7 great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend

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Keira Knightley stars in "Anna Karenina."

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  • Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix on the weekend.
  • This weekend, we recommend watching the Marvel superhero movie "Black Panther," as well as horror staple "The Ring." 
  • Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in "Anna Karenina," a lush period drama that's also available to stream. 
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Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That's why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend.

There are numerous period pieces available to stream on the site,  but "Anna Karenina" is our pick this weekend for its gorgeous, lush costumes and sets, and the standout performances of its stars Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and a very cute Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 

If hoop skirts and horse-drawn carriages aren't your thing, Netflix has plenty of more modern options, too, including Marvel's standout superhero film "Black Panther," and "While We're Young," a dramedy from "Marriage Story" director Noah Baumbach. 

Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend.

"Anna Karenina" is a lush, gorgeous adaptation of a classic Russian novel.

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Cara Delevingne stars in "Anna Karenina" along with Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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Netflix description: "In the 19th century, a beautiful married Russian aristocrat enters into a forbidden love affair with the well-heeled Count Vronsky." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63%

Audience score: 50%

Keira Knightley is the queen of period pieces, and her turn as the infatuated young wife Anna is definitely her crowning moment. Adapted from the dense Russian novel of the same name, this take on "Anna Karenina" features more theatrical flourishes and sumptuous costumes than previous versions of Tolstoy's classic.

Plus, the chemistry between Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays her lover, Vronsky, is pretty palpable. If you're a fan of period pieces, you won't want to miss this decadent adaptation that still packs an emotional punch.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the best action films in recent years.

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Netflix description: "T'Challa, the superpowered new leader of the hidden, highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, strives to protect his home from enemies old and new." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 79%

Shame on you if you haven't seen "Black Panther" at this point. The well-written, action-packed superhero film was a breath of fresh air for Marvel, who up until that point had featured mostly white superheroes. Even if you're not a comic book nerd, "Black Panther" is still a compelling watch, if only for the star-studded cast alone.

If you liked "Uncut Gems," you should definitely check out "Good Time," a 2017 crime thriller also directed by the Safdie brothers.

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Netflix description: "After spearheading an ill-fated bank robbery, a man must get his mentally challenged younger brother out of jail while eluding his own capture." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 81%

"Uncut Gems" was basically a vehicle for Adam Sandler's career-defining performance, and "Good Time" afforded Robert Pattinson the same opportunity. In the Safdie brothers' 2017 film, Pattinson plays a criminal with a mentally-ill brother, and gives one of the most electrifying performances of his career.

Whether he's hiding out and dyeing his hair blond in a Queens apartment, or cajoling his older girlfriend (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) into giving him money, Pattinson is unstoppable in "Good Time."

"The Ring" relies on creepy visuals, as opposed to gore or violence, for its terrifying moments.

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Netflix description: "A reporter watches a video that supposedly sets in motion the viewer's death in seven days. Can she unravel the mystery before her own time is up?" 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 71%

Audience score: 48%

Based on a Japanese novel and horror film of the same name, "The Ring" is one of the scariest films of this century, but doesn't rely on blood or guts to get its point across. While the plot can get a bit predictable if you've ever seen a horror film, the visuals, music, and acting are all stellar — and will likely have you sleeping with the lights on for a while.

"Christine" is a heartbreaking film based on a tragic true story.

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Netflix description: "In a film based on true events, an awkward but ambitious TV reporter struggles to adapt when she's ordered to focus on violent and salacious stories." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 71%

Rebecca Hall's performance as the doomed news anchor is what makes "Christine" a must-watch, but the film's subtle commentaries on the media industry and on mental illness mean it will stay with you long after the credits roll. It's definitely not an upbeat movie, but one that will make you think differently about how we view personal and professional success.

"A Separation" is like "Marriage Story," but better.

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Netflix description: "Amid an impasse in his marriage, a father in Tehran is beset by a bitter feud involving the family of a pious caretaker he hired for his aging dad." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 99% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 92%

Both of these films focus on divorce and the effects a separation can have on a family, but "A Separation" takes the conflict to a whole new level by introducing a heartbreaking court case into the mix, too. The movie won best foreign picture at the 2012 Oscars, and is a poignant exploration of the dissolution of a marriage — and the wide-range of emotions that come with it.

"While We're Young" is an early film from "Marriage Story" director Noah Baumbach.

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Netflix description: "A documentary filmmaker struggling with a creative block meets a vibrant young hipster couple who, initially, bring new energy into his life and work." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 84% (certified fresh)

Audience score: 51%

Fans of Baumbach's later works should definitely check out "While We're Young," which features some of the most quotable dialogue — and amusing characters — of the director's career. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts shine as a troubled married couple trying to find creativity from new sources, and Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried are charming and infuriating in equal measure.

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