Netflix truly is starting to take over the world, as evident from the recent uptick in the number of Netflix exclusives releasing every month. There is always something new to discover on Netflix, especially when it comes to indies, foreign language films, and documentaries.
Check out some of the best Netflix exclusives that you shouldn’t miss:
A documentary that follows brave attempts made in order to preserve the Virunga National Park of Congo not just from poachers and the surrounding oil interests, but also from the violent war that terrorizes the region.
Beautifully shot during some unbearably tense real-life set pieces, Virunga makes arguments with critical sledgehammer force. It’s a movie that seriously needs a bigger push towards mainstream attention.
Jessica, a burgeoning playwright meets Boone on a blind date and forms an uneasy bond with him.
Jessica Williams gives a charming performance as Jessica James that makes this film a delight to watch. It’s one of the best comedy movies on Netflix.
13. Casting JonBenet
An experimental documentary that re-examines the unsolved murder of 6-year old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. This is indeed a unique and remarkable way of poring over a well-trodden case, through examining the casting process for a prospective film based on the events of the fateful night.
This is a gorgeously shot documentary that is unexpectedly cinematic and finds value in highlighting one of the most infamous murders in recent American history.
A look at the formative years of Barack Obama as he attends Columbia University during the early 80’s. A young Barack Obama biopic could have easily gone wrong, but with a solid script, screenplay and a remarkable performance by Devon Terrell, Barry doesn’t disappoint at all.
Barry is a compelling look at the life of the young man who was destined to enter the White House one day.
After her mother goes to jail, Deidra hatches a plan with Laney, her sister to rob a train to make ends meet.
This mini-heist movie is propelled entirely by an excellent central performance of Ashleigh Murray who is able to be delightfully sassy as well as totally relatable throughout the film.
10. Small Crimes
Former corrupt cop Joe Denton is released from the prison and even with his desire to leave the ugly past behind, he has a nasty habit of bubbling up to the surface continually.
This little indie neo-noir scored fairly good reviews. It’s easily one of the most underrated originals of Netflix to date.
9. To the Bone
Ellen, a 20-year old college dropout enters an unconventional treatment program for her anorexia, headed by a strict doctor.
Based on the life experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, To the Bone is anchored completely by the magnificently committed central performance of Lily Collins, who herself suffered an eating disorder in the past.
In 80’s Bangalore, India, Naman, a sex-starved student leads his fellow-quiz team pals on a road trip to the all-India finals, hoping to also lose their virginities.
While it is fully immersed in Indian culture, it’s interesting to find several similarities between teenagers in India with the teenagers from the west. The film has an in-your-face attitude and is surprisingly funny.