Best Original Movies From Streaming Services, Ranked (According To Rotten Tomatoes)


In the early days of streaming, viewers watched exclusively licensed content, movies and shows produced by a studio and licensed to broadcast on a platform. However, this is no longer the case. In recent years, platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney + spent billions of dollars producing their own quality content for subscribers to enjoy.

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This emphasis on original streaming content has led to the creation of outstanding films from some of the greatest and most talented filmmakers in the industry. These films have been very well received by audiences, been nominated for awards, and even achieved the coveted status of Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

ten Rome (95%)

Located in Mexico City in the 1970s, Rome revolves around a maid and the family that employs her. Director Alfonso Cuarón drew on his real-life experience to capture an intimate look at life at this pivotal time in Mexican history.

The original Netflix film was a critical darling and won 10 Oscar nominations at the 91st Academy Awards. Beautifully shot in black and white, Cuarón won the Oscar for “Best Cinematography” as well as that of “Best Director”. Rome also became the first Mexican film to win the prize for “Best foreign language film”,

9 Irishman (95%)

With a announced budget of $ 160 million, Irish is one of the most ambitious films Netflix has made to date. Irish saw director Martin Scorsese put together a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano and many more.

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The film used advanced digital aging technology to enable legendary actors to play their characters over decades in this sprawling criminal epic. The film received critical acclaim and the film won 10 Oscar nominations.

8 To all the boys I’ve loved before (96%)

Based on a novel by Jenny Han, To all the boys I’ve loved before is a coming-of-age romantic comedy that follows teenage Lara Jean, who finds herself trapped in a drama after discovering that the private letters she wrote to her former crushes were accidentally mailed.

The Netflix film was an instant hit with critics and audiences alike thanks to the cast’s excellent performances. The success of To all the boys I’ve loved before helped launch the careers of young actors Lana Condor and Noah Centineo and prompted Netflix to produce two sequels.

7 Half (97%)

Half of it is a coming-of-age drama comedy from Netflix. In a modern version of the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac, high school student Ellie Chu agrees to help Paul earn his Aster crush by writing love letters on his behalf. However, unbeknownst to Paul, Ellie is also in love with Aster.

Half of it is a smart, original and funny film that brings a new perspective to a familiar story. In addition to the typical subjects of passage to adulthood, Half of it also approaches race, religion and sexuality in a smart and responsible way.

6 Dolemite is my name (97%)

by netflix Dolemite is my name is a comedic biopic based on the life of comedian Rudy Ray Moore. The film follows Rudy Ray Moore, played by Eddie Murphy, and his journey to becoming a Blaxploitation legend, thanks to the success of his Dolemite character.

The film is filled with terrific performances, directed by Eddie Murphy and Keegan Michael-Key. Besides being funny, Dolemite is my name is also an inspiring film that inspires viewers to pursue their own dreams, regardless of the obstacles.

5 Bring down man (98%)

Blast Man Down Cinema Poster

The original Amazon Prime Video movie, Bring down the man, is a black comedy crime thriller that follows the Connolly sisters who, after killing a man in self-defense, find themselves in a complicated situation.

The film is an intelligent and original story, full of twists and turns. It’s a unique film that benefits from strong performances from its cast and a storyline that perfectly balances humor with suspense and intrigue.

4 The 40-year-old version (98%)

The 40 years - 80 version

The Netflix movie, The 40-year-old version, is Radha Blank’s semi-autobiographical and comedic tale about reinvention and self-discovery. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in this film which tells the story of a playwright and teacher, who reassesses her life as she approaches her 40th birthday and decides to pursue a career as a rapper.

The film is relatable, inspiring, funny and heartfelt. Because the film was inspired by real-life Radha Blank, it is able to capture an authentic and believable feel. The resounding success of The 40-year-old version made Radha Blank a filmmaker to follow in the future.

3 Hamilton (98%)

Lin Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton stormed Broadway when it debuted in 2015. Although it became a pop culture phenomenon, by nature a play, only a limited number of people actually got to see it. Because of this, fans were thrilled to learn that Disney had acquired the rights to a fully filmed and edited performance of the landmark musical, starring the original cast.

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The end result is a unique film that offers a unique viewing experience while making Hamilton accessible to a mass audience. The Disney + film was an immediate hit with audiences and fans alike, earning a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Picture – Musical or Comedy”.

2 Ma Rainey’s black stockings (98%)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Ma Rainey sings during recording session

Based on a play by August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s black stockings is a musical drama about a rock recording session in the 1920s in Chicago, involving a famous blues singer and her band. With its use of lengthy monologues, this Netflix film is a showcase for his two lead actor performances of Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

Sadly, Chadwick Boseman passed away before the film was released. The film is a demonstration of the great talent and scope of the late actor. Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis both earned Oscar nominations for their performances in Ma Rainey’s black stockings.

1 His house (100%)

His House's Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu characters look directly at the camera with other refugees around them

The Netflix movie His house is a horror thriller that tells the story of a Sudanese refugee couple who move to England in search of a better life, only to find that their government-assigned home is haunted by an evil lurking beneath the surface.

Like many great horror movies, His house skillfully uses horror as a metaphor for a deeper societal problem. In this case, the film uses supernatural imagery as an illustration of the survivor’s guilt and difficulty adjusting to life in a new country that some refugees are experiencing. The film is smart, thought-provoking and scary, earning it a 100% perfect rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.

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