I recently posted an article which discussed the best TV shows which you can now watch on Netflix in your own spare time. While TV is a big part of the Netflix’s library, so is Film. Certainly, the collection of films in Netflix is impressive but there are a lot of them on and they do range in quality. To make sure you start off in the right places, let's discuss some of the best films that you can watch on Netflix.

‘The Big Short’

A film which was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, ‘The Big Short’ was released in 2015 and tells the story about how the 2007/08 financial crisis happened.

Adam McKay directed this film that was based on the book ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ and he combined comedy and drama in a great way.

Moreover, the film took complicated economic theories and described them in very simple and imaginative way through great cameos. The ensemble cast which includes Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt give great performances and if you want a film which is entertaining and informative, then ‘The Big Short’ is it.


Widely considered to be one of the greatest bio-pics of all time, ‘Gandhi’ was directed by Richard Attenborough and focuses on the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his younger days in South Africa in the 1890s to his assassination in 1948.

Ben Kingsley plays ‘Gandhi’ and he loses himself in the role which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. In fact, the film was nominated for 11 Oscars (winning 8) and, while over 3 hours long, the film is a fascinating watch and definitely worth your time, especially if you’re looking for an introduction into learning about the Indian Independence Movement.


‘Whiplash’ was the breakthrough effort of Damien Chazelle. Chazelle was also the director of 'La La Land' which many feel was the best film of 2016 but the reason why Chazelle was able to make 'La La Land' in the first place was due to his fantastic work in ‘Whiplash’.

The film depicts the abusive relationship between a jazz student, played by Miles Teller, and his instructor, played by J.

K. Simmons. Simmons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in ‘Whiplash’ and such an intense performance and impactful film deserves your attention.

‘Sing Street’

Overlooked by many in 2016, ‘Sing Street’ captured the hearts of the few who watched this coming-of-age musical which was directed by John Carney who was behind films such as 'Once' and 'Begin Again'. The story focuses on a boy who starts a band to impress a girl and it is set in 1980s Ireland.

Even if you take the brilliant soundtrack aside (which you shouldn’t because it’s awesome), 'Sing Street' has so much heart and soul through its inspiring story and wonderful characters. If you are looking for a feel-good film, then 'Sing Street' should be on the top of your list on Netflix.

Moreover, if you have a brother, watch it with him as it will impact you even more.