Sometimes, it’s nice to escape from reality. And hey, nothing shouts escapism more than putting on one of the best Netflix movies. Check out 40 of the greatest Netflix movies to stream in Auckland this month.
1. The Pale Blue Eye
This crime mystery movie follows a veteran detective, Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), who investigates a series of murders, in 1830, with the help of an intelligent young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling) – who goes on to become the famous author we all know and adore.
2. F9: The Fast Saga
This is the most recent movie from the blockbuster Fast And Furious franchise – released in 2021. In this film, Dom Toretto (The Rock) is living life off-the-grid with his family until he is called out of retirement to face a threat against humanity – which is led by Dom’s estranged brother, an international terrorist.
3. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
With a stellar cast featuring Daniel Craig, Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Huge Grant and more…it’s one of the most enjoyable movies on Netflix Singapore currently. It tells the story of a Tech Billionaire, who invites his friends for a murder mystery game on his private island in Greece. But things take a dramatic turn, when someone really dies and it’s up to skilled Detective Benoit Blanc to find out who is the culprit.
4. Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Watch Matilda with a twist in this unique musical number starring Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood. Finding an escape through library books, the extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination, discovers her superpower, and dares to take a stand to change her story.
This 2016 family-friendly animated movie has been in the Top 10 for more than 10 weeks on Netflix New Zealand. From the creators of Despicable Me, it’s the perfect childhood nostalgia following a singing koala bear.
6. Dog Gone
Dog lovers will adore this heartwarming flick that just landed on Netflix. It tells the incredible true story of a young man and his dog who become separated on the Appalachian Trial in North America. The young man and his father set out on journey to find the dog who needs life-saving medication to survive.
7. The Swimmers
Based on a true story, this movie depicts two Syrian sisters, who flee war-torn Syria, by swimming for hours in the dangerous Mediterranean seas before reaching Greece as asylum seekers. One of the sisters then went on to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Grab tissues for this as it’s one of the best new Netflix movies.
Immerse yourself in a world of dreams through this fantasy movie on Netflix. It follows a young orphan, who journeys through a land of dreams and nightmares, joined by a larger-than-life outlaw, in hope she finds a pearl that will grant her a wish to see her late father. Certainly, one of the best Netflix movies.
9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Starring Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell, this love story is based on the controversial novel of the same name. It follows Lady Chatterley, who pursues a torrid affair with a gamekeeper on their estate, while in an unhappy marriage. Prepare for some twists and turns.
When an explosion in the Norwegian mountains awakens an ancient troll, a group of heroes led by a fearless paleontologist go on a mission to try and stop it from wreaking havoc on humanity.
11. Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich
Discover the monster behind the monster Jeffrey Epstein. Filmmakers go beyond the headlines, to tell the story of the socialite and accomplice of Epstein. Hear from the survivors of one of the biggest sex-trafficking cases in the world, and learn how these crimes were disguised in plain sight.
12. Warriors of Future
Sit on the edge of your seat while you watch as a suicide squad are given hours to try and save their post-apocalyptic city from destruction, after a meteor carrying a deadly plant strikes the world.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s blockbuster hit Netflix households in December. If you missed it in the cinema last year, this heartwarming story is a reinvention of the wooden puppet, through showstopping musical numbers.
14. The Good Nurse
Starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain, it’s a true-life crime movie about Charlie Cullen, a bizarre serial killer who murdered dozens of patients over a period of sixteen years in nine different hospitals. The series is told from the side of an overworked ICU nurse who had befriended him.
15. All Quiet On The Western Front
This World War I movie, based on the German book of the same name, tells the gripping story of when war breaks out in Germany in 1914. A young 17-year-old called Paul and his classmates must enlist in the army to serve their country. However, he soon learns of the grim reality of life there.
16. The School For Good And Evil
Based on the best-selling book series, this movie follows best friends Agatha and Sophie as they navigate life at an enchanted school for young heroes and villains. But they soon find themselves on opposing sides of the battle between good and evil.
17. The Stranger
This Australian movie tells the tale of an undercover police offer who forms an intense and intimate relationship with a suspected murder called Henry, in an attempt to earn his trust and get a confession.
18. I Used To Be Famous
Vince is desperate for a big comeback in this inspiring musical and comedy movie. Vince played by Ed Skrien, is a former popstar, who strikes up an unexpected friendship with an autistic young drummer. Together the pair try to make it in the industry.
This movie is an interesting portrayal of the rise to fame of actress Marilyn Monroe. It shows how childhood trauma shaped her into the adult she became, as well as her ultimate demise as one of the biggest stars in the world.
A mysterious and reclusive older neighbour joins forces with the mother of a young girl who is kidnapped during a powerful storm. This enjoyable movie depicts their journeys, testing their limits and exposing their dark past.
21. Luckiest Girl Alive
Starring Mila Kunis, this movie centres on a spiky New Yorker, with everything from an editor’s job at New York Times to her dreamy upcoming wedding. However, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth about an incident from her teenage years, when a crime director hunts her down to tell her story.
22. Me Time
Kevin Hart stars as Sonny Fisher in this hilarious American comedy movie. Fisher is a tired, stay-at-home dad who decides to go on a wild adventure away with his old hard-partying friends in honour of his birthday. Certainly, the movie to get you laughing this weekend.
23. The Next 365 Days
Part three of this trilogy is just as sexy, seductive and erotic as the first two films. It depicts Laura and Massimo struggling to keep their relationship a balance as they try to overcome trust issues. Meanwhile, Nacho is secretly working to push them apart.
24. Do Revenge
Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke star as a pair of new friends who form an unlikely friendship in an effort to go after one another’s bullies. The type of movie you’ll either love or hate, nevertheless, a must-watch.
25. Hit: The First Case
New Zealanders are loving this epic 2020 Indian movie that recently launched on Netflix. It depicts a police officer who is investigating a missing woman’s case in a homicide team. However, he must overcome his internal demons and tragic past in order to aid the mission.
26. Purple Hearts
Grab the tissues because the world is crying at this new Netflix movie. It follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Sofia Carson) who agrees to a fake a marriage with a troubled Marine (Nicholas Galitzine) for health benefits. However, things don’t come that easy.
27. The Gray Man
This thriller follows one of the CIA’s top-secret assets who discovers agency secrets that change his opinions. Afterward, he triggers a worldwide hunt by assassins hoping to capture him under the command of his ex-workmate.
28. Day Shift
This Netflix original movie has a stellar cast from Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco and more. This action-packed blockbuster follows a group of international vampire hunters taking down monsters in exchange for money. Certainly, this one is unmissable.
29. The Man From Toronto
This action-comedy movie is being absorbed by households globally now. Comically, it follows the world’s greatest assassin who must team up with a screw-up called Teddy (Kevin Hart) who is mistaken for a mysterious man from Toronto.
30. The Sea Beast
From the creators of Moana, animation lovers will adore this family-friendly film. It showcases the life of a heroic sea monster hunter, whose life is turned upside-down when a mischievous little girl stows away on his ship.
31. Look Both Ways
This highly anticipated romantic comedy movie stars Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart. It tells the story of a soon-to-be college graduate, whose life divides into two parallel realities. One is which she becomes pregnant and live in her hometown of Texas and the other where she pursues her career in Los Angeles.
Another unmissable Netflix movie to see this month. It follows an army captain who is forced to use her tactical training and military expertise when a coordinated attack threatens the remote missile interceptor station where she works.
Starring Dakota Johnston, this romantic movie based on the Jane Austen novel. It tells the story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot in 1814 who reawakens a love with a former lover Captain Frederick Wenworth, whom she refused to marry eight years prior.
Watch as Adam Sandler plays an unlucky basketball scout who discovers an exceptional player abroad. He decides to bring him back to the states without his team’s approval which leads the story to follow.
35. Our Father
This shocking documentary tells the true story of a popular fertility doctor, Dr Donald Cline, who secretly destroyed families by tampering with donor sperm. It begins with a woman discovering via an at-home DNA test that she has multiple half-siblings. Shockingly, she learns that her and dozens of others are actually the doctor’s kids.
36. Senior Year
This unbeatable movie is being absorbed by Netflix viewers globally. When a popular high-school cheerleader (Rebel Wilson) lands into a 20-year coma before her prom, she awakens with a desire to return to high school, reclaim her status and become prom queen.
This fantastic movie follows two inmates form a connection in a state-of-the-art penitentiary. The pair soon begin to question the purpose of experiments on them using emotion-controlling drugs by a pharmaceutical genius.
38. The In Between
After losing her boyfriend in a tragic accident, Tessa (Joey King) believes Skylar is trying to connect with her from the afterlife. Consequently, she tries to contact him one last time for closure to their relationship. Indeed, one of the most heartbreaking Netflix movies.
39. The Adam Project
This Netflix movie follows a time-traveller fighter pilot who crash lands in the year 2022. Adam Reed must team up with his 12-year-old self in order to save the future of humanity. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and many more…you won’t be disappointed.
40. The Unforgiveable
Watch Academy award-winner Sandra Bullock as a woman released from prison after serving 20 years for a horrific murder. Although, outside the prison walls society is not willing to forgive her. Nevertheless, she goes on a mission to find her little sister but things take a dramatic turn.