In early April, Netflix brought a ton of new movies, including some fantastic Academy Award-winning and nominated features.
Here are the best new movies on Netflix this week:
The pianist (2002)
Director: Roman Polanski
Genre: Biography, drama, war | Running time: 150 minutes
Occupation: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michael Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard and Maureen Lipman
Adrien Brody gave an incredible performance as a Jewish musician Władysław Szpilman, earned an Oscar for best actor and became the youngest to do so.
Before the Germans invaded Poland, Władysław Szpilman worked for the Warsaw radio station and played the piano. When the German occupies his country, Szpilman embarks on a harrowing survival trip to the city of Warsaw to witness the persecution of his people and the destruction of his city.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Drama, war | Running time: 169 minutes
Occupation: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns and Barry Pepper
1998 was an incredibly strong year for movies, but what stood out from the crowd was Steven Speilberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The war drama cleaned up the box office and the Oscars, grossed $ 482.3 million worldwide, and won five of eleven Academy Awards for which it was nominated.
After the successful capture of Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion, Captain John H. Miller of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and seven of his men are enlisted to find Private James Ryan and bring him home after three of his brothers are on duty were killed.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Director: The Lee
Genre: Drama, romance | Running time: 134 minutes
Occupation: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid and Marty Antonini
Brokeback Mountain was one of the most controversial films of the mid-2000s and earned the Oscar that it lost to Crash. The film’s cultural and significant impact has been recognized by the Library of Congress and has been listed on the national film register.
Ennis and Jack, two cowboy shepherds, enter into a physical and emotional relationship but are forced to hide it from their deeply conservative town.
Director: Ditto Montiel
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama | Running time:
Occupation: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán, Zulay Henao and Michael Rivera
In the late 2000s, Channing Tatum became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. In 2009 alone he starred in Fighting, Public Enemies and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Shawn, a street forger from New York City, makes a living selling counterfeit goods. But when he is introduced to the world of underground street fighting, he begins to make a small fortune as a mere thug.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Genre: Biography, drama | Running time: 128 minutes
Occupation: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco
Another Academy Award-winning film added to the list, Sean Penn, received the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Dustin Lance Black received well-deserved Best Writing for an Original Screenplay.
The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
What new movie are you going to see on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments below!