In a world where it is almost impossible to keep up with thousands of movies released every year (and the greatest ones of the past), Netflix offers some contentment. Even with its ever-growing collection of movies ranging from dark comedies to sci-fi horrors, you’ll eventually end up wondering what to watch on Netflix.
Fear not, since we’ve done the extremely enjoyable task of binge-watching the best movies on Netflix for you. To get you started off on the right foot, here’s a refreshed list of 30 coolest new (well, kind-of) movies on Netflix you should watch right now. Please note that by new we mean recent releases that cannot be categorized as old already, and are still worth watching in case you missed them somehow.
If you’re tired of seeing Adam Sandler play out the same silly comedies, this intimate drama from Noah Baumbach will feel like a fresh breath of air. Revolving around an oddly dysfunctional family as children of famous sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman) struggle to find their own paths in life. Built with characters that are tangled in a web of tension and built with complex emotions, it’s more than just another drama set in the streets of New York.
Director Tom Hooper takes an intense and drama-filled approach to the timeless saga of Jean Valjean. Set in the era of post-revolution France, a former prisoner (Hugh Jackman) tries to go about his life in peace, but a fanatical police inspector won’t have it (Russell Crowe). A story filled with the hardships of 19th-century commoners and a tale of love blooming in between, Les Misérables gives us a peek into the revolt against the monarchy.
The concept of time-transition movies isn’t new, but Boyhood takes it to whole new level as the movie was brought to life over the course of 12 years. Director Richard Linklater traces the growth of a young Mason Evans (Ellar Coltrane) and his entire family over more than a decade, starting at just 6 years old to his very first day of college, giving us the feeling of reliving a chunk of the fictional character’s life as it happens.
Taking a strong stance on a sensitive issue, Spotlight is a movie based on the real-life story of the child abuse that was rampant in the Boston Catholic Community. Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, the story revolves around the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigate work was done by the team of Boston Globe reporters, all covered up in a suspenseful and dramatic plot.
Directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is set in the Wild West era of the United States, where a blizzard brings together a strange group of people. The faced-paced action drama starring big names like Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Samuel L. Jackson draws the tensions high, just before the mayhem begins.
When watching the life-changing experience that Lion offers, you’ll think that such coincidences can only happen in movies, until you find out that the movie is based on a true story. Dev Patel stars as a boy who was separated from his mother in India at the age of 5, when he was adopted by an Australian family, until he finally remembers blurry details of his past and goes on a spirited journey to find his mother and two siblings.
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For any Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, the advent of a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is enough to make you watch this movie. While the second iteration of James Gunn’s take on this quirky band of intergalactic superheroes may not be as groundbreaking as the first one, but it still has its merits. We finally find out more about Star-Lord’s father, what makes him a sentient being, and a scary twist that breaks apart the entire dreamy world around them.
The follow-up to the super hit blockbuster from 2013, The Four Horsemen now have an extra member on board as they put their power of illusion and trickery to make the next great heist. Starring a familiar cast with Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Dave Franco, the team gathers up this time to take on a shady multimillionaire business tycoon and a tech device that will change the world.
In this world created by David Ayer and starring Hollywood favorite Will Smith, mystical creatures such as Orcs and Elves live among the humankind, but not in peace. The interspecies tension runs high, as the centuries-old infightings and the negative overview of the Orcs creates a struggle for an LA cop and his Orc partner, as they step out to save the world from those who wish to unleash wrath upon it.
Based on a 1960s TV series and brought to life on the big screen with names like Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a story about a CIA operative and a Russian KGB agent from the Cold War era. The two unlikely partners have to put their differences aside to take on a global crime organization, but not without the interest of their respective countries in mind.
After more than a decade of development, the comeback of the legendary Star Wars saga was given a befitting start with The Force Awakens. The last appearance of our beloved Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is a heartbreaker, the story develops as the First Order searches for the original rebel Luke Skywalker, while the newly formed band of a scavenger and an ex-stormtrooper take on a quest to find him first.
Modern reboots of old classics aren’t always perfect, but when it comes to Mad Max, you’ll probably like the new one even more than the old one. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where people are at the mercy of a tyrant for the little source of water there is left, this action-packed off-roader starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy will give you the adrenaline rush right from your couch.
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Thriller / Horror
Netflix is a godsend for horror fans, and the latest addition to the streaming service offers a dark look into the unknown. David Bruckner brings us a band of buddies who are out hiking the breath-taking terrain of Norway, trying to pay homage to their dearly departed friend Rob. Things take a turn for the worst as the gang tries to take a shortcut through the woods and encounter an ancient creature that comes straight out of Norse mythology.
If you’re a horror movie buff who feels they’ve seen it all, you’ll still watch to grab a blanket and get your popcorn ready for this horrific ride. The Babadook revolves around a single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who can be a handful at times. Things take a sinister turn when they discover The Babadook, and creature of the night that tears apart their quiet life in unimaginable ways.
We’ve seen movies like Evil Dead enough times to know that drunk teenagers mixed with sex-fueled intentions in the woods are never a good idea. The Cabin in the Woods starts off an just another horror flick, until you realize that the monsters that these group of teenagers is facing are not just real, but scientifically engineered to keep the ultimate evil from taking over.
What seems like just another babysitting job to Greta (Lauren Cohan), turns into a weird and creepy experience as a couple fires her to take care of their little boy, who is actually just a doll that the estranged couple with real care. Things get troubling when being alone in the house with an inanimate doll doesn’t seem just as alone anymore.
Another rocking presentation by Netflix, this classic horror/thriller comes from the brilliant mind of Stephen King and is brought to the big screen by Mike Flanagan. Jessie (Carla Gugino) hopes to spice up her sex life with her relatively older husband Gerald at their lake house, but as things take a turn for the worst, it is a fight for survival as Jessie is handcuffed to the bed.
This isn’t the first time New York city ends up being the picnic spot for evil monsters and aliens to make contact with the inhabitants of Earth. However, Cloverfield offers a unique perspective on how a group of friends finds themselves at the very epicenter of this horrific experience, and you as a viewer experience all of it with them with the point-of-view shots of everything that’s going down.
A movie with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost simply cannot go wrong, and you’d agree if you’re a fan of Shaun of the Dead. This hilarious dark comedy from 2007 puts Pegg as the newly assigned investigator of the small town of Sanford, with a dimwit Butterman (Nick Frost) as his partner. Things take a steep turn when the seemingly boring town ends up being a cover-up for something more hilariously sinister.
The oddly paired buddies Russell Crowe and the heartthrob Ryan Gosling star in a classic comedy that ensues in the lives of two private detectives from the 1970s set in Los Angeles, California. While the plot isn’t the thickest ones out there, the fast-paced script and laughable moments are all brought together with an action-filled ending.
Friends are what make life tolerable, but they can also turn your life upside down and create the most epic screw-ups of your lifetime. The entire Hangover series is based on how a band of four inseparable friends plans a bachelor party, get through the night and wake up to a spectacularly messed up day, trying to make sense of the hilarious things they did while being buzzed, and trying to stay out of trouble.
Every now and then, Netflix goes on around to create a fantasy storyline that just warms your heart, and Okja is right up there. A story about the beautiful relationship between a girl and a mythical giant creature who raised her, the duo is caught up in the struggles of corporate greed, animal activism and everything in between.
The first film co-written and starring the comedian Amy Schumer herself, Trainwreck is a romantic comedy with a whole of more comedy than romance. Amy goes about her life from one relationship to another, until she finds the perfect guy, but her fear of commitment, self-harming habits, and a gigantic mess of a life won’t let things go down easy.
We’ve all had an inanimate best friend that we took to bed every night, but for little John (Mark Wahlberg), the coming alive of this best friend Ted (Seth MacFarlane) was a reality. In a world where even miracles are forgotten in a day, Ted the talking teddy bear goes from being a viral sensation to a has-been celebrity, until life gets too real.
A movie that took away an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe for the Best Animated Film, Zootopia is as magical as Disney could’ve wished for an animal-run fantasia to be. Starring big names like Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba, the uncalled pair of an adorable and fierce rabbit officer and a not-so-nice fox take on the city of Zootopia to solve the case of animals becoming “feral”.
This goofy and action-packed animation movie from Dreamworks is packed with a star-studded cast, as the story develops around the evil genius supervillain Megamind (Will Ferrell), as he unsuccessfully tries to destroy Metro City. After finally defeating his arch nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt), Megamind goes down a path to recreate a worthy opponent, while falling in love and making a gigantic mess of things.
One of the most beloved children’s book characters brought alive, the Paddington Bear finds himself in the great city of London after being rescued from the train station. As Paddington discovers life and searches for a place he can call home, his life is on the line as a taxidermist pursues the adorable bear to add Paddington to her collection.
Disney takes on its own Marvel Cinematic Universe with an inspired tale of superheroes in an alternate reality where a city named San Fransokyo exists. Apart from a beautifully curated storyline of a boy’s quest to uncover the mystery around the death of his big brother, it is up to Hiro (Ryan Potter) and the band of unlikely superheroes to save to world from its imminent destruction.
Set in the retro age of gaming as it tries to bring the most iconic game characters from the 80s alive, this animated marvel is a story about Ralph, who is tired of being the villain of his life story. Journeying through thousands of characters, hilarious one-liners, and the ultimate goal to help Penelope (Sarah Silverman) win the race, the movie takes some steep twists and turns but manages to give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
They left New York, got stranded on the island of Madagascar, went back to Africa to save their fellow animals, and now that gang is going on a Euro trip! This feature film starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer takes Alex the lion and his friends across the continent of Europe as the part of a traveling animal circus, as they meet new members of the Animal Kingdom.
How many of these awesome new movies on Netflix have you been able to watch already? If you have a great title you’d like to add to the list, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.