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What To Watch: Best Movies on Netflix (July 2021)

Not sure what to watch on Netflix? We gotchu.

Every month, we round up the best Hollywood movies to stream on Netflix, including the best action movies, thriller movies, popular movies on Netflix, new Netflix movie releases, and more.

Get ready to Netflix and chill all month long! 

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Best Movies on Netflix: Action

Best Action Movies on Netflix: THE KARATE KID TETRALOGY (1984-1994)

The entire The Karate Kid tetralogy starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Hilary Swank is available to watch on Netflix beginning this July. The trilogy follows teenagers (Daniel LaRusso/ Julie Pierce) who are trained by Mr. Miyagi in martial arts to help them deal with their adolescent issues. 

The spin-off TV show Cobra Kai starring Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, and Amanda LaRusso is also available to watch on Netflix

Best Action Movies on Netflix: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (2021)

Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame), Lena Headey, and Carla Gugino is one of Netflix’s new releases for July. The film follows a hitwoman who aborts a mission to save a young girl and reunites with her estranged mother (who is also an assassin) in the process. The trailer is full of fierce and powerful females, painting Gunpowder Milkshake as the perfect action movie to stream at home. 

Check out the trailer: 

Watch Gunpowder Milkshake on Netflix here starting July 14. 

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Best Movies on Netflix: Thriller

Best Thrillers on Netflix: THINGS HEARD & SEEN (2021)

Things Heard and Seen stars Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, and Natalia Dyer. The movie follows a married couple who moves with their young daughter to a new town. Wife and mother Catherine begins to notice strange things happening in her new home. These ominous occurrences along with her husband’s secrets begin to take a toll on their marriage. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Things Heard & Seen on Netflix here

Best Thrillers on Netflix: FEAR STREET TRILOGY (2021)

The Fear Street trilogy starring Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Sadie Sink, and Emily Rudd will be released on Netflix this July. The films are based on the R.L. Stine book series of the same name. The trilogy follows a group of teenagers that discover the chilling events that have occurred in their town in years past. Fear Street Part One: 1994 will be released July 1, Fear Street Part Two: 1978  on July 9, and Fear Street Part Three: 1666  on July 16. 

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Check out the trailer:

Watch Fear Street Part One: 1994 on Netflix here

Best Movies on Netflix: Rom-Com

Best Rom-Coms on Netflix: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. The film follows Pat, who has bipolar disorder and moves in with his parents after being released from a psychiatric hospital. He meets widow Tiffany with whom he enters a dance competition. The movie explores the relationship between the two as they train for the competition.

Check out the trailer:

Watch Silver Linings Playbook on Netflix here

Best Rom-Coms on Netflix: CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011)

Crazy Stupid Love stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. The film follows recently divorced Cal as he enlists the help of a young playboy to help him ease back into the dating scene and learn to be a single man. Just when Cal thinks he has everything figured out, his life begins to unravel again the first time his family is reunited post-divorce. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Crazy Stupid Love on Netflix here

Best Rom-Coms on Netflix: LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010)

Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, and Josh Lucas is available to watch on Netflix beginning this July. The film follows Holly and Eric, who first realize their distaste for one another on a blind date. The two are left as the guardians of their mutual friends’ baby after an unfortunate accident. They are then forced to look past their hatred for each other and learn how to successfully co-parent. 

Check out the trailer: 

Watch Life As We Know It on Netflix here

Best Rom-Coms on Netflix: GOOD ON PAPER (2021) 

Good On Paper starring Iliza Shlesinger, Ryan Hansen, and Margaret Cho is a Netflix original film that has landed a spot in the streaming service’s “Top 10.” Stand-up comedian Andrea is an aspiring actress and has been going on countless auditions to finally land a gig. In the process, she meets Dennis—a man who seems like everything she could want in a significant other. After a few red flags and concerns raised by her best friend, Andrea realizes that Dennis may not be everything he says he is. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Good On Paper on Netflix here

Best Movies on Netflix: Drama

Best Dramas on Netflix: SPOTLIGHT (2015)

Spotlight stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo. The film is based on the true story of the Boston Globe investigative “Spotlight” team that uncovered the story of sexual misconduct by priests in the Catholic church. The story follows the Globe’s journalists as they discover the heartbreaking details of the case and explore the ethics of reporting such bold claims. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Spotlight on Netflix here

Best Dramas on Netflix: KODACHROME (2018)

Kodachrome stars Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, and Elizabeth Olsen. The film follows failing record company executive Matt who accompanies his estranged father, Ben, on a road trip with his nurse. Ben was a photographer who used to shoot on Kodak’s Kodachrome film, which is now obsolete. Ben must bring his remaining rolls to the last shop that develops it before they cease to service Kodachrome. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Kodachrome on Netflix here

Best Dramas on Netflix: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. The film follows divorcée Ben who starts as a caregiver to teenager Trevor. Trevor has barely ever left his house and Ben is determined to change that. He convinces Trevor’s mother to let them take a road trip to the world’s deepest pit—a roadside attraction that Trevor has been wanting to see. Along the way, they meet a young woman who is also looking to leave home. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch The Fundamentals of Caring on Netflix here

Best Dramas on Netflix: SAFE HAVEN (2013)

Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, and Cobie Smulders. A young woman runs away from home in an attempt to escape from her abusive husband and finds herself in a small town in North Carolina. She meets shop owner Alex and his two children in whom she finds safety and comfort. She then forms a new life for herself in North Carolina, but still has to face the skeletons of her past. 

Watch Safe Haven on Netflix here

Best Dramas on Netflix: LES MISÉRABLES (2012)

Les Misérables stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, among many other big Hollywood actors. The film is based on the West End musical and the French novel by Victor Hugo, both of the same name. The story chronicles life in France in the early 1800s, with a focus on its poverty-stricken citizens.  

Check out the trailer: 

Watch Les Misérables on Netflix here

Best Dramas on Netflix: EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and Jim Parsons. The film is based on the real-life story of serial killer Ted Bundy. The movie follows single mother Liz, who unknowingly dated Bundy and now must live through the harsh truth of his actions as he is put on trial for the murders of multiple young women. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on Netflix here

Best Movies on Netflix: Comedy

Best Comedies on Netflix: WHAT A GIRL WANTS (2003)

What a Girl Wants stars Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, and Kelly Preston. When Daphne graduates high school, she travels from New York City to England to meet her father who serves in the House of Lords. When she arrives overseas, she must learn how to balance creating a relationship with a father with upholding his proper lifestyle, all while trying not to lose who she truly is.  

Watch What a Girl Wants on Netflix here

Best Comedies on Netflix: MURDER MYSTERY (2019)

Murder Mystery stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans. Husband and wife Nick and Audrey take a trip to Europe where they befriend a billionaire and sail aboard his yacht. While on the boat, the owner is murdered by one of the other passengers. Nick and Audrey then hilariously investigate the murder in an effort to clear their own names. 

Check out the trailer:

Watch Murder Mystery on Netflix here

Best Comedies on Netflix: LADY BIRD (2017)

Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Timothée Chalamet. The coming-of-age film follows high school teenager “Lady Bird” as she tries to balance new friends, relationships, and existing friendships during her last year of high school. It depicts the tension that can exist between a mother and her teenage daughter, especially when the daughter has different aspirations than the expectations her parents have