The start of the month usually brings out about some of the best new additions on Netflix and September definitely hasn’t disappointed. We’ve chosen the best of the bunch from this past week and compiled them into our list of best new movies added to Netflix this week. Enjoy!
Here are the best new movies on Netflix this week:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Jonathan Rhys Davies, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd
Runtime: Fellowship of the Ring: 178 minutes / Two Towers: 179 Minutes / Return of the King: 201 Minutes
One of the greatest film franchises of all time returns to Netflix! The Lord of the Rings, almost 20 years on, is still the apex of fantasy films and easily one of the most binge-worthy trilogies to boot. With a run time of 558 minutes, just shy of ten hours, take a day to put your feet up on the sofa, relax and enjoy one of the greatest fantasy stories ever told.
Thousands of years after the defeat of the dark lord Sauron, there has been relative peace in middle-earth. But when the dark lord stirs once more, he seeks out the legendary ring of power, forged from the flames of Mount. Doom. The ring, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, ends up in the hands of the hobbit, Frodo Baggins. Middle Earth’s fate rest in the hands of the young hobbit as Frodo and his companions, the fellowship of the ring, must travel to Mordor and cast the ring into the fire of Mount. Doom, destroying the ring once and for all.
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender
Runtime: 117 Minutes
Taken from the very pages of history itself (kind of), Zack Snyder’s 300 was a smash hit when it was released to theatres worldwide in 2007. If you’re looking for an action-packed film of blood, violence and amazing fight scenes, then look no further.
In the year 480 B.C. the city-state of Sparta and all of Greece are on the brink of war with the Persian Empire. Choosing to stand against Xerxes and his legions, King Leonidas of the Spartans leads a force of 300 men to defend the “hot gates” at Thermopylae.
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Mary Harron
Cast: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto
Runtime: 101 Minutes
The cult-classic American-Psycho is arguably one of Christian Bales most famous films. Playing the role of Patrick Bateman almost never happened for Bale when he was passed over for Leonardo Di Caprio, only for the young actor to pull out of the project at the behest of feminist activist Gloria Steinem. The role returned to Bale, giving him a stand out performance that paved the way for him to become the Batman, five years later.
The highly successful investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his dark alter ego from co-workers and friends as he delves deep into his psychopathic and murderous fantasies.
Dante’s Peak (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renee Smith, Jeremy Foley, Elizabeth Hoffman
Runtime: 108 Minutes
At the peak of Pierce Brosnan’s popularity as Bond, 1997 was a very busy year for the Irish actor. Away from the glitz and glamor of portraying a suave British spy, Brosnan was hard at work playing Harry Dalton in Roger Donaldson’s Dante’s Peak. Disaster movies have always been one of intrigue for audiences around the world so spice up your palate with some volcano filled action.
A vulcanologist arrives at the countryside town of Dante’s Peak, recently named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that the long-dormant volcano, Dante’s Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishbourne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney
Runtime: 138 Minutes
Actors, Sean Penn, and Tim Robbins cleaned up at the Academy Awards for their performances in Mystic River. Penn took home the award for best actor, while Robbins picked up the accolade for best-supporting actor. The film was nominated for four further awards in categories such as Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
The lives of three childhood friends, Jimmy, Dave and Sean were changed forever when Dave was abducted and sexually assaulted. 19 years later, and the trio have grown apart from each other. Jimmy is an ex-con running a neighborhood store, Sean is a detective for the police and Dave, despite being haunted by his past is a blue-collar worker. Tragedy strikes yet again when Katie, the daughter of Jimmy, is murdered.
Which movie are you excited to see on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments below!