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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in January 2017, Including ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Boogie Nights’

Oscar winners, horror films and indie favorites will arrive to the streaming service next year.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Next month, Netflix offers up a giant selection of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners and indie favorites — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch as soon as they’re available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

1. “Boogie Nights” (available January 1)

Boogie Nights

Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 comedy about a young man who gets into the California porn industry in the late 1970’s and ‘80s. The film was nominated for three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

2. “Braveheart” (available January 1)


Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director, the Mel Gibson-starring drama follows William Wallace’s revolt against King Edward I of England after his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her.

3.E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (available January 1)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Relive your childhood with Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning sci-fi classic which follows a young boy who befriends a comical and friendly alien, who all he wants to do is “phone home” and return to his family.

4. “The Shining” (available January 1)

The shining

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic starring Jack Nicholson has cemented itself into cinema history. The story follows a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence. If you haven’t watched it, here’s your chance.

5. “Growing Up Coy” (available January 6)

Growing up Coy

Directed by Eric Juhola, the documentary tells the story of a family who hires a lawyer to pursue a civil rights case of discrimination when the school bans their transgender 6-year-old from using the girls’ bathroom.

6. “Under the Shadow” (available January 7)

Under the Shadow

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called the 2016 film “the first great horror movie of the year” in his A- review. The story follows a mother and daughter who struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

7. Fatima” (available January 17)


Winner of three César Awards, including Best Film and Actress, “Fatima” tells the story of a single mother emigre from Morocco raising a family and working as a maid. The film is a loose adaptation of “Prayer to the Moon,” a short collection of writings by North African writer Fatima Elayoubi, and captures the hardships of fish-out-of-water life and dealing with the generation gap between parents and their children.

READ MORE: ‘Fatima’ Exclusive Trailer & Poster: César Award-Winning Drama About a Moroccan Immigrant Raising Her Three Daughters In France

The Rest of Incoming Films:

“Around the World in 80 Days (available January 1)

“After Innocence” (available January 1)

“Bee Movie” (available January 1)

“Caddyshack” (available January 1)

“Collateral Damage” (available January 1)

“Dreamcatcher” (available January 1)

El Dorado” (available January 1)

“HALO Legends” (available January 1)

“Hugo” (available January 1)

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (available January 1)

License to Drive” (available January 1)

Nancy Drew” (available January 1)

Ocean’s Twelve” (available January 1)

Superman Returns” (available January 1)

“Superman II” (available January 1)

“Superman III” (available January 1)

“Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (available January 1)

“Superman: The Movie” (available January 1)

The Parent Trap” (available January 1)

“The Perfect Physique” (available January 1)

“The Rat Race” (available January 1)

“To Be A Miss” (available January 1)

“Trudell” (available January 1)

“V for Vendetta” (available January 1)

“Vanilla Sky” (available January 1)

Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin’?” (available January 3)

Coin Heist” (available January 6)

Alpha and Omega 7” (available January 7)

Miss Sharon Jones!” (available January 7)

Best and Most Beautiful Things” (available January 9)

“Ratchet and Clank” (available January 9)

As I Open My Eyes” (available January 10)

“Happily Married” (available January 10)

“Jim Gaffigan: Cinco” (available January 10)

Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass” (available January 11)

Aquarius” (available January 13)

“Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women” (available January 13)

Clinical” (available January 13)

“It Follows” (available January 13)

Camp X-Ray” (available January 14)

“Cardboard Boxer” (available January 14)

Estar O No Estar” (available January 14)

A Beautiful Now” (available January 15)

“Hostage to the Devil” (available January 15)

“Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body” (available January 15)

Flash of Genius” (available January 16)

“Halloweed” (available January 16)

“Rezort” (available January 16)

“Neal Brennan: 3 Mics” (available January 17)

“Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050” (available January 17)

Good Kids” (available January 19)

“Papa” (available January 20)

Take the 10” (available January 20)

Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy” (available January 24)

“Gad Gone Wild” (available January 24)

“Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil” (available January 24)

Kill Command” (available January 24)

Era el cielo” (available January 25)

iBOY” (available January 27)

“Shadows of Truth” (available January 27)

“Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” (available January 27)

Antibirth” (available January 30)

“Swing State” (available January 30)

Bill Burr Stand Up Special” (available January 31)

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