Top 30 Amazing Films On Netflix That Not Many People Know About

Netflix is nowadays one of the most famous streaming services online, boasting approximately 148 million subscribers in 2018. Netflix has a very wide and important catalog of films, television series and Netflix original films. What you may now know, is that Netflix’s catalog has some very good films that are normally ignored. Our favorites are #27, #16 and #4!

#30. The Void

This 2016 film directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie is an ode to the horror genre of the 80s, particularly to those films directed by John Carpenter, such as The Thing and The Prince of Darkness. The creature effects were crowdfunded on Indiegogo and raised $82,510, while the film’s funding was done through traditional channels by the production company. The film follows a group of survivors that were trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists and evil creatures.

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The Void was premiered at the 2016 Fantastic Fest and later at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. In the film-review site Rottentomatoes, The Void holds a 76% approval rating, and almost all critics agree that “The Void offers a nostalgic rush for fans of low-budget 1980s horror — and legitimate thrills for hardcore genre enthusiasts of all ages.

#29. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

This 2010 comedy horror film stars Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies living by themselves in a forest. They are mistaken by a group of college students as killers when one of the students hurts herself and they try to take care of her. The students attempt to avoid them at all costs, unwittingly causing their own deaths as a result.

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According to Rotten Tomatoes, 83% of 102 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review, while the average rating is 6.9 out of 10. The critical consensus states that “Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and—believe it or not—heart“.

#28. Moon

Being director Duncan Jones’s debut, the 2009 film Moon follows actor Sam Rockwell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon. Thanks to the film, director Duncan Jones won a BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

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Moon was also screened as part of a lecture series at the NASA’s Space Center Houston at the request of a professor. As Duncan recalls, he was asked why the base looked like a bunker and he answered:

“Well, in the future I assume you won’t want to continue carrying everything with you, you’ll want to use the resources on the moon to build things’ and a woman in the audience raised her hand and said, ‘I’m actually working on something called mooncrete, which is concrete that mixes lunar regolith and ice water from the Moon’s polar caps”.

#27. Pan’s Labyrinth

This 2006 dark fantasy drama written and directed by Guillermo del Toro takes place in Spain during 1944, five years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The main character of the film, Ofelia, discovers this magical labyrinth which is inhabited by several magical creatures and a mysterious faun, that serves as a sort of antagonist in the film.

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Like many of del Toro’s films, it’s a political allegory as well as a gothic fantasy. The heady mix of whimsy and violence wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it won enough fans to make $83.25 million worldwide and receive six Oscar nominations (of which it won three). Del Toro intended Pan’s Labyrinth to be a thematic complement to The Devil’s Backbone, his 2001 film set in Spain in 1939.

#26. Beyond Skyline

This 2017 science fiction film is technically a sequel to 2010’s Skyline, although all the characters are different and it seems to take place at roughly the same time than the first movie, just from different perspectives. The film is a series of big, explosive action beats, the kind of movie that features a lot of people screaming other people’s names as bad things happen.

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Los Angeles cop Mark Corley, portrayed by Frank Grillo, is on leave from the force after his wife’s death, and he’s at war with his adult son Trent, who is lashing out because of his own anger and grief. Mark and his son are trapped on the Metro when a giant alien mothership attacks the city, hypnotizing Angelenos with some kind of blue-ray and sucking them up into the sky. Beyond Skyline is an enjoyably loopy thrill-ride, full of sudden shifts and turns.

#25. Pandora

Clearly influenced by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March 2011, South Korean disaster blockbuster “Pandora” is the film no mainstream Japanese director dares to make. Imagining with harrowing realism a catastrophic man-made disaster, writer-director Park Jung-woo’s uncensored depiction of political incompetence taps right into his compatriots’ current mood of anger and mistrust toward their government amid President Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment.

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With thorough technical exposition, the film tracks how facilities can easily malfunction and inexorably devolve. Also atypical of Korean blockbusters, visual effects here are not employed to create pyrotechnics that is of tangential importance to the story. Instead, leading VFX company Digital Idea visualizes the full-metal anatomy of the nuclear reactor – from its looming outer form to its steampunk-like machinery inside – with a grim realism that makes the meltdown so galvanizing to watch.

#24. Evolution

David Duchovny and Orlando Jones star as scientist buddies whose dreary days teaching in a university suddenly become eventful. The appearance of a meteor and briskly evolving extraterrestrial worms create massive interest in the scientific community. The scientists find their work complicated by the arrival of an expert and the odd involvement of a bumbling fireman. As the alien organisms grow to giant sizes, it becomes clear to everyone that their landing on Earth is less a cause for celebration and more of a reason for worldwide panic.

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Evolution was based on a story by Don Jakoby, who turned it into a screenplay along with David Diamond and David Weissman. The film was originally written as a serious science fiction horror film until director Reitman re-wrote much of the script. A short-lived animated series, Alienators: Evolution Continues, loosely based on the film, was broadcasted months after the film was released.

#23. Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer is now a certified hit, but when it was released to theaters on July 2001, it didn’t do so well. The film about sexually and emotionally frustrated counselors on the last day at Camp Firewood wasn’t embraced by critics and was considered a “financial disaster” by director David Wain.

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Nonetheless, the cast of Wet Hot American Summer is full of familiar faces, including Elizabeth Banks, who scored the part of Lindsay while she was working as a cocktail waitress in New York. Bradley Cooper, meanwhile, missed his graduation from The Actors Studio because of Wet Hot American Summer‘s production schedule.

#22. Fullmetal Alchemist

For almost two decades, fans of Fullmetal Alchemist have watched creator Hiromu Arakawa rework his fiction from a manga (2001) into two separate anime (2003 and 2009). But last year, a new player was brought into the mix: director Fumihiko Sori, whose live-action adaptation of Fullmetal was released in Japan in December and also released on Netflix. The live-action Fullmetal, like the anime, follows the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, as they search for a Philosopher’s Stone in the fictional European nation of Amestris.

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The film manages to adapt the first chapter of a sprawling, earnest story about religion and science into a live-action sci-fi movie that feels complete, even to viewers who haven’t seen the anime. It also keeps intact the original series’ mode of storytelling, its core characters, and values, as well as the fact that it’s a Japanese-written story set in a fictional European country.

#21. Beyond the Gates

When their father disappears under inexplicable circumstances, his two sons, John and Gordon, return to the family’s immense video rental store to clear everything away with the help of Gordon’s girlfriend, Margot. The ill-fated trio soon finds the store’s rear office, where they come across a retro board game called Beyond the Gates.

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If you’re a fan of horror movies made during the 80s, it’s a sure bet that Beyond the Gates is a movie you’ll enjoy. With neon-colored sights and spookily synthesized sounds, the entire tone of Beyond the Gates is steeped in cinematic style from that heyday.

#20. Spectral

A lot of the fascination with sci-fi movies stems from a successful blend of state-of-the-art science and technology with what might be considered an imaginable extrapolation of it. This high-tech sci-fi film was originally planned as a theatrical release but has finally been relegated to Netflix.

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Spectral stages the film pretty much exactly like Aliens, building up a group of 16 indistinguishable and multicultural soldiers, then whittling them down to a few tough, angry survivors. There’s even a wide-eyed, traumatized little survivor-girl who plays the same part as Aliens’ Newt. For a mainstream supernatural-fantasy war film, Spectral is curiously devoted to rhapsodizing about science, and considering the moral implications of scientific discovery.

#19. Officer Downe

Based on DC and Marvel comic book writer Joe Casey’s 2010 beloved graphic novel, Officer Downe has been adapted into a film by Slipknot co-founder M. Shawn Crahan. Kim Coates stars as Terrence Downe, an authority figure who at first glance appears to be completely impervious to pain, but then turns out to actually be a cop who lays down his life for the law over and over again, only to be reanimated in a secret lab beneath the police station and shoved back out into the criminally-charged world again.

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In Officer Downe, however, the tone never quite shifts from one side to the other throughout the film. Crahan seems to want his audience to giggle, or perhaps even to feel sorry for his man of the law, who sacrifices his life almost every single day. Kim Coates does a terrific job of playing the cop who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and loves to deliver one-liners along the way.

#18. Beasts of No Nation

Directed by Cary Fukunaga -whose previous works include Jane Eyre, season one of True Detective, and the Central American migrant drama Sin Nombre -, Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a 14-year-old boy whose life is turned upside down when he loses his family in tribal violence and is recruited to become a child soldier. The film is based on the 2005 book of the same name by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala and set in a nameless West African country.

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Agu is numbed by horror and hardened by the brutality he has witnessed and perpetrated. The Commandant (portrayed by Idris Elba) trains him and his comrades to be “warriors”, which is to say, war criminals. While the film, like the book, does not turn away from the atrocities they commit, it also doesn’t allow you to forget that they’re children.

#17. The Fundamentals of Caring

In The Fundamentals of Caring, Paul Rudd plays Ben, a former writer who’s trying his hand in being a caregiver to his first-ever client, Trevor. Trevor is as confused and frustrated as any teen, with the added complexity of his muscular dystrophy diagnosis. In an effort to connect with Trevor and shake up the boy’s prescribed existence, Ben takes him on a field trip to see some of America’s weirdest roadside attractions.

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The film is based on a novel by Jonathan Evison and which was published in 2012. The novelist didn’t adapt his own work for the movie. The Fundamentals Of Caring was written and directed by Rob Burnett, who happens to be the President and CEO of David Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. But Evison has also appeared in the movie credits for having penned the novel the film is based on.

#16. The Invitation

The Invitation is an intriguing movie, which curiously takes place over the course of only one evening in a Beverly Hills mansion. Will and his girlfriend, Kira, join Will’s old friends for a dinner party. Hosting the party is Will’s ex-wife Eden and her boyfriend David, together with their friends Pruitt and Sadie. As the evening wears on, Will can’t help but shake the fact that there is something wrong and off with Eden and David and their two friends.

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The film is incredibly brilliant, possibly boasting the best final shot of any film in 2016. It’s emblematic of our current western society and culture that has erupted in extreme violence. Thus, The Invitation is a taut, Hitchcockian thriller that cuts at sophisticated living in L.A. In Karyn Kusama’s words,

“There is a real sense of people coming to Los Angeles to reinvent their lives, to reinvent their identities, and I think that allows for a lot of fringe elements in a way that contribute to a lot of different belief systems”.

#15. Creep

In the new found-footage horror movie Creep, Mark Duplass plays a man dying of cancer, and Patrick Brice is a videographer who he hires to film his ruminations for his unborn child. For the first half of the film, the movie is more interested in tracking the relationship that develops between the two protagonists than in delivering chills.

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Brice and Duplass originally began working on Creep under the working title Peachfuzz but chose to rename the film. The thing is that the relevance of the title Peachfuzz came later in the movie’s plot, and they did not want viewers to “spend the first half-hour trying to figure out why the movie is called Peachfuzz and not pay attention to the very intricate details“.

#14. The Survivalist

Set in the near future, when overpopulation has led to widespread starvation and the breakdown of society, director Stephen Fingleton’s spare, striking debut feature takes a minimalist approach to the post-apocalyptic thriller genre. Director Stephen Fingleton concentrates on quiet character moments to explore the themes of loyalty and betrayal, both central throughout the film.

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Martin McCann stars as the title character, a nameless man in his thirties, who has been living in an isolated cabin in the Northern Irish countryside for the past seven years. This lonely peace is shattered by the arrival of two women, Kathryn and her daughter, Milja. Very interesting dynamics take place inside the cabin, where Kathryn secretly pressures the reluctant Milja to betray the Survivalist so they can take over his land.

#13. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

This movie features Macon Blair’s debut as a director; until then, he had been known for his acting roles in films such as Blue Ruin and Green Room. With its mouthful title and roller coaster vibe, this loony thriller stars Melanie Lynskey as a mild-mannered woman who refuses to let simple housebreaking go unsolved, resulting in a bloody and unpredictable ride for all the people involved.

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This is a film about the utter indifference and outright hostility that people encounter every day, and about how decent people suffer and suffer, almost always silently, until they finally snap. The movie never escalates beyond a high simmer, though, and once we get to the inevitable climax, you will probably start to tally up all the missed opportunities.

#12. The Green Room

The new film from the immensely promising young director Jeremy Saulnier pits a rock band against a bunch of neo-Nazis in the Pacific Northwest. The neo-Nazis lock the band’s members in a green room and plan to kill them after they witness something that they shouldn’t have. The film brutally toys with your sympathies as the band members descend into hell, find unlikely allies, and then try to climb their way back out again.

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The director, born in Alexandria, Virginia, grew up making lo-fi monster movies in his parents’ backyard. His first professional feature, the 2007 comedy-horror Murder Party, had a bit of buzz, though hardly enough to bring in the big bucks. Saulnier does put his unlikely heroes through the wringer, and with an almost sadistic glee: it seems that he loves throwing seemingly inept people into extreme situations.

#11. Absolutely Anything

The 2017 film was produced by Bill Jones and Ben Timlett. Jones directed Absolutely Anything from a script he wrote with Gavin Scott 20 years earlier. This film follows Simon Pegg while he takes on the lead role of a teacher which has been handed with magical powers by aliens. The director chose to cast fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin to play the aforementioned extraterrestrials.

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The screenplay by Jones and Gavin Scott centers on Pegg’s disillusioned teacher Neill Clarke, who is gifted by aliens with powers to do “absolutely anything“. With a simple wave of his hand, he finds he can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students, as well as bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap while struggling to master his new skills. Do you need yet another reason for watching this film? Well, Robin Williams features as the voice of Clarke’s faithful dog.

#10. Look Who’s Back

Based on Timur Vermes’ bestselling 2012 novel of the same name, Look Who’s Back begins with a simple premise: What if Adolf Hitler inexplicably reappeared in present-day Berlin? What if a poof of smoke dropped the very confused dictator into the public park where his bunker once stood? How would contemporary Germans react to the sudden return of their nation’s most notorious yet infamous native son?

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Director David Wnendt told The Guardian that their idea was to find out how people would react to Hitler and his ideas today, as well as to find out whether these ideas would have a chance of succeeding. Masucci is the latest of a long list of an estimated 120 actors to have played Adolf Hitler on the big screen over the past 75 years, beginning with Charlie Chaplin, who portrayed Adenoid Hynkel, a thin disguise for Hitler, in his 1940 satire The Great Dictator.

#9. The Tiger Hunter

This 2016 film follows Sami, an aspiring engineer, from his rural Indian village to a job opportunity in Chicago. Taking place in 1979, Sami has but two ambitions: to win the love of his childhood sweetheart and to achieve the social status of his father, a celebrated tiger hunter who died when Sami was a child.

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When Sami ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates and taking a job as a lowly mail clerk, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a variety of misfits that Sami may soon call friends. With a likable cast and a wholesome message about the true meaning of success, The Tiger Hunter might balk at the harsher details of immigrant life, but it has a generosity of spirit that lifts everyone up.

#8. A Serious Man

The Broadway actor Michael Stuhlbarg gets his big-screen break playing Larry Gopnik, a professor of theoretical physics whose life reaches a menopausal climacteric with his son’s approaching bar mitzvah and the astonishing announcement from his wife (Sari Lennick) that their marriage is over.

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A Serious Man is about nothing less than the search for meaning. Is there an order in the universe? Larry begins to think not. Finally, in desperation, he goes back to the faith he’s come to ignore and asks his rabbis for advice. The answer he gets is that life is an unsolvable mystery. Both actors are probably giving the Coens what they want, as the brothers have always liked performances to be big.

#7. Christine

Rebecca Hall gives a career-best performance in this deeply strange real-life story, written for the screen by Craig Shilowich and directed by Antonio Campos. Hall plays Christine Chubbuck, a Florida TV news journalist who in 1974 took her own life with a gunshot, live on air. Her own persistence, stubbornness, lack of tact and inability to compromise create a perfect storm together with her terrible loneliness, obsessive crushes, and her feeling that her career is being hemmed in and crushed.

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Christine was apparently unhappy in her love life, was generally depressed, and was deeply frustrated with her career. On the other hand, her more thoughtful and discursive story ideas were perpetually junked in favor of sensationalism espoused by macho management. The recorded footage of this horrible event was locked away in corporate vaults, never to be seen again.

#6. Blame!

The original manga for Blame! started back in 1998 and there really hasn’t been anything like it before or since. The movie is based on the quest of Killy, who wanders an almost infinite structure known as “The City”, looking for a human with Net Terminal Genes. The film was released on Netflix on May 20th, 2017. But although the Blame! manga debuted 20 years ago, the story has been updated and changed in many ways to better suit the new medium.

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The Blame! film gets around the absent dialogues from the manga by largely telling the story from the perspective of the human settlers of a small, isolated village. Desperate and running out of food, a group of townsfolk comes across Killy after being chased by murderous safeguards while scrounging for supplies. Their stories intertwine when they learn of a factory that can potentially create both a large supply of food and a synthetic version of the gene Killy is searching for.

#5. The Vault

A ruthless armed gang led by sisters Leah and Vee plan on taking down a neighborhood bank. They make all of the terrified customers and employees kneel on the floor, and one nerdy guy with a mustache (portrayed by James Franco) tells them there is a secret vault, one floor below the main bank concourse, that is crammed with millions of dollars.

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Of course, there’s a reason no one goes in the basement vault, and the robbers release something ancient and evil when they break into it. Before you know it, people are seeing shapes that don’t show up on the security cameras and doing awfully gory things to themselves. Now, the robbers and employees have to escape something much worse than a federal crime.

#4. Cold in July

The Texan crime drama from Jim Mickle (who directed the horror remake We Are What We Are) is based on a 1989 thriller by Joe R Lansdale. Michael C Hall plays Richard, a married man with a kid, who manages a picture-framing store. One night, he and his wife wake up to hear an intruder in the kitchen. The violent outcome brings Richard into fateful contact with grizzled ex-con Russell and flamboyant private detective Jim Bob.

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As for the performances, they’re ripe and rich, even though the three core characters sometimes appear to be starring in entirely different movies. While Johnson has a hoot building on the self-parody that has given his career a second wind, Shepard plays it straight as the man with little to say and even less to lose. But it’s Hall who steals the show, pitching it just right as an emasculated antihero seduced by the dinosaurs of old-school machismo, learning ugly lessons about what it means to walk like a man.

#3. Super Dark Times

This 2017 drama and thriller film was directed by Kevin Phillips and stars young actors such as Owen Campbell and Charlie Tahan. The film follows an inseparable pair of teenage boys and best friends lose their innocence out of jealousy, violence, and paranoia after a terrible and traumatic accident.

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Phillips shot the film in Kingston, New York, in the Hudson River Valley, whose verdant hillsides and quiet, residential streets imbue Super Dark Times with a calmness that belies the terror and forces everyone in town, whether consciously or not, to reckon with evil.

#2. The Boy

More often than not, the idea of the inanimate object coming to life and wreaking havoc is more frightening than the actual execution. It’s a tricky thing to pull off: drawing shivers from turning a childhood plaything into something truly menacing vs. eliciting giggles at the sheer silliness of the proposition.

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Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) stars as Greta, a pretty, young American who travels to a remote English village to take a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old boy. When Greta meets the rigid, conservatively dressed Heelshires, who look more like the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy than the parents, she receives a strict list of rules and a routine to which she must adhere. She also meets the boy himself – who isn’t a boy at all but rather a china doll with a prim wardrobe of tiny suits and cardigans and a glassy stare. Spooky!

#1. The Tiger

The tale is set in 1935 under Japan’s occupation of Korea and revolves around actor Choi Min-Sik’s hunter, who’s been retired since his wife passed away. The Japanese have set about killing every native Korean animal they can find, on the orders of a bloodthirsty commander played by Ren Osugi, who has a particular liking for displaying stuffed Korean tigers.

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From a technical standpoint, the movie is a gorgeous affair, with stunning cinematography of the Korean mountains, and the tiger itself comes in the form of a particularly impressive CGI creation. While the tiger may look and move remarkably natural, its instincts seem to be armed with an amazing ability to single out Japanese officers and subject them to the grizzliest deaths.

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