3 Must-see Movies and Shows (and Everything Else) to Stream on Netflix in August

Jason Bateman in Ozark from Netflix
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It’s time to get streaming. There’s only a month until Labor Day and you still haven’t knocked down your Netflix queue like you thought you would this summer. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to spend streaming some quality TV and movies after your next beach day, camping trip, or workout.



Netflix is debuting a number of original series and movies this month, including the second season of the critically-acclaimed crime drama Ozark, and the father-daughter dramedy Like Father starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer. If you’re into Oscar winners, you’re in luck, too—movies like No Country for Old Men, Million Dollar Baby, The Aviator, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring all will hit the platform.

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Here are three things to check out—and everything else coming to Netflix this month.

The Informant! – Aug. 1
If you need a good laugh, this underrated comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh will do the trick. Based on the real-life story of whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who served as an informant about the lysine price-fixing conspiracy in the ’90s, the film features Matt Damon and a cast of comedic actors like Tom Papa, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Adsit, and Joel McHale balancing a semi-ironic tone with the ridiculousness of the true story. Whitacre sees himself like an actual spy, and while he’s informing for the FBI, he’s also embezzling money, further complicating an already complicated case. (Seriously, the real-life story is pretty wild.)

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The Good Place, Season 2 – Aug. 28
The first season of the Kristen Bell-led comedy followed Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who ends up in the afterlife after being killed by some runaway shopping carts. She wakes up and meets Michael (Ted Danson), her guide through “The Good Place.” But there’s one problem: Eleanor was definitely not a good person, and she’s in the wrong place—literally. Bell is at her best as the scheming Eleanor, while Danson, and the other co-stars—William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto—each have their own standout moments. We won’t spoil the reason why, but it would be well worth watching the first season to catch up before Season 2 hits Netflix.

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Ozark, Season 2 – Aug. 31
Jason Bateman stars in this crime series as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who gets involved with some really bad dudes and has to relocate to the titular summer resort community. While there, Byrd must juggle a money laundering scheme to help pay back a massive debt and the safety of his family—all while staying a step ahead of the authorities. Bateman gives one of the best performance of his career—and it’s a stark difference from his comedic work on Arrested Development. Catch up on the 10-episode first season before Season 2 goes live.

Aug. 1

Batman Begins
Chernobyl Diaries
Edge of Fear
Gran Torino
House of Deadly Secrets
Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar: Season 1
Million Dollar Baby
No Reservations
Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Moby
Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers
Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher
Once in a Lifetime Sessions with TLC
P.S. I Love You
Steel Magnolias
Switched (Netflix Original)
The Aviator
The Golden Compass
The Informant!
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Aug. 2


Aug. 3

Brij Mohan Amar Rahe (Netflix Film)
Cocaine Coast (Netflix Original)
Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
I Am A Killer (Netflix Original)
Like Father (Netflix Film)
Marching Orders (Netflix Original)

Aug. 4

Flavors of Youth: International Version (Netflix Original)
Mr. Sunshine (Streaming every Saturday, Netflix Original)
On Children (Netflix Original)

Aug. 5

Paid in Full

Aug. 9

Perdida (Netflix Film)
The Originals: Season 5

Aug. 10

72 Dangerous Animals: Asia (Netflix Original)
Afflicted (Netflix Original)
All About the Washingtons (Netflix Original)
Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (Netflix Film)
Insatiable (Netflix Original)
La casa de las flores (Netflix Original)
Million Pound Menu (Netflix Original)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix Film)
The Package (Netflix Film)
The Ponysitters Club (Netflix Original)
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7 (Netflix Original)
Zion (Netflix Original)

Aug. 11

No Country for Old Men

Aug. 13

Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
Splash and Bubbles: Season 2
The Nut Job

Aug. 15

Adventures in Public School
The 100: Season 5

Aug. 16

Evan Almighty
Wish I Was Here

Aug. 17

Disenchantment (Netflix Original)
Magic for Humans (Netflix Original)
Pinky Malinky (Netflix Original)
Spirit Riding Free: Season 6 (Netflix Original)
Stay Here (Netflix Original)
The Motive (Netflix Film)
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix Film)
Ultraviolet (Netflix Original)

Aug. 19

The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Aug. 21

Year One

Aug. 23

Deadwind (Netflix Original)
Follow This (Netflix Original)
Great News: Season 1

Aug. 24

Ask the StoryBots: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (Netflix Original)
Ghoul (Netflix Original)
The After Party (Netflix Film)
The Innocents (Netflix Original)
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Young & Hungry: Season 5 (Netflix Original)

Aug. 28

The Good Place: Season 2

Aug. 29

Inequality for All

Aug. 31

Inside the Criminal Mind (Netflix Original)
The Laws of Thermodynamics (Netflix Film)
Ozark: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Paradise PD (Netflix Original)
The Comedy Lineup: Part (Netflix Original)
Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest (Netflix Original)
Undercover Law (Netflix Original)

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