Netflix has played an important role in this atypical 2020. It has been a blessing during COVID-19 lockdowns, making the pandemic more bearable than anyone could have imagined. This streaming platform has been our ticket to having all kinds of adventures and experiences without leaving our sofas. So, you might be wondering: what are the best Netflix movies of 2020?
The platform’s extraordinary movie catalog is a feast for film buffs. You’ll find a vast variety of titles, including the best comedies, dramas, and action & adventure movies. If you’re planning to spend the night curled up with a good movie but can’t decide which one to watch, you’re in the right place!
In today’s article, we’d like to share our roundup of the best movies on Netflix this year. Lights, camera… action!
A Whisker Away
A Whisker Away is a lovely Japanese feature film by Studio Colorido. This animated movie tells the story of Miyo Sasaki, a young girl with a crush on her shy classmate Kento Hinode. Despite all of Miyo’s efforts to talk to her crush or make him notice her, he ignores her and even rejects her. However, thanks to the help of a magical mask, Miyo transforms herself into a cat to get closer to Kento. It’s perfect for fans of fantasy movies, love stories, and of course, kitties!
The Half Of It
This moving romantic comedy will have you hooked in no time. It tells the story of Ellie Chu, a shy Chinese-American teen with few friends but a big talent for writing. Since she’s one of the class nerds, many of her classmates pay her to write their essays for them. One day, Paul Munsky, one of the jocks, asks her to write a love letter to a girl he likes. Ellie accepts the assignment, but as she composes letters and WhatsApps to Paul’s future conquest, she ends up falling in love with her.
Da 5 Bloods
Da 5 Bloods is the latest project by Spike Lee. This war drama tells the story of four Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader. The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) delivers an important anti-racism message and stands out for its photography, moving soundtrack, and unforgettable story.
Directed by the Sadfie brothers, Uncut Gems is a surprising movie that stars Adam Sandler in one of his best roles. In this drama-thriller, Howard Ratner is a jeweler and gambling addict who must risk it all to stay alive after his store is robbed. Fast and frenetic with excellent camera work, Uncut Gems is considered by many to be the surprise hit of the season and a must-see film in the Netflix catalog.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, a fun parody starring Will Ferrell, tells the tale of the Icelandic group Fire Saga, whose members have always dreamed of performing at Eurovision. Much to their surprise, they are randomly selected to represent the country in the televised contest. The movie is full of irony, humor, pop songs, and real Eurovision stars, with cameos by singers such as Demi Lovato.
The Platform was the first Spanish movie to win the award for Best Film at the Sitges Film Festival. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, The Platform puts us in the shoes of Goreng, a young man who wakes up in a prison cell along with a stranger named Trimagasi. They find themselves in a bizarre, tower-shaped prison complex with 200 floors where the inmates are fed through a platform that descends from the top to the bottom floors. The residents of the upper cells get to eat as much as they want, but as the platform goes down, only leftovers and trash remain. Clearly reminiscent of Cube, The Platform is a disturbing, mysterious movie that will mess with your head. It’s perfect for fans of fantasy films.
In The Occupant, Javier Muñoz is a publicist accustomed to the good life who has fallen on hard times. Jobless and broke, Muñoz is forced to give up his luxury apartment, move to a modest home, and live without his extravagant purchases. But the change in the protagonist’s financial situation leaves him in a state of frustration. He begins to avoid his own family and develops an unhealthy obsession with the new residents of his former apartment. We highly recommend it.
Horse Girl is one of the strangest, most outstanding movies in the Netflix catalog. Directed by Jeff Baena and clearly inspired by David Lynch, the film tells the story of Sarah, a woman who loves horses, fantasy, and crafts. Slowly, Sarah begins to have strange dreams that materialize in her everyday life, blurring the lines between what is real and imaginary. Although the film may seem like a comedy at first, it is actually dark drama that immerses us in the world of mental illness.
Starring some of the most famous faces in Latino film today (Penélope Cruz, Ana De Armas, Edgar Ramírez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, etc.), Wasp Network is a complex spy story set in Cuba in the 1990s. This shocking political thriller is based on a true story and offers a critical view of the Cold War, communism, and capitalism. We highly recommend it.
The Willoughbys is a fun animated film based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry. We’ll meet the Willoughbys, an atypical family in which the parents want to get rid of the children and the four siblings (Tim, Jane, Barnaby A, and Barnaby B) want to do the same with the parents. Fun and highly entertaining, the movie depicts a constant clash of values, contrasting the contemporary world with the idea of the traditional family with the goal of creating the so-called “modern family.” It’s a must for animation fans.
Nobody Knows I’m Here
Nobody Knows I’m Here is the first original Chilean film on Netflix. Memo Garrido (Jorge García) is a young man who works on a farm assisting his uncle with the tough, unpleasant task of tanning hides. As the days go by in the heart of nature, Memo’s buried traumas rise to the surface, such as his broken dreams of becoming a singer, which he abandoned due to his weight problem and loss of confidence in himself. However, when he find’s Angelo’s memoirs, Memo recovers his passion for music and starts to dream again.
Based on a true story, Sergio is about Sergio Vieira de Mello, a UN diplomat who was killed at the organization’s Iraq headquarters in 2003. This biopic is based on the book by Samantha Power entitled Sergio: One Man’s Fight to Save the World. With a star-studded cast, this drama offers a new perspective on a story that we all heard about on the news.
Spenser Confidential is the latest from the producers of Fast & Furious. In this frenetic action film, Mark Wahlberg plays Spenser, a cop who is incarcerated for five years for beating up a corrupt police captain. After his release, Spenser finds out about a murder that will lead him to take justice into his own hands. It’s perfect for fans of cop films and movies about corruption like Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys.
The Last Thing He Wanted
The Last Thing He Wanted is an extraordinary political thriller starring Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Ben Affleck, and Rosie Pérez. The film tells the tale of journalist Elena McMahon and her investigation into the US intervention in Central America during the Cold War in the 1980s. An excellent cast and a complex story are just two of this incredible film’s many strengths.
Chris Hemsworth is back on the big screen in Tyler Rake, an exciting action film by the creators of the superb Avengers: Endgame. In it, we’ll follow the adventures of a mercenary with the mission of rescuing the son of an incarcerated Indian drug dealer. Saving the child won’t be easy, because he has been kidnapped by the drug trafficker’s nemesis, whose hundreds of minions are armed to the teeth and ready to stop Rake. Endless action and gunfire ensure in a movie that’s perfect for fans of films like John Wick.
We hope you liked our roundup of movies on Netflix. Have you seen any other films that should appear on our list? Tell us about them in the comments section!