Netflix: 37 of the absolute best movies to watch


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Vita & Virginia (2018)


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Netflix has a bulging library of movies and as each week brings new content, it becomes an exercise of sifting through the best of the bunch.

To cut time, you’ll find highlights of new content below, as well as CNET’s full list of best movie Originals on Netflix.

What’s new this week (Nov. 22 to 28)

A couple of major movies this week.

Monday

  • Vita & Virginia (2018) — biographical romantic drama about Virginia Woolf and fellow author Vita Sackville-West in London in the 1920s. Despite both women being married, they embark on a love affair that later inspires one of Virginia’s most famous novels, Orlando.

Tuesday

  • Jonas Brothers Family Roast (2021) — Comedy roast of the Jonas Brothers including sketches, songs, games and special guests.

Wednesday

  • Bruised (2021) — Sport drama directed by and starring Halle Berry about a disgraced MMA fighter.

Friday

  • A Castle for Christmas (2021) — Holiday rom-com about author Sophie Brown (Brooke Shields), who travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle, but the prickly owner, Myles, the Duke of Dunbar (Cary Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair might just find something more than they were expecting.

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The full list of best Netflix Original movies

At time of writing, these films all score at least 70 on Metacritic.

Drama

Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)

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Andrew Garfield takes the spotlight for this biographical musical drama about Jonathan Larson, the late composer behind Rent and the Tick, Tick… Boom! musical. The movie, helmed by Lin Manuel Miranda in his directorial debut, follows Larson’s career and the time pressure he feels to leave a lasting impression. With joy-inducing music, a meaningful narrative about the creative process and a passionate performance from Garfield as Larson, Tick, Tick… Boom! is a graceful and feel-good tribute.

The Dig (2021)

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This fine British drama excavates a whole lot of buried treasure with a distinguished cast in Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James and Johnny Flynn. It’s based on the true events around the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, yielding a priceless trove of Anglo-Saxon artefacts hidden in a burial ship. Romantic, intellectual and moving, The Dig is a full sweep of elegance.

Mank (2020)

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A black-and-white David Fincher tale about the unsung screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane. Step back into Old Hollywood, with beautiful cinematography and take in the behind-the-scenes of how studio systems functioned in a different time. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried are among the exceptional cast of this biographical drama filled with the lightness and darkness of its hero’s life.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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An Aaron Sorkin drama based on a true story? The Trial of the Chicago 7 lives up to its pedigree, following the real-life trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy to incite riots. With a stellar ensemble cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both topical and full of compelling theatrical energy.

Marriage Story (2019)

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A movie about divorce might not sound like the best viewing experience, but Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a journey you’ll want to take. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver give two of the best performances of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a couple who embark on the emotionally and logistically complicated legal processes involved in prying a partnership apart. Painted with an emotional complexity that includes poignantly funny moments along with the painful ones, this is happy-sad at its best.

The Two Popes (2019)

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Set primarily in Vatican City, this biographical drama follows Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the aftermath of the Vatican leaks scandal. It’s as fascinating as it sounds. The Two Popes carves up a slice of real-life drama with a first-class two-hander featuring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.

Roma (2018)

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