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24th Sep 2020

These are the ten best hidden gem movies on Netflix

Rory Cashin

Netflix have some fantastic hidden gems that you might have missed out on.

Chances are you’ve seen all of the big Netflix releases that everyone was talking about upon release.

We mean movies like Bird Box, Murder Mystery, The Irishman, Extraction, Bright, Spenser Confidential… y’know, the biggies.

However, despite the fact that we all spend a lot of time searching for what to watch next on Netflix, there is a chance that one of the following ten movies fell between the cracks.

Each and every one of them is brilliant in their own way, so if you’re in the mood for a comedy, drama, or horror, then why not check out these hidden gems:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Whenever the Coen Brothers – the legends behind The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country For Old Men – make a movie, you should sit up and pay attention. When they make a brilliant comedy western with Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson, you put it on immediately.

Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee (BlackKklansman, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) directs an incredible set of actors – Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Jean Reno, Isiah Whitlock Jnr., and the late, great Chadwick Boseman – in telling this story of four war veterans who return to Vietnam decades later to dig up the gold they buried there years earlier.

Dolemite Is My Name

Eddie Murphy probably should have gotten more awards attention for his portrayal of real life actor and rapper Rudy Ray Moore who became a phenomenon thanks to his kung-fu alter-ego, Dolemite. Although he is almost out-acted in his own movie by a surprisingly brilliant comedy scene-stealer: Wesley Snipes!

Gerald’s Game

Before he brought The Haunting Of Hill House to Netflix, director Mike Flanagan gave us this twisted thriller in which a husband and wife try to spice up their love life in an isolated lake house. However, when the husband suddenly drops dead, the wife finds herself handcuffed to the bed with no means of escape, and no way to call for help.

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

The mind behind Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind goes deep into this psychological horror that definitely won’t be for everyone. Amazing Irish actress Jessie Buckley heads off with her boyfriend (Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents, even though she’s thinking of ending the relationship. What happens next is a slow sink into emotional terror, one that she may never escape from.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Adam Sandler got a lot of kudos for his performance in Uncut Gems, but if we’re being honest, we actually think this is the better movie. Coming from the director of the equally brilliant Marriage Story, we get Sandler and his brother (Ben Stiller) forced to hang out to help celebrate their father (Dustin Hoffman) at an event in honour of his artistic works.

The Perfection

Allison Williams (who you might recognise from Get Out) is a musical prodigy who sparks a friendship with the new star pupil at her former school. That is all we’re going to tell you here, because where the unexpected directions this horror movie takes you are truly surprising. But be prepared, some of the scenes may turn your stomach!

The Platform

This Spanish-language sci-fi thriller puts us in the depths of a unique prison, in which there are two separate floors of prisoners. Every day, food is dispensed to these floors from the titular platform, but those on the lower floor only receiving what is left over from the upper floor. The metaphors come heavy here, but the storytelling is brilliant.


Despite winning three Oscars, there is a chance you’ve still missed out on this modern classic. Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children Of Men), he mines his own childhood to follow a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

The Two Popes

A comedy-drama which is kiiiiind of based on a true story, set behind the walls of Vatican City. We spend time with the conservative Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and the liberal future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) as they attempt to find some common ground for the sake of the future of the Catholic church.