First of the Month New Netflix Addition Highlights (October 1st, 2018)


Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’

It’s a new month! That means a big list of new and returning titles hitting the service today. Over 115 new titles were added to the Netflix catalog today. We take a look at some of the highlights to take some of the work out of it for you. 

This October is going to be full of streaming delights! This list features some noteworthy titles added today. These are all movies I have seen and would personally recommend. There is one very important thing you must remember about the first of the month additions: New isn’t always better. Take the time to appreciate some of these older titles. (There are a couple of new ones in there…I have to keep you on your toes.)

Many more additions are in store for you in October. To stay updated on additions throughout the month bookmark our What’s New page, updated daily.

Coming In October:

Anger Management (2003)

After a gentle businessman is forced to get anger management counseling, his therapist moves in. Turns out his therapist has issues of his own.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Mel Brook’s gleefully satirical take on Hollywood Westerns follows the tortured trail of a freed slave who’s elected as the sheriff of a racist town. It’s a film you absolutely must make time for.

Chappaquiddick (2017)

This haunting movie sees Senator Ted Kennedy watch his future unravel in the wake of an infamous car crash as family and allies vie to protect his reputation. Ed Helms puts forth a great performance.

Free State of Jones (2016)

Matthew McConaughey stars in this fact-based drama as a rebellious farmer who leads a group of Civil War deserters in a fight to establish a mixed-race free state in the deep South.

Sommersby (1993)

This is the kind of movie to go to when you just want to see movie stars doing what it is they do. After the war, a Confederate soldier with a questionable past returns home to his wife, who thought he was dead and became engaged to another man. It’s a Saturday night, popcorn drama.

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Now, this is a classic sink into the chair and indulge movie. Keanu Reeves stars as a young attorney recruited to the firm of a charismatic lawyer, whose strange behavior gradually reveals a sinister intent. Enjoy this one with no guilt.

Gotham: Season 4

As Gotham’s most fiendish criminals step out of the shadows to rebuild, Gordon and Bullock attempt to control the chaos with some help from Bruce.

The Green Mile (1999)

Tom Hanks stars in this Stephen King classic as a prison guard who discovers that a death row inmate possesses mysterious powers. He then tries desperately to prevent the condemned man’s execution.


Mystic River (2003)

Tragedy reunites childhood friends Sean, Dave, and Jimmy when they’re linked together in a murder investigation about Jimmy’s teenage daughter. This brooding Academy Award-winner from director Clint Eastwood is an unquestionable a must see.

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

After Bastian is bullied, he holes up in his school’s attic with a book about Fantasia: a land of dragons, racing snails and other magical creatures. Curl up with your children and introduce them to this classic. The story never ends.


Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this right now! When his treasured bicycle is stolen, childlike prankster Pee-wee Herman sets off on a whirlwind cross-country adventure to recover it. Tell them Large Marge sent ya.

The Shining (1980)

An October must see, Jack Nicholson stars in this Stanley Kubrick film as Jack Torrance, a writer who descends into madness — terrorizing his wife and young son — after living at a deserted and eerie hotel during its offseason.

V for Vendetta (2005)

A masked freedom fighter known as “V” takes up arms against a totalitarian government and finds an unlikely ally in a young woman.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Zack and Miri make and star in an adult film to bring in easy money. But their unspoken feelings for each other might threaten the whole enterprise. This film is hilarious and sweet and filled with your favorite actors.


Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Robert De Niro stars in director Sergio Leone’s sprawling crime epic that follows a group of Jewish mobsters who rise in the ranks of organized crime in 1920s New York City. The scale and ambition of this film are extraordinary, spanning four decades.

Happy October! What do you look forward to streaming this month? Let us know in the comments!

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Cheryl has written for What’s on Netflix for over three years. She’s a confessed streaming addict and also runs a Netflix based community on Facebook with over 10,000 users. Cheryl specializes in documentaries and covers weekly additions for the US in addition to breaking news stories. She is the Weekend Editor for What’s On Netflix. Cheryl resides in Virginia, USA.