Don’t know what to watch on Netflix? Here’s our pick of the best films and TV shows you might not have seen before.
So you’ve already binged “Cheer”, “Sex Education” and “Marriage Story”? Not to worry, there are still plenty of fantastic gems for you to get stuck into. From 90’s classics to award-winning documentaries, romantic-comedies, foreign language films and everything in between, here’s what to watch on Netflix.
What To Watch On Netflix: TV Shows
Netflix has made its mark in the past few years by producing some amazing, binge-worthy TV series’. We know you’ve seen “The Crown” and “Stranger Things”, but how about these other hidden gems?
Crash Landing On You
What happens when a girl from Seoul accidentally crash lands into the reclusive North Korea? Why lashings of drama and romance of course! Okay, so you may have to suspend your belief just a little to get on board with this pick. But once you do, you’ll quickly get sucked into the whirlwind of laughs and emotions packed into this 16-part series. There’s a reason why it’s the second highest-rated drama in Korean TV history after all!
This Spanish series takes you inside the Royal Mint of Spain, where a group of robbers wearing Salvador Dalí masks take control and start printing their own bills in the hopes of making over 2.4-billion euros! Planned to perfection and guided by “the Professor”, the eight criminals must work together to complete the crime and escape, all while avoiding curve balls thrown by the police and their hostages. Trust us, this action-packed thriller will have you clicking “next episode” over and over.
A Netflix original series starring Jason Bateman as a financial planner turned money launderer. Following the murder of his business partner by the Mexican cartel, Martin “Marty” Byrde is forced to set up a new business venture to appease his new drug boss and keep his family safe. Walking the line between comedy and suspense, this show will have you on the edge of your seat!
Calling all fans of Sex Education! “Lovesick” possesses that same brand of quirky British charm, bringing together romance and comedy for a binge-worthy series we can’t get enough of. The story starts when Dylan is diagnosed with chlamydia and is forced to get back in touch with his ex-partners. While the plot sounds questionable on paper, we promise that this really is a funny and sweet watch, focusing on love and adulthood in your twenties.
What To Watch On Netflix: Documentaries
In the mood for a more realistic view of the world? Netflix offers some amazing documentaries covering everything from nature, true crime, history and more. Here are a couple of our favourites.
This Oscar-winning doc takes us to the middle of rural America where a Chinese billionaire gives a new lease of life to an abandoned factory and its neighbouring working class community. The cultural differences between east and west has never been better exposed, or explained!
Passionate about sports and true crime? Then this is the documentary for you. Icarus exposes the dark side of athlete doping, focusing on the 2016 Summer Olympics scandal in which Russia was stripped of 43 medals.
What To Watch On Netflix: 90s Baby!
True nostalgia from one of the greatest eras of cinema, these forgotten favourites are definitely worth pressing “play” for!
Based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by author Susanna Kaysen, this pick is a pop culture must-see. Starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder, the story centres on a directionless teen who finds herself confined to a psychiatric hospital. Here, she makes friends with a group of troubled women, all of whom are battling their own personal demons. Will they learn to find their way in the world?
This thrilling legal drama featuring a dashing Richard Gere and Edward Norton will keep you hooked until the very end! The story focuses on a renowned attorney and his attempts to prove the innocence of a young altar boy accused of murdering a priest. A must for anyone who loved the film “Spotlight”.
What To Watch On Netflix: Foreign Films
We know many people are put off by having to read subtitles – but believe us when we say that the following foreign films have such powerful stories to tell, they’re well worth the watch.
First They Killed my Father
In this biographical historical thriller set in Cambodia during the rise of the terrifying Khmer Rouge, a young girl is forced into the life of a child soldier whilst the rest of her family is sent to labour camps. This sobering look into the Cambodian genocide is written and directed by none other than Angelina Jolie, and is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the country.
This pick made waves across France after its initial release, telling the story of a young black immigrant who becomes the caregiver of an older disabled white man. The film was so popular that Hollywood made its own version starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, but we still think the original is the best.
Loved Bong Joon-ho’s Best Picture Oscar winner? Then don’t miss mutant horror flick “The Host”, one of his earlier films, also set in Seoul and featuring a few of the stars of “Parasite”.
What To Watch On Netflix: Girl’s Night In
Grab the popcorn, pizza and wine, these picks are perfect for your next girl’s night in. Starring some of our favourite inspirational women, expect lots of laughs and, of course, a little romance.
This oldie but goodie stars a young Robert Downey Jr. as a hopeless romantic who falls in love with Faith (played by Marisa Tomei). The only problem is, she’s convinced another man is the love of her life! Cue the drama.
Have you ever dreamed of falling in love with a perfect stranger? That’s what happens in this classic romantic drama starring Ethan Hawke. A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and end up spending the whole night together, wandering the empty streets of Vienna. Make sure to also check out the sequels, “Before Sunset” which is set nine years later and “Before Midnight” which takes place 13 years after the original.
Shine On With Reese
Join actress Reese Witherspoon as she takes us behind the scenes with a host of groundbreaking women, including the likes of P!nk and Dolly Parton. An easy, feel-good watch that’s also surprisingly empowering, this series is sure to make you and your gal pals feel like you can conquer the world!
All images courtesy of Netflix Hong Kong.