In just one week, an incredible number of outstanding movies can accumulate on Netflix. Even though the year has only been going for five days, there are already a ton of fantastic new films available, some of which are Netflix originals that, if you’re a subscriber, should be at the top of your wishlist. A true-crime documentary about the murky world of cryptocurrencies, a real-life survival story set on a glacier, and the directing debut of Daniel Levy of Schitt’s Creek are among this week’s offerings, along with dozens of other box office-busting blockbusters and genuine classics.
The Top 10 Best Films Released on Netflix in January 2024
Thus, let’s stop wasting time. The top 10 recently released Netflix films that you shouldn’t miss are highlighted in the first section below. Next, a comprehensive rundown of every recently released film can be found at the bottom of the article. I hope you manage to locate the one (or two, or three) films that you’ll be seeing this week.
1. Society of the Snow (2024)
Society of the Snow is a terrifying true story of survival following a devastating plane crash in the Andes Mountains back in 1972, and it is directed by J.A. Bayona (in his first Spanish movie since 2007’s The Orphanage). Initially gathered by Pablo Vierci’s book, this true-to-life film stars Enzo Vogrincic Roldán, Matías Recalt, and Agustín Pardella and immerses viewers in the aftermath of a devastating plane crash. The crash survivors’ harsh realities, such as the morally difficult decisions they had to make, are not avoided by Bayona, who is praised for his poignant storytelling. The story, which was told with striking honesty and deep compassion, commemorates our unwavering spirit in the face of adversity in the film that closed out the 2023 Venice Film Festival.
2. Mamma Mia! (2008)
What better way to beat the cold, dark months than to immerse yourself in the sun-drenched musical spectacle that is Mamma Mia!, which brings the upbeat songs of ABBA to life? Phyllida Lloyd, the film’s director, brings together Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan for a jovial story of self-discovery set against the picturesque backdrop of Greek islands. Set against the breathtaking scenery of a Greek island, this film unfolds as a joyous celebration that encourages you to sing along, sway in time, and embrace life’s unexpected turns. This movie is an adventure that makes you laugh, smile, and even soften the toughest of grins.
3. Malignant (2021)
Annabelle Wallis stars in the thrilling horror picture Malignant, directed by James Wan and featuring an interesting and surprising mystery. With Annabelle Wallis in the lead role, the film tells a tale full of unexpected twists and dark secrets. “Malignant” succeeds with its inventive story and spooky imagery that create an atmosphere that is both oddly appealing and unsettlingly distressing, in contrast to the standard scares of horror films.
4. Good Grief (2024)
Dan Levy, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film, skillfully explores the themes of grieving and self-discovery in Good Grief. Leaving his comedic background behind, Levy plays Marc, a man in shock over his husband Oliver’s (Luke Evans) unexpected death. Marc travels to Paris with his best friends, Thomas (Himesh Patel) and Sophie (Ruth Negga), and together they discover poignant realities about loss, friendship, and love. For those who have struggled with the complex webs of loss and self-discovery, the film explores a very personal and sometimes depressing story.
5. Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Angelina Jolie plays a heroic fireman battling her most personal and brutal struggle in the suspenseful movie Those Who Wish Me Dead, directed by Taylor Sheridan. Along with being jam-packed with action, the film delves into the challenges of perseverance, forgiving others, and discovering inner strength. The raw beauty of the untamed background adds to the raw and dramatic atmosphere of the film, and Jolie’s portrayal of a figure who is both tough and delicate captures our attention.
6. John Wick (2014)
In John Wick, Keanu Reeves leads the charge in an action movie that redefines the genre by fusing a sincere desire for revenge with understated yet elegant fighting. Keanu Reeves’s portrayal of the title role is famous, combining a cool appearance with explosive fighting skills. The film, directed by Chad Stahelski, transforms each conflict into an amazing visual poem with its inventive dance of combat and inventive camera work.
7. Bitconned (2024)
The captivating film Bitconned, directed by Bryan Storkel, delves into the shadowy world of Bitcoin scams. In the documentary, the rise and collapse of Centra Tech—a blockchain company founded on deceit and broken promises—is highlighted. Using open interviews with co-founder Ray Trapani, team members, con artists, and the investigators who exposed their deceit, Storkel skillfully weaves a compelling story of ambition gone wrong in the shadowy realm of commercial endeavors in his documentary.
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Milos Forman’s film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is regarded as a classic in the history of film. As Randle McMurphy, a rebellious spirit defying the harsh regulations of a mental institution, Jack Nicholson gives a performance that will never be forgotten. The film deftly balances a somber plot with sardonic comedy and incisive social commentary to produce an immersive experience that provokes thought in addition to enjoyment. Actors such as Louise Fletcher and teenage Danny DeVito give outstanding performances as those who struggle against the constraints of societal institutions.
9. This is 40 (2012)
Director Judd Apatow examines the difficulties of middle age in a lighthearted but candid way in This Is 40. Apatow’s real-life marriage to Leslie Mann serves as the inspiration for Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s portrayal of a husband and wife team that struggles with the messy aspects of having children, moving forward in their careers, and accepting aging. In this film, Apatow’s distinct sense of comedy perfectly complements a compelling cast of recognizable people going through common struggles.
10. The Equalizer 3 (2023)
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington team up again in The Equalizer 3 to offer a suspenseful thriller. Washington is back in the character of Robert McCall, a former government assassin who turned vigilante and is currently enjoying a more sedate existence in Southern Italy. But peace is short-lived as McCall discovers a local mafia posing a threat to his newfound allies. With David Denman and Dakota Fanning starring, the film skillfully blends intense confrontations with tense drama.