Trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix can be a game in itself, but we’re here to narrow down the options for you and maximize that watch time. With a strong library of new, original, and library content, Netflix can sometimes make it difficult to find what you’re looking for. And in the most extreme situations, it can be beneficial to simply search the streaming service for news to find something you haven’t seen before. To that end, we’ve rounded up some of the best movies just added to Netflix in October. These include new royal releases, beloved comedies, Oscar-winning dramas, and even underrated gems. There is something for everyone, so you won’t walk away disappointed.
Check out our picks for the best new movies on Netflix in October below.
A Netflix original and a new October release, “The Guilty” from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua is a nail-biting thriller set entirely within the confines of a 9-1 operational hub. -1. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a cop who has been put on 9-1-1 duty for reasons that are not immediately clear. When you receive a call from a woman who has been abducted, you work effortlessly to locate her and get help. The story is not as straightforward as it sounds, and Gyllenhaal turns out to be one of his best performances as a man on the edge.
If you want to laugh a lot, you can’t go wrong with “Step Brothers”. The 2008 comedy stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as middle-aged men who still live with their single parents and who are forced to move in together when their parents marry. It’s a goofy comedy with a very silly premise, but it’s really just an excuse for director Adam McKay to let Ferrell and Reilly’s comedic instincts run wild for 90 minutes straight.
There is no more “rom-com” than Nancy Meyers, and the filmmaker’s 2006 rom-com “The Holiday” is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz play two strangers who decide to move house for the holidays; Díaz leaves his Los Angeles mansion for a small cabin in England, while Winslet trades his country life for Hollywood. And wouldn’t you know, the two women discover more about themselves, and find company, in the process. The supporting cast includes Jude Law, Jack Black and Eli Wallach, and the film features a fantastic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer.
Nothing says epic like “Titanic”. James Cameron’s three-hour drama, which dominates the Oscar, still stands more than two decades later as a towering achievement. Kate Winslet plays a young woman destined to marry a man she doesn’t love, and Leonardo DiCaprio is a tough, hungry (and poor) American. They both board the RMS Titanic on the ship’s doomed voyage, while Cameron captures love and loss with thrills and chills to spare.
Director David Fincher has covered the topic of serial killers intensively throughout his career, but his 2007 film “Zodiac” is one of his best and a total masterpiece. The film traces the real-life investigation into the Zodiac Killer murders in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The story is told through the eyes of a young cartoonist played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and the star cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Chloe Sevigny, and John Carroll Lynch.
If R-rated comedies are your thing, 2011’s “Bad Teacher” is a solid choice. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) and written by “The Office” alumni Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the film stars Cameron Diaz as a lazy high school teacher who returns to work to raise money. enough money for a breast enhancement. Justin Timberlake plays the mild-mannered substitute teacher who catches his eye, while Jason Segel is the laid-back gym teacher who finds Diaz’s dirty mouth irresistible.
There is someone inside your house
October means Halloween, which means that it is the perfect time to see the new release “There is someone inside your house.” Based on the novel of the same name by Stephanie Perkins, the film stars Sydney Park as a high school student with a mysterious past who is caught up in the middle of a series of murders at her school. What connects each murder is that after each student is killed, a devastating secret about them is revealed. Director Patrick Brice (“Creep”) brings a moody, cinematic aesthetic to the proceedings, and there’s a bit of a “Scream” vibe with the adolescent angle. It will also keep you guessing until the end.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
A bit of left field pick, but trust me, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is underrated. This is the legend of King Arthur as told by director Guy Ritchie, so there is a visceral nature to the action, underlined by Daniel Pemberton’s propellant score. Charlie Hunnam plays the eponymous Arthur, while Jude Law plays the evil King Vortigern. The Arthurian legend is played fast and loose in the movie, and honestly, it’s Hunnam’s action and charisma that are the biggest draws. If you enter with measured expectations for fun, you’ll enjoy this one when it hits Netflix on October 25.
Everyone loves a good romantic comedy and “Begin Again” offers the products with a musical twist. Written and directed by “Once” and “Sing Street” filmmaker John Carney, the 2013 film stars Keira Knightley as an aspiring musician who is discovered by a struggling record label executive (played by Mark Ruffalo). The movie is full of original songs and is a love letter to singer-songwriters around the world. It also has turns supporting characters like Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Cordon, Mos Def, and Catherine Keener. The movie hits Netflix on October 27.