There’s no shortage of films to watch on various streaming services, but it can be hard to narrow down your options, with titles coming and leaving every month. We’re here to help with a list of the best new streaming movies for you to watch.
Every week, we offer you our top picks across different services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and more. We’ve chosen titles added to these services in the last month, offering a mix of streaming originals and older titles newly available.
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best movies to stream weekly as new titles are added or removed.
The Lost Daughter (2021)
Netflix – December 17
Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut with this beautiful and heartbreaking portrait of a woman living in the shadow of her decisions as a mother. Leda, a middle-aged, divorced English professor, becomes fixated on two fellow travellers during a solo vacation in Greece. As she watches and interacts with the women and their children, she remembers her own daughters and a past choice to abandon her family, along with what that has cost her. This drama, which is getting Oscar buzz, launched on Netflix in December and is still one of the best new streaming movies to watch this week.
Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
HBO Max – December 22
An odd sequel, no doubt, The Matrix Resurrections effectively makes an argument against its own existence, taking on Hollywood’s obsession with franchises even as it adds its own fresh spin on a film series launched over two decades ago. Neo has been plugged back in and convinced that his memories of the familiar Matrix trilogy are in fact part of his own creations as a video game developer. From there, the film weaves in old and new elements to expand on the themes of the original films and give us a radically self-aware treatise on storytelling under capitalism. It’s naturally a polarizing entry in The Matrix franchise, but if you’re in on the joke, it’s a truly electrifying sequel, and Warner Bros. has made it available to stream on HBO Max for a month during its theatrical run.
HBO Max is your home for Warner Bros-made movies and TV shows like The Lord of the Rings, the DC Comics superheroes, and more. It’s also the home for new and original movies and shows available nowhere else.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Netflix – January 1
It’s a crime that Sony didn’t greenlight the planned sequels to David Fincher’s terrific adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s celebrated Millenium novels, one of the best new streaming movies worth checking out as it becomes available on Netflix. Swedish reporter Mikael Blomkvist teams up with hacker Lisbeth Salander when he’s hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate a 40-year-old disappearance in this gritty neo-noir thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
It’s a mystery why no one has tried to adapt Walter Mosley’s best-selling Easy Rawlins mystery novels since 1995’s Devil in a Blue Dress. With terrific performances by Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, and more, the film stands as proof that Mosley’s writing works incredibly well onscreen. When Easy Rawlins, recently laid off and strapped for cash, is enlisted to help find a missing woman in 1940s LA, he gets mixed up in a criminal underworld of crooked politicians, racist cops, and violent kidnappers.
Hulu offers not only thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, it also has original shows and films like The Handmaid’s Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels, including your local stations.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Paramount Plus and Hulu – January 1
A CIA researcher goes on the run when his bureau is targetted by killers with suspicious links to his own employers. This classic cat-and-mouse thriller features stellar performances by Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway as unlikely allies in way over their heads. It’s one of the best new streaming movies to watch this week for any fan of the spy genre, and you can watch it on both Hulu and Paramount Plus.
Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime, and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite, and more.
Peacock – January 1
A critical and commercial failure, 2009’s Gamer is way overdue to be rediscovered and given its well-deserved appreciation. Now’s a perfect time, as the sci-fi actioner from the directors of Crank has dropped on Peacock where you can watch it for free (or without ads if you sign up for a paid subscription). The film follows John “Kable” Tillman, a man on death row fighting for his freedom as a human avatar in a massively popular online game where inmates can win their freedom — or die trying. The film is a totally unhinged and hyperactive look at our online lives and where we might end up if we let tech billionaires have their way.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service offers a lot of great movies and TV shows to stream on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch lots of its content for free, or watch all of it with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 a month.
Peacock – January 1
What a perfect time to revisit horror classic Scream, just as the latest entry in the iconic franchise is hitting theatres. Re-launching the slasher genre in the 90s, Wes Craven’s Scream is both a loving homage and a blast of energy into a genre that was losing some of its lustre in the public eye. It follows teen Sidney Prescott and her friends as they try to evade the mysterious Ghostface killer. The twist is that the characters (killers and victims alike) are hyperaware of the rules of horror films, using them to wink to the audience and scrounge up some fresh scares. If you like Scream, you can also check out Scream 2 on Peacock.
A comedy classic that’s sure to get you laughing, Super Troopers is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The film follows a group of Vermont state troopers with a knack for slacking off, pranking and hazing each other, and generally doing a terrible job of policing. They have to get serious — or as close as they can get — when a jurisdiction war puts them at odds with rival law enforcement. If they can get it together to solve a murder tied to a marijuana smuggling operation on their own, they’ll be able to prove themselves and keep their beloved station open.
Amazon Prime Video
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The Tender Bar (2022)
Amazon Prime Video – January 7
Directed by Academy Award-winner George Clooney and starring fellow Oscar winner Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar is a coming-of-age drama based on J. R. Moehringer’s memoir of the same name. It sees a young J. R. growing up on Long Island with his eccentric family. Coping with the disappointment of an absentee father, he forms a bond with his supportive — if unconventional — uncle Charlie and the patrons of the bar he runs.