Best Netflix movies to watch now

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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 a Joan Didion documentary to "Miss Congeniality," here are our picks for the best films new to Netflix, plus a bunch that have been streaming for a while and are worth a watch.

"Our Souls at Night"

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford co-star for the
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Jane Fonda and Robert Redford co-star for the fourth time (after "The Chase," "Barefoot in the Park," "The Electric Horseman"), playing widowed neighbors in this streaming original. With Bruce Dern, Judy Greer.

"Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold"

Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, and Quintana Roo
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Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, and Quintana Roo Dunne appear in Netflix's original documentary, "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold," which documents the eras Didion has lived in and the events she witnessed. Begins streaming on Oct. 27.

"The Hateful Eight"

A bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner
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A bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are snowbound in a cabin with some dubious characters in this Quentin Tarantino Western. Begins streaming on Oct. 25.

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"The Meyerowitz Stories"

Netflix's
(Credit: Netflix / Atsushi Nishijima)

Netflix's "The Meyerowitz Stories," from writer-director Noah Baumbach, is an emotional tale of adult siblings (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel) who gather together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. Begins streaming on Oct. 13.

"Donnie Darko"

Richard Kelly's
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Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko" follows a teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) who continues to have visions of a man in a large rabbit suit after escaping a bizarre accident. Begins streaming on Oct. 11.

"Miss Congeniality"

Sandra Bullock stars as an FBI agent who
(Credit: BPI / Ron Batzdorff)

Sandra Bullock stars as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a Miss America contestant to uncover a terrorist threatening to blow up the pageant in "Miss Congeniality." Also starring William Shatner, Michael Caine and Heather Burns. Begins streaming on Oct. 1.

"First They Killed My Father"

Rave reviews have greeted this film-festival favorite from
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Rave reviews have greeted this film-festival favorite from director/co-writer Angelina Jolie. It's based on co-writer Loung Ung's memoir recalling war-torn Cambodia's labor camps and child soldiers.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas"

The classic Tim Burton film tells the tale
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The classic Tim Burton film tells the tale of Jack Skellington who works in Halloween Town but wants to move to Christmas Town where he can live a simple life that doesn't purely revolve around scarring.

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"What Happened to Monday"

Noomi Rapace stars as Karen Settman in
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Noomi Rapace stars as Karen Settman in "What Happened to Monday," a Netflix original movie set in a future with a strict one-child policy in which septuplets must avoid the government while searching for their lost sister.

"Beauty and the Beast"

Emma Waston plays Belle in Disney's live-action
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Emma Waston plays Belle in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast." Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson also star.

"Strong Island"

Yance Ford's
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Yance Ford's "Strong Island" documents the 1992 murder of 24-year-old William Ford Jr. on Long Island. He was shot and killed in an auto-repair shop after a verbal altercation with a mechanic.

"Sing"

Nick Kroll voices boisterous German pig Gunter and
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Nick Kroll voices boisterous German pig Gunter and Resse Witherspoon voices overtaxed mother Rosita in the film "Sing."

"The Matrix Trilogy"

Keanu Reeves stars as Neo in Warner Bros.
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Keanu Reeves stars as Neo in Warner Bros. Pictures' futuristic action thriller trilogy, "The Matrix." All three films are available for streaming.

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"Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe"

This 2017 documentary follows the highs and lows
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This 2017 documentary follows the highs and lows of 12 burlesque performers, offering a deep look at the people behind the sometimes misconstrued performance art.

"Lion"

A six-time Oscar nominee in 2017,
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A six-time Oscar nominee in 2017, "Lion" follows a boy's faithful mission to find his birth mother. With Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Nicole Kidman. Warning: This one's a tear-jerker.

"Moana"

The Oscar-nominated animated Disney film based on Polynesian
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The Oscar-nominated animated Disney film based on Polynesian mythology follows Moana's journey across the Pacific Ocean. Voice actors include Dwayne Johnson (Maui) and Auli'i Cravalho (Moana).

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Felicity Jones and Diego Luna lead this Star
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Felicity Jones and Diego Luna lead this Star Wars prequel that follows a group of rebels on their mission to deliver a message past the galactic empire.

"Okja"

Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yuen,
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Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yuen, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this whimsical film about a massive animal taken by a New York conglomerate from its loving young South Korean caretaker (Ahn Seo-hyun), who mounts an uphill rescue mission. Directed by Bong Joon Ho ("Snowpiercer").

"War Machine"

A four-star general, Glenn McMahon (Brad Pitt), leaps
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A four-star general, Glenn McMahon (Brad Pitt), leaps in to command NATO forces in Afghanistan only to be taken down by a journalist's exposé. Starring Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Tilda Swinton and more.

"Spotlight"

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star
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Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star this drama about The Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church's child-sex scandal.

"Zootopia"

Disney's allegorical animated film uses cute animals to
(Credit: Disney)

Disney's allegorical animated film uses cute animals to tackle some ugly issues. Voice acting by Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Shakira and more.

"The Big Short"

Directed by Adam McKay,
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Directed by Adam McKay, "The Big Short" is a comedy about credit default swaps, bursting housing bubbles and the financial meltdown of 2008. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and more star in the 2015 dark-comedy.

"Oh, Hello on Broadway"

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's Broadway comedy,
(Credit: Peter Yang)

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's Broadway comedy, "Oh, Hello," was filmed during its original run at the Lyceum Theatre. The two play elderly pranksters Gil Faizon, (Kroll, left) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney).

"Captain America: Civil War"

The Avengers become a force divided when allies
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The Avengers become a force divided when allies Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) can't see eye to eye. With Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and more.

"Kubo and the Two Strings"

A young Japanese boy named Kubo who has
(Credit: Laika Studios)

A young Japanese boy named Kubo who has a powerful gift for telling stories through music and origami must survive the monsters and gods trying to steal a magical suit of armor worn by his late father, a Samuari warrior. The film features the voices of Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey.

"Trolls"

Poppy and cautious troll Branch team up to
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Poppy and cautious troll Branch team up to save the day in this family friendly movie about the happiest troll alive. Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden and more star in the animated film.

"Get Me Roger Stone"

This original documentary takes a look at Donald
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This original documentary takes a look at Donald Trump's longtime ally, booster and political adviser.

"Sausage Party"

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"Sausage Party" is a raunchy animated comedy about food from the minds of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. The movie also features the voices of James Franco, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and more.

"Finding Dory"

Memories of Dory's past are sparked when a
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Memories of Dory's past are sparked when a stingray migration whizzes by her. Featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

"Barry"

A key year in the youth of President
(Credit: Netflix / Linda Kallerus)

A key year in the youth of President Barack Obama is portrayed in this film drama: The Hawaii-raised student arrives at Columbia University in 1981, juggling his multicultural relatives, classmates and influences. With Devon Terrell, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman.

"13th"

Director Ava DuVernay's documentary considers our Constitution's 13th
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Director Ava DuVernay's documentary considers our Constitution's 13th amendment in light of alleged "involuntary servitude" in today's sprawling prison industry.

"Girlfriend's Day"

Bob Odenkirk and Amber Tamblyn get involved in
(Credit: Robb Rosenfeld/Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk and Amber Tamblyn get involved in greeting-card fandom and murder. With Natasha Lyonne, Andy Richter, Ed Begley Jr.

"No Country For Old Men"

Directed by the Coen Brothers
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Directed by the Coen Brothers "No Country for Old Men" is a dark Western film based on a Cormac McCarthy novel. The film is a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase set in 1980 west Texas. Starring Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem.

"Mascots"

Filmmaker Christopher Guest's latest lampoon tracks sports mascots
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Filmmaker Christopher Guest's latest lampoon tracks sports mascots at a national competition. With Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Balaban.

"St. Vincent"

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"St. Vincent" stars Bill Murray as a curmudgeonly war veteran and Melissa McCarthy as a single mother who leaves her 12-year-old son in his care.

"XOXO"

America's biggest EDM festival attracts romantically adventurous 20somethings
(Credit: Netflix/Sara Swaty Roger)

America's biggest EDM festival attracts romantically adventurous 20somethings in this crazed new movie. With Sarah Hyland, Graham Phillips, Chris D'Elia, Ryan Hansen.

"The Little Prince"

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"The Little Prince," an animated film about an old story, is about a little girl who learns the story of "The Little Prince" from her elderly neighbor and unlocks her creativity and imagination along the way. It features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and more.

"Deadfall"

Eric Bana's Addison, who will do anything to
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Eric Bana's Addison, who will do anything to survive a perilous trek through the Upper Michigan frozen tundra to reunite with sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) at the Canadian border following a failed casino heist. Also starring Charlie Hunnam, and Sissy Spacek.

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

This French movie is about a high-school girl
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This French movie is about a high-school girl (Adele Exarchopoulos) who discovers her lesbian sexuality with an older artist (Lea Seydoux). Available August 26, 2016.

"The Giver"

Jeff Bridges, left, plays The Giver in this
(Credit: The Weinstein Company / David Bloomer)

Jeff Bridges, left, plays The Giver in this film adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newberry-winning children's book about a boy (Brenton Thwaites, right) living in a conformist world. With Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift.

"The Fundamentals of Caring"

Paul Rudd plays a divorce-dodging, grieving parent who
(Credit: Netflix / Annette Brown)

Paul Rudd plays a divorce-dodging, grieving parent who leaves a (presumably) lucrative writing career for a $9-an-hour caregiver position. His first charge, Trevor (played by Craig Roberts) is an 18-year-old, wheelchair-bound shut-in with Duchenne muscular dystrophy - and a quick, dark sense of humor. When the two embark on a road trip to see the world's deepest pit, they find Selena Gomez - and the meaning of life - along the way.

"Janis: Little Girl Blue"

A documentary about Janis Joplin, the blues-rock hurricane
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A documentary about Janis Joplin, the blues-rock hurricane who galvanized the late 1960s before her death at age 27. Directed by Amy Berg ("West of Memphis").

"Minions"

The minions from the
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The minions from the "Despicable Me" movies are back, and it's all about them. Stuart, Kevin and Bob lead their yellow legion on a quest to find a master to serve, and end up recruited by villainess Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock).

"Special Correspondents"

Ricky Gervais fans, prepare to feast. The British
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Ricky Gervais fans, prepare to feast. The British comedian wrote, directed and stars in this Netflix film that follows a radio journalist (Eric Bana) who pretends to report from a war frontline in South America -- only to be holed up in Manhattan.

"My Beautiful Broken Brain"

Eerie director David Lynch produced this documentary: A
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Eerie director David Lynch produced this documentary: A young woman's traumatic stroke twists everyday life into an alien world.

"Pee-wee’s Big Holiday"

Paul Reubens brings his Pee-wee Herman back in
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Paul Reubens brings his Pee-wee Herman back in this new movie, which will also have a limited theatrical release.

"Atonement"

Based on Ian McEwan's British romance novel with
(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.

"Son of God"

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"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.

"Changeling"

Angelina Jolie takes on the LAPD in the

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"

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"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.

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