7 great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend

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“God’s Own Country” is available to stream on Netflix this weekend.
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  • Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix on the weekend.
  • This weekend, we recommend watching “The Stanford Prison Experiment” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
  • Mexican drama “Like Water for Chocolate,” based on a novel by Laura Esquivel, is also worth a watch.
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Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That’s why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend.

Fans of rom-coms should stream “Like Water for Chocolate,” a Mexican drama based on a bestselling novel, as well as Netflix original “Let It Snow,” a lighthearted holiday movie.

There’s also plenty of films inspired by real-life events available to stream, such as “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” a documentary about a dedicated Japanese sushi chef, and drama “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which details one of the most disturbing psychological experiments in history.

Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend.


“Like Water for Chocolate” is a romantic Mexican drama.

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“Like Water for Chocolate” is based on a novel by Laura Esquivel.
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Miramax Films

Netflix description: “When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking – and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91%

Audience score: 84%

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Like Water for Chocolate” is a must watch for foodies and romantics alike. The film focuses on the romance between Tita and Pedro, but also contains relevant commentary about gender roles and family traditions, as well as plenty of delicious-looking food.


“Studio 54: The Documentary” details the rise and fall of a famous NYC nightclub.

Netflix description: “This documentary follows the rapid rise and fall of the Manhattan discotheque and the glittery debauchery that attracted the city’s eccentric and elite.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 75%

For those wondering what it was really like at the infamous Studio 54 night club in New York, this documentary is for you. Drawing on a variety of first- and second-hand sources, as well as plenty of photographs and video footage, “Studio 54” is an engrossing and ultimately sobering look at one of the most famous clubs in the world.


“The Stanford Prison Experiment” is a gritty psychological drama.

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Ezra Miller stars in “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”
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Netflix description: “Conducting a study on the psychology of incarceration, a Stanford professor assigns guard and prisoner roles to 24 male test subjects in a mock jail.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 84% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 75%

“Fantastic Beasts” actor Ezra Miller stars in this drama, which depicts a real-life experiment conducted at Stanford University. The film isn’t always an easy watch, but its message is super relevant, even though it’s set in the 1970s.


“God’s Own Country” focuses on a gay couple in the English countryside.

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“God’s Own Country” was nominated for several awards.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films

Netflix description: “In Yorkshire, a withdrawn gay farmer begins a torrid affair with a Romanian migrant worker who shows him the depths of his capacity for affection.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 87%

This tender and passionate drama focuses on Johnny and Gheorghe as they come to terms with their feelings for each other. While it might be tempting to compare “God’s Own Country” to “Brokeback Mountain” (both focus on gay men in the countryside), this film is all its own – and has a far happier ending.


“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a heartwarming documentary about a sushi chef.

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“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” takes place in Japan.
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Magnolia Pictures

Netflix description: “This documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 99% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 92%

Even if you’re not a fan of sushi, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is definitely worth checking out. The film takes an engrossing and thoughtful look at a dedicated sushi chef, and also explores the intricacies of Japanese cuisine.


“Let It Snow” is a new Netflix holiday movie.

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“Let It Snow” is based on a novel by John Green.
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Netflix

Netflix description: “A snowstorm hits a small town on a cold Christmas Eve, affecting the friendships, love lives, and futures of several high school seniors.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 79%

Audience score: 54%

While it’s not exactly groundbreaking, “Let It Snow” is still a fun and heartwarming holiday film. Based on a novel by John Green, the movie is a perfect watch for those looking to get into the holiday spirit.


“Matrix Revolutions” is the third installment in the “Matrix” franchise.

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Keanu Reeves reprises his role as Neo in “Matrix Revolutions.”
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Warner Bros.

Netflix description: “The final installment in the Matrix trilogy finds an unconscious Neo trapped in a subway station in a zone between the Matrix and the machine world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 35%

Audience score: 60%

The third “Matrix” film is widely criticized for lacking the plot and originality of the first two, but it’s still a worthwhile watch for fans of the franchise. Plus, with the fourth “Matrix” film set to begin production soon, now’s as good of a time as ever to catch up on the franchise.