Ranked: The Best Movies Available to Stream Right Now on Netflix

Ranked: The Best Movies Available to Stream Right Now on Netflix Newsweek

Netflix is now the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world, available everywhere in the world apart from mainland China, Syria, North Korea and Crimea. The company has more than 130 million subscribers—nearly half of them in the U.S.

But the company's overnight success took a long time. When Netflix was launched way back in the late 1990s, they were in the business of selling and renting out DVDs by mail. Things were so tough that Blockbuster offered to buy them out.

By the mid-2000s, internet speeds had increased and bandwidth costs had improved sufficiently for Netflix to make movies available on demand. By the end of the decade, streaming had killed off their old rival Blockbuster.

The company has also become a major player in content creation. In 2016 Netflix released around 126 original series or films—more than any other network or cable channel.

Here at Newsweek, we have rounded up the best movies currently available for streaming on Netflix. For each film, we have combined its score on review aggregation sites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and have also added its IMDb users' rating to come up with a score out of 300.

Our top 60 includes feature films regularly cited among the Greatest Movies of All Time, such as The Godfather Parts I and II, Jaws, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boyhood and Schindler's List, as well as thought-provoking documentaries such as The Look of Silence, 13th and We Were Here.

Join us as we count down the 60 best films currently available to stream on Netflix. Whether your tastes run to epic blockbusters, quirky indies or cerebral heavyweights, you're bound to find something to interest you on this list.

01 Zootopia
60. Zootopia (2016, Walt Disney). Total score: 238. Metacritic: 78. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0. IMDb users: 8.0. Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush. Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba. In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.Walt Disney
02 Chicken Run
59. Chicken Run (2000, DreamWorks Distribution). Total score: 239. Metacritic: 88. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1. IMDb users: 7.0. Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park. Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels. When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.DreamWorks Distribution
03 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
58. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Sundance Selects). Total score: 239. Metacritic: 86. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.9. IMDb users: 7.4. Directed by: Werner Herzog. Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.Sundance Selects
04 Sing Street
57. Sing Street (2016, The Weinstein Company). Total score: 239. Metacritic: 79. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0. IMDb users: 8.0. Directed by: John Carney. Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy. A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.The Weinstein Company
05 Winter on Fire
56. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015, Netflix). Total score: 239. Metacritic: 79. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.6. IMDb users: 8.4. Directed by: Evgeny Afineevsky. A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.Netflix
06 Force Majeure
55. Force Majeure (Turist) (2014, Magnolia Pictures). Total score: 240. Metacritic: 87. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0. IMDb users: 7.3. Directed by: Ruben Östlund. Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren. A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche. Magnolia Pictures
07 Milk
54. Milk (2008, Focus Features). Total score: 240. Metacritic: 84. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0. IMDb users: 7.6. Directed by: Gus Van Sant. Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch. The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. Focus Features
08 13 Assassins
53. 13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no Shikaku) (2010, Magnet Releasing). Total score: 240. Metacritic: 84. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.0. IMDb users: 7.6. Directed by: Takashi Miike. Starring: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya. A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.Magnet Releasing