List Of 11 Best Netflix Original Movies To Watch Before 2017 Is Over

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11 Best Netflix Original Movies, Documentaries, And Biopics Of 2017
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We all know, love, and binge on Netflix original shows like Stranger Things and Bloodline, but Netflix has recently gotten into the original movie game as well — and the films don’t disappoint.

Let me tell you, your subscription to the streaming service is going to good use because Netflix didn’t spare any expense at any stage of production. There are some haunting Stephen King collaborations, big-name actors like Star Wars’ John Boyega, and even bigger-name directors like Angelina Jolie. 


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No matter what type of genre you’re into, Netflix has it all. But there is a LOT to choose from, and if you’re anything like me you probably spend more time scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch than actually watching something.

We’ve helped narrow it down for you. Here are the best Netflix original movies to add to ‘My List’ for when you’re done binge-watching the latest season of Master of None.

1. Chasing Coral (2017)

Chasing Coral is one of only two documentaries on the list, and the only one on the list with a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score. The winner of a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, it’s an in-depth look at the state of our ocean’s coral reefs (hint: not good). If you already love documentaries, this is definitely for you. If you don’t typically watch documentaries, start with this one — you won’t be sorry.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%

IMDb rating: 8.2 / 10

2. Tramps (2017)

Rom-Com lovers, this one’s for you! Tramps follows two twenty-somethings struggling to make their way through life who, by chance, end up working together on a seemingly simple mission for some low-rank hustler. While the storyline is fairly predictable the writing and acting make the film super fun and easy to watch.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

IMDb rating: 6.5 / 10

3. Deidra & Laney Rob A Train (2017)

Deidra & Laney chronicles two teen sisters whose mom is in jail. Its formula is reminiscent of Showtime’s Shameless, as it pulls at your heartstrings but also includes a healthy dose of comedy to keep from depressing you too much. It’s a pretty fresh storyline with relatable characters and impressive teen actors who really carry the film.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

IMDb rating: 6.2 / 10


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4. Imperial Dreams (2017)

Starring John Boyega, Imperial Dreams is a gritty, no fluff (and pretty depressing) look at life after prison for a young African-American father from the projects. The film is kind of slow, but definitely realistic. It’ll often leave you frustrated at America’s prison system, but the acting (especially Boyega’s) doesn’t disappoint.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%

IMDb rating: 6.9 / 10

5. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Gerald’s Game is a psychological horror about a woman left in handcuffs on her bed after her husband dies as they’re attempting some BDSM in a remote location.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

IMDb rating: 6.8 / 10

6. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017)

Though the film name is definitely quirky (and a mouthful), this film starring Elijah Wood is relatable for anyone who’s ever said the words “why is everyone an a**hole?” Part comedy, part drama, part horror, this Netflix original (and Sundance award winner) checks all the boxes for your next movie night.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

IMDb rating: 7 / 10

7. First They Killed My Father (2017)

Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is based on the best-selling memoir by Loung Ung. It follows a young girl in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge takeover, a chilling but largely ignored piece of history. One of the heavier films on this list, it’s the perfect pick for those who enjoy war and historical films.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

IMDb rating: 7.2 / 10


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8. 1922 (2017)

Horror film buffs, this one is for you. Based on Stephen King novella of the same name. It’s the story of a man, his wife, and their son who live on a farm, but the wife threatens to leave the small town life for the city with the son. Her husband murders her, an act that ends up haunting him.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%

IMDb rating: 6.4 / 10

9. Okja (2017)

If you’re not already a vegetarian or vegan, you might be after watching this film starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal (plus a few more recognizable faces like Steven Yeun and Lily Collins). Part social commentary, part action film, part coming-of-age story, it follows a South Korean girl set out to save her ‘super pig’ from slaughter.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

IMDb rating: 7.4 / 10

10. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

A film festival favorite, Jessica James stars Jessica Williams as the awkward yet endearing Jessica James, a post-breakup twenty-something trying to find her bearings in the world. It’s a rom-com, but (hilariously) modern — meaning even those sick of the Nicholas Sparks-esque films will find it enjoyable.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

IMDb rating: 6.5 / 10

11. Casting JonBenét (2017)

The only other documentary on the list, Casting JonBenét is perfect for those fascinated by true crime. It’s a different take on the murder of JonBenét Ramsey, interviewing actors (and some regular people) trying out for a part in Ramsey’s story who each have their own thoughts on what actually happened to the young star.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%

IMDb rating: 6.2 / 10

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