Wondering what are some of the best movies on Netflix right now to watch in Australia? We know how problematic it can be if you have a whole versatile Netflix catalogue in front of you, but your indecisive nature prevents you from watching that right title.
Too many movie titles can also be a nuisance if you can’t decide on what to stream. Hence, we took it upon ourselves to dig out some of the old classics, trending titles, and blockbuster movies, for example, Harry Potter on Netflix, which swept streaming addicts off their feet.
Netflix may have upped its game this year, but the true heroes are these best movies on Netflix listed below.
So without any further wait, we will let you explore the list, which consists of versatile Netflix anime, DC movies available on Netflix, and many other titles that you don’t want to miss. There are also twisted storylines, from psychological thrillers like The Platform to satirical comedy like The Two Popes and The Death of Stalin; you will certainly enjoy watching these titles while sitting back and relaxing in Australia. So read along and find out what are the best movies to stream on Netflix right now.
Best Movies on Netflix Australia (Updated List 2021)
So without wasting time, let’s dive into it. Here is the list of the best movies on Netflix Australia to watch in 2021:
Director: Leigh Janiak
Stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs
The third part of the Fear Street Trilogy, and one of the scariest movies on Netflix right now. The third sequel of this franchise continues with their horror-filled stories dating back to 1666 when a town unintentionally became a part of a witch hunt which lead to dire consequences and a curse that remained with the town for centuries.
Director: Vince Marcello
Stars: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi
The third and final part of Netflix’s most famous teen drama and comedy movie, The Kissing Booth. Elle and Lee have graduated high school and it’s time for them to pick a college before summer begins, and for Elle, she has a tough decision to make. Either follow Rule #18 and study in Berkley with Lee or spend the rest of her life in Harvard with Noah, the love of her life.
Director: Sam Hobkinson
Stars: Misha Defonseca
Misha, a holocaust survivor has penned down her story and all the horrific events that lead to one of the most traumatic events of history. But there’s more to it than we know about, and that came to light when Misha has a falling out with her director, which made him dive deep into the events to signify and testify her account but came out with another set of truth that no one thought of.
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Melanie Laurent, Mathieu Amarlack, Malik Zidi
This is a French movie about a young woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no track of memory about how she got there. Soon she realizes that the oxygen levels inside the chamber are rapidly depleting, and the AI (MILO) will not let her go with an administrator code. So she must find a way to trick AI and escape before the oxygen levels are down to zero. Oxygen is a critically acclaimed movie that we recommend you not to miss.
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
One of the most heartfelt movies and Will Smith’s most refined performance with his son Jaden Smith. Will Smith signifies strength in tough times when he made a life-altering decision regarding his career, leading his wife to leave him with his toddler son all by themselves. A broken marriage, an empty bank account, and nowhere to live, Christopher is all set to turn his life with happiness by his side, his son.
Director: Nuel C. Naval (as Nuel Crisostomo Naval)
Stars: Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla, Xia Vigor
Where does justice lie when a mentally disabled man is wrongfully charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder of a little girl. His punishment? Death! Luckily his inmates soon realize that he is as innocent as he can be and plan to smuggle his young daughter inside the cell to meet him. Seeing his hardships and struggles, she grows up to be a lawyer and vows to fight justice for her innocent father.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams
Suspense no one saw coming, not even a single bit. A highly re-watchable movie, Shutter Island is one of the best physiological thrillers and one of the best DiCaprio movies of all time. Set in 1954, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), two US Marshalls, are investigating a potential murder in an asylum on a remote island only to find shocking revelations about the asylum itself.
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Michael Fimognari, Susan Johnson
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur
One of the most popular movies on Netflix, the trilogy is a coming of age teenage romance novel; based on the New York best seller by Jenny Han. The trilogy starts from Lare-Jean Song Covey and the 5 un-posted love letters that she wrote in grade 5 for her crushes. Until they mysteriously find themselves in the hand of their recipients, leaving Lara-Jean’s dirty laundry out in the open. But there’s a plot twist, one of the recipients is her sister’s boyfriend. The walls are closing in on Lara-Jean. Will she be able to get herself out of this situation and find the love of her life?
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
A story-telling masterpiece, creatively curating a dysfunctional family with excellent character development and exceptional portrayal of what it’s like to build back your old self after immense trauma and pain. With a star-studded cast consisting of Robert De Niro, an OCD-driven dad, Bradley Cooper, a bipolar patient with a broken marriage, and Jennifer Lawrence, a mysterious being with her own issues. Together, they are all set to find the silver linings in their otherwise chaotic life.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Stars: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Sara Sohn
Run depicts the story of a dangerously overprotective mother and her teenage daughter Chloe. After being born premature and facing a lot of health issues during her initial years, Chloe spent most of her life trapped inside her house, homeschooled by her mother. She has no interaction with the outside world and is completely isolated. However, now she wants to break free of the prison of her house. In the midst of all this, she collides with several incidents and finds out that her mother has hidden something big.
11. Okja (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn
A film that highlights animal brutality and capitalism, crashing on people’s emotions as they spend 10 years raising and feeding a breed of “Super Pig” only to be taken away by insensitive corporate companies for slaughter. But Mija, the sole caretaker of Okja, the super pig, will not back down so easily. And so she sets out to rescue her only friend and companion for 10 years from the hands of the vicious Mirando corporations.
12. The Dig(2021)
Biography, Drama, History
Director: Simon Stone
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James
The Dig represents a time of uncertainty and fear just before WW-II England. It is about discovering a ship from the dark ages and quarrels over who owns it. Although it’s not an enigmatic thriller or a light-hearted comedy movie, it is worth watching. The director and Actors have nailed their roles flawlessly.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell
An adaptation of a 1978’s children book by Judi and Ron Barrett of the same name, and one of the best movies on Netflix in the animated category. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball, is about an ambitious scientist, Flint Lockwood, trapped in a small, financially struggling town that does not take him or his inventions seriously. Until one day, he hits a jackpot which makes him famous, but fate is not on his side again.
Biography, Crime, Drama
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Based on the 2004 Non-fiction book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the story revolves around Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a truck driver who began working as a hitman for Russel Bufalino and made acquaintances with the influential American Union Labour leader, Jimmy Hoffa played by the legendary Al Pacino.
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel
One of Adam Sandler’s best performances as an American-Jewish jewelry store owner and an impulsive gambler who has risked his whole existence to pay off his debts and keep himself afloat in a hostile world.
Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown
A compilation of six short stories set in the old west during the 19th century. An amusing set of stories with a ton of humor and character building. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an accurate depiction of the mercy less Old West.
17. Roma (2018)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
A tale of togetherness, love, and family, Roma is an accurate depiction of Mexico in the 70s and the struggling lives of Sofia and her abandoned children. But she has Cleo, a domestic house-help who is there for her during her tough times when Sofia’s own husband leaves her.
18. Bird Box (2018)
Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
A post-apocalyptic psychological thriller with a foreign force engulfing the planet, and the only way to counter it is not seeing it. If you do, your worst fears may come alive. They must cover their eyes to fight the foreign force, which may seem impossible, but the only possible solution.
Director: Kornel Mundruczo
Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LeBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
Pieces of a Woman is an intense story of a young couple who lost their first child during homebirth. The movie has classically defined the moments of grief, uncertainty, and depression that follow the tragedy. Pieces of a Woman also defines the aftermath of losing a child and how it takes a toll on parent’s mental health, social lives, and their relationship with each other. The movie is critically acclaimed because of Kirby’s outstanding performance.
Adventure, Drama, War
Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters
An American War Drama about 4 African-American vets who come back looking for the gold they buried but with no roadmap to follow, as all the recognizable landmarks are destroyed after an airstrike. Da 5 Bloods is Chadwick Bosman’s final film that was released before his death in August 2020.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts
All hell breaks loose when a group of century-old, self-healing immortal mercenaries find their secret out in the open, along with an unexpected addition to their now exposed coven. All must be done to save the integrity and the freedom of their kind, even if it means taking a drastic decision.
Action, Drama, Thriller
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Stars: Jason Momoa, Isabella Merced, Manuel Garcia-Ruflo
The movie is about a family man Ray Cooper who is fighting against a pharmaceutical company for pulling a life-saving drug from the market right before the death of her wife because of cancer. His yearning for putting the responsible behind bars leads him to uncover dirty secrets. Due to which his and his daughter’s life is at stake now. He must find a way to fight off the evil and save his only family left, his daughter.
Animation, Action, Adventure
Director: Kwang II Han
Stars: Theo James, Mary McDonnell, Lara Pulver
Vasemir slays monsters for coins and glory. He has become a Witcher to get rid of poverty. But when a mysterious new monster starts spreading terror across the politically unstable kingdom, Vasemir must fight his inner demons from the past and get rid of the mysterious monster as well.
24. Alone (2020)
Horror, Drama, Mystery
Director: Mattias Olsson
Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald
A notorious murderer abducts a woman who lost her husband recently. She somehow manages to break free of his remote cabin. She could either find a way to hide so that her pursuer never reaches her, or she may fight him off.
Action, Adventure, Crime
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge
Sherlock Holmes has a little sister, who is as sharp and as witty as her older brother, and she uses these wits against him when she is in search of her missing mother and trying to help a runaway lord escape murder. A fast-paced and exciting watch with a refreshing message regarding individuality and women empowerment.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Kirk DeMicco
Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana
Vivo and Andres is the best duo because of their common love for music. Although they don’t understand each other’s language, they love to perform to the crowds in a busy square. Andres receives a letter from Marta Sandoval, inviting him to her farewell concert. So now Vivo has to deliver a love letter to Marta that Andres wrote long ago in the form of a song.
Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia
As delightfully gruesome as it may seem, Gerald’s Game is something that you will come back to for its thrill and the profound psychological aspects revolving around the men involved in Carla Gugino’s past and present life. An adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Gerald’s Game, is a promising watch and definitely, one of the must-watch, somewhat horror movies on Netflix.
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan
This flick is not for light-hearted people. The movie has a number of disturbing, brutal, and also realistic scenes. The Devil all the time is about a young guy who is determined to save his loved ones from corrupt people who are disguised as the good ones. The movie has a huge star cast and everyone has nailed it with their performance.
29. MA (2019)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis
A group of teenagers couldn’t get a better spot to party than a lonely woman’s house. So first, the woman befriends them and lets them party at her house. But soon, things started going down the hill. The kids realize there’s something wrong with the intentions of their host.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Michael Mathews
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker
Seven years following the monster apocalypse, Joel and everyone else has been living under the ground. The monsters have captured the Earth, and it is no longer a place to live. However, Joel somehow reconnected with his high school sweetheart Aimee, who is 80 miles away. Joel suddenly realizes that there is nothing left for him underground. So he goes out to find Aimee, overlooking the fact that monsters are scattered across the Earth.
31. Arrival (2016):
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Linguistics professor Louise Banks carries out her mission leading an elite team of investigators when huge spaceships landed on different locations of the Earth. The professor must find a way to communicate with Aliens to unravel the mystery behind this arrival. The future of the human race is at stake. She must save it while ensuring the safety of her own life.
Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: Leigh Janiak
Stars: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr.
Fear Street: Part one is the epic horror story that you might be longing for ages. A group of teenage kids accidentally come across the mysterious evil responsible for a series of murders in their town. The movie is based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
A Tarantino classic, where Django, a free slave, is helped by a German bounty hunter in tracking down his wife, who was captured and sent to a brutal plantation owner’s farm for slavery. Django Unchained is a pretty violent movie, so a strict disclaimer before watching it is a must.
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
A saga of the cop and criminal rat race, but this one’s much more interesting, as an undercover cop is trying to find the rat in the police department while working as a useful resource to track every move of the Irish gang in South Boston.
35. Tenet (2020)
Director: David Fincher
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
A CIA agent has been sent on a mission to save the world from WWIII. He does not have any weapon to carry out his mission but a single word “Tenet.” To complete his mission successfully, he must travel through time and bend the laws of nature. Watch the movie and find out how he manages to perform his duty without any weapon.
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer
A detailed retrospect of what goes into a brutal divorce and how most families struggle to keep their family intact while uncoupling themselves from years of togetherness, shared moments, and countless mixed memories.
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Richard Curtis
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
What would you do if you find out that you can travel back in time? For Tim, it’s getting the girl of his dreams and create a beautiful and happy bond with his family. A beautiful movie with a beautiful message of togetherness, About Time will undoubtedly make you teary-eyed in the end and one of the top in our movie recommendations list.
38. Set it up (2018)
Director: Claire Scanlon
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
Never thought anyone could unite over two workaholic bosses, as their assistants try to set them up to clear their hectic schedule to live a life of their own. But fate has other plans for the over-worked assistants, and things are going to get interesting soon.
39. Mudbound (2017)
Director: Dee Rees
Stars: Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke
It’s a hearty and raw tale of what it’s like to live a life as a WWII survivor and deal with racism while battling demons of their own in a nearly dead farm in rural Mississippi.
40. Uncorked (2020)
Director: Prentice Penny
Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Lashun Pollard, Michael Mobley
Elijah had a tough choice to make when he pursued his love for wine and went on to become a master sommelier against the wishes of his family, who has plans to bring him to the family BBQ business. A relatable tale for all the children who have struggled to balance their own dreams against their parents’ wishes, creating a minor rift between the family, which later on resolves, giving essential life lessons. Uncorked is a family movie, and if you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster, it is the best movie on Netflix for that.
41. 365 Days (2020)
Director: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes
Stars: Anna Maria Siekucka, Michele Morrone, Bronislaw Wroclawski
The Polish Romantic drama hit Netflix in the UK on June 7, 2020, four months following its release in February. The erotic drama is about Massimo, a young boss of the Sicilian Mafia, who has to take over after his father has been murdered. He falls in love with Laura is vacationing in Sicily. Laura has no idea that Massimo will abduct her , hold her captive and grant her 365 days to fall in love with him.
42. Icarus (2017)
Director: Bryan Fogel
Stars: Bryan Fogel, Dave Zabriskie, Don Catlin
In an attempt to expose the biggest scandal in the history of sports, filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to reveal the truth behind doping and athletes on steroids. From dirty urine to untimely and unexplained deaths. There is alot to uncover as Bryan gets in conversation with a Russian Scientist who turns the story into a psychological thriller.
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Gabrielle Reid
Having a child-less marriage may be a requirement for some but torturous for others struggling to have one. As much as it is a blessing, at times, it can take a toll on the person going through it, and in most cases, the whole marriage itself. Threatened by the lack of children in their marriage, Rachel and Richard are fighting hard to keep their marriage afloat while trying different methods.
44. Carol (2015)
Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
A tale of forbidden love, set in the 50s where homosexuality is a curse treated by social boycott and even death in some cases. Carol risks everything to follow her heart as she falls for Therese, a young department store clerk.
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Something similar to a post-apocalyptic era where the only ones surviving are the ones onboard the Snowpiercer, a train with a class system. First-class is luxurious, and as the class goes down, so does the living standards, to the point where the inhabitants began to revolt.
Animation, Drama, Family
Director: Nora Twomey
Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
A heart-wrenching tale of the Taliban-infested Afghanistan, where a young but courageous girl sets out to disguise her very existence to become the sole breadwinner of her family after her father’s unjust arrest.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
An ex-marine and a mentally unstable man is working as a night-time taxi driver in New York City. But he is still a patriot and a good man, and despite his discharged status, he has taken it upon himself to fight against corruption that comes his way as he drives around the sinister roads of NYC at night.
Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Stars: John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps
Following a devastating car accident, American tourist Beckett, who is vacationing in Greece, becomes the search target. He is forced to run for the safety of his life and is desperate to reach the American embassy to clear his name. But unfortunately, he falls deeper into the web of conspiracy. Watch if he manages to emerge from all this and returns to his country or not.
Director: Radha Blank
Stars: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin
Radha is struggling with her career as a NY playwright. However, since she is desperate for a breakthrough before 40, she decides to switch her career and reinvent herself as a rapper. Consequently, she faces a dilemma of what to choose between Hip hop and theatre. Amidst all this, will she be able to remerge as an actor, writer, or musician?
Director: Christopher Alender
Stars: Brigitte Kali Canals, Andrea Cortes, Julia Vera
The movie is about a young Mexican journalist, Christina. She travels to her ancestral home in order to investigate a story of black magic and healing but ends up getting abducted by a group of locals. They claim that she is the devil incarnated.
Adventure, Drama, Horror
Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Lena, a biologist, leads a team of scientists on a dangerous mission to a mysterious zone, the Shimmer. The zone is created due to a meteorite crash and is expanding gradually. The animal and plants inside the zone have gained alien characteristics due to an apparent DNA-level mutation. Annihilation is the ultimate Sci-Fi movie that you shouldn’t miss.
52. The Gift (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Joel Edgerton
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
We all love gifts, but it gets a bit too much when your old acquaintance shows up unannounced at your door with mysterious gifts every time. If you are into a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge long after it ends, this is the one for you.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Cathy Yan
Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth, Jurnee Smollett
It is an American superhero movie, based on DC comics in which Harley Quinn is the main character. After her breakup with joker, she deals with the tyranny of Crime boss Black Mask, Victor Zsaaz, and other gangsters in the city. However, she started surviving smoothly after meeting three badass women Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya.
54. The King (2019)
Biography, Drama, History
Director: David Michôd
Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher
Young Henry V is left to deal with a crippling war-oriented England in the 15th Century. And there is a lot for him to do in order to restore peace within his region and himself.
Biography, Comedy Drama
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín
What will the Church do to maintain a neutral ground between the old conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the future liberal Pope? Leave them together to figure it out for themselves—a humorous and brilliant take on serious matters to bring out relatability.
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
A biopic of the infamous Rudy Ray Moore, who proved everyone wrong about his abilities to star in a kung-fu anti-establishment film.
Biography, Thriller, Drama
Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
The story is about the rescue of six Americans in Tehran. Tony Mendez devises a plan to evacuate the hostages by playing under the cover of a Hollywood producer, searching for a suitable location for his shoot.
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan
A Spanish thriller, amongst the best movies on Netflix, tests the limits of the human mind and depicts one of the 7 deadly sins, gluttony. A bone-chilling thriller that will make you question the extent humans can go to satisfy their hunger, literally and figuratively.
Wrapping it up!
Hopefully, our extensive research and recommendations will be of some use to you. You can now reduce wasting time hovering on the titles and utilize it to watch these best movies on Netflix Australia. If there are any other recommendations from your end, feel free to comment below, and we will certainly include them in our list of good films to watch on Netflix.