25 best critically acclaimed movies on Netflix right now

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix /
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15. Mudbound

Release Year: 2017

Directed By: Dee Rees

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks

Because there’s so much new content released on Netflix each month, it’s common for us to lose track of past titles. It’s not anything against those movies and shows, especially the ones that earn widespread approval, but we’re constantly onto the next big thing. If you’re looking for a movie that’s not so new but will live up to past acclaim, your watch list will certainly be better for adding the 2017 Academy Award-nominated historical drama Mudbound.

Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name, Mudbound takes place in post-World War II Mississippi and follows two families pitted against each other. Carey Mulligan stars as Laura McAllan, a wife and mother raising her family on her husband’s farm. Laura’s brother-in-law Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) forges a friendship with Ronsel (Jason Mitchell), a Black sharecropper who works on the farm. Their friendship challenges the divisions in the South.

Mudbound debuted in November 2017 on Netflix and easily became one of the best-reviewed films of the year with its 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of its critical acclaim, which began with its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Mudbound scored four Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song and Best Cinematography. Don’t just take our word for it; those Oscar nominations speak for themselves!