Here are my picks for the best movies coming to Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Criterion Channel, and HBOMax in July, all of which offer up some incredible titles.
Full list of everything coming to Netflix in July can be found here.
AIRPLANE! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, 1980)
- An iconic comedy that still holds up 40-years later.
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, 1993)
- The best Batman animated film and one of the best Batman films ever.
CLOUD ATLAS (Lilly and Lana Wachowski, 2012)
- An epic, ambitious film and one of the most underrated movies of the last decade.
MEAN STREETS (Martin Scorsese, 1972)
- Martin Scorsese’s breakout is a gritty look at a small-time hoodlum trying to move his way up in the local mob.
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood, 2004)
- Clint Eastwood’s emotional Best Picture winner features a trio of stellar performances from Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.
THE NOTEBOOK (Nick Casavettes, 2004)
- A great cinematic love story.
SCHINDLER’S LIST (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
- Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece is one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever created.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (Nora Ephron, 1993)
- One of the greatest romantic comedies ever made.
SPOTLIGHT (Todd McCarthy, 2015)
- This disturbing, masterful procedural rightly deserved its Best Picture win in 2015.
THE TOWN (Ben Affleck, 2010)
- Ben Affleck’s thrilling crime film is his best work as a director.
TOTAL RECALL (Paul Verhoeven, 1990)
- A wild, violent, excellent sci-fi film from the great Paul Verhoeven.
Full list of everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in July can be found here.
ALI (Michael Mann, 2001)
- Will Smith gives one of the best performances of his career in Michael Mann’s captivating, sprawling biopic.
BIG FISH (Tim Burton, 2003)
- Tim Burton’s stunning, heartwarming, and strange movie about the father-son bond.
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Rob Zombie, 2005)
- A delirious, gory film from Rob Zombie.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Woody Allen, 2011)
- Woody Allen’s charming, beautiful love note to Paris and artists of the past.
PANIC ROOM (David Fincher, 2002)
- It’s on the lower-end of Fincher’s filmography, but this is still a really good and intense movie.
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (David Gordon Green, 2008)
- An iconic stoner comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco and their best and a scene-stealing Danny McBride.
Full list of everything coming to Hulu in July can be found here.
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN/BEST IN SHOW/A MIGHTY WIND/FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (Christopher Guest, 1996/2000/2003/2006)
- These four movies, all directed by Christopher Guest and written by Guest and Eugene Levy, are top-notch mockumentaries and hilarious comedies.
THE ASSISTANT (Kitty Green, 2020)
- This chilling inside look at a Hollywood studio is quietly one of the best movies of 2020.
DOWNHILL RACER (Michael Ritchie, 1969)
- Robert Redford and Gene Hackman give two of the best performances of their career in this thrilling, in-depth look at a cocky skier who clashes with his coach while on his way to the Olympics.
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)
- One of the great comedies of the 21st century.
HOT ROD (Akiva Schaffer, 2007)
- An underrated cult comedy.
LIAR LIAR (Tom Shadyac, 1997)
- One of Jim Carrey’s best movies and performances.
MOONSTRUCK (Norman Jewison, 1987)
- Cher and Nicolas Cage are absolutely delightful in this Oscar-winning romantic dramedy.
MY COUSIN VINNY (Jonathon Lynn, 1992)
- One of my favorite comedies ever.
PALM SPRINGS (Max Barbakow, 2020)
- This got a lot of buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, so I’m excited to check it out and see what the hoopla is all about.
WEST SIDE STORY (Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, 1961)
- Arguably the greatest musical ever made.
Full list of everything coming to Disney+ in July can be found here.
THE BIG GREEN (Holly Goldberg Sloan, 1995)
- A 90’s Disney sports gem.
HAMILTON (Lin Manuel Miranda, 2020)
- One of Broadway’s biggest hits ever is coming to Disney+ with a recording of the show with the original cast. I am very excited to see this as I did not see the play.
INCREDIBLES 2 (Brad Bird, 2018)
- Brad Bird waited fourteen years to give us a sequel to his 2004 masterpiece and he didn’t disappoint. Fun, exciting, and full of action, laughs, and deep themes.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Stephen Herek, 1992)
- A Disney sports classic.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (Ron Howard, 2018)
- Not a great Star Wars movie, but has some good stuff in it, particularly Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian.
Full list of everything coming to Criterion Channel in July can be found here.
*The Criterion Channel does things a little differently than every other streaming service. The Criterion Channel, a wonderful streaming service that focuses on independent, foreign, and under-appreciates movies, doesn’t just throw a bunch of random movies to stream. They get more creative, by having categories like “DOUBLE FEATURES” or “FILMS FROM…”, giving us curated lists of films that somehow blend together or feature a specific artist.*
- A top-notch cast of Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, and Lilly Gladstone highlight this beautifully quiet drama from the great Kelly Reichardt.
- One of the most interesting double features Criterion has ever had. The Virgin Spring is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most celebrated films, while The Last House on the Left is Wes Craven’s brutal rape-revenge flick. Should make for a wild viewing.
- Two hard-boiled Joseph H. Lewis film noirs.
- Two classic 60’s action films focused on the thrills behind the wheel.
- Over a dozen movies focusing on messy, chaotic, dysfunctional marriages.
Full list of everything coming to HBOMax in July can be found here.
BLADE TRILOGY (Stephen Norrington/Guillermo Del Toro/David S. Goyer, 1998/2002/2004)
- Wesley Snipes plays the half human-half vampire superhero in this dark and bloody comic book trilogy.
BLAZING SADDLES (Mel Brooks, 1974)
- A legendary comedy and maybe the best film of Mel Brooks career.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
- Underrated in the Spielberg cannon, Catch Me If You Can is a fun, twisty, expertly crafted con movie featuring a pair of great performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese, 2006)
- Martin Scorsese won his long-overdue Oscar for this cat-and-mouse crime film about a cop who infiltrates the mob and how a mobster infiltrates the police.
THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin, 1973)
- The greatest horror movie ever made and one of the greatest films ever made, period.
MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
- Paul Thomas Anderson’s wildly ambitious L.A. tale is one I’ve been itching to rewatch.
MARS ATTACKS! (Tim Burton, 1998)
- Tim Burton channel’s 50’s schlock films with this star-studded alien invasion movie.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
- Steven Spielberg’s World War II masterpiece features one of the greatest opening scenes I have ever seen.
SUPERMAN I-IV/SUPERMAN RETURNS (Richard Donner/Richard Lester/Sidney J. Furie/Bryan Singer, 1978/1980/1983/1987/2006)
- It’s going to be a lot of fun to give these ones a rewatch. Christopher Reeve is a pitch-perfect Man of Steel and Superman Returns doesn’t get the love it deserves.
UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
- Clint Eastwood’s crowning achievement as a director and one of the best Western’s ever made.
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