Netflix has added a category for movies under 90 minutes – here’s what to watch

Even though we’ve not often had anything better to do during lockdown, dedicating more than 90 minutes of our time to anything feels like a big ask of our attention span. Those of us who can barely keep our focus 15 minutes into a Zoom meeting will know the feeling well. Fortunately, Netflix has been a saving grace for entertainment during lockdown, and now the streaming service has designed a category especially for those who have shorter attention spans.

The new Netflix category is titled ‘Movies Under 90 Minutes’ and, you guessed it, is full of films and documentaries that are around an hour and a half long. Apparently, the category was inspired by a viral meme to show a dislike for really long films. The Irishman, we’re talking about you.

This special section of Netflix is split into various categories and genres including critically-acclaimed films, crime films and ‘trending now’. So, there’s plenty to choose from for those easy-going evenings and lazy weekends.

Netflix movies under 90 minutes for every mood”

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set in Chicago in 1927. Ma Rainey was best known as the ‘Mother of the blues’, and the film exposes her vulnerable but stubborn nature. It also gives an insight into the exploitation of black recording artists by white producers. After winning two BAFTAs, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, this is a must-watch. Viola Davis stars as Ma Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman stars as Levee Green.

Yes Day (2021)

Jennifer Garner takes the lead in the fun film Yes Day as a mum who uses the word ‘no’ too many times a day. She and on-screen husband Édgar Ramírez decide to dedicate 24 hours where they have to say ’yes’, to everything. This family-friendly comedy-drama also features singer H.E.R. We just hope it doesn’t give kids any bright ideas…

Run (2021)

Run is a psychological thriller starring Sarah Paulson as Diane, who is mum to teenager Chloe. Except, the relationship between this mother and daughter gets completely twisted after Chloe has spent years in isolated medical care.

Seaspiracy (2021)

If you haven’t fallen deep into a discussion about Seaspiracy yet, you’re missing out on one of Netflix’s most talked-about documentaries. The eye-opening film reveals the harm that humans are doing to marine species and uncovers alarming global corruption.

Rocks (2019)

Rocks is a British film about Olushola ‘Rocks’ Omotoso, a teenager in East London who learns the hardships of life too early. After her mum abruptly leaves, Rocks is left to raise and protect her younger brother – and herself – from going into care. The award-winning film is a reflection of true friendship and the struggle of those teenage years.