It's a truth universally acknowledged that Netflix’s recently added section can at times be confusing. Often, the films being proffered up have been doing the rounds for what feels like half-a-year, especially if that film is a Netflix Original.
So, to put your streaming anxieties at ease and to help you find the best quality new movies streaming on Netflix right now, we’ve deep dived to find the films added over the last few months for your viewing pleasure. Whether it’s a romcom or an animated fantasia, you’ll find something to stream here, including new additions like ‘Midnight Run’, ‘Babe’ and ‘American Pie’.
Not a Netflix fan? Here are the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now.
A film whose reputation seems to grow with each passing year, ‘Midnight Run’ comes on like just another buddies-on-the-road comedy thriller. That is, until you notice just how flawlessly written and ferociously performed it is. Robert De Niro wisely plays it straight as the bail bondsman tracking down mob informant Charles Grodin, who proceeds to whinge and whine all the way from New York to LA. The pace is relentless, the supporting players are brilliantly sketched and the script cuts like a scalpel.
The movie is just as good as Dick King-Smith's classic children’s book, ‘The Sheep-Pig’. Piglet Babe is adopted by a sheepdog who coaches him in the art of rounding up sheep. Taciturn farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wonderingly goes along with this apprenticeship, and is gratified when Babe wins the rosette at the trials. Babe's secret is politeness which gets better results than barking, and raises lots of laughs.
Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson’s transform Hergé’s classic series of comic-book Boy’s Own-style adventures into performance-capture gold. It’s hard to imagine that either live action or traditional animation would have been capable of producing the thrilling blend of high drama, physical authenticity and visual invention you’ll find here.
A book-happy female junior-high student, a young man whose family is obsessed with music, and a magical cat are but a few of the elements in this difficult-to-summarize, rather whimsical romance. Shame about the gooey title. Tragically, its director, Yoshifumi Kondo, died of a brain aneurism at 47. He was set to succeed the great Hayao Miyazaki and based on this lovely feature (Kondo’s only completed work), it would have been a gloriously inspired reign.
Once touted as a ‘Jaws’ for the '90s, it looks a lot more like a documentary these days. For those in the mood for its macabre, close-to-the-bone thrills – and the savvy programmers at Netflix clearly reckon there’s a few of you out there – Wolfgang Petersen’s thriller shows the painstaking methods by which monster viruses are tracked and identified. For anyone who wants to see a couple of acting greats in action, it also has Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland going head-to-head.
Robert Downey Jr draws on his wild-eyed side to play the famous detective in this helter-skelter but surprisingly smart reboot, while Jude Law assumes the more sober clothes of his sidekick Dr Watson. Plunging into the duo’s careers mid-flow, the pair confront a conspiracy of national proportions with Mark Strong’s snarly Lord Blackwood at its heart. The game is afoot!
Sure, this teen sex comedy about a group of high school boys wanting to lose their virginity definitely wouldn't get made today (what with its skewered sexual politics and questionable approach to consent), but twenty years ago, this movie was responsible for the revival of the teen comedy genre. But even through the lens of 2019, the sheer embarrassment these characters suffer will never not be funny. Oh, and it also ruined warm apple pies for an entire generation.
Sure, he’s smug. Yes, he can be a manipulative little shit – Cameron is the real hero of the movie – but it's not just the wastoids, dweebies, dickheads who love Feris. The master truant is still a tonne of fun to spend a couple of hours with, as he seizes a sunny Chicago day in hedonistic style. And we could all do with one of those days off now, right?
Five mutually antipathetic teens are called in for Saturday detention at a suburban American high school. Initial bouts of verbal jousting fade, making way for a bonding session fugged in pot smoke, the development of friendship everlasting (or until bell rings for class on Monday morning, whichever is the sooner) and That Simple Minds Song. It’s an iconic movie of the '80s, with all the baggage that suggests.