11 Best New Movies on Netflix: January 2021’s Freshest Films to Watch

Happy New Year! After the year we’ve had, we’re desperate for a change of pace, and luckily, Netflix is happy to oblige. This month, the streaming giant will be kicking off its 2021 movie slate with a plethora of new options. From documentaries to original dramas to cinematic classics, there’s no shortage of new movies coming to Netflix in January 2021, and we’re here to help you find the best of the best!

Die-hard Eddie Murphy fans will find themselves in good company this January, as the actor and comedian’s classic Raw special is now available to stream on Netflix. Afterwards, keep the laughs going with Spring Breakers and Catch Me If You Can, two crime dramas with darkly comedic underbellies. Nothing says LOL quite like a good caper, right?

What else will be part of your Netflix movie marathon this month? Here are the best new movies coming to Netflix in January 2021.

Catch Me If You Can

Released January 1

Where to stream Catch Me If You Can

The Departed

Released January 1

More Leo? No problem. In 2006, DiCaprio partnered with Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson on The Departed. The cop drama stars DiCaprio as Billy Costigan, a young cop who finally gets his shot when he goes undercover with a local crime syndicate. As Billy encounters various shady figures and learns that there may be a mole in the department, he realizes he’s bitten off way more than he can chew.

Where to stream The Departed

Eddie Murphy: Raw

Released January 1

If you watch just one title on Netflix this month, make it Eddie Murphy’s Raw. The 1987 comedy special, a follow-up to Delirious, was a box office phenomenon, and it went on to gross $50.5 million in the United States and Canada. While Delirious hasn’t fared very well under a modern microscope, Raw is certainly the less offensive of the two, so viewers interested in a more PC special should do with that what they will.

Where to stream Eddie Murphy: Raw


Released January 1

Where to stream Goodfellas


Released January 1

Where to stream Mud

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Released January 5

Did the news about Amazon’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series make you feel some type of way? If so, make it a point to re-watch the 2011 American adaptation, which comes to Netflix on January 5. Before Claire Foy stepped into Lisbeth Salander’s hoodie in the 2018 sequel, the character was played by Rooney Mara; the critically-acclaimed performance served as Mara’s breakout, and she went on to earn a Academy Award nomination for Best Actress at the 2012 Oscars.

Where to stream The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Pieces of a Woman

Released January 7

It wouldn’t be a new month without some new Netflix Original movies, and January’s got them in spades. First up is Pieces of a Woman, starring The Crown alum Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Iliza Shlesinger, and Ellyn Burstyn. After a young couple (Kirby and LaBeouf) suffer a great tragedy during their home birth, they embark upon an arduous legal battle while also attempting to come to terms with their immense grief.

Where to stream Pieces of a Woman

Spring Breakers

Released January 10

“Spring Break” isn’t quite its own genre, but Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is trying its best to make it one. Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine star as a group of reckless college students who rob a local store to fund a spring break trip to Florida. There, they party their asses off and meet Alien (James Franco), a local rapper and hustler, who charms them into joining his crew. What follows is an amazing story about spring break gone wrong — or right, depending on which side of the story you end up on.

Where to stream Spring Breakers

Radium Girls

Released January 16

The Kissing Booth‘s Joey King expands her Netflix empire with Radium Girls, a period drama about young women working under dangerous conditions in a radium factory in the 1920s. The film, which also stars Abby Quinn, was slated for a wide release in April 2020, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic complicated things and delayed the drama’s release until the fall. Now, fans who weren’t able to catch Radium Girls during its limited release will be able to stream it on Netflix beginning January 16.

Where to stream Radium Girls

Penguin Bloom

Released January 27

Where to stream Penguin Bloom

The Dig

Released January 29

Where to stream The Dig

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