Here is a list of all the best Netflix movies off the beaten path. I created this site to save everyone time searching for good movies. These are the best streaming movies on Netflix you probably haven't seen yet. Click on a movie and enjoy!
My Take: The Ritual is the story of four friends going on a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness to celebrate the life of a friend they lost. I suppose The Ritual movie is a ritual movie but that doesn't really sum up the whole movie. Although I do hesitate to call it a scary movie, I personally thought The Ritual managed to get pretty terrifying to start. As the story goes on, things just get very weird. But above all, it’s an original story with some interesting cinematography. Just make sure that you Google The Ritual 2017 and not other versions. It reminded me of a mix of The Blair Witch Project and The Hallow. Creepy, and very weird.
My Take: A man seeks answers after a horrible crime is committed. The Fury of A Patient Man. I admit, it starts slow out of the gate, but you might be surprised of what’s to come. I find that's the case with a lot of good Netflix movies. If you’re patient (pun intended), you will be pleasantly surprised. This is probably one of the best suspense movies on Netflix to come out of Spain. You’ll soon figure out how they came up with the title of the movie. When it gets going, it goes 0 - 60 real quick.
My Take: Hold the Dark. Welcome to wolf town! A wolf expert is asked to search for wolves that have been killing children in a remote Alaskan village. That sounds like a pretty cheery movie already huh? So this movie was directed by a man named Jeremy Saulnier. If you haven’t heard of him already, he’s one of the men responsible for Blue Ruin and Green Room (along with Macon Blair), which are two brutally violent movies. Hold the Dark is a very strange, albeit confusing, movie filled with a heavy dose of violence. I’ve always been a fan of scenes with realistic, bloody, carnage and even when the story goes off the rails a little bit, I still feel like the pure entertainment of violence makes up for it in the long run. This is actually the first wolves movie to grace my list. This isn't one of those wolf horror movies but it may make you flinch at a scene or two. And this isn't one of those werewolf movies either. One of my favorite parts of Hold the Dark is the wild wolves used throughout the movie. I haven't seen such cool looking dogs since Dances with Wolves. So I don’t really know if you will find the answers to your questions by the end of Hold the Dark but you will find blood and lots of it.
Category: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: A deaf woman is stuck in her home terrorized by a psychopath. I heard Stephen King really liked this one so I decided to check it out. Actually turned out to pretty good. It's hard to be original in the horror genre but this one worked. Aside from being one of the best horrors on Netflix, it's also one of the best suspense movies on Netflix. A great addition to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: Narcos chronicles the rise and fall of the Colombian cartels of the 1980's. I would have to say that Narcos is the best series I've seen on Netflix yet. I think most people in America shutter at the thought of a typical Mexican drug cartel, but the Colombian drug cartels are the ones who started it all. Besides my lifelong infatuation with the Colombia cartels, the best thing about Narcos is that it's based on true events that make this series almost as educational as it is interesting. It's always surprising to me that people actually look up to gangster and drug lords as if it's something that's "cool" when they don't really understand the effect these people have on their communities and, in this case, an entire country! This is undoubtedly the best choice for you if you like drug cartel movies. Clearly, drug cartel movies on Netflix don't get better than this. The next best thing about Narcos is the acting. Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura, is one of the most evil and at the same time, likeable, characters I've ever seen. His ruthlessness knows no bounds, but his dominance over his peers from the outset is obvious. Another very cool part of this series is that Narcos is filmed on location in Bogota, Medellin, and Panama, among other Central and South American places and it shows them in all their beauty. So if you like a ton of vicious action and are interested in the true story of the most well-known drug lords out there, you came to the right place. There's a ton of movies about drug cartels, but none of them compare to the real thing. If there was a single series I could recommend to watch on Netflix, it would be Narcos.
Category: Crime, Drama
My Take: A student at Frederick Douglass University proudly pledges to a famous African-American fraternity and slowly questions his decisions after increasingly violent hazings. I thought it was interesting watching Burning Sands and getting a glimpse of the mind of college kids pledging to a fraternity. It's crazy what kids will put themselves through just to be a part of a certain group. You can always predict things going badly with fraternity hazing but you still come away with a powerful view of a coming of age story. The acting was great with all characters and there's plenty of violent and ridiculous fraternity antics to keep you entertained. I'm pretty sure it's the first good Netflix movie about fraternity hazing. One thing I will say is that I really got the feeling of wanting to smack that stupid grimace off their faces haha. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean.
My Take: A young man goes in search of his brother who is thought to have left their tiny village to gain success in America. This one is chock full of laughs and serves as an interesting glimpse of how lives are lived throughout the most impoverished parts of the world. I have a feeling it is one of the best bollywood movies on Netflix right now. I thought it was a meaningful story that really put into perspective the view other cultures have of America as some mythical land where all your dreams come true no matter what.
Category: Comedy, Drama
My Take: Two brothers go on a tour of the sites of the Manson murders. One is a successful family man, the other lives his life through nothing but a backpack. This trip will change their relationship forever. I genuinely liked this one. Very good acting and an interesting look into the emotional issues between two brothers. A bizarre story that builds up more tension on the screen than I've seen in a long time. Well worth the watch. I'm excited to see Netflix brought this back to streaming movies. It keeps bouncing on and off my list of movies on Netflix.
Category: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend, a man awakens to find he is growing horns. I have no idea why Horns has negative reviews. Maybe it's just me, but I love dark comedies and thought Daniel Radcliffe did a great job. If you're looking for one of the best dark comedies on Netflix, I think you might have found one. I mean common, we have to let him get away from Harry Potter right? Give Horns a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Category: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
My Take: Prisoners recount the events that lead to their murderous crimes. Ok, so I am usually not one to have much sympathy for murderers, but give this one a shot. This isn't just a story about serial killers or anything like that. Even I have gotten tired of serial killer documentaries. And this isn't your typical prison documentary either, even though I love a good prison documentary. This series is undeniably more and more interesting the deeper and deeper you go. If you’ve already made up your mind about death row inmates, I have a feeling that you might develop a least a little bit of empathy towards them after you hear about some of their experiences growing up. Some of the best prison movies are based on real events and this stuff is as real as it gets. With that being said, another interesting aspect of the series is deciphering the men who know they clearly made the biggest mistakes of their lives, and are able to reflect on it as adults, from the men that seem to still just be, for lack of a better word, evil to the core. If you're a fan of prison movies and want to get a glimpse of the real thing, this is a great pick tonight.
Category: Crime, Documentary
My Take: Cloud Atlas explores the impacts and actions of lives throughout the past, present, and future. I thought this was one of the top sci fi movies of 2012 and one of the best science fiction movies I've seen lately. So Cloud Atlas is a much bigger movie than I would usually promote, but I'm doing so because it got such bad reviews. I wish I could say it wasn't a common thing, but the more I read peoples reviews, the more I realize that the world is just filled with people that either don't know what a good movie is, or they want to pretend like they are the best critics in the world. I myself don't pretend to be the best critic, but I know a good movie when I see one. Time and time again I have promoted movies that I claim to be in a range of 7 to 10 and, at the very least, aren't a waste of your time. Cloud Atlas isn't a story to be taken literally or to imagine a future that actually consists of the story, as some crazy people have mentioned. It's a movie that is very well thought out and only follows the confines of a story that was completely made up, yet is highly entertaining. It's extremely original and that alone is something that nearly every movie lacks. Even most science fiction movies aren't original these days. In fact, the latest sci fi movies on Netflix are pretty horrible. I personally thought Cloud Atlas was a great movie, but even if you somehow don't, I bet you will admit that the entertainment factor is at the very least, worth a 7 rating. Also, I'm never a fan of promoting big name actors on my Netflix movies list, but I wanted to make an exception here because it's worth it. I haven't read the Cloud Atlas book though, so I can't say how close it was to the movie, but the Cloud Atlas movie is worth your time. Great sci fi movies don't have to be plausible, they just have to be entertaining.
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction
My Take: A woman fed up with life and the people around her enlists the help of a neighbor to track down the thieves who burglarized her house. This Netflix Original movie that was surprisingly entertaining. The random characters in this one are all original and really good at the roles they play, especially the gritty ones. Add this to your list of good thrillers on Netflix. Good acting throughout and it's surprisingly dark!
Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: A robbery gone wrong in Erie, Pennsylvania brings to light a diabolical plan that leads the FBI on a cat and mouse chase. It's hard to come up with an Evil Genius review that actually makes sense. I came cross Evil Genius by searching for "evil genius Netflix" when I thought I was looking for a kids movie for my niece. Man, talk about a too weird to be true documentary. It seems like each Evil Genius episode gets weirder and weirder. Evil Genius will have you scratching your head in disbelief that something like this actually happened. It just seems so weird and ridiculous. I struggled to understand why in the world someone would want to put in so much effort for such a strange and twisted plan. I mean it's a fascinating story even if you can't quite put your finger on the reason why. It's a bizarre mix of hoarders, true crime, and social outcasts. Each character brings their own level of strangeness and you can't really figure out what's going on in any of their heads. I know I sound like a broken record but I just can't come up with any answers in this one. Evil Genius will hook you though. I couldn't stop watching from the first episode on and this Evil Genius documentary isn't something you're likely to forget anytime soon. If I were you, I'd start with the Evil Genius trailer just to get an idea of what you're getting yourself into.
Category: Crime, Documentary
My Take: 1922 is the story of a simple farmer doing whatever he can to keep his land and live out his days on the farm. Actually, it’s funny, I started 1922 and about 5 minutes in I switch it off and went to bed. I thought it was just gonna be another cheesy movie. For some reason, I decided to give it another shot and it actually turned out to be one of the best Netflix movies I've seen in awhile! Stephen King has his creepy stamp all over it and Thomas Jane did a great job. There are some pretty haunting scenes and lots of bloody action. I will continue to add all these Stephen King gems to my Netflix movie list, so I hope you're a fan!
Category: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
My Take: The story of the unsolved murder and the mysteries that surround the death of a nun decades ago. The first thing that I will say is that it's a downright shame that a lot of people have not heard about The Keepers. This isn't your typical church documentary or one of those cheesy church movies. It's so hard to see another horrible catholic church scandal and this may be one of the first ones that to actually be documented. This documentary is a heart-wrenching tale with some of the vilest human beings I've ever witnessed or heard of. With all the recent exposures of the church being involved in sexual misconduct, The Keepers seems all too real and heartbreaking knowing so many young women's lives were irrevocably damaged at the hands of the people they trusted the most. Once you really dig into the story I have a feeling you will feel the exact same way I did. You wish you could go back in time and find these men and put a stop to all the horrible abuse once and for all. It seems like we're hearing about a new church scandal every day. The Keepers is one of the oldest examples I've seen of how horrible church scandals can be. Skip the nun movie about the horror story, this is true life horror. I admire the main characters of the documentary who stayed steadfast for decades in search of sister Kathy's murderer.
Category: Crime, Documentary, Mystery
My Take: Ok, so I would never give anything away but The Boy is a fairly fresh take on the classic creepy doll movie. It's funny how no matter what, the creepy dolls are here to stay in Hollywood. I mean scary doll movies are really made every other month now. And just like 99% of all doll horror movies, they're horrible. The creepy doll movies always end up being an evil little doll thing that lurks around the corners with cheap scares and an even cheaper budget. I don't know what makes this movie worth watching, other than the fact that it's not as horrible as all the other doll movies you've seen. I know that doesn't sound very reassuring, but trust me, it made this list for a reason. There's enough of a story to keep you intrigued, the plot goes places you may not see coming, and hey, it has a super creepy doll. Aside from that, if you like tense/horror-like movies that don't settle for all the blood and guts and are more geared towards building an atmosphere, then this is a fun choice tonight. It's not going to be the best horror movie ever made, but it will get you through the night. You could always do a creepy search for "dolls movie" and see if you find anything better, but I wouldn't waste your time. Above all, at least it's better than the Annabelle movie. Though I did think this doll looks like the male version of that conjuring doll. Speaking of dolls, the saw movie doll was probably the creepiest. Ok, ok, enjoy.
Category: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: Filmmakers go undercover to expose the illegal Ivory trade. So if you didn’t already know, poachers are slaughtering elephants by the thousands to fuel the horrible and deeply corrupted, illegal Ivory trade. It’s kind of shocking that most of us don’t realize that elephants could be extinct in the next few years. The Ivory Game is one of those pretty sad movies on Netflix that really put things into perspective. These journalist risked their lives to expose this, and anyone who risks their life for such a worthy cause deserves our attention at the very least. No good Netflix list is complete without real life examples of heroism.
My Take: In a world where siblings are not allowed to live due to over population, a man raises 7 identical twins and devises a plan to keep their existence a secret. The first thing I thought of when watching this movie was, wow, that was a lot of acting for one person! Makes you wonder how long it took to actually get this movie finished. The next thing I noticed was that this movie was a lot more violent than I thought it was going to be. It's definitely one of the better Netflix action movies right now. Also, I’m glad to see there’s some creativity left at Netflix. It’s fun to watch this fast paced thriller no matter what mood you're in. I'm always happy to add Noomi Rapace movies to my Netflix movies list. She is a great actor and I've loved watching her since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Maybe the best Netflix original I've seen this month.
Category: ScienceFiction, Thriller
My Take: A man running a motorcycle workshop has his life turned upside by the presence of an unknown stranger. I thought Stereo was well worth your time. It had a nice psychological edge to it and it was fairly original. I don't really understand why it has such negative reviews on platforms like Rotten Tomatoes, but that just goes to show that you can't trust anyone outside of JamilsList! It also claims to be a slow burning thriller on Netflix, but I personally hate anything to do with "slow burner" movies. In my experience that just equates to "boring movies" for the majority of them. So check out Stereo tonight. It's a dark movie with enough violence to keep you entertained.
My Take: Brave men risk their lives protecting the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Man, good war movies on Netflix are hard to find and I'm so glad I finally got one! This is a heartfelt story of the effects of war and corruption on the beautiful and bio-diverse Virunga National Park. Forget the theatrics of war movies, this is raw and real. One of the best Netflix war movies and best Netflix original.
Category: Documentary, War
My Take: Fresh outta jail, they gotta figure out a plan to go straight while living in the trailer park. A comedy about the life of the trailer park. It’s the trailer park that made them who they are. No list of movies on Netflix is complete without Trailer Park Boys. Even though I've heard people complain about it, I still consider it one of the best movies to watch on Netflix. It's a cult classic. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at such a vicious alcoholic before. It's one of the movies at the top of my list of Netflix comedy films.
Category: Action, Comedy
My Take: Christopher McCandless has no use for material things. He wants to get away from it all and live his life on his terms. He finds many important people that inspire him and mold his character but he ultimately treks into the Alaskan Wilderness on his own. Into the Wild is a very good movie and one of the best adventure movies on Netflix. I think a lot of people could do with a lot fewer materials things in life but Chris McCandless took it to the extreme. It's a feel-good movie and I thought it had a great life message. You gotta give him credit. He truly lived his life his own way. I was really glad to see this one back on Netflix instant video after they removed it from my Netflix movies list.
Category: Adventure, Drama
My Take: Zombieland. That's all the Netflix movie description you need right? Something happens, and then zombies. I get the feeling that I don't need to explain that Zombieland is chock-full of violence and gore. Spoiler alert, it's a zombie movie. Although most zombie movies on Netflix can't really compete with this one. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg both play their roles to a T, and neither of them really need to act much in Zombieland. They practically play the same character in every movie. Also, who wouldn't want to go blowing zombie's head off in an apocalypse? That's got to be the number one pastime when the Zombies start.
Category: Comedy, Horror
My Take: Down on his luck, a small time gambler agrees to hold a bag for a friend while he does a stint in jail. All he has to do is keep his head down, go to his gamblers anonymous meetings and not open the bag. Gambling movies on Netflix are kind of hard to come by. There are a lot of funny characters and the main actor always seems to keep things interesting. A great supporting cast, especially the brother. I’ve always been fascinated by the destructive nature of people with addictions and Jake Johnson really gets into this role. Plus, Netflix best bets are hard to come by. Get it? Ok ok, enough already.
My Take: After more than 20 years on Death Row, Nick Yarris petitions to remove all appeals and have his death sentence carried out. As far as documentaries go, it's on my list of top Netflix movies. It’s quite the story. One of those “stranger than fiction” type of documentaries where so many things come together to make up a nearly unbelievable, but true story. The accused comes across as a clearly intelligent and eloquent man who is also a very compelling storyteller. One of the best stories to add to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Documentary, Thriller
My Take: A man runs a kidnap for hire business to help people get over their issues. I gotta say, it’s a pretty random movie, but most are on my Netflix list. The premise is funny, in a ridiculous type of way, and the acting holds up, in an absurd type of way too! I guess this one was just fun guessing what’s gonna happen. It reminded me a little bit of Cheap Thrills with the same lead character. Don’t take yourself too seriously because good movies on Netflix are hard to find. Just sit back and enjoy.
Category: Comedy, Crime
My Take: Two lifelong friends head out into the Highlands of Scotland for a weekend hunting trip. There's a lot of things that come to mind when you think of what could go wrong in a hunting movie. My guess is that you won't see what's coming in Calibre. This movie is definitely true to its craft from the authentic Scottish pubs to the dreary Scottish weather. I haven't really seen many good Netflix suspense movies lately, but Calibre managed to finally fit the bill. It's the type of Netflix thriller that really puts you in the unfortunate position the characters find themselves in. I saw some movie reviews about it fits into the category of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix right now. I don't know if I would say all that, but it's probably the most original thriller on Netflix I've seen in a while. Netflix is seriously hurting for new movies lately, so take advantage of Calibre while you can.
My Take: "If you ain't first you're last!". Talladega Nights is the story of Ricky Bobby a Nascar racecar driver. This is another movie I hesitate to put on my Netflix movie list just because it's pretty popular. But, I just couldn't resist this time. I love Talladega Nights. Like most Will Ferrell movies it's hilarious. The story just gets more and more ridiculous as the movie goes on. It's probably one of the funniest Netflix comedy movies we have right now. Talladega Nights is not one of the Netflix new releases per se, but it did get recently added to Netflix streaming.
My Take: War veteran Frank Sheeran has a chance meeting with mobster Russell Bufalino, ultimately joining the ranks of his Pennsylvania crime family. I mean it doesn't take much to see that The Irishman is gonna be a good movie. It stars arguably the best trio of mobster actors we have seen, or may ever see in our lifetime. I particularly enjoyed learning about Jimmy Hoffa, as I really had no idea about the man. The cast is great from head to toe, and if you're a fan of classics like GoodFellas or Casino, you're gonna enjoy the Irishman for sure. Another aspect I really liked was the small death facts that get scattered on characters throughout the movie. The last thing I'll say is that this movie is long! I had to watch it in pieces, but it just made for two entertaining nights of the best actors we have on the planet. It's great to see Netflix crime movies get an upgrade.
Category: Crime, Drama, History
My Take: Two personal trainers are struggling with what they want in life while dealing with a newly wealthy client that just doesn’t care enough. Funny story about the differences of crazy trainers and regular people.
My Take: The high-profile case of Michael Peterson on trial for the murder of his wife. The Staircase is the next logical step after Making a Murderer. I know there are a lot of people out there that love true crime and as far as Netflix true crime goes, this is one of the best true crime series they got. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately you'll either lean towards one side or the other. Also, I'm always surprised at the amount of footage people collect during trials that they don't necessarily know are going to be so sensational at the time. The Staircase truly is a puzzle of a story and it's hard to talk about it without giving anything away. Regardless of your ultimate opinion on what really happened, I'm sure you will agree that this is a must-watch documentary for anyone who enjoys true crime and it's a powerful representation of what the justice system is capable of. This is definitely one of the strangest true crime stories I've seen in a long time.
Category: Crime, Documentary
My Take: The Dude is mistaken for the millionaire Jeffery Lebowski and get's pulled into a kidnapping plot. For anyone familiar with jamilslist.com, having The Big Lebowski on my Netflix movie list shouldn't come as a big surprise. Not only is this one of the best comedies on Netflix, but it's also one of the best comedies EVER. I swear I don't know how John Goodman didn't win an Oscar for a funniest Vietnam war vet ever. Oh, that's not a category? Well after you watch this, you'll understand what I'm talking about. The Big Lebowski cast is great, the Big Lebowski soundtrack is perfect, and Big Lebowski Jesus is one of the best roles John Turturro's ever had. The Big Lebowski has changed the world for the better and brought us things like the Big Lebowski costume, the Big Lebowski sweater, the Big Lebowski quotes, and the Big Lebowski meme. And above all, The Dude abides.
Category: Comedy, Crime
My Take: The Platform (el hoyo). In a dystopian future, prisoners are held in vertical cells forced to survive on a limited food supply. Finally something original! It feels like it’s been years since I saw a premise that was completely new to me. Although I wouldn’t recommend The Platform to anyone that’s a little squeamish, if you can take it, you’ll have 2 hours filled with mystery and violence. I mean who wants to be able to finish their dinner tonight anyway?
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction, Thriller
My Take: Journalist Gary Webb unravels the true story of the crack epidemic in America and how the government not only knew about it, they perpetuated it. I actually wasn't a huge fan of Jeremy Renner until I saw Kill the Messenger. You will feel the moral outrage of this movie. It's so horrible that so many things like this can get swept under the rug and no one is held accountable for it. As far as true crime movies on Netflix go, this should be near the top of the list. Imagine how many lives have been ruined.
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller