Real and fictional stories. Seven top-rated Netflix films of the last two years


Netflix delights viewers around the world with cool series, but most of the platform's full-length films are still in the shadows. To get acquainted with the platform’s projects, we have collected seven highly rated streaming films from the last two years.
Still from the film “Society of Snow”
7. “The Good Nurse”

     Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
     Director: Tobias Lindholm
     Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens
     IMDb rating: 6.8

Photo: still from the movie “The Good Nurse”

Nurse Amy (Jessica Chastain) is single-handedly raising two growing daughters while caring for seriously ill patients at work. Suddenly, nurse Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) appears in her life. He helps Amy with the children and supports a colleague at work. However, with the appearance of Charlie in the hospital, the woman increasingly notices oddities: patients die under unexplained circumstances, and investigators begin to question the staff.

“Not bad, the ending leaves a lot of room to think. Think about why people do this, and why so many people turn a blind eye to this,” - nika_letti.

“I really liked it. These calm gentle dialogues, a strong nurse - mother, musical accompaniment. A calm narrative without sudden jumps and emotions,” AnnaDyakina.

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6. “May, December” / May December

     Director: Todd Haynes
     Cast: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton, Andrea Frankl, Elizabeth Yu
     IMDb rating: 6.9

Photo: still from the film “May, December”

Gracie Atherton-Yu (Julianne Moore) lives with her young husband Joe (Charles Melton) away from people. Once upon a time, she seduced Joe, then still her student, and their story thundered throughout the country. And then one day the couple is offered to make a film about their love story. Grace agrees to host actress Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), who will embody her image on the screen. Gracie could not even imagine that the guest would open old wounds and bring chaos into the seemingly cloudless life of the family.

It was Natalie Portman who showed the film script to director Todd Haynes in the hope that he would take on the filming of the film, where she could play one of the main roles.

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5. “Diana Naiad” / Nyad

     Biography, sports, drama
     Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
     Cast: Jodie Foster, Annette Bening, Rhys Ifans, Anna Harriett Pittman, Luke Cosgrove
     IMDb rating: 7.1

Photo: still from the film “Diana Naiad”

Diana (Annette Bening) turns 61. In her youth, she was an excellent swimmer, completing marathon distances in open water. 30 years ago she retired from her career, but now Dayna decides to swim across the treacherous Straits of Florida. Bonnie's friend (Jodie Foster) thinks she's crazy, but still agrees to train Diana.

The film is based on the life of American writer, journalist, motivational speaker and long-distance swimmer Diana Naiad. In 2013, she swam across the Straits of Florida, covering 177 km in 53 hours without sleep or rest.

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4. “Break into the NBA” / Hustle

     Sports, comedy, drama
     Director: Jeremiah Sagar
     Cast: Adam Sandler, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, Queen Latifah, Maria Botto, Juancho Hernangomez
     IMDb rating: 7.3

Photo: still from the movie “Breaking into the NBA”

For the first time in a long time, basketball scout Stanley Beren (Adam Sandler), who has almost said goodbye to his career, gets lucky: he discovers an incredibly talented player named Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez), a Spaniard with a difficult past. Stanley must do everything possible to make it to the NBA with him.

“Very interesting, simple, motivating, and the best thing you can watch in the evening after work or study,” - NeketPunk.

“The film is excellent, one of those that motivate. It shows quite well how to behave when insulted, how to set priorities,” – AtomnijPchelovek.

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3. "Brilliant Theft" / Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga

     Thriller, drama, crime
     Director: Ajay Singh
     Cast: Yami Gautam, Sunny Kaushal, Sharad Kelkar, Indraneil Sengupta, Barun Chanda
     IMDb rating: 7.4

Photo: still from the movie “A Brilliant Theft”

Insurance company owner Ankit Sethi (Sunny Kaushal) gets into serious trouble due to careless subordinates. Now he must reimburse the crime boss a huge sum of money. Seeking to protect his pregnant lover Neha (Yami Gautam), a businessman decides to carry out a robbery that is unexpectedly interrupted by the hijacking of a plane with dozens of passengers on board.

The film was created by the local branch of the global streaming service Netflix India with the support of the local film company Maddock Films. The most popular Indian actors were involved in the filming.

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2. “Medicine Man” / Znachor


ah, melodrama
     Director: Michal Gazda
     Cast: Leszek Lihota, Ignacy Liss, Anna Szymanczyk, Izabela Kuna, Nikolaj Grabowski
     IMDb rating: 7.5

Photo: still from the film “The Witch Doctor”

The life of a well-known surgeon throughout Poland, Rafal Wilczur (Leszek Lichota), changes dramatically the day he learns that his wife has left him. After a lonely evening at a bar, he becomes the victim of robbers who beat him half to death. The injuries lead to memory loss, and the doctor becomes a vagabond. Many years later, following his inner instinct, he saves a crippled boy. The fame of the healer spreads throughout the area, and dozens of people come to him for salvation.

This is the fourth film adaptation of the novel by Tadeusz Dolenga-Mostowicz. In the new version, the creators of the film significantly expanded the lines of the main characters.

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1. “Society of Snow” / La sociedad de la nieve

     Spain, Chile, Uruguay, USA
     Thriller, drama, biography
     Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
     Cast: Enzo Vogrincic, Matias Recalt, Agustin Pardelha, Esteban Kukurichka, Thomas Wolf
     IMDb rating: 7.8

Photo: still from the film “Society of Snow”

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, carrying a rugby team, crashes in the Andes. Of the 45 passengers, 29 survived. And their ordeal has only just begun. Ahead of them are absolutely unbearable conditions for humans in the highlands at sub-zero temperatures and without food supplies and drinking water.

The plot of the film is based on real events that occurred in 1972. Several surviving passengers from the fateful flight made cameos in the film.

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