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Top 10 Netflix Original Movies

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Written by Alex Slade Netflix has proven to be the king of online streaming services, but their amazing content is only getting better as they continue to produce incredible original films. WatchMojo presents the top 10 best original Netflix films. But which of their movies will take the top spot on our list? ? Beasts of No Nation, I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore, or Hush? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Henry Patterson, FlorinP, Tyson Turner, and Tyson Turner for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top%2010%20Netflix%20Original%20Movies
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With quality titles like these being released consistently, pretty soon we won’t even need to go to the theater. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re be counting down our picks for the top 10 Netflix original movies.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the best films that were financed, produced and/or distributed by Netflix as part of their slate of original programming.

#10: “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” (2016)

After a long hiatus, our beloved Pee-wee Herman is back, and it’s like he never left. In this film, he leaves his safe, secure, comfortable home of Fairville – which is a big step for Pee-wee – to travel across America to attend his new friend’s birthday party. Along the way, there are a ton of encounters that halt his progress – as is to be expected. Between interacting with robbers and a cave man, a crazy farmer and the Amish, the gags and quirkiness of the premise never let up. Though it’s primarily aimed at kids (we guess), adults can appreciate the film as well – just let the absurdity take you for a ride.

#9: “Burning Sands” (2017)

Most fraternity movies show the fun side of college life, but the Netflix original “Burning Sands” goes in a different direction, by offering a raw take on what it takes to survive initiation. The brutal physical hazing is just the beginning; the humiliation and mental abuse viewers witness is just as tough to stomach. We watch as a group of pledges is tested – day in, day out – and we keep wondering when they’ll reach their breaking point. With a very clear stance on the issue, the film illustrates how the brotherhood’s bond strengthens with each test, but vigorously questions the morality of the whole process every step of the way.

#8: “The Fundamentals of Caring” (2016)

Break out the tissues, folks. Paul Rudd stars as Ben, a newly certified caregiver, and his first client, Trevor, is a handful, to say the least. You see, Trevor has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which confines him to a wheelchair. But, while that situation may seem kinda grim, the banter between him and Ben is hilarious. The pair goes on a road trip, picking up hitchhikers along the way and checking things off Trevor’s to-do-list. Brought to you by Rob Burnett, executive producer of “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Fundamentals of Caring” has the perfect blend of drama, comedy, and tragedy – with a dash of hope at the end for good measure.

#7: “Spectral” (2016)

Sometimes, you don’t want to have to think too much when watching a movie; you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. If you’re scrolling through Netflix, there are few movies more appropriate for that mood than “Spectral.” With fantastic special effects, great action sequences and charismatic actors, there’s never a dull moment. Military forces are at war with an unknown and seemingly supernatural anomaly, and the mystery of its origin is enough to keep your interest. But there’s more: the battle sequences also keep your eyes glued to the screen, making this military sci-fi film a classic popcorn action flick.

#6: “Barry” (2016)
Regardless of your political leanings, you’d have trouble denying that President Barack Obama led an interesting life leading up to his presidency. The biopic “Barry” only shows us a snippet of that, by giving us a glimpse of college years – before he became the self-assured man who would be president. He questions his place in the world throughout the film and is a keen observer on how race can distinguish others, while also paying attention to the struggles people endure. While it doesn’t touch on his future presidency, “Barry” still offers a compelling look into the complex mind of Barack Obama.

#5: “Imperial Dreams” (2014)

No, this isn’t a documentary about John Boyega being cast in “The Force Awakens”… “Imperial Dreams” actually sees Boyega play Bambi, a fresh out of jail gangster who’s looking to reform his life and take care of his son. But of course, that’s easier said than done. This genuine and gripping Netflix original lets us see us how hard it is to adapt to the world after prison, while also showing us the struggles and perils of living in the projects. Dark, affecting and anchored by Boyega’s stellar performance, Bambi’s story shines a light on the cyclical nature of criminality.

#4: “Tallulah” (2016)

With a spectacular Ellen Page performance as the titular Tallulah, or Lu for short, this dark comedy follows a young woman who kidnaps a baby after seeing how neglectful its mother is. What comes next is a rollercoaster of emotions; Tallulah begins to care for someone other than herself, and although the hole she digs for herself gets deeper and deeper, she never loses sight of the fact that she thinks she did the right thing. Even though it’s a relatively serious situation, and the film as a way of making us question some of our own life choices, “Tallulah” still features plenty of light-hearted moments that make this Netflix release a worthwhile watch.

#3: “Hush” (2016)

It’s hard to come up with something original these days, especially when it comes to the horror/thriller genre, but “Hush” did it. How? By featuring a protagonist who’s completely deaf and mute. That protagonist is Maddie, and she’s being hunted at her remote home by a psycho killer. Doesn’t sound like it should last more than a few minutes – especially since it’s mostly silent – but “Hush” is engaging and grittily realistic, thankfully avoiding the horror tropes we’re all sick of by now, but throwing in enough blood and guts to keep fans satisfied. Maddie uses her creativity as a writer to try and survive this cat-and-mouse fight, and it makes for one tense viewing experience.

#2: “i don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” (2017)

Don’t let its long title deter you; this comedy crime thriller is dark, wild and touching in all the right ways. The plot’s straightforward enough: a woman finds her home burglarized, and since the police are no help she decides to find the thieves herself. But where it goes from there is unexpected to say the least. With realistic – albeit oddball – characters at its core, its absurd chain of events keeps you shaking your head – and we mean that in a good way. With tons of thrills to be had and captivating chemistry between leads Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood, this Netflix release can accurately be described as “eccentric.”

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:
- “ARQ” (2016)
- “Mascots” (2016)
- “Deidra and Laney Rob a Train” (2017)

#1: “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)

Chronicling the life of a child conscripted into a rebel army in an unnamed African country, “Beasts of No Nation” documents the trauma he witnesses and inevitably inflicts. And writer/director Cary Fukunaga has given us something genuinely amazing. Visually stimulating with immersive camerawork and tight editing, the film brings you right into this Third World locale, making it difficult to both look at and look away from the horrors that occur. Between the SAG Award-winning Idris Elba performance as a dangerous warlord and the powerful message about the true cost of warfare, Netflix picked a winner when they chose to nab the worldwide distribution rights.
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