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50 Best Movies on Netflix Canada

50 Best Movies on Netflix Canada

Looking for the best movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada this January 2022?

From rom coms to action flicks, Netflix always have a great selection of films to binge-watch.

Although they do have a lot of bad movies (*ahem* The Princess Switch and Secret Obsession), there are a lot more good ones.

I spend a lot of time watching TV shows and movies, usually in the background of whatever I’m doing – it’s just nice to have background noise, whether I’m cooking or doing work!

Here are the best movies on Netflix Canada to binge-watch by genre, in my personal opinion.

I’ve seen all of these movies multiple times (some maybe dozens), which is why they’re my favourites!

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How does Netflix Canada work?


You might already know that Netflix offers different content depending on your country, but I’ve listed movies that are available on Netflix Canada.

Plans for Netflix Canada start at $9.99 a month, and you can stream content across most devices with wifi capabilities, such as your TV, phone, and tablet.

Prices for Netflix Canada:

  • Basic plan: $9.99 a month for 1 device
  • Standard plan: $13.99 a month for 2 devices
  • Premium plan: $16.99 a month for 4 devices

If you have the basic plan, you can only stream Netflix Canada on one device at a time, and if you have the standard or premium plans, you can stream on multiple devices at once.

The standard or premium plan is ideal for families or friends who share the same account!

Netflix Canada movies

Best movies on Netflix Canada to binge-watch


Best comedy movies on Netflix Canada


The House Bunny (2008)

A former Playboy Bunny teaches an awkward group of sorority girls about how to make boys like them.

It’s so good and absolutely hilarious.

Anna Faris and Emma Stone both star in The House Bunny, and so does Hugh Hefner and the lead singer of The All-American Rejects, Tyson Ritter!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

17 Again (2009)

Mike O’Donnell gave up his dream of becoming a basketball star to marry his high school sweetheart and raise their child, but he regrets his life choices as a middle-aged man.

One day his wish to become 17 again gets granted, and he has a chance to relive his youth again and redo the choices he made.

If you haven’t already seen this movie, Zac Efron plays the young Mike O’Donnell!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Good Boys (2019)

After 12-year-old Max gets invited to his first kissing party, he enlists his two best friends to skip school so they can learn how to kiss.

I didn’t have any expectations for Good Boys, but I literally could not stop laughing throughout the entire movie.

It’s just so ridiculous and hilarious to watch their adventure.

Although it’s a movie about 12-year-old boys, it’s definitely not for kids to watch.

Seth Rogen is also one of the executive producers for the film!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Fatherhood (2021)

Fatherhood is based on a true story of a father who raises his daughter alone after his wife dies immediately after childbirth.

Have a tissue box ready ’cause it’s an emotional one.

Kevin Hart stars as the dad, and he’s actually pretty good in a drama role – he also stars in a drama series called True Story on Netflix.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

We’re the Millers (2013)

David, a drug dealer, is forced by his boss to smuggle drugs from Mexico.

He ends up hiring a stripper, petty thief, and teenage neighbour to play his fake family and help him smuggle the drugs.

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I remember watching We’re the Millers in theatres when it came out and thought it was absolutely hilarious.

Plus, it has Jennifer Aniston in it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Nick, Dale, and Kurt all hate their horrible bosses, and after a drunken night out, decide to hire an assassin to murder them.

Of course, things don’t go as planned – quite horribly actually.

This movie is hilarious, and there’s actually a part two, but it’s not on Netflix!

Jennifer Aniston is in this one too – can you tell how much I love her? 😛

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Wrong Missy (2020)

I wasn’t expecting much when I added The Wrong Missy to my watchlist, but it’s absolutely hilarious.

Tim invites the woman of his dreams to come on a work retreat to Hawaii, and accidentally texts a woman he went on a bad date with.

It’s very cliché, but still an enjoyable movie worth watching if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted and fun.

David Spade and Lauren Lapkus are great together in the film!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Think Like a Man (2012 & 2014)

I also watched Think Like a Man when it came out in theatres back then and loved it.

It’s a romantic comedy based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

The movie follows four couples, with each of the women reading Steve Harvey’s book.

As the women start applying Harvey’s teachings into their own relationships, the men try to turn the tables using the same teachings.

There’s also a sequel on Netflix, Think Like a Man Too!

2 films available on Netflix

I Feel Pretty (2018)

I Feel Pretty is an adorable comedy film that shows that it’s truly what’s on the inside that makes you beautiful.

After wishing at a fountain and knocking her head at Soulcycle, Renee suddenly sees herself as what she thinks is the most beautiful woman in the world.

In reality, her appearance hasn’t changed, and her fearless attitude and confidence is what makes her excel.

Amy Schumer does an amazing job in the movie!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Hustlers (2019)

Destiny works as a stripper to make ends meet, taking care of her daughter and grandmother.

She meets Ramona, a veteran exotic dancer, who shows her how to swindle money from rich clients.

Hustlers is based on a true story that’s actually very fascinating!

Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B are all part of the cast.

1 film available on Amazon Prime Video, watch the trailer


Best romance movies on Netflix Canada


The Notebook (2004)

Every single day, Duke reads the story of Noah and Allie to Ms. Hamilton, a woman with dementia.

The Notebook is another movie that makes me cry every single time I watch it, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

50 First Dates (2004)

After meeting Lucy, who has short-term memory loss, womanizer Henry tries to woo her every single day.

50 First Dates is one of my favourite Adam Sandler movies, and it’s absolutely adorable.

It’s also set in Oahu, so it’s a nice little movie escape if you want to travel while sitting on your couch!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

A womanizer named Connor tries to brainwash his younger brother into not getting married, and he ends up getting haunted by the ghosts of his ex-girlfriends.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a super cute rom-com, and it stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Jamie, a headhunter, recruits Dylan to work as an art director at GQ in New York City.

Fed up with relationships, they decide to become friends with benefits, and things get complicated.

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star in this one, and they’re great together!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Just Go With It (2011)

A plastic surgeon invites his assistant and her children to join him and his young girlfriend on a trip to Hawaii, and things get complicated.

I adore both Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, and they’re great together in Just Go With It!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Nobody puts baby in a corner.

Dirty Dancing is a classic romance film, and you’ll love it even if you’re not really into dance movies.

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While vacationing with her family at a resort, Frances falls in love with a dance instructor, and her father diapproves.

There’s an episode about Dirty Dancing on the Netflix docu-series The Movies That Made Us, and it really makes you appreciate the film so much more.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Grease (1978)

After falling in love during the summer, Danny and Sandy realize they’re now at the same high school.

Based in 1950s California, Grease is a fun musical film that’ll give you chills, they’re multiplying.

A young John Travolta stars in Grease!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Burlesque (2010)

Ali leaves her job as a waitress to pursue a career on stage, and she ends up becoming a lead dancer and singer in a club.

Cher and Christina Aguilera are amazing in Burlesque – it’s one of my family’s favourite movies!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Someone Great (2019)

Although Someone Great is a rom com, I’d say it’s more about love in friendships than romantic love.

After Jenny and her long-term boyfriend break up, she and her two best friends go on one last adventure around New York City together before she leaves for her dream job in San Francisco.

The soundtrack is great, the cast is great, the storyline is great – everything about this movie is great.

It’s now one of my favourite rom coms of all-time – I think I watched it 3 times in the same week the first time I saw it!

Definitely one of the best Netflix Original movies available on Netflix Canada.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Nappily Ever After (2018)

Violet lives a seemingly perfect life, with a great job, great boyfriend, and great hair.

After an incident at the hair salon, she realizes her life wasn’t so perfect after all, and she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Nappily Ever After is a happy, feel-good rom com that’s more about self-love than romantic love.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

He’s Just Not That into You (2009)

He’s Just Not That into You is one of those movies you watch at least once a year.

Or maybe it’s just a movie I watch at least once a year.

Anyway, it’s a cute rom com that follows several different people and their love (or heartbreak) stories, and they all connect together somehow.

It’s a star-studded cast with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and so many other awesome actors and actresses.

New Year’s Eve is another similar movie on Netflix, but I only watch that one around New Year’s Eve.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Midnight Sun (2018)

Teenager Katie Price has a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight, and she ventures out at night to play her guitar at the train station.

One night she encounters her crush while performing, and she tries to keep her condition a secret as they start a romance.

Midnight Sun is a tearjerker, and I was very impressed by Bella Thorne’s performance.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Kissing Booth (2018, 2020, & 2021)

Elle has never been kissed before, and she decides to run a kissing booth for a school fundraiser.

She ends up locking lips with her long-time crush, who also happens to be her best friend’s brother.

The Kissing Booth may be cliché, but it’s still a cute story that’s enjoyable to watch, even though it really didn’t need 3 separate movies.

Joey King is incredible as an actress, and she’s really amazing to watch on screen!

She and Jacob Elordi actually dated in real life, though they’re not together anymore.

3 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer


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Best drama movies on Netflix Canada


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

A successful banker gets arrested for the murders of his wife and her lover, and is sentenced to life in prison at the Shawshank prison.

The Shawshank Redemption is a classic movie, and it’s actually based on a Stephen King novel!

Morgan Freeman stars in Shawshank.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the real life story of Jordan Belfort, and it’s all about his transformation from an entry-level Wall Street employee to a high-flying stock-broker frauding wealthy investors out of millions.

A bunch of big names star in Wolf of Wall Street, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Way Back (2020)

I’m not one for sports, but I do enjoy sports dramas.

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The Way Back is about a former basketball superstar who walked away from his dreams and struggles with alcoholism, and finds a second chance coaching his former alma mater team.

It’s a very emotional film, and Ben Affleck does an incredible job.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Pieces of a Woman (2020)

Pieces of a Woman is a heartbreaking drama about a young couple who go through a traumatic home birth.

Both Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf give incredible performances – the film is incredibly heartbreaking.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Joker (2019)

If you’re looking for a feel-good type of movie, Joker definitely isn’t it.

Failed comedian Arthur Fleck struggles to find stable work and human connection in Gotham City.

Constantly beaten down by the world, he slowly descends into madness and becomes the Joker we all know.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The White Tiger (2021)

Balram Halwai becomes a driver for a prestigious Indian family and uses his wit to escape from poverty.

Priyanka Chopra stars in The White Tiger, and it’s based on a novel of the same name!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Unforgivable (2021)

Ex-convict Ruth Slater tries to reconnect with her much younger sister, who she was separated from after spending two decades in prison.

Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, and Jon Bernthal all star in The Unforgivable.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an alternate history film featuring some real life characters.

Formerly a 1950s western star, Rick tries to make it again in Hollywood in the year 1969.

He spends most of his time alongside his friend and stunt double, Cliff.

Meanwhile, living next door to Rick are Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski.

If you like this film, you’ll also like the Netflix series Hollywood!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The New Romantic (2018)

After a journalism student’s column about her love life in the school newspaper gets cancelled, she becomes a sugar baby and starts writing about her experience.

The New Romantic is a cute romantic comedy-drama, and Camila Mendes (Veronica from Riverdale, also on Netflix) also stars in it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Best biographical dramas on Netflix Canada


First They Killed My Father (2017)

First They Killed My Father is based on the memoir of Loung Ung’s life.

It shows Loung Ung’s memories of when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975 during the Vietnam War, and how she and her family had to survive.

This really hits close to home because both sides of my family escaped Vietnam during the war, and it’s a heartbreaking film to watch.

You will be crying a lot while watching this.

The film was directed by Angelina Jolie and written by both her and Ung (who now lives in the U.S.).

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side is based on the true and heartwarming story of Michael Oher and his adoptive family, the Tuohy family.

Michael comes from an impoverished upbringing, and his life turns around for the better when he gets adopted by the Tuohys.

He ends up being drafted into the NHL!

I’ve also seen this movie dozens of times with my family, and it’s one of the best movies on Netflix Canada.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Freedom Writers (2007)

Erin Gruwell teaches a class of at-risk freshman students and decides to unite them.

It’s a beautiful movie, and it’s actually based on a true story!

I watched Freedom Writers in theatres when I was a kid and recently rewatched it again, and it’s still as great as I remembered.

Hilary Swank is absolutely magical, and Patrick Dempsey also stars in the film.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Green Book (2018)

Based on the true story of pianist Dr. Don Shirley, Green Book explores racism and segregation in the 1960s.

Shirley hires an Italian-American bouncer named Tony Lip to be his driver and bodyguard for his concert tour, and they develop a great friendship.

The movie is titled after The Negro Motorist Green Book, which was a real life guidebook that mentioned hotels, services, and places that were friendly to African-American travellers.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Miss Virginia (2019)

Miss Virginia is based on the true story of Virginia Ford, an incredible woman who fought for federally funded scholarships for underprivileged students in Washington, D.C.

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A struggling single mom who refuses to see her teenage son drop out of school and deal drugs, she fights to make a difference for families like her own.

Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black plays Ford, and she’s absolutely amazing.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Founder (2016)

A salesman named Ray comes across a burger joint called McDonald’s while driving through Southern California, and realizes how much potential it has to become something bigger.

The Founder is a biographical drama based on the real life Ray Kroc, who turned McDonald’s into the fast food empire it is today!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Guilty (2021)

A demoted police detective works as a 911 operator, and he scrambles to save a distressed caller.

Jake Gyllenhaal is incredible in the movie, and Ethan Hawke voices the sergeant, though I don’t think you see him at all in the movie.

The Guilty is based on a Danish movie, which was actually based on a true story!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Best action & adventure movies on Netflix Canada


John Wick franchise (2014, 2017, & 2019)

After the dog his recently deceased wife gifted him is killed, retired hitman John Wick seeks vengeance from the mobsters.

I’m not typically into the action genre, but John Wick is a franchise I really like!

You can watch the first three movies on Netflix Canada.

3 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Jumanji (1995, 2017, 2019)

After two kids come across a magical board game called Jumanji, they discover a man who’s trapped in the game and try to rescue him.

It’s a fun movie that’s sparked a more modern remake, and you can watch the movies on Netflix!

In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (and the sequel The Next Level), four students get trapped in a magical video game during detention, and they get thrown into the world of.

It’s hilarious, and the cast is awesome.

While the concept is the same as the 1995 film, the fact that it’s based in a video game makes it a lot different.

Both movies are great in their own ways!

3 films available on Netflix, watch the trailers for the 1995, 2017, and 2019 films

The Hunger Games franchise (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

If you don’t already know of The Hunger Games, it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where teenagers compete in the televised Hunger Games.

After her little sister gets randomly drawn to participate, Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her place, and that’s where the adventure begins.

The franchise is based off of the trilogy novel series, and the third book is split into two movies, so there are 4 movies you can watch on Netflix.

4 films available on Netflix

Escape from Pretoria (2020)

Two white South Africans are imprisoned for working on behalf of the African National Congress, and they plot their escape from the notorious Pretoria Prison.

You would totally think Escape from Pretoria is unrealistic, but the crazy thing is that it’s based on a true story.

Daniel Radcliffe does an incredible job playing the main character!

1 film available on Amazon Prime Video, watch the trailer


Best sci-fi movies on Netflix Canada


Venom (2018)

I’m not big on the whole superhero movie franchise thing, but Adam and I both really enjoyed Venom.

Eddie Brock is an investigative journalist trying to take down the evil CEO behind Life Foundation.

After breaking into the Life Foundation’s research facility, his body gets merged with Venom, an alien who gives Eddie superhuman abilities.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Tau (2018)

A woman gets kidnapped and trapped inside a house, and tries to hack the AI computer system to save herself.

Tau is an interesting sci-fi movie to watch on Netflix if you’re into the whole artificial intelligence shebang!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Best thriller movies on Netflix Canada


Parasite (2019)

Parasite is a black comedy and thriller about a wealthy family and a working-class family, and how their lives get intertwined.

It’s wild and anxiety-filled, and definitely worth sitting through subtitles for.

The film won four Oscars, and it’s currently the highest grossing film in South Korea!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020)

Haunted by her dark past, a young English teacher spends her nights drinking and meeting with strangers at love hotels.

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She gets involved in a dangerous love affair with a charming Yakuza gangster in Tokyo.

Alexandra Daddadrio kills it in this role, and so does her co-star Takehiro Hira.

Lost Girls & Love Hotels is based on a novel by Catherine Hanrahan, which is actually inspired by her own experiences in Japan!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Best horror movies on Netflix Canada


Insidious franchise (2010, 2013, 2015, 2018)

The Insidious series is my favourite horror movie franchise of all-time, and you can watch the entire thing on Netflix Canada.

I love Chapters 1 and 2 because they’re so well thought-out, and everything makes so much sense in Chapter 2!

The gist of the first two movies is that a family gets haunted by malevolent entities because of a special skill they have.

The other movies aren’t as great, but they’re still worth watching if you’re the type of person who likes to watch all the movies in the same universe.

4 films available on Netflix, watch the trailers for chapters onetwothree, and four

Hereditary (2018)

Ari Aster is the mastermind behind Hereditary, one of the most uncomfortable and eerie horror films you will ever watch.

After a matriarch passes away, her daughter and grandchildren start to see strange things and learn dark secrets behind their ancestry.

It’s definitely not a light-hearted family drama.

If you like this film, you’ll also like Midsommar on Prime Video, another great horror film by Aster.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald’s Game is one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel out there.

Jessie and Gerald head to their isolated cabin to rekindle their marriage, and during a kinky game, Gerald dies from a heart attack.

Handcuffed to the bed with no way to escape, Jessie starts to hallucinate.

It’s a very eerie story, and the film is very well-done – one of the best horror movies on Netflix Canada.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Netflix Canada movies

The best movies to watch on Netflix Canada (January 2022):

  1. The House Bunny
  2. 17 Again
  3. Good Boys
  4. Fatherhood
  5. We’re the Millers
  6. Horrible Bosses
  7. The Wrong Missy
  8. Think Like a Man
  9. I Feel Pretty
  10. Hustlers
  11. The Notebook
  12. 50 First Dates
  13. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  14. Friends with Benefits
  15. Just Go With It
  16. Dirty Dancing
  17. Grease
  18. Burlesque
  19. Someone Great
  20. Nappily Ever After
  21. He’s Just Not That into You
  22. Midnight Sun
  23. The Kissing Booth
  24. The Shawshank Redemption
  25. The Wolf of Wall Street
  26. The Way Back
  27. Pieces of a Woman
  28. Joker
  29. The White Tiger
  30. The Unforgivable
  31. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  32. The New Romantic
  33. First They Killed My Father
  34. The Blind Side
  35. Freedom Writers
  36. Green Book
  37. Miss Virginia
  38. The Founder
  39. The Guilty
  40. John Wick
  41. Jumanji
  42. The Hunger Games
  43. Escape from Pretoria
  44. Venom
  45. Tau
  46. Parasite
  47. Lost Girls & Love Hotels
  48. Insidious
  49. Hereditary
  50. Gerald’s Game

These were some of the best movies on Netflix Canada to watch this January 2022!

There’s an abundance of great films and movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada, but these are just some of my personal favourites.

Every time I watch a movie, I rate it on Letterboxd – it’s a great way to keep track of what you’ve watched and what your friends are watching!

Have you seen any of these films? What are some of the best movies on Netflix Canada in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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