The best new movies on Netflix in October

Netflix dives into fall with five essential indies from filmmakers like Richard Linklater and Paul Thomas Anderson

These days, Netflix is killing it with original programming—from this month’s hugely anticipated return of Stranger Things to Cannes-approved movies by Noah Baumbach and Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. They’re even producing the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, 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 fierce independent visions, including Richard Kelly’s generation-defining Donnie Darko. Fire up that thumb. There’s viewing to get to.

Best new movies on Netflix

Before Midnight (2013)

Richard Linklater and his two longtime collaborators, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, put a tense, resigned capstone on their trilogy about the random rush of love. Though not as euphoric as Before Sunset, the film contains a multitude of feelings—and tons more honesty.

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Boogie Nights (1997)

Dirk Diggler, Mark Wahlberg’s ’70s porn star, is a supreme creation: brassy, vulnerable, both pawn and king. And while director Paul Thomas Anderson takes himself ever more seriously, it’s this picture—a bell-bottomed rise-and-fall saga—that still demonstrates his greatest verve and cultural significance.

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Donnie Darko (2001)

More than deserving of its cult status, Richard Kelly’s end-of-the-world drama, set in a pungently evoked 1988 loaded with the best music of the day (Echo & the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, etc.), is sci-fi for smart people. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the title role, morosely. This performance is the crux of his unusual appeal.

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The Survivalist (2015)

Set during a brooding post-apocalyptic future when language seems to have betrayed us, Stephen Fingleton’s masterful, uncompromising feature debut has no charming quips—no heroes or leather outfits. It’s a tense chamber piece taking place in a European forest 10 years after the fall of civilization.

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While We’re Young (2014)

Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, both terrific) are Gen Xers in a marriage cooled by stalling ambitions and a failure to join their friends’ baby parade. It’s sexless nights on the iPad until the unexpected affections of a much younger couple of millennials energize their lives. One day, this will be a classic.

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

Available October 1
Before Midnight
Blood Diamond
Boogie Nights
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Cleverman: Season 2
Death Sentence
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Eagle vs. Shark
88 Minutes
Eyes Wide Shut
Generation Iron 2
Ghost Patrol
I Love You, Man
Ice Guardians
Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1
Made of Honor
Miss Congeniality
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Must Love Dogs
Never Let Me Go
No Reservations
Penelope
PJ Masks: Season 1
The Reaping
Set Up
Tokyo Idols
Tommy Boy
Vanished
Veronica

Available October 2
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Sleeping with Other People

Available October 3
Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cult of Chucky
Raw

Available October 5
Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fosters: Season 5
Schitt’s Creek: Season 3

Available October 6
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
ID-0: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Skylanders Academy: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Suburra: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Word Party: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 7
Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
Middle Man

Available October 10
Christina P: Mother Inferior -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Skyjacker’s Tale

Available October 11
Donnie Darko

Available October 12
Fe de etarras -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available October 13
The Babysitter -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kingdom of Us -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
MINDHUNTER: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Super Monsters: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 15
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
LEGO: City: Season 1
Money
OtherLife
She Makes Comics
West Coast Customs: Season 6

Available October 17
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Slasher: Guilty Party -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 19
Wedding Unplanned

Available October 20
The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Haters Back Off: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1922-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
One of Us-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Wheelman -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available October 23
Meet the Robinsons
While We’re Young

Available October 24
The Mist: Season 1
Wanted: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wanted: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 25
The Final Master
The Hateful Eight
La Querida del Centauro: Season 2

Available October 26
Strange Weather

Available October 27
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Stranger Things 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 28
Pup Star: Better 2Gether

Available October 30
Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 31
Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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Sarah M

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