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The best new movies on Netflix

Here are the best films recently added to Netflix for your streaming pleasure

By Time Out Film |

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 a fantasy epic, you'll find something to stream here, including new additions ‘Boyhood’, the epic ‘Gladiator’ and, on its 20th anniversary, iconic teen movie ‘Cruel Intentions’ (April 2 2019)

Not a Netflix fan? Here are the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now

Back to the Future
Film, Comedy

Back to the Future Trilogy

Take a ride into the past (and the future) with the help of a flux capacitor and revisit each film in Robert Zemeckis’s science fiction trilogy. 

Film, Drama


Director Richard Linklater delivers a masterclass on patience with this deep and epic coming-of-age film that examines the human condition with rare intimacy. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon in the film ‘Cruel Intentions’
Film, Comedy

Cruel Intentions

Feeding into 90s cinema’s predilection for bad teenagers, ‘Cruel Intentions’ is a truly devilish film about the deceptions of a group of wealthy, over-sexed youths and the intersections of sex and power. Loosely based on the French novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’, the film made stars of it’s attractive cast, including a very green Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose scheming is a delicious deviance from the earnestness of ‘Buffy’. It’s honestly one of the most iconic teen films of all time.

Blue Velvet - Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper.jpg
Film, Thrillers

Blue Velvet

Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern star in David Lynch’s suburban nightmare, creating a visually stunning, convincingly coherent portrait of a nightmarish substratum to conventional, respectable society. 

Gladiator, 100 best action movies, Russell Crowe
Film, Action and adventure


Director Ridley Scott’s sword and sandal spectacular is a bloody good yarn, packed with epic pomp and pageantry, dastardly plots, massed action and forthright, fundamental emotions. 

Film, Drama

The Happy Prince

Aside from flashbacks to happier times, the focus is on Wilde’s final years, following his conviction of ‘gross indecency’ for homosexuality and two-year prison term. As a director, Ruper Everett (who also plays Wilde) is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde’s ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject. 

Julia Roberts and Huge Grant in the film ‘Notting Hill’
Film, Romance

Notting Hill

Head to W11 for a story about a celebrity falling in love with an everyman (albeit quite a posh one). Hugh Grant is wonderfully British as travel bookstore owner Will, while Julia Roberts gives a surprisingly endearing turn as Anna, a movie star suddenly struck by love. It’s cheesy and romantic and often quite brilliant.

Beauty and the Beast 2017
Film, Romance

Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale as old as time, but this live-action version has been updated for the twenty-first century with plenty of CGI. Dan Stevens stars as the Beast, while Emma Watson tackles a new feminist slant on Belle. Throw in some musical numbers and you’ve got yourself a bundle of big-budget Disney magic.

Film, Thrillers


‘Goodfellas’ is often heralded as Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, and there’s no ignoring the full-throttle intensity and bravura visual style that underpin the real-life tale of small-time gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he rises and falls through the ranks of the New York Mob.

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