It may be hard to believe, but Netflix has been around for over 20 years at this point. However, they’ve come a long, long way since their DVD-shipping days. Today, Netflix boasts over 180 million subscribers who consume over 140 million hours of content each and every day.
But Netflix has also evolved into much more than a streaming service. In 2013, they began developing their own original content with the series House of Cards, and moved on to feature length films in 2015 with Beasts of No Nation. Now their backlog of original movies numbers in the hundreds.
Here are 7 of the best Netflix original movies from their admittedly amazing catalogue!
When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
While writing this post, I kept flip flopping between featuring The Babysitter or Bird Box. One of them had to go, as we here at Nerds on Earth like our lists of 7.
But I’ve got a soft spot for the comedy horror genre that The Babysitter tickles. I was honestly a tad shocked that The Babysitter outperformed Bird Box on Rotten Tomatoes. Bird Box is a fine flick, but I only watched it once and will likely only ever watch it that one time. I’ve revisited The Babysitter a few times over and will likely circle back to it again.
While I don’t think it is quite as good as, say, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil or Shaun of the Dead, if you like the comedic corner of horror, this is definitely worth a watch.
Loyalties are tested when five former special forces operatives reunite to steal a drug lord’s fortune, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.
I think of Triple Frontier as Netflix’s The Expendables (I mean, just look at that cast!), but with a lot less comedy. Like, close to none, really. It is an action-drama centered on greed. What rules are you willing to break for a buck? It starts with intentionally breaking a hard exfil time and spirals out of control from there.
It is a bit long at north of two hours, but once the five friends are together and moving on the drug lord’s compound the action just keeps on coming. And *minor spoiler* I appreciate that this isn’t a movie where the main cast is untouchable.
The Old Guard
Four undying warriors who’ve secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal.
Back in the day, I was reviewing the first issue of new comics, and The Old Guard came across my desk. The first impression was a good one, so I was excited to hear about it getting the movie treatment.
The Old Guard was the talk of our Discord when it first released, and for good reason. It is an excellent adaptation of the comic, but one of the things I think is does best is develop the relationships amongst the immortal characters. That development really elevates many of the scenes’ impact on the viewer.
Plus it is just super fun to watch Charlize Theron bring an axe to a gunfight and totally whoop a@#.
In this twisty horror-thriller, a once-promising music prodigy reconnects with her former mentors, only to find them taken with a talented new pupil.
The Perfection totally snuck up on me. I had no idea what I was getting into on first viewing. This movie has some turns, yo. You’ll straight up experience some g-forces as the plot whips and winds it’s way to the finale.
And this is ultimately what plants The Perfection solidly on this list. It evolves. I can’t get into specific hows without revealing more than I care to, but you’ll see evil in this movie…and then you’ll see evil in this movie. Plus it has this really interesting juxtaposition of high class society and beautiful orchestral music with some pretty graphic horror. It is pretty and brutal at the same time.
The Wrong Missy
Tim thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date.
Fair warning: The Wrong Missy is crude, raunchy fare. But watching David Spade play the straight man to Lauren Lapkus’s Missy is downright hilarious. The laughs begin early and never stop, and they vacillate pretty regularly between verbal and physical comedy so it doesn’t feel like a one-trick pony.
The whole setup for the movie is really well done as well, and builds to a satisfying though not unexpected ending. While the TV-MA rating means this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I think I can safely say it is the funniest movie I’ve seen all year.
A hardened mercenary’s mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he’s sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son.
In July of this year, Netflix released its list of their Top 10 Most Viewed Original Movies and the data behind them. Triple Frontier and The Wrong Missy came in at #7 and #8 respectively with 63 million and 59 million views (also respectively). Extraction tops the list at 99 million. I think that’s just a few more people than Chris Hemsworth’s character killed in the movie, actually.
Some people really disliked this movie, and they can’t be trusted. Is it Oscar worthy? Nah. Is it a super fun, summer blockbuster-styled action movie? Twice over it is! It is also fun to think of it as Thor taking Des and Troy out for a spin behind Skurge’s back.
Little talked about fact regarding Extraction is that it is based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, which I now 100% want to track down and read. A sequel is also already on the table, if not in the works. Let the bodies hit the floor, I say.
An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.
This list isn’t in any particular order, but if it was…Project Power would be #1. I was hooked from the first trailer and the final product totally delivered. Great performances from Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aside from a few times when I thought he bungled his accent), and Dominique Fishback compliment the super neat concept and high octane action.
I watched it once…and then immediately watched it again. We wrote a full review for Project Power, so I’ll point you there if you want more!