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The Best Netflix Original Movies Of 2018, Ranked

Updated May 12, 2020 10.0k votes 948 voters 40.0k views71 items

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As every year comes and goes, we get a plethora of new Netflix original movies—and 2018 didn't disappoint. Though Netflix only started getting into the movie game a few years prior, they've been releasing some serious gems we can all enjoy. Better yet, these original movies are available to subscribers the moment they drop, so we can enjoy brand new flicks from the comfort of our couches. All that aside, it's time to determine just which 2018 Netflix original movies were the best. 

Among the long list of 2018 Netflix original films, Mute and The Cloverfield Paradox are two such movies you'll definitely want to check out. The former is an exciting sci-fi film following a mute bartender as he fights a series of gangsters to find his partner, while The Cloverfield Paradox takes an intense trip through space as the third installment of the Cloverfield movies. Of course, these are just two of many great films from Netflix. Others to consider checking out include Irreplaceable You, The Outsider, Paradox, and more. Don't forget to check out some of the great original comedies from Netflix, either.

If you're in need of some new movie suggestions, check out the list below and get watching. Be sure to vote up your favorites to ultimately determine which were the best Netflix original movies of 2018. 

Want more? Check out this list of 2020 Netflix Original Movies.

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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love letters...  more
  • 2
    370
    186

    Set It Up

    Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell

    Released2018

    Directed byClaire Scanlon

    Set It Up is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Claire Scanlon. Coworkers hatch a plan to set up their bosses on a date. ...  more
  • 3
    236
    113

    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio), and...  more
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    80

    The Christmas Chronicles

    Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis

    Released2018

    Directed byClay Kaytis

    The Christmas Chronicles is a 2018 American Christmas family film directed by Clay Kaytis. The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt...  more
  • 5
    242
    148

    When We First Met

    Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Sandel

    When We First Met is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Ari Sandel. After spending the perfect first night with the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario), a guy (Adam DeVine) gets the...  more
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    103
    40

    Mute

    Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd

    Released2018

    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Mute is a 2018 British-German science fiction mystery film directed by Duncan Jones. A mute bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened...  more
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    80
    30

    Extinction

    Lizzy Caplan, Michael Peña

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Young

    Extinction is a 2018 American science-fiction horror thriller film directed by Ben Young. When the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction, a father (Michael Peña) fighting for his family...  more

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    102
    49

    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

    Outlaw King is a 2018 American-Scottish historical action drama directed by David Mackenzie. A David and Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish "outlaw king" Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine)...  more

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    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. After a young programmer (Fionn Whitehead) makes a fantasy...  more
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    81
    49

    Nappily Ever After

    Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson

    Released2018

    Directed byHaifaa al-Mansour

    Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend (Ricky Whittle) to...  more
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    104
    76

    Apostle

    Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen

    Released2018

    Directed byGareth Evans

    Apostle is a 2018 period thriller film directed by Gareth Evans. When his sister is kidnapped by a religious cult, a mysterious man (Dan Stevens) travels to the remote island where he digs deeper and...  more

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    72
    49

    Hold the Dark

    Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough

    Released2018

    Directed byJeremy Saulnier

    Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, based on the novel by William Giraldi. After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core...  more
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    145
    126

    Game Over, Man!

    Adam Devine, Anders Holm

    Released2018

    Directed byKyle Newacheck

    Game Over, Man! is a 2018 Netflix action comedy film directed by Kyle Newacheck. Three friends (Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson) are on the verge of getting their video game financed...  more
  • 14
    76
    56

    The Other Side of the Wind

    John Huston, Bob Random

    Released2018

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns to Hollywood...  more
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    113
    95

    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

    Released2018

    Directed byTinge Krishnan

    Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur Darvill and Ché Walker. Simone (Michaela Coel), a single mother, meets and falls in love with a handsome...  more
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    57
    39

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

    Lily James, Michiel Huisman

    Released2018

    Directed byMike Newell

  • 17
    55
    39

    The Holiday Calendar

    Kat Graham, Quincy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Walsh

    The Holiday Calendar is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Bradley Walsh. A struggling but talented photographer (Kat Graham) inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the...  more
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    98
    90

    Candy Jar

    Sami Gayle, Jacob Latimore

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Shelton

    Candy Jar is a 2018 comedy film directed by Ben Shelton. An introverted high school girl from a working-class background (Sami Gayle) and her wealthy, debate-team nemesis (Jacob Latimore) can't agree...
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    50
    41

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by John Schultz, and a sequel to the 2017 film. A year after Amber (Rose McIver) helped Richard (Ben...  more
  • 20
    61
    54

    The After Party

    Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer

    Released2018

    Directed byIan Edelman

    The After Party is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy film directed by Ian Edelman. When an aspiring rapper (Kyle Harvey) goes viral for all the wrong reasons, his best friend (Harrison Holzer)...  more
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    85
    82

    Before I Wake

    Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane

    Released2016

    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Before I Wake (also known as Somnia) is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically...  more
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    56
    55

    Cargo

    Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Howling, Yolanda Ramke

    Cargo is a 2017 Australian film directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling. A father (Martin Freeman) tries to save his child at all costs in a post-apocalyptic world....  more
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    136
    158

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Onah

    The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah, and is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise. After using a particle accelerator, a group...  more
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    58
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    Irreplaceable You

    Claire Holt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Released2018

    Directed byStephanie Laing

    Irreplaceable You is a 2018 American drama film directed by Stephanie Laing. The lives of two best friends and romantic soulmates comes crashing down when one is given a terminal cancer diagnosis....  more
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    102
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    Ibiza

    Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Richanbach

    Ibiza is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Alex Richanbach. A young American woman (Gillian Jacobs) and her two best friends seek out a hot DJ (Richard Madden) in Spain....  more