How will you spend Super Bowl Sunday? If you don’t like football or aren’t interested in Super Bowl commercials, there’s no reason not to get together with friends and family to do something else on the big day. And if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you have everything you need to binge watch movies without having to turn on the Super Bowl.
Whether you’re flying solo this weekend or hanging out with others, here are the five best Netflix movies to watch besides the Super Bowl. Our list features one of the most successful animated films of all time, the return of everyone’s favorite superhero, Keanu Reeves’ action comeback, Jennifer Lawrence’s return to the big screen, and a musical romantic comedy that might be the life of the party in itself.
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The Batman (2022)
For all the talk about DC Extended Universe films and shared continuity, the average moviegoer doesn’t care about fifth string films like Shazam or Blue Beetle. But everyone loves Batman, and Netflix is home to the latest cinematic reboot of the Dark Knight.
Robert Pattinson’s first appearance as Batman occurred early in his superhero career, when the mob, led by Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), still controlled Gotham City. That’s why no one was ready to face the Riddler (Mr. and Mrs. SmithPaul Dano) as he launches his deadly game to uncover Gotham’s darkest secrets. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) is the only person in the GCPD who trusts Batman, but Bruce Wayne also finds an ally in Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), a thief who has her own reasons for helping Gotham’s newest hero.
Watch The Batman on Netflix.
John Wick (2014)
For fans of older action in your home or at non-Super Bowl gatherings, there’s only one option: John Wick. The hard R-rated action of Keanu Reeves’ comeback film isn’t suitable for young children, but it’s now more than just a cult classic. John Wick arguably one of the greatest action films ever made, and perfect for anyone who enjoys the genre.
Reeves portrays the main character as emotionally bereft while mourning the loss of his wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan). Only the dog that Helen bought for John brought him happiness. Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), a ruthless criminal who is the son of a Russian crime boss, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), makes a serious mistake by crossing John, stealing his car, and killing his dog. Iosef doesn’t even fully understand what he has done when his father reveals that John is a legendary assassin in the criminal world. However, Iosef will learn a fatal lesson about his antagonistic attitude towards “Baba Yaga”. So did everyone among them.
Watch John Wick on Netflix.
No Hard Feelings (2023)
If your non-Super Bowl gathering is looking for something other than action, a romantic comedy No Hard Feelings would be a good choice. Jennifer Lawrence has plenty of crossover appeal between men and women, and she really goes all out in her return to the big screen as Maddie Barker, a woman on the edge of financial hardship.
Maddie’s only salvation is a strange advertisement placed by Laird Becker (Matthew Broderick) and his wife, Allison (Laura Benanti). In exchange for a much-needed car, the Beckers hire Maddie to date their awkward son, Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman), so he can gain some confidence before heading off to college. Of course, Percy is unaware of this plan, and he proves very difficult to seduce even when aggressively pursued by Maddie herself.
Watch No Hard Feelings on Netflix.
Mama Mia! (2008)
Our final pick for a suitable non-Super Bowl gathering is a rom-com musical Mama Mia!, which is based on the hit Broadway show. You’ll hear all the ABBA songs you can perform as Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) tries to get her father to walk her down the aisle when she marries Sky Ramand (Dominic Cooper). The problem is that there are three potential fathers for Sophie: Sam Carmichael (James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan), Harry Bright (Colin Firth), and Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgård).
Sophie’s mother, Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep), is unnerved by the sudden return of her ex-lover, and she’s not even sure which one is Sophie’s father. However, the three men quickly believe that they are Sophie’s father, and they all want the honor of giving her away. Make sure you sit down because it will take a lot of singing and dancing to solve this problem. But if the rest of your party is dancing and singing along to the song, then that’s your cue to do the same.
Watch Mama Mia on Netflix.
Super Mario Bros Movie (2023)
How big Super Mario Bros Movie? This film has been on Netflix for months, and is still in the top 10 most popular films on Netflix. That’s the definition of a crowd-pleasing movie and the first movie you’ll want to show in lieu of the Super Bowl if you have kids or if you’re looking for family entertainment. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse it might work as an alternative, but this one is perfect for that place.
Even though the Mario games are world famous, you don’t need to know anything about them to enjoy Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) as a pair of good-hearted plumbers who accidentally find themselves in the Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi quickly becomes a prisoner of Bowser (Jack Black) and his evil Koopas. Meanwhile, Mario befriends Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), Toad (Keegan-Michael Key), and even Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) as they go on a rescue mission and try to defeat Bowser.
Watch Super Mario Bros Movie on Netflix.