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 November, 2020.
Run Like Clockwork
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Written and Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates and Warren Clarke
A Clockwork Orange follows a sociopath named Alex as he engages in criminal activity throughout a dystopian England. The film has developed a contentious rhetoric in the near-50 years since its release, with some calling for its censorship and others calling for mandatory viewings.
There’s no doubt about it: A Clockwork Orange is messed up – like messed up as in psychological torture messed up. But when viewed through a satirical lens, the film proves to be a clear indictment of fascist governments and a commentary on the nature of autonomy. Oh, and the production design of the film is just about second to none.
A Tale (or the lack thereof) American Democracy
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Written and Directed by Aaron Sorkin
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, and Jeremy Strong
The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows the events of the infamous trial of the same name in which seven protesters were tried for conspiracy and incitement to riot in Chicago in the summer of 1968.
I will not say lightly: the trial of the chicago seven was a failure of the American judicial system – a completely biased, corrupt and inhumane affair. To see an American citizen denied his right to self-counsel, bound and gagged in a “supposed democratic court,” and effectively tortured at the expense of a judge more interested in perversions of contempt than actual justice is an unforgettable lesson in the follies of American democracy.
Although Sorkin’s film tells the story from one side, there’s more than enough to keep audiences engaged and emotionally connected. But for a more nuanced look at the trial and its impact on American culture, consider reading primary sources and seeking other critical opinions.
Black Comedy Classic
Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, and Peter Stormare
Fargo is about a Minnesota police chief who becomes embroiled in a convoluted murder plot. Fargo is widely regarded as one of the best Coen brothers movies – which is saying something, considering the duo has directed some of the most acclaimed features of the past 30+ years.
Frances McDormand won her first of two Best Actress Oscars for Fargo – her other win was for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. There’s no doubt about it: Fargo is one of the best new movies on Netflix.
Don’t Know, Don’t Show or Don’t Care
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Written and Directed by John Singleton
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and Laurence Fishburne
Boyz n the Hood is a classic gangster movie that offers insight into the setting of south-central LA in an era of rampant drug trading, rioting, gentrification and police brutality.
Is a man a product of the environment or is the environment a product of the man? This is the question at the heart of John Singleton’s masterful 1991 film Boyz n the Hood – a near two-hour sermon on love, life, and death – delivered in good measure by Laurence Fishburne in the role of Furious Styles.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Written by Ted Griffin, Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts
Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices attempt a $150 million dollar robbery in this Steven Soderbergh classic; one of the best heist movies of all-time.
I’ve long maintained the stance that Ocean’s Eleven is the perfect casual viewing for cinema lovers. It’s breezy enough to watch with a group but it’s incredibly well-acted – and I’d argue that the film is perhaps Soderbergh’s best work.
The Scarlet Letter
Easy A (2010)
Written by Bert V. Royal, Directed by Will Gluck
Starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Lisa Kudrow and Stanley Tucci
Easy A follows the story of a high school student named Olive who pretends to have sex with her classmates in exchange for gift cards.
Easy A is an homage to classic 80s movies such as Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. It’s also an homage within an homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – with the A in Easy A standing for adulterer like it did in Hawthorne’s novel. Ultimately, Easy A renovates Hawthorne’s themes of classical prudency and societal shame for a new generation.
An Unwinnable Game
Written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Bennett Miller
Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Moneyball is a story about a rigged system and those who struggle against it. There are a lot of great baseball movies, but I’d argue that none are better than Bennet Miller’s Moneyball– based on the novel of the same name by Michael Lewis.
There are those who would disagree with me, but let me say this: you don’t have to know anything about baseball to fall in love with Moneyball.. If you’ve ever felt at odds with a behemoth institution, then you’ll surely find a lot to appreciate in Moneyball.
War in Vietnam
Written and Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Forest Whittaker
Platoon is a 1986 war film that demonstrates the Vietnam conflict through the eyes of a young idealistic private named Chris Taylor.
There are more than a few great Vietnam war movies, including but not limited to: Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Born on the Fourth of July and The Deer Hunter. But for many, Platoon remains a standout of the subgenre – and it won Oliver Stone his first Academy Award for Best Director.
They’re Always Watching
Written by Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone, Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto
In 2013, NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden changed the course of international politics when he released classified data that showed that the U.S. government was snooping on the “private” data of millions of people.
Oliver Stone’s Snowden is a solid film that serves as a good introductory course on the life of this generation’s most famous whistleblower. As a follow-up, I recommend you watch the Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour, which shows Snowden’s escape from the U.S. in real time.
Joaquin Phoenix has enjoyed a litany of great roles during his young career, but perhaps none have been more tenderly performed than the role of Theodore Twobmly – a depressed man in the midst of an ugly divorce, who unintentionally falls in love with his computer’s operating system.
Her is a heart-wrenching movie that looks into the future of interpersonal relationships with a forewarning tone.
Tragedy in Paradise
The Impossible (2012)
Written by Sergio G. Sanches, Directed by J. A. Bayona
Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland
The Impossible, or Lo Imposible, tells the story of María Belón and her family, who through sheer determination and luck survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Naomi Watts received considerable praise for her performance in the film – including nominations for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Bayona’s direction gives the film a truly visceral feel, forcing us to see into a horrific situation that resulted in an estimated 227,000+ people killed.
Nobody Say No
Yes Man (2008)
Written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel. Directed by Peyton Reed
Starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper
Carl is a stuck-in-the-mud guy who never does anything because he’s too busy saying no, but everything changes when he goes to a self-help guru who forces him to always say yes.
Yes Man is a highly imperfect movie due to some cheesy dialogue and lackluster direction – but it’s heart is in the right place. It reminds us that if we don’t take opportunities when they’re presented to us, we’ll always be trapped in the same place.
An Unforgettable Drama
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler
Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz
On New Year’s Day 2009, a young man named Oscar Grant was shot by police officer Johannes Mehserle at Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California. This tragic event serves as the basis for Ryan Coogler’s feature directorial debut Fruitvale Station.
Michael B. Jordan delivers a career performance portraying Grant, offering emotional depth and raw fury with his words. Fruitvale Station is an incredibly well-directed film and helped establish Coogler as one of the best young directors working in Hollywood.
The Game is Afoot
Enola Holmes (2020)
Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter
Enola Holmes, a new feature from Harry Bradbeer, stars Millie Bobby Brown in the title role of Sherlock’s younger sister who goes on a quest to find her mother after she mysteriously disappears.
We’ve seen a lot of actors play Sherlock Holmes over the years, but none quite like Henry Cavill, whose stoic demeanor seems so miscasted that it’s hard not to laugh. But Cavill does a good job of supporting the star of the picture, Bobby Brown, who is given much more room to act than she is in Stranger Things.
Loving v. Virginia
Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols
Starring Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon
In 1967, the United States Supreme Court voted in favor of Mildred and Richard Loving, declaring that the rejection of interracial marriages was unconstitutional. The 2016 film Loving looks back at this landmark case and the events leading up to it – including Mildred and Richard’s infamous imprisonment for cohabitation.
The film was directed by the great Jeff Nichols, who has stealthily established himself as one of the best young filmmakers in the world. Not to mention, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga deliver powerhouse performances in the leading roles.
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,