The 20 Best New Movies to Stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO

2021 is the year of the streamer! Between HBO Max releasing Warner Bros.’ theatrical slate as soon as the movies hit theaters and Netflix releasing a new original film every week, things are constantly changing on the major streaming platforms. Fortunately, we’re keeping tabs on the comings and goings for you so you won’t miss a thing. Every week, we compile the best new movies to join Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max. Remember to keep checking back!

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Netflix

Dave Bautista in Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead (2021)

Zack Snyder’s take on a zombie movie is as over the top and pulse-pounding as you’d expect a Zack Snyder zombie movie to be. A zombie outbreak in Las Vegas leaves the city in ruins, walled off from the rest of the world. But it’s Vegas, so there’s money to be had for the intrepid. When casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) approaches displaced Vegas weapons expert Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) with a proposition to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the city before the government nukes it off the face of the Earth, Ward gathers a ragtag crew to head into the zombie-infested city and retrieve the money.

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Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window (2021)

Based on the bestselling novel by Tracy Letts, this thriller features an all-star cast, including Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, and Julianne Moore. Anna Fox (Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who is drawn to keep an eye on the perfect family across the street from her New York City brownstone. But when she’s watching one night, she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime, turning her life completely upside down.

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Melanie Laurent in Oxygen

Oxygen (2021)

Alexandre Aja (Crawl) is back at it with the sci-fi horror in this bone-chilling film about a young woman (Mélanie Laurent) who wakes up in a cryogenic pod after an untold amount of time and in an unfamiliar place. She has no idea who she is or how she ended up there. All she knows is she’s running out of oxygen and must rebuild her memory if she’s going to survive.

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

The directorial debut of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) strikes back with this pre-apocalyptic romp about a family of unlikely heroes. Katie Mitchell sets out on a road trip to her first year at film school, accompanied by her parents, younger brother, and beloved dog. But their family bonding plans are put on hold when the world’s electronic devices suddenly come to life and stage an uprising. Now, the Mitchells — along with two friendly robots — are humanity’s only hope to head off the new technological revolution.

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Al Pacino in Scarface

Scarface (1983)

“Say hello to my little friend!” It’s Scarface, now streaming on Netflix. This beloved gangster movie follows the rise of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) after earning a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official. Arriving in Miami, Tony quickly stakes a claim in the drug trade and, through unconscionable brutality, rises to the top of the cocaine racket in the city. But as pressure from police, drug wars, and his own drug-fueled paranoia rises, Tony’s downfall comes about nearly as abruptly as his rise.

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Hulu

Martin Luther King and J. Edgar Hoover in MLK/FBI

MLK/FBI (2020)

Although we revere Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today as a civil rights hero and political genius, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies during his time perceived him more as an enemy of the state. In this documentary, Sam Pollard details the racially-motivated FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s under the direction of unapologetically racist FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

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Morfyyd Clark in Saint Maud

Saint Maud (2021)

Writer-director Rose Glass’s debut film is absolutely goosebump-inducing. Maud (Morfydd Clark) is a newly devout hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul in a grim, dark world. But as Maud attempts to intercede on behalf of the divine, sinister forces and her own past sins swirl against her, threatening her mission and her sanity.

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The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady (2011)

Before Gillian Anderson on The Crown, Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of resolute British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady takes place in Thatcher’s twilight years, reflecting on her life and career as she prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband. Thatcher was the daughter of a Grantham grocer and shattered the glass ceiling to become the United Kingdom’s first woman prime minister, remaining in power for 11 years. A deeply polarizing character, Thatcher had an unyielding will and was often callous towards both aristocrats and the working class alike, but despite rankling many feathers, she remains one of the U.K.’s most respected and memorable politicians.

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Daniel Craig iin Skyfall

Skyfall (2012)

A highlight from the Daniel Craig Bond era — from the hit theme song to surprisingly high stakes — Skyfall is one of the best the Bond franchise has to offer. When James Bond’s latest assignment goes terribly wrong, undercover agents around the world are exposed and MI6 is attacked. Completely compromised, M (Judi Dench) must relocate the agency, turning to the one man she can trust: Bond. Untethered from the agency, Bond takes to the shadows to track down Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M’s past who wants to settle an old score and does not care about collateral damage.

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Predator (1987)

One of the most beloved action/sci-fi movies of all time, Predator is peak Arnold Schwarzenegger and peak ’80s action. Arnold plays Dutch, a mercenary hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But upon his team’s arrival, they soon realize something has gone horribly wrong. They continue to find dead bodies, slowly discovering that they’re being hunted by a brutal alien creature with the ability to camouflage into its surroundings.

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Amazon Prime Video

Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

Trumbo (2015)

In the years after World War II, America became consumed by a fear of Communism in the dawn of the Cold War. Before McCarthyism became the buzzword for driving suspected Communists out of Hollywood, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood Ten became one of the earliest victims of the Hollywood Red Scare. Driven out of the industry, Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) continues to work clandestinely in the industry, penning multiple Oscar winners without receiving credit.

Pink in Pink: All I Know So Far

P!NK: All I Know So Far (2021)

You don’t have to be a P!NK fan to enjoy this music documentary. The surprisingly poignant, quiet film follows P!NK on her record-breaking 2019 Beautiful Trauma world tour as she tries to balance being a mom, a wife, a boss, and a performer. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews, and personal material, All I Know So Far digs into the drive and obsession it takes to balance life as an independent pop star.

Almost Famous

Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical R-rated coming-of-age tale follows 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit), an avid music fan in 1973 inspired by the revolutionary music of the age. That love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater. But what starts as an interview evolves into touring with the band, despite the fervent objections of his protective mother (Frances McDormand). William is suddenly slamming the gas pedal to adulthood.

Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Al Pacino delivers one of his best performances ever as retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. Blind and impossible to get along with, he’s in need of a caretaker, which is where Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) steps in. Charlie is in school and in order to pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving, believing Frank’s niece when she says it’ll be easy money. She’s wrong.

The Boy From Medellin

The Boy From Medellín (2020)

Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s newest subject is J Balvin, one of the biggest international music superstars. This documentary follows J Balvin before the most important concert of his career — a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. But as the performance draws closer, Colombia explodes into political unrest, forcing the musician to grapple with his responsibility as an artist to his country and to his fans around the globe. With public pressure heightening, Balvin also continues to battle the anxiety and depression that has plagued him for years. Shot entirely in the week before the concert, it’s an intimate, moving portrait of the “Prince of Reggaeton” at one of the biggest crossroads in his life.

HBO and HBO Max

Angelina Jolie in Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

Angelina Jolie stars in this new Warner Bros. thriller about a smoke jumper — someone who spots wildfires and alerts authorities — who stumbles across a young boy on the run out in the woods. For unexpressed reasons, the boy is running from two relentless assassins, drawing the protection from the smoke jumper. When a wildfire breaks out in the Montana wilderness, the unlikely team must evade the flames and the assassins.

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Dev Patel in The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

The classic Charles Dickens novel gets a slightly revisionist facelift in this plucky, bright adaptation starring Dev Patel. The story follows the indefatigable Copperfield from childhood to maturity, through the web of adventures he weaves and the friends and enemies he makes throughout his life.

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Gerard Butler in Greenland

Greenland (2020)

Before you pass judgment on yet another Gerard Butler disaster movie, this one is actually pretty good! Butler plays John Garrity, united with his estranged wife and their young son as a planet-killing comet hurtles towards the Earth. Their last chance for salvation is to find sanctuary in one of the remotest areas on the planet. As the Garritys meet people along the journey, they hear terrifying accounts of entire cities being leveled and a global apocalypse appears nigh. It brings out both the best and the worst in humanity.

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Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Initially released on HBO Max, Wonder Woman 1984 is back for both HBO and HBO Max streamers. Set decades after the first film, the film features Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) living quietly among mortals, working for the Smithsonian in the 1980s. In her downtime, she does some superhero things, having come completely into her own powers, but she’s mostly focused on her anthropological career. However, when the covetous Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) steals a mysterious artifact out from under Diana’s nose, he inherits an extraordinary power that threatens to destroy the world. Now, Diana must face off against Lord and the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

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John David Washington in Tenet

Tenet (2020)

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was one of the most hyped and talked about movies of 2020. Part of that was the apparent insistence to put Tenet in theaters despite a pandemic, but a larger part was the cryptic messaging of the marketing and the actors’ own admissions that they didn’t fully understand the movie themselves. Sure enough, Tenet is as mind-blowing and opaque as Nolan ever is, while continuing his trend of completely revolutionizing special effects. Visually spectacular and endlessly provocative, Tenet will stick with you for days after viewing, and you might just watch it more than once.

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