Starting with the release of Beasts of No Nation in 2015, Netflix Original Movies have been coming on in full force. It seems like there’s no lack of them today with tons more on the way. And it makes sense. With Netflix’s subscriber base of 125 million people, they can afford to produce their own movies. It’s also smart to get out from under the thumb of other production studios. However, this creates a problem. Which ones should we see and which should we forget? Well, we’re here to help you out. Using overall critic scores from Rotten Tomatoes, here are 25 Best Netflix Original Movies.
The Polka King - 59%
About a polish immigrant who becomes the King of Pennsylvania Polka, he ends up unwittingly running a successful Ponzi scheme and tries to cover it up as the FBI starts to investigate him. Based on a true story, this film starring Jack Black mixes comedy and tragedy together with great aplomb.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture - 61%
This dark comedy is about the rise and fall of the National Lampoon magazine and its creator Doug Kenney. With an all-star comedic cast and clever, funny writing, it’ll certainly have you both laughing and intrigued the whole way through.
Shimmer Lake - 63%
Starring Rainn Wilson, Shimmer Lake follows a local sheriff as he tries to solve three criminals and a bank heist gone wrong. Critics hail Rainn Wilson’s performance and call it a clever take on the crime genre with the storytelling told backward.
Small Crimes - 64%
Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, known for his role as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones, this movie is about a former cop returning for redemption but finds himself back in the former hole he escaped. Critics called it an entertaining, dark crime thriller.
Spectral - 67%
This little-known science fiction adventure pits a group of soldiers against a powerful supernatural entity. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is rife with fun action. Fans of a simple soldiers versus ghosts story will find something to like here.