Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? Here, we bring you a list of the best films on Netflix UK right now, ranging from action and adventure to thrillers and documentaries. There are so many good films on Netflix, but sometimes it can be too much choice and it's really tricky to search through so we've sifted through the lot to come up with the ultimate list of movies that we think you'll enjoy.
This list is updated every month, but movies are changing on Netflix every day. That might mean that one or two of these movies are no longer available to watch by the time you come to read this article, and some good new films may have emerged. Let us know in the comments section below if your favourite movie is available on Netflix but not included here and we'll endeavour to add it very soon.
Let's get down to business then. Here are the best movies to watch on Netflix in the UK right now.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
It would probably be fair to say that Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 take on the Dracula mythos isn't the finest film that the world's most famous vampire has ever appeared in, but damn if it isn't one of the most stylish. This is worth watching for every single one of Dracula's outlandish looks alone, not to mention Gary Oldman's scenery chewing performance. Just do yourself a favour and fast forward through most of the Keanu Reeves scenes.
The Coen Brothers’ classic black comedy recently inspired an anthology TV show of the same name (also on Netflix, as it happens), and it remains one of their best. The plot - a desperate car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap and ransom his own wife - is great, but it’s the none-more-quaint Minnesota setting that makes Fargo utterly unique.
There are plenty of Woody Allen films on Netflix right now, but Annie Hall is almost certainly his best - and makes a brilliant introduction to his work if you’re new to it. It’s a wall-to-wall barrage of jokes, from high-brow philosophical references to low-brow slapstick and sex jokes, but behind it all there’s some genuine insight into modern relationships.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Written by (and co-starring) Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk Till Dawn was always going to be a bit nuts. There are vampire strippers, a penis pistol, and holy water guns, and that’s barely scratching the surface. The only part we can’t quite get our heads around is buying that Tarantino and George Clooney are brothers.
Setting aside the excellent Making a Murderer series, Netflix generally punches below its weight when it comes to documentaries. It may not look like it, but Pumping Iron is a notable exception, following a pre-fame Arnold Schwarzenegger as he trains for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe bodybuilding competitions. It’s a great look into a weird sport, and an amazingly candid insight into the actor before he learnt to manage his public image.
Beasts of No Nation
Netflix’s first original film may boast Idris Elba in its cast, but great as he is, he’s not the real star here. That honour belongs to Abraham Attah, the Ghanaian teenager who makes his acting debut here as a young boy dragged into service as a child soldier in a vicious civil war. Unsurprisingly it’s pretty troubling stuff, but it’s undeniably powerful and difficult to forget.
Under the Shadow
Set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, this Persian-language is that rarest of things: a horror movie that feels genuinely new. That's in part thanks to the relatively novel monster (the shadowy Djinn), partly the setting, and partly the brilliant central performance from Narges Rashidi. It also manages the neat trick of being totally terrifying while shedding hardly a single drop of blood.
This one comes with a bit of a content warning, as it deals with rape and assault in a way that just about any viewer will find challenging to watch. Still, it's worth it if you can - Isabelle Huppert turns in an astonishing performance in this film, which subverts expectations and somehow finds the black humour in some very unpleasant stuff.
The Breakfast Club
The teen movie to end all teen movies, this '80s classic questions the cliques and in-groups that make up the high school experience, along the way asking we all can't just get along. Witty, fun, and ultimately very sweet, this also has an absolutely unbeatable soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself. And if you have seen it, you know just how great it is already.
La La Land
This almost-Best Picture winner may not have taken home Best Picture but that doesn't mean it isn't fantastic. A modern musical with an eye firmly towards the past, La La Land may be driven largely by nostalgia, but it's also refreshingly modern in its attitudes to romance and love - right up to the bittersweet ending.
If you liked La La Land, you might want to check out director Damien Chazelle's previous effort, the incomparable Whiplash. Set in a prestigious New York music school, it's probably the only film that's turned a music teacher into something close to a horror monster. JK Simmons is a nightmare as the demanding band leader who brings his students to breaking point in the pursuit of perfection, all building to the finest closing act of any film in recent memory.
Netflix has plenty of the standard Marvel movies, including some of the best. They're great, but after a while they do start to blend together a bit - which is where Deadpool comes in. Ryan Reynolds' irreverent antihero is rude, crude, and frequently nude in this low(er) superhero movie that skewers the rest of the genre perfectly.
The World's End
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz may tend to get all the hype, but for our money Cornetto Trilogy closer The World's End doesn't get the love it deserves. The jokes are less obvious in this tale of a group of former school friends who reunite for one last pub crawl (during the end of the world, naturally) but there's more heart here than in either of Edgar Wright's other collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and the visual references and snappy editing are the best of his career.
Independent horror has had a banner few years, and one of the best films in that wave was It Follows, which reimagines the classic slasher movie as a parable safe sex, with a movie monster that works much like an STD. Wherever you are, it follows you - only slowly, but constantly, taking the form of other people - and the only way to avoid it is to pass the threat onto someone else. By having sex with them. This isn't cheesy schlock though - It Follows is smart enough to explore the darker side of its setup, and the slow-burn horror is paid off expertly.
This smart sci-fi film from director Alex Garland (of the also excellent Ex Machina) got a cinema release in the US, but went straight to Netflix here in the UK. Don't take that as a bad sign though: it's not that Annihilation is bad, but simply that studio Paramount worried its mix of trippy visuals, dark horror, and loose plot wouldn't convert to big box office returns. This isn't an easy watch, but trust us, it's worth it.
The Fast & the Furious (all of them)
In a serious coup for UK Netflix users, the company got the rights to the Fast and the Furious. All of them. All eleventy billion Fast and/or Furious movies, all in one place, giving you access to as much wanton vehicular destruction as you could ever ask for.
There are a few great reasons to watch Oblivion. There are the central performances from the likes of Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough. The phenomenal electronic score from French band M83. But most of all, there's the frequently stunning design work, with director Joseph Kosinski showing off the aesthetic flair that earned him the director's seat on both Tron: Legacy and the upcoming Top Gun sequel.
The last few years have seen a few truly fantastic indie horror films, but The Witch (or The VVitch, if you want to go by the poster's stylisation) is undoubtedly one of the best. Following an ultra-religious (even by local standards) family of American settlers explores family dynamics and puritanical religious fears, while finding out just how scary you can make a goat.
Monty Python's Life of Brian
This Monty Python classic re-tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth from the perspective of Brian - who's not the Messiah, just a very naughty boy. As silly as it is satirical, the film pokes fun at religious and historical figures alike in that special, surreal way that only the best of Monty Python ever could.
Personal Shopper is a difficult film to pin down. This dreamy drama from Olivier Assayas flits between ghost story, thriller, and mundane slice of life. Kristen Stewart's titular personal shopper travels between European capitals collecting clothes and jewelry for her celebrity employer until she starts receiving strange text messages - which she believes come from her late brother. The film is mesmerisingly opaque, but Stewart gives a career-best performance that's more than enough reason to give it a watch.