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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DA 5 BLOODS – Cr. DAVID LEE/NETFLIX © 2020 /

17. Da 5 Bloods

Release Year: 2020

Directed By: Spike Lee

Starring: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jean Reno, Chadwick Boseman

Even though 2020 was an unprecedented year that saw many of our favorite shows and most anticipated movies delayed, shutdown and postponed, Netflix stepped in as our savior with some of the best new movies of the year. Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods kicked off an uncharacteristically quiet summer for movies, and handfuls of award nominations later, it’s still one of the best on Netflix.

Da 5 Bloods follows Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis) and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), four African-American Vietnam War veterans who return to Vietnam with the purpose of searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader, “Stormin'” Norman Earl Holloway (Chadwick Boseman), and the gold fortune they hid together. Along with Paul’s son, David (Jonathan Majors), the squad battles man and nature to honor their friend.

In spite of overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, the latest Spike Lee joint received only one Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Da 5 Bloods holds a stellar 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was placed on dozens of critics’ top 10 lists. There’s no doubt that Lee’s film will continue to leave a lasting impact and legacy, and it’s without question a must-watch.