Must-watch movies on Netflix: The Irishman
Release Year: 2019
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kathrine Narducci, Welker White, Jesse Plemmons, Jack Huston
As Netflix continued to boost its résumé with reputable films, the streaming service grew into a force to be reckoned with during awards season. It took longer to break into the Academy Awards race than the Emmy Awards with its original content, but now that it has, there’s no looking back. Netflix had a formidable competitor in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which is based on the nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film takes place in the 1950s and follows the exploits of truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he becomes involved with mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci).
The Irishman was perhaps one of the most talked-about films of 2019, most especially during the awards season race. The film earned an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and brought in a worldwide gross of $8 million from its limited theatrical release. Although slightly knocked for its nearly three-and-a-half hour runtime depending on who you ask, the film grabbed a whopping 10 nominations at the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The must-watch crime epic might have walked away empty-handed, but it topped a shocking number of year-end lists and surely left a lasting impact for future Netflix original films.