The Best New Movies on Netflix in June 2020
The movie theaters may not be back in business yet, but fortunately, we’ve got a whole lot of streaming services these days to keep us busy. Of course, no matter how many media giants enter the streaming arena, Netflix is the reigning king of content, which means each new month means a roster of new movies, throwback favorites, and original series.
You can see the complete list of all the new movies on Netflix in June 2020 here, but if you’re looking to cut down on the scrolling and get straight to the watching, we’ve put together and hand-picked guide to all our favorite movies arriving this month. In terms of releases, Netflix has some big-name debuts this month, including Spike Lee‘s new war drama and Will Ferrell‘s new musical comedy. And if you’re looking to revisit an older gem, V for Vendetta, Clueless, and Walk Hard are all new on Netflix this month.
Check out our full list of picks below, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can check out the Best New Movies on Hulu here.
Available: June 1
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Wesley Strick
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Nick Nolte, Juliette Lewis, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck
Robert De Niro gives one of the all-time most terrifying on-screen performances in Cape Fear. Remaking the 1962 thriller of the same name, Martin Scorsese unfurls a mercilessly tense psychological horror about a vengeful convict (De Niro) who leaves prison with a mission to destroy the public defender (Nick Nolte) he blames for putting him there. Targeting his job, his family, and his home De Niro’s merciless madman is an absolute terror to behold, most of all because he’s deadly smart.
Available: June 1
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: James Schamus and Hui-Ling Wang
Cast: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang
If you’re looking for something a little steamier to watch this month, set your sights on Ang Lee’s stunning erotic spy drama Lust, Caution. Don’t let the epic runtime or period setting deter you, Lee’s vivid visuals and expertly laid psychological thrills are immediately absorbing and the film’s twisting tale of espionage makes the minutes fly by. Set in WWII during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, Lust, Caution explores the passionate affair between a spy and a collaborator in an era of political horrors. It’s meditative but never stuffy – in fact, the film was given an NC17 rating for all that hot/horrific content – and Lee uses the tangles and tensions of their irresistible affair to explore the boundaries of patriotism and nationalism, the power of desire, and who has to bear the scars of love and war when it’s all said and done.
Writer/Director: Amy Heckerling
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto, Dan Hedaya, Wallace Shawn
One of the all-time great teen comedies, a bonafide style icon that’s still setting trends, and one of the most totally California movies ever made, Clueless has endured the way few teen movies of the 90s have. And just in time to help you get into a sunny summer vibe, Amy Heckerling’s Beverly Hills reinvention of Emma is now on Netflix. Yes, the lewks are still on point, the dialogue is quotable as it gets, but the film’s longevity is mostly due to Heckerling’s knack for characters, infusing each one with a spark of humanity that never goes out of style.
V for Vendetta
Available: June 1
Director: James McTeigue
Writers: Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Rupert Graves
If you’re looking for something that’s both timely and holds up as an entertaining action movie, V for Vendetta should do the ticket. Adapting Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s celebrated graphic novel of the same name, the 2005 film stars Natalie Portman as a young woman living in a totalitarian dystopia who becomes an enemy of the state and is rescued by mysterious masked freedom fighter who goes only by V. Directed by James McTeigue from a script by Lana and Lily Wachowski, the film wears its politics on its sleeve, making bold proclamations about the dangerous of government overstep, police corruption, and the sacrifices that come with revolution. The Wachowskis also produced, bringing some of their production team with them, including stunt coordinators David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who, as is their way, delivered some truly stunning action sequences.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Available: June 1
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan
Cast: John C. Reilly, Tim Meadows, Jenna Fischer, Margo Martindale, Chris Parnell
Perhaps the most unsung of the Apatow-produced early 2000s comedy gems, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is one of those comedies that’s guaranteed to make me howl with laughter every time I put it on. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the film stars John C. Reilly as an amalgam of the old-school rock star; fuelled by a history of tragedy, blessed with musical genius, and tormented by addiction… but you know, it’s all hilarious. Walk Hard skewers the sentimental biopic so savagely and accurately, you can never really un-see the playbook tropes. But if you’re looking for something to make you laugh, really laugh, you can’t go wrong with this absurd gem.
Da 5 Bloods
Available: June 10
Director: Spike Lee
Writers: Dany Bilson, Paul De Meo, Kevin Wilmott and Spike Lee
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Jean Reno, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Van Veronica Ngo, Paul Walter Hauser, Delroy Lindo, Melanie Thierry
Spike Lee is one of the busiest filmmakers in the business, but no matter how much he makes, you never stop getting hyped for his next project. Especially his next one, Da 5 Bloods, a new Netflix original that follows for African-American veterans who make their way back to Vietnam in search of the treasure they buried there decades ago. On top of being a legendary filmmaker, Lee’s one of our best, most incisive social commentators and his last feature, 2018’s BlacKkKlansman traveled back to America’s recent past to make gutting observations about systemic racism and how little progress we’ve truly made, so one imagine’s he’ll have plenty to say about the legacy of one of our most horrific wars. The other lowkey hype factor here for me is Jonathan Majors, who gave a stunning performance in last year’s slept on stunner The Last Black Man in San Francisco and co-stars here alongside Chadwick Boseman. One of Lee’s other gifts is he’s a so-called “actor’s director” who consistently mines outstanding performances from his stars and I can’t wait to see what they do together.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Available: June 26
Director: David Dobkin
Writers: Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele
Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato
Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin teams with Will Ferrell for this absolutely goofy and delightful as heck looking new comedy. Ferrell stars, produces and co-wrote the new comedy (for which he researched by attending the real Eurovision Song Contest in 2018) about a pair of Icelandic singers (Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) on a mission to win the international competition for their country. If you missed it, be sure to check out the ridiculous teaser, which really says it all.