What to Watch Now: Best New Streaming Movies & TV at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu

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  • Publish Date: August 20, 2014

This month's best new streaming releases

The following lists include movies and TV series added to the various streaming services over the past four weeks with Metascores of 61 or higher, plus a few additional noteworthy titles that do not have Metascores. Titles with poor or mediocre reviews are omitted; this is just the good stuff.

Good recent additions to Netflix (Watch Instantly)

Netflix
Movies
Score/Title Genre Netflix Watch Instantly
  Bad Boys (1983) Drama Watch Now + Queue
64 Bicycling with Molière (2014) Foreign/Comedy Watch Now + Queue
72 The Birdcage (1996) Comedy Watch Now + Queue
75 Dancing in Jaffa (2014) Documentary Watch Now + Queue
75 Detective Dee/Mystery... Phantom Flame (2011) Foreign/Action Watch Now + Queue
82 Face/Off (1997) Action/Thriller Watch Now + Queue
61 FrackNation (2013) Documentary Watch Now + Queue
70 Freaky Friday (2003) Family/Comedy Watch Now + Queue
65 The French Minister (2014) Foreign/Comedy Watch Now + Queue
76 It Felt Like Love (2014) Drama Watch Now + Queue
  Johnny Suede (1992) New director's cut Comedy Watch Now + Queue
  The Longest Day (1962) Drama/War Watch Now + Queue
  Mad Max (1979) Action/Sci-fi Watch Now + Queue
74 Mean Creek (2004) Drama Watch Now + Queue
75 Middle of Nowhere (2012) Drama Watch Now + Queue
77 Mission Blue (2014) Documentary Watch Now + Queue
64 Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Drama Watch Now + Queue
  Pumping Iron (1977) Documentary Watch Now + Queue
  Rocky (1976) Drama/Sports Watch Now + Queue
  Rocky II (1979) Drama/Sports Watch Now + Queue
  Rocky III (1982) Drama/Sports Watch Now + Queue
72 Sabrina (1954) Rom-com Watch Now + Queue
64 Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow (2004) Sci-fi/Adventure Watch Now + Queue
67 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Sci-fi/Whales Watch Now + Queue
66 The Way Back (2011) Drama Watch Now + Queue
63 Weekend of a Champion (2013) Documentary Watch Now + Queue
TV shows (full seasons only)
Score/Title Genre Netflix Watch Instantly
82 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Science Watch Now + Queue
  Foyle's War Sets 1-6 [UK] Drama Watch Now + Queue
62 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 Drama Watch Now + Queue
79 Happy Valley Series 1 [UK] Drama Watch Now + Queue
  Secrets & Lies Season 1 [Australia] Drama Watch Now + Queue
  Southcliffe Series 1 [UK] Drama Watch Now + Queue
69 The Spoils of Babylon Miniseries Comedy Watch Now + Queue
Last chance
Score/Title Last Day on Netflix Netflix Watch Instantly
70 Blank City (2011) Through 8/20 Watch Now + Queue
75 House of Pleasures (2011) Through 8/20 Watch Now + Queue
64 The Road (2009) Through 8/24 Watch Now + Queue
86 Traffic (2000) Through 8/26 Watch Now + Queue

Good recent additions to Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video
Movies
Score/Title Genre Amazon Instant
83 Amores Perros (2001) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
68 Bears (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
64 Belle (2014) Drama Buy
  Belle de jour (1967) Criterion Colllection Foreign/Drma Rent or Buy
78 Best in Show (2000) Comedy Rent or Buy
64 Bicycling with Molière (2014) Foreign/Comedy Rent or Buy
  Blazing Saddles (1974) Comedy Rent or Buy
70 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Action/Sci-fi Buy
64 Coherence (2014) Sci-fi/Thriller Rent or Buy
71 Colalteral (2004) Thriller Rent or Buy
75 Dancing in Jaffa (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
67 Dinosaur 13 (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
77 The Dog (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
  The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
75 Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
74 Frankenweenie (2012) Animation/Horror Rent or Buy
  High and Low (1963) Criterion Collection Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
65 Hope Springs (2012) Dramedy Rent or Buy
67 The Ides Of March (2011) Drama Rent or Buy
81 Locke (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
81 A Mighty Wind (2003) Comedy Rent or Buy
61 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Family/Comedy Rent or Buy
  My Best Fiend (1999) Documentary Rent or Buy
68 Neighbors (2014) Comedy Buy
66 No Impact Man (2009) Documentary Rent or Buy
61 Oculus (2014) Horror Rent or Buy
66 The One I Love (2014) in theaters Friday Dramedy Rent or Buy
77 Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
69 Palo Alto (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
76 Rich Hill (2014) Documentary Rent
86 Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
69 Sunshine State (2002) Drama Rent or Buy
  Three Colors: Blue (1993) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
  Three Colors: White (1994) Foreign/Comedy Rent or Buy
  Three Colors: Red (1994) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
86 The Wind Will Carry Us (2000) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
73 Zombieland (2009) Horror/Comedy Buy
TV shows
Score/Title Genre Amazon Instant
66 The Almighty Johnsons Season 1 (in progress) Fantasy/Comedy Buy
73 Black Jesus Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
74 The Blacklist Season 1 Drama Buy
77 Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Drama Buy
68 The Bridge Season 2 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Covert Affairs Season 5 (in progress) Drama Buy
72 The Divide Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Drunk History Season 2 (in progress) Comedy Buy
68 Extant Season 1 (in progress) Sci-fi PrimeBuy/Watch
71 Finding Carter Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
73 Garfunkel & Oates Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
64 Girl Meets World Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
  Going Deep with David Rees Season 1 (in progress) Reality Buy
69 Halt and Catch Fire Season 1 Drama Buy
88 Hannibal Season 2 Drama Buy
82 The Honorable Woman Miniseries Drama Buy
61 The Last Ship Season 1 Drama Buy
  Last Tango in Halifax Season 2 Drama Buy
  Longmire Season 3 Drama Buy
78 Manhattan Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
68 Murder in the First Season 1 Drama Buy
69 The Musketeers Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Nathan for You Season 2 (in progress) Comedy Buy
85 The Normal Heart HBO movie Drama Buy
  Please Like Me Season 2 (in progress) Comedy Buy
92 Rectify Season 2 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 (in progress) Drama Buy
72 The Strain Season 1 (in progress) Sci-fi Buy
  Teen Wolf Season 4 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Wilfred Season 4 Comedy Buy
79 Toy Story of Terror ABC special Family/Animation Buy
New to Amazon Prime members (free to stream)
Score/Title Genre Prime Instant Video
72 The Amazing Race Season 1 Reality competition Prime Watch
72 The Birdcage (1996) Comedy Prime Watch
75 The Cider House Rules (1999) Drama Prime Watch
67 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) Comedy Prime Watch
68 Extant Season 1 (in progress) Sci-fi PrimeWatch
65 The Great Debaters (2007) Drama Prime Watch
73 Layer Cake (2005) Thriller Prime Watch
  Mad Max (1979) Action/Sci-fi Prime Watch
76 Mud (2013) Drama Prime Watch
  Rocky (1976) Drama/Sports Prime Watch
  Rocky II (1979) Drama/Sports Prime Watch
  Rocky III (1982) Drama/Sports Prime Watch
71 Waking Ned Devine (1998) Comedy Prime Watch
62 The Woman in Black (2012) Horror/Thriller Prime Watch

Prime = Available free to Amazon Prime members. (Others may rent or buy as normal.)

Good recent additions to iTunes

iTunes Store
Movies
Score/Title Genre iTunes
  Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
68 Bears (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
64 Belle (2014) Drama Buy
  Blackmail (1929) Thriller Rent or Buy
70 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Action/Sci-fi Buy
  Children of Paradise (1945) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
64 Coherence (2014) Sci-fi/Thriller Rent or Buy
67 Dinosaur 13 (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
77 The Dog (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
75 Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Documentary Rent or Buy
  Fitzcarraldo (1982) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
  Harakiri (1962) Criterion Collection Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
  High and Low (1963) Criterion Collection Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
68 Jealousy (2014) Foreign/Drama Rent or Buy
  The King of Comedy (1983) Drama/Comedy Rent or Buy
81 Locke (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
61 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Family/Comedy Rent or Buy
68 Neighbors (2014) Comedy Buy
61 Oculus (2014) Horror Rent or Buy
66 The One I Love (2014) in theaters Friday Dramedy Rent or Buy
77 Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
69 Palo Alto (2014) Drama Rent or Buy
76 Philomena (2013) Drama Rent or Buy
76 Rich Hill (2014) Documentary Rent
74 Sin CIty (2005) Action Rent or Buy
  Three Colors bundle (Blue/White/Red) (1993-94) Foreign/Drama Buy
  Watership Down (1978) Criterion Collection Animation/Drama Rent or Buy
TV shows
Score/Title Genre iTunes
63 The Approval Matrix Season 1 (in progress) Talk Buy
73 Black Jesus Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
77 Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Drama Buy
68 The Bridge Season 2 (in progress) Drama Buy
73 Garfunkel & Oates Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
76 House of Cards Season 1 Drama Buy
80 House of Cards Season 2 Drama Buy
61 The Last Ship Season 1 Drama Buy
78 Manhattan Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
  The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy
69 The Musketeers Season 1 (in progress) Drama Buy
  Please Like Me Season 2 (in progress) Comedy Buy
92 Rectify Season 2 (in progress) Drama Buy
72 The Strain Season 1 (in progress) Sci-fi Buy
  Teen Wolf Season 4 (in progress) Drama Buy
79 Toy Story of Terror ABC special Family/Animation Buy
72 Welcome to Sweden Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Buy

Good recent additions to Hulu / Hulu Plus

Hulu
Movies
Score/Title Genre Hulu
71 Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) Documentary Watch Now
  Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Drama Hulu Plus only Watch Now
96 A Hard Day's Night (1964) Music/Comedy Hulu Plus only Watch Now
  Love is Colder Than Death (1969) Foreign/Drama Hulu Plus only Watch Now
72 The Oath (2010) Documentary Watch Now
TV shows
Score/Title Genre Hulu
  Gavin & Stacey Seasons 1-3 [UK] Comedy Hulu Plus only Watch Now
  Going Deep with David Rees Season 1 (in progress) Reality Watch Now
78 Manhattan Season 1 (in progress) Drama Watch Now
  People Like Us Series 1 [UK] Comedy Hulu Plus only Watch Now
72 Welcome to Sweden Season 1 (in progress) Comedy Watch Now

Hulu Plus only = Viewable only by Hulu Plus subscribers.

More on home video

View a list of new and upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases, plus additional streaming releases from other months.

 

Comments (3)

  • unstrucksound  

    This is a great monthly topic -- very helpful to make an informed decision before viewing. I really hope you keep this going every month! (This article gets a metacritic score of 100!)

  • TheQuietGamer  

    Looking forward to checking out the From Dusk Till Dawn show. Watched the first movie to get ready.

  • Woodsy  

    You need to add "Like Father, Like Son" to the Netflix portion of this list.

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