2020 was the year nobody expected. At first months, experts predicted this year would be one of the most lucrative years for technology-related companies such as Apple or Samsung, but it turned out otherwise. The pandemic caused the hobby-related companies to experience a significant ascent in their revenue especially the movie producers.
Netflix is one of the most successful companies around the world that have made a lot of money this year from its series and movies. However, Netflix was a successful movie producer before this pandemic as well and movies such as Marriage Story and The Irishman are proof of that. In this list, we have prepared top movies produced by Netflix that you can watch during the pandemic and enjoy life for some hours at least.
Mank Movie – David Fincher
This top drama-biography movie that is written by Jack Fincher follows the life story of the screenwriter, J. Mankiewicz aka Mank, who was the screenwriter of Citizen Kane interesting movie. This Netflix movie pictures his personal life very well and it is produced in a very fancy way. It was filmed around Los Angeles in black and white to present the feeling of that period when watching. The directory, role-playing, and sets of Mank are very much praised and it is called a masterpiece.
During the 1930s, a screenwriter named J. Mankiewicz revised the movie-making industry of Hollywood in a completely different, new, and unique way. Mank shows this screenwriter when he was trying to complete the scenario of the Citizen Kane movie.
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things
This drama-thriller movie was released on September 4th on Netflix. Great roleplaying has created thrilling superior scenes that are worth watching. This is specifically seen in the play of Jessie Buckley which has given the movie a special look and it is praised by the viewers and critics. Also, the directory, scene design, framing, music, and the whole movie were praised so much as well as the characters. Every aspect of this movie has something to say and thus, it will not make you tired.
I’m thinking of Ending Things tells the story of a young girl that is companying her beloved to meet his family. They go on a one-day journey to her new boyfriend’s parent’s farm and suddenly everything falls apart.
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Da 5 Bloods Movie
Da 5 Bloods was digitally released on Netflix on June 12th. Da 5 Bloods is a top movie with a drama war genre and has faced positive reviews from both critics and people. The story, subjects, filming, and role-playing have been praised. This movie tries to show that the Vietnam war movies are still worth watching and has a lot more for movie producers. Da 5 Blood tries to send a message via violence.
A group of black soldiers who used to call themselves the bloods, get back together in Vietnam. They used to have each-others back and sacrifice for each other. Now, they intend to find their former leader body which was left in the lands of war. Also, their other intention is to find the treasure they hid there when they were young.
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His House Movie
One of the top movies in the genre of horror which is directed by Remi weeks and was released on October 30th on Netflix. His House is a thrilling movie to watch and at the same time, it is one of the most horrifying movies in recent years. The horror in some scenes is high enough to lock you in your seat and let you have the feeling of being scared in most of the scenes. The actors’ play in this movie is so good that has succeeded in transferring the fear. If you have the time and also like this genre, definitely take the chance.
A refugee Sudanese couple has run from the war. They are trying to adapt to a new life in an England city. However, they have no idea what is beneath the city and what is waiting for them.
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The Lovebirds Movie
This American comedy romantic was digitally released on Netflix on May 22nd. This movie has a medium rank according to critics and people. This is mainly due to screenwriting and the story of the movie that couldn’t tell a comprehensive and integrated story. However, this movie is still worth watching due to the perfect roleplay of Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. The Lovebirds is more than just a comedy and mystery movie which tries to go deep into a romantic relationship. This is not a top movie but can fill your free time.
Jibran and Leilani are a young couple that experiences decisive moments when stocked in a murder mystery. They need to solve the mystery to prove their innocence, and in the meanwhile, they also need to solve their relationship problems.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65 Metacritics: 59
Enola Holmes Movie
Enola Holmes is a mystery-crime movie, produced based on a book with the same name written by Nancy Springer that was released on Netflix on September 23rd. It is a top movie that can entertain you and you will enjoy every scene. By the previous familiarity with Sherlock Holmes, Enola Holmes can be a very amusing character especially with Millie Bobby Brown playing Enola and Henry Cavill as the Sherlock Holmes. This movie will make seat till the end of the movie to understand the mystery. Many things about this movie have been praised but one of the greatest things is the clothes design which has done a magnificent job. This movie is a must for mystery lovers.
When the young Enola, the sister of famous Sherlock Holmes, finds a lead about her lost mother, tries to find her on her own as she sees herself as a better detective than her brother. In the way of following her lead, she finds out a conspiracy about a mysterious young lord.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91 Metacritics: 63
This American drama movie was released on Netflix on March 27th. In total, Uncorked has received positive reviews by the critics especially about the directory. Also, by showing family-related stuff and the hard life away from the family, this top movie has satisfied the viewers. However, some have accused it of racism. This movie is trying to show what happens when you swim against the current. Therefore, it is a must for people who are having a hard time. Watch this movie if you need some motivation.
Uncorked is the story of Elijah who is trying to become a sommelier that is his dream job. However, his dream job is not what his family would like. His father believes that Elijah should follow the family business.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91 Metacritics: 62
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Movie
This drama musical top movie is produced based on a play with the same name by August Wilson, directed by George C. Wolfe, and was released on November 25th. The story of this entertaining Netflix movie is happening in the 1920s but it perfectly shows society’s problems. It tries to transfer this message that today’s problems’ roots shall be searched in one hundred years ago. Both critics and people have been kind to this movie and it is for good reasons. Viola Rainey and deceased Chadwick Boseman along with the directory have done a magnificent job in the creation of perfection.
In an afternoon of the 1920s, tensions get high when Ma Rainey and her band gather in a studio to record a song.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98 Metacritics: 87
The Life Ahead
Another movie has been produced based on the Life Before Us novel written by Romain Gary. The Life Ahead is a drama movie directed by Edoardo Ponti and was digitally released on Netflix on November 13th. It might feel a little repetitive after being produced several times, but Life Ahead still has a lot to say as the actors’ play, especially Sophia Loren, has led this movie to be a classy and innovative movie. It is mostly the power of her play that transfers the message of the movie. This movie is good enough for offering it to others as well.
Madam Rosa, played by Sophia Loren, is a Holocaust survivor who takes care of children. One time, she gets robbed by a young boy, and then she decides to take him in.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Movie
This true based story is directed by Aaron Sorkin and was released on September 25th. The Trial of the Chicago 7 tries to show the problems of today’s world in the frame of an old movie happening in the 1960s. Since this Netflix movie is a criticizing one, it tries to show that systematic racism must be stopped. This movie uses so many metaphors and contains so many talking and serious sentences about important and heavy kinds of stuff such as war and peace. Due to all of these reasons, critics were not exactly kind to this movie. If you don’t like serious movies with serious subjects, you may not enjoy watching this movie.
Seven defendants are charged for conspiracy from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial showed a probability of weakening the American government.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89 Metacritics: 77
News of the World Movie
Released on December 25th, Tom Hanks Latest movie, based on a novel with the same name, under the directory of Paul Greengrass has ended up being a masterpiece. However, you cannot deny Helena Zengel’s part in News of the World as Helena and Tom’s role make a great combination in producing a mystery. The movie story follows the story of a man after the civil war and shows that everything needs patience and trust has to be earned. Helena was nominated for the best supporting role and the movie was named one of the top ten movies of 2020 by the National Board of Review.
Captain Jefferson Kyle (played by Tom Hanks) meets a 10 years old girl (Played by Helena Zengel) that is captured by Kiowa people. Kids try to escort the child to her aunt. Along the way, Texas shows his dark nature and they have to fight their way through.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88 Metacritics: 73
One of the top action movies starring Chriss Hemsworth, The Extraction, is directed by Sam Hargrave and was released on April 24th. The story is written by the famous Joe Russo, the director of the last 2 avengers movies. Extraction follows the story of a killer, but the movie projects him as the hero of the movie. However, no hero can be seen in the movie as it is the story of a war between two drug lords. Also, Bollywood actors speak in Bengali and Hindi, thus, you might need subtitles as well to understand the full story. The combats are like video games such as Call of Duty in particular. However, after all, the criticizes Extraction Received, is a top movie to watch considering great role-playing, thrilling combats, and the side story of the redemption of the main character.
Tyler (played by Chris Hemsworth), is looking for redemption, and hence, when a suicide mission comes, he accepts without a second thought. He now has to save the son of a drug lord from the hands of another drug lord.
Rotten Tomatoes: 67 Metacritics: 54
The Half of It Movie
Alice Wu has written and directed the Comedy Drama Movie of The Half of It which was released on May 1st. This movie aims to show a love story along with the changes a person should do to be a better person. However, as the name shows, not everyone is supposed to end up happy with each other. Critics have been mostly kind with The Half of It and it was fair. This movie follows a sweet teenage story with many comedy scenes along with some love between the same genders.
Aster (played by Alexxis Lemire), is wanted by a boy, Trig, and another girl, Ellie. Trig comes to Ellie and asks for help for getting to Aster. However, Ellie secretly has a crush on her as well.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97 Metacritics: 74
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Movie
This Netflix Drama musical movie was directed by David Dobkin and was released on June 26th. It will take you into an international song competition in which so many stars are present such as Demi Lovato singing many beautiful songs. All the movie story happens in the contest and nowhere else. However, with all the great music and greater role play by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, Critics have not been kind with the Story of Fire Saga. Most of the criticisms come from the gaps that can be seen in the storyline. The Jokes that are used in this movie are also part of the criticism.
Two singers from two small towns join each other to win an international award which their country has never won after half a century. In this competition, they have to face so many great competitors who have come to this competition with plans and talents.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63 Metacritics: 50
The Devil All the Time Movie
Great young actors, including Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, and Bill Skarsgård, have joined each other to produce this movie. This movie did not receive good reviews and some of them think it is just a movie about killing machines. However, there is one thing separating it from a movie about meaningless filthy things and it is the psychological reasons behind the actions. The Devil All the Time shows the fate of a sinful preacher, some murderers, and a boy who has lived in a violent family. Aside from the storyline, the cast of the movie is the thing that makes this movie worth watching. after all, there are so many great actors playing in this movie.
Arvin (played by Tom Holland), is a boy who is trying to protect his loved ones. Since he was born in an aggressive family, he has several personality problems. Now, he is in a city full of evils and liars.
Rotten Tomatoes: 64 Metacritics: 55
I Care a Lot Movie
An Original Netflix movie in the genre of comedy-thriller was directed by Blakeson and was released on September 12th. This movie points out taking advantage of the powerful people from weak ones. Some points are noticeable in this movie including pointing out the Guardianship abuse and the acting of Rosamond Pike. However, critics believe the ending of the movie was not as good as the start of it.
Marla (played by Rosamond Pike) is a legal guardianship who kidnaps her patients. But one day, she kidnaps a wrong lady who is connected to some strong and powerful people.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81 Metacritics: 65
Pieces of a Woman Movie
This true-based story was released on September 4th and a lot of praises have been said about Pieces of a Woman’s story, however, Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf’s acting are the most praised part. Some critics believe that this Netflix Movie is probably the best acting of their life which happened under the greater directory of Kornél Mundruczó. Pieces of a woman are based on the true loss of the director and the screenwriter, which has turned to be into a documentary about grieving. Watching this movie can be very sad and tragic, especially for people who have lost a child.
Martha (played by Vanessa Kirby) loses a child while giving birth to her. Now she is grieving but she has isolated herself from her partner and even her mother. Now she has to remember herself before childbirth and grow up again.
Rotten Tomatoes: 76 Metacritics: 66
Hubie Halloween Movie
This comedy mystery movie is directed by Steven Brill and was released on October 7th. Adam Sandler is the screenwriter and also plays the leading role which is a man that tries to protect the neighborhood although he is not completely sane. However, the people and the critics were not all kinds and as you can understand by the scores, not all of them were criticizing. Many people found this movie’s joke funny while others didn’t and that gives us the idea that this movie depends on whether you enjoy these kinds of jokes or not. Besides the joking parts, the story tries to transfer a message about how bad is to bully someone weaker and also shows that everyone can be useful one day.
A not very sane person called Hubie is a volunteer to help the neighborhood be in peace. However, people are not kind to him and most of the time they make fun of him. On a Halloween night, he finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery case.
Rotten Tomatoes: 53 Metacritics: 53
As you saw, several great Netflix movies were released this year, however, most of them faced many delays. In this list, we tried to name some of the best movies that were released on Netflix, but that doesn’t mean there were no other good movies. Netflix has recently announced that they are going to produce so much more movies in 2021 to make more money and also keep people entertained. Therefore, with the great movies of 2020, people expect so much more from Netflix in 2021. Even if the pandemic stops in 2021, Hopefully, Netflix has so many plans for the future.