Netflix April 2019 Ranked: What’s New and the 75 Best Movies to Watch


Streaming giant Netflix adds more movies to its lineup throughout April. As always, there’s a good mix of classics, brand new releases, leftfield options and its own content.

Several big hitters are added on the first of the month, including John Boorman’s visceral thriller Deliverance (1972), the Watergate-era political thriller All the President's Men (1976), and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as real-life criminals  Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Other popular movies added on April 1 include Snatch, I Am Legend, Freddy vs. Jason, Valkyrie, The Fifth Element, The Golden Compass, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Bone Collector, Spy Kids and stoner comedy Pineapple Express.

On April 19, Netflix adds the bleak British drama I, Daniel Blake to its lineup. Directed by Ken Loach, the film about a man caught in the employment support system’s web of bureaucracy won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Grass Is Greener, a Netflix documentary exploring America's complicated relationship with marijuana, will pointedly be available on April 20.

On April 25, Netflix releases an extended version of Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight. Details haven’t yet been made available about how this version differs from the original.

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, is added to the Netflix roster on April 29. Nominated for eight Oscars, it won the Adapted Screenplay award.

These are added to the existing Netflix lineup, which includes films that regularly top "The Best Of" lists, such as Schindler's List, Boyhood, The Third Man and Pulp Fiction, as well as the Netflix production Roma, which won the gold Lion in Venice and went on to receive ten Oscar nominations this year, winning Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

Newsweek has collected data from critical review sites IMDb, Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes to rank the 75 best movies available to watch on Netflix in April, including new additions and previously added films.

01 The Imitation Game
The Weinstein Company

Added on April 29.
75. The Imitation Game (2014). Rated: PG-13. Total score: 78.863.
IMDb users: 8. Metacritic: 73. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.73. Rotten Tomatoes users: 4.2. 
Directed by: Morten Tyldum. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong. 
Plot summary: During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
What the critics said: "Cumberbatch's finely calibrated performance helps bring to life one of history's lesser-known stories and most shameful injustices." Rafer Guzman, Newsday.

02 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

74. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). Rated: R. Total score: 77.613%. 
IMDb users: 7.3. Metacritic: 79. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.83. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.8. 
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, James Franco, Tom Waits, Brendan Gleeson. 
Plot summary: Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.
What the critics said: "Taken as a whole, it's smart, snappy filmmaking from the duo who, 30-plus years into their careers, are still revealing new tricks hidden up their sleeves." Adam Graham, Detroit News

03 Apollo 13
Universal Pictures

73. Apollo 13 (1995). Rated: PG. . Total score: 78.125%. 
IMDb users: 7.6. Metacritic: 77. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.2. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.6. 
Directed by: Ron Howard. Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris. 
Plot summary: NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
What the critics said: "Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year. And it might make real spaceflight just as nifty as Star Wars for youngsters." Doug Thomas, Seattle Times

04 Blue Jasmine
Sony Pictures Classics

=71. Blue Jasmine (2013). Rated: PG-13. Total score: 78.25%.
IMDb users: 7.3. Metacritic: 78. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.8. 
Directed by: Woody Allen. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale. 
Plot summary: A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love.
What the critics said: "The exquisite Blanchett amazes, bringing brittleness and vulnerability to a woman on the edge." Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly

05 The Last Jedi
Walt Disney

=71. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Rated: PG-13. Total score: 78.25%
IMDb users: 7.2. Metacritic: 85. Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1. Rotten Tomatoes users: 2.8. 
Directed by: Rian Johnson. Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Antony Daniels, Peter Mayhew. 
Plot summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.
What the critics said: "The Last Jedi works on several levels, but most importantly it's a rip-roaring good time. That's what Star Wars fans want the most, and that's what they get with this dynamite installment." Adam Graham, Detroit News

06 Private Life

70. Private Life (2018). Rated: R. Total score: 78.625%. 
IMDb users: 7.3. Metacritic: 83. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.8. 
Directed by: Tamara Jenkins. Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Gabrielle Reid. 
Plot summary: An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.
What the critics said: "What an intelligent, emotionally grown-up film. More of this please." Cath Clarke, The Guardian

07 The Breadwinner

=68. The Breadwinner (2017). Rated: PG-13. Total score: 79%. 
IMDb users: 7.7. Metacritic: 78. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.9. Rotten Tomatoes users: 4.1. 
Directed by: Nora Twomey. Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus. 
Plot summary: In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
What the critics said: "In its power and its beauty, The Breadwinner reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

08 Frances Ha
IFC Films

=68. Frances Ha (2012). Rated: R. Total score: 78.75%.
IMDb users: 7.4. Metacritic: 82. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.8. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.8. 
Directed by: Noah Baumbach. Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Grace Gummer. 
Plot summary: A New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.
What the critics said: "Few films top Woody Allen's Manhattan for capturing New York City's blend of rapture and apprehension. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha comes close." Peter Howell, Toronto Star

09 The Fighter
Paramount Pictures

67. The Fighter (2010). Rated: R. Total score: 78.75%. 
IMDb users: 7.8. Metacritic: 79. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.8. Rotten Tomatoes users: 4.1. 
Directed by: David O. Russell. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo. 
Plot summary: Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.
What the critics said: "Both Wahlberg and Bale are excellent in their different registers, as are Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as the differently calibrated women." Philip French, The Observer

10 Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

66. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Rated: R. Total score: 79%. 
IMDb users: 7.4. Metacritic: 83. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.9. 
Directed by: Tim Burton. Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman. 
Plot summary: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.
What the critics said: "Depp may not be a trained singer, but his voice is more than passable, and his presence—his Sweeney is Edward Scissorhands gone bad—is perfect." Jack Mathews, New York Daily News.

11 Hot Fuzz
Rogue Pictures

=64. Hot Fuzz (2007). Rated: R. Total score: 79.125%. 
IMDb users: 7.9. Metacritic: 81. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7. Rotten Tomatoes users: 4. 
Directed by: Edgar Wright. Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper. 
Plot summary: A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.
What the critics said: "Hot Fuzz is everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight." Nathan Rabin, AV Club.