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50 Best Movies on Netflix Canada

Looking for the best movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada this May 2021?

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!

If you’re looking for more stuff to watch on Netflix, I also have blog posts on the best horror movies on Netflix Canada and the best shows on Netflix Canada.


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.

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

The best movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada

Comedy

Mean Girls

Mean Girls is iconic to our generation, and it will never not be funny.

After moving from Africa to an American suburb, Cady transitions into becoming a regular high school girl.

Alongside two friends she meets, they try to take down the Plastics, a trio of popular girls who rule the school.

The movie was also filmed in Toronto, which is pretty cool!

It’s one of the best and most iconic comedy movies to watch on Netflix Canada.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Legally Blonde

If you’re in need of some career inspiration, Legally Blonde is the movie to watch.

After Elle’s boyfriend breaks up with her to start a new life with a new girl and as a Harvard law student, Elle enrols into the same school and shows him who’s boss.

What, like it’s hard?

Even though I’ve watched Legally Blonde a gazillion times, I had no idea it was based on a true story.

It’s based on novelist Amanda Brown’s experiences at Stanford law school!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Easy A

Easy A is one of those classic teen comedies you never get over, and it’s one of the best comedy movies on Netflix Canada.

After lying about losing her virginity, the entire school ends up finding out, but Olive uses this to her advantage.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it will forever remain one of my favourite teen comedies.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

She’s All That

High school jock Zach gets dared by his friends to take geeky Laney to the prom, and he ends up falling in love with her.

She’s All That is a classic 90’s rom-com!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

17 Again

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

Isn’t It Romantic

After getting knocked unconscious from being mugged, Natalie’s world turns upside down.

A cynic about love, her life turns into the real life rom-com she never dreamed of.

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Rebel Wilson is hilarious in Isn’t It Romantic, and Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine are amazing as well.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

A Simple Favor

Stephanie, a widowed, single mother, meets Emily, a seemingly glamorous career woman with the perfect family and life.

When Emily mysteriously disappears, Stephanie launches her own investigation and finds more secrets than she bargained for.

Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Henry Golding star in A Simple Favor!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

We’re the Millers

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.

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

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

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

I also watched Think Like a Man when it came out in theatres 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.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

I Feel Pretty

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

Overboard

While working as a cleaning lady, a struggling single mom named Kate gets fired on the job without pay by the wealthy owner of a yacht.

After accidentally getting thrown overboard his yacht later, Leo loses his memory.

Kate gets her revenge by convincing him he’s her husband, so he can babysit her kids while she studies to be a nurse.

The awesome soundtrack is also another reason to watch Overboard!

Oh, and Anna Faris too 😉

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Seriously Single

Dineo craves a committed relationship and and Noni loves the single life, and they both go on a journey of self-discovery.

Seriously Single is sort of like a rom-com, but it’s ultimately about self-love and friendship.

It’s a super cute movie that’ll give you the good feels.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Romance

Titanic

Titanic is probably one of my favourite films of all-time, and it’s one of the best movies on Netflix Canada.

Rose is from an aristocratic family and Jack is an artist, and they end up falling in love while on the Titanic ship.

As we all know, the ship crashes into an iceberg, and everyone on board has to figure out how to escape and survive.

I literally cry every single time I watch this film even though I’ve seen it a gazillion times.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Notebook

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

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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

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

Friends with Benefits

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

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

Letters to Juliet

Sophie is an aspiring writer who travels to Italy with her fiancé, and discovers a wall of heartbroken letters dedicated to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet Capulet.

She writes back to one of the letters from 1957 and ends up meeting Claire, who sets out to find her long-lost lover along with her disapproving grandson.

Letters to Juliet is a super cute movie, especially if you’re big on travel.

Amanda Seyfried also plays the main character!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Dirty Dancing

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.

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

Burlesque

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

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

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

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

The Holiday

The Holiday is one of those movies you just have to watch every holiday season.

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Two women from different countries swap homes for the holidays, and they fall in love with local men at their destinations.

Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black all star in this holiday classic!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Midnight Sun

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

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.

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

Part 3 has already been filmed, and it’s going to be the conclusion for the films!

2 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Netflix Canada

Drama

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can is one of my favourite films of all-time – it’s incredible seeing how intelligent people can be.

Con artist Frank Abagnale progressively gets bolder and bolder with his scams, faking everything from his degrees to cheques.

All the while, he gets chased by an FBI agent named Carl Hanratty.

The movie is actually based on a true story, which is amazing!

Young Leo is nice to watch, and Tom Hanks is his co-star.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

First They Killed My Father

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

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

Pieces of a Woman

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

The White Tiger

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

Miss Virginia

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.

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

Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game is another biographical drama, and it’s based on Molly Bloom’s memoir of the same name.

In her twenties, Molly Bloom ran the most exclusive underground poker game in the world for celebrities and the mafia, and she eventually gets caught by the FBI.

It’s so incredible watching how smart this woman is, especially seeing as she was on her way to becoming an Olympic skier (until an injury forced her to quit) before all this went down.

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1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Founder

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


Action & Adventure

John Wick

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 two films on Netflix Canada and the third movie on Prime Video.

2 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Jumanji

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, which is also on Netflix!

In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 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!

Part two of the Jumanji remake is also available to stream on Prime Video.

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

Jungle

While Jungle is also about a jungle, it’s not as fun and lighthearted as Jumanji is.

Based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, it tells his story of survival after he and his friends follow a strange guide into the Amazon rainforest.

It’s actually very terrifying, but it’s a miracle Ghinsberg made it out alive.

Danielle Radcliffe does an incredible job of playing the lead actor.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Sci-Fi

Venom

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

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


Horror

Insidious

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

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

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.

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1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs is one of the classic psychological horror films, and it’s a good one.

A young FBI cadet is forced to confide in an incarcerated psychopath in order to catch another serial killer who skins his victims.

Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, the FBI cadet, and Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Lecter is one scary dude, and I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re more into thrillers than actual horror.

Buffalo Bill is also v scary.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Bird Box

There were lots of memes about Bird Box when it came out, but I actually really enjoyed it.

A mysterious force causes people to harm themselves, forcing survivors to shield their eyes in order to stay alive.

A mother and her children make the dangerous journey to a potential safe haven, all the while keeping their blindfolds on.

Sandra Bullock is an incredible actress, and Sarah Paulson is of course amazing as well!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Shallows

After the death of her mother, Nancy goes surfing at a secluded beach.

She gets bitten by a great white shark while surfing, and gets stranded on a rock away from shore.

The Shallows is a lot scarier than it sounds, and you definitely won’t want to go surfing anytime soon.

Blake Lively also plays the main character!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Ritual

A group of former college friends reunite after the death of their friend, and they go hiking in the Scandinavian wilderness.

Stranded in the dark forest, they get chased by a malevolent presence.

The Ritual is an intense and terrifying film to watch, and you won’t want to go hiking in the wilderness anytime soon.

1 film available on Netlix, watch the trailer

Escape Room

Six people from different walks of life compete in an escape room to win $10,000, and things start to take a dark turn.

Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood and Jay Ellis from Insecure (both HBO shows available on Crave) are both in it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Babysitter

After Cole discovers his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult, he does everything to try to escape.

The Babysitter is a fun horror/comedy if you’re in the mood for gore and laughs.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Netflix Canada movies

The best movies to watch on Netflix Canada (May 2021):

  1. Mean Girls
  2. Legally Blonde
  3. Easy A
  4. She’s All That
  5. 17 Again
  6. Isn’t It Romantic
  7. A Simple Favor
  8. We’re the Millers
  9. Horrible Bosses
  10. The Wrong Missy
  11. Think Like a Man
  12. I Feel Pretty
  13. Overboard
  14. Seriously Single
  15. Titanic
  16. The Notebook
  17. 50 First Dates
  18. Friends with Benefits
  19. Just Go With It
  20. Letters to Juliet
  21. Dirty Dancing
  22. Burlesque
  23. Someone Great
  24. Nappily Ever After
  25. He’s Just Not That into You
  26. The Holiday
  27. Midnight Sun
  28. The Kissing Booth
  29. Catch Me If You Can
  30. First They Killed My Father
  31. The Blind Side
  32. Pieces of a Woman
  33. The White Tiger
  34. Miss Virginia
  35. Molly’s Game
  36. The Founder
  37. John Wick
  38. Jumanji
  39. Jungle
  40. Venom
  41. Tau
  42. Insidious
  43. Hereditary
  44. Gerald’s Game
  45. The Silence of the Lambs
  46. Bird Box
  47. The Shallows
  48. The Ritual
  49. Escape Room
  50. The Babysitter

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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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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