Let’s be honest, we’re at the start of 2022 and it’s more or less like 2021 so far. Bush fires were as bad as the pandemic, but even that is not taking hold right now, so it’s us back in our original state of lockdown.
But amidst everything that is happening, Netflix has been a breath of fresh air during the lockdown (pun intended).
The movie selection has been a great way for people to unwind as they spend their time either trapped in bed, or working from home.
This might just create the perfect work-life balance for them, or not.
But to be on the safe side, we made a list of all the best movies that you can stream on Netflix Australia.
Our list contains some of the underrated gems that you are certainly going to enjoy no matter what.
So without much wait, let us look at the 20 best movies on Netflix Australia.
Note: Due to copyrights and content distribution policies, the mentioned below list is subject to change at any time. In case you won’t find any of the titles on Netflix Australia, you can check the availability of the title on this website and read our guide on how to watch any region of Netflix in Australia to stream them.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Do I even need to continue? The name says it all.
After the show’s last episode, aired in 2013, the writers decided to give the fans a bit of a closure and released the movie.
Starring our beloved Jesse Pinkman, the film is based on the final timeline of the series, when Jessie is kidnapped by the drug lord and forced to make his signature crystals.
It won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Movie Made For Television. It was viewed by more than 25 million households according to Netflix.
When a vacation takes an unthinkable turn of events, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy to discover something that would rock world politics to its core.
A comedy-drama based on the book Secrecy World by Pulitzer prize-winning author Jake Bernstein, the movie is about the infamous Panama Papers scandal.
Although it is more of a fictional take on the events, the names used in the movie are real.
Netflix was sued by Mossack Fonseca on the basis of defamation charges and wanted to stop the release of the film.
Netflix won the lawsuit on the basis of the First Amendment to the United States constitution of free speech.
Have you ever wanted to watch a movie, just for the sake of seeing insane action, stunts, and cars blowing up?
Well, this is exactly what you get when you combine Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds.
A group of 6 elite mercenaries fake their own death in order to remove any traces of their past and then begin working in the dark to save the world from a cruel dictator.
All of them are known by their code names one, two, three, four, five, and six.
A funny, emotional and heartwarming flick, starring Kevin Hart.
The movie is about a newly widowed dad, who after the unexpected death of his wife, must man up to the toughest job in the world. Being a single dad to his young daughter.
Based on a true story, this movie is filled with a roller coaster of emotions and dirty nappies.
And Kevin Hart was praised by the critics for his versatile acting. It was the most-watched item on Netflix in the first week of its release.
The Meyerowitz Stories
Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Dustin Hoffman, the comedy-drama film tells the story of dysfunctional adult siblings living under the shadow of their father.
And how family helps cope individuals with the tragedies of their lives.
The film was nominated and won an award in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and the second Netflix movie to be competing in Cannes.
Moreover, the film won the Boston Society of Film Critics award for the category of Best Cast and Adam Sandler won Hollywood Film Award for his role.
A comedy crime movie, based on the FBI’s Abscam operation in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Christan Bale and Amy Adams are two con artists that are forced by the FBI to infiltrate and set up a sting operation on some of the most powerful politicians of New Jersey, including the mayor.
The film won 3 Golden Globe awards and made $ 251.2 million at the box office.
The film was also the recipient of 10 nominations at the 86th Academy Award for categories Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress.
Call Me By Your Name
A coming of age, romantic drama movie, based on the book by the same name and the final installment to Luca Guadagnino (Director) thematic ‘Desire’ trilogy.
The premise is set in 1983 Northern Italy, the story revolves around the romantic relationship between a 17 years old boy with his father’s 24 years old assistant.
The relationship is short-lived but teaches the young boy a lot about love and life. The film was budgeted at $3.5 million and made $41.9 million in Box Office.
An action-adventure film, the movie is about a young girl (Mija) who raises a genetically engineered ‘Super Pig’ for 10 years, provided to them by Mirando Corporation. After which the pig is taken back to be slaughtered at the slaughterhouse.
Young Mija travels the world landing in NYC to save the life of Okja. The film was the second movie by Netflix to be featured in the Cannes Film Festival.
In November 2019. Okja was named as one of New York’s 10 most influential movies of the decade. The film had an astounding budget of $50 million.
Believe me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey
Based on a true story, a 17 years old Lisa McVey is abducted by a serial killer while leaving her late night shift.
But using her wits and reverse psychology she compels her abductor to set her free, after 26 hours.
But when she returns home, no one is ready to believe her. Not even her family and she has to embark on another battle of convincing everyone of the events that happened.
The movie premiere was attended by Lisa McVey. It also won the Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie and Best Writing.
Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead is a zombie heist movie (a very unique genre don’t you think?) directed by none other than Zack Snyder of the Justice League fame.
Amidst a zombie apocalypse in Las Vegas, a team of mercenaries is tasked by casino owner to conduct a heist of recovering $200 million from his casino, before the military conducts a nuclear strike on the city.
Now isn’t this a storyline worth watching?
Soon after it’s release it became one of the most-watched original Netflix films. Two prequels of Army of the Dead are scheduled to be released on Netflix.
The Woman in The Window
Adaptation of the book by the same name, the book is one of the best crime books out there.
So naturally, it’s release was much awaited (which was delayed due to covid).
Dr. Anna Fox likes to secretly keep tabs on the picture of the perfect family across the street. Everything changes when she witnesses a murder in that apartment.
The police fail to investigate the matter properly, so she decides to do it herself.
A documentary film, focuses on one of the greatest feats of man ever made, the 1969 moon mission.
The movie consists of original archival footage of the mission, some of which were previously unreleased. And it does not include interviews, narrations or modern recreations.
Apollo 11 grossed $15 million and also won 3 of the 5 nominations at 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The Social Dilemma
An Emmy Award-nominated film, the movie revolves around the dark side of social media of how this social media is deliberately designed in a way to nurture addiction, and how it has become a major source of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and manipulation of people and governments.
The movie also features interviews with ex-employees of these social media giant companies.
The Social Dilemma was watched by more than 38 million households in the initial month of its release and was also the recipient of 7 nominations for the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards.
A 1991 Japanese animated drama film, defying the norm of animated films. Being a realistic drama it has a 100% rating on rotten tomatoes.
A 27 years old woman working in Tokyo decides to take a vacation back to her childhood home in the rural countryside.
There she has a major realization of the difference of the lives in rural and urban cities and also if a fast-paced city life was what she had dreamed about when she was little.
The film made 3.18 billion Japanese Yen. The English version of the film was released in the US in 2016.
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the movie explores the coming of age of an 15 years introvert boy who enters high school and makes new senior friends and how they help him cope with past tragedies of his life.
Stephen Chbosky was praised by the critics for his directional genius, which was also evident from the Box Office revenue, peaking at $33.4 million.
The movie won several awards including Independent Spirit Award For Best First Feature and GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Film.
A studio Ghibli masterpiece, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 10 years old Chihiro with her parents stumble upon an empty amusement park through which they find themselves in the realms of spirit.
Her parents turned into pigs, young Chihiro must work to pave her way to free herself and her parents and get back to the human world.
Spirited Away is considered to be one of the best movies ever made in the 21st century and one of the best-animated movies ever made.
It is also the second highest-grossing Japanese film with 31.68 billion Japanese Yen in revenue.
The Disaster Artist
Directed by James Franco, the film features a friendship between two struggling actors who move to Los Angeles to pursue acting careers.
But after being rejected a lot, they decide to make a film themselves where they cast themselves as actors. The film faces many setbacks but surprisingly becomes a profitable cult film.
The disaster artist won many awards including Best Actor- Musical or Comedy (James Franco) at 75th Golden Globe Awards.
It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Best Adaptive Screenplay.
Story of a teenage girl living in the outskirts of Paris, who wants to make it big in life and fast. She joins a local drug dealer. But an opportunity soon presents itself and finds that she may have a different approach to life.
A 2016 drama film by director Houda Benyamina, Houda won Caméra d’Or for this film at Cannes, and the movie was also an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Other awards for this movie include Best Supporting Actress (Deborah Lukumuena), Most Promising Actress (Oulaya Amara), Best Feature Film (Houda Benyamina), and Best First Film.
A truck driver and war veteran becomes a hitman for Russell Bufalino and his crime family. He slowly rises to become their top hitman and how the turn of events shapes the lives of everyone involved with them.
The film is directed by none other than Martin Scorsese and based on the novel ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’.
With the grand cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci along with others, this movie is Scorsese’s most expensive movie yet.
Before Money Heist, the concept of a perfect bank robbery was portrayed in this movie.
When bank robbers take hostage, the NYPD hostage negotiator is called to handle the situation.
But he finds the robbery to be linked with the past of some of the most powerful people of the city. The perfect robbery is conducted, but nothing is stolen.
The movie won $184.4 million worldwide and has a sequel Inside Man: Most Wanted released in 2019.