Our Top Pick: The 7 Best Netflix Movies of 2022 to Watch
November 24, 2022
It’s that time of year again: when families get together for mass feasts, the sun sets too early, the snow showers its softness on the ground, and we all wrap ourselves up under blankets and watch the best movies and series. But what to watch? It happens to everyone, over and over again – you spend more time watching Netflix deciding what to watch than actually watching what you end up watching. So here is a list of our 7 best options from Netflix add to the queue right away so you don’t have to spend more time deciding what to watch. These seven films are recognized as some of the best films released by Netflix this year. Other 2022 favorites not out yet – Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio (on Netflix from December 9) and Glass Bow: Mystery of Knives (on Netflix from December 23). Until then, we highly recommend watching any (or all!!) of the films below and choosing wisely when you’re browsing Netflix this holiday season.
These seven films have been selected as some of our most underrated favorites. There are plenty of other Netflix movies to watch (more suggestions are listed at the end), but these are just a few that you may have heard of and missed, or never heard of before. I have seen them all and I can say that they are excellent films. Even if it doesn’t look like something you might want to watch, just hit the play button and get comfortable. Before you begin, make sure the popcorn is ready and the lights are dimmed—each one deserves your undivided attention.
Athena – [Watch Now]
Directed by Romain Gavras
This suspenseful French film is a Greek tragedy turned into a contemporary urban war thriller, and it’s AMAZING. Most critics agree: the opening sequence is relevant here and instantly ranks among the best openings. Ever in the history of cinema. The rest is amazing too!! Producer Romain Gavras (Our day will come, the world is yours), co-written by Laj Ly, Romain Gavras and Elias Belkeddar, the film is about three brothers who live and manage an apartment complex in the French suburbs. After a local boy dies, the residents barricade themselves and start a war with the police, using everything they can find to attack, react, and keep the invaders out of their home territory. Athena has some of the most exciting, impressive long haul footage in any film of this decade so far. Most of the time, I kept wondering, “How the hell did they take that picture?!” all of this seems impossible. If you need more persuasiveness, Bilge Ebiri wrote a better review Athena when it debuted at the Venice Film Festival. As for me, I support Karim!!
sea animal – [Watch Now]
Director Chris Williams
Probably my favorite animated film of the year sea animal is a Netflix original animated by the talented creators at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver. It was directed by animation veteran Chris Williams, who also directed Bolt and co-directed Big hero 6 for Disney; co-written by Chris Williams and Nell Benjamin. This amazingly inspiring and uplifting tale of a young girl turned warrior is set in a time when legendary hunters traveled to fight giant sea monsters to protect kingdoms. Zaris-Angel Hathor – Voiced by Maisie Bramble, who is one of the cutest brave characters in any story this year. The animation here is spectacular, more detailed and realistic than in most animated films. It is also the perfect adventure story and acceptance story. Finished with superb performance that is believable and natural, making it truly authentic and immersive. Not just another cartoon, this is a real adventure with stakes, thrills and unforgettable moments. I can’t recommend this one more – to anyone of any age.
Stutz – [Watch Now]
Directed by Jonah Hill
Listen to Stutz!! trust him. And most importantly, learn from him. This film is as meaningful and valuable as I could have hoped. Stutz 96-minute documentary feature film directed by an actor Jonah Hillstarring Hill and his therapist Dr. Phil Stutz. Hill wanted to make this film about Dr. Stutz because he had such a life experience working with him and he wanted to share that experience with everyone else in the hope that it would help them with their mental health issues. I love how calm and cool Stutz is and every idea is presented so cleanly that it’s so easy to understand. I want to review it and write everything down to make sure I remember all of its instruments correctly. I liked the exposure of a lot of vulnerability and the honesty about making the film in the first 30 minutes. Let’s break down these walls so that we can be honest and open with each other, do good things and help each other. As you watch, enter with an open mind, not a defensive mind. Stutz wants us all to be better; if you are sure to accept his ideas, you will learn a lot.
All Quiet on the Western Front – [Watch Now]
Directed by Edward Berger
This brand new adaptation of the iconic World War I novel is a heartbreaking and haunting look at the horrors of war. German director Edward Berger new look at All Quiet on the Western Front flips the focus – we follow young German soldiers as they prepare and head into the trenches during the “Great War”, only to eventually realize that this is not a heroic place at all. After a few minutes, they start to break down and want to go home, quickly realizing that they are just meat to grind and no one cares about them. It can be hard to watch a war movie right now when the state of the world is so precarious, but that’s really the whole point of this movie – it’s a reminder that nationalist sentiment only leads to death. Young soldiers who are so happy to defend their country are sent straight to hell. Many people will die because a few morons living lavishly in their gigantic palaces want to fight over nonsense. The critics raved about it (read our review) – the cinematography is amazing, the attention to detail is unforgettable, and the execution is superb.
windfall luck – [Watch Now]
Directed by Charlie McDowell
An underrated gem of Netflix, windfall luck The premiere took place on the streaming service in March of this year. This is the director’s last film. Charlie McDowellbest known for his other underrated indie films The one I love as well as Opening previously. windfall luck is one of the smartest and smartest psychological thrillers I’ve seen this year. A very elegant Hitchcockian thriller set in a beautiful house in Ojai, California, with a gorgeous orange grove through which they spend a lot of time strolling. I loved the interplay between the intriguing cast of characters: Jason Segel & Jesse Plemons & Lily Collins. Fantastic soundtrack (Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrians) along with all the perfectly put together shots that almost feel like another character in the movie. I wanted more from Jason Segel’s character, but then again, I always want more from Siegel in everything he does. Love him. You can also look windfall luck just to enjoy Jason Segel in the new movie.
Fuss – [Watch Now]
Directed by Jeremy Zagar
Uncut hoops! Damn, that’s good. I honestly think Fuss is one of Adam Sandler’s best non-comedy movies because he’s clearly so passionate about basketball (in real life) that he shows up in this role as well. Fuss stars Adam Sandler as a basketball scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, flying around the world trying to find the right talent to join the team. He finally stumbles upon a Spanish basketball star named Bo Cruz, who is played by a real-life Spanish basketball star. Juancho Hernangomes. Sandler is working with him to make sure he’s NBA ready, but it’s not easy and requires a lot of “hassle”. The dynamic between these two characters is outstanding, easily one of the highlights of the entire film. I’m not even a big basketball fan, but this totally hooked me. Fuss leads Jeremiah Tantalented director whose feature debut We are animals was one of the highlights of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Stranger – [Watch Now]
Directed by Thomas M. Wright
Be careful with this. But if you’re brave enough to go out into the world Stranger, you will discover a mysterious, gripping, unsettling psychological thriller like nothing you have ever experienced. This is not an easy watch – I’ll admit it straight ahead. But it’s a useful watch. Written and directed by an Australian actor and director. Thomas M. WrightThe film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and hit Netflix in the fall. Starring two of Australia’s best actors: Joel Edgerton as well as Sean Harris – both have the most gorgeous beards I’ve ever seen. They have a mysterious past, one of them is chasing the other, but why? What is the goal, where is moving …? You must look to find out. “Calling this an unconventionally impressive crime drama is an understatement,” one critic wrote of it. Another adds: “In tone, the film is brilliantly hidden. It takes a long time to figure out what’s going on. The atmosphere is gloomy, distrustful, brutal in language … ”Worth watching.
Other Netflix recommendations to watch if you’re still looking for something to add to your Watchlist: controversial issue by Andrew Dominic. Blonde, The happiest girl in the world with Mila Kunis good nurse true story drama, documentary Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, Spider with Chris Hemsworth Day shift with Jamie Foxx Lou with Allison Janney, documentary DescendantTime-lapse of Key and Jigsaw Wendell and Wild, Enola Holmes 2 with Millie Bobby Brown, the sequel to the French action movie Lost Bullet 2, Miracle with Florence Pugh, documentary Is that black enough for you?!?British thriller I cameaction movie Interceptor with Elsa Pataky Project Adam with Ryan Reynolds and Richard Linklater’s 1960s comedy Apollo 10 1/2. There is also gray man but it’s not that great.
We hope you enjoy good movies this holiday season!! Curl up by the fire and discover something fun, exciting and memorable. Tell us what you like and don’t like about each movie. Our goal is always FirstShow to guide you all to the best movies and other top picks that might have been lost in the mix. Our job is to watch everything so we can recommend movies that won’t be a waste of time. And now you know what to choose when you’re out of ideas for the night!! Come in and start watching right now. What other Netflix original series of 2022 do you like the most? Any other unseen recommendations?