Hey, do you want to Netflix and chill?
Most people have heard of the term ‘Netflix and Chill’, the phrase used by those who bring a partner round to watch netflix, with the expectation of a sexual encounter. It has become a firm favourite with Millennials and Gen Z’ers and there are many, many memes about ‘Netflix and Chill’.
Here is a list of some of the best films to watch whilst you’re Netflix and chilling – in whatever way you do it.
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
A charming story of Lara Jean (Lana Condor), who has to navigate her life when her secret love letters somehow get posted to her five crushes. She now has to figure out what to do and who should she pick?
Super sweet and with a fantastic cast, this is one of the favourites on any Netflix list. There are two other films to make a trilogy – P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, which are perfect for either netflix and chilling or wondering why high school wasn’t a hotbed of fit people when you went.
2. Always Be My Maybe
Confusingly, there are two films called Always Be My Baby on Netflix. This one has Ali Wong and Randall Park starring in it.
Best friends Sasha and Marcus (Wong and Park) used to do everything together. A tragic event caused a huge argument and meant that their friendship was torn apart.
A reunion occurs when Sasha comes back to open a new restaurant, Marcus reaches out and tries to revive the sabotaged relationship. A cameo from Keanu Reeves elevates this to Netflix and Chill giddy heights and is a poignant, funny and romantic story.
3. About Time
A classic Richard Curtis film – starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, this is a funny time-travelling romance that has many poignant moments. Tim (Gleeson), discovers from his father (Bill Nighy, a fantastic role for him) that he has the ability to travel in time, and uses this to pursue his romance with Mary (McAdams).
There are some hilariously funny moments in this, and some extremely sad ones when Mary and Tim get involved and children happen. Tim never tells Mary about his abilities which can often cause confusion. Bill Nighy is perfect for the role of a rich, eccentric dad and if you like tearjerkers, this is the one for you. Remember the tissues!
3. Isn’t it Romantic?
The first of two Rebel Wilson films on this list. It has a really good cast including Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Jennifer Saunders! A romantic comedy that plays into every single trope involved in a romantic comedy. It’s funny, it’s musical and it has Liam Hemsworth repeatedly half naked. Natalie (Rebel Wilson) bumps her head and wakes up in a romantic comedy. Hilarity ensues and Natalie needs to fix it before it’s too late.
It also gives us a great chance to see Wilson and Devine with their great on-screen chemistry from Pitch Perfect. A great one to watch if you wish your life was as good as the movies.
4. Now You See Me (1 and 2)
Here’s a slightly different one, a bit of a mystery film but one that consistently makes recommendation lists. It follows the story of four illusionists who steal from banks and give away the cash to their audiences.
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco star as the team of illusionists. They have to outwit the FBI agents who are meant to be on their tail.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and the sequel has the exact same vibe. Perfect for couples that actually want to watch a film!
5. Divergent trilogy
A perfect trilogy that actually transferred from the books pretty well. Veronica Roth’s books about a dystopian Chicago where everyone is put into a faction at sixteen. There are five factions: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intellectual). Those without a faction are the factionless – a seemingly scary group who belong nowhere.
A cast that includes Shailene Woodley and Theo James helps this one along. Yes, it is another series of a woman who is seemingly helpless and feels ‘different’ until her powers kick in and she’s a bad-ass fighter helping to save her world; but it is better than most adaptations. Woodley is the perfect choice for Tris and
The second and third films are better than the first and it all ties in nicely. It is similar in style to the Hunger Games but I feel it works better.
6. The Edge of Seventeen
Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson star in this heartfelt teen comedy. Nadine‘s (Steinfeld) best friend begins to date her older brother and her life gets even more difficult than it already was. Losing her father a few years before has isolated her from family and she only has her one friend, who is now dating her brother. An unlikely friendship forms between Nadine and her teacher Mr. Bruner who helps her to get through the difficulties she’s facing.
A coming of age story that is better than most in this genre, Steinfeld and Harreslon come together to be the perfect team. There are sensitive topics in this film such as suicide so please bear that mind.
7. The Hustle
Our second entry for Rebel Wilson fans – The Hustle is a funny take on the con artist film. A small-time scammer (Wilson) meets an elite con-woman (Anne Hathaway) for the ultimate con; trying to swindle a billionaire out of his fortune.
Expect lots of laughs and eye rolling in this. WIlson is the queen of cringe so if that is your thing, this is for you. Hathaway only adds to the hilarity, as the more upmarket con-woman, trying to get the money she wants whilst having to work with an unpredictable Wilson.
An intense and dark addition to Netflix and Chill movies, but it really is a great film! It’s also nice to see Gina Rodriguez play a more serious character than Jane the Virgin (also on Netflix).
It follows the story of an ex-soldier trying to save her family after an apocalyptic style event means no-one can sleep anymore. As someone who adores their sleep; I would do everything I could to save my sleep!
It’s suspenseful and the darkness of a lot of the scenes, really gives it a creepy, jumpy feel. Definitely one to cuddle up to!
9. The Woman in the Window
Another book-turned film addition (sorry, I love a film based on a book). This one is a psychological thriller, in the same vein as the Girl on the Train (the book was way better), a woman watches the goings on from her window and witnesses a crime. Is all as it seems?
Amy Adams stars in this one, and she is great as an agoraphobic child psychologist. Her own methods are used against her as the police try to dig into who she’s been watching over the past couple of weeks. Maybe close all your curtains before you watch this one!
Make sure you practice safe ‘Netflix and chill’ and get all the snacks and drinks for your ultra-romantic night in!