Netflix: the 7 best films to watch exclusively on the platform – Actus Ciné

Discover the 7 best movies to see exclusively on Netflix. On the menu: the criminal Les Affranchis, the prison La Ligne verte, the anime Princess Mononoke…

Netflix: the 7 best films to watch exclusively on the platform - actus ciné

1- The Green Line

A former penitentiary warden, Paul Edgecomb is now writing his memoirs. He returns to a case that particularly touched him: that of John Coffey, a black man of disproportionate size, sensitive and mysterious, sentenced to the electric chair for the rape and murder of two little girls. It was at Cold Mountain prison that he served his heavy sentence, the one we nicknamed The Green Line, the one from which no prisoner ever returned…

Based on a novel by Stephen King: that announces the color. Expect drama playing with the boundaries of the always important fantasy, dark, brutal and poignant. A committed tragedy putting the trial of the death penalty and the racist treatment of black prisoners. Don’t miss this timeless jewel of cinema by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), and worn by Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan, masterful in their respective roles.

2- Django Unchained

Brutal and quirky Western directed by a Quentin Tarantino in all its crazy splendor, Django Unchained tells the quest of Dr. King Schultz, a German bounty hunter in search of the murderers and Brittle brothers. Acquiring Django, a slave whose help is essential to him, he promises him freedom once the case is over. For his part, Django also has a goal in mind: to find his wife from whom he was separated because of the slave trade.

Violent and aesthetically surprising, the film, awarded at the Oscars, connects heavy and comical scenes with harshness and humor: a disarming contrast which is its strength. Another of its strengths: its prestigious cast with breathtaking performances.

3- The Freedmen

Martin Scorsese co-writing and directing, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci starring: it says it all. A great classic of the 90s – and of all time – Goodfellas is the story of Henry Hill who has always dreamed of becoming a gangster. His goal: to become part of the Italian-American Mafia of New York. The film thus depicts his journey, from his relationship with his wife Karen to that which he maintains with his two partners in crime, Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito.

Between rise and fall, this thriller is the adaptation of the life of the real Henry Hill, according to the biography written by journalist Nicholas Pileggi. An unmissable masterpiece, a monument of cinema: so many qualifications that testify to the greatness of this film, which is at once sinister and funny, tragic and dazzling. Intense, certainly.


A skilled thief, expert in the art of “extraction” – by which we mean “stealing the secrets of an individual within their subconscious while they dream” – is entrusted with an “impossible” mission which could allow him to remedy his fugitive status and find what is dear to him. This mission: Inception. This time it is a question of implanting an idea in the mind of an individual. He and his team will then have to unite to carry out this perfect crime.

Complex and mysterious, Christopher Nolan’s cult film – which he himself wrote, directed and produced – has never ceased to be talked about and its plot highlighting the potential of our imagination. The ambitious filmmaker offers us a story of the most spectacular intelligence and subtlety, with careful photography and an idyllic cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy or even Cillian Murphy, each one more brilliant than the other in this dreamlike and psychological work of science fiction, still subject today to many theories.

5- Spirited Away

Ready for a cult and fantastic initiatory journey? This trip is that of Chihiro, a capricious 10-year-old girl who is about to move in with her parents in their new home. However, when she enters a ghost town that turns her parents into pigs, Chihiro must then do everything to save them: this includes working for the witch Yubaba and perhaps even joining forces with strange creatures…

Internationally acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, this legendary Studio Ghibli work of art, directed by the ever-inspired Hayao Miyazaki, has been the biggest hit in Japanese cinema history for 19 years since its release. in 2001. Awarded, among other things, the Oscar for best animated film, Spirited Away is a tale about childhood that marked an entire generation with its drawn beauty and its phantasmagorical story that makes you dream and tremble, and even reflect please.

6- Princess Mononoke

This is the film that consecrated Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli productions as masters of Japanese and global animation in the eyes of the general public. An award-winning hit, Princess Mononoke is an animated masterpiece, a deserved title. Both sumptuous and powerful, the film marries history and fantasy in a timeless ecological tale pitting man against nature.

A marvelous and dark epic at the same time, even violent at times, Princess Mononoke takes place in the 15th century, during the Muromachi period. The young warrior Ashitaka, then future leader of his clan, suffers from a terrible curse that only the god Deer can ward off. He thus decides to find it and finds himself embroiled in a conflict between San, the “Princess Mononoke”, who fights to save the sacred forest where she lives surrounded by divine giant beasts, and Lady Eboshi and her mining village using the resources of Earth. But here nothing is neither black nor white, and the strength of the story is that it wants to be nuanced. An initiatory and rich history.

7 The Tale of Princess Kaguya

And a last Ghibli for the road, signed Isao Takahata this time, the late co-creator of the studio. In this sublime Japanese animation, we follow the adventures of Kaguya, a tiny being found in the stem of a bamboo by a peasant. Raised by the latter and his wife, the very little girl soon becomes a young woman of increasing beauty, coveted and who never ceases to fascinate. However, the “princess” will have to face her true and mysterious destiny one day or another.

The acclaimed film is rooted in a Japanese folktale and brings an endearing and captivating heroine to life. Like the latter, his drawing is of unparalleled beauty, made of simplistic watercolors, in the pure Japanese tradition. Her story, which causes tears and shivers, is sensitive and poetic, certainly magical. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is truly enchanting.

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