53 best films to stream on the platform

A new month means more movies to devour from Netflix’s extensive catalog, ranging from some old favorites to some new editions. We’ve sorted the best movies on the streaming service for the month of September 2021. All of these movies are on Netflix, unless they are noted with an arrival date.

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Let’s get to the movies!

This unflinching series documents the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from Al Qaeda’s roots in the 1980s to America’s response, both at home and abroad.

Teen Sam meets the boy of her dreams at a dance before returning to toil in her stepmother’s diner. Can her lost cell phone bring them together? (Netflix)

Starring: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge

Cassie lives to party… until she dies in a freak accident. Now this social butterfly needs to right her wrongs on Earth if she wants to earn her wings. (Netflix)

Starring: Victoria Justice, Midori Francis, Robyn Scott

When a detective investigates the death of his ex-lover’s grandfather, he uncovers secrets about the tycoon’s manipulative family. (Netflix)

Starring: Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons

In a dystopian LA, detective Rick Deckard hunts a group of rogue androids. This restored cut of the sci-fi classic includes never-before-seen footage. (Netflix)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Two shipwrecked children, stranded for years on a deserted island, fall in love as teenagers and attempt to forge a life in the isolated paradise. (Netflix)

Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern

In a futuristic society where an indestructible robot police force keeps crime at bay, a lone droid evolves to the next level of artificial intelligence. (Netflix)

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver

When the president’s friend is murdered, CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan becomes unwittingly involved in an illegal war against a Colombian drug cartel. (Netflix)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer

Ranger Gabe Walker and his partner are called to rescue a group of stranded climbers, only to learn the climbers are actually thieving hijackers. (Netflix)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker

This drama follows a wounded Civil War soldier making the long journey home, while his faraway love fights for survival on her deceased father’s farm. (Netflix)

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger

When Mick “Crocodile” Dundee and his family land in Los Angeles, they soon learn some lessons about American life in this comedy sequel. (Netflix)

Starring: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns

While on summer leave, a U.S. soldier falls for a college student. But when he’s forced to reenlist, their handwritten letters hold the lovers together. (Netflix)

Starring: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins

On a sweltering day in Brooklyn, simmering racial tensions between residents rise to the surface and ignite rage, violence and tragedy. (Netflix)

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

While her at-risk students are reading classics such as “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a teacher asks them to keep journals about their troubled lives. (Netflix)

Starring: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Test pilot Hal Jordan harnesses glowing new powers for good when he wears an otherworldly ring and helps an intergalactic force stop a powerful threat. (Netflix)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard

Grounded by his strict father, Kid risks life and limb to go to his best friend Play’s big bash but experiences one obstacle after another. (Netflix)

Starring: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris

Kid goes off to college with scholarship money but when Play loses Kid’s tuition funds to a shady music promoter, they devise a wild plan to raise cash. (Netflix)

Starring: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence

After Kid gets engaged, Play plans to throw the biggest bachelor party ever. But every celebration for these two always comes with complications. (Netflix)

Starring: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Tisha Campbell

Seth Rogen and James Franco star in this provocative comedy about two journalists recruited by the CIA after they arrange an interview with Kim Jong-un. (Netflix)

Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan

From the whimsical mind of Jim Henson, this musical fantasy film follows teen Sarah on an epic quest to save her baby brother from a kingdom of goblins. (Netflix)

Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Frank Oz

By responding to a letter addressed to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Juliet Capulet, an American woman in Verona, Italy, is led in search of romance. (Netflix)

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal

A nerdy teen tries to make himself cool by association when he convinces a popular cheerleader to pose as his girlfriend. (Netflix)

Starring: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Kenan Thompson

As flying saucers head for Earth, the president of the United States prepares to welcome alien visitors but soon learns they’re not coming in peace. (Netflix)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening

This biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice, centers on his pivotal work in a sensational case as an NAACP lawyer. (Netflix)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson

A team of far-from-super heroes try to earn respect by springing into action when brave and dashing Captain Amazing disappears. (Netflix)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy

After being made fun of for his weight, a kind and brainy professor takes a dose of a revolutionary formula that changes more than just his appearance. (Netflix)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn

After getting engaged, Sherman Klump prepares for his big day. But his sinister alter ego Buddy Love threatens to ruin his wedding and reputation. (Netflix)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller

Director Sergio Leone’s sprawling crime epic follows a group of Jewish mobsters who rise in the ranks of organized crime in 1920s New York City. (Netflix)

Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern

From its birth in the Bronx to its lasting cultural influence, hip-hop takes center stage in this documentary with commentary from respected artists. (Netflix)

Starring: Too $hort, B-Real, Kurtis Blow

Posing as a schoolteacher, a down-on-his-luck guitarist secretly turns his class into a rock band — and shows them the liberating power of rock ‘n’ roll. (Netflix)

Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White

A Navy SEAL is sent to a war-torn African jungle to rescue a doctor, only to realize he must also save the refugees in the physician’s care. (Netflix)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser

A talk show host heads home to the South from Hollywood, ready to flaunt his success. But his family quickly reminds him of where he came from. (Netflix)

Starring: Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones, Joy Bryant

This documentary stitches together never-before-seen interviews with the last living generation of people who participated in Hitler’s Third Reich. (Netflix)

From training to launch to landing, this all-access docuseries rides along with the Inspiration4 crew on the first all-civilian orbital space mission. (Netflix)

Under pressure to continue a winning tradition in American tennis, Mardy Fish faced mental health challenges that changed his life on and off the court. (Netflix)

From a chance meeting to a tragic fallout, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali’s extraordinary bond cracks under the weight of distrust and shifting ideals. (Netflix)

Starring: Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali

Slipped a fatal poison on her final job, a ruthless assassin working in Tokyo has less than 24 hours to find out who ordered the hit and exact revenge. (Netflix)

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jun Kunimura, Woody Harrelson

A hiking trip into the wild turns into a desperate bid for survival for five friends on the run from a mysterious shooter. (Netflix)

Starring: David Kross, Hanno Koffler, Maria Ehrich

Scary story fan Alex must tell a spine-tingling tale every night — or stay trapped with his new friend in a wicked witch’s magical apartment forever. (Netflix)

Starring: Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, Krysten Ritter

Through exclusive interviews and archival footage, this documentary traces an intimate portrait of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher. (Netflix)

Starring: Michael Schumacher

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes Amity Island, a police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the beast. (Netflix)

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes Amity Island, a police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the beast. (Netflix)

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

After the staff of a marine theme park try to capture a young great white shark, they discover its mother has invaded the enclosure and is out for blood. (Netflix)

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale

The Great White shark is back–and this time he’s followed the Brody family all the way to the Bahamas for more carnage. (Amazon Prime)

Starring: Lorraine GaryLance GuestMario Van Peebles

Robin Wiltshire’s painful childhood was rescued by Westerns. Now he lives on the frontier of his dreams, training the horses he loves for the big screen. (Netflix)

When his son goes missing during a snowy hike in the mountains, a retired intelligence officer will stop at nothing — and risk everything — to find him. (Netflix)

Starring: Adrian Titieni, Elena Purea, Judith State

A family’s idyllic suburban life shatters when an alien force invades their home, and as they struggle to convince others of the deadly threat. (Netflix)

Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons

Five childhood pals reunite after 30 years at a lake house to mourn the loss of their old basketball coach, and act quite juvenile for their age. (Netflix)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock

After a deadly home invasion at a couple’s new dream house, the traumatized wife searches for answers — and learns the real danger is just beginning. (Netflix)

Starring: Freida Pinto, Logan Marshall-Green, Robert John Burke

In the late 1970s, an accused serial rapist claims multiple personalities control his behavior, setting off a legal odyssey that captivates America. (Netflix)

A woman adjusting to life after a loss contends with a feisty bird that’s taken over her garden — and a husband who’s struggling to find a way forward. (Netflix)

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline

One-man armies, meet-cutes, casual strolls away from huge explosions — stars and industry insiders toast and roast these cinematic chestnuts and more. (Netflix)

Starring: Rob Lowe

Desperate and without documentation, a woman from Mexico moves into a rundown Cleveland boardinghouse. Then the unsettling cries and eerie visions begin. (Netflix)

Starring: Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca, David Figlioli

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