Every month, dozens of movies arrive on Netflix, but it can be a hassle keeping track of all the great content that comes and goes. Don’t fret though, we’re going to break down the best new movies on Netflix each month to help you decide on what to watch. These are the best of what’s coming to Netflix in June, 2020.
Disaster Movie Parody
1. Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! is one of the best 80’s movies and one of the best comedies of all time. Featuring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Airplane! soars on the success of its unexpected all-star cast.
The film was written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker. The trio would go on to make several other films together, but none were better than Airplane!.
Understated Gangster Flick
2. Donnie Brasco (1997)
If Pacino wasn’t enough to get you excited, Johnny Depp also stars in the film. Depp steals the show as real-life FBI agent Joseph Pistone, who infiltrated the Mafia under the name Donnie Brasco.
Classic Scorsese Drama
3. Mean Streets (1997)
Mean Streets also marked the first collaboration between Scorsese and rising star Robert De Niro. It may not be a perfect film, but it proved that Scorsese was well on his way to becoming a master filmmaker.
Coming of Age
4. Lady Bird (2018)
Lady Bird is a near-perfect film that features great performances from Timothee Chalamet, Lucas Hedges, and of course, Saorsie Ronan.
Ferrell and McAdams Comedy
Before I say anything about Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, let me say this: Will Ferrell doesn’t get enough love from critics. For over twenty years, Ferrell has been one of the premiere talents working in comedy.
With that said, his latest feature Eurovision Song Contest, doesn’t quite live up to the quality of his best works. It’s not bad by any means, just not as funny or as sharp as other features he wrote, like Talladega Nights or Step Brothers.
World War II Masterpiece
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
Full disclosure, I think Schindler’s List is the greatest film ever made. No other film has made me as emotional, sobered, or horrified as Spielberg’s holocause masterpiece.
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Sir Ben Kingsley all give the best performances of their careers in the film. Spielberg’s decision to shoot in black and white was bold but brilliant. Steven Zaillan’s script is sprawling yet always engaging. Not to mention that John Williams' score is maybe the greatest film score of all-time.
Eastwood’s Boxing Film
7. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Million Dollar Baby may very well be Clint Eastwood’s best directorial feature. That’s saying something too, Eastwood isn’t a one trick pony director. He’s been nominated twice for Best Director at the Academy Awards and won twice.
Hillary Swank stars in the film and does a great job in the leading role of boxer Maggie Fitzgeral. Both Swank and co-star Morgan Freeman won Oscars for their performances.
Spike Lee Vietnam Joint
8. Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Spike Lee’s latest joint Da 5 Bloods is already being hailed as one of his best. The film stars Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isaiah Whitlock Jr. as four Vietnam vets who go back to the warzone to retrieve the body of their fallen comrade, along with some hidden gold.
Delroy Lindo gives a powerhouse performance in the film, which should absolutely receive award buzz come Oscar season.
Boston Heist Movie
9. The Town (2010)
Ben Affleck is a good filmmaker. There, I said it. And well I’m at it, I’ll say this too: Ben Affleck is a good actor. I know, I know, put down the pitchforks. I do watch movies and I don’t just like Affleck because we share a Boston connection.
Over the years, Affleck has been involved in some cinematic duds, but when he’s on, he’s on. His 2010 heist-thriller The Town is proof that he’s capable of more than what he often settles for.
10. The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid is a quintessential piece of 80’s cinema. Even if you’ve never seen the film before, you’ve probably heard of Mr. Miyagi and his “wax on, wax off” training technique.
There’s a lot to love with The Karate Kid, even if it’s chock-full of cliches. Filmmakers often struggle with the most basic element of plot, which is building a character we root for. The Karate Kid does not.
Make Your Own Movie
11. The Disaster Artist (2017)
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is one of the most infamous movies ever made. Despite being universally panned by critics, it developed a cult-following and became a midnight cinema hit -- largely in part to the enigmatic qualities of its writer/director/star/producer/financier Tommy Wiseau.
The Disaster Artist brings us behind the scenes of the making-of The Room. James Franco portrays Wiseau and does an incredible job of nailing his one-in-a-million accent. There’s no doubt about it, The Disaster Artist is one of the best new movies out on Netflix.
12. Patriots Day (2017)
The Boston Marathon bombing was an act of terror. Three people were killed, seventeen lost their limbs, and countless others were injured in the attack. But in the face of absolute tragedy, the city of Boston rallied together.
Patriots Day recreates the bombing and the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers with fervent detail.
Horror Icon Film
13. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity marked the renaissance of horror-thrillers in modern cinema. Not only was the film a hit with most critics, it was huge with moviegoers as well, grossing a whopping $193 million worldwide against a $15,000 budget!
In the years since its release, Paranormal Activity has seen countless others steal its formula to varying degrees of success.
Cracking the Ciphers
14. Zodiac (2011)
Zodiac is one of the greatest thrillers of the 21st century. It’s everything a thriller should be -- tense, taut, and totally unsettling. The video above does a great job of exploring framing decisions in its best scene. If you haven’t seen Zodiac before, check it out, then come back to watch the video later.
With a cast that features Jake Gyllenhal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, the acting in Zodiac is masterclass from start to finish.
Verhoeven Sci-Fi Flick
15. Total Recall (1990)
Just 13 years before he became Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall -- a sci-fi classic, based loosely on the story of the same name by Philip K. Dick.
Some filmmaking aspects of Total Recall haven’t aged as gracefully as other films of the time period, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun sci-fi flick.
16. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Sleepless in Seattle was released at the height of Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan mania. Both stars were well-regarded with critics and had huge draws at the box office.
As far as romantic-comedies go, Sleepless in Seattle is pretty good. The script is generally considered one of the best rom-com scripts and was even nominated for an Academy Award in 1994.
Mel Brooks Parody Film
17. Spaceballs (1987)
Spaceballs mostly parodies the original Star Wars, but no sci-fi film is safe from its satirical ridicule.
18. Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight is one of many movies that may make you ask the question: wait, that won Best Picture? It’s certainly a great movie; one with a hugely important story and great performances, but it seems to have faded over the last few years in popularity.
Featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight excels on the strength of its ensemble cast.
Best Movies on Netflix
Some great new movies are coming to Netflix in May, 2020, but perhaps you’re still looking for something else to watch. Don’t worry, check out our list of the best movies of all time that are on Netflix! We update this list as movies come and go from the service so make sure to check back each month,