the industry after launching a controversial opportunity at a rookie basketball client.
Incredibly, the entire film was shot on iPhone, and the level of creativity used in working with the camera is one of the main reasons the film has received praise.
However, this movie will most likely surprise you or ask you what this fuss is about.
31. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Director: David Slade
Cast: Will Poulter, Fionn Whitehead, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry, Craig Parkinson
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science fiction
Released on Netflix: December 28, 2018
IMDb: 7.6 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 74%
It is the year 1984 and the young programmer Stefan Butler is developing his own video game called Bandersnatch. Stefan's choices are your choices, will Bandersnatch become a huge success or will the pressure go to poor Stefan's head? The choice is up to you …
While Bandersnatch may not be credited for being the first interactive title on Netflix, it is certainly now the best known.
Most fans may have preferred an actual movie / episode, but all credit to Netflix and the Black Mirror team for putting together an enigmatic title like Bandersnatch. It was groundbreaking at launch, and while not everyone's cup of tea, it really demonstrates Netflix's power to innovate in the movie space.
30. private life
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Emily Robinson, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: October 5, 2018
IMDb: 7.1 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 93%
Middle-aged couple Richard and Rachel have been desperate to start a family. On multiple occasions, they failed to conceive a child and even assisted reproduction resulted in failure. Without much hope of having a child, they turn to their sister-in-law's daughter for help hoping to have a child.
While Private Life is one of the last films available to stream on Netflix, the film debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was well received by critics for its handling of such a sensitive nature story.
The movie is designed to take you on a roller coaster of emotions, and for the most part, it manages to get it right.
29. Mowgli: the legend of the jungle
Director: Andy Serkis.
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: December 7, 2018
IMDb: 6.7 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 53%
Orphan Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves after the tiger Shere Khan killed his parents. As he grows up, Black Panther Bagheera and Baloo the Bear teach him the rules and laws of the jungle. But as his attempt to officially join his wolf pack draws nearer, Shere Khan's threat looms over the jungle.
There have been many adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's novel over the years and many would have thought it too soon after the 2016 Disney adaptation. But with Andy Serkis in the director's seat, it's clear how much influence he had on the animation. of the movie. The movie took many years to finally launch, but what a show it is.
It is a great account of a story known around the world.
28. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
Directors: Joe Murray, Cosmo Segurson
Cast: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Short
Released on Netflix: August 9, 2019
IMDb: 7.1 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 91%
In 1996, the Australian Wallaby that aired on Nickelodeon disappeared from our screens.
More than 20 years later, Rocko has returned from space only to discover that his home has drastically changed. As Rocko and his friends learn about the wonders and changes of the 21st century, he discovers that his favorite cartoon has been taken off the air!
Return is guaranteed to address issues as well in the 21st century as it did in the last. It is excellently animated and it is a real relief that Netflix managed to save this title from being archived.
Director: Prentice Penny
Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance, Lashun Pollard, Michael Mobley, Robert Cox
Released on Netflix: March 27, 2020
IMDb: 6.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 92%
Elijah dreams of becoming a master sommelier and sharing his passion for wine with the world. Unfortunately, Elijah's hardworking father hopes his son will continue the family business and take over his popular Memphis barbecue restaurant. Torn between family and dreams, Elijah struggles to find a balance between the two.
The highlight for March 2020 was this dramatic little gem, Uncorked. An excellent story about a young man struggling to follow his dreams while the weight of family expectation holds him back is a story that many people can relate to.
26. To all the boys I've loved before
Director: Susan Johnson
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: August 17, 2018
IMDb: 7.3 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 96%
Teenager Lara Jean leads a boring, normal life in high school until the love letters written for her were made public. The content of the letters meant for her eyes only is that Lara is turning her heart and soul to say the things she never could in real life, or more specifically, to all the children she ever loved. Lara's best friend leaked the letters in hopes of getting her a boyfriend. Soon her love life goes from 0 to 100.
Before production, there were many studios interested in producing the film, but almost all wanted to change the main character from Caucasian to Asian. Finally, finding a studio that was happy to progress with an American-Asian leadership, the film went into production. The film itself is very charming and sweet and has become very popular with female audiences, both young and old. Actress Lana Condor can also be credited for a fantastic performance in a role made just for her.
25. On body and soul – Oscar nominee
Director: Ildikó Enyedi.
Cast: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Released on Netflix: February 21, 2018
IMDb: 7.6 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 91%
Two shy and socially awkward coworkers, Maria and Endre, form a special bond through a mysterious mystical connection that manifests itself in a dream.
The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018 and it's easy to see why. This was the comeback movie for director Ildikó Enyedi, who had not directed a movie in over 18 years. She has created a visual beauty with sincerity in her approach for lonely people to find love for each other, albeit through mystical means and with a great performance by the beautiful Alexandra Borbély. The film pulls the feeling factor but in the end it makes you feel satisfied.
24. 13th – Oscar nominee
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales
Genre: Documentary, Crime, History
Released on Netflix: September 30, 2017
IMDb: 8.2 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 96%
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately full of African-Americans.
The documentary delves into America's racial inequality, from post-Jim Crow slavery to segregation to the present day. "13th" is not afraid to take hits with the amount of history it covers in such a short space of time, the amount included in the documentary in 100 minutes is incredible, the fact that it feels almost out of pocket only shows A scale of the problem presented, it would not be a surprise to anyone if they had made a 4-hour documentary, but would have only scratched the surface.
23. Crip Camp
Director: James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham
Gender: Documentary film
Released on Netflix: March 25, 2020
IMDb: 7.7 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 100%
Just as a revolution was continuing in Woodstock, another revolution was taking place along the way as a group of teenage campers fought for the civil rights of disabled citizens.
Crip Camp It is the last Original produced by Obamas, who continue their production of great documentaries. Incredibly empowering and heartwarming, Crip Camp touches on an important fraction of United States history that very few know about during a time of so much civil unrest.
22. Outlaw King
Director: David Mackenzie.
Starring: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Howle, Stephen Dillane
Genre: Historical, Drama
Released on Netflix: November 9, 2018
IMDb: 7.1 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 56%
Scottish king Robert de Bruce flees Scotland after an English ambush destroys his forces. Upon his return to his country, what remains of his forces takes a final stand against the tyrannical English king.
Chris Pine from the beginning delivers a fantastic performance in this historical action drama. Inspired by the events of real history, the gritty and somewhat horrible movie continues to impress. If you expect something like Braveheart, then you might be surprised. Instead of Kilts, the film chooses to offer a historically accurate view of the Scottish rebellion.
It was one of Netflix's big-budget movies of 2018, and while it didn't make it to the zeitgeist, it's still a great watch with excellent production value.
21. Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
Directors: Young Kyun Park, Jhonen Vasquez and Hong-Seung Yoon
Starring: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Ander Berman, Melissa Fahn, Rodger Bumpass
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Released on Netflix: August 16, 2019
IMDb: 7.7 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 100%
More than a decade ago, Invader Zim was last seen on our screens. Thanks to Netflix, everyone's favorite wannabe conqueror has returned to take over planet earth! Fun and overwhelmingly entertaining, critics loved it and we loved it too.
It carries the same charm as the original series when updating the images. It doesn't stray into new themes as much as Rocko's modern life, but overall it's an excellent revival of Nick's classic character.
20. The wandering land
Director: Frant Gwo
Cast: Wu Jing, Ng Man-tat, Qu Chuxiao, Zhao Jinmai, Mike Sui
Genre: science fiction
Released on Netflix: April 30, 2019
IMDb: 6.8 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 76%
The Wandering Land, unknown to many, is one of the biggest films of the year in 2019. With a grossing of millions of dollars at the Chinese box office, the film became China's second highest grossing film of all time.
In the future, the Sun finally begins to expand. Threatened with extinction, humanity powers the earth with thousands of thrusters that send the planet into space in hopes of finding a new solar system to call home. As the planet travels close to Jupiter, a spike in gravity causes Earth's thrusters to lose power. With Earth at risk of colliding with the gas giant, a team of Chinese scientists and astronauts are racing against time to save the world from destruction.
Although it is sometimes difficult to see him as western, it shows that Klout China has particularly when it comes to creating stunning images.
19. The King
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Tom Fisher, Sean Harris, Edward Ashley
Genre: Drama, History
Released on Netflix: November 1, 2019
IMDb: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 72%
Hal, the Prince of Wales, is reluctant to the English throne. After turning his back on royalty and choosing to live among the people instead, Hal is happy with his life. After the death of his tyrannical father, King Henry IV, Hal is crowned the King of England and forced to embrace a life he tried to leave behind. The young king must find his feet as he tries to navigate through politics and war.
King Outlaw fans will absolutely love the King. The King is only the fourth time that Henriad's works have been adapted and, although we may be biased, this is absolutely the best to date.
18. The Buster Scruggs Ballad
Director: Joel and Ethan Cohen
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tom Waits, Brendan Gleeson
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Released on Netflix: November 9, 2018
IMDb: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 92%
Set in six chapters, the anthology film sees each story tell the story of life on the western border.
A sniper, a bank robber, roaming artists, a prospector, a traveler, and a diverse team experience life in the west with their own tragedies, ironies, and successes.
One of our personal favorites of 2018, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was an exceptionally cool and unique experience. The Coen brothers, once again, did not stop interpreting western comedy and, not to mention, spawned the "first time" meme.
17. Strong Island – Oscar nominee
Director: Yance Ford
Cast: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford
Released on Netflix: September 15, 2017
IMDb: 6.4 / 10 | Rotten tomatoes: 100%
When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the murder of a young black man in 1992, it becomes a painfully personal journey as the victim, William Ford Jr., 24, was the filmmaker's brother.
A deeply personal film, director Yance Ford takes you on a grim journey into the investigation of his brother's death. Una película poderosa y desgarradora, Yance puede estar orgulloso del trabajo que realizó para su hermano. Este documental lo llevará en una montaña rusa emocional a las memorias de la vida de un ser querido.
16. Homecoming: una película de Beyonce
Director: Beyonce, Ed Burke
Lanzado en Netflix: 17 de abril de 2019
IMDb: 7.5 / 10 | Tomates podridos: 98%
El debut de Beyonce en Netflix brindó a los fanáticos y suscriptores una mirada en profundidad a todo el trabajo detrás de escena que fue parte de la cautivadora actuación de Beyonce en Coachella.
Está bien producido y atrae a los fanáticos de Beyonce, pero también ofrece mucho para aquellos que no lo están.
15. Jim y Andy: el gran más allá
Director: Macon Blair.
Reparto: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz
Lanzado en Netflix: 17 de noviembre de 2017
IMDb: 7.8 / 10 | Tomates podridos: 98%
Utilizando 100 horas de metraje del set de "El hombre en la luna", el cineasta Chris Smith documenta la transformación de Jim Carrey en el legendario artista y comediante Andy Kaufman.
Un reloj increíblemente fascinante que muestra el nivel de compromiso con actores como Jim Carrey se ha ido para entrar en el personaje. Carrey, que recuerda su tiempo interpretando a Andy Kaufman, es casi una actuación en sí misma, a la vez que un claro recordatorio del nivel de compromiso que se necesita para realizar tal actuación. Este es un documental que debe verse, incluso si lo amas o lo odias, no podría recomendar más esta película.
14. Yo soy madre
Director: Grant Sputore
Elenco: Clara Rugaard-Larsen
Género: Suspenso, Ciencia ficción
Lanzado en Netflix: 20 de junio de 2019
IMDb: 6.9 / 10 | Tomates podridos: 89%
Las películas de ciencia ficción son muy impredecibles en Netflix. Uno de los originales más elegantes y bien presentados hasta la fecha, Soy madre se ha convertido fácilmente en uno de nuestros favoritos al menos en el departamento visual. Una excelente historia y una gran actuación de un elenco condensado que recuerda mucho a 10 Cloverfield Lane.
A raíz de una extinción global que borró a la humanidad de la faz de la Tierra, una adolescente está siendo criada en una instalación subterránea. La atiende es "Madre", un robot cuya función es ayudar a ayudar a la repoblación de la Tierra. But when a blood-drenched woman arrives unexpectedly, the motives of Mother are called into question as the teenage girl begins to wonder what other lies of the outside world she has been told.
As her curiosity leads her to question Mother her true nature is revealed along with the greater mission the robot has been tasked with.
13. The Two Popes – Oscar Nominated
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujin, Luis Gnecco, Cristina Banegas
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: 20th December 2019
IMDb: 7.6/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
One of the best Originals of 2019, Jonathan Pryce’s performance as Pope Francis was universally praised, earning himself an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The chemistry between Pryce and Anthony Hopkins is evident, as is shown through some fantastic comedy and drama that plenty of subscribers can enjoy.
In one of the most dramatic religious events of the past 2,000 years, Cardinal Bergoglio requests his retirement from Pope Benedict. Instead of granting Bergoglio’s retirement, Pope Benedict, in the wake of facing scandal and his own self-doubt, summons Bergoglio to the Vatican. As the Pope’s greatest critic and his successor to be his holiness, Bergoglio is entrusted with a secret that could shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind the walls of the Vatican, a struggle between two ideals ensues as tradition battles progress, guilt faces forgiveness as both men confront their pasts in the hope of forging a greater future for the Catholic Church and its billion followers worldwide.
12. Beasts of No Nation
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike
Released on Netflix: 16 October 2015
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Beasts of No Nation marked a turning point for Netflix.
It’s the oldest Netflix Original movie to date but perhaps, more importantly, it was their first big-budget title that was clearly gunning for the award bodies. Looking back, the movie is one of the most influential Netflix Originals to date. Starring Idris Elba who was hot of the heels of one of his most active years to date, he portrays the warlord Commandant that enslaves kids to commit heinous war crimes. The story follows the young boy Agu, recruited into Commandant’s army he is now the soldier in his country’s civil war.
11. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Director: Vince Gilligan
Cast: Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks. Matt Jones, Charles Baker, Todd Terry
Genre: Action, Drama
Released on Netflix: October 11th, 2019
IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Thanks to Walt’s unwanted help, Jesse was able to escape the Neo-Nazi compound. As the police begin their manhunt for Jesse, he must find a way to escape New Mexico and be truly free.
Many fans of the ever-popular Breaking Bad series were hoping to see an action-packed and explosive ending to Jesse Pinkman’s story. Instead, we received a fantastic epilogue that fit perfectly into the final arc of Jesse’s character development.
It has the signature charm of a Breaking Bad production but most importantly, pays real fan service and justifies its existence throughout.
10. Dolemite is My Name
Director: Craig Brewer
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Released on Netflix: October 25th, 2019
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
After numerous rejections by Hollywood, the multi-talented Rudy Ray Moore looks to create his own blaxploitation film around his character, the wise-cracking, kung-fu fighting, ladies man Dolemite.
In one of his best roles in years, Eddie Murphy has had a triumphant return to form with Dolemite is my name. If the first of many Netflix roles of Muprhy’s to come then we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.
9. Bird Box
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released on Netflix: December 13, 2018
IMDb: 6.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
In the not too distant future, a cataclysmic event has wiped most of humanity off the face of the earth. When their safe house becomes too dangerous to stay, mother of 2 Malorie must take her children downstream on a dangerous river to find their next home. All the while they must remain blindfolded for in the new world there are foul creatures that will make any that gaze upon them to take their own life.
There are many that will agree and disagree with how high we’ve ranked Bird Box. Despite any opinions on the film, we cannot deny its overwhelming popularity therefore whether the film was good or not the number of subscribers that tuned in to watch was ginormous.
8. Icarus – Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature
Director: Bryan Fogel
Cast: Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev
Genre: Documentary, Sport, Thriller
Released on Netflix: August 4, 2017
IMDb: 8.0/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death, and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.
Like most documentaries, Netflix produces this is a massive eye-opener into the world of sport and the level of underhanded cheating that has plagued sports for years. Peeking through the Iron Curtain and looking state-sponsored doping, this shines a huge light on one of the biggest controversies to rock the sporting world in years
Director: Sergio Pablos
Cast: Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack,
Genre: Animation, Family
Released on Netflix: 15 November 2019
IMDb: 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
As the worst and laziest of the postal academy students, Jesper is exiled by his father to the village of Smeerensburg, located on a small island north of the Arctic Circle. Smeerensburg is a miserable place, with many of the townsfolk feud, barely talk to each other and have little need to send letters. When Jesper befriends the magical carpenter, Klaus, living in the woods, he attempts to scam the kindly fellow and the children of Smeerensburg. But the power of goodwill is infectious, and as the unlikely pair deepen their friendship, Jesper makes it their mission to bring cheer and joy to the townsfolk of Smeerensburg.
There’s no doubt that Klaus is one of the best Christmas films of the 21st century and arguably one of the most beautifully animated films of the past decade. If Netflix lockdown The SPA Studios, we can expect to see even more heartwarming and beautiful tales from the Spanish animation studio.
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Sheena Kamal, Michael Mitton, Colm Hill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: 19 May 2017
IMDb: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
A beautiful movie with some serious messages contained regarding the future of mankind and its relationship with its food sources. Joon-ho Bong has produced some fantastic movies so far and this absolutely stands out as one of his finest.
The story is about super pigs but specifically one girl who lives in an isolated village in the mountains who raises one. After winning the contest, Okja is taken away and the adventure begins to save him from his certain fate.
Director: Dee Rees
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J Blige, Garret Hedlund
Released on Netflix: 17th November 2017
IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
This is essential viewing for all and has so far been one of Netflix’s most decorated movie releases so far going as far to earn itself 4 Oscars, 30 wins and another 102 nominations elsewhere. The harrowing picture tells us a story of two families in a post-WW2 in a rural south village.
The film touches on multiple taboo subjects of the time but especially of race relations. Despite being over 2 hours in length, the film manages to hold your attention with fantastic performances from the whole cast but particularly to Mary J Blige who puts in a performance of a lifetime. An absolute gem of the Netflix Originals library and one that may not have come to the light of day had Netflix not published it for the world to see.
4. The Little Prince
Director: Mark Osborne
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Released on Netflix: August 5, 2016
IMDb: 7.8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
A little girl already has her entire life laid out by her Ambitious Mother, tired of her mundane and planned out life, the little girl meets the pilot and introduces her to a world where she can rediscover her childhood and that human connections matter most and only with the heart can you see what it is mort important of all.
Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Film The film was received very well by critics, with its beautiful story and charming animation this is a must-watch for you and the family.
3. ROMA – Oscar Winner
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy Garcia, Marina De Tavira, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey
Released on Netflix: 14th December 2018
IMDb: 8.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
The story of Roma takes place in the city of Mexico City in the 1970s. Centered around the life of a live-in housekeeper who works for a middle-class Mexican family that lives in the neighborhood of Roma. Cuarón has drawn upon his own experiences of his childhood to the big screen in this heartfelt and emotional rollercoaster of a film.
Roma’s Oscar buzz was justified and is now the most successful Netflix film winning 3 academy awards. The awards won were for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Oscars aside the film is visually beautiful and filled to the brim with emotion and ultimately deserves the top spot.
2. The Irishman – Oscar Nominated
Director: Martin Scorsese
To emit: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano
Gender: Criminal drama
Released on Netflix: 27th November 2019
IMDb: 8.3 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Frank Sheeran is a World War 2 veteran and a former hitman for the mob. His time spent during the war in Italy made him a talented killer. Utilizing his skills Frank to meet ends meet became a hitman for the mob. Now in his old age, Frank reflects back on the moments and hits that defined his mob career.
Generating the most Oscar buzz of 2019, the Irish has been the biggest Original to release on Netflix to date. With outstanding performances from De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, it’s hard not to imagine the Irish picking up multiple awards at the Academy Awards in 2020. Don’t let the 3 and a half hour run-time deter you from watching one of the best films of the year.
1. Marriage Story – Oscar Nominated
Director: Noah Baumbach
To emit: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsson, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson
Gender: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released on Netflix: 6th December 2019
IMDb: 8.1/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Nicole and Charlie were once deeply in love but as time goes by, they’ve drifted apart. As the pair go through a grueling divorce, one that takes them from coast to coast which pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
The surprise hit of 2019, Noah Baumbach’s story of divorce and love lost was hauntingly fantastic. Performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver were phenomenal, earning them both an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role respectively. Despite not having the same grandiose as some of the other movies on this list, its gravitas ultimately made it the more superior story out of any Original we’ve seen thus far.
Thanks for reading, that was our top 50 Netflix Originals for April 2020! What’s your number one Netflix Original movie? What films would you rank in your top 50?
Have we missed your favorite Original film? Let us know in the comments, and while you’re here take a look at our other top lists and see what takes to your liking.