Top 10 best Nigerian (Nollywood) Movies on Netflix

Top 10 best Nigeria Nollywood movies on Netflix
By Tochi Juliet

Nigeria's Nollywood movies are fast becoming one of the most rated movies in the world. This article will show you a list of the top 10 best Nigerian, Nollywood movies on Netflix today.

When one talks about the various entertainment sectors doing great globally, the Nigerian Nollywood industry is one.

The Nigerian movie industry is waxing stronger as the day passes by. Any lover of Nollywood movies will agree that Nollywood is improving in film making ranging from the actors to the subject matter and themes of the movies being produced.

Currently, there are lots of Nollywood movies on Netflix, which are making waves around the globe. Clacified reported that Netflix plans to license more Nollywood movies to stream on their platform.

The Movie Citation is the latest Nigerian movie to be licensed by Netflix at the time of this publication.

Do you love Nigerian movies and love the idea of a movie night alone or with a loved one? Here is a list of the top 10 best Nollywood movies on Netflix.

1. Living In Bondage: Breaking Free 2019

Living in bondage: Breaking free 2019 is our number on list of top 10 best Nollywood Movie on Netflix.

Living In Bondage: Breaking Free 2019 is a perfect remake of the 90s blockbuster of Living in Bondage acted by Kenneth Okonkwo. The movie, which is documented on Wikipedia is a 2019 movie and produced by Charles Okpaleke.

The movie Living in Bondage: Breaking Free 2019 won seven awards at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2020

The Living in Bondage of the 90s was a blockbuster that announced Nollywood to the rest of the world. It was a movie acted in the Igbo language. It was seen as the best Nollywood movies of the 90s.

Nnamdi Okeke the son of Andy Okeke of Living in Bondage of the 90s joins the same occultic group his father once belonged to

Kenneth Okonkwo, who acted as Andy Okeke in the movie, was an ambitious young man who unknowingly joined a cult group, killing his wife unintentionally.

The remake of the movie Living in Bondage: Breaking free presented the same theme as we saw Andy Okeke's son repeat almost his father's mistake as a result of his ambitiousness but in a different manner.

2. Kasala (2018) - Nollywood Movie

Ema Edosio directed the movie Kasala. It is a comedy set in present-day Lagos. The Movie Kasala is another top Nollywood movie on Netflix.

Kasala centres on the lives of four young men who went on a joyride to a party in a Honda Accord which one of them took from his boss Taju without permission.

Kasala Spoiler alert

Their evening is ruined when someone crashes Taju's Honda breaking the windscreen and denting the car's body. With just four hours before Taju returns home, all four boys hustle around Lagos to raise money for the car to be repaired.

Kasala centres on the lives of four young men who went on a joyride to a party in a Honda Accord that doesn't belong to any of them.

Kasala is a vivid portrayal of contemporary Lagos and a riotous combination of physical comedy.

Written by Temi Sodipo and directed by Ema Edosio—who is also the cinematographer and editor —"Kasala" was chosen for the closing gala of the 2018 edition of Film Africa in London out of a total of 39 films from 15 countries.

It is equally one of the best products of Nollywood movies. Kasala can be streamed on Netflix if you have an account with the streaming giant.

3. Isoken (2017) - Nollywood Movie

Jadesola Osiberu’s debut is a typical story of most Nigerian women. She has a good life, but her family is worried because she is unmarried.

“Isoken” is an amazing Nollywood movie on Netflix and among the top 10 best Nollywood movies you would find on Netflix.

Isoken tells a story most Nigerian girls would definitely connect with, although most people would feel like it’s more of a feminist movie, it really wasn’t.

Dakore Akande, known as Isoken in the movie, was perfect for the lead role; it was more like a perfect comeback for her after some years off-screen.

She portrayed the typical Nigerian girl and what they go through when they are so successful yet unmarried.

To the society, it looks like they don’t want to settle down when deep down they long to get married and have a good and peaceful life. Isoken was just phenomenal in her role.

The movie Isoken featured some other Nollywood celebrities such as Funke Akindele and Joseph Benjamin.

The movie Isoken featured some other celebrities such as Funke Akindele and Joseph Benjamin.

Isoken Spoiler alert

Isoken, the young lady who was born into the family of the Osayande’s from Edo state in Nigeria, was about 34 years old.

Isoken is young, intelligent, charming, beautiful, successful at work and had an adorable character, but yet she wasn’t married.

This made all her family members quite worried and perturbed. They couldn’t understand why a handsome, charming man hadn’t come to ask for her hand in marriage.

Her mum and one of her aunts were her biggest pains as they couldn’t fathom why a very successful, beautiful young lady like her could still be single considering all her friends were married and even her younger sister too.

The truth was that Isoken not getting married wasn’t due to any fault on her part, as she really desperately wanted to settle down, but really couldn’t find that one special man, who would give her peace, fulfilment and joy.

Isoken is rated number three on the top ten best Nollywood movies.

Isoken was one of the Nollywood bockbusters as every Nigerain girl can relate to the subject matter of movie

The movie was one of the Nollywood's blockbusters.

Jadesola who was the writer and director of this lovely movie sure did have a well written and thought after story, which a lot of ladies can resonate with.

In as much as the movie had a serious tone to it, it still had a lovely blend of comedy and suspense to it, as no one could really predict the end of the movie, nor tell who Isoken was going to settle for, which made it really interesting to watch.

4. Love is war (2020) - Nollywood Movie

Love is War is an interesting movie that mixes the drama of politics with a family unit in Ondo State.

Love is war is one of Omni Oboli’s best films that has been released so far. An interesting storyline that mixes the drama of politics with a family unit in Ondo State.

The Nollywood movie is an intense drama about a husband and wife battling for the governorship seat as directed by Omoni and well interpreted by Richard Mofe Damijo and Omoni Oboli, who play the couple.

Love is war is an intense drama about a husband and wife battling for the governorship seat is directed by Omoni and well interpreted by Richard Mofe Damijo and Omni Oboli, who plays the couple.

Love is War Spoiler alert

Love Is War is the story of a happy couple who made their home abode of trouble by diving into politics.

The couple decided to run for the position of governor of Ondo state.

The wife – Mrs Phillips actually has political experience and is recommended for the position, but her opponents, in an effort to sabotage her, nominate her husband to run against her.

Mr Philips and the wife agreed to their tricks and what starts off as a controlled plan between two married people turns into a full-on war. Hence, the name, “Love is War”.

Love is war is rated the fourth in the top ten best Nollywood movies on Netflix. It is equally regarded as one of the best Nollywood movies of 2020.

5. King of Boys (2018) - Nollywood Movie

King of Boys is another Nollywood blockbusters rated mong top 10 best Nollywood movies. King of Boys is also among the top Nollywod movies on Netflix.

Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past, is drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear as a result of her growing political ambitions.

To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust, not knowing whom really to look up to, and this leads to her ruthlessness.

She has to fight and prove herself to be the king of boys in a Kemi Adetiba classic that lasts for about three hours.

King of Boys is a 2018 Nigerian crime political thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba.

King of Boys features Sola Sobowale and Adesua-Etomi Wellington, reuniting off their Wedding Party chemistry, as well as stars like Toni Tones, Jide Kosoko and Reminisce and other Nollywood celebrities.

The Nollywood movie gives the public insight as regards the power tussle in Lagos politics. It portrays the power tussle in the inner caucus of Lagos politics.

King of Boys is rated as one of the best political Nollywood movies. The movie King of Boys can also be streamed on Netflix.

6. Phone Swap (2012)

Kunle Afolayan’s Phone Swap 2012 film that was originally meant to be an advertising concept is definitely on the top 10 list of Nollywood movies on Netflix.

Phone Swap is a 2012 Nigeria romance comedy-drama film written by Kemi Adesoye, directed and produced by one of Nollywood's best directors, Kunle Afolayan.

It stars some Nollywood celebrities such as Nse Ikpe Etim, Wale Ojo, Joke Silva, Chika Okpala, Lydia Forson and Hafeez Oyetoro.

The film was conceived after a brief from an advertising agency to create a movie that would cut across ages 15 to 45.

Phone Swap tells the tale of two individuals from different walks of life.

Phone Swap Spoiler alert

It narrates Mary's story, a warm-hearted fashion designer who works under a very stringent boss, and Akin, an arrogant, withdrawn and bossy business executive.

They accidentally swap their mobile phones at a busy airport, which leads to an exchange in their destinations and the need to help carry out each other's assignments.

Phone Swap is exciting to watch as you will be thrilled by the suspense. It is another best Nollywood production that went viral.

7. The Wedding Party (2016)- Nollywood Movie

Wedding Party ushered a new audience of Nigerian cinemagoers. Till today, the Nollywood film, Wedding Party holds the record for the highest-grossing film of all-time.

Directed by Kemi Adetiba, this film gives you a look into everything that is the typical Nigerian wedding, offering you humour and colourful scenes to go.

Wedding party, directed by Kemi Adetiba, this film gives you a look into everything that is the typical Nigerian wedding, offering you humour and colourful scenes to go.

Wedding Party Spoiler alert

The movie takes place during the day and evening of the wedding between Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner who is the only daughter of Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, and the IT entrepreneur Dozie Onwuka (Banky Wellington) who comes from a very wealthy family.

His mother, Lady Obianuju Onwuka, considers her son to be marrying beneath himself.

During the morning before the wedding, the wedding party is prepared, and the stressed wedding planner Wonu is trying to make everything perfect for her rich clients.

Meanwhile, the bride's parents and female relatives are upset by Tinuade Coker's name in the announcement.

The Wedding Party is among the top 10 best Nollywood movies on Netflix, and is equally ranked as a top Nollywood movie.

8. Lionheart (2018) - Nollywood Movie

Lionheart crossed off a few firsts in the Nollywood industry – it was the first original Nollywood movie on Netflix, the first film ever to be submitted for an Academy Award and the first time that Genevieve Nnaji, was behind the scene as a director.

It stars veteran actors like Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Kanayo.O. Kanayo, and Nkem Owoh. It equally featured some Nigerian Music artiste such as Phyno and Rudeboy. Netflix acquired it on 7 September 2018.

Lionheart was selected as the Nigerian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Lion heart portrays the strong will power of a girl child in Igbo society.

Lionheart Spoiler alert

Lionheart tells the story of Adaeze Obiagu (portrayed by Genevive Nnaji), who wants to substitute for her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie) when he can no longer run his company due to health issues.

However, her father asks his brother Godswill (Nkem Owoh) to take his place, and Godswill and Adaeze have to work together to save the company from debt and a threatened takeover by businessman Igwe Pascal (Kanayo O. Kanayo).

Lion Heart portrays the strong will power of a girl child in Igbo society. The lionheart was used as a metaphor for the capabilities of a girl child. It portrays that a female child can run a family business very well just as a male child.

Whenever the top 10 best Nollywood movies are mentioned, Lionheart will never fail to appear in the list.

9. October 1st (2014)

Again, Kunle Afolayan’s October 1st has been called many things, including a “masterstroke for Nollywood” by Pulse Nigeria and indeed, there’s an element of truth in it.

October 1st was also licenced as one of the Nollywood on Netflix.

October 1st is a Nigerian dark psychological thriller film. Written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunkle Afolayan.

It stars Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Nick Rhys, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta and others.

October 1st is a Nigerian dark psychological thriller film. Written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunkle Afolayan.

October 1st Spoiler alert

October 1st was set in 1960 Colonial Nigeria; It narrates the story of a police officer Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba) Northern Nigeria police detective dispatched to a remote town of Akote in Western Nigeria.

Danladi Waziri investigates the frequent female murder cases in the community and had the mystery solved before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria's Independence Day.

The film October 1st establishes different themes including tribalism, western imperialism, paedophilia, homosexuality, Nigeria's unification, and also established a strong connection between western culture and the cause of present-day Boko Haram insurgency.

10. Figurine (2009)

The Figurine is a 2019 Nigerian supernatural suspense thriller film written by Kemi Adesoye, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan.

The figurine is another Nollywood Movie on Netflix from the Legendary Kunle African.

The Figurine was written by Kemi Adesoye, produced and directed by Kunkle Afolayan.

The Figurine Spoiler alert

The movie narrates about two friends who find a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine in the forest while serving at a National Youth Service Corps camp.

One of them decides to take the artwork home. Unknown to them, the sculpture is from the goddess 'Araromire' which bestows seven years of good luck on anyone who encounters it, and after the seven years have expired, seven years of bad luck follows.

The two friends' lives begin to change for good, as they become successful and wealthy businessmen. However, after seven years, things start to change for the worse.

At the end of the movie came a twist as the viewers saw Araromire good luck and bad luck was all a charade orchestrated by Femi one among the two friends to kill his friend Sola and get his wife's friend Mona all to himself.

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