15 Under-the-Radar Netflix Movies You've Probably Missed
Say what you will about the quality of Netflix's original content, there are some hidden gems in that seemingly endless catalog that totally deserve a watch.
Here are some of the Netflix's original movies you won't want to overlook.
1. The Half of It (2020)
Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is a shy, introverted high school student who makes a living writing essays for her classmates. When football jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) asks her to write a love letter to his crush, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire), Ellie reluctantly agrees. Plot twist: Ellie has a crush on Aster too. Throughout the movie, Ellie and Paul form a quirky friendship. They send secret text messages and even stage a movie night, all while attempting to win Aster's heart for Paul. Drama and misunderstandings pile up until it reaches a boiling point at a high school party.
2. Fractured (2019)
Ray (Sam Worthington) is a typical family man going on a road trip with his wife and daughter. During a pit stop, his daughter falls and fractures her arm. They rush to the nearest hospital, but after his wife and daughter go downstairs for an MRI, they disappear. The hospital staff claim they have no records of them. Ray becomes obsessed with finding them, rifling through CCTV footage and interrogating staff. Is he delusional, or is there something more sinister at play?
3. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Celebrity chef Sasha (Ali Wong) and musician Marcus (Randall Park) were childhood sweethearts. They drift apart after a falling-out and go on to live separate lives for 15 years. Sasha becomes a culinary star while Marcus sticks around his hometown, working for his dad's HVAC company. When Sasha moves back to San Francisco to open a new restaurant, their worlds collide. They attempt to rekindle their friendship, complete with awkward dinner dates and funny encounters with Sasha's new, rather eccentric, boyfriend (hello, Keanu Reeves in a cameo!).
4. Cam (2018)
Alice (Madeline Brewer), a cam girl, finds her account has been taken over by an eerie doppelgänger of herself. This impostor not only looks like her but also knows intimate details about her life. Alice goes down a rabbit hole to reclaim her identity, but every move she makes seems to trap her further. It's a twisted psychological battle between her and the mysterious doppelgänger. Can she regain control over her life and unveil the imposter?
5. Set It Up (2018)
Two overworked assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), have had it with their demanding bosses. They come up with a plan to set their bosses up with each other, thinking that a romantic distraction might ease their workload. They stage "chance" meetings, manipulate their bosses' schedules, and even create a fake emergency to get them stuck in an elevator together. It works, their bosses fall head over heels for each other. But, of course, things don't go as smoothly as planned when Harper and Charlie start catching feelings for each other too.
6. The Platform (2019)
In The Platform, prisoners are placed in vertical cells with a hole in the middle, through which a platform descends carrying a lavish feast. Those at the top get to eat their fill, while those lower down get the leftovers—if they get anything at all. Our main guy, Goreng (Iván Massagué), starts at a relatively higher level but then faces the harsh reality as he gets moved down each month. As he descends, desperate attempts to send messages up top begin. It's cutthroat, literally, with one prisoner resorting to cannibalism.
7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
What would you do if all your secret love letters accidentally got sent out? That's exactly what happens to high school junior Lara Jean (Lana Condor). Overnight, her love life goes from imaginary to out of control. One of the boys, Peter (Noah Centineo), proposes a fake relationship to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. They write up a contract, set boundaries, and even plan their public displays of affection. It starts off as a total sham, but soon enough, real feelings start to develop.
8. The Outlaw King (2018)
The Outlaw King takes you back to 14th-century Scotland. Chris Pine plays Robert the Bruce, a nobleman turned outlaw fighting to reclaim Scotland's independence from England. This isn't your standard rags-to-riches hero's journey; it's rife with political turmoil, brutal battles, and backstabbing allies. After suffering a devastating loss at the hands of the English, Robert gathers what's left of his troops and loyal followers, in a last-ditch effort to drive out the English oppressors.
9. Dumplin' (2018)
In Dumplin', Aniston is Rosie Dickson, a Texan pageant queen turned judge. Her plus-sized daughter, Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), wants nothing to do with the pageant world. But when she stumbles upon her late aunt's application for a pageant, she decides to enter as a protest. Encouraged by her aunt's love for Dolly Parton songs, Willowdean recruits other "misfits" to join her in competing. They start off as a joke, but soon begin to shake up their small Texas town.
10. The Perfection (2018)
Charlotte (Allison Williams) was once a cello prodigy at a prestigious music school until she had to leave to care for her sick mom. Years later, she returns and meets the new star student, Lizzie (Logan Browning). They form a quick friendship and go on a trip together, but things take a dark turn when Lizzie falls violently ill. Charlotte seems to be helping, but is she really?
11. Polar (2019)
Mads Mikkelsen plays Duncan Vizla, a retired assassin, in this action-packed thriller. He's ready to hang up his guns and enjoy some peace and quiet. But you know how it goes in the assassin world, right? No retirement without a catch. Duncan finds out that his former employer has put a bounty on his head to avoid paying retirement benefits. He gets dragged back, taking on younger, tech-savvy assassins eager to claim the bounty.
12. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Jessica James (Jessica Williams), an aspiring playwright, is trying to get over her ex. She ends up on a blind date with Boone (Chris O'Dowd), who's also nursing a broken heart. They strike a weird yet cute pact to stalk their exes for each other. Jessica deals with rejection letters and writing workshops while Boone tries to untangle himself from his past.
13. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
It's not just one movie; it's an anthology of six different stories set in the post-Civil War American West. You've got everything from a singing gunslinger named Buster Scruggs, who leaves a trail of bullet holes and musical numbers, to a duo of gold prospectors searching for the perfect spot to dig. It's the Coen Brothers at their finest, mixing their signature dark humor, classic Western themes, and some existential questions along the way.
14. See You Yesterday (2019)
Two teenage prodigies, CJ and Sebastian, invent backpacks that allow them to time travel. After CJ's brother is killed by the police, they decide to use their invention to save him. Every attempt to alter the past results in unintended consequences, making their mission more and more complicated. Can they change the past to save the future?
15. Calibre (2018)
Two lifelong friends, Vaughn and Marcus, go on a hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands. But a hunting accident turns the trip into a nightmare when they shoot and kill a young boy and his father. Faced with a moral dilemma, they decide to cover up their actions. However, the tight-knit community starts to suspect something's off, and the tension escalates.