Netflix is dropping a whopping 70 movies onto its streaming services around the world. Capitalising on a pandemic affected population that has been relatively stuck inside, the global streaming giant has even more reasons for us all to stay on the couch with their lineup of cinematic film releases for 2021.
Going far beyond what even Disney and Warner Bros. (HBO MAX) can achieve combined, Netflix is destroying its competition with 70 new movies this year. Promising one movie every week, Netflix has brought together some of the biggest Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Gal Gadot, Dave Bautista, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, John David Washington and Octavia Spencer.
But that’s not all. Tapping the shoulders of incredible filmmakers like Zack Snyder, Nora Fingscheidt, Joe Wright, Antoine Fuqua, Shawn Levy, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, Netflix is also providing the directorial debuts of both Halle Berry and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Best Netflix Movies for 2021
With 70 new flicks set to hit the small screen this year, it’s safe to say Netflix has its work cut out for it. Here are some of the movies we’re looking forward to 2021.
1. Red Notice
Just straight-up action, Red Notice is one of the most anticipated Netflix films of 2021. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, the new film sees the FBI’s top profiler and two rival criminals go head to head.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writers: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Producers: Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwyane Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot
2. Sweet Girl
A devastated husband vows to bring justice to people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting his daughter, the last piece of family he has left.
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Writers: Gregg Hurwitz, Philip Eisner, Will Staples
Producers: Brad Peyton, Jeff Fierson, Jason Momoa, Brian Andrew Mendoza
Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced
3. Escape From Spiderhead
This one sounds silly, but still watchable. In the near future, two young convicts grapple with their pasts in a facility run by a brilliant visionary, who experiments on inmates with mind-altering drugs. Throw in Chris Hemsworth and it’s worth a run.
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Producers: Eric Newman, Chris Hemsworth, Oren Katzeff, Geneva Wasserman, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Tommy Harper, Jeremy Steckler
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller
4. The Guilty
Taking place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call centre, this movie looks like a heart-stopper. With perennial over-achiever Jake Gyllenhaal leading the show, The Guilty could be another winner.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Nic Pizzolatto
Producers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Antoine Fuqua, Kat Samick, Scott Greenberg, Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, David Haring
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough
5. Concrete Cowboy
Idris Elba as a North Philadelphia urban cowboy. Need we say more?
Director: Ricky Staub
Writers: Ricky Staub, Dan Walser
Producers: Tucker Tooley, Lee Daniels, Idris Elba, Dan Walser, Jeff Waxman, Jennifer Madeloff
Cast: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Method Man
6. Don’t Look Up
Telling the story of two low-level astronomers, who must fo on a giant media tour to warn the planet that an approaching comet will destroy the earth. With an all-star cast that boasts Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill and Cate Blanchett, this one looks like Oscar-bait for sure.
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Adam McKay
Producers: Adam McKay, Kevin Messick
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlmann, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep
7. Malcolm & Marie
With Zendaya fresh off a massive 2020, things are looking up for the former Disney star. Malcolm & Marie sees her pair up with John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker and his girlfriend have their love tested in an ode to Hollywood’s tragic love stories of the past.
Director: Sam Levinson
Writers: Sam Levinson
Producers: Kevin Turen, Ashley Levinson, Sam Levinson, Zendaya, John David Washington
Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington
8. Army of the Dead
Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off a major heist. Starring Dave Bautista, this Zack Snyder-directed flick sounds like it could be huge.
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold
Producers: Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick
9. Bad Trip
From the producer of Jackass, comes a new hidden-camera comedy, led by Eric Andre. It follows two best friends on a cross-country road trip, loaded with pranks and uncomfortable scenarios unleashed on the public.
Director: Kitao Sakurai
Writers: Eric Andre, Kitao Sakurai, Dan Curry
Producers: Eric Andre, Jeff Tremaine, David Bernard, Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish
Based on a best-selling novel from five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates, BLONDE is a bold retelling of the world’s most famous sex symbol; Marilyn Monroe. Set during the 50s and 60s, this Ana de Armas-led feature sounds like it could be a winning formula.
Director: Andrew Dominik
Writers: Andrew Dominik
Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon, Scott Robertson
Cast: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson
Netflix 2021 Releases
Clearly responding to the might of both Disney and HBO Max, this is the first time we’ve seen Netflix announce their entire slate of films all at once. Hoping to defeat major titles like Dune, The Suicide Squad and the highly-anticipated fourth Matrix film, 2021 will be an all-out war for your streaming attention.
Here are all the movies Netflix will be releasing in 2021:
- 8 Rue de l’Humanité*
- A Boy Called Christmas
- A Castle for Christmas
- Afterlife of the Party
- Army of the Dead
- A Week Away
- A Winter’s Tale from Shaun the Sheep**
- Back to the Outback
- Bad Trip
- Blood Red Sky*
- Bombay Rose
- Concrete Cowboy
- Don’t Look Up
- Double Dad*
- Escape from Spiderhead
- Fear Street Trilogy
- Fever Dream*
- Finding ‘Ohana (January 29)
- Fuimos Canciones*
- I Care A Lot (February 19)**
- Love Hard
- Malcolm & Marie (February 5)
- Moxie (March 3)
- Night Teeth
- No One Gets Out Alive
- Outside the Wire (January 15)
- Penguin Bloom (January 27)**
- Pieces of Woman (January 7)
- Red Notice
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Robin Robin
- Skater Girl
- Sweet Girl
- The Dig (January 29)
- The Guilty
- The Hand of God*
- The Harder They Fall
- The Kissing Booth 3
- The Last Letter from Your Lover**
- The Last Mercenary*
- The Loud House Movie
- The Power of the Dog
- The Princess Switch 3
- There’s Someone Inside Your House
- The Starling
- The Swarm*
- The White Tiger (January 22)
- The Woman in the Window
- Things Heard and Seen
- Thunder Force
- tick, tick…BOOM!
- To All The Boys: Always and Forever
- Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
- Untitled Alexandre Moratto*
- Untitled Graham King
- Untitled Alicia Keys Rom-Com
- Wish Dragon
- YES DAY
**not available globally
How many films is Netflix releasing in 2021?
According to the streaming platform, Netflix is set to release 70 films in 2021, it’s largest number of originals to date. The news suggests that Netflix will be releasing a new film every week for the entirety of the year.
When is Red Notice coming out?
Universal originally scheduled the blockbuster Red Notice for release on June 12, 2020. That date was then moved by five months to November 13, 2020. Netflix then took over on July 8, 2019, with a new release year of 2021.
Who has Netflix films coming out in 2021?
According to Netflix, some of the biggest Hollywood stars are set to release films in 2021. These include Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Gal Gadot, Dave Bautista, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, John David Washington and Octavia Spencer. Additionally, filmmakers like Zack Snyder, Nora Fingscheidt, Joe Wright, Antoine Fuqua, Shawn Levy, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, will be releasing flicks, along with the directorial debuts of both Halle Berry and Lin-Manuel Miranda.