25 Of The Most Riveting Movies On Netflix

by Sarah Bunton

There's just something magical about getting engrossed in an intriguing film. Some of my favorite flicks are the captivating ones that I couldn't stop thinking about on the way home from the theater. I may be dating myself a bit here, but I remember when it took months for a movie to become available at Blockbuster (R.I.P.). Even then, it wasn't a guarantee it'd be in stock. That's why streaming services are an absolute miracle. But if you've recently run out of interesting options, there are plenty of riveting movies to make sure you don't scroll past on Netflix. As much as I'm in awe of the ability to watch films from the comfort of my own home, sometimes you just need to switch things up a bit to avoid the mundane.

In a friendly debate (read: battle of fierce opinions), my partner and I disagreed on what makes a movie really enthralling. But, in a way, that's what makes the motion picture experience so incredible. Whether you prefer a horror, comedy, action, mystery, camp, or documentary feature, there's something out there for everybody. Since your choice in flicks may vary depending on your mood, check out a variety of riveting movies available on Netflix.



Although this documentary has its roots in the past, you'll be pulled in by the racial and social issues that still exist today.


'The Big Short'

Based on the economic crisis of 2008, this star-studded cast will have you riding the roller coaster — even if you know it crashes.


'A Fantastic Fear Of Everything'

Despite all the darkly lit, spooky setting, this thriller finds a humorous rhythm.


'Captain America: Civil War'

If you're not into superhero flicks, you might ignore this initially. But the action sequences and high tension will still reel you in.



Making headlines for being shot entirely on an iPhone and telling the story of a transgender sex worker, you don't want to miss this one.


'Woman In Gold'

My partner loves anything about World War II and I love Ryan Reynolds, so this was a win-win. This film follows a Jewish woman trying to take back what Nazis stole from her more than half a century ago.


'The Invitation'

In an attempt to bury the hatchet with his ex-wife, the main character agrees to attend a dinner party. He soon suspects things aren't as they seem.


'Finding Dory'

OK, you might think this is just a kid movie, but t's full of suspense that'll keep adults on the edge of their seats.


'The White Helmets'

Documenting the incredibly dangerous and brave work of Syrian volunteer rescuers, you won't want to blink for fear of missing something.



Based on the child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church, this feature takes a bit of creative liberty in following the journalists who sought the truth.



As long as you aren't prone to seizures, this fast-paced flick weaves an intriguing web between a group of strangers with a mutual love of the EDM scene.


'The Finest Hours'

Based on the real-life rescue nautical mission, you'll hold your breath as the crashing waves put you in the middle of the action.


'Deidra & Laney Rob A Train'

Robbing trains is adventurous by definition, but the reason why two sisters become bandits is nothing short of captivating.



An intense sci-fi thriller takes a unique approach to time travel. This one will have you guessing until the very end.



After the main character realizes that footage of crimes and emergencies can fetch a pretty penny, he spirals down a rabbit hole chasing power, money, and control.


'The Imitation Game'

Based on the late mathematician Alan Turing, this riveting drama covers homophobia and technological breakthroughs in a time of war.



Is the main character the only one aware of possibly supernatural conspiracy, or is she delusional from being on house arrest?


'I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore'

You think you've had a bad day? After coming home to her vandalized house, the main character suspects her only option for justice might be a bit unconventional.


'The Babadook'

Struggling with the tragic death of her husband, a woman begins to wonder if her son's claims of a nefarious presence are just his way of coping with trauma.



You're probably familiar with this award-winning work, but I never grow tired of the enthralling film that follows a dysfunctional family throughout a decade.


'The Discovery'

In this sci-fi flick, a scientist has recently discovered proof of an afterlife. Society becomes split between staying on or ending things to reach the other side.



Two unlikely strangers find a common bond as they each struggle with homelessness and the stigma attached to it.


'The Giver'

Set in a dystopian setting, this movie sets itself apart from the rest by teasing a glimpse into the mysterious reasons why society became so isolated.



Knowing my love of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, my sister recommended this topsy-turvy romantic film that skips breathlessly through space and time.


'The Jungle Book'

Again, you might not think a kid movie would be that interesting. But the astonishing special effects and sweeping cinematography create a larger-than-life spin on the classic tale.