The Highest-Rated Movies on Netflix Canada, According to Rotten Tomatoes
If you're stuck inside watching movies on Netflix Canada all day, why not stream the best ones? Rotten Tomatoes—the popular site that aggregates reviews from critics and creates a score that's "fresh" or "rotten"—has put together a list of the top movies ever based on adjusted score and number of reviews. So, get cozy with your bowl of popcorn, and start watching these guaranteed fresh flicks on Netflix.
1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Number of reviews: 429
It’s no small feat that super spy Ethan Hunt and the Mission: Impossible series are still going strong after 25 years, six movies and five directors. The one constant, of course, is Tom Cruise, whose back-breaking stunts are the stuff of legend. Mission: Impossible – Fallout features some of the most incredible action sequences ever filmed: a high-altitude parachute jump from a military plane, a motorcycle chase through the streets of Paris, and a helicopter chase above the mountains of Kashmir, to name a few. Fallout‘s stellar cast of female characters—especially philanthropist and arms dealer Alanna “White Widow” Mitsopolis (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby)—are just as captivating.
2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Number of reviews: 120
One of Hollywood’s most indelible achievements, The Wizard of Oz follows the courageous Dorothy (Judy Garland), who’s whisked away to a magical land after a tornado rips through her Kansas farmhouse. It’s a testament to Oz‘s enduring popularity that more than 80 years after its release, new generations of audiences continue to fall in love with its kooky cast of characters (the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West), trippy Technicolor visions and universal wisdom. There’s no place like home, indeed.
3. The Irishman (2019)
Number of reviews: 440
As the director of Goodfellas, Casino and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese has often been accused of glorifying the lives of immoral men. With that in mind, The Irishman feels like a retort. Not one second of this 209-minute opus, which charts the life of Pennsylvania hit man Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and his relationships with mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), could be mistaken for glamorous. After all, where’s the charm in killing your best friend, losing the love and trust of your family, and seeing history move on without you? The Irishman is both a moving portrait of a deeply flawed man and a fitting coda to the mob movie genre.
4. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Number of reviews: 436
In 1972, the Colorado Springs Police Department hires its first Black officer, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington). Determined to make a difference in his community, Stallworth asks to be an undercover cop and comes up with a bonkers plan: to infiltrate the Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth enlists the help of a fellow cop, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), but gets more than he bargained for when he’s inadvertently granted access to David Duke (Topher Grace), the Klan’s leader.
5. A Star Is Born (2018)
Number of reviews: 518
A Star Is Born, the third remake of the original 1937 film, follows many of the same beats as its predecessors: country rocker Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper, who also directed and co-wrote the film) discovers—and falls in love with—down-on-her-luck singer Ally (Lady Gaga). But when Ally becomes an overnight sensation, Jackson’s fading success and inner demons threaten to ruin their relationship. What A Star Is Born lacks in originality, however, it more than makes up for with the seamless chemistry of its two leads and a knock-out soundtrack. (The scene in which Ally goes onstage with Jackson to sing the film’s hit single “Shallow” is nothing short of exhilarating.)
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6. Roma (2018)
Number of reviews: 387
Directed by Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and set in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City in 1971, this semi-autobiographical film follows Indigenous live-in maid Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in her screen debut) and the wealthy household she cares for: Sofia, doctor husband Antonio, and their four young children. Soon, Cleo’s turbulent personal life begins to mirror the disintegrating marriage of her employers, while political tensions in Mexico boil over into full-blown violent protests. Photographed in stunning black-and-white, Cuarón’s humane vision is personal storytelling on the grandest scale imaginable.
7. Modern Times (1936)
Number of reviews: 61
Charlie Chaplin’s final outing as the kind-hearted, mustachioed Little Tramp is also the best representation of his filmmaking genius. Modern Times follows the iconic character as he accepts back-breaking work as a factory employee, before falling for a young woman on the run (Paulette Goddard). With its hilarious sight gags and scathing critique of class inequality, Modern Times is a triumphant farewell to the silent era.
8. Eighth Grade (2018)
Number of reviews: 305
Meet Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a shy, social media-obsessed student in her final week of middle school, and the unlikely hero of the delightfully awkward Eighth Grade. Despite having no real friends and struggling to connect with her single dad (Josh Hamilton), Kayla posts motivational videos onto YouTube that get zero views. Eighth Grade is almost entirely made up of scenes depicting Kayla’s blunders and anxieties: the panic of being seen alone at the mall, talking to an uninterested crush, having to show skin for the first time at a pool party. For Kayla, every cringeworthy encounter is the end of the world, but Eighth Grade is smart enough to show that she’ll make it through high school just fine.
9. Selma (2014)
Number of reviews: 308
Aiming to secure equal voting rights for Black Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) leads three protest marches in 1965 along the highway from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery. The Oscar-winning Selma dramatizes this dangerous campaign, which culminated in President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act. Tessa Thompson, Giovanni Ribisi and André Holland co-star in director Ava DuVernay’s breakthrough feature.
10. The Godfather (1972)
Number of reviews: 99
All things considered, this tale of the treacherous Corleone crime family is as flawless as a movie can be. From its pitch-perfect casting—Marlon Brando delivers one of his signature performances, while Al Pacino emerges as one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men—to the fact that every one of its scenes have become enshrined in pop culture consciousness, The Godfather is one of cinema’s greatest melodramas. If by some miracle you haven’t seen it, there’s only one thing to say to you, courtesy of Brando’s Don Vito: “What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?”
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11. The Kid (1921)
Number of reviews: 43
One of the greatest tearjerkers in film history (its opening title famously proclaims “A picture with a smile and perhaps a tear”), The Kid is arguably Chaplin’s most personal work. When the Little Tramp (Chaplin) discovers an abandoned baby in the street, he decides to take care of him by himself. Five years later, the two live in impoverished circumstances but love each other very much—their lives are turned upside down, however, when an orphanage attempts to reclaim the boy (Jackie Coogan).
12. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Number of reviews: 130
Accidentally left behind by his fellow travellers in California’s San Fernando Valley, a gentle alien creature must navigate a strange and hostile environment alone. He soon encounters Elliott (Henry Thomas), a 10-year-old who’s reeling from his parents’ recent separation. Along with brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) and sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore), Elliott must find a way to evade E.T.’s government pursuers and send him home. Both a stirring depiction of growing up with divorce and a thrilling sci-fi adventure, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial effortlessly blurs the line between art and entertainment.
13. Gravity (2013)
Number of reviews: 354
Immediately hailed as a modern classic and nominated for 10 Oscars, Gravity rewrites the rules of the sci-fi thriller and adds new ones too. After a routine spacewalk goes catastrophically wrong, two astronauts—the brilliant but inexperienced Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and the mission’s commander, Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney)—find themselves floating in outer space with nothing but each other. Visually dazzling and narratively taut, Gravity is a pulse-pounding survival story for the ages.
14. Argo (2012)
Number of reviews: 356
In 1979, Iranian militants take over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and hold 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage. Amid the commotion, six Americans escape and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Enter Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA operative who’s tasked with rescuing the group. His plan? Pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the Americans to act as his crew. Argo received seven Academy Award nominations and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
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15. Leave No Trace (2018)
Number of reviews: 234
Leave No Trace, the second-most reviewed film to receive a 100 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, tells the story of Will, an Iraqi War veteran suffering from PTSD (Ben Foster) who lives in a public park in Portland, Oregon, with his 13-year-old daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie). One day, they’re spotted, arrested and given food and a home by social services. Faced with this opportunity for a fresh start, Will struggles to overcome his demons and adjust to regular life, while his daughter feels her father is holding back her true potential. Based on a true story.
16. La La Land (2016)
Number of reviews: 458
The Oscar-winning La La Land charts the romance of aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and devoted jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) from first meeting to break-up in the City of Dreams, delivering a bevy of tunes along the way. An unapologetic homage to the classic movie musicals of the 1950s and ’60s, La La Land features sensuous throwbacks to Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, West Side Story and The Young Girls of Rochefort.
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17. Widows (2018)
Number of reviews: 411
After a police shootout leaves bank robber Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his crew dead in Chicago, his widow Veronica (Viola Davis) is forced to repay his debts. Her plan: enlist the crew’s other widows (Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki) to steal $5-million from the home of a local politician (Robert Duvall).
18. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Number of reviews: 390
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) navigates his double-life as a teenager at Midtown High School in New York City, and as the youngest member of the Avengers. Against the commands of his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Parker begins to investigate the city’s newest villain, Vulture (Michael Keaton), a salvager-turned-arms trafficker with mysterious intentions. While one could argue that there are simply too many superhero movies and shows these days, Spider-Man: Homecoming is too fun, action-packed and smart to ignore.
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19. Baby Driver (2017)
Number of reviews: 384
When Baby (Ansel Elgort) puts in his earbuds and presses play, he’s the best getaway driver in the game. Baby works for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a criminal mastermind who assembles new crews for every armed robbery he plans, Baby being the only constant. When Baby repays his debt to Doc, he decides to quit his life of crime and devote himself to his love, Debora (Lily James)—but Baby’s criminal past threatens to destroy his future in unexpected ways. If you want non-stop action, a bangin’ soundtrack, and a good amount of soul, Baby Driver should be at the top of your Netflix Canada viewing list.
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20. Shoplifters (2018)
Number of reviews: 226
Shoplifters, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, follows an impoverished, makeshift “family”: married day laborers Osamu and Nobuyo, hostess Aki, the elderly Hatsue, and Shota, a young boy whom the husband and wife take in after finding him on the street. Osamu and Shota make ends meet by shoplifting goods from stores; when the pair witness a young girl, Yuri, being neglected by her parents, they decide to take her in as well. Incidents both big and small, however, soon begin to threaten the bonds that link these wildly different people together.
21. Hell or High Water (2016)
Number of reviews: 280
In order to stop their family’s West Texas ranch from being foreclosed, two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) begin robbing small banks to pay off their mortgage. Meanwhile, clever Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) is hot on the brothers’ tail and vows to ambush them at the scene of their next crime. A sleeper hit, Hell or High Water was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2017, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Bridges.
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22. Jaws (1975)
Number of reviews: 88
One of the most popular movies ever made, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is still a satisfying jolt to the system more than 40 years after its release. Moviegoers remember Quint’s (Robert Shaw) spine-tingling USS Indianapolis speech (“Sometimes the shark would go away… and sometimes he wouldn’t go away”) and John Williams’ iconic score, but the true strength of Jaws is how effortlessly it goes back and forth between deadpan comedy and sheer terror.
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23. The Godfather Part II (1974)
Number of reviews: 83
What is left to say about The Godfather Part II that hasn’t already been said? The much-loved “Greatest Sequel Ever” is, like its predecessor, a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. In this 1974 classic, mob boss Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) seeks to expand his criminal enterprise to Cuba, while his father, Vito (Robert De Niro, shown in flashbacks), flees to New York City from Sicily and very quickly learns that—contrary to the old adage—crime does pay.
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