Quick, pick a movie off your cinematic bucket list. You know — the movie that you're sort of embarrassed you haven't seen yet. Why haven't you checked to see if it's on Netflix, so you can watch it right now, no more dawdling necessary?
Perhaps it's because Netflix hasn't popped said movie into your feed. Netflix is really good at giving you what you want. Rather, what Netflix thinks you want. Often, the algorithm is correct. You'll enjoy the movies that Netflix presents as you scroll.
Beyond the rows of TV shows and brand-new movies, there are hidden treasures and classic movies any cinephile would enjoy watching. We've gathered up the best of the bunch that are streaming in July 2019, and will be updating the list each month. Can you watch them all?
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Before the new Charlie's Angels comes out in 2019, catch up on the original.
The Iliad is one Western literature's foundational texts. And yet Troy, which stars Brad Pitt as a moody Achilles and Eric Bana as Hektor, is criminally underrated. Sure, it's not accurate — but it's fun. Come on, team: Make Troy a cult classic!
Coco is technically a kids' movie, but the Pixar film has become shorthand for adults' tears. Coco is the story of a young boy venturing into the underworld to reverse a family curse. It's all about family and legacies and being good to the people you love. So, yeah — instant tears.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (2017)
The floppy hair! The quirky friend group! They just don't make rom-coms like this anymore. Luckily, we can re-watch this movie about a friend groups' trips to four weddings and a funeral as many times as we want.
Now and Then (1995)
The classic coming-of-age story of four childhood best friends — and who they became — is streaming for the first time. Let's go back to the summer of 1970, and our own childhoods.
Considering Black Panther's box office records
, odds are you've probably seen this Marvel movie about Prince T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) journey to become king after his father dies. But it's a movie that'll get you cheering, over and over.
May all of us one day experience glances like the ones Carol (Cate Blanchett) gives Therese (Rooney Mara) the first time they meet in a Manhattan department store in the '50s. Carol is a quintessential love story – only the two women in love have to overcome societally ingrained obstacles. For Carol, it's her marriage to an overbearing man. For Therese, it's challenging her idea of what a happy life would look like.
The premise of Room is one of those things you'd like to forget as soon as you hear it. When Room opens, the woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay) have been trapped in a room for five years. The son was born there. The woman, using lots of energy and imagination (and Brie Larson's incredible acting), has tried to explain the world to him — even though he's only ever known four walls. There's a chance they can break out and escape their captor, but she'll have to put it in her son's hands. Room is carried by two masterful performances.
God's Own Country
(2017)God's Own Country
is the English version of Brokeback Mountain
. Johnny Saxby's (Josh O’Connor) world isn't any bigger than the Yorkshire farm where his family lives. The arrival of a Gheorghe (Alec Secareau), a Romanian man hired to help at the farm, bursts his world and heart wide open. The countryside doesn't bear any impressions of the men's love story – but we do.
Amy Winehouse should have been changing the music landscape for decades. Her idiosyncratic voice should be around new songs. This documentary will only make you even more devastated about her loss, gone far too soon.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Julie (Amy Adams) has chosen the ultimate hobby: Cooking through all of Julia Child's The Art of French Cooking in just a year. As Julie embarks on a crash course through the culinary arts, the movie looks at Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) own journey toward becoming a cook in her 50s when she was living in France with her husband (Stanley Tucci).
Ex Machina (2015)
What happens when AI becomes too intelligent? Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is a programmer at a search engine who is tapped for a cool opportunity with the company's enigmatic founder (Oscar Isaac). Caleb's going to be a human Turing Machine with Ava (Alicia Vikander), a cutting-edge robot. Part psychological thriller, part sci-fi thought experiment, Ex Machina will tide you over until the next season of Black Mirror.
Moonlight is a coming-of-age triptych. The movie zooms in on three moments in Chiron's life, from a young boy seeking warmth in another family's home; to a high school boy struggling with a junkie mother; to a steely, closed-off man. Throughout, his relationship to his best friend, Kevin, changes profoundly. Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017.
is a quiet, beautiful movie that follows days in the life of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a domestic worker for a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Alfonso Cuaron based each scene in this movie on memory — either his, or his childhood nanny's, Libo Rodriguez.
The tension in Mudbound is acute from the start. At her husband's (Jason Clarke) urging, Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan) reluctantly moves to a farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1939. The Jackson family, who are Black, live on the farm, too. When sons in both the McAllan and Jackson families come home from WWII, they bond over their shared experiences. But some people in the town consider this friendship a punishable transgression. The performances by the ensemble cast, which includes Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, and Jason Clarke, bring a wrenching story to its heights.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
After you watch Pulp Fiction, you'll never watch a movie (or eat a hamburger) the same way again. Quentin Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction is peak cool. But what makes it so enduring? The meandering conversations, the hyper-stylized scenes, the moments that are still unexplained. What's in the briefcase Vincent Vega (John Travolta) opens? What's up with the Band-Aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rames)?
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List is a historically essential, but hard to watch, movie. The film follows efforts of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a Polish businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by keeping them working in his factorries.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
What would it take to permanently "get rid of" the one person who makes your life difficult? For Bruno Antony (Robert Walker), who is an actual psychopath, it wouldn't take much. He convinces tennis star Guy Hanes (Farley Grainger) to join him a social experiment. Each of them can take out the others' problem. For Bruno, derailing Guy's life is a fun game. Alfred Hitchcock's movies are timelessly scary.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
After Crazy Rich Asians, we all could use more Michelle Yeoh in our lives. She's equally as fierce in this sweeping, magical adventure movie about a quest to find a jade sword in 18th century Qing Dynasty China. The martial arts sequences are incredible, quite literally — character take off in the sky while fighting.
About Time (2013)
About Time combines three of cinema's best features: romantic comedies, time travel, and charming Brits. It's an absolute delight.
Burning is nearly three hours long, but you have to wait until end for the movie to finally kick into thriller gear. It's worth it. The movie centers around an unusual trio: Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in), an aspiring writer and Seoul deliveryman; Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo), his long-time crush and new lover; and Ben (Steven Yeun), Hae-mi's new boyfriend whom she met in Africa.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this endearing rom-com about two thirtysomething former best friends who reunite after a long (and awkward) absence. The love story is great — but watch for the prolonged Keanu Reeves cameo, which rightfully set the internet ablaze.