The Nollywood film industry has experienced growth and development in recent years. From actors getting better with their role interpretations, to viewers enjoying better scriptwriting, to our movies getting more recognition all over the world, to producing world-ranking movies on Netflix, Nollywood has definitely exceeded many expectations.
For those who do not know, the Nigerian film industry is currently recognized as the best movie industry in the whole of Africa, and with how Nollywood has been recording landmarks on the Netflix platform in recent times, it has definitely sealed its status as Nigeria’s biggest export, after oil and our ever-booming music industry.
With the current number of Nollywood movies on Netflix, an average movie lover who searches the number one film streaming platform in the world will definitely find it hard to make his or her mind up on a good choice, such is the impact Nollywood has had on Netflix in recent years.
Not to worry though, because we were thoughtful enough to save you the stress of constant searching and highlight the best movies on the platform that you will surely regret missing out on. See Best Nollywood Movies On Netflix (2022).
This movie will go down in history as the film that birthed another promising Nigerian actress no one saw coming, Temi Otedola, daughter of popular Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola.
It was 2 hours, 31 minutes long and its story focused on a young and intelligent Nigerian student, Moremi, who decided to take the bold step of reporting a lecturer who attempted to prey on her innocence by sleeping with her.
The culprit, Lucien was very confident that his evil deeds will never come out that he even went as far as turning Moremi’s bad friend against her, but the lead character ended up finding her way out of the messy situation she found herself in.
This interesting movie is currently on Netflix and it features other Nollywood stars like Ini Edo, Gabriel Afolayan, Joke Silva and Yomi Fash-Lanso.
9. Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story:
This movie is about a young gentleman who made up his mind to live the good life by all means, leading him to partake in a heist. He went on to form a gang named “The Armadas,” made up of men will different skills and evil talents. However, things turn out for the worst and the gangmates found themselves entangled in a situation they did not sign up for.
The film was a remake of Amaka Igwe’s classic 1994 movie titled “Rattlesnake,” and it was recently released on Netflix, making it one of the best Nollywood movies on the platform. Nigerians accepted this movie with open arms and it remains one of the top 10 Nollywood movies on the global movie streaming platform in 2022. It had a few critics expectedly, but majority of the reviews online show that Ramsey Noah and co did justice to this remake.
The talented casts include Stan Nze, Osas Ighodaro and Bucci Franklin, and it was written by the underrated Nicole Asinugo and veteran actor, Ramsey Nouah.
8. Castle & Castle:
This movie is an Ebonylife TV production, and you know what that means, quality. It features top Nollywood actors like Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Daniel Etim Effiong, making it a must-watch for movie lovers in the country.
Its story is centred around a family of lawyers who found themselves battling it out in the legal sector and suddenly becoming enemies in their marriage and home as a result. I need not tell you how interesting this drama would be and it has since been released on Netflix for your entertainment.
“Castle & Castle” is still a force to reckon with on Netflix despite already stealing the show as one of the best Nollywood movies on the platform in 2021. That should tell you one thing, viewers can relate to the story.
7. God Calling:
This is one of the best Christian movies in Nigeria right now and not many would have expected a faith-based movie that features top Nollywood actors like Zainab Balogun and Richard Mofe-Damijo.
It tells the tale of Sade who is completely shattered after she suffered a shocking and unexpected loss in her life. During this sad period, Sade loses her mind when she came in contact with God in a very unconventional manner. Before the encounter, Sade was quite apathetic about spiritual things, and this made everyone believe she was crazy when she began to think and say otherwise.
“God Calling” was not released on Netflix until April 2021, and it is currently among the high-grossing films on the platform in 2022. This film features other top actors like Ademola Adedoyin, Seun Ajayi, and Patrick Diabuah, and it was written and directed by Bodunrin Sasore.
6. Gold Statue:
Netflix acquired this movie two years after its official release and it topped the charts immediately.
“Gold Statue,” directed by Tade Ogidan, tells the story of 2 best friends who were on an adventure to locate and unlock the powers of a Gold Statue, which was allegedly an inherited deity. On their way to finding the statue, these friends faced a lot of unexpected challenges, including landing themselves in prison. The fact that they barely know if the statue really exists makes their journey more interesting.
“Gold Statue” features top Nollywood names like Gabriel Afolayan, Kunle Remi, Sola Sobowale, Segun Arinze, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Norbert Young, Judith Audu, and Tina Mba, and to date, it is one of best Nollywood movies to ever appear on Netflix.
5. Namaste Wahala:
This love story is the first-ever Bollywood-Nollywood collaboration our movie scene has ever seen, and its producers reap their rewards after Netflix recognized their efforts. The streaming platform acquired the movie just 2 months after its release, and it was definitely a well-deserved recognition.
The interracial movie tells the story of a Nigerian woman and an Indian man in love, but the clash of cultures made their parents frown at a possible marriage, thereby affecting the true affection between the lovers. “Namaste Wahala,” is a mixture of comedy and real-life stories, and it features popular Nigerian skit maker, Broda Shaggi.
Other Nollywood stars who were featured in the project include Ini-Dima Okojie, Joke Silva, and Richard Mofe-Damijo, including Bollywood actors like Ruslaan Mumtaz, Rajas Raj and so on.
4. The Man of God:
This is a movie directed by the talented Bolanle Austen Peters, and it is another blockbuster most Nollywood fans were not expecting. The story is centred around a young man, Sam (played by Akah Nnani,) who had to battle living a good spiritual life despite several other distractions fighting for his soul.
“The Man of God” ranked top in Nigeria within 24 hours of its release on April 14, 2022, and it is currently among the top 10 movies on Netflix in the U.S and Canada. It is also one of the highest-viewed movies on the streaming platform.
This film features other Nollywood stars like Osas Ighodaro, Mawuli Gavor, Eucharia Anunobi, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, Prince Nelson Enwerem, Olumide Oworu and so on.
3. King of Boys: The Return of the King:
This project was released on Netflix in August 2021, and since that happened, the sequel has failed to give up its spot in the top 10 list of Netflix movies in Nigeria.
The series is a sequel to the political crime thriller, “King of Boys,” which was released in 2918, and it stars Alhaja Eniola Salami who is still struggling for power, governorship power this time around. Her character in this project is less ruthless and more focused, which is expected after she lost almost all of her most prized possession before masterminding a comeback.
The film was written, co-produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba, and its rich list of cast includes Sola Sobowale, Toni Tonnes, and Titi Kuti.
2. Blood Sisters:
This has to be the series of the moment, and not many will argue that it is the best Nollywood project on Netflix in 2022.
This movie portrays the story of 2 best friends, Kemi and Sarah, who became runaway siblings after killing a man in self-defence. The family of the dead man want them gone like him and sadly, they are rich and big enough to influence the police to get whatever justice they deem fit. How will things pan out for the sisters? You can only find out on Netflix.
Weeks after Blood Sisters’ official release on May 5, 2022, the 4-episode series is still the talk of the town, which is expected after the several record-breaking achievements like:
1. Being Netflix’s first original Nigerian Series.
2. Amassing more than 11 million views worldwide in under one week.
3. Being on the Top 10 charts in more than 31 countries including Japan, Canada, the U.S, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.
4. Getting featured on Variety, a feat that is far from common for Nollywood movies.
“Blood Sister,” stars veterans in the game like Kate Henshaw, Ramsey Nouah, Uche Jumbo, and Segun Arinze, but the lead characters were played by the beautiful Nancy Isime and Ini-Dima Okojie. It was produced by Mo Abudu.
1. Omo Ghetto The Saga:
This is undoubtedly the best Nollywood movie on Netflix and it actually dominated the box office till it became the highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2021. This Funke Akindele project was released on Netflix in September 2021 and by December, it had topped other projects it met on the platform.
“Omo Ghetto The Saga” is a movie about the street and its gangsterism, and the lead actor was Funke Akindele herself, who played 2 roles as a twin who had almost nothing in common. While Ayomide was calm and successful enough to make her rich mother proud, Lefty believed in life on the street and brought disgrace to the family name. Lefty ended up landing the family in huge trouble and things get really unpredictable from then on.
This successful project featured top names like Yemi Alade, Chioma Akpotha, Mercy Aigbe, Eniola Badmus, Akah Nnani, Bimbo Thomas, Deyemi Okanlawon, Austin Adugbe and so on.