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The best new movies on Netflix

Stream your socks off with our pick of the best new movies available to stream in the UK right now
By Niki Boyle |

Spent too much time in restaurants recently? Need a break from the pub? You might be due a few evenings on the sofa, then. For those with Netflix, here are the best movies available to stream right now, including a modern horror, some timeless comedy and a pair of classic westerns.

New Netflix movies

Film, Horror

The Babadook (2014)

Director Jennifer Kent

Cast Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

One of the most interesting horrors of the past decade, first-time Aussie director Jennifer Kent’s debut is a clammy, unsettling account of a single mother’s struggles with her grief, her troubled son and the unquiet spirit that seems to have attached itself to their suburban home.

Watch it if you liked... ‘The Exorcist

Film, Drama

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Director Robert Mulligan

Cast Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters

In the wake of her belated sequel-prequel-precursor ‘Go Set a Watchman’, there’s no better time to (re)watch this fiery adaptation of Harper Lee’s timeless novel. The story of racial injustice in the small-town South, it features a career-defining performance from Peck as the crusading lawyer Atticus Finch, a paragon of American manhood.

Watch it if you liked... ’12 Years a Slave


12 Angry Men (1957)

Director Sidney Lumet

Cast Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden

One of the great guys-yelling-in-a-room movies, this sweaty study of the deliberations by an all-male jury in a murder trial is relentlessly gripping, toying with the audience’s prejudices and sympathies. Henry Fonda was never better – his crusading Juror No. 8 is the upstanding star of the show.

Watch it if you liked... ‘A Few Good Men


MouseHunt (1997)

Director Gore Verbinski

Cast Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

Pirates of the Caribbean’ director Gore Verbinski made his name with this madcap comedy inspired by the old Looney Tunes cartoons. The plot is barely worth mentioning – a pair of bickering brothers move into a rickety old house, and try to rid themselves of a resourceful rodent – but the sight gags are gleefully inventive and the pace rarely flags.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Ratatouille

Film, Thrillers

Colors (1988)

Director Dennis Hopper

Cast Robert Duvall, Sean Penn

Okay, so modern audiences would never go for an LA gang movie centred on two white cops. But that aside, Dennis Hopper’s drama is solidly made and superbly acted, a fascinating time capsule of the city before ‘Boyz n the Hood’, increase the peace and gangsta-rap chic.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Straight Outta Compton

Film, Action and adventure

Open Range (2003)

Director Kevin Costner

Cast Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Following the dystopian disaster of ‘The Postman’, Kevin Costner retreated to familiar territory with his best (and, to date, last) movie as a director, an unashamedly old-fashioned western. The period detail is stunning, the shootouts roar like thunder and the sunset romance between Costner and Bening is genuinely moving.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Unforgiven

Film, Drama

The Long Riders (1980)

Director Walter Hill

Cast David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid

Another classic western. ‘The Warriors’ director Walter Hill’s gimmick was a clever one, casting four sets of brothers – the Carradines, the Keaches, the Quaids and the Guests – to play Frank and Jesse James and their fraternal gang, plus the Ford boys who brought them down. The result is pure, wistful Americana.

Watch it if you liked... ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Film, Action and adventure

Shaolin Soccer (2004)

Director Stephen Chow

Cast Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao

Reckon David Beckham curving his ball slightly is the cutting edge of footie skill? Check out this berserk Hong Kong action comedy about a Shaolin kung-fu teacher who forms a soccer team comprised entirely of high-flying, hard-kicking chopsocky masters. The on and off-pitch action is breathtaking, but what really makes it all work is the whacked-out humour.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Dodgeball


Spellbound (2002)

Director Jeffrey Blitz


Is it a chance for smart kids to prove their excellence, or just a subtle form of abuse? This fascinating documentary following the participants in an all-American spelling bee is both a gripping, uplifting sports movie and a stark investigation into the relationships between kids and parents.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Jesus Camp

Film, Science fiction

Starman (1984)

Director John Carpenter

Cast Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen

Jeff Bridges delivers one of his sweetest, most unpredictable performances in ‘Halloween’ director John Carpenter’s goofy, good-hearted sci-fi road movie. There’s a distinctly Spielbergian edge to this tale of a stranded alien, but Carpenter’s eye on his central romance – and the American cultural landscape through which these characters move – is less affectionate, and more unsparing.

Watch it if you liked... ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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