For anyone who missed Shark Week on The Discovery Channel in June, Netflix should now be a viable substitute. Already offering Shark Lake, 3-Headed Shark Attack, Avalanche Sharks, Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark, and the first three Sharknado films, subscribers to the world’s leading on-demand streaming service will also have access to the entire Jaws franchise beginning September 1.
In addition to the cult-classic shark films, Netflix will be introducing several iconic movies to their online library during the first few days of September. From Footloose and Tog Gun to Sweeney Todd and Saving Private Ryan, what follows is a look at the eclectic list of new movie options available on Netflix during the first weekend of September.
Iconic 80s Movies
Still two of the biggest actors in the business today, both Kevin Bacon and Tom Cruise became household names and Hollywood heartthrobs after their breakthrough roles in the 1980s. For Kevin Bacon, it was his battle against John Lithgow in Footloose in 1984. For Tom Cruise, it was his feud with Val Kilmer in Top Gun in 1986. In September of 2016, Netflix makes both movies available to stream on-demand.
The only other movies from the 80s that could be added to your Netflix queue for the first time beginning Thursday are Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge. Generally speaking, few people would consider any of the Jaws sequels worthy of being in the same conversation as classics like Top Gun and Footloose.
Classic 90s Movies
While it may not be quite as good as the original Bill & Ted film, Bogus Journey, released in 1991, still provides a glimpse at a young Keanu Reeves before he took on more serious roles in films like Speed, Johnny Mnemonic, and The Matrix. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is also a good excuse to see the late George Carlin as he reprises the role of Rufus.
In the second most famous movie about a man falling in love with a prostitute, Milk Money (starring Ed Harris and Melanie Griffith) provides a new romantic comedy to view on Netflix when someone is coming over to chill. If more 90s romantic comedy is needed, Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. star in 1998’s Hope Floats.
For those who need something from the 90s that’s a little more serious and historical, the Academy Award-winning Saving Private Ryan will also be available via Netflix beginning in September. This story of the Invasion of Normandy during World War II stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon (among many others) as members of the US Army.
Movies From This Millennium
In September, Netflix brings subscribers a campy musical battle between Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise. As noted by Vanity Fair, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan join the cast in this 2012 gospel-centric musical. For viewers who want less music and more dancing, Netflix will make 2007’s Stomp the Yard available on September 1, with appearances from Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, who also show up in the soundtrack.
Sweeney Todd offers a much darker musical option. After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bridge, but before Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, Tim Burton directed both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in this musical from 2007 about a murderous barber. For something just as dark but silly in a very different way, Netflix adds Scary Movie 2 to their line-up, which already includes the first, third and fifth installment of the Scary Movie spoof-franchise. Tom Green offers a different-yet-equally-adolescent comedic performance in Road Trip, which is also being added to Netflix in September.
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Of course, Netflix is the source of eternal streaming content, so there are more movie titles that will be made available to stream between now and the end of the first weekend in September.
According to the list provided by The Nerd Recites, here are all the movies that Netflix will be releasing over this weekend.
- The Amityville Horror (2005)
- Babel (2006)
- Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (2013)
- Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
- Bratz: The Movie (2007)
- Burn, Burn, Burn (2015)
- Cats & Dogs (2001)
- Defiance (2008)
- Easy Fortune Happy Life (2009)
- Europe’s Last Great Wilderness (2015)
- The Fierce Wife (2010)
- Footloose (1984)
- Full Out (2015)
- Hoot (2006)
- Hope Floats (1998)
- Indochina’s Wild Heart (2015)
- Jaws (1975)
- Jaws 2 (1978)
- Jaws 3 (1983)
- Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
- Joyful Noise (2012)
- Keepers of the Game (2016)
- Last Holiday (2006)
- Man on Wire (2008)
- Milk Money (1994)
- Practical Magic (1998)
- Road Trip (2000)
- Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (2000)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- Scary Movie 2 (2001)
- Stomp the Yard (2007)
- Sweeney Todd (2007)
- Top Gun (1986)
- True Grit (1969)
- U571 (2000)
- The Wicker Man (2006)
- Wild Madagascar (2015)
While some of these additions are sure to be listed in the “Trending Now” section of Netflix in the very near future, that list currently includes such films as Let’s Go to Prison (Will Arnett, Dax Shepard), No Country for Old Men (Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin), St. Vincent (Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy), and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks).
[Image via Paramount Pictures/Top Gun]