The 20 Best New Movies to Stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO
It’s cold out there, but it’s warm and cozy by your TV! But if you’re tired of burning through your TV watch list or adding to it faster than you can keep up, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit. Fortunately, there’s a massive catalog of films available across the top streaming platforms.
While there’s no shortage of great options, we hope to make your selection process a little easier by rounding up some of the better newly-available releases on the four leading platforms: Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon Prime. From Academy Award winners and political nail-biters to festive flicks and twisted arthouse films of the highest caliber, we have you covered.
Pieces of a Woman (2020)
Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf star in this heavy drama about a home birth gone wrong. Martha and Sean are a Boston couple who are ready for their lives to be irrevocably changed by parenthood. Instead, they’re irrevocably changed by tragedy. Over the following years, Martha must navigate her grief while managing her fractious relationships with Sean and her mother (Ellen Burstyn) as they face a court battle against the publicly vilified midwife.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig star in David Fincher’s American remake of the Swedish crime classic. Craig plays disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist, given an opportunity to redeem his reputation when he’s hired by wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger to solve the 40-year-old murder of Vanger’s niece. In his investigations, Blomkvist meets the strange, extremely suspicious but brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander. As they work to solve the crime, they unravel a much larger, unconscionably evil conspiracy that threatens to consume them both.
Legendary director David Fincher gets to work with his son, writer Jack Fincher, on this Netflix original. Mank centers on alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) in 1930s Hollywood as he races to finish his magnum opus, Citizen Kane. The Golden Age of Hollywood through the eyes of the deeply cynical, scathing “Mank” is anything but golden.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
Denzel Washington continues his devotion to adapting August Wilson’s Century Cycle to the screen with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Based on Wilson’s play of the same name, the film goes well beyond the boundaries of the classic bottled play to explore the origins of the Blues and the racial tensions of 1927 Chicago. Viola Davis stars as Blues pioneer Ma Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman shines in his final role as the upstart trumpeter, Levee.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
In 1968, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago erupted in massive protests — primarily led by young people. In 1969, seven protestors were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, launching an infamous trial where an older, more conservative generation put the counterculture sweeping a new generation right in its crosshairs. The trial transfixed the nation and fueled Cold War fears that Americans were trying to undermine their own government. The trial gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment in this high-octane legal thriller starring Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)
One of the stranger, more electric documentaries you’ll see this year, You Cannot Kill David Arquette follows cult Hollywood star Arquette as he tries — as an almost 50-year-old man — to revitalize his professional wrestling career. In the late ’90s, Arquette was primed for superstardom as an ahead-of-his-time jack of all trades. But after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, he became the most hated man in wrestling. The bad press spiraled, derailing a once-promising career. Now, he’s pushing increasingly-dangerous limits to regain his reputation and self-respect.
The Princess Bride (1987)
If you haven’t seen William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, do yourself a favor while it’s on Hulu. The fairy tale doubles as one of the finest romantic comedies of the 20th century — sweet, beautiful, and absolutely hilarious. Westley (Cary Elwes) returns to the land of Florin after years away to win back the hand of his one true love, Buttercup (Robin Wright). But Buttercup is engaged to be married to a terrible prince, forcing Westley to rush across the kingdom, battling all the evils the land can throw at him to save his love … and the day.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
One of the most groundbreaking sci-fi films of the 20th century, Blade Runner‘s final cut is how the movie was truly intended to be seen. In a dystopian future, the world is a constantly stormy, overcrowded slum where technology both gives and takes away. In this world, a supreme authority orders that Replicants, a race of bio-engineered humans, be exterminated. To accomplish those aims, Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Replicant Hunter, is pressed back into service to eliminate four Replicants that have returned to Earth. But in his journey, Deckard unwittingly falls in love with a Replicant woman.
Happiest Season (2020)
We’re officially into the Christmas season, with both Netflix and Hulu releasing original movies about the holiday. However, this isn’t your typical holiday fare In Happiest Season, Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as a couple who are spending the holiday season with family. But while one plans to propose to the other during her family’s annual holiday party, she soon learns that her partner’s family has no idea that their daughter is gay.
After last year’s anthology series, The Act, Hulu has a surprising corner on the Munchausen by proxy market. What is Munchausen by proxy? A syndrome in which a caregiver makes up illnesses or handicaps in a child to make them wholly dependent on the caregiver. While Munchausen isn’t explicitly what’s going on in the relationship between Chloe (Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson), it sure looks like it. Diane has raised her daughter in isolation, controlling every aspect of her life. But as the chronically ill and handicapped Chloe grows up, she begins to unravel some secrets that don’t add up.
Sylvie’s Love (2020)
A classic love story for a modern audience, Sylvie’s Love takes place over the 1950s and ’60s in New York. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) aspires to be a television producer, and one sultry summer, she strikes up a relationship with Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a jazz musician working in her father’s record store. The two unlock a passion that neither has ever experienced before. But the summer ends, and time goes on. Years later, they reunite in a different time to find that their feelings haven’t changed an ounce.
Uncle Frank (2020)
Written and directed by Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under), Uncle Frank is part dark comedy, part melodrama. Paul Bettany stars as a gay literature professor who reluctantly returns to his conservative, small-town home to attend his father’s funeral. There, with some help from his teenage niece, he unpacks the trauma and frustration inflicted on him by his odd family.
Sound of Metal (2020)
Riz Ahmed stars in this Sundance favorite acquired by Amazon. When a heavy metal drummer, Ruben (Ahmed), begins to lose his hearing, his entire world is turned upside down. Unable to hear his music, he begins to severely question his own identity and becomes pitted in a battle with his own deafness.
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Did Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit get you into a chess kick? Keep scratching the itch with Edward Zwick’s 2014 historical drama, Pawn Sacrifice. The story of American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schrieber), Pawn Sacrifice is a more true-to-history exploration of one of the most unusual battlegrounds of the Cold War. The film focuses on Fischer and Spassky’s intense battle of wills and strategy during the 1972 World Chess Championship.
28 Days Later (2003)
Halloween may have passed, but there’s always time for a pulse-pounding horror classic. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later revitalized the zombie horror genre and ushered in a (perhaps oversaturated) new era of zombie apocalypse media. To this day, 28 Days Later remains one of the most provocative, nuanced, and downright horrifying depictions of that apocalypse — especially given its final twist. Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma to find London all but deserted. Very soon, he discovers why when he joins a group of survivors of a “Rage” virus that leaked from a medical research lab and infected the country.
HBO and HBO Max
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
On Christmas Day 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 became the first day-and-date release to hit HBO Max as part of Warner Bros. agreement to stream all of their new releases on the platform in 2021. The follow up to Wonder Woman needs no introduction, really. But if you need a primer: It’s been nearly seven decades since the events of the first film, and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is an archivist at the Smithsonian. But when a mysterious artifact comes into the museum’s possession, it launches a sequence of events that threaten to destroy the world.
I Used to Go Here
Gillian Jacobs stars in this quirky, thoughtful comedy about a successful author who is asked to speak at her alma mater. Upon her return, she finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students, reliving her glory days and finding herself trapped in nostalgia.
The Invisible Man (2020)
Leigh Whannell is best known for the Saw and Insidious franchises, and The Invisible Man takes aspects of both to bring a deeply creepy vibe to Universal’s Monster Universe. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) has fought for a long-time to escape the clutches of her abusive, controlling husband — a tech billionaire who has made his fortune in optics. But when she finally escapes, her ex commits suicide, leaving her his fortune. Cecilia, however, knows his sadism too well and suspects he staged his own death. Sure enough, the scientist has found a way to become invisible and uses his newfound power to stalk, terrorize, and destroy his ex-girlfriend’s life. As everyone around her begins to suspect her sanity, Cecilia finally decides to take matters into her own hands.
Phantom Thread (2017)
Director Paul Thomas Anderson and star Daniel Day-Lewis are at the peak of their wily powers in this subdued, creeping film about lust and obsession. Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker who, along with his sister Cyril, are central figures in British fashion in the 1950s. Women come and go through the eternal bachelor Woodcock’s life until he meets Alma, and his carefully tailored life is challenged by an extraordinarily strong will.
Just Mercy (2019)
Just Mercy tells the true story of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a Black man who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite an abundance of evidence proving his innocence. Fresh out of Harvard Law, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) heads to Alabama to defend McMillian, determined to do his part to right the systemic wrongs of a criminal justice system that refuses proper representation to the wrongly condemned. As Stevenson tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life, he encounters racism and the manipulations of the legal and political system to protect itself.