9 Best Lifetime Movies on Netflix

This list of good Lifetime movies on Netflix includes the highest-rated productions from Lifetime that you can stream through Netflix. We ordered them from the lowest- to the highest-rated according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. We also included the MPAA rating with those looking for an LMN movie to watch with their family in mind. Without further ado, here are the best drama, romance, crime, and family movies by Lifetime which are available on Netflix.

9. William and Kate

Release Date on Netflix: January 2015
Director: Mark Rosman
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix US, Brazil

This Lifetime original movie and biographical romantic drama tells the story of how two people fell in love. The twist? They are Prince William and Kate Middleton. This romance Lifetime movie presents the relationship between the two leading up to their wedding. One of the most noteworthy plot points is the strain put on their relationship caused by the incessant paparazzi.

This original Lifetime movie stars Camilla Luddington as Kate Middleton and Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William. They are joined by a supporting cast which includes Victoria Tennant, Charles Shaughnessy, Ben Cross, and Serena Scott Thomas. While it’s not, by far, one of the best Lifetime movies, it’s certainly one of the best on Netflix.

8. Awake to Danger

Release Date on Netflix: May 2016
Director: Michael Tuchner
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: PG13
Streaming onUnfortunately, this movie is no longer available on Netflix. 

Directed by Michael Tuchner, this 1995 Lifetime drama stars Tori Spelling as Aimee McAdams. After witnessing her mother’s murder, Aimee falls in a coma for eighteen months, after which she eventually wakes up with amnesia. During her physical therapy, Aimee starts remembering what happened more and more until she is convinced that she will become the killer’s next victim.

 Awake to Danger is one of the best Lifetime movies that are on Netflix. Apart from Tori Spelling, this ‘90s thrilling drama stars Michael Gross, John Getz, Reed Diamond, Shae D’lyn, and Michael O’Neill.

7. The Craigslist Killer

Release Date on Netflix: February 2016
Director: Stephen Kay
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: TV14
Streaming on: Netflix Germany, Austria, Brazil. Unfortunately, this movie is no longer available on Netflix US.

The Craigslist Killer is one of the many Lifetime movies based on true stories. It tells the story of Philip Markoff and his double life. In training to become a doctor, Markoff was seen as the perfect fiancée, student, and friend. Throughout the movie, we see his dark side, as he brutally attacks and kills several women posting Craigslist ads. Ultimately, the investigators and his loved ones find out his dark secret.

Stephen Kay directed this 2011 thriller, and Stephen Tolkin and Donald Martin wrote it. It stars an array of up-and-coming actors, such as Jake McDorman, Agnes Bruckner, Joshua Close, Julia Campbell, and Candice Patton. It is one of the most thrilling Lifetime movies on Netflix.

6. Dying to Belong

Release Date on Netflix: April 2017
Director: William A. Graham
Runtime: 2 hours
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: 15 (UK)
Streaming on: Netflix Italy, Malta. Unfortunately, this movie is no longer available on Netflix US

This Lifetime Netflix movie tells the story of Lisa, a young girl who just moved away for college. at first, everything seems to be going great for her: she has a new job, boyfriend, and a close best friend; it looks like college life is perfect. But things take a wild turn when her roommate supposedly commits suicide after being hazed by her sorority. Lisa now has to investigate her friend’s death, despite getting no help from anyone involved. Was it an unfortunate tragedy, or is there more to the suicide?

One of the few 1990s good Lifetime movies on Netflix, Dying to Belong is a straight-to-TV drama from 1997. Ron McGee wrote it, and William A. Graham directed it. The movie stars Hillary Swank, Jenna von Oy, and Sarah Chalke when their careers were still relatively new.

5. Blue-Eyed Butcher

Release Date on Netflix: November 2012
Director: Stephen Kay
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: TV14
Streaming onUnfortunately, this movie is no longer available on Netflix US

Based on a true story, Blue-Eyed Butcher is one of the most intense biographical crime drama Lifetime movies on Netflix. It tells the story of a Texan beauty queen who has been accused of her husband’s murder. She claims that she had no choice and that she had to save her children from years of abuse. But the judge suspects that she is nothing but a doe-eyed sociopath, used to getting anything she wants.

Directed by Stephen Kay, a regular over at Lifetime movies, this 2012 flick was written by Jamie Pachino and Michael J. Murray. The movie stars Sara Paxton and Justin Bruening as Susan and Jeff Wright. The supporting cast includes W. Earl Brown, Michael Gross, Lucinda Jenney, Annie Corley, and David Marciano.

4. Steel Magnolias

Release Date on Netflix: 1 February 2015
Director: Kenny Leon
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: none
Streaming on: Netflix US, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway

A remake of the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias is a 2012 romantic drama Lifetime movie about six Louisiana women. Incredibly moving, funny, witty, and strangely humanistic, this movie is one of the best Lifetime movies on Netflix. It does a great job at portraying the lives, the tragedies, and triumphs they go through are chronicled in this moving picture.

The new Steel Magnolias stars Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Condola and Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, and many other good actors. If you feel like watching a reimagining of the old movie, this one might just do the trick. It was directed by Kenny Leon, and written by Sally Robinson and Robert Harling.

3. The Blue Lagoon

Release Date on Netflix: 1 September 2014
Director: Randal Kleiser
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%
MPAA Rating: TV14
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Germany, Austria

The Blue Lagoon tells the story of two children who find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island in the Pacific. Alone but together, the two have to discover how to stay alive, as well as their own sexual maturity. In addition, they also need to come up with ways to solve their conflicts which, at times, can be quite immature. You might have forgotten that this 1980 classic was produced by Lifetime, but it sure was!

Directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Brooke Shields, Cristopher Atkins, and the late Leo McKern. A Victorian tale of restricted proportions, the movie was inspired by a novel written by Henry De Vere Stacpoole.

2. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

Release Date on Netflix: 24 July 204
Director: Nick Gomez
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%
MPAA Rating: TV14
Streaming on: Netflix US

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax is a 2014 crime drama mystery flick produced by Lifetime. The film stars Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, and Gregg Henry and is considered one of the best Lifetime movies on Netflix. Despite its low ratings, the movie was so popular that is spawned a TV series – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.

Directed by Nick Gomez and written by Lifetime regular Stephen Kay, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax recounts the story of the infamous Lizzie Borden trial. After her parents are brutally murdered in their home, the only suspect is Lizzie. However, women of the late 1800s were thought incapable of committing such violent acts. So, the authorities acquit Lizzie of the murders. But was she really innocent?

2. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

Release Date on Netflix: 14 January 2015
Director: Tim Matheson
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix US

True confessions of a Hollywood Starlet tells the story of a teenage girl, Mogan Carter, who made it big into Hollywood. But like many other Hollywood stars whose career got the best out of them, Morgan Carter ends up collapsed on the sidewalk after partying too much. Hence, her mother decides to send her to live with her Aunt in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She changes her name and appearance and blends in quite well after a while. But things go south for Morgan after a sleepover party, and soon after that her whole cover is ruined.

Directed by Tim Matheson, this Lifetime movie stars Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque and was inspired from the Lola Douglas’ novel with the same name.

1. Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story

Release Date on Netflix: 14 January 2015
Director: Paul A. Kaufman
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%
MPAA Rating: 12 (UK)
Streaming on: Netflix US

Paul A. Kaufman directed this 2011 biography based on the life of internationally beloved J.K. Rowling, and Jeffery Berman and Tony Caballero adapted the screenplay based on a book by Sean Smith. The movie stars Poppy Montgomery as Rowling. It also features Emily Holmes, Antonio Cupo, Janet Kidder, and Madison Desjarlais in other roles.

Starting with her humble beginnings, this Lifetime movie takes a look at the inspiring story of JK Rowling and focuses on the author’s struggles. We get to see her in her awkward teenage years, and moving through life as she creates the cultural phenomenon that is Harry Potter. It is definitely one of the best Lifetime movies on Netflix.


Even though there are a few lifetime movies on Netflix, these are the best and highest-rated productions that are streaming in the US. As you can see, there are plenty of good movies to watch on Netflix which have been produced by Lifetime. Let us know if this list of movies on Netflix is missing your favorite production from Lifetime, and we’ll make sure to look into it!


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