The best movies on Netflix: great films you can watch in Australia right now

If you’re new to Netflix and want to find the best movies to watch, or you’re tired of browsing the app for 30 minutes before finding something to watch, you’ve come to the right place. With thousands of movies at your disposal, it’s easy to get stuck in binge-watching mode, but finding the honest-to-goodness best films can be a bit of a hassle.

In an effort to determine the best of the best, we’ve put together a list of the greatest possible films you can watch – curated by TechRadar editors and backed up with ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes – so that you don’t have to sift through the muck. We’ll keep this best-of list up to date with the latest movies that are must-watch, so you waste zero screen time searching.

Below, you’ll also find a hand-selected list of the top trending newly added movies on Netflix Australia at the moment. Here’s what we think you should be watching this month. Alternatively, you could also skip directly to your chosen genre via the drop down menu above!

1. The Highwaymen

Famous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde have been immortalised in popular culture thanks in large part to the classic 1967 film about their exploits, but what about the lawmen responsible for ending their killing spree? Netflix’s new original film The Highwaymen aims to tell their story once and for all. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson star as Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two real-life Texas Rangers who are brought out of retirement with one goal in mind – to find Bonnie and Clyde and put them down for good. Despite being divisive amongst critics, The Highwaymen features terrific performances, assured direction and beautiful cinematography, giving this story the prestige film treatment it deserves.

IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 53%

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2. Triple Frontier

After years of service to their country with little to show for it, a group of soldiers (Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund) sets out to rob one of the wealthiest and most dangerous cartels in South America. Of course, things exactly don’t go to plan, and now the team is on the run with upwards of $250 million in drug money. Can they escape with the money and their lives? Directed by J. C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Triple Frontier is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with terrific performances and fantastic cinematography (believe us, the film looks spectacular in 4K HDR). 

IMDB Rating: 6.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

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3. Hereditary

An instant classic of the horror genre, Hereditary tells the terrifying story of a family haunted by the dark secrets of its own ancestry. Toni Collette gives a career best performance as Annie, a mother who’s driven to uncover her family’s cryptic past after an immensely tragic occurrence leaves them devastated. The way that Hereditary unfolds is truly unpredictable, with a number of shocking moments which are guaranteed to leave viewers speechless. While it can be a tough watch at times, Hereditary is a rewarding and immaculately-crafted horror experience that’s well worth taking.

IMDB Rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

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4. The Dirt

If Bohemian Rhapsody was a little too sanitised for your liking, you may want to check out The Dirt, an unflinching music biopic about glam metal outfit Mötley Crüe that revels in the debauchery of the band’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle in the 1980s. Never shying away from Mötley Crüe’s more outrageous (and utterly disgusting) antics, The Dirt explores the highs and lows of being a rock star with no sense of self control in regards to partying, women and hard drugs (the film’s Ozzy Osborne scene is particularly revolting). Be warned, the film rivals The Wolf of Wall Street when it comes to sex, nudity and drug use, often feeling seedy and exploitative in its portrayal of women (almost every female character in the film is a disposable groupie or horrible person). That said, when viewed as a time capsule of a particularly crazy moment in music history, The Dirt is immensely watchable. 

IMDB Rating: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

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5. Get Out

Before you check out Jordan Peele’s hit new film Us, it might be worth watching (or rewatching) the writer-director’s debut feature, Get Out, which is an absolutely brilliant horror film dealing with race relations in America. Upon meeting his girlfriend’s white parents for the first time, African American man Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) begins to feel a growing sense of unease – particularly in the presence of the family’s all-black staff. Before too long, the seemingly-progressive family’s all-too-accommodating demeanour starts to unravel, eventually revealing a horrible truth that will show Chris just how much danger he’s actually in. Insightful and suspenseful in equal measure, Get Out is one of the most socially-relevant horror movies ever made. It’s no wonder Peele won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay on his time out of the gate.

IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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6. La La Land

Though it’ll always be remembered as the film that was accidentally read out as Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2017, La La Land would still have been a deserving winner regardless. Written and directed by wunderkind filmmaker Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, First Man), the film is an all-singing, all-dancing love story about a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) who fight to stay together as their dreams pull them apart. Equal parts joyous and heartbreaking, and featuring two megastars at their most charming, La La Land is one of the best romantic musicals in recent years. 

IMDB Rating: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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7. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

It was promised to be the most high-end, luxurious island-set music festival experience known to man, with supermodels, yachts, five-star accommodation and dining all set to provide an experience unlike any other. Unfortunately, festivalgoers were in for a rude shock when they arrived at their supposed paradise, instead finding a setting that looked more like an internment camp than Club Med. Netflix’s original documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened tells the story of how this event unraveled, going from party of the century to Hell on Earth. 

IMDB Rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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