Top 10 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022

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Top 10 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022
Top 10 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022

It’s that time of year that Netflix puts out a handful of really good Oscar-winning films. You will lose to Toro’s Pinocchio. It follows the German war epic “Silence on the Western Front,” which is nominated for an Oscar International Film Award, and “The Good Nurse,” which has Eddie Redmayne possibly nominated for Best Supporting Actor. You can find all of them in our list of the best movies to watch on Netflix right now. To keep you relevant, we’ve specifically highlighted some of the best new releases, Netflix originals, and personal favorites.

Top 10 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022

My Father’s Dragon

For fans of: When animated movies are great

Director: Nora Twomey
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McShane, Chris O’Dowd
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
Rating: PG

If you don’t have a kid, you might consider picking one up to watch My Father’s Dragon, the latest animated film from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon. Cartoon Saloon gave us the outstanding Wolfwalkers, as well as Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, all of which were nominated for Oscars and all of which are fantastic. My Father’s Dragon is an adaptation of the classic children’s novel of the same name, and features the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, and Whoopi Goldberg. We miss the Irish accents Cartoon Saloon movies usually have, but it’s still really good. 

Enola Holmes 2

For fans of: Millie, Bobby, Brown

Director: Harry Bradbeer 
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, David Thewlis
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
Rating: PG-13

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown’s other franchise is this energetic mystery movie series in which she plays Sherlock Holmes’ little sister (Sherlock is played by Henry Cavill, himself no stranger to franchises, both on Netflix and off). The sequel is a ton of fun as Brown, “a natural born comic with a hydrogen bomb’s worth of screen charisma, turns what could be just another disposable tween-and-teens romp into a genuine delight,” Jordan Hoffman wrote in his review for TV Guide. 

All Quiet on the Western Front

For fans of: Classic literature, anti-war war movies

Director: Edward Berger
Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl, Sebastian Hülk
Genre: Drama, War
Rating: R

This epic adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic and ever-timely 1929 anti-war novel is one of the best Netflix Original movies of the year. It tells the story of Paul Bäumer (Felix Bammerer), a 17-year-old who enlists in the Germany army and gets a firsthand look at the pointless, dehumanizing slaughter of World War I. It’s a devastating film that’s especially notable for composer Volker Bertelmann’s modern, powerful score. 

The Good Nurse

For fans of: Great casts, tense medical dramas, true crime

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Rating: R

Oscar-winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne star in this drama about the chilling case of Charles Cullen, a nurse who is confirmed to have killed 29 people and is suspected to have possibly killed hundreds more during a period of time in which he kept getting jobs at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Redmayne plays Cullen, while Chastain plays Amy Loughren, a nurse who played a pivotal role in catching Cullen. In his review for TV Guide, Jordan Hoffman called it “tense” and “engrossing,” with a better performance from Redmayne than the one that won him an Oscar. 

The Stranger

For fans of: Good Netflix thrillers, saying “Joel Edgerton is so underrated”

Director: Thomas M. Wright
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA

Joel Edgerton stars in this tense Australian crime drama as an undercover cop who befriends a murder suspect (the Mission: Impossible movies’ Sean Harris) in order to get close enough to get information, but he gets in really, really deep, and if he gets any deeper, he’ll lose himself entirely. It doesn’t break any new ground, but the performances are great. Not to be confused with the Harlan Coben limited series The Stranger, which is also on Netflix.

Luckiest Girl Alive

For fans of: Mediocre Netflix thrillers, Mila Kunis, trauma

Director: Mike Barker
Stars: Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Connie Britton, Scoot McNairy
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: R

Mila Kunis stars in this psychological thriller adaptation of a bestselling novel by Jessica Knoll. Kunis plays Ani, a New York magazine editor who by all outward appearances has put a traumatic high school event behind her, but the past has a way of causing problems in the present when you’re holding on to a dark secret. Was Ani the victim, the perpetrator, or a little of both? Find out in this polished, Hulu limited series-style movie. 

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone

For fans of: Late-period Stephen King, late-period Donald Sutherland

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Jaeden Martell, Donald Sutherland, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Genre: Horror, Drama
Rating: PG-13

Here’s who’s behind the new Netflix film Mr. Harrigan’s Phone: Ryan Murphy, Blumhouse, and Stephen King. That’s a murderer’s row of inconsistency! Fortunately, this spooky new movie, about a teen (It‘s Jaeden Martell) who befriends a rich, elderly neighbor (Donald Sutherland) and continues to talk to him via text after the old man dies, is a pretty solid adaptation of a 2020 Stephen King novella. It’s actually more of a coming-of-age drama than a horror movie. And of course, it’s set in Maine.

Jexi

For fans of: Her, Judd Apatow, going outside

Director: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Stars: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Kid Cudi, Miguel Peña, Rose Byrne
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R

This semi-spoof of Spike Jonze’s Her follows Phil (Adam Devine), a lonely San Franciscan who’s overly reliant on his phone. His life changes when he gets a new phone with a sentient digital assistant, Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne), who bullies and browbeats him into getting outside of his comfort zone. It works, and he starts a relationship with Cate (Alexandra Shipp), an adventurous neighborhood bike store owner. But then Jexi gets jealous. It’s a silly, cliched little romantic comedy that has a bunch of story problems but more importantly has a few big laughs. And it’s less than 90 minutes long, which is wonderful. More movies should be short! 

The Munsters

For fans of: When extreme horror directors make family movies

Director: Rob Zombie
Stars: Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Brake
Genre: Comedy, Family
Rating: PG

Writer-director Rob Zombie (House of 1000 CorpsesHalloween 2007) goes gentle with this earnest, PG-rated remake of The Munsters, the ’60s sitcom about a family of monsters living an affectionately satirical Leave It to Beaver-style suburban life. The movie is an origin story for how Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Lily Munster (Sheri Moon Zombie) met and fell in love. The series clearly had a big influence on Zombie, who has spent his musical and theatrical career doing slightly ironic riffs on classic horror images and intellectual property. It’s the first thing he’s ever made that’s safe for the whole family, unless you take your family with you when you dig through the ditches and burn though the witches and slam in the back of your Dragula. 

Do Revenge

For fans of: Strangers on a Train, Gen Z icons Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke

Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Stars: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sophie Turner
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA

This stylish teen revenge comedy is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Strangers on a Train, where two strangers swap targets in order to eliminate the motive and avoid being caught. In this version, high school seniors Drea (Riverdale‘s Camila Mendes) and Eleanor (Stranger Things‘ Maya Hawke) team up to punish each other’s bullies. “What it has going for it most is Maya Hawke, a very gifted performer who carries herself through the comedy quite well,” Jordan Hoffman writes in his review of the film. “Hawke makes funny faces when you least expect them, and it’s fun to watch.” 

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