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
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From mask-headed rockers to knife-wielding chop-sockers, some of 2014’s finest films were added to Netflix in February – along with one of the most hilariously awful revenge flicks ever made. So put your feet up and be entertained by our list of the ten best films new to stream – plus one that simply has to be seen to be believed.

Film, Action and adventure

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Director Christopher McQuarrie
Cast Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

Super-spy Ethan Hunt returns for his fifth impossible mission, tracking down and destroying rogue organisation The Syndicate. But the plot’s an irrelevance: this is just one big excuse for The Cruiser to speed around on his motorbike looking cool while stuff blows up in the background.

Watch it if you liked… All the other ‘Mission Impossible’ movies

Film

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Director John Hughes
Cast Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald

It’s the ’80s-est ’80s movie of them all, the tale of five mismatched students – the athlete, the brain, the basketcase, the princess and the criminal – shoved together for Saturday detention, and learning more about love, life, each other and themselves than they would in a year of high school. Gloriously, unashamedly, cheesily emotional, it’s still an absolute joy.

Watch it if you liked…Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Film, Action and adventure

Okja (2017)

Director Bong Joon-Ho
Cast Tilda Swinton, Jake Gylenhaal

It received mixed reviews, but fans of Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s earlier films like ‘The Host’ and ‘Snowpiercer’ will get a kick out of this darkly comic story about a girl and her genetically engineered ‘super pig’. Smart, satirical and unpredictable, it’s a unique experience.

Watch it if you liked… ‘Snowpiercer’

Film, Action and adventure

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Director Marc Webb
Cast Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

It’s back on Netflix to mark the release of Marvel’s latest take on the beloved webslinger, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. And while ‘Amazing’ may not match up to the new film, there’s lots of fun to be had here, with Garfield a fine, if serious, choice to play young crimefighter Peter Parker.

Watch it if you liked…Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Film, Action and adventure

Ant-Man (2015)

Director Peyton Reed
Cast Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Marvel’s other insect-based superhero made his big-screen debut in this upbeat, slightly slick action thriller. Paul Rudd is lots of fun in the lead, as a small-time crook who steals a suit that allows him to shrink down to the size of an insect and control ants with his mind.

Watch it if you liked…Captain America: Civil War

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Film, Drama

Aquarius (2016)

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cast Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings

In this powerful, unusual Brazilian drama, Sonia Braga plays a retired music critic who refuses to move out of her beloved apartment when developers come sniffing around. Writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (‘Neighbouring Sounds’) is one of the most interesting filmmakers currently working.

Watch it if you liked… The Salesman

Film, Action and adventure

District 9 (2009)

Director Neill Blomkamp
Cast Sharlto Copley, David James

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s debut feature was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar – an incredible feat for such a strange, imaginative, brutally violent sci-fi film. In near-future Johannesburg, a race of alien immigrants, the Prawns, are held in their own poverty-stricken township known as District 9.

Watch it if you liked…Alien

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Film, Action and adventure

Thor: The Dark World

Director Alan Taylor
Cast Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

The second outing for Marvel’s hammer-swinging Norse God superhero is a whole heap of multi-coloured fun, as Thor and his devious brother Loki must join forces against a race of intergalactic Dark Elves. Daft, sure, but hugely enjoyable.

Watch it if you liked…Thor

Film, Comedy

Chef (2014)

Director Jon Favreau
Cast Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr

A lovely, good-natured drama about a high-flying chef who loses it all, then decides to start fresh by opening a food truck and driving it across the US. If it sounds like a cheesy recipe, it is. But it’s also witty, insightful and very entertaining.

Watch it if you liked…Swingers

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