The best movies and TV shows on Netflix Australia right now

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Netflix Australia is constantly updating their catalogue of both TV shows and movies.

The streaming service has given us access to hundreds of shows and films in 2018 – including a host of originals – but how do you pick out the best of the best?

This is an up-to-date guide of the top 10 films and movies to watch on Netflix Australia right now.

TV Shows

Looking for something to binge for the next week? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top 10 TV shows currently showing on Netflix Australia.

Stranger Things

The iconic Stranger Things is a love letter to the cult supernatural films of the 80s.

The plot revolves around the town of Hawkins, Indiana, where a government-protected building seems to be to blame for the disappearance of a Will Byers, a local schoolboy.

Stranger Things has amassed a huge following and with Season 3 set to be released at the end of the year, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the first two seasons.

Orange is the New Black

The most popular Netflix Original series, Orange is the New Black, is a must-watch. Piper Chapman is a 30-something New Yorker who is sentenced to 15 months in prison for drug smuggling.

The series is based primarily within Litchfield Penitentiary and raises the subject of the role of prisons in society, the priorities of the judicial system and the reality of guard brutality.

Although you’ll be hard-pressed to find somebody who hasn’t seen Orange is the New Black, if you’re thinking of starting a series, we recommend it’s this one.

The Crown

The Crown follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947 to the present day.

Whilst the show prides itself on being factually accurate, there is, of course, artistic license, which means the programme is essentially a juicy insight into the longest-reigning monarch.

Nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards in 2017, the fifth season of the critically acclaimed show will see actress Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch, The Lobster) take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II, taking over from Claire Foy who won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Black Mirror

Initially commissioned by the UK’s Channel 4, Netflix took over Black Mirror for it’s third and fourth season and it has not disappointed.

An anthology-style series, each episode is set in a reality extremely close to our own – usually in the near future. The show explores the possible impact of the evolution of technology and modern society in dystopian scenarios that will rock you to your core.

Whilst each episode introduces entirely new characters and a new storyline, the themes of the programme remain the same – and it will absolutely blow your mind.

The Rain

The Rain is set six years after a deadly virus, carried in raindrops, wipes out almost everybody in Scandinavia.

Two siblings, who had been hiding in their bunker, emerge and join forces with other survivors in a Hunger-Games-meets-The-Road post-apocalyptic drama, circling around the coming-of-age issues all young people face, albeit in an extreme setting.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Good news! One of TV’s most popular comedies is now streaming on Netflix.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine- centres around a fictional New York Police Department in Brooklyn.

Whilst the show follows a team of detectives, it plays up its relatability through hilarious workplace skits.

If you’re looking for a hilarious, binge-worthy comedy, this is the one to watch.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is a superhero-turned-private-detective who comes out of the woodwork to bring down a villain she’d presumed dead.

Whilst Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a superhero TV show, it breaks down a lot of the boundaries set up by Marvel and DC and addresses adult themes.

It’s a dark, witty insight into the Marvel universe and is definitely worth your time.

Jane the Virgin

Based on a Venezuelan telenovela, Jane the Virgin is not quite as promiscuous as its name suggests.

The style of the TV show is completely unique, which is maybe why it’s garnered such as huge, loyal following, with Gina Rodriguez winning an Emmy award for her performance as Jane.

Jane Gloriana Villanueva has a long-term boyfriend, lives with her mum and her Abuela and has decided to wait until marriage. The plot follows how, after a smear-test-gone-wrong Jane is left artificially inseminated… by her boss.

The show is a laugh-out-loud comedy but addresses a host of very real issues, with the main cast being renowned for their input in covering immigration and feminism on the show.

Queer Eye

YASSS QUEENS. If you haven’t watched Queer Eye, the sad truth is, you’re missing out.

A remake of the noughties show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, this shiny new version follows five gay men as they give makeover those who need to give themselves a bit more TLC.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, a stand-alone episode was filmed in our very own Australia, in the town of Yass, NSW.

Spoiler alert: you WILL need tissues when watching this programme.

Homeland

It may be seven years since Homeland first hit our screens, but the incredible spy thriller series remains one of the top shows to watch on Netflix.

Homeland stars Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, an American soldier who has returned to Washington DC after being held as a prisoner of war by Al-Quaeda.

On his return, CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) believes Brody may have been “turned” by the terrorist group and could be a spy, posing a national threat.

This is a nail-biting series which raises a lot of questions currently in circulation regarding the high-risk terrorist threats surrounding many western states.

Movies

Feel like settling in for something a little longer than a TV show? No problem, Netflix Australia is packed full of incredible movies for you to sink your teeth (eyes?) into. Check out our top 10 below.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The chances are, you’ve seen the memes on Twitter and Facebook. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has become the rom-com of the year – which is half in part to the funny, heart-warming storyline and half to do with the instant likability of leading cast members Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

Based on the book of the same name, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows half-Korean, half-Caucasian Lara Jean Covey, a 16-year-old who has a box of letters addressed to each of her first loves, never intended to see the light of day. Of course, the letters get out, and one of the subjects, Peter Kavinsky, asks Lara Jean if she’ll be in a fake relationship with him to make his ex jealous.

Whether you’re sixteen, twenty-six or eighty-six, we promise it’s worth the hype.

The Lobster

Throwing an absurdist film into the mix, The Lobster is set in a dystopian future where single people have 45 days to find a romantic partner, or they will be turned into an animal.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its screenplay, which features black humour surrounding the construct of society and the alienation of single people.

Shrek

To throw a family favourite into the mix, Netflix is currently streaming Shrek.

Not the second, or third.. or even fourth (yes, there was a fourth), but the original and best.

If you somehow missed the green ogre who lives in a swamp, Shrek is Dreamworks spin on the classic “princess saved by a white knight” fairytale.

Based in a world of fairy tales, Shrek and his “noble steed”, a talking donkey played by Eddie Murphy, embark on a journey to save Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from tallest tower of her family’s castle, which also happens to be protected by a dragon.

We know it’s technically for kids, but we may or may not have already watched this on Netflix. We’re not even sorry.

Dunkirk

The biggest film of 2017 has hit Netflix and it’s not to be missed.

The epic action war film Dunkirk is based on the military operation which took place when Germany advanced into France, holding Allied forces on the beaches of Dunkirk.

If you’re going to watch this on the small screen, be sure to have the best sound system possible, there’s minimal dialogue, but the incredible score won Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the Academy Awards.

The Wolf of Wall Street

If anything, you should watch this because it was Margot Robbie’s big break and Margot Robbie is Aussie and we support our own.

The Wolf of Wall Street, aka one of the most quotable films released in recent years, features Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in this biographical black comedy.

On Wall Street, the name of the game is sex, drugs and corruption and Belfort is not only in the midst of it all but at the top of the food chain.

The story follows Belfort’s quick rise and hard fall as top dog – or the “wolf” – of Wall Street.

I Am Legend

What would you do if you were the only person living in New York City? You could tear around in a sports car, loot shops as you please and do pretty much anything you want, really.

But for Robert Neville (Will Smith), there’s a major catch: he’s not really alone. Neville is the sole survivor of a plague that ripped through the city, killing most of the population and turning the rest into zombie-like creatures that only come out at night.

Smith, director Francis Lawrence and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie do a terrific job of capturing Neville’s total and uncompromising isolation as he traverses the eerily empty city by day, while also encapsulating the sheer terror he feels when the sun begins to set, forcing him to cower in his heavily fortified home as the unseen inhabitants of the city emerge in the night.

Prepare for one hour and 44 minutes of nail-biting tension as Neville scrambles to find a cure and save humanity from certain peril.

The Departed

What do you get when you cross an undercover cop, a mole in the police and an Irish gang in South Boston? A really, really good movie.

Winner of four Oscars (best film, director, writing and editing) and directed by Martin Scorsese, The Departed is a gritty, wonderfully layered cat-and-mouse film where it takes a while to figure out who you’re really rooting for.

The unbelievably star-studded cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin and Martin Sheen, all of whom are nothing short of superb in this masterpiece.

It

One of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2017, Netflix has got its hands on It, the film based on Stephen King’s psychological horror novel.

The film follows Bill Denbrough and his group of friends as they search for missing children after a number of neighbourhood kids, including Bill’s brother, disappear.

If you have a phobia of clowns, this is not the film for you, but otherwise, it’s one of the best horror films out there, with the cinematography and direction being completely unique to its genre.

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