The Bitesize crew has put their brains together to compile Bitesize Breakdown's consensus Top Five Netflix Original Films.
Each writer ranks his or her top 15 films in the category. Those lists are then weighted on a reverse point system. After all the points are tallied up, the entries with the most total points make up the Bitesize Top Five.
5. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Whether you appreciate the fast-paced, nonstop style of writer/director Aaron Sorkin or not, one thing that he never misses on is getting the best work out of an amazing cast. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is no different, as that ability is on full display in this entertaining and insightful historical drama. - Amarú
4. FEAR STREET
The Fear Street trilogy, which essentially plays out like a 6-hour movie, is a bloody masterpiece in horror storytelling that pays homage to many of the horror/slasher films that have come before it. In fact, its real brilliance is in its ability to make familiar horror scenarios feel original and inspired. Releasing each part week-by-week made it appointment viewing for all horror fans, and it is, hands down, one of Netflix’s best original films! - Paige
3. THE HARDER THEY FALL
Despite proclamations that the western is dead, Netflix screamed “fuck all that noise!” with The Harder They Fall, a brash and stylized take on the classic genre. With a fresh approach, stellar ensemble, killer soundtrack, and exciting set pieces, this should be the 2021 Netflix Western that people remember going forward (sorry, not sorry, The Power of the Dog). - Quentin
2. TICK, TICK... BOOM!
Quickly and deservedly gaining traction as one of the best musical adaptations ever, Tick, Tick… Boom! is a grand display of talent. Director Lin-Manuel Miranda showcases how his skills are not limited to the theatre, while Andrew Garfield transforms into Jonathan Larson. It’s a shining example that there are many ways to adapt and honour work from other mediums and a testament to Netflix’s dedication to the craft of storytelling through film. - Joseph
1. THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES
The Mitchells vs. the Machines handles the familiar theme of "technology is evil" in a unique manner by focusing more on the family connections that get lost with modern tech. Featuring a relatable topic for anyone who has felt alienated over different interests, it allows viewers to admire its animation and enjoy a fun family adventure that can stand toe to toe with most Pixar offerings. - Nick
THE POWER OF THE DOG
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