Best Netflix movies
Can't decide what to watch on Netflix? The huge selection of movies available with just a few clicks can be overwhelming. The good news: We've scanned the new arrivals so you don't have to. From "Million Dollar Baby" to "Fruitvale Station," here are our picks for the best films new to Netflix this month, plus a bunch that have been streaming for a while and are worth a watch.
"Dope"(Credit: AP / Rachel Morrison)
Growing up in The Bottoms, California, a geeky, 1990s hip-hop-loving Malcolm realizes life isn't always that easy as he's faced with gangsters, drugs and the normal happenings of the average high school senior. Produced by Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniel's The Butler"), and executive produced by Pharrell Williams and co-executive produced by Sean Combs.
"Cruel Intentions"(Credit: BPI)
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair come together in this 1999 drama about wealthy stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Phillipe) who make a bet with each other -- he has to sleep with Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon), who says she wants to remain a virgin until marriage, or she gets his vintage Jaguar.
"Sin City"(Credit: Getty Images / Pedro Armestre)
Frank Miller's 2009 crime thriller "Sin City's" story line includes prostitution, hit men, cops and criminals all seeking vengeance or redemption. The cast includes Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Alexis Bledel, among others.
"Atonement"(Credit: Focus Features / Laurie Sparham)
Based on Ian McEwan's British romance novel with the same title, this Oscar-winning movie follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), who are torn apart by a lying Briony (Saoirse Ronan), Tallis' younger sister.
"I Love You Phillip Morris"(Credit: AP / Patti Perret)
A seemingly happily married cop, Steven Russell (Jim Carey) gets into a car accident, prompting him to re-evaluate his life. It didn't take long after that for Russell to realize he's actually gay. Post-accident, he also turns into a con artist who constantly finds himself in trouble with the law. Eventually, he ends up in the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).
"Son of God"(Credit: 20th Century Fox)
"Son of God" is a follow-up to the History Channel's hit series "The Bible," focusing on the life of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection, played by Diogo Morgado.
Angelina Jolie takes on the LAPD in the 2008 drama "Changeling," directed by Clint Eastwood, with a first-rate performance by John Malkovich. Jolie plays a woman whose life becomes a Dante-esque nightmare in 1920s Los Angeles after she loses her son and police bring the wrong boy back.
"The Babadook"(Credit: TNS / Matt Nettheim)
"The Babadook" takes horror to a new level when a widow's young son begins having nightmares about a monster in their home. The boy's mother, played by Essie Davis ("The Matrix Revolutions"), soon realizes that perhaps her son isn't lying about the monster who came from within the pages of a children's book.
"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"(Credit: Lifetime)
With Christina Ricci in the starring role as the 19th century spinster who may or may not have murdered her father and stepmother, the Lifetime Original Movie "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" quite appropriately axes many assumptions -- including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
"Welcome to Me"(Credit: Suzanne Hanover)
In "Welcome to Me," Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who uses her lottery winnings to launch a bizarre, self-obsessed television show. Highly offbeat and often funny, even if the payoff never quite arrives. The great cast includes James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini.
"A Single Man"(Credit: The Weinstein Company)
Colin Firth is a depressed professor living out a fateful, lonely day in circa 1962 California in "A Single Man," a drama directed by fashion designer Tom Ford.
"On My Way"(Credit: Cohen Media Group)
A handsome vehicle for Catherine Deneuve, who drives it with elegant sangfroid, "On My Way" is a French film (with English subtitles) that paints her as a former beauty queen, cast aside by her lover, who embarks on a journey of rediscovery.
"All Good Things"(Credit: Magnolia Pictures)
Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst star in this 2010 look at real estate heir Robert Durst's life -- and the deaths and mysteries surrounding him. The film is directed by Andrew Jarecki, who also directed the 2015 HBO documentary miniseries about Durst, "The Jinx."
"The Village"(Credit: Frank Masi)
Set in the 19th century, M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 thriller "The Village" is not only haunting, it packs a great cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix and Adrien Brody, as members of a community racked by fear of strange forest-dwelling creatures.
"Django Unchained"(Credit: The Weinstein Co.)
A 2013 Oscar best picture nominee, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" tells the story of a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) on a journey to rescue his wife. (Christoph Waltz won the Academy Award for his supporting role as a German bounty hunter.)
"Fruitvale Station"(Credit: Ron Koeberer)
A highly topical film, "Fruitvale Station" (2013) follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who was fatally shot by a transit police officer in the Fruitvale train station on New Year's Day 2009. (Coming to Netflix on Tuesday, May 12.)
"My Father the Hero"(Credit: Buena Vista Pictures / Richard Foreman)
Nineties kids may remember this underrated comedy, one of Katherine Heigl's first films, a decade before "Grey's Anatomy." In "My Father the Hero," Gérard Depardieu stars as her father, who plays along as she pretends he's her much-older boyfriend to attract a young man's attention while they're on vacation. While the plot's incestuous undertones might be a turn-off to some, the jokes are actually pretty funny.
"Legally Blonde"(Credit: Tracy Bennett)
Just in time for the premiere of her new comedy, "Hot Pursuit," comes the Netflix release of Reese Witherspoon's 2001 hit, "Legally Blonde." Her turn as the purposeful but underestimated Elle Woods -- a Malibu Barbie-type who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend -- is a girl-power classic.
"Finding Neverland"(Credit: AP / Miramax Films)
Johnny Depp is "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie in "Finding Neverland," an emotional and imaginative look at the writer's real-life inspiration for that fairytale world. With Kate Winslet and a young Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory").
"Earth to Echo"(Credit: Relativity Media / Patrick Wymore)
"Earth to Echo" tells the story of four friends whose families must move from their Las Vegas suburb because of a highway construction project. The children receive encoded messages on their cell phones and soon discover an extraterrestrial stranded on Earth. The young cast includes Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Ella Wahlestedt.
"The Immigrant"(Credit: AP / Anne Joyce)
Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner star in the rich 1920s drama "The Immigrant," about a Polish woman forced into prostitution shortly after her arrival in New York City.
"Cesar Chavez"(Credit: MCT)
Michael Pena plays the title role in "Cesar Chavez," a biopic about the late inspirational leader who fought for the rights of migrant farm workers in the 1960s and 70s.
"Almost Famous"(Credit: DreamWorks / Neal Preston)
Set in 1973, Cameron Crowe's semiautobiographical coming-of-age story follows a teenage music fan who somehow gets a Rolling Stone assignment covering the band Stillwater. The Oscar-winning screenplay manages both to capture the spirit of the '70s and remain forever quotable. One favorite from "band aid" Penny Lane (Kate Hudson): "I always tell the girls never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you can just go to the record store and visit your friends."
"Million Dollar Baby"(Credit: Warner Bros. )
In addition to directing and co-producing this film, Clint Eastwood also stars alongside Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. The 2004 drama, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, tells the story of a boxing trainer (Eastwood) who helps an amateur boxer (Swank) achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
"The Interview"(Credit: Ed Araquel)
Take that, North Korea. Not only did James Franco and Seth Rogen's CIA comedy, "The Interview," make it to theaters on Christmas, it's already available for the streaming masses on Netflix.
"Crocodile Dundee"(Credit: AP)
Paul Hogan stars in "Crocodile Dundee," a 1986 comedy about a crocodile hunter from the Australian Outback trying to adjust to life in New York City.
"Boogie Nights"(Credit: New Line Cinema)
A star-studded ensemble cast (Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman) delivers masterful performances in this dark look at the porn industry in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley in the '70s and '80s.
"Good Will Hunting"(Credit: Miramax Films)
Robin Williams and Matt Damon both won Oscars for their emotionally affecting performances in 1997's "Good Will Hunting," one of those films everyone should watch at least once. Damon, who stars as a math genius working as a university janitor, was a little-known actor when he co-wrote the screenplay with buddy Ben Affleck, and the rest is history.
"Filth"(Credit: Magnolia Pictures)
James McAvoy stars as a detective looking for a promotion in "Filth," a crime dramedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
"Cake"(Credit: Cinelou Releasing)
Though the movie doesn't quite live up to the actress, Jennifer Aniston triumphs in her portrayal of woman suffering her own multiple catastrophes who becomes obsessed with the suicide of a friend in her therapy group.