The 7 Best Netflix Original Movies 2021

Best Netflix Original Movies
Best Netflix Original Movies

The 7 Best Netflix Original Movies 2021

Best Netflix Original Movies 2021. Once upon a time, Netflix’s only original content was television, but once upon an earlier time, it thrived on DVD mailers that have become all but myth.

Netflix has always loved movies, and ever since its first original production the platform has proved more than capable of churning out crowd-pleasers and Oscar winners — sometimes both at the same time.

Best Netflix Original Movies. We’ve picked our favorites from 2020, 2019, and 2018, but here are the best Netflix original films ever, in release order. Best Netflix Original Movies

Best Netflix Original Movies

1. Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation

Netflix’s very first original film seemed like a reckless gamble but debuted to strong reviews and eventual awards. Abraham Attah stars as Agu, a Ghanaian child forced to become a soldier and join a battalion led by the formidable Commandant (Idris Elba). The young soldiers suffer losses in battle as well as abuse from the Commandant, and Agu fears he has become a monster in a life that never lets him choose. — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter

Where to watch: Netflix

2. 13th

Harvard University professor of History, Race, and Public Policy Khalil Muhammad in Ava DuVernay’s “13th.”

Ava DuVernay’s chilling documentary explores a sinister loophole in the U.S. Constitution’s 13th amendment, which abolished slavery except as a punishment for crimes.

This clause laid the foundation for the country’s now-notorious and interminable problem of mass incarceration, a problem that has taken a toll on Black men more than any other demographic. — P.K. 

Where to watch: Netflix

3. Icarus

Grigory Rodchenkov, head of Russian anti-doping laboratory, knows more about doping than expected.

A rare documentary with a big twist, Icarus starts as filmmaker Bryan Fogel dipping his toes into sports doping and trying it out for himself for an amateur bike race. In his research, he stumbles upon an international doping conspiracy involving a bizarrely open and knowledgeable participant: Grigory Rodchenkov, head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory.

Rodchenkov started as a simple source of information on performance enhancers but had a lot more to share, spurring this documentary in a new, infinitely more interesting direction thanks to his whistleblowing, resulting in a huge scandal, criminal investigations, and very legitimate threats to peoples’ lives. — Kellen Beck, Entertainment Reporter

Where to watch: Netflix

4. Okja

Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyun) and Okja in Bong Joon-Ho’s surprisingly silly yet thought-provoking “Okja.”

Before he won an Oscar for suggesting we eat the rich, Bong Joon Ho’s most recent film was about a little girl and her genetically modified superpig, Okja. Ahn Seo-Hyun plays wide-eyed Mija, who cannot bear the separation when times come for Okja to be taken away and ostensibly killed for mass consumption. Best Netflix Original Movies

Mija flees to Seoul to rescue her best friend and expose the slimy Mirando Corporation which began the superpig program. Okja boasts a wholesome and streamlined story, but Bong’s stamp is in the delectably weird performances from Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more — and in the fleeting Easter eggs the director put in there just for fun. — P.K.

Where to watch: Netflix

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Peter (Noah Centineo) and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) sell the heck out of a fake relationship in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Netflix’s rom-com revival kicked off in 2017, a year whose slate included this criminally charming movie based on the novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean (Lana Condor) is a hopeless romantic in the habit of writing letters to her most epic crushes — writing, not sending. When the letters leak, she starts pretending to date Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) to divert attention from her real crush on her sister’s boyfriend.

With a bouncy pop soundtrack and visual style that is the envy of your entire Instagram feed, To All the Boys is the kind of movie you can return to again and again, a comfort watch as cozy as Lara Jean’s baked goods. Will we ever tire of watching fictional characters fake love until it becomes real? If they’re even half as adorable as these two, the answer is no. — P.K.

Where to watch: Netflix

6. Roma

Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, a housekeeper in the moving film “Roma.”

(Best Netflix Original Movies) Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning drama follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a housekeeper working for a wealthy family in Mexico City. Thanks to Cuarón’s writing, direction, and cinematography (each of which garnered its own respective Oscar), the film is remarkably immersive, enveloping us in Cleo’s world in a way most movies strive for and can never even touch. We feel the comfort in her mundane day-to-day, the sting of her boyfriend’s betrayal, and blinding panic and trauma in the film’s final act. It’s a stunning piece of cinema that should be talked about for decades to come. — P.K.

The 7 Best Netflix Original Movies 2021 Where to watch: Netflix

7. Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Homecoming A Film by Beyonce
Homecoming A Film by Beyonce

Homecoming is a documentary film that is mainly footage from Beyoncé’s two-night headlining gig at Coachella in 2018 (which was dubbed Beychella for her outstanding performance). On its face, the documentary is a reiteration of Beyoncé’s unparalleled talent uniquely set on a backdrop of the celebratory culture of sporting events and gatherings on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities.

Homecoming is also especially personal because it serves as a closer look into Beyoncé’s mindset as she nervously anticipated her return to the stage while living in a postpartum body that felt foreign to her. The entire film is triumphantly affecting and genuinely awesome.

The choreography, vocals, remixes of Beyoncé’s repertoire, costume changes, and special guest stars make Homecoming, which is over two hours long, totally worth the viewing journey.* — Tricia Crimmins, Entertainment Fellow

Best Netflix Original Movies Where to watch: Netflix

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