Netflix broke into the original film business in fall 2015 with the release of Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which opened in select movie theaters and hit the streaming platform on October 16. That proved to be a game changer for Netflix, which has gone on to release hundreds of original movies in the years since. The streaming giant offers so many original titles (be it productions that were produced in-house or titles picked up at film festivals) that it has become an impossible task keeping up with every single one.
The lucky Netflix movies become hits. Some seemingly come out of nowhere to become word-of-mouth streaming blockbusters (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “Bird Box”). Other titles Netflix prioritizes for Oscar season and supports with massive marketing campaigns (“Roma,” “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story”). Some Netflix movies just have the star power to attract attention (“6 Underground,” “Triple Frontier”).
Now, a handful of Netflix films are franchise starters to rival the major studios (see “Extraction” and the upcoming “The Gray Man”). But the majority of Netflix movies that get released are simply put on the streaming platform and it’s up to subscribers to discover them. IndieWire hopes to make the search for a hidden gem a bit easier with the below list of overlooked Netflix original films worth streaming.