Best New Movies on Netflix This Week: September 4th-5th, 2021


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Cliffhanger – Picture: TriStar Pictures

It’s been a super busy week for brand new movies on Netflix in the United States over the past 7 days. It’s hard to narrow it down to just five picks but we’ve going to give it a go below. Here are 5 of the best new movies that have been added to Netflix recently.

Editor’s Note: This list is primarily based for those in the US, other region availability will vary.

Missed any of our movie recommendations from last week? You missed some absolute crackers including the criminally underrated Wind River.

We’ll have a full recap of what’s new on Netflix US tomorrow but let’s now take a look at the best new movies:

Bright Star (2009)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider
Writer: Jane Campion, Andrew Motion
Runtime: 119 min

Two new Jane Campion movies were added to Netflix this week in anticipation of the arrival of The Power of the Dog later in the year. Of the two new movies, Bright Star is by far and away the critical darling.

The movie seeks to tell the story of John Keats who was a famous 19th-century poet who falls in love with Fanny Brawne after discovering his terminal condition.

Nominated for an Oscar, it’s widely considered to be Campion’s best work to date and has been dubbed by some as “Indie Film Perfection“.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Writer: Spike Lee
Runtime: 120 min

Speaking of director’s best works, let’s move onto this movie that came out just before the turn of the decade into the 90s from Spike Lee. Do The Right Thing is set in Brooklyn and sees racial tensions rise up in an already problematic neighborhood.

It’s easily one of Spike Lee’s best works and was nominated for two Oscars.

Afterlife of the Party (2021)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Victoria Justice, Adam Garcia, Midori Francis
Writer: Carrie Freedle
Runtime: 109 min

This Netflix Original movie release will certainly not be for everyone. I went in thinking I was going to come away disappointed but thanks to a sterling performance from Victoria Justice, there’s a lot to take away from this film which makes it worth a watch.

It follows a young socialite who enjoys nothing more than partying the night away but ignorantly wrongs many people in the process. After a freak accident, she’s shown the errors of her ways and is given a second chance to rectify her wrongs.

An Unfinished Life (2005)

Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman
Writer: Mark Spragg, Virginia Korus Spragg

Looking for a good family drama? An Unfinished Life is for you. With an all-star cast, the Miramax film is about a grieving widow who along with her daughter, movies into their father-in-law’s home.


There was a huge divide in critics’ and audiences’ opinions at the time of release and if anything, audiences have enjoyed the movie more as time goes on.

Cliffhanger (1993)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker
Writer: John Long, Michael France, Sylvester Stallone
Runtime: 113 min

Looking to turn your brain off with some classic Stallone action? Cliffhanger is for you.

Sylvester Stallone stars as a park ranger called Gabe Walker who is called to save a group of stranded climbers who turn out to be there under nefarious circumstances.


This is very much an 80s movie released in the wrong decade and the artwork behind the movie certainly supports this too.

That’s our five movie suggestions for this week, we’ll be back for more next week but once again, check out our what’s new on Netflix section for more.

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Founder of What's on Netflix and based in Norwich in the United Kingdom, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for a decade having started the site in 2013. Kasey maintains the what's new library, keeps the coming soon lists up-to-date and writes about new and upcoming Netflix movies, series and games.