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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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (L-R) YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as BOBBY SEALE, BEN SHENKMAN as LEONARD WEINGLASS, MARK RYLANCE as WILLIAM KUNTSLER, EDDIE REDMAYNE as TOM HAYDEN, ALEX SHARP as RENNIE DAVIS. NICO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2020. /

2. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Release Year: 2020

Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong

It’s crazy to think that one of Netflix’s most critically acclaimed movies almost wasn’t even a Netflix original. Because of theater shutdowns caused by the pandemic, Paramount Pictures sold The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix rather than risk a shaky theatrical run. Nevertheless, the move to the streaming giant proved a fitting place for the film to find critical acclaim.

Based on true events, The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows the infamous trial that took place in 1969 after a group of seven counterculture protestors were charged with conspiracy for their protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Naturally, the compelling trial grabbed the nation’s attention and inspired a debate about disorderly dissent intending to compromise the government.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 comes from acclaimed director Aaron Sorkin and holds an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film landed six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe and three SAG Award nominations, winning one Globe for Best Screenplay and one SAG Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Here’s a time when you should listen to critics.