As theaters remain mostly shuttered, there’s no better time to explore streaming platforms for old favorites and new discoveries. Netflix’s catalog of older releases and its growing volume of original programming both provide reliable sources of entertainment during these times. With new blockbusters continuing to shift their release dates, Netflix offers the chance to experience some of the peaks of the form, with all four entries of Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones” franchise, the massively successful musical classic “West Side Story,” the hysterically violent “Total Recall” and international superstar Stephen Chow’s action-comedy “Kung Fu Hustle.”
Other films now streaming include the first features of acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki, Sam Raimi and Mati Diop and the comedic trio of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker.
As Netflix continues to add to its vast library of original content, its selection of older films remains in flux, with titles coming and going from the platform from month to month. This list collects the best movies that the streaming service has to offer at the moment and will continue to be updated to keep readers in the loop on what is available. Here are the best movies available on Netflix in August.