7 great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend


Running out of movies to watch? We can help.

Every week, we look through Netflix’s collection to recommend seven movies you can watch over the weekend.

Some of our selections recently joined Netflix, and some have been available for while – you probably just didn’t notice.

From the irreverent war comedy “Tropic Thunder” to Disney’s “Moana,” these are awesome movies on Netflix you can watch this weekend, including Netflix’s newest hit romantic comedy.

Here are seven movies on Netflix you should check out (along with their scores from Rotten Tomatoes).

Note: Not all of these films are available in countries outside the United States. Sorry!

“Set It Up” (2018) — a Netflix original


Netflix description: In desperate need of a break from the office, two beleaguered assistants team up to trick their workaholic bosses into falling in love.

Critic score: 86%

Audience score: N/A

Predictable in an adorable way, “Set It Up” follows every beat you expect it to, but brilliantly. Plus, Lucy Liu is great. This one could fill the hole “A Christmas Prince” has left.

“Inside Man” (2006)


Netflix description: A detective matches wits with a thief who’s always one step ahead of the cops, and when a loose-cannon negotiator arrives, things spin out of control.

Critic score: 86%

Audience score: 85%

There are a lot of heist movies. But Spike Lee’s masterful direction in the underrated “Inside man” turns a common story in the film world into a thrilling and clever one. Its stellar cast – which includes Clive Owen, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Willem Dafoe – helps too.

“Tropic Thunder” (2008)


Netflix description: This combat film send-up from director-star Ben Stiller tracks a group of actors who are forced to become real-life soldiers.

Critic score: 82%

Audience score: 70%

While Robert Downey Jr.’s Oscar-nominated role as a white Australian man playing a black man hasn’t aged very well, this comedy is still a great social satire that blew people away for its accuracy as a Vietnam War-movie satire, and with Tom Cruise’s role as a ruthless producer.

“Moana” (2016)

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Netflix description: A Polynesian girl destined to be her island’s chief makes a perilous trip with a boastful demigod to undo his mistake and save her people.

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 89%

Full of adventure, the funny and moving “Moana” is one of the most memorable and fresh Disney animated films, with a three-dimensional female lead who isn’t defined by a prince.

“In Bruges” (2008) — available June 16

Focus Features

Netflix description: After a job goes wrong in London, two hit men are ordered to lay low at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss contacts them.

Critic score: 84%

Audience score: 87%

This dark crime comedy about assassins has snappy dialogue and was really the first time Colin Farrell proved he was more than an action star. (“Daredevil” wasn’t exactly putting him on the map.) Farrell’s chemistry with Brendan Gleeson is what makes this movie great – and very rewatchable.

“Step Up 2 The Streets” (2008)


Netflix description: The new kid at an elite performing-arts high school – a tough street dancer – unites with other outcasts to compete in an underground dance battle.

Critic score: 27%

Audience score: 76%

“Step Up 2 The Streets” is basically the “2 Fast 2 Furious” of dance movies. It is a slightly disappointing sequel with a numeric pun in its title, but it’s still dumb fun, with great dance sequences. Channing Tatum, who is always fun to see, makes a cameo, since he starred in the original.

“Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)

USA Films via Netflix

Netflix description: Everyone wants a final shot at action on the last day at Camp Firewood, in this campy 1980s summer-camp spoof from the creators of “The State.”

Critic score: 33%

Audience score: 76%

Initially slammed by critics who didn’t really understand that it was intentionally cringe-worthy, “Wet Hot American Summer” became such a huge cult hit that it got two seasons on Netflix. The movie starred some of today’s greatest comedic actors – including Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Ken Marino – and was truly years ahead of its time.

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