Netflix has set itself the ambitious goal of one movie a week, and it is already exceeding that goal. Given the high number of Netflix Original films coming on the service, which ones are actually worth your time? Below we’ll walk you through our pick of the best new Netflix Original movies added in 2021.
This list excludes documentation and stand-up specials. We are specifically looking at Netflix Original films. If this list isn’t impressive to you, check out what’s to come on the film front for the rest of 2021.
16. Outside the wire
Director: Mikael Håfström
Occupation: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris and Enzo Cilenti
Anthony Mackie is in high demand right now and unfortunately couldn’t make this movie great, but it’s still a fun action movie.
Outside the wire follows a drone pilot who teams up with a new Android officer to stop a nuclear attack.
fifteen. Arlo the alligator boy
Director: Ryan Crego
Occupation: Michael J. Woodard, Ryan Crego, and Dee Bradley Baker
Unfortunately for some reason it looks like this Arlo the alligator boy hasn’t had a major release on Netflix yet, with only a few hundred reviews submitted on IMDb so far.
However, this film is an absolutely brilliant watch for the little ones with a hand-drawn aesthetic, some catchy tunes, and a promise to be a franchise that Netflix is investing in with an upcoming companion TV series.
14th Find Ohana
Director: Jew Weng
Occupation: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono and Lindsay Watson
Netflix ended 2020 with the family feature film We can be heroes and in our opinion, crowned with the new child-oriented film at the end of January, Find Ohana.
The film is a mix of The goonies and Indiana Jones where a group of children set out in the summer to find secret lost treasure.
Many have hailed it as an excellent family adventure, while others have labeled it too predictable and far inferior to the above Goonies Movie.
13th Bombay Rose
Director: Gitanjali Rao
Occupation: Cyli Khare, Amit Deondi and Gargi Shitole
Netflix has made great strides in animation as well Bombay Rose is an excellent example of this. The hour and a half long feature film has each frame hand-painted and therefore looks absolutely gorgeous.
The love story sees two hoping to be together someday, but religious differences and duties hold them back.
12th Malcolm & Marie
Director: Sam Levinson
Occupation: John David Washington and Zendaya
Let’s face it, most of the “lockdown” series and films that were produced on a tight budget were subpar at best. That doesn’t apply to Malcolm & Marie This is entirely supported by two breathtaking appearances by the leads.
The film opens after an awards night with a couple coming home to eat and then go to bed. However, tensions arise that lead to multiple arguments in the early hours of the morning.
While the movie feels like it’s repeating itself multiple times, it’s still an excellent character piece starring two of the best actors out there today.
11. Army of the Dead
Director: Zack Snyder
Occupation: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Ana de la Reguera
Hot for the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League For HBO Max, Netflix had planned its project with the famous director to start the film schedule for the summer of 2021.
Snyder, best known for remaking Dawn of the dead, entered the zombie room with a two and a half hour fun in the Las Vegas desert. It’s certainly not for everyone, and you could spend all afternoon picking up the gaping story holes, but there’s still a fun time with stunning graphics, albeit often disgusting depth of field.
10. Room sweeper
Director: Sung-hee Jo
Occupation: Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-ri, Seon-kyu Jin
If big sci-fi blockbusters are your thing, then Room sweeper should be high on your agenda.
The Korean film is set years in the future when space sweep crews look for space debris to make a few dollars. We follow a crew who seemingly manage to find a way to save their homeworld.
The film jumps in and out of Korean and there is a lot of English spoken, which makes this a truly international film with outstanding CGI.
The biggest pitfalls, in my opinion, are hallmarks of Asian films that tend to tell slightly different stories and which can whiplash you if you try to keep up, but maybe that’s more of a personal mistake than the movie’s mistake .
Director: Alexandre Aja
Occupation: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
oxygen is another perfect example of a movie that you probably would have missed or overlooked if it had had a traditional theatrical release.
While it is simple and perhaps not the most inspired act in the world, it is done very well.
The story is about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there or who she is, but it’s a race against time as the oxygen is slowly running out.
8. The woman in the window
Director: Joe Wright
Occupation: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie
There were a number of films caught in the pandemic that prevented widespread theatrical release The woman in the window ultimately sold by Fox to Netflix.
While the film is certainly flawed, it does see another flawless performance from Amy Adams, who plays a New York-based agoraphobic woman.
7th The ditch
Director: Simon Stone
Occupation: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James
This biopic features exemplary performances that relive the moments of the Sutton Hoo excavation.
The British production is superbly written and while the subject may not appeal to everyone, those who do research will find plenty to remember.
6th Pieces of a woman
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Occupation: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
During the release of Pieces of a woman Perhaps the allegations about Shia LaBeouf have been overshadowed, which shouldn’t stop you from seeing this heartbreaking and emotional trait.
Awarded an Oscar nomination, the film follows a birth that goes wrong and a family’s efforts to obtain justice. The first 15 minutes alone are some of the most exciting minutes you can watch on Netflix, and this will almost certainly be a painful clock for some. So keep that in mind before you hit play.
Vanessa Kirby’s performance in particular is absolutely great.
5. Love and monsters
Director: Michael Matthews
Occupation: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick and Michael Rooker
The film Paramount Pictures was recorded for international distribution Love and monsters. In a dystopian future where monsters rule the world, we follow a rather hopeless Joel who has to search outside his bunker to find his ex.
The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
4th News from all over the world
Director: Paul Greengrass
Occupation: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel and Tom Astor
Note: Not available on Netflix in the US
Netflix acquired the international rights to this Tom Hanks film from Universal Pictures, which was nominated for 2 Golden Globes.
The film takes you on a journey with Hanks and Zengel, who are in search of the young girl’s true home, as they stop in the cities to read newspapers to the citizens of the city.
It burns slowly but has excellent character development throughout with detailed sets and superb costumes.
3. The White tiger
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Occupation: Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra
In the past few years, Netflix has really ramped up the production of Indian content, and perhaps the best titles that have come out of those efforts are The White tiger.
The hybrid-language film follows a young man hoping to make it big in the criminal underworld.
With great contributions from everyone, the film is a great example of a movie that will thrive on a global Netflix but not necessarily do well in a traditional theatrical setting.
2. I am very worried
Occupation: Peter Dinklage, Rosamund Hecht, Alicia Witt, Chris Messina, Damian Young,
director:: J Blakeson
Note: Only available on Netflix in the US and 21 other countries. Amazon Prime Original in others.
I am very worried rocked the top 10 charts when it released in February 2021, and for good reason it’s a gripping drama with an absolutely great performance by Rosamund Pike that inspires a kind of disdain I haven’t had for a character in a long time .
The story is about a smart businesswoman who takes care of grooming and sucks all the money off wealthy older customers. However, her game is interrupted when she manages to find a customer who may not be who she appears to be.
It’s a movie you probably would have missed if it had got a traditional theatrical release but was totally successful on Netflix.
1. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Occupation: Charlyne Yi, Olivia Colman and Eric André
Netflix animation has improved year on year The Mitchells vs. The Machines doesn’t come out of Netflix itself, it’s by far one of their best releases to date.
The film is the complete package for the whole family and therefore our favorite film of 2021 so far.
The Sony animation image follows a family on a road trip roughly interrupted by killer robots invading the earth.
What has been your new favorite Netflix Original 2021 movie so far? Let us know in the comments below.