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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13. The Two Popes

Release Year: 2019

Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Luis Gnecco, Sidney Cole, Lisandro Fiks, Maria Ucedo, Willie Jonah, Thomas D. Williams, Achille Brugnini, Federico Torre, Germán de Silva, Josella Bella, Juan Minujín

Because of the nature of Netflix, with the power being in the hands of the binge-watchers, you never know what will become a surprise hit. But in 2019, the biographical drama film The Two Popes was one of the most unexpected hit Netflix original films. Beyond meme-worthy chatter online, the film earned critical acclaim and rose above as top awards season contender.

Based on the play titled The Pope by Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the film, The Two Popes stars Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis), who comes to Pope Benedict VXI (Anthony Hopkins) to ask for permission to retire from the Catholic Church due to his frustration with the direction it’s heading in.

The film explores the secrets and scandals from within the Vatican walls, leading The Two Popes to being called on of the most well-acted movies of the year. Naturally, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 895 and was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Jonathan Pryce, Best Supporting Actor for Anthony Hopkins and Best Adapted Screenplay. If religious tea is your cup of tea, The Two Popes is the critically acclaimed pick for you.