9 Best Lifetime Movies on Netflix

This article contains the 9 highest-rated productions from Lifetime that you can currently stream through Netflix. We have listed them from the lowest to the highest-rated ones according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. We’ve also included the MPAA rating with those looking for an LMN movie to watch with their family. Below 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 an interesting watch.

8. Final Destiny (Brace for Impact)

Release Date on Netflix: October 2nd, 2016
Director: Michel Poulette
Runtime: 1h and 28 minutes
IMDb Rating: 4.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: G
Streaming on: Netflix US

Final Destiny (also known originally as Brace for Impact) was released on April 3rd, 2016 and directed by Michel Poulette.  The movie features Kerry Condon, Sheila McCarthy, and Ennis Esmer and focuses on disgraced Flight Crash Investigator Sofia Gilchrist who decides to break protocol and to secretly investigate the tragic plane crash that took her brother’s life.

7. The Watcher

Release Date on Netflix: January 10th, 2017
Director: Ryan Rothmaier
Runtime: 1h and 29 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Streaming on: Netflix US

This 2016 thriller focuses on the life of a young couple who have just purchased their dream home. While everything seems fine in the beginning, pretty soon it becomes apparent that something or someone is trying their best to get them to leave the property.

6. Steel Magnolias

Release Date on Netflix: February 1st, 2015
Director: Kenny Leon
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway

A remake of the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias is a 2012 romantic Lifetime drama 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.

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 re-imagining 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.

5. The Blue Lagoon

Release Date on Netflix: September 1st, 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!

The movie was directed by Randal Kleiser and stars 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.

4. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

Release Date on Netflix: July 24th, 2014
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?

3. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

Release Date on Netflix: January 14th, 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, Morgan 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 by the Lola Douglas’ novel of the same name.

2. The Spirit of Christmas

Release Date on Netflix: December 1st, 2016
Director: David Jackson
Runtime: 1h and 31 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix US, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Norway

Starring Jen Lilley, Bates Wilder, and Thomas Beaudoin, this romantic Lifetime movie focuses on a young ambitious lawyer named Kate who struggles to broker the sale of an old haunted inn. The ghost is a handsome man named Daniel who died 95 years ago. Daniel takes human form every year, 12 days before Christmas.

Kate finds herself drawn to the mystery of his death and becomes entangled in a romance with this striking Christmas spirit.

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

Release Date on Netflix: January 14th, 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 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 is missing your favorite production from Lifetime, and we’ll make sure to look into it!

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