Best Netflix movies 2022 – so far

From the biggest blockbusters to the best documentaries, here's what to watch now

LILY COLLINS as WIFE, JESSE PLEMONS as CEO and JASON SEGEL as NOBODY
(Image credit: Netflix)

2022 is now well underway and Netflix has some terrific movies ready for streaming, from the biggest blockbusters with the biggest names in the biz to the most insane in-depth documentaries that you can't believe are true to indie darlings that deserve so much more attention. 

In fact, Netflix has confirmed that 86 original films will be coming to the platform throughout the year, such as Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio, Knives Out 2 with Daniel Craig and its most expensive film ever, The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. It's a packed year to say the least.

Thankfully, while we wait for all of these releases to hit, Netflix is constantly rolling out dozens of new features for your viewing pleasure. Where to start though? Fear not! T3 has done the hard work (I say hard work, it's just watching films not brain surgery) and rounded up the best movies on Netflix to save any arguments on the sofa in future. Right, let's get to it. 

The Tinder Swindler  

Cecilie Fjellhoy, Ayleen Charlotte and Pernilla Sjöholm in the Tinder Swindler

(Image credit: Joshua Wilks / Netflix)

Netflix's documentaries are a class above the rest. Whether it's Tiger King, Fyre Festival, or The Last Dance, whoever is in charge of this department needs a pay rise. 2022 has been no different with an abundance of brilliant, new documentaries. The first one to kick off the year was the unbelievable story of The Tinder Swindler. 

Since launching in February, The Tinder Swindler has taken the web and world by storm. The main premise surrounds Israeli fraudster Shimon Hayut, who went by the name Simon Leviev on Tinder, as he looked to swindle women out of millions of dollars. The less you know about this one the better. What you do need to know is that Netflix is already planning dramatisation, meaning this might be something we hear about for years to come. 

Hustle

Jordan Hull as Alex Sugerman, Queen Latifah as Teresa Sugerman, Juancho Hernangomez as Bo Cruz and Adam Sandler as Stanley Sugerman in Hustle

(Image credit: Scott Yamano / Netflix)

Adam Sandler has partnered with Netflix for quite some time now, putting out forgettable comedies such as Hubie Halloween, Sandy Wexler and The Ridiculous 6. Thankfully, following an unexpected pivot to more dramatic roles – starting with 2019's Uncut Gems – the actor is having a bit of a resurgence with critics. The latest of which comes in form of US sports drama Hustle from director Jeremiah Zagar, giving Sandler another chance to flex his acting chops – and he does just that, as the down-on-his-luck basketball scout Adam Sandler. It's simple but heartwarming. 

Bigbug

Robots in Bigbug

(Image credit: Bruno Calvo / Netflix)

Without a doubt, BigBug is the weirdest film on this list – and that's not a bad thing. Set in the year 2045, this French sci-fi flick from Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet deals with a machine uprising and a group of suburbanites held hostage as the robot revolution gets underway. The colour tone of the world pops throughout while the characters are all zany and cartoon-like, making for an enjoyable, if not bonkers experience. The only drawback is that it maybe has too big of an obsession with sex but at least it tries to do something different.  

Senior Year

Senior Year. (L to R) Joshua Colley as Yaz, Avantika as Janet, Rebel Wilson as Stephanie Conway, Michael Cimino as Lance and Jade Bender as Bri Loves in Senior Year.

(Image credit: Boris Martin / Netflix)

Meet 17-year-old Stephanie Conway, an Australian immigrant who dreams of becoming prom queen, only to unexpectedly enter a 20-year coma as a result of a cheerleading incident gone wrong. Now 37 years old, she decides to return to high school to pick things up from where they were left. This is the premise for Senior Year starring Rebel Wilson. a hugely enjoyable comedy that takes inspiration from Mean Girls, Easy A and more directly, Clueless. Critics were not fans, I unabashedly really liked it and so did my partner. Are we mad? Quite possibly.  

Windfall 

JASON SEGEL as NOBODY, LILY COLLINS as WIFE and JESSE PLEMONS as CEO

(Image credit: Netflix)

Windfall is an intimate and incredibly tense affair that deals with jealousy, privilege, entitlement and social issues in today's world. It's not short of talent either, with Jason Segel, Jesse Plemons and Lily Collins making up the trio. The thriller begins when an unnamed man breaks into a billionaire's holiday home, only to suddenly find himself in the presence of the tech tycoon and his wife. Directed by Charlie McDowell (The One I Love), Windfall has become a bit of a talking point online due to its main topic, ending and what it all means. No wonder Netflix paid an "eight-figure sum" for the film.  

Looking for more film suggestions? Check back regularly to find T3's updated picks. Alternatively, you can read up on the best movie choices for this month, including one of the best DC films in years.  

Matthew Forde
Matthew Forde

Matthew is the Staff Writer for T3, covering news and keeping up with everything games, entertainment, and all manner of tech. You can find his work across numerous sites across the web, including TechRadar, IGN, Tom's Guide, Fandom, NME, and more. In his spare time, Matthew is an avid cinema-goer, keen runner and average golfer (at best). You can follow him @MattForde64