There is no getting away from the fact that 2020 has been an exceptional year. Most of us around the world found ourselves spending quite a lot of time at home, whether we wanted to or not.
So in between working from home, online schooling and the occasional game of duck shooter thankfully we also had Netflix to save us from the boredom.
With a seemingly endless amount of content ready and waiting to be launched, Netflix really stepped it up with the big hitters this year.
Whether it was top-notch movies that look set to receive one or two Oscar nods in the new year or original limited series that had us glued to our screens, the shows and films kept coming.
Top 10 Netflix Original Movies
We may not have had the giant screens, buttered popcorn, reclining chairs and jumbo soda's to keep us company as the blockbusters were released but nobody can say that Netflix didn't have the star power of any cinema.
There were so many movies to choose from and quite a few romcoms that I personally adored, but we narrowed down our selection to the ten that brought us serious drama and epic story-telling so here they are, in no particular order!
Ma Raineys Black Bottom
We may be rounding off the year but there was still time for the always exceptional Viola Davis alongside Chadwick Boseman, in his last movie, in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Based on the play of the same name and produced by Denzel Washington, Ma Rainey was an influential blues singer. This particular dramatisation is set in a recording studio in 1927 Chicago, when late into the session, the fearless and fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music.
Both of the leads are heavily tipped to be in the line for Oscar nominations and given the critical acclaim they may just win.
When it comes to the Oscars, Amy Adams and Glenn Close could also be in contention for their performances in Hillbilly Elegy.
An epic family story, that is directed by Ron Howard, the movie is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of a family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.
The Midnight Sky
If there is an actor/director with more star power than George Clooney then please let me know. Streaming just in time for Christmas was the futuristic, if somewhat bleak tale, The Midnight Sky.
It is 2049 and the world as we know it has finally succumbed to years of abuse from mankind. All that remains is George Clooney at a lone arctic outpost trying desperately to communicate with a team of scientists who are returning from a distant planet that could potentially be a suitable new home for a human colony.
Not content to take up the leading role, the multi-talented Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) also produced one of the biggest hits for Netflix in 2020.
Enola Holmes is the family mystery film that sees the formidable Enola go in search of her mother while her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft pursue her to bring her home.
The Old Guard
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring Charlize Theron, The Old Guard is an action-packed movie about a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die.
Led by a warrior named Andy, they have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. However, an emergency mission exposes their extraordinary abilities and the group must now eliminate the threat of those who want their power.
The Devil Of All Time
Forget Spiderman, this is Tom Holland as you've never seen him before in this psychological thriller directed from Antonio Campos.
Spanning the decades between WW2 and the 1960s, and set in rural West Virginia, The Devil Of All Time is a movie filled with unusual characters in a town riddled with corruption and brutality.
It's a slow burn but one that is well worth watching despite its disturbing nature and intensity.
They can't all be epically artistic creations and that's why I've added Holidate to the mix. For a fun rom-com starring Emma Roberts, this has a lot going for it. Firstly it's not Hallmark sweet and instead has a bit of bite to it which I really liked.
Secondly, even though we've seen the ‘we'll use each other as no strings attached dates' plot before this was funny, charming and quirky that at least tried to be slightly more realistic than some of the other mush out there at the moment.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Extraction is the action-thriller that became the most-watched original film in Netflix's history.
Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary who must carry out the most deadly extraction of his career and rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.
It is non-stop action and proved so successful that a sequel is currently in development.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Based on a true story and starring Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is set in 1968 when the DNC was met with protests that ended in a riot with local police.
Seven of the accused ringleaders are then arraigned on trumped-up charges in an unfair trial. Critically acclaimed movie with special praise for how stellar the acting is.
Based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca stars Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Following a whirlwind romance, a young newlywed begins their new life only for the new bride to find herself battling the memory and legacy of the first wife, Rebecca. A solid movie but perhaps not nearly as interesting as the original made by Alfred Hitchcock which had more grit.
So there you have ten of the best Netflix original movies of 2020. With action, thrillers, courtroom drama, suspense, and even a bit of light-hearted fun and romance thrown in, there's bound to be one you haven't seen and is perfect for a night in.