Grab your takeout and your treats, it’s Netflix time!
Can you believe it is almost September? With restrictions tightening, and winter hitting us full force, all we wanna do is snuggle up with a blanket and unwind after a long day. And hey, nothing screams relaxation more than putting on a top-notch flick. Here are 20 of the greatest Netflix movies that you can watch in New Zealand right now.
1. The Kissing Booth 3
This is the final installment in the Kissing Booth trilogy. This time, you can watch as Elle (Joey King) faces tough decisions, in the summer, before heading to college. She must figure out who exactly she wants to be while also choosing to either move near to her boyfriend Noah or go to Berkeley University with Noah’s brother, her lifelong best friend, Lee. Watch all three movies on Netflix now.
This action thriller is currently number one on Netflix. It follows Beckett, an American tourist, on holiday in Greece. After a tragic car accident, he wakes up to find his girlfriend is missing, and he is now the target of a manhunt in the midst of a dangerous political conspiracy. With a talented cast, from Alicia Vikander, John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, and more…you won’t be left dissatisfied.
Based on true events that took place during the 2008 global recession, this is a must-watch on Netflix. It follows a group of struggling New York City strippers, led by the club’s top money earner, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), who team up to rob money from rich Wall Street clients. Also starring Keke Palmer, Cardi B, Lizzo, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, just to name a few.
4. Love & Monsters
Watch in suspense as Dylan O’Brien takes on the lead role of a young man trying to survive seven years into an apocalypse that sees monsters run the planet. He ventures up from the underground and risks his life to reunite with his lover. But, the path is extremely dangerous while he meets a friendly dog and some travelling companions along the way. This movie is from the producers of hit Netflix show Stranger Things, so you know it’s got to be good.
This gripping sci-fi drama movie needs to be on your watchlist. It follows the story of a three-person crew on a two-year mission to Mars, who are faced with an impossible choice, when support engineer Michael Adams, becomes an accidental stowaway on board a spaceship, after he falls unconscious. It is the ultimate survival movie starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, and Toni Collette.
6. Believe Me: The Abduction Of Lisa McVey
You’ll recognise actress Katie Douglas, from critically-acclaimed new Netflix series Ginny & Georgia. This movie is based on a true story that will send chills down your spine. Watch as a 17-year-old from Florida, Lisa McVey, is kidnapped for 26 hours by a psychotic serial killer. The biggest battle is when she breaks free and returns home to find that neither the police or her family believe her story. An insightful film to say the least.
7. The Judge
This drama movie first hit screens in 2014, but Netflix users are absorbing it right now. It tells the story of hugely successful lawyer, Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), who runs into trouble after returning to his hometown in Indiana for his mother’s funeral. There, his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer, is arrested for a hit-and-run murder. Despite tension with his dad, Hank takes on his father’s defense.
8. Yes Day
This charming family movie stars Jennifer Garner as mother Allison, along with her husband Carlos, who agree to take part in a ”Yes Day” to please their children. Therefore, for 24 hours they must say yes to everything the kids want to do. This sets the chaotic scenes ahead. A flick filled with laughter, fun and warmth that everyone in the clan can enjoy.
9. The Last Letter From Your Lover
From the author of Me Before You, JoJo Moyes’ brings us another timeless classic. The story tells the tale of a present-day Journalist, Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), who discovers mysterious love letters from 1965. She soon learns that they belonged to Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and her secret lover Anthony, a journalist covering a story on Jennifer’s husband. Ellie sets out to solve the affair.
10. How To Be Single
After splitting with her long-term boyfriend, Alice (Dakota Johnson) learns how to be single with her comical and wild co-worker Robin (Rebel Wilson). Robin loves a good party and a one-night stand and tries to get Alice to embrace this sort of lifestyle. This movie is hilarious and relatable, and the girly indulgence you need this weekend. Indeed, one of the greatest Netflix comedy movies to watch right now.
This coming-of-age documentary needs to be on your watch-list. At Maryland School For The Deaf, a high school athlete, Amaree McKenstry and his friends, try and come to terms with their friend’s suicide, while also coping with the struggles of family and relationships and battling to prove to the hearing world they are equal.
12. Set It Up
This heartwarming romantic American comedy stars Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell. It follows the pair as overworked and underpaid assistants in New York, who team up to try and get their bosses to fall in love, and in turn, give them a little bit of a break and more freedom. Definitely, the laughter you need this weekend.
13. I Am All Girls
Based on a true story, This iconic flick follows a relentless crime investigator who finds common ground with a killer targeting the organisers of a powerful child-trafficking ring in South Africa. The real events will give you chills down your spine as it involved, amongst others, powerful politicians in the 1980s. Be sure to pop this on your must-see list!
14. The Woman In The Window
Watch as Amy Adams give a truly powerful performance in this psychological thriller. From the creators of The Girl On The Train, Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox who witnesses a disturbing act of violence while spying on her neighbours, the Russel family, through her window in New York. Be sure to give it a watch!
This crime thriller, based on real events, stars Angelina Jolie as single mum Christine Collins. Watch as she desperately battles to find her missing nine-year-old Son, Walter in a 1920s, Los Angeles. After the LAPD find a boy matching Christine’s description of Walter, they commit her to a psych ward for insisting that particular boy is not her son. Watch in despair as Christine and other women are subjected to brutal treatment while trying to fight for their freedom and justice.
16. Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet
This 75-minute movie illustrates the lethal impact of humanity’s disregard for global warming and offers solutions to aid the future of humanity and increase our planet’s lifespan. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, you’ll be given insight into the scientific journey and discoveries of famed scientist Professor Johan Rockström. This is a must-watch for people of all ages because it is educational and important for us to take notes so that we can start making little changes to save Earth for our children, their children and so on.
17. Things Heard & Seen
This horror movie just dropped on Netflix, and is based on the novel by Elizabeth Brundage, All Things Cease To Appear. In a 1980s depicted world, Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) and her husband George (James Norton) excitingly move to an old house in the Hudson Valley. Soon after, supernatural events unfold and they realise that their home is harboring sinister secrets. If you’re a scary cat like myself, be sure to watch this horror flick with someone else.
This breathtaking movie starring Kelvin Harrison Jr follows the story of a 17-year old boy, Steve Harmon, from Harlem, who attends a prestigious film school. His life quickly changes when he is charged with a felony murder. Watch in suspense as he fights for his innocence against a criminal justice system already judging him.
19. Concrete Cowboy
Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy, watch in awe as Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin star in this emotionally powerful coming-of-age drama. McLaughlin plays a rebellious teenager who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when he is sent to live with his estranged father in a Philadelphia community of Black cowboys. It is haunting and inspiring, and sheds a light on a part of Black culture that is largely unknown by white audiences.
20. News Of The World
Tom Hanks brings Captain Kidd to life in an epic western performance. Five years after the Civil War ends, Kidd meets a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by the Kiowa people. He agrees to return her to her aunt and uncle by crossing the dangerous plains of Texas. Undoubtedly, the path is difficult, and the travellers journey turns into a fight for survival. This is the absorbing movie you need to watch on Netflix this month.