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Top 10 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Need to Watch

VO: Emily Brayton
Script written by Spencer Sher These are the hidden gems on Netflix you should really check out! For this list, we’ll be looking at some lesser known films and TV shows on Netflix that are worth checking out. We’ve included gems such as The One I love, Please Like Me, Other People, Win It All, Easy, Barry, Queen of Earth and Short Term 12.
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Top 10 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Need to Watch


You’re night of Netflix and chill just got a whole lot better thanks to these awesome suggestions! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Need to Watch.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some lesser known films and TV shows on Netflix that are worth checking out.


#10: “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” (2012)

If you’ve already seen the Netflix Original series on the same subject, this factual documentary will give you even more insight into the glamorous and dangerous world of women’s wrestling. Featuring funny, revealing, and heartwarming interviews with several of the original members of GLOW, and filled with video footage of classic matches and show-stopping moments, the film reaffirms the influence that these wrestlin’ women had on the medium of television as a whole. Just remember not to try any of the moves at home.


#9: “Blue Jay” (2016)

A refreshingly real and thoughtful look at how nostalgia affects people, this little film, written and starring indie film darling Mark Duplass, still manages to pack an emotional punch. Duplass plays Jim, a man who returns to his hometown after his mother dies. While there, he runs into Amanda, his childhood sweetheart, and the two return to Jim’s old home to literally take a walk down memory lane. There isn’t much else to the plot, but “Blue Jay” is more about the characters and their lives; both the ones they’re living, and the lives that could have been. It may be a small movie, but it packs an emotional wallop.


#8: “Barry” (2016)


This film tells the story of a young Barack Obama, who in the early 1980s was just another young African American struggling to deal with school, love, and racial inequality while living in New York City. The titular role is played by up-and-comer Devon Terrell, who does a fantastic job of humanizing one of the 21st centuries most iconic leaders. The film is unique in that it provides a glimpse into the life of a future U.S. president at a time when he is at war with himself over what it means to be a leader. If you’re looking for an intelligent drama loaded with hindsight bias, this is the film for you!


#7: “Victoria” (2015)

This tense crime thriller will bring you as close as you’ll ever want to be a high stakes heist. Centered around the eponymous Victoria, a Spanish woman working at a café in Germany, the film follows her through the most eventful and dangerous night of her life. And when we say follow, we really mean it; the entire film is shot in one continuous take, and all the drama, suspense and violence unfolds in real time. While this is impressive in its own right, the fact that the film itself is well-acted and full of compelling characters puts it above and beyond other movies that use the long-take gimmick


#6: “Queen of Earth” (2015)


When Catherine agrees to spend a week at a cottage with her childhood friend Virginia, it appears to be the perfect way to help her get over the death of her father. However, things aren’t always as simple as they first appear. Starring Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, “Queen of Earth” is a psychological thriller guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Both actors are phenomenal, digging so deeply into their characters one forgets that the film is a work of fiction. Darkly twisted and dripping in style, “Queen of Earth” is a must see.


#5: “Easy” (2016-)


“Easy” is an anthology TV series set in Chicago that delves into the love lives of a group of people who are connected in a variety of ways. Apart from the fact that it is pants-splittingly funny, the show is loaded with high-end talent. The cast includes Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Elizabeth Reaser, and Marc Maron, as well as a host of other seasoned actors. Upon its release, the show picked up strong reviews from critics and currently holds a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


#4: “Win It All” (2017)

After agreeing to babysit a mysterious duffel bag, down on his luck gambler Eddie Garrett can’t help but take a peak at its contents, causing his life to suddenly spiral out of control. This Netflix original film stars Jake Johnson in a role he was born to play. Johnson manages to turn a degenerate gambler into a character audiences can’t help but sympathize with. The film is a tightly woven comedy with a strong plot and some wickedly funny supporting actors, including Joe Lo Truglio of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fame. This one’s definitely worth taking a gamble on.


#3: “The Overnight” (2015)


An innocent play date takes a peculiar turn for Los Angeles newcomers Emily and Alex, when their mysterious hosts Kurt and Charlotte start dropping hints that welcoming them to the neighborhood isn’t the only thing on their minds. “The Overnight” is a sex comedy unlike any you’ve seen before. As the night rolls on and the antics of the hosts get increasingly stranger, you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen. With Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and Jason Schwartzman leading the way, we guarantee “The Overnight” will be the some of the best 79 minutes you spend in front of your TV all week.


#2: “Other People” (2016)


Starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, “Other People” is a semi-autobiographical take on a tumultuous period in director Chris Kelly’s life. The film is about a young gay man who moves back home to care for his dying mother, while also having to deal with the fact that his religious family refuses to accept his sexuality. A hard-hitting drama that isn’t afraid to crack a few jokes – and with Shannon around you can see why – “Other People” is an intelligent examination of a family in crisis, and well worth your time.


#1: “Please Like Me” (2013-16)


This show may have concluded its run in 2016, but that just means you can binge watch the entire thing without having to worry about when then next season is coming out! “Please Like Me” is an Australian comedic drama about a young man named Josh, who, after realizing he is gay, must learn to understand the dos and don’ts of his newfound lifestyle. What makes this show great is strong writing combined with a cast of uniquely hilarious and heartfelt characters. If you’re in search of a show that will make you laugh, cry and cheer in a span of 30 minutes, look no further.

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