The best new movies on Netflix in September

Netflix salutes the beginning of fall with five of the most essential independent films made during the past 20 years
Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream
By Time Out contributors and Joshua Rothkopf |
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These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with its original programming—from Marvel’s The Defenders to Cannes-approved movies by Noah Baumbach and Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. They’re even going to produce the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, a gangster film starring much of the cast from Goodfellas. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection has some of the best movie options, mixed in among their huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found a quintet of indie must-sees, from Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky and others. So fire up the thumb! There’s viewing to get to.

Best new movies on Netflix

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Amores Perros (2000)

This wild triptych helped put Mexican cinema back on the map (as well as future Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu), as human and canine lives intertwine. The most striking story comes first, in which a desperate young man enters his pet in vicious dogfights in order to earn the money he needs to run away with his sister-in-law. It’s rough going for the squeamish.

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Carol (2015)

The late author Patricia Highsmith is best known for her suspense thrillers, but her most beguiling story is actually a tender Ike-era lesbian romance. Director Todd Haynes’s astonishing adaptation stars a wide-eyed Rooney Mara as a teenage shopgirl and Cate Blanchett—in the role that will define her career—as the eponymous New Jersey socialite struggling to deny her most natural desires.

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City of God (2002)

Rival gang children living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro grow up to be rival adolescents—and sadly, not much older—in director Fernando Meirelles’s violent, heart-pounding saga. The film blends superb location cinematography and expertly choreographed action to document the way petty crime spirals out of control. And the performances, many from non-pro kids, are terrific.

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Remember when homage-heavy pop-culture tidbits weren’t chic, and the term Tarantino-esque hadn’t quite cracked the lexicon yet? Then this triptych of tales happened. Surprisingly, the video-store-geek-turned-auteur’s opus still feels fresh, despite the legion of god-awful clones it’s spawned, Accept no substitutes, and relive ’90s cinema glory daze one more time.

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

How to sum up Darren Aronofsky’s vicious parable of New Yorkers caught up in the throes of various addictions? Here’s a start: Drugs are bad. Do not go to any parties that baritone-voiced actor Keith David might be throwing. Narcotics will destroy you. And for God’s sake, stay away from kitchen furniture that suddenly sprouts teeth. (Did we mention you should “Just Say No” to drugs?)

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And here’s everything coming in September, by date:

Available September 1
Amores Perros
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
City of God
Dead Poets Society
Deep Blue Sea
Disney's Hercules
Disney's Mulan
FINAL FANTASY XIV Dad of Light: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fracture
Gangs of New York
Gone Baby Gone
High Risk
Hoodwinked
Hotel for Dogs
Jaws
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
The Last Shaman
LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Little Evil -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
The Lost Brother
Maniac: Season 1
Narcos: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL TEASER
Outside Man: Volume 2
Pulp Fiction
Requiem for a Dream
Resurface -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL TRAILER
The Rugrats Movie
The Secret Garden
Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Atlanta
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Dallas
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Las Vegas
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Orlando
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from South Beach
She’s Gotta Have It
The Squid and the Whale
West Coast Customs: Season 5
Who the F**K is that Guy

Available September 2
Vincent N Roxxy

Available September 4
Graduation

Available September 5
Carrie Pilby
Facing Darkness
Like Crazy
Marc Maron: Too Real -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Newsies: The Broadway Musical

Available September 6
A Good American
Hard Tide

Available September 7
The Blacklist: Season 4

Available September 8
Apaches: Season 1
BoJack Horseman: Season 4 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Confession Tapes: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fabrizio Copano: Solo Pienso En Mi -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fire Chasers: Season 1
Greenhouse Academy: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Joaquín Reyes: Una y no más -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
#realityhigh -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Walking Dead: Season 7

Available September 9
Portlandia: Season 7

Available September 11
The Forgotten

Available September 12
Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 13
Offspring: Season 7
Ghost of the Mountains

Available September 14
Disney’s Pocahontas

Available September 15
American Vandal: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
First They Killed My Father -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Larceny
Project Mc²: Part 5 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rumble
Strong Island -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the City: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 18
Call the Midwife: Series 6
The Journey Is the Destination

Available September 19
Beauty and the Beast
Jerry Before Seinfeld -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Love, Sweat and Tears

Available September 20
Carol

Available September 21
Gotham: Season 3

Available September 22
Fuller House: New Episodes -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Samaritan

Available September 23
Alien Arrival

Available September 25
Dark Matter: Season 3

Available September 26
Bachelorette
Night School
Terrace House: Aloha State: Part 4 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 29
Big Mouth: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Club de Cuervos: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Gerald's Game -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Our Souls at Night -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Real Rob: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 30
Murder Maps: Season 3

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