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.
Director László Nemes
Cast Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár
Time Out’s number one film of 2016, this drama set the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II is bleak, brutal and completely unforgettable. It’s not one to watch on your laptop, mind. This immersive, devastating plunge into a nightmare reality really deserves the biggest screen you can find.
Watch it if you liked ‘Schindler’s List’
Director Damien Chazelle
Cast Miles Teller, JK Simmons
With his follow-up ‘La La Land’ poised to land in UK cinemas this month, here’s a chance to revisit 31-year-old director Damien Chazelle’s blazing and intense debut film. Miles Teller stars as a budding jazz drummer whose feud with his vicious, foul-tempered music teacher just gets nastier.
Watch it if you liked ‘Walk the Line’
Director S Craig Zahler
Cast Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson
Another one of our favourite films of 2016 (it was released in the UK a bit late), this is a stunning debut from a director to keep a close eye on. Part western, part road movie, part easygoing comedy, part unforgettably brutal horror flick, this tale of cannibal savages and gunslingers is a one-of-a-kind delight.
Watch it if you liked ‘Westworld’
Director Francis Lawrence
Cast Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson
The second – and arguably the best – film in the ‘Hunger Games’ series sees poor J-Law sent back into the arena for another bout of bow-stretching, trap-avoiding, chump-killing antics. The supporting cast is magnificent (well, apart from Lenny Kravitz, but you can’t have everything).
Watch it if you liked ‘The Maze Runner’
Director Shane Black
Cast Robert Downey Jr, Ben Kingsley
Another all-action marvel from Marvel, as Tony Stark swoops into battle against psychotic terrorist The Mandarin… sort of. With Robert Downey Jr on cracking form and Kingsley serving up a jawdropping inversion of the traditional supervillain, this is big-time fun.
Watch it if you liked ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Director PJ Hogan
Cast Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett
In this spiky and hilarious romcom from ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ director PJ Hogan, Julia Roberts is the restaurant critic who decides to sabotage her uni buddy’s nuptials so she can bag him for herself. It’s a film packed with terrific supporting performances – best of all Rupert Everett as Julia’s acid-tongued GBF.
Watch it if you liked ‘Pretty Woman’
Director Ira Sachs
Cast Michael Barbieri, Theo Taplitz
A film that missed our Best of 2016 list by a whisker, this is a bittersweet character comedy from Ira Sachs, the director of the extraordinary ‘Love is Strange’. It follows two boys – one rich, one poor – who become friends just as their parents find themselves engaged in a property battle, casting a sensitive, astute eye on gentrification and the widening economic gap.
Watch it if you liked ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’
Director Nicholas Ray
Cast Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden
One of the best and strangest of all the classic Hollywood westerns, this gender-bending masterpiece stars Joan Crawford. She’s a trouser-wearing, gunslinging saloon owner who refuses to get out of town just because the God-fearing local townsfolk want her to. This is the perfect film for the Trump era.
Watch it if you liked ‘The Searchers’
Director James Ponsoldt
Cast Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg
For some inexplicable reason, this insightful drama inspired by the life of iconic American author David Foster Wallace never even got a proper release in UK cinemas. But there’s no excuse for missing it now: this is a breezy, witty tribute to a literary legend.
Watch it if you liked ‘Almost Famous’
Director Jeremy Saulnier
Cast Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart
Punks v Nazis? We’re there! This brutally violent US indie follows a hardcore punk band who discover that the bar they’ve been booked to play in backwoods Oregon is run by a gang of white supremacists. Stewart gives a command performance as the local Fuhrer, but it’s his fellow ‘Star Trek’ alumnus, Anton Yelchin, who died last year in a freak accident, who you’ll remember.
Watch it if you liked ‘Blue Ruin’