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5 must-see movies to watch on Netflix this weekend

Picking something to watch over the weekend is more difficult than the thousands of titles on Netflix would have you believe. The issue at hand, of course, is that so much choice can sometimes stupefy an audience humbly looking for a gentle piece of entertainment.

More often than not, we find ourselves doomscrolling through Netflix, trying to determine our next go-to watch. Brain fog usually affects our judgement, and we end up grumpy and sleepy, unable to decide on a film. Worry not; we at Best of Netflix have decided to create a comprehensive list for you every week to choose your next weekend watch.

With thousands of movies on offer, finding great content on Netflix isn’t the most challenging thing. However, with so much choice, often, breaking those thousands of titles into a concise list of great movies to watch can feel like an unwelcomed uphill task. Thankfully, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

Below, you’ll find a heady mix of new titles, classics heading to Netflix and everything that we think is worth your valuable viewing time this weekend. If you can only find a little bit of peace and quiet to watch a movie or two this weekend, then chances are one of those perfect movies can be found below.

5 must-see movies on Netflix:

5. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

A fiery romance with a shining Hollywood cast, Dangerous Liaisons is a period drama based on the play by Christopher Hampton that follows a scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover who make a deceitful bet. Whilst Glenn Close and John Malkovich lead the line as the protagonists of the tale, they are joined by a fantastic supporting cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman and Peter Capaldi.

Inspiring countless period dramas in the 1990s and modern era, make sure you check out this classic movie, particularly if you’re a fan of the Netflix series The Crown.

Watch Dangerous Liaisons on Netflix.

4. Incantation (2022)

Diversifying their content for modern audiences, Netflix is releasing a brand new Taiwanese horror movie this week named Incantation, which judging by its compelling trailer, isn’t to be missed by any fan of the genre. Shrouded in mystery, the mockumentary horror story looks to follow a woman and her daughter who are trying to reverse a curse by solving a series of puzzles.

From director Kevin Ko, the filmmaker of Invitation Only, the exciting new horror film stars Hsuan-yen Tsai, Sean Lin, Ying-Hsuan Kao and Mohamed Elgendy.

Watch Incantation on Netflix.

3. The Sea Beast (2022)

Already being showered with praise by critics, The Sea Beast, by the director of Bolt, Big Hero 6 and Moana, tells the story of a young girl who hides away on the ship of a legendary monster hunter, sparking an epic adventure. Helmed by Chris Williams, the creative behind such aforementioned Disney movies, the script is co-written by himself and the debut feature film screenwriter Nell Benjamin.

Featuring an impressive voice cast that includes such names as Dan Stevens, Kathy Burke, Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, and Jared Harris, Netflix’s latest movie could blow the likes of the new Minions film out of the water.

Watch The Sea Beast on Netflix.

2. The Departed (2006)

The Departed is the film that finally earned Scorsese the elusive Best Director prize at the Academy Awards. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Martin Sheen, among others, the film uncovers the corrupt roots of public institutions such as the police and the mob.

Scorsese said: “I hardly did any press for that film. I was tired of it. I felt it was maddening. I mean, I like the picture, but the process of making it, particularly in the post-production, was highly unpleasant. I said, ‘I don’t care how much I’m being paid, it’ll kill me. I’ll die. Very simply.'”

Watch The Departed on Netflix.

1. Old School (2003)

If you’re looking for the exact moment Will Ferrell became a star, then you’ve found it. It wasn’t his performance as the candy cane chugging Buddy the Elf that put Ferrell on top; it was his starring turn as ‘Frank the Tank’. A mild-mannered and recently married man whose life falls apart when he starts going back to his frat house ways.

It is this film that kickstarted Ferrell’s journey as one of the most quotable actors in comedy. Old School provided countless lines, including a drunkenly explained trip to do some DIY shopping as a “nice little Saturday” or the belting classic “we’re going streaking!”. It’s a classic from the early noughties, which is definitely worth revisiting.

Watch Old School on Netflix.