Ahhhhh, Netflix. It's there for us when we need a good cry, laugh, jump scare, or just a mindless escape from everything going on in the world. Last year, the service and I got really comfortable. There was so much to watch, from documentaries that ruled the early stages of quarantine like Tiger King to swoon-worthy romance dramas like Virgin River and Bridgerton. But that was then, and you're here to talk about the now. We've got good news: In 2021, our good and holy savior has a whole bunch of original films in store. From historical dramas to mystery thrillers set in a tropical paradise, Netflix's new original movies will satisfy all kinds of tastes. So pop some popcorn and learn about the best original films you can catch on Netflix in 2021—and don't forget to check back in later as we update this article with some more movie goodness throughout the year.
Release date: January 29
Starring: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Brad Kalilimoku, Chris Parnell, Marc Evan Jackson, Ricky Garcia
Longing for warmer days on the beach with your best friends? Us too, which makes Finding 'OHana the perfect getaway watch. City kids Pili (Peahu) and Ioane (Aiono) ditch Brooklyn for a summer on the island of 'OHana, where they just happen to find a journal filled with cryptic notes pointing to long-lost treasure.
Release date: February 19
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Eiza González, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina
Pike plays Marla Grayson, an uber-successful con woman whose favorite trick is becoming the legal guardian of elderly individuals and then taking control of their assets after putting them into care facilities. Things crank up a notch when she finds out her latest client has a living relative who happens to be the most notorious gangster (Dinklage) around, so like, causal.