27 best movies to watch on Netflix this week

James King has the top picks for Netflix films this week!

James King

James King is back with his latest Netflix recommendations, featuring films old and new for movie fans of all ages. From latest original releases to hit blockbusters landing on the streaming service, check out the best of the best for September here...

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Enola Holmes (2020)

Category: Brand new

Netflix reboots the Sherlock Holmes legend with this teen spin on the iconic detective, now focusing on his headstrong younger sister Enola (played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown). Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham-Carter and Henry Cavill bump up the star quota but it’s an impressively fresh and fun lead turn from Brown that will surely lead to sequels. 

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WATCH: Stranger Things star Millie stars in Enola Holmes

The Devil All the Time (2020)

Category: Brand new

Fresh to Netflix and featuring an all-star cast, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME is a brooding drama about family and faith set mainly on 1950s Ohio. In truth it might have worked better as a mini-series but stars such as Tom Holland, Riley Keough and Robert Pattinson keep things enjoyably moody - as well as a scene-stealing turn from former Hogwarts star Harry ‘Dudley Dursley’ Melling as a crazed preacher. 


The much-anticipated film is now available to watch

Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

Category: Comedy

Horror fanboys Simon Pegg and Nick Frost lead this creepy comedy about some decidedly messy downsides to fracking on the grounds of a posh boarding school. Its humour might be squarely teen-focused but quality co-stars Michael Sheen and Margot Robbie lift this Britflick - new to Netflix - above the average. 


Slaughterhouse Rulez is most definitely worth the watch

Night School (2018)

Category: comedy

Two of Hollywood's biggest names in comedy - Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish - team up for this dumb-but-fun laugher about adults in evening class that’s new to Netflix. The jokes are hardly high-brow but those leads sure know how to grab your attention - especially hyperactive Hart, who also co-wrote and co-produced. And if you like the film then look out for a spin-off TV show, coming soon.


Night School came out in 2018

Parenthood (1989)

Category: Comedy

One of the biggest comedies of the 80s and still a joy to watch. Steve Martin stars as the stressed dad of a sprawling family, trying unsuccessfully to balance his home and work life. Co-stars include Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis and Dianne Wiest but it’s a youthful bromance between baby-faced River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves that steals the show. 


Fancy settling in to watch a classic?

Easy A (2010)

Category: Teen

It’s the 10th anniversary of Emma Stone’s breakthrough hit, a high-school comedy where she plays a 17-old whose little white lies give her a bad reputation. It’s big on laughs but there’s a message too: even the most innocent of mistakes can get out of hand if you let them. Featuring Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci and Penn Badgley.  


Emma Stone plays Olive Pendergast in the hit film

Hitch (2005)

Category: Rom-com

Happy Birthday to Will Smith, fifty-two years young on the 25th September. Of course there’s a handful of Big Willy movies to choose from on Netflix but you can’t beat this smash-hit rom-com co-starring Kevin James. The former Fresh Prince stars as ‘date doctor’ Alex Hitchens, determinedly single until he meets gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes), and their chemistry is off the scale. 


Eva Mendes stars opposite Will Smith in the hit film

Love Guaranteed (2020)

Category: Rom-com

Following on from hits such as Isn't It Romantic? and Love Wedding Repeat, Netflix now feels like the natural home for romantic comedy and its latest, Love Guaranteed, doesn't disappoint. Why? Because it knows all the clichés we love and celebrates them. Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr star as a chalk-and-cheese lawyer and client, heading to court to sue a dating website for false promises. And though they struggle with each other at first, you know just where this is heading. 

MORE: Lily James wows fans in new official trailer for Netflix's Rebecca


New rom-com Love Guaranteed won't disappoint

Boss Baby: Get That Baby (2020)

Category: Family

Don't expect this latest short spin-off from the blockbuster animation to make a lot of sense but it is a lot of fun. Why? This time the story is interactive, allowing viewers to touch their screens and decide which direction the action takes as we’re all invited to progress up the ladder at Baby Corp. Alec Baldwin might no longer be voicing Boss Baby himself but listen out for Jumanji star Rhys Darby as hilariously dopey villain Happy Sedengry. 


The second instalment of Boss Baby is here

Pets United (2020)

Category: Family

British voice talent including Natalie Dormer and Eddie Marsan lift this likeable animation about a group of animals battling evil robots that’s currently doing big business on Netflix. Ideal to keep the little ones happy. 

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Natalie Dormer and Eddie Marsan voice this fun new film

Watchmen (2009)

Category: Superhero

The TV series of the same name has just won big at the Emmys but this movie version of the cult comic book is worth a look too. Set in an alternate 1985, a group of washed-up superheroes investigate a murder of one of their own, igniting global political consequences along the way. Audiences eleven years ago might have been underwhelmed but this dark and disturbing adventure has only got better with age. Malin Åkerman and Billy Crudup star. 


The TV show adaptation is also worth checking out!

Deadpool (2016)

Category: Superhero

Think you know superhero movies? Think again. As fast-talking Wade Wilson, better known as Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds mixes X-Men action with Inbetweeners humour - and the results are magic. Littered with in-jokes and eye-popping visuals, Deadpool is the comic book film for people who don’t like comic book films. 


Deadpool is the perfect action-comedy film

Lost in Translation (2003)

Category: Classic

With Bill Murray celebrating his 70th birthday on the 21st September, there’s no better time to check out his classic role as a Hollywood actor bored and jet-lagged in Tokyo. Scarlett Johansson co-stars as a similarly struggling American staying in the same hotel, so beginning one of the film world’s most cool,  quirky and tender love stories. 


Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray star

Room (2015)

Category: Award-winner

Captain Marvel star Brie Larson won an Oscar for her portrayal of a kidnap victim Joy in this unforgettable adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s book. It's no mean feat to make a film where so much of the story takes place in a confined space but Larson and co-star Jacob Tremblay (as her five year old son Jack) are electrifying to watch. 

MORE: Netflix's I'm Thinking of Ending Things: full explanation of confusing film


Brie Larson won an Oscar for her performance in Room

RBG (2018)

Category: Documentary

Celebrate the life and work of the recently passed Ruth Bader Ginsburg - a groundbreaking lawmaker in the US - with this gripping documentary that highlights her early struggles, subsequent success and current status as an iconic figure in the fight for women’s rights. She may have only stood a shade over five feet tall but when it comes to social reform, ‘The Notorious RBG’ was a giant. 


This documentary celebrates the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rising Phoenix (2020)

Category: Documentary

Get ready to have goosebumps on your goosebumps as this new Netflix documentary charts the story of the Paralympic Games from its humble origins in the aftermath of the 2nd World War to the global even it became during London 2012. World athletic icons such as Johnnie Peacock and Bebe Vio tell their jaw-dropping stories of dedication and focus for a film that’s heartbreaking at times, but ultimately uplifting.


Rising Phoenix will leave you stunned and inspired

The Social Dilemma (2020)

Category: Documentary

This eye-popping new documentary from Netflix about our social media use isn’t a comfortable watch but it is compelling. The biggest shock? Watching former employees of big tech companies reveal the secrets of how they keep us addicted to our screens. Scary stuff. 


This will have you switching off your phone

Get On Up (2016)

Category: True story

Before he was T'Challa, aka Black Panther, the late Chadwick Boseman caught Hollywood's eye in this biopic of legendary soul man James Brown. It's not easy to portray one of the most energetic - and eccentric - entertainers in history but like Brown, Boseman also had charisma to spare. It's a performance that should have been an award winner. 

MORE: Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan pays heartbreaking tribute to Chadwick Boseman


The late, great Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up

Burlesque (2010)

Category: Musical

With the tenth anniversary of this deliciously camp Christina Aguilera pic fast approaching, it’s good to see Burlesque trending heavily on Netflix right now. The story’s pure Coyote Ugly, with Xtina playing Ali Rose, a young girl with big dreams when she moves to LA, only to end up serving drinks a burlesque bar run by veteran Tess (Cher). Cheesy? Of course. But this is slick, sexy, singalong fun. 

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019)

Category: Action

Keanu Reeves might be currently in comedy mode on the big screen (in the most excellent Bill & Ted Face the Music) but only last year he was at his most menacing in this latest John Wick sequel. The visuals are breathtaking and the addition of Halle Berry to the plot is a masterstroke, but it’s the jaw-dropping martial arts that still make the John Wick franchise a must-see. As Keanu himself would say, “Whoa!”


Keanu might be currently in comedy mode

First Man (2018)

Category: True story

This critical favourite about astronaut Neil Armstrong lands on Netflix with plenty to recommend it. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy give beautifully understated turns as Armstrong and his wife Janet while the moon landing sequence itself is a thing of eerie wonder. Don’t expect high-octane action though. This is way more intimate. 


Ryan Gosling goes to space in this hit film

Wildlife (2018)

Category: Drama

An overlooked classic, this one. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a troubled wife and husband in 1960s Montana, their marriage problems subtly affecting the happiness of their fragile  teenage son Joe (Ed Oxenbould). Don’t expect fireworks - this is more of a slow-burner - but it’s that quiet mood of despair that proves unforgettable. 

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Category: Drama

The renaissance of Shia LaBoeuf continues in this moving, often hilarious, tale of a young wrestling fan with Down’s Syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who escapes from his care home and befriends a fisherman (LaBoeuf) who's also on the run. Think Huckleberry Finn with a modern twist. You won't see a more charming film this year.


Dakota Johnson and Shia LaBoeuf

A Simple Favour

Category: Thriller

The impossibly glamorous Blake Lively stretches her comedy muscles in this cheeky thriller about chalk-and-cheese mums caught up in a murder investigation. The plot might unravel a little as the film goes on but the movie’s chic styling and warped chemistry between Lively and co-star Anna Kendrick is a joy. 


This charming and hilarious thriller is well worth checking out

State of Play (2009)

Category: Thriller

Originally a gritty BBC mini-series starring James McAvoy and Kelly McDonald, this Hollywood remake brings in movie heavyweights Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren to its story of high-level corruption and investigative journalism - and loses none of its power. In today’s political climate it’s no wonder this is finding new fans on Netflix, where it’s currently a Top 10 hit. 


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The Handmaiden (2016)

Category: Foreign language

This ravishing - and thrilling - romance is new to Netflix after winning a host of plaudits on its cinema release a few years back. You might recognise the story from Sarah Waters' bestselling novel Fingersmith, already adapted into a BBC mini-series back in 2002. But by switching the action from Victorian London to early 20th century Korea, there’s a whole new mood. Doomed love and dark twists have never looked so beautiful.


The Handmaiden is a visual masterpiece

The Shiny Shrimps (2019)

Category: Foreign language

This smash-hit from France chronicles the hilarious adventures of an all-male water polo team competing at the Gay Games. The result? A mix of The Full Monty and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert that’s huge fun. 


A French smash-hit you have to try!

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