In recent years, A24 has emerged as the avant-garde powerhouse of independent cinema in Hollywood, and its influence is palpable on Netflix.
Founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges, A24 quickly became synonymous with innovative storytelling and a commitment to bringing unique voices to the forefront of entertainment.
A24’s meteoric rise to prominence can be attributed to its uncanny ability to blend artistic integrity with commercial success. The studio has successfully tapped into the pulse of contemporary culture, resonating with audiences seeking narratives that challenge conventions and push the boundaries of storytelling.
The themes explored in A24 films and series range from existential dread and the human condition to societal critiques and explorations of the supernatural. A recurring motif in A24’s work is an unapologetic commitment to authenticity, often depicted through raw, unfiltered storytelling that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths.
Directors like Ari Aster and Robert Eggers have found a creative home within the A24 banner, delivering films like The Witch and Midsommar, which have become cultural touchstones in modern horror filmmaking. Even Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age Lady Bird and the Oscar phenomenon Everything Everywhere All at Once by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert found ground to thrive on under A24’s wing.
The 2024 Golden Globes saw Netflix’s triumph with A24’s deeply philosophical road rage dramedy BEEF, a groundbreaking limited series by Lee Sung Jin and starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong. But BEEF is not the only A24 story making waves on the streaming platform. Mo is an underrated gem that features Mo Amer as the titular character. It is loosely based on his life as a Palestinian refugee in Houston, Texas, while actively pursuing asylum and citizenship in the United States. Co-created by Ramy Youssef, the series also stars Farah Bsieso, Omar Elba, Teresa Ruiz, and Tobe Nwigwe.
The Farewell is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina, the story revolves around Chinese American woman Billi, who discovers her grandmother, Nai Nai, is dying. In an unusual decision, the family organises a wedding in the family without disclosing Nai Nai’s terminal condition. Rooted in director Wang’s personal experiences, the film draws from her radio story What You Don’t Know, initially shared on This American Life.
Films like Talk to Me—touted as the scariest horror film of 2022—and The Florida Project recently landed on Netflix. They are accompanied by The Witch, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Aftersun, and Minari, which are available to stream in limited countries for now. But they make it to our list nonetheless because they are very much a part of the Netflix library in several countries.
If you want to experience more A24 goodness on Netflix, we have compiled a list just for you.
10 A24 productions to stream on Netflix:
- BEEF season 1 (2023)
- Mo season 1 (2022)
- The Farewell (2019)
- Uncut Gems (2020)
- The Florida Project (2016)
- Talk to Me (2022)
- The Witch (2015)
- Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
- Aftersun (2022)
- Minari (2020)