53 best Netflix movies to watch (and 21 to skip)

Here's the Netflix movies most worth watching and a few you can skip!

Orion and the Dark - Cr: Netflix
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There are so many movies available to stream right now, but not all of them are worth your time. That’s why we put all the best Netflix movies in one place, along with some of the worst movies available on the platform. That way, you’ll know what to watch and also what to skip.

Netflix adds movies to their library pretty frequently; sometimes, we’re getting multiple movies worthy of making this list on the same day! So check back every time you are looking for something to watch and see what we’d recommend.

If you don’t find something to watch here, check out our other lists of the best Netflix shows to watch and skip, the best Netflix shows coming in 2024 and 2025, and the best horror movies on Netflix.

The latest update to the list was made on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2023. Let’s get the list started with a new movie that’s creating a lot of buzz: Orion and the Dark. Is it a watch or a skip?

Orion and the Dark

Release Year: 2024

Director: Sean Charmatz

Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Angela Bassett, Colin Hanks, Natasia Demetriou, Golda Rosheuvel, Nat Faxon, Ike Barinholtz, and Aparna Nancherla 

Orion and the Dark is one of the first big new animated features on Netflix this year and it also happens to be one of the streamer's first big hits of 2024 as the film has received almost unanimous praise thanks to its ambitious premise and smart writing. 

It ended up receiving a 90% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes and a Certified Fresh seal. Part of the reason the movie has ended up being so acclaimed is due to the script by writer Charlie Kaufman, who has written other movies like I'm Thinking of Ending Things and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The film follows a young boy named Orion (Jacob Tremblay) who is afraid of, well, everything, but his worst fear is the dark. One night, an embodiment of Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) visits Orion and helps him learn how to embrace his fear and see that the world isn't as scary as he thinks it is. Together, Dark and Orion embark on an adventure through the night that leaves them both changed forever.

Verdict: WATCH