The Best Shows On Netflix With A-List Actors


With nearly 240 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix is one of the most popular streaming networks of our time (do you actually know someone who doesn’t have a Netflix account?). While the streaming service offers a very wide range of iconic movies and shows, its original content continues to wow audiences, with many featuring some of the biggest A-listers around.

Unpredictable storylines and incredible editing surely make for a great show, but the talented celebs that take on these roles are what set apart mediocre shows from those everyone is talking about.

Now that Fall is in full swing (and spooky season is upon us), there’s no better time to start binge-watching. Below is a list of the Best Shows on Netflix with the biggest A-list stars available to stream right now.

31 Jenna Ortega — Wednesday (Season 1)

Wednesday Addams driving to Nevermore Academy with her parents
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While she got one of her earliest roles as the young Jane in the hit series Jane the Virgin, Jenna Ortega has become a household name as of late. Since the early days of her career, she’s gone on to star in tons of hit movies and TV shows, including You, X, The Fallout, and multiple Scream films. And in 2024, she’ll star in the highly anticipated Beetlejuice 2.

Perhaps Ortega is most recognized for her role of the iconic Wednesday in the latest show about the creepiest family around. The show was very well-received by audiences and critics alike, and it’s been announced that a second season is in the works, expected to air sometime in 2024. The show also features Christina Ricci, the actress who played Wednesday back in 1991’s The Addams Family. There’s no doubt that the upcoming 2nd season of Wednesday will also be featured on our list of the Best Shows on Netflix featuring A-List actors.

30 Winona Ryder — Stranger Things, Season 4

Winona Ryder Stranger Things
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Winona Ryder, originally hailing from Minnesota, is no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, she’s been gracing our movie screens for decades, starring in huge hits, like Heathers, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Girl Interrupted, and much more. The actress has also had her fair share of negative attention after she got in trouble with the law following a shoplifting incident back in 2001.

Now, on Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things Ryder has garnered a whole new demographic of fans, as she plays the mother of a young boy who gets caught up with a monster from another dimension. While Netflix hasn’t revealed a release date, season five of the show will likely air in late 2024 or even 2025.

29 Johnny Depp — Depp v. Heard (Season 1)

Screen shot from Depp v. Heard with Johnny Depp
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When it comes to celebrities, it doesn’t get more A-list than Johnny Depp. The actor has starred in countless popular blockbusters over the course of his career, including Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, Finding Neverland, Sleepy Hollow, and many more. He is also the face of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He’s garnered many award nominations over the years, and won his first Golden Globe for her performance in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

As many fans already know, Depp’s private life is almost as interesting as his on-camera life, notably his tumultuous relationship with actress Amber Heard. In the Netflix series, Depp v. Heard, viewers will have the chance to see both testimonies side by side for the very first time and gain a better understanding of the trial that shook Hollywood in 2022.

28 Henry Cavill — The Witcher, Season 3

Henry Cavill as Geralt
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The British-born actor has become a household name in The States, not only because of his role in the hit Netflix series, The Witcher. Fans came to know Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon on The Tudors and, more recently, as Superman on the silver screen in the DC Extended Universe.

This will be Henry Cavill’s final season as Geralt of Rivia on The Witcher, as the show enters its third season on Netflix in the summer of 2023. Laim Hemsworth is set to take over the role in season 4, and the success of the show remains to be seen.

Related: ‘The Witcher’: The Cast Ranked From Richest To Poorest

27 Manuel Garcia-Rulfo — The Lincoln Lawyer (Season 2)

Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer
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Originally from Mexico, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is becoming more and more recognizable on the Hollywood scene. He appeared in his first American feature film as one of the leading characters, Uncle Pedro, in Bless Me Ultima before starring in the remake of The Magnificent Seven. He also appeared in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation created by actor Kenneth Branagh.

Perhaps Garcia-Rulfo is most recognized for his role in the Netflix series, The Lincoln Lawyer. The show’s second season follows defense attorney Mickey Haller, played by Garcia-Rulfo, as he navigates the oftentimes complicated legal system. Unlike the first season of the show, its second season appears in a two-part format, which changes the viewing experience a bit. The show also stars Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, and Jazz Raycole.

26 David Beckham — Beckham (Season 1)

David Beckham screenshot from Backham on Netflix
Via: Beckham/Netflix

One of the biggest soccer stars in the world, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of David Beckham. The soccer star made his initial debut at age 17 with Manchester United, winning multiple accolades. He then went on to play with Real Madrid before signing a five-year contract with LA Galaxy, eventually becoming the first UK soccer player to play 100 UEFA Champions League games, eventually retiring in May 2003. Beckham has also been a UNICEF ambassador since 2005 and launched the 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in 2015.

One of Netflix’s newest docu-series, Beckham, explores the soccer stars most exciting and controversial moments of his career, giving viewers a real glimpse into what his life has really been like. From the Academy Award-winning director, Fisher Stevens, this four-part docu-series will give insight into the soccer star’s career as well as his very famous family life, which includes his wife, the former Spice Girl and designer, Victoria Beckham.

25 Salma Hayek — Black Mirror, Season 6

Salma Hayek acting as herself in Black Mirror's
Via: Black Mirror/Netflix

The critically-acclaimed dystopian drama kicked off its sixth season with a celebrity-loaded premiere episode, “Joan is Awful.” One of its biggest stars was Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek. With an impressive array of films under her belt, including 2002’s Frida, many fans were surprised to see Hayek in this dark Netflix series playing herself.

According to a Radio Times report, Hayek described the role in Black Mirror as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play an interpretation of myself.” Unlike other roles the actress has played over the course of her career, Hayek viewed this role differently, explaining, “I got to explore the concepts and clichés people have about me and be self-deprecating.”

24 Annie Murphy — Black Mirror, Season 6

Annie Murphy on couch in pigtails from Black Mirror's
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Starring alongside Hayek in Black Mirror’s “Joan Is Awful” is Annie Murphy, the former breakout star of the cult-favorite series, Schitt’s Creek, which became popular in America after it was released on Netflix in 2017. The actress got to show off her comedic chops in the twisted Netflix series’ premiere season six episode as Joan.

The actress claims she took the role offered to her in Black Mirror before knowing anything about the character or script, simply because she was such a big fan of the show, according to a Collider report. But it’s clear she made the right choice, given that the episode earned rave reviews online, including a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

23 Kim Cattrall — Glamorous (Season 1)

Screen shot with Kim Cattrall in Glamorous
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Kim Cattrall is most famous for her role in Sex and the City as the sex-positive Samantha Jones. And while she played that role for six seasons, it’s certainly not all she’s done over the course of her career. Since then, she’s starred in Crossroads, Sensitive Skin, and Ice Princess.

In Glamorous, an aspiring beauty influencer lands a job for an iconic makeup mogul and former model, Madolyn Addison, played by Kim Cattrall. You can expect to see some fabulous outfits and lots of Samantha Jones-esque attitude in Cattrall’s character, as the show has its funny and heartfelt moments. While the show has been well-received by viewers, a second season has yet to be announced.

22 Aaron Paul — Black Mirror, Season 6

Aaron Paul in orange outfit in space in Black Mirror's
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While Black Mirror doesn’t always feature A-list celebs, its sixth season is full of recognizable faces, including that of Aaron Paul. Fans may recognize the actor from AMC’s Breaking Bad, a show that skyrocketed him into fame. Since then, he’s starred in different shows and films, including the popular HBO hit, Westworld.

Recognized as one of the best episodes of Black Mirror’s sixth season, Aaron Paul’s episode, “Beyond the Sea,” also featured ’00s star Josh Hartnett. The episode explores the idea of doppelgängers, as Paul’s character goes to space as a robot version of himself.

21 Steven Yeun — Beef, Season 1

Steven Yeun in red car as he stars in Beef on Netflix
Via: Beef/Netflix

Fans first got to know Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee in AMC’s hit dystopian zombie drama series, The Walking Dead. The South Korean-American actor has starred in multiple projects since then, including the critically acclaimed Minari and Nope.

Beef was released on Netflix in 2023, and it quickly became popular among audiences. In the miniseries, Yeun stars alongside actress and comedian Ali Wong, as he explores a bitter rivalry as he learns more and more about himself and what he wants from life. Praised by critics and viewers alike, Beef is certainly deserving of its spot as one of the Best Shows on Netflix, and it’s clear we haven’t seen the last of Yeun.

Related: ‘The Walking Dead’: The Cast Ranked From Richest To Poorest

20 Arnold Schwarzenegger — Arnold, Season 1

Super close-up on Arnold reflecting on Arnold on Netflix
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It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard the name, Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially if you’re into action flicks. While the bodybuilder first hit the big screen as the blood-hungry cyborg in The Terminator, the actor went on to star in a wide range of films, even comedies, like the hit flick, Kindergarten Cop. The A-lister even went on to become a governor of California for a single term in 2003.

Schwarzenegger is now starring in the hit Netflix docuseries simply titled Arnold. The show is a three-part documentary-style series, in which he explores different aspects of his life. The Terminator star talks about his upbringing and his Hollywood career, and he also films with other big stars, including his former Twins co-star Danny DeVito and the famous director, James Cameron.

19 Michelle Yeoh — The Witcher: Blood Origin, Season 1

Michelle Yeoh in a still from Netflix's The Witcher: Blood Origin
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A prequel to the hit Netflix show, The Witcher, The Witcher: Blood Origin has received much praise since its premiere in December 2022. And while she hadn’t won her Oscar yet, one of the show’s Michelle Yeoh was a standout in the series as Scían, a swordmaster and the last standing of the nomadic tribe, Ghost Clan.

Since taking on the role of Scían, Yeoh has become a true A-list actress, gracing the stage at the Academy Awards in 2023 as she accepted the Best Actress Award for her work in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Yeoh is definitely one of the biggest stars in Hollywood these days, with upcoming appearances in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) and A Haunting in Venice.

18 Penn Badgley — You, Season 4

Penn Badgley in the Netflix series You
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This actor has been around for some time, but only on You has he gained his true A-list status. He first caught fans’ attention as Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl before appearing in various flicks, including Easy A with co-star Emma Stone. He also gained his star status after a short romance with former co-star Blake Lively.

Now in its fourth season, You has become one of Netflix’s most popular shows. In it, Badgley plays Joe, a man who obsesses over women and won’t stop at anything to get what he wants, even if that means taking others’ lives. The thrilling show has become a must-watch on the popular network.

17 Jason Bateman — Ozark, Season 4

'Ozark' Jason Bateman
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Jason Bateman has been on fans’ radar for many years, as he’s starred in hit films, like The Switch, Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, and more. But perhaps what really put him on the map was appearing as one of the main characters of the dark comedy, Arrested Development. Since then, Bateman has been considered one of the biggest actors in Hollywood.

While often cast in comedic roles, Bateman really got to show off his dramatic acting chops in Ozark, a brooding drama in which he plays a financial advisor and family man that gets involved in money laundering, leaving him owing hundreds of millions to a drug boss over the course of five years. While the show has come to an end in its fourth and final season, the show is still incredibly popular on Netflix.

16 Matthew McConaughey —Agent Elvis (Season 1)

Agent Elvis scene
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It doesn’t get more A-list than Matthew McConaughey. While he’s starred in some of the biggest dramas over the past decade or so, he really made a name for himself in the ’00s starring in hit rom-coms like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Failure to Launch, and more. But he’s proven to be a talented dramatic actor as well, earning multiple awards for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, including an Oscar for Best Lead Actor.

In Agent Elvis, you may not see McConaughey, but you’ll definitely hear him, as this is a fully animated series. The show is full of hot celebs, including Priscilla Presley (who also created the show), Johnny Knoxville, and Kaitlin Olson. McConaughey plays the voice of The King himself, as the character becomes a secret agent for the government.

15 Keri Russell — The Diplomat (Season 1)

The Diplomat with Keri Russell on Netflix
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Keri Russell has been around for a while — her most loyal fans probably remember her as the lead in the late ’90s/early ’00s drama series, Felicity, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Russell went on to star in different movies and more series, including The Americans, which ran for six seasons, earning her nominations for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

In TheDiplomat, Russell plays the character of Kate Wyler who unexpectedly becomes a U.S. ambassador to the U.K. She even earned a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in 2023. The show also stars the likes of Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, and Ali Ahn. While season one only has eight episodes, the show is reportedly set to release a second season.

14 Kate Mara — Black Mirror (Season 6)

Screen shot of Kate Mara from Beyond the Sea in Black Mirror
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Kate Mara has made a name for herself in another one of Netflix’s hit series, House of Cards, and has since starred in tons of popular shows and films. You may recognize Mara from The American Horror Story series, A Teacher, and Class of ’09. Mara also has a famous A-list sister, Rooney Mara, who’s starred in a slew of popular films herself.

Related: ‘Black Mirror’: The Biggest Celebrity Cameos, Officially Ranked

This season of Black Mirror is full of A-list actors, including Mara, who appears in the episode titled “Beyond the Sea.” She appears in the episode along with the aforementioned Aaron Paul and Channing Tatum, playing Lana Stanfield, the wife of one of the astronauts. According to Movieweb.com, this episode in the show’s sixth season is ranked the second-best behind “Joan is Awful.”

13 Queen Latifah — Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop (Season 1)

Screen shot from Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop
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When you think about music in the ’90s, it’s hard not to imagine Queen Latifah’s face. While she’s known more as a successful Hollywood actress today, Latifah got her start as a Grammy Award-winning rapper. In addition to being the first hip-hop artist to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Latifah has also starred in hit films like Bringing Down the House, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Last Holiday. She also was a series regular on the hit sitcom, Living Single, which ran from 1993-1998.

While she’s not acting in Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop, she’s certainly very present, as the docuseries explores the incredible stories of the female pioneers in hip-hop. The show features eye-opening interviews with Sha-Rock, Roxanne Shante, Saweetie, Latto, and more. The series also touches on some of today’s biggest hip-hop stars, introducing viewers to some of today’s exciting music trends.

12 Matthew Broderick — Painkiller (Season 1)

Screen shot from Painkiller with Matthew Broderick
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Matthew Broderick is no stranger to Hollywood. He got his start way back in the ’80s and ’90s in hit films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, WarGames, and The Freshmen. He also voiced Simba in the iconic Disney film, The Lion King. Broderick has also had a very successful theater career, starring in The Producers (as well as its film adaptation), Nice Work If You Can Get It, and It’s Only a Play. He’s also been married to Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker since 1997.

In Painkiller, Broderick takes on the fictionalized role of Richard Sackler, a physician and the president of Purdue Pharma. After developing the popular drug, OxyContin, Sackler became a billionaire, which came with its own set of problems. The show also features respected actors like Uzo Aduba, Taylor Kitsch, and West Duchovny, and is looking like it’s earning its spot as one of the Best Shows on Netflix right now.



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