As September unfolds, the tides of Netflix’s vast movie catalogue continue to shift. Last week, I brought to your attention a compilation of outstanding films that had graced the platform at the month’s onset. However, as we’ve come to expect with the streaming giant, a week can introduce a wealth of great flicks, each vying for a spot on our watchlist.
This week, it’s time for another dive, another journey into the newly introduced films that promise to take us on amazing adventures. Below, you’ll find my personal ten picks for movies I both love and movies I don’t think you should miss. Then in the final section, you can find a complete list of every movie added to Netflix
Whether you’re seeking an escape into a fantastical world, a jaunt down memory lane with classics that never get old, or an immersion into stories that challenge the very fabric of our beliefs, the platform promises something new and riveting. Without further ado, let’s delve into the ten best movies added to Netflix so far this month.
Amid heartbreak, Mira Ray, played by Priyanka Chopra, finds solace sending heartfelt messages to her late fiancé’s old number. Unknown to her, it now belongs to a journalist, Rob Burns, played by Jonas Sam Heughan. Captivated by Mira’s raw emotions, Rob seeks her out during an assignment on music icon Celine Dion, who adds a touch of stardom to the tale. Directed by James C. Strouse, Love Again is a sugar-sweet romantic comedy, reminiscent of classic rom-coms.
Anchorman 1 & 2
The first double-bill of our list asks you to dive into the ludicrous world of ‘70s broadcast news with Will Ferrell’s iconic portrayal of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its equally zany sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Directed by Adam McKay, these films serve up a concoction of ridiculous antics, memorable catchphrases, and a view into a pre-digital news era. Assemble your crew and watch for an irreverent take on journalism, battles of the sexes, and of course, jazz flute solos. It’s a comedic rollercoaster that promises laughs with each twist and turn.
Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America, a centennial beacon of morality, faces its darkest hour. This documentary, directed by Brian Knappenberger and produced by Orlando von Einsiedel, confronts the disturbing revelations from over 82,000 former Scouts reporting sexual abuse. Weaving a tale from personal narratives of survivors to internal insights from former staff and the organization’s counsel, the film sheds light on a painful truth that shook the nation.
Crank 1 & 2
Our second double feature is a frenetic adrenaline rush, these films are not for the faint-hearted. Jason Statham plays Chev Chelios, a hitman battling against time, poison, and his own heart. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the Crank series is a blend of gritty action sequences and over-the-top scenarios. Whether he’s kickstarting his heart or racing against a ticking clock, Statham delivers a pulse-pounding performance. Watch if you’re craving non-stop action, jaw-dropping stunts, and a story that keeps the tension ratcheted up to the max.
Rosa Peral’s Tapes
Delve deep into the enigmatic world of Rosa Peral in this true-crime documentary. From behind prison walls, Rosa breaks her silence about the murder of her partner—a crime she’s said to have committed with an old flame. With diverging tales, candid interviews from family to lawyers, and an atmosphere thick with suspense, directors Carles Vidal Novellas, Manuel Pérez Cáceres, and Carlos Agulló present a riveting investigative journey.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams, Arrival is a cinematic masterpiece. Far from your average alien-invasion story, it’s a poignant exploration of language, time, and human connection. Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist tasked with interpreting alien communications, but what unfolds is a mesmerizing tale about love, loss, and destiny. Watch for its breathtaking visuals, intricate storytelling, and a haunting score. This film is a testament to the power of communication and offers a fresh perspective on extraterrestrial encounters. A mind-bender that lingers long after the credits roll.
For anyone interested in the deeper meaning of Arrival, here’s a great explanation.
Ah, the hilarious trials and tribulations of high school’s final days. Directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow, Superbad is a raucous coming-of-age comedy that perfectly captures the antics of teenage angst. Starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill as best friends on a mission for a memorable party before graduation, it’s rife with awkward moments, genuine camaraderie, and McLovin—a character you won’t soon forget. Dive into this laugh-out-loud film for a nostalgia trip and a reminder of the lengths we go for friendship. An essential watch for those in need of belly laughs and fond teen memories.
Stand By me
Adapted from Stephen King’s novella and directed by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me is a touching and timeless tale of friendship, adventure, and the poignant transition from innocence to adolescence. With standout performances from a young cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell, the film follows four boys on a quest to find a missing teenager’s body. It’s not just about the destination but the journey—the shared stories, challenges, and the undying bond between them. Watch for its rich storytelling, nostalgic atmosphere, and a heartfelt reflection on the moments that shape us.
Directed by and starring Denzel Washington alongside Viola Davis, Fences is a masterful adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in the 1950s, the film delves deep into the heart of a fractured family and the systemic racism of the era. Washington plays Troy Maxson, a former baseball player turned garbage collector, grappling with his past and the evolving world. Davis’s powerful performance as his wife, Rose, earned her an Oscar. Watch this for its raw emotional depth, outstanding performances, and a profound narrative that lays bare the complexities of love, duty, and dreams deferred.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Directed by Nick Park and Steve Box, this delightful claymation feature plunges our beloved British inventor Wallace and his faithful canine Gromit into a hilarious world of mystery and vegetables. As the town’s “humane” pest controllers, they’re on the case when a giant, veg-ravaging beast threatens the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. This film blends wit, slapstick, and inventive contraptions, staying true to the charm of the original short films. Dive in for a delightful romp, lovable characters, and a unique blend of horror and humor that will captivate both kids and adults.
Every new movie added to Netflix so far in September
- September 1: 8 Mile (2002); A Day and a Half (2023); Arrival (2016); Baby Mama (2008); Couples Retreat (2009); Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); Fences (2016); Field of Dreams (1989); Friday Night Plan (2023); Hacksaw Ridge (2016); Happy Ending (2023); Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011); Land of the Lost (2009); Matilda (1996); Miss Congeniality (2000); Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007); National Security (2003); One Piece: 3D2Y – Overcome Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Vow to His Friends (2014); One Piece Adventure of Nebulandia (2015); One Piece Film: Gold (2016); One Piece: Heart of Gold (2016); One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His Four Friends’ Great Adventure (2017); One Piece Episode of Skypiea (2018); Open Season: Scared Silly (2015); Public Enemies (2009); Snitch (2013); Superbad (2007); Stand by Me (1986); The Deer Hunter (1978); The Master of Disguise (2003); U-571 (2000); Up in the Air (2009); Vice (2018); Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005); Woody Woodpecker (2017)
- September 2: Love Again (2023)
- September 3: Crank (2006); Crank: High Voltage (2009)
- September 5: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013); Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs (2023)
- September 6: Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America (2023)
- September 7: The Swan Princess: A Fairytale Is Born (2023); What If (2023)
- September 8: Hello Ghost (2023); Rosa Peral’s Tapes (2023)