There are hundreds of good movies to watch on Netflix, but which ones should you see? We've sorted through some of the highest-rated films (based on their Rotten Tomatoes scores) to bring you a few dozen selections that are well worth your time.
There's a little something for everyone on our list, whether you're searching for domestic action flicks, foreign dramas, thoughtful documentaries or colorful kids' films.
13 Assassins has it all: action, character drama and even a little bit of history. Takashi Miike directed this samurai epic that takes place in 1840s Japan. When Matsudaira Naritsugu (whose real-life counterpart died in 1835, but just roll with it) wreaks havoc on the Akashi district, it's up to Shimada Shinzaemon (Koji Yakusho) to gather a band of warriors to take on Matsudaira and his minions.
Based on the bestselling novels, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy comprises three crime-drama films, which follow the adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) as they investigate familial intrigue, murder mysteries and government conspiracies. If you've seen the American version, these are just a tiny bit better. Niels Arden Oplev directed the first film; Daniel Alfredson the next two.
André Øvredal directed Troll Hunter: a found-footage-style horror film, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of a professional troll hunter. Hans (Otto Jesperson) is one of Norway's top men when it comes to tracking trolls: elusive animals that are very much real and still pose a threat to human safety. Three university students follow Hans on his most dangerous hunt yet.
Hockey can be a violent game, but who says you can't have a few laughs along the way? In Michael Dowse's sports comedy Goon, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) joins a minor-league hockey team as an enforcer. There's some camaraderie, some romance, some drama and a lot of laughs as Doug butts heads with both his fellow teammates and the teams they oppose.
David Gelb directed Jiro Dreams of Sushi: a documentary about Jiro Ono, a real-life sushi master. At Jiro's three-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo, the chef creates some of the finest sushi on Earth, and the film explores both the dedication and skill set required to do so. You may want to have a few tuna rolls handy while watching, though; it'll make you hungry.
What do you get when you combine Quentin Tarantino's madcap action excess with the historical insanity of American slavery in the antebellum South? You get Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx as the titular character. Django escapes from a life of slavery and trains as a gunfighter in order to return to his former home and free his captive wife from her cruel servitude.
Noah Baumbach directed Frances Ha: a comedy-drama about a dancer who's struggling to get by in both her profession and her relationships. Greta Gerwig plays the title role, and also contributed her talents to the film's screenplay. Shot entirely in black and white, Frances Ha is the kind of film that's a little thoughtful, a little familiar and a little challenging, but tremendously entertaining.