With “The Batman” upon us, Netflix is responding in due course with a wave of big-budget tentpoles hitting the platform this March. Picking just the seven of the best this month meant leaving off a few — Christopher Nolan’s time-bending World War II epic “Dunkirk” is an honorable mention, as is James McTeigue’s dystopian future vision “V for Vendetta.”
For those who prefer less explosive and CGI-driven spectacle, Jane Campion’s lyrical John Keats and Fanny Brawne romance “Bright Star” arrives on the platform March 31 — right on the heels of the filmmaker’s in-the-bag Best Director win for “The Power of the Dog” at the Oscars March 27.
If you’re in a classic throwback mood, you can’t go wrong with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in “Top Gun,” especially as the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” is finally set to arrive in theaters… when exactly? It’s slated for May 27, but based on Paramount’s constantly changing its release, that target could move at any point.
There’s also Frank Darabont’s beloved Stephen King adaptation “The Shawshank Redemption,” and a handful of ‘90s sci-fi classics that have only grown in estimation since cementing cult status in 1997, to rediscover or visit for the first time.
Below, the seven best films new to streaming on Netflix this March.