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Chances are you’ve stumbled across a great list of Netflix movies (films???) only to find that it’s all lies – they’re not on Netflix at all. Well, they are, but good luck getting around the geo-block.
But, don’t panic – who needs U.S. Netflix when our very own Netflix.co.uk has a stunning selection of motion pictures such as these?
#1. Pandora (2016):
Genre: Drama, Disaster
If you’re searching for a funny or light-hearted film to watch on Netflix then look away now. When a nuclear power plant is built in a peaceful South Korean town, the only resident who doesn’t welcome the prospect of new jobs and better exposure for the area is Jae-hyuk (Kim Nam-gil), who lost his father and brother to an accident there. Forced to work at the plant against his will, one day he finds himself in the midst of an unexpected earthquake that results in a hydrogen gas leak and total destruction. As the inevitable atomic explosion approaches, Jae-hyuk turns around and courageously heads back inside to rescue his beloved people. Will they make it?
Directed by: Park Jung-woo
#2. Eddie the Eagle (2016):
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
An inspiring, light-hearted story based on true events, guaranteed to cheer up your Monday. Follow the true story of Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely yet fearless British ski-jumper who never gave up believing in himself. Spurred on by his often rebellious and extra charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie defies the odds and wins the hearts of sports fans worldwide.
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
3. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016):
Genre: Comedy, Drama
A grieving writer enrols in a caring class; what he doesn’t expect is a total change of perspective on life. After retired writer Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd) suffers a personal tragedy, he enrols on a 6-week training course in caregiving. His first client, foul-mouthed 18-year-old Trevor (Craig Roberts) has muscular dystrophy and a ‘unique sense of humour’. Together, they take an impromptu road trip to all the places that Trevor’s become obsessed with whilst cooped up in his room. But with a series of hilarious twists and turns along the way, their trip doesn’t always go as planned.
Directed by: Rob Burnett
4. Miss You Already (2015):
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Two long-term best friends are put to the test when one starts a family and the other becomes gravely ill. Don’t forget the tissues for this one. When one starts a family and the other is diagnosed with a serious illness, the friendship between two life-long girlfriends is tested. Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) have been friends for as long as they both can remember; they’ve shared everything from clothes to boyfriends. But when the perfect boat is rocked, will their friendship survive the storm?
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
#5. Ex Machina (2014):
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
When a young programmer wins a competition to participate in breakthrough research, he thinks he knows what to expect. Internet search engine programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a coveted prize; spending a whole week on the private mountain estate owned by the company’s reclusive yet brilliant CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Soon, Caleb learns this isn’t a spa retreat – he’s tasked with evaluating the capabilities of a stunning female A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves to be far greater than even his wildest imaginations.
Directed by: Alex Garland
#6. Nerve (2016):
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Crime
After signing up for an online game of ‘truth or dare’, a high school student discovers she’s taken on more than she bargained for. Vee (Emma Roberts) signs up to what seems like the best possible fun for teenagers; an online game of truth or dare with cash prizes. But as the tasks become more dangerous and her every move is scrutinised by the onlooking community of ‘watchers’, will she have the nerve to keep on going?
#7. The Nice Guys (2016):
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Action
It’s 1977 in Los Angeles when a private eye is faced with solving two seemingly unrelated cases; a missing girl and a dead porn star. Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a private eye down on luck when he’s hired to investigate the suspected suicide of a famous porn star. When the trail leads him to Amelia Kuttner (Margaret Qualley), he encounters more hands-on, less licensed private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe). After the men are forced to team up to track now-missing Amelia, they wind up taking on a world filled with mermaid strippers, eccentric goons and government conspiracies.
Directed by: Shane Black
#8. 22 Bullets (2010):
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
When his former childhood friend leaves him with twenty-two separate bullet wounds, a three-year retired mobster comes out of hiding. For the past three years, Charly Mattei (Jean Reno) has turned his back on the mobster lifestyle. But, one day out of the blue, the devoted husband and father is left for dead in an underground parking lot with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he survives to exact his revenge.
Directed by: Richard Berry
#9. iBoy (2017):
Genre: Sci-Fi, Crime, Action
After an accident, a teenager wakes up from a coma to find that he isn’t quite the same. Sixteen-year-old hero Tom (Bill Milner) was shot whilst trying to get help during a violent attack on his high school crush Lucy (Maisie Williams). When he finally awakes from a coma he makes a startling discovery. Fragments of his smartphone have been embedded in his brain, leaving him with superhero powers that make returning to normal life impossible. So Tom puts his new-found abilities to use and tracks down the gang responsible.
Directed by: Adam Randall
#10. 21 (2008):
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Six MIT students take Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. When ambitious MIT student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) discovers that there’s a $300,000 transfer fee to pursue his medical career dreams at Harvard, he’s introduced to a group of fellow students by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey). But, this is not your regular group of friends – the five are highly trained card-counters who help Ben win hundreds of thousands of dollars playing blackjack in Vegas. But, will greed stand in the way of Ben and his future?
Directed by: Robert Luketic
#11. Full Out (2015):
Genre: Biography, Family, Drama
After a devastating accident, a young gymnast sees her Olympic dreams crushed. When California gymnast and Olympic hopeful Ariana Berlin was involved in a debilitating road accident aged just fourteen, her life took a sudden, sharp turn in a completely unexpected direction. With the Olympic Games off the cards, watch as Ariana finds hope through learning hip-hop dance and unexpectedly finds herself back in the world of gymnastics for the second chance she deserves.
Directed by: Sean Cisterna
#12. Before We Go (2014):
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
An unexpected meeting in Manhattan forces two strangers to face their fears, become each others’ confidants and change their lives. When Brooke (Alice Eve) misses her 1:30 train back to Boston from New York, street musician Nick (Chris Evans) spends the night helping her figure out how to make it home before her husband does. But, over the course of the night, the two learn more than they’d ever expected to about each other. Is a new romance blossoming?
Directed by: Chris Evans
#13. Unbroken (2014):
Genre: Biography, Drama
After a lucky escape from an almost fatal plane crash in WWII, an Olympian spends a terrifying 47 days trapped in a raft before he is captured and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete who joined the military during WWII. But, after a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, he found himself captured by the Japanese navy. This is his story of determination, fight, and survival.
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
#14. The Good Lie (2014):
When a group of Sudanese refugees get the chance to resettle in the U.S., they arrive in Kansas City where a chance encounter changes all of their lives. When their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War, four children are orphaned. They begin a dangerous trek through the plains, finally arriving at a Kenyan refugee camp after enduring hardship, sacrifice and death along the way. Years later, they are given new lives in America; one girl is sent to Boston whilst the three young men must start afresh in Kansas City. Together with their new friend and employment counsellor Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), the men must adjust to the new culture whilst battling the haunting memories of their past.
Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
#15. A Girl Like Her (2015):
After a year of being victimised by a school bully, one sixteen-year-old has had enough. Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth) finally confides in her best friend Brian (Jimmy Bennett); popular and beautiful student Avery Keller (Hunter King) has been subjecting her to abuse for the past year. But, what do they do when nobody else can see reality? With the help of a digital camera, can they finally expose the truth?
Directed by: Amy S. Weber
#16. Nine Lives (2016):
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
When he finally gives in and gets his little girl a pet cat, a stuffy businessman gets more than he bargained for. It’s her birthday again and for the last 11 years, Rebecca Brand (Malina Weissman) has asked her billionaire dad Tom (Kevin Spacey) for the same gift: a cat. Tom hates cats, but when he’s pushed for time to buy his beloved daughter a gift, he finally gives in and ends up at a mystical pet store where he’s presented with a majestic tomcat who is lovingly named Mr Fuzzypants. But in a bizarre turn of events on the route home, Tom finds himself trapped inside the body of the new family pet.
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
#17. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015):
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure
A promising working-class street kid is recruited into a spy organisation’s training program just as a twisted tech genius threatens the world. Eggsy (Taron Egerton) lost his dad when he was young; now he’s dealing with his mum’s creepy boyfriend who mistreats both of them. When this leads to Eggsy’s arrest, he calls a number given to him by a man when his father died, with the message to dial it if he needs help. The mystery man (Colin Firth) offers Eggsy the chance to join Kingsman, the secret organisation that his father was a part of. After a gruelling training course, he finds himself fighting a global threat.
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
#18. Win It All (2017):
After stealing cash found in a duffel bag that he was supposed to be looking after, one man must beat the odds to win it all back. When an acquaintance asks him to watch a duffel bag whilst he’s in prison, Eddie Garrett (Jake Johnson) can’t resist the temptation to look inside, nor the further temptation to spend the money he finds there. When the prison sentence is suddenly cut short, it’s a race against the clock for Eddie to repay the debt.
Directed by: Joe Swanberg
#19. 13th (2016):
Genre: Documentary, Crime
A documentary film providing an in-depth look into the racial inequality of the U.S. prison system. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world’s total population, 25% of people in the world are imprisoned in the U.S. 13th investigates the explosive growth of America’s prison population.
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
#20. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017):
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
When a depressed woman becomes a robbery victim, tracking down the culprits becomes her new purpose in life. Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) is lonely, suffering from depression and sick of people being indecent in general. When her home is burgled, it’s the final straw. Together with her obnoxious neighbour, she sets out to track the thieves. But, it’s not long before the duo find themselves seriously out of their depth against a pack of criminals.
Directed by: Macon Blair
#21. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016):
Genre: Biography, Documentary
A 34-year old’s personal journey into the fragility, complexity and wonder of her own post-stroke brain. After a hemorrhagic stroke changed her life, Lotje Sodderland was forced into a new existence of distorted reality where her sensory perceptions had become barely recognisable. In this autobiography film, she tells her story of discovering whether pioneering scientific research would give her brain a second chance. A story of transformation, hope, and the power of the human mind with outcomes that nobody could have predicted.
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