In this day and age, Netflix is most widely known for the plethora of addictive TV shows it releases each month.
And, I mean, I get it. With shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “OA,” “House of Cards,” “Black Mirror” and more, their reputation as a series-streaming destination is accurate.
But, let me assure you, the popular streaming service is still the No. 1 destination for premium movies.
Right this second, Netflix is hosting a laundry list of notable and highly underrated films — and, I can almost promise that you haven’t seen many of them.
17 Most Obscure and Underrated Movies on Netflix Right Now:
This movie mimics a feel-good romantic comedy, while simultaneously tackling a lengthy list of serious subjects many couples, business owners and employees face on a daily basis.
It’s really good, and Mila Kunis is brilliant.
“Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.” – Ternion Entertainment
2. “The Overnight”
This movie starts out seeming typical and, frankly, boring, but it quickly takes a turn for the scandalous.
“A seemingly innocent invitation to dinner turns into a night of seduction and temptation when two couples get together for an evening.” – Duplass Brothers Productions
This is a film about redemption and, you guessed it, cooking. Don’t be surprised if you laugh, cry and have intense cravings for a grilled cheese sandwich after watching it.
“A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.” – Aldamisa Entertainment
4. “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”
The story of Miss Pettigrew is one of bravery, redemption and perseverance. From the beginning, you will have a soft spot for every character in the film and, bonus, it has a satisfying ending.
Oh, and I have to applaud Amy Adams’ performance — she’s brilliant.
“Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.” – Focus Features
5. “Yoga Hosers”
Okay, I’ll admit it, this is a weird movie. But, if you’re as amused by Kevin Smith’s wild antics as I am, you’ll love it.
“Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.” – StarStream Media
This movie is just a pure feel-good. It features brother-sister pair turning a community on its head, for the better. It’ll make you smile.
“Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.” –
We all know “Heavyweights,” right? It’s funny, kind of cruel and features some of Ben Stiller’s best work.
“Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.” – Walt Disney Pictures
8. “Waffle Street”
Okay, the acting in this movie isn’t the best, but it doesn’t take away from the sweetness of the story.
“A rags-to-riches tale of a jaded financier who, after losing his Wall Street job, finds redemption and an unlikely friendship as a waiter in a 24-hour diner.” – 6 Foot Films
This one is a little tough to watch, as it includes torture, cults and executions, but Emma Watson is absolutely brilliant.
“A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.” – Majestic Filmproduktion
10. “Mr. Nobody”
The visuals of this movie are amazing, and the story is mesmerizing. It will probably leave you thinking about it, and your own life, for days after watching.
“A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived.” – Pan Européenne
11. “Short Term 12”
This movie will wreck you.
“A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.” – Animal Kingdom
12. “My Sister’s Sister”
This film is quiet, thoughtful and incredibly relatable.
“Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family’s island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack’s drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris’ sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.” – Ada Films
13. “Black Snake Moan”
Okay, this movie is crass and, at points, hard to watch, but Samual L. Jackson and Christina Ricci’s performances are worth the grimacing.
“A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.” – Paramount Pictures
14. “Sing Street”
In my book, this is the most underrated flick of 2016. It has all the right elements — newly discovered young actors, incredible cinematography and a beautiful script and storyline.
Do yourself a favor, and watch it.
“A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.” – Cosmo Films
15. “The Fundamentals of Caring”
This movie will make you reevaluate how you treat those around you. It’s sweet, funny and incredibly endearing.
“A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.” – Netflix
As a huge fan of Ellen Page, I was ecstatic about the potential of this film — and it surpassed all my expectations.
“Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.” – Netflix
This documentary will give you a whole new appreciation for the art of wine, I’ll say that much.
“Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.” – Forgotten Man Film