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The 40 Best Netflix Original Movies of All Time

One could argue that the very best Netflix original movies are some of the very best movies around, full stop. It wasn’t all that long ago that the streaming service was most known for sending you DVDs in red envelopes, and now it’s producing high-quality original movies that span comedy, drama, horror, and more. 

There’s basically no genre that the best Netflix original movies aren’t covering right now. You’ve got your prestige Oscar bait from critically-acclaimed directors, like Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. The streaming giant is also to thank for the rebirth of rom-coms with films like Set It Up, the To All the Boys trilogy, and Always Be My Maybe. There are indie movies, foreign films, dystopian sci-fi dramas, and big-budget action thrillers—truly something for everyone. 

Here are the best original Netflix movies to add to your queue right now. Enjoy.

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I Care a Lot (2021)This dark comedy stars Rosamund Pike in her most twisted role since Gone Girl: Marla Grayson, a corrupt caregiver who drains her elderly clients of their entire life’s savings. “I think what’s interesting about I Care a Lot is that Marla is weaponizing all the traditional tropes of being a woman,” Pike told Glamour in an interview about the film. “The idea that woman is nurturing and caring, Marla turns that into a weapon to monetize. She turns that caring into a business model rather than something innate.”

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Mank (2020)Mank, a biographical film about Herman J. Mankiewicz’s process writing the screenplay for Citizen Kane, swept the 2021 Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), and Best Picture. 

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)Though The Trial of the Chicago 7 is set during the late 1960s, the legal drama’s message about free speech, police brutality, and the right to protest remains as timely as ever. 

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