From Malcolm and Marie to a Korean space movie, this is the best Netflix hit of the year.
And the best Netflix movies of 2021 are …
2021 came with a long list of good movies and, although the year is just beginning, we already have a few that have surprised Netflix fans (and critics).
The streaming war is tough, each platform has new projects almost every week and to survive you have to make the best content. That may cost Netflix, Disney, HBO and Amazon millions of dollars , but for those on the other side of the screen that means we have more and better things to watch in those moments when we need a good story to stop thinking about our own problems.
Netflix has definitely been doing things right, some of their 2020 movies already sound like favorites for Oscar 2021 (like Mank and Pieces of a Woman ), and for this year they have something big in store. 2021 began with the arrival of Malcolm and Marie, The White Tiger, and The Dig, and with the confirmation that a new original film will arrive each week, the hit list will continue to grow. And it is not just original films, the studio has also acquired films from other studios to premiere exclusively on its platform (such as News of the World with Tom Hanks ) that swept festival season, and now They are among the most nominated of the awards season.
There are still months to go until the end of the year (a very long marathon awaits us), but it is never too early to start recommending the best films that have already been released, so we decided to do just that and create a list with the premieres that really do not you can let go.
The best Netflix movies to go in 2021:
And so you don’t get lost, we will be updating this information with the new releases.
The White Tiger
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Inspired by the novel by Aravind Adiga (one of the books recommended by Barack Obama), this comedy with Priyanka Chopra is a portrait of the caste system in India and the difficulties that a person has to overcome in order to achieve success. The story centers on a driver who, tired of serving others, decides to go out into the world to build his own destiny, making an incredible journey of self-discovery and improvement (you are going to laugh, you are going to get angry and you are going to cry a little with this inspiring story).
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Based on the true story of one of the most important historical discoveries in England, The Dig stars Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes , who play Edith Pretty and Basil Brown, a widow and an excavator who work together on the discovery of an ancient ship buried under a mound of earth on the Pretty family’s land. History shows how the museum tried to appropriate the discovery of Brazil by realizing that the treasure found completely changed what they thought they knew about their ancestors.
Pieces of a Woman
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
It’s technically from 2020, but it came to Netflix in 2021 with a great performance from Vanessa Kirby . The film is intimate and emotional, it is a story that shows how people deal with the greatest pain in different ways and the stresses and problems that can arise in a single moment. Pieces of a Woman follows a woman who lost her baby on the day of her birth and accompanies her on the journey she must take to heal and let go of the past. We must warn that the role of Shia LaBeouf is problematic, but Kirby and Ellen Burstyn do a job that should not be ignored.
Malcolm and Marie
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Filmed during the quarantine, with only two actors and in a single location. Malcolm and Marie (with a perfect black and white photograph and a jazzy soundtrack that you are going to want to download in full) is not a love story, it is a story of injured egos, of fights and of a couple trying to show that one can do more harm to the other. Zendaya shines in this story created by the same genius who gave us the Euphoria series .
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
From Korea comes one of the best science fiction films of the first half of the year. Seung-hee Jo’s Space Sweepers is set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a space junk collecting ship called The Victory. During one of their missions, the crew discover a humanoid robot named Dorothy (who has the appearance of an innocent girl, but is not) known to have been created as a weapon of mass destruction, and they decide to try to sell her to the highest bidder, until they discover that it may not be the best idea.
News of the World
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Tom Hanks is reason enough to want to see this movie that presents an epic adventure in which a war veteran agrees to take a kidnapped girl across the country to reunite with his remaining family. The problem? There are many dangers on the way, the girl does not speak English and Captain Kidd (Hanks) has to gain her trust so that she will allow him to take her to her destination. If you are fans of the Western genre, this movie is for you.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
For fans of The Goonies (complete with a cameo of a classic character). Finding Ohana is a kind of treasure hunt that begins with Pili, a girl who moves to Hawaii with her family to help her grandfather. There, she discovers a diary with a map to find a treasure, which she needs to prevent her grandfather from losing his house, so she recruits her brother and two friends to go deep into the jungle and follow the clues.
I Care a Lot
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Rosamund Pike took home a Golden Globe for her role as the villain in this crime comedy. Pike is Marla Grayson, a woman who is dedicated to scamming the elderly, locking them in nursing homes and selling all their properties to make more money, the problem is that she eventually messes with the wrong person and her scam makes her the target of a mobster who He is not going to allow her to treat her mother that way.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Winner of the Goya , this Spanish film tells the story of a group of teenagers accused of witchcraft in the Basque Country in 1609. The men of the region are in the sea and the women are alone, so they have to do whatever it takes to survive, including fooling an obsessed inquisitor into the idea that they are part of a Sabbath where they practice their rituals.
The mole agent
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary , the Chilean film tells the story of an 80-year-old man, Don Sergio, who is hired by a private detective to infiltrate a nursing home where he suspects that caregivers are mistreating patients, and only Sergio can reveal the truth.
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette star in this space drama about impossible decisions. This is the story of three astronauts who are part of a mission to Mars that lasts two years, but, just hours before liftoff, they discover that there is one more person on the spacecraft and they eventually realize that they damaged an essential part for survival and that if they don’t do something, they will run out of resources and die before reaching their destination.
The Mitchells v the Machines
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
This is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, with the voices of Olivia Colman and Maya Rudolph . The Mitchells are a dysfunctional family who find themselves on a road trip to take their daughter to college, but their plan is interrupted when a group of deadly robots begin to ensnare all humans under the command of an evil virtual assistant. The Mitchells manage to survive and ironically become humanity’s last hope, and they must learn to work together to save the world.
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) star in this film in which, after being sent to live with his father for the summer, a teenager discovers the black cowboy community of Philadelphia, which is a united and unique community that helps him to find her own identity and to repair her complicated relationship with the man she hadn’t seen in years.