Oscar-Worthy Netflix Original Movies Dropped In 2018

Diply 18 Sep 2018

Lately, there has been some big talk about how much Netflix is changing the movie-making game. I mean, just think about how the majority of the general population currently consumes content. If you're being honest, you'd admit to streaming, downloading, or subscribing to services like Netflix.

That being said, Netflix is basically raking in the cash, which makes content production a natural next step. That being said, Netflix is taking their movie-making game super seriously as of late. Rumors are even circulating that Netflix execs are aiming for an Oscar this award show season, and judging by their fresh original releases, they could be close.

So if you're looking for some movies that may be award-winning material, check out 2018's crop of Netflix originals.

The Ritual

YouTube | Netflix

I do not recommend watching this movie directly before hiking a pretty abandoned trail (trust me, I'm speaking from experience).

Centered around a group of college friends who set off on a hike in the forest, this dark thriller mixes past trauma with the presence of a dark entity stalking the group as they hike their way through the wilderness. And let me just say, what happens in the last few scenes is completely unexpected and earth-shattering.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 

YouTube | Netflix

Based on a historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, this film explores the aftermath of World War II as seen through the eyes of a young writer, Juliet Ashton.

The film follows Ashton as she embarks on a book tour throughout England that takes a sharp turn to the island of Guernsey after receiving a strange letter from a stranger who found her name and address on the cover of a book.

This movie is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a little romance mixed with a little mystery.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

YouTube | Netflix

Welcome to the age of the teenage romcom, where we can all love cheesy endings openly and without shame.

Based on Jenny Han's 2014 novel, this film follows 16-year-old Lara Jean Song Covey as she navigates her way through the battlefield known as young love.

Honestly, I don't even think I need to dive into this much because basically everyone and their mother has seen it. And if you need another reason to watch, I have two words for you: Noah Centineo.

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Cargo 

YouTube | Netflix

Based in post-apocalyptic Australia, this flick takes the traditional zombie thriller and turns it on its head. Husband and wife Andy and Kay fight a mental war between survival and embracing aspects of their lingering humanity.

After tragedy strikes, Andy is left to pick up the pieces and soon realizes that things are way worse than they thought.

You're gonna need to take a second to process this bad boy because it is a lot.

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Tau

YouTube | Netflix

If you like the series Black Mirror, you'll probably be all over Tau. This sci-fi thriller centers on a woman named Julia who makes her living working sketchy nightclubs and seedy bars. After being abducted by unknown forces, Julia must fight her way out of a giant virtual trap or relinquish herself to a future of torture.

This film explores the terrifying intersection between technology and torture, while also demonstrating the strength of sheer willpower.

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Them and Us

YouTube | Netflix

This movie is what happens when romance meets reality. After two lovers split, they come together to reflect on their romance, and it's pretty darn gripping.

Normally, I shy away from this kind of movie to avoid the impending sadness, but after watching it, I was left feeling reassured by the fact that love always manages to outweigh the loss.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

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This live-action movie based on the anime of the same name centers around alchemist Edward Elric as he searches for a way to repair his brother's body. Unfortunately, it's not going to be easy for Elric, as the military government and a slew of mysterious monsters are ready to interfere at every turn.

Although there has been some controversy around the casting of this film, the graphics and story line make it pretty hard to look away.

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Mute 

YouTube | Netflix

Set in 2035 Berlin, this neo-noir sci-fi thriller has basically every single actor you ever wanted all wrapped into one intense roller coaster ride.

The film focuses on Leo, a mute bartender who is forced into an underground world of violence and danger in search of his missing girlfriend. In a world that operates on lies, Leo soon realizes that nothing is what it seems.

Keep your eyes peeled for this one because this movie is packed with a ton of Hollywood's heavy-hitters.

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture

YouTube | Netflix

This American biographical film is the story of writer Doug Kenney, the co-founder of National Lampoon magazine and the mind behind some of the classic comedies like Caddyshack and Animal House.

Reddit user yurchilove said it best: "This movie really shook me to my core. Kenney's story here is one similar to the late Robin Williams in a sense; both Williams and Kenney were figures who made people smile and laugh in their respective medias. However, deep down both of them struggled with inner thoughts that drove them to misery."

This brilliant, funny man had a lot hidden behind his smile, and it's pretty heartbreaking.

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Roxanne Roxanne

YouTube | Netflix

Unlike most hip hop biopics, this film focuses on 14-year-old Roxanne Shanté as she makes her way through the hip hop industry in Queens, New York.

This film depicts the struggle faced by the fearsome rap battle emcee as she tries to provide for her family while making a name for herself.

Do I really need to tell you to press play on this one? Because honestly, it sells itself.

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Like Father 

YouTube | Netflix

Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer make the trials and tribulations of balancing family, love, and career brutally hilarious.

After being left at the altar, a young workaholic woman decides to take her father on her honeymoon Caribbean cruise, and the results at just as funny as you would have expected.

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Calibre

YouTube | Netflix

This thriller focuses on two friends, Vaughn and Marcus, who run into tragedy on a hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands. Forced to face a devastating situation neither of them prepared for, their friendship and morals are pushed to the brink.

This is one of those movies that makes you wonder what we're all capable of, and that in itself is pretty haunting.

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Irreplaceable You 

YouTube | Netflix

If you're going to watch this, you will need tissues, a support system, and maybe an entire tub of ice cream because this dark comedy is tragic.

After Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she attempts to find someone for the love of her life, Sam. I mean, what could go wrong with that? And I know this seems pretty intense, but it has a ton of wonderful, lighthearted breaks that make everything more palatable.

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6 Balloons 

YouTube | Netflix

So this movie is intense, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from it. It centers around a woman, her young daughter, and her heroin-addicted brother driving across Los Angeles in the course of one night in search of a detox center.

And I know the plotline seems super heavy, but trust me, it's worth it.

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Seeing Allred

YouTube | Netflix

If you don't know who Gloria Allred is, then you've been pretty absent from society for the past few decades. This woman's rights attorney took on Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, so she's a pretty big deal.

This film follows her as she continues to fight against sexual violence, which is a topic that should matter to everyone.

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Brain on Fire

YouTube | Netflix

A movie adaption of Susannah Cahalan's memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, this film dives deeper into the middle ground between reality and insanity. The film depicts the month of confusion after a young journalist, played by actress Chloë Grace Moretz, starts experiencing seizures and hearing voices. After multiple misdiagnoses and tantrums, a last-minute intervention may give her what she needs to rebuild her life.

This one is a journey, but honestly, it's one I'd be happy to take a second time around.

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