Halloween is just around the corner! Do you know where your candy is? Whether you’re heading out early with the kids or staying home to hand out treats, it’s a great time of year to settle in for a movie night — especially since the major streaming services keep rolling out great options to watch. With Netflix and HBO releasing new movies nearly every week, and Amazon, Hulu, and Apple TV+ continuing to diversify their offerings, it can feel pretty terrifying just trying to find one thing to watch!
To help you out, we’ve compiled the best movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Apple TV+ right here, and we keep the list up to date every week to make movie night a little less stressful.
Begin Again (2013)
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo have amazing chemistry in this musical dramedy about a down-on-his-luck music producer who stumbles across an extraordinary talent in a bar. Resolving to revive his career by launching hers, the producer finds a new lease on life. With an uplifting story and great music, Begin Again is one of those movies that just makes you happy.
Night Teeth (2021)
In this Netflix original, college student Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) moonlights as a chauffeur one night, driving two young women around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. But while Benny soon finds himself smitten with his clients’ charm, they have other plans for him. Plans that soon put Benny in the middle of a war between rival vampire tribes and the protectors of the human world, led by his brother (Raúl Castillo). This bizarre modern vampire thriller seems like it should be a comedy, which is probably why critics haven’t loved it, but is campy and sexy enough to thrill the laypeople.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2009)
It wasn’t as well-received as the surprise hit original, but Insidious: Chapter 2 is certainly up to the challenge of giving you a scare in the spookiest time of year. The Lamberts (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) are ready for their lives to return to normal after fending off evil spirits that possessed their son. But something is still off. Josh, it would seem, is possessed too. Now, Lorraine Lambert (Barabara Hershey) and her ghost-hunting friends must investigate the past to free Josh’s soul and defeat the malevolent forces surrounding the family.
The Guilty (2021)
Jake Gyllenhaal stands in this Antoine Fuqua thriller that takes place over a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Gyllenhaal plays Joe Baylor, a call operator who gets one of the most difficult calls of his life. As he attempts to save the caller, he soon realizes there’s a game afoot and he’s at the center of it.
The Zodiac killer captivated San Francisco in the late 1960s and 1970s with fear completely gripping the city. Investigators and reporters alike have become obsessed with discovering the killer’s identity and bringing him to justice. Zodiac himself simply continues to kill and taunt the authorities with cryptic messages, ciphers, and phone calls. This star-studded thriller is filled with real-life twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
One of Wes Anderson’s best, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray are electric as multigenerational competitors for the affection of a young woman’s love in this silly, provocative comedy. Miss Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams) is the new face at a prestigious prep school, quickly attracting the attention of ambitious teenager Max (Schwartzman). But when Max asks his schoolmate’s father (Bill Murray) for love advice, he unwittingly steers the man directly into Miss Cross’s arms. Suddenly, the two men are in a full-on war for her attention.
Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn are a match made in heaven in this high-paced, bonkers crime romp about the British underground. Turkish (Jason Statham) is an illegal boxing promoter who convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish bare-knuckle boxer who has agreed to take a fall. But Mickey doesn’t take the fall, costing Brick Top a whole lot of money. Meanwhile, Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) has come to London to sell a stolen diamond, only to find himself placing a bet with Brick Top’s bookies as multiple criminals come to steal the diamond from him. Sound crazy? It is.
The Untouchables (1987)
Brian de Palma’s classic Chicago crime epic earned four Oscars for good reason. Starring Robert De Niro as legendary bootlegger Al Capone, The Untouchables follows Capone’s iron rule over Chicago despite the stalwart efforts of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) to bring him to justice. Unable to trust Chicago’s police force, Ness recruits an elite group of lawmen who can’t be bought or intimidated, renewing his determination to bring Capone down.
Goldfinger headlines a host of classic Bond films to hit Hulu this month. One of, if not the greatest Bond film ever, Goldfinger introduces Bond to one of the most notorious villains in cinema and forces him to put his wits and his Walther PPK to the test to keep Goldfinger from raiding Fort Knox and obliterating the world economy.
When a terrible crime rocks Hollywood, the relationship between starlet Jill LeBeau (Lola Kirke) and her assistant Heather (Zoë Kravitz) is put to the test. The tenacious assistant is determined to unravel the mystery behind the crime, slowly finding herself closer to the center of it, forcing her to re-evaluate her understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity.
The quasi-prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien isn’t in the same league as the original, but it is an entertaining, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with some genuine shock-worthy moments. Two brilliant young scientists lead an expedition to the darkest parts of the universe to unravel a clue to humankind’s origins on Earth. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) hopes to find some verification of her religious beliefs, while Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) hopes to debunk spirituality in the name of science. Unfortunately, neither can grasp what kind of terrors await them.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Wes Anderson is well-known for his kitschy, cutesy style, but his films are fully in the mainstream now. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of the few that may still qualify as “cult” status considering critics hated it, while audiences loved it. Bill Murray (of course) stars as renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou, a man who has sworn vengeance against the rare shark who ate one of his crew members. Back out on the ocean, Zissou is joined by a man who believes Zissou is his father (Owen Wilson) and a journalist pregnant with a married man’s child (Cate Blanchett). As they travel the sea hunting for vindication, they oddly continue to run into figures from Zissou’s past.
Fight Club (1999)
“There’s only one rule in Fight Club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.” Brad Pitt and Edward Norton deliver iconic performances in David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s seminal novel. Equipped with one of cinema’s most classic twists, this tale about a nobody whose rage bubbles up into a movement against capitalism and corporate culture is always good for a re-watch.
Based on Ian McEwan’s book of the same name, this English romance follows lovers Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy) as they’re torn apart by a lie told by Cecilia’s jealous younger sister (Saorise Ronan). The vicious lie takes hold for years, forcing all three to deal with the consequences that put Robbie in jail. World War II, however, brings hope for the young lovers despite sowing destruction all around them.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021)
Amazon is on an original musical kick, following up Annette with a film adaptation of the British stage hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Inspired by the documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the story follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a Sheffield teenager who dreams of a life on stage. But what his friends don’t know is that he wants to be on the drag stage. While his best friend, loving mother, and a local drag legend mentor him toward his debut, Jamie faces an unsupportive father, a doubtful counselor, and the ire of meathead classmates. It’s a colorful, exuberant debut for Harwood as much as it is for Jamie.
Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel is on HBO Max. Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, the brilliant and gifted son of Duke Leto Atreides born into a destiny beyond his understanding. Tasked to travel the universe’s most dangerous planet to secure the future of his family and people, Paul becomes embroiled in a violent conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of a precious resource. The evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) is hellbent on controlling the resource and destroying the Atreides people, and only Paul and his allies stand in the way.
In The Heights (2021)
One of the biggest hits of the summer of 2021 (basically as soon as movie theaters re-opened), In The Heights is now available to stream on HBO. Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda made his mark on Broadway with this little musical about the people of Washington Heights, a Latinx New York City neighborhood where the people dream big. Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) owns a bodega and saves his every penny, dreaming one day of moving away to an island paradise. But when a winning lottery ticket comes into the neighborhood, everybody’s got the same dream.
It: Chapter 2 (2019)
Another horror sequel that didn’t quite match the hype of the original, It: Chapter 2 is still perfectly fine spooky fare if you’re looking for a fright night. Every 27 years, the evil clown Pennywise terrorizes the town of Derry, Maine. Now, 27 years after the events of the first film, the Losers’ Club who once banded together to defeat It have long gone their separate ways. When people start disappearing in Derry again, however, Mike Hanlon realizes they didn’t finish the job. Still harboring deep traumas from their childhoods, the Losers must band together to save the town from Pennywise again.
The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
A prequel to the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark follows young Anthony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini) as he grows up in one of Newark’s most tumultuous eras. Rival gangsters are challenging the all-powerful DiMeo crime family in a city increasingly torn apart along racial lines. Anthony idolizes his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who is caught up in the changing times and desperately attempts to manage his personal and professional responsibilities. Dickie’s influence soon leads young Anthony onto the path of becoming the all-powerful, legendary mob boss known as Tony Soprano.
Thought you didn’t need another Jane Austen adaptation? Well, you haven’t seen 2020’s Emma. The brilliant Anya Taylor-Joy is the latest to play the gorgeous, ingenious aristocrat Emma Woodhouse, and she may just be the best. As Emma navigates her way through romance, the misguided matches, romantic mistakes, and challenges of growing up are dealt with — almost always — with sophistication and grace.
The Velvet Underground (2021)
A new documentary covering one of rock’s most revered, revolutionary bands, The Velvet Underground, depicts the group as a cultural touchstone and something of a paradox. Rooted in both high art and street culture, The Velvet Underground created a unique, gritty sound that is somehow both unique to the ’60s and completely timeless. Across interviews, never-before-seen performances, recordings, and more, Todd Haynes’ doc immerses you in the making of a sound that would reverberate for generations.
An early 2021 Oscar favorite, CODA established a new pedigree of original filmmaking for Apple TV+. Newcomer Emilia Jones is revelatory as Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family. She is a CODA, a child of deaf adults. And while her life revolves around interpreting for her parents and helping her family’s struggling fishing boat stay afloat, she has an extraordinary gift for singing. Although she’s encouraged by her choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between a family that needs her and the almost sadistically ironic gift she has to share with the world.
Come from Away (2021)
Come from Away was a smash hit on Broadway and nominated for seven Tonys. This is the filmed version of the musical, which tells the story of 7,000 people stranded in Newfoundland after all flights into the U.S. are grounded on September 11, 2001. While Newfies graciously welcome the grounded passengers, whom they dub “come from aways,” in the aftermath of the tragedy, the sheer magnitude of the event slowly begins to dawn on everyone.