It is no secret that the streaming giant occasionally suffers from an overflow of original titles. While some films win the lottery and become word-of-mouth hits and others give way to profitable franchises, most of Netflix’s original films get lost in the platform’s countless genres and fail to ever see the daylight. Especially for new users, it can be a strange place to navigate without a little help. Here are ten Netflix gems that have gone under the radar:
Circus of Books (2019)
In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. A decade later, they had become the biggest distributors of gay porn in the US.
The film focuses on the double life they led, trying to maintain the balance of being parents at a time when LGBT culture was not yet accepted. Their many challenges included facing jail time for a federal obscenity prosecution and enabling their store to be a place of refuge at the height of the AIDS crisis.
After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father, played by beloved British actor Martin Freeman, searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.
Hold the Dark (2018)
After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the mother of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan wilderness.
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.
Our Souls at Night (2017)
Fonda and Redford star as Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower who've lived next to each other for years. The pair has almost no relationship, but that all changes when Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor.
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Private Life (2018)
An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.
A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.
In this multi-generational drama, a Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities.
Nobody Knows I am here (2020)
Memo lives on a remote Chilean sheep farm, hiding a beautiful singing voice from the outside world. A recluse with a glittery flair, he can't stop dwelling on the past, but what will happen once someone finally listens?