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The best new movies on Netflix in October

Netflix offers a solid slate of modern-day classics in its October lineup, alongside cutting-edge festival fare

Dazed and Confused

If you’re not one of those hard-core film nerds who jet around the world to places like Cannes and Sundance, Netflix is basically your new best friend this month. In October alone, they’ll be offering up the new Christopher Guest mockumentary Mascots (a crowd-pleasing sensation at the Toronto Film Festival), the new Werner Herzog documentary Into the Inferno (fresh from its Telluride world premiere) and even Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, mere days after its world premiere as the opening-night film of the New York Film Festival. Still, as up-to-date as these picks are, we love Netflix’s collection of relatively recent classics—all post-1985—even more. Someone at Netflix has great taste. Here are five essential movies you should have already seen: Don’t tell anyone, just stream them.

Best new movies on Netflix

Dazed and Confused (1993)

The cast—entirely unknown at the time—of Richard Linklater’s episodic comedy about the last day of school circa 1976 reads in retrospect like a who’s who of hot young actors: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey (here’s where his "All right, all right, all right" comes from), Renée Zellweger, Milla Jovovich and many others.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

In the mid-’80s, the king of movie teen angst was…anyone? Anyone? John Hughes, who—anyone? Anyone? Produced his funniest picture in—anyone? Anyone? In 1986, of course. It’s this one. Don’t you forget about Hughes.

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Grizzly Man (2005)

For 13 summers, Timothy Treadwell videotaped his gushing effusions over bears in the Alaskan wild, until one killed him and his girlfriend in 2003. It really was the stupidest of stupid pet tricks; as related in Werner Herzog’s gripping assembly of Treadwell’s own footage and new postmortem testimony, the story becomes a fascinating, strangely touching cry in the dark.

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Quiz Show (1994)

Based on the real-life 1950s Charles Van Doren scandal, this terrific drama—featuring yeoman work from Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro and especially Paul Scofield—inexplicably bombed at the box office. If you missed it then, for God’s sake, make it a priority now.

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Unforgiven (1992)

One of the few Best Picture Oscar winners that actually deserved the honor, this stunning elegy to Clint Eastwood's screen persona, written by David Webb Peoples (Blade RunnerTwelve Monkeys), is guaranteed to twist your heart into a knot.

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And here's everything coming in October, by date:

Available October 1
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Blue Streak (1999)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Ghost Town (2008)
Grizzly Man (2005)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Millennium (1989)
Murder Maps: Season 2 (2015)
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree (2016)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Oriented (2015)
Patton (1970)
Picture This! (2008)
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
The Queen of the Damned (2002)
Quiz Show (1994)
Robotech (1985)
RV (2006)
Saving Mr. Wu (2015)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Snow Day (2000)
Sphere (1998)
Three Kings (1999)
Titanic (1997)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Uninvited (2009)
Unsealed: Alien Files: Season 4
Without a Paddle (2004)

Available October 3
Dheepan (2015)

Available October 4
American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)
Chevalier (2015)
Dartmoor Killing (2015)
The Flash: Season 2
The Grinder: Season 1

Available October 5
Arrow: Season 4

Available October 6
iZombie: Season 2

Available October 7
13TH (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dinotrux: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Ranch: Season 1 Part 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Russell Peters: Almost Famous - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Siege of Jadotville (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Supernatural: Season 11

Available October 8
The Originals: Season 3
Vampire Diaries: Season 7

Available October 10
Kuromukuro: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Love Between the Covers (2015)

Available October 12
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 13
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1
Mascots (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 14
Haters Back Off!: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Project MC2: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo­Qiang (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 15
Being George Clooney (2016)
Chapo: el escape del siglo (2016)
Glitch: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge: Season 1: Part 1

Available October 16
Dark Matter: Season 2

Available October 21
Black Mirror: Season 3 (Part 1) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Containment: Season 1
Joe Rogan: Triggered - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Word Party: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 24
Doctor Foster: Season 1

Available October 25
Big Eyes (2014)

Available October 26
Jesus Camp (2006)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Available October 28
7 años (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Into the Inferno (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Skylanders Academy: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 29
The Fall: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 31
Chewing Gum: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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Sarah M
Sarah M

Renee Zellweger was NOT in Dazed and Confused! That was Joey Lauren Adams.