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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14. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Release Year: 2020

Directed By: George C. Wolfe

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Jonny Coyne, Taylour Paige, Jeremy Shamos, Dusan Brown, Joshua Harto, Quinn VanAntwerp, Maxayn Lewis

Just when we were wondering what the Oscars would look like in 2021, Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman gave yet another career-defining performance in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and quelled our concerns. Objectively, Davis and Boseman are two of the best actors to ever do it, and their electric turns in the critically acclaimed film are a sight to behold.

Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars Viola Davis as the titular Ma Rainey, the influential and renowned blues singer. Emotions run high during a recording session in the 1920s, as Ma Rainey runs late and battles with her white manager and producer for control of her art. Meanwhile, cornet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) opens communication with his fellow musicians about their truths and experiences.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom hit like a lightning blot, as expected with leads as powerful as Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The film holds a near-perfect 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and landed five Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. In short, Boseman was robbed of a posthumous Oscar win for his performance, but whether he won or not, it’s still a winning performance in a winning movie.