Bula has put together a list of the 15 best movies available on Netflix. The selection was based on reviews by film critics, left on the Rotten Tomatoes website, and on viewers' notes on the IMDb website. The main criterion was to diversify the choices, with features from different eras and genres, from documentary to terror. Among those selected are “Diabo de Cada Dia” (2020), by Antonio Dias; “Shirkers: The Stolen Movie” (2018), by Sandi Tan; and “O Barco, Inferno no Mar” (1981), directed by Wolfgang Petersen. The titles are organized according to the year of launch and do not follow classification criteria.
In the early 1970s, adolescents with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation and discrimination. In this context, the Jened camp in Catskills started a revolution. Jened was a utopian place, welcoming these young people with summer sports and recreational activities. At the site, the first activists were formed who forever changed the legislation on accessibility for all.
The story takes place in the 1960s, in a rural Ohio community, and follows several peculiar characters who were affected by the war in different ways. Chief among them, Willard Russell, is a veteran tormented for failing to save his wife from death. His son, Arvin Eugene, grows up trying to become a good man, but ends up being hit by the violence that dominates the city.
The documentary follows four Democratic women who decide to run for Congress in the 2018 elections in the United States: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from New York; Amy Vilela, from Nevada; Cori Bush, from Missouri; and Paula Jean, from West Virginia. With no previous experience or financing from large companies, they challenge the political powers and initiate an unexpected change in the country.
Christine McPherson is a teenager who lives in Sacramento, California, and calls herself "Lady Bird". She is in her last year of high school and says that her dream is to enter a prestigious university, preferably in a big city, and to leave Sacramento. But, Christine's family faces many financial difficulties and her mother says she will not support her in moving.
In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan gathers her friends and George, a cinema teacher, to make an experimental film in Singapore. But, after everything is finished, George disappears with the filming. In 2011, Sandi receives an email from the professor's ex-wife, stating that she had some images of the film. Then, in the following years, Sandi works to create something new from what is left: a documentary.
In this documentary, filmmaker Yance Ford analyzes the murder of his brother, William Ford, in 1992. William, who was a 24-year-old black teacher, was killed violently by a 19-year-old white mechanic. The Suffolk County jury refused to frame the killer, who claimed self-defense. From this painful experience, Yance addresses how racism interferes with the United States judicial system.
In 1988, the war between Iran and Iraq scares Tehran residents. Shideh, a young mother, is left alone with her daughter Dorsa, while her husband, who is a doctor, travels to serve in the war. After her toys start to disappear, Dorsa says she is being chased by "djinns", demons of the Islamic religion. Shideh doubts his daughter, but later realizes that strange things are really happening in the building.
The film follows the growth of Chiron, a young black man from a poor Miami community. In addition to being mistreated by his mother, who is a drug user, Chiron is a victim of bullying at school. One day, when he is chased by the boys in the neighborhood, he meets Ruan, one of the local drug lords, who offers him a hiding place. From that day on, Chiron approaches Ruan and sees him as a father.
The documentary features scenes and testimonies from young people who took over Tahrir Square in central Cairo, the capital of Egypt, in 2011. That year, thousands of Egyptians came together to protest the government of dictator President Hosni Mubarak and his successor, Mohamed Mursi. Despite violence and police repression, Protestants believed in a future of peace and freedom in Egypt.
In 1939, businessman Oskar Schindler arrived in Krakow with the intention of profiting from his business during the war. Taking advantage of his influence within the Nazi party, he manages to open a pot factory and employs Polish Jews because they are cheaper. Bribing Lieutenant Amon Göth, Schindler ensures that his employees are not sent to concentration camps. But as the war progresses, the situation is untenable.
In 1941, during World War II, the inexperienced crew of the German submarine U-96 went on a secret mission. Under captain Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrockl, they try to sink enemy ships. But after an attack, the hull of the U-96 vessel is damaged. The oxygen will run out in a few hours, leaving the entire team in a panic. The film is based on the book “Das Boot”, by Lothar-Günther Buchheim.
In the 1950s, Don Vito Corleone is the head of one of the most influential mobster families in New York. Virgil Sollozzo, a gangster, announces to Don Vito that he intends to establish a major narcotics sales scheme in the city, but will only do so with the permission of the Corleone family. Vito refuses to support him and ends up being the victim of an attack. As he recovers, he asks his eldest son, Sonny, to take over the business for him.
Morton, a railroad baron, hires hired gunman Frank to kill widowed farmer Brett McBain and his sons as Brett refuses to let the railroad pass over his land. After massacring the family, Frank tries to frame sniper Cheyenne. But, to everyone's surprise, a woman named Jill from the city arrives saying that she was married to Brett, so she is the owner of the property. To protect the farm, she enlisted the help of Cheyenne.