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10 Best Netflix Original Movies 2020
Netflix stepped all the way up in 2019, giving us films like Marriage Story, The Irishman, and The Laundromat (okay, skip that last one… you get the point). That’s on top of the crowd pleasers like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Someone Great. All of that is to say that you don’t have to head to the cinema for every good movie these days. Rejoice, introverts. Netflix is well on its way to making it possible for you to never have to leave your apartment or house again.
It’s still a bit early to know everything that Netflix has on its slate, but we can confirm that the streamer has a couple Broadway productions-turned-movies on the horizon (and thank heavens, none of those are CATS). There’s also a Will Ferrell film about Eurovision in production for 2020 that is surely going to be one of Ferrell’s weirdest features in some time.
For now, scroll below and see everything that is officially slated to land in your Netflix queue this year. Here’s to staying home through all of 2020. You’ve earned it, you antisocial cinephile.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (February 12, 2020)
This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix’s big hit teen rom-com from 2018 based on first in the YA trilogy by Jenny Han. In this one, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and her previously fake boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo, Netflix’s rom-com leading “teen”), are in a real relationship. But Lara Jean’s friend John is suddenly in the mix as a possible love interest.
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
Kurt Russell is back as Santa Claus, and his longtime partner, Goldie Hawn, will be Mrs. Claus. “A year later and I’m still ringing Santa’s jingle bells,” Hawn wrote in an Instagram post. I couldn’t be happier to be working on @christmaschronicles again with Kurt Russell, my real life Santa.”
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
The 2018 so-bad-it’s-good Christmas story featuring Vanessa Hudgens is back with a sequel. The second movie follows Duchess Margaret (one of the two characters played by Hudgens) as she inherits the throne of her made-up country and has relationship problems with her boyfriend, Kevin.
The Prom (2020)
Netflix is adapting the 2018 Broadway musical The Prom, about Emma, a teen girl who wants to take another girl to her school’s prom and meets a lot of resistance from her conservative Indiana town. Newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman plays Emma, alongside a cast of some impressive names, including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden. Per Playbill, the film will release on Netflix in the fall.
The Boys in the Band (2020)
The Broadway play that won the Tony for Best Revival in 2019 is going to be a Netflix movie starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer. The play’s director, Joe Mantello is directing the film—a Ryan Murphy project.
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
The political thriller, based on the 1996 Joan Didion novel, is about a political journalist covering the 1984 presidential campaign. She ends up taking over for her father as an arms dealer for the U.S. Government in Central America. Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Ben Affleck, Toby Jones and Rosie Perez all star. The film is getting its world premiere on January 27 at Sundance Film Festival.
All the Bright Places (2020)
This is a teen romance, starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, about two troubled kids who help each other through their pain. They meet at the top of a bell tower at school and both consider jumping off—but talk each other down. The story touches heavily on mental health, people struggling with it, and those who support them.
The Devil All the Time (2020)
This story centers on an Ohio community following World War II, including the psychological effects that war can have on a group of people. Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Eliza Scanlen, Riley Keough, Mia Wasikowska, and Sebastian Stan all appear.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
The 2016 Iain Reid novel is about a woman who is contemplating leaving her boyfriend but hasn’t yet told him. Instead, she goes with him to his remote family farm. She starts having déjà vu about the place she’s visiting but can’t recall why. Things get spookier—let’s just say that.
The Will Ferrell-written and David Dobkin-directed comedy is set in 1972 and stars Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Rachel McAdams, and Demi Lovato. The movie focuses on Icelandic musicians Lars and Sigrit, who are the first to represent their country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Granted, there’s no trailer yet, but you can watch Iceland’s 2019 Eurovision performance, and that should give you an idea of what’s to come.
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.