2013 Movies That You Can Already Watch On Netflix

Ryan Gosling Only God Forgives 2013

The year is coming to a close, if you can believe it. As the world of pop culture starts looking forward to 2014′s most anticipated movie releases, you might feel a little behind. Maybe you didn’t get to the movie theater as much as you would have liked this year, or maybe there was a movie you were dying to see that wasn’t playing near you. That’s where Netflix comes in.

There are plenty of 2013 releases already available to watch instantly on Netflix streaming right this second. It might be a little overwhelming to figure out what’s there and what’s worth watching, so we’ve done some of the work for you and put together a handy list. And we’ve even organized them into categories. You won’t get to watch much Oscar bait yet, but I bet there’s at least one movie on this list you were meaning to see.


Unless you live in a major city, the most talked-about independent films and festival favorites might not be available for you to watch in the theater. But now you can catch up and sound totally cultured when you tell your friends what you’ve seen.

Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig is nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in this movie about 20-something disillusionment. As an added artsy bonus, it’s in black and white!


Everyone was buzzing about this film after it premiered at Sundance. It stars Amanda Seyfried in a bold turn as the famous porn star Linda Lovelace. Click here to read our review.

Prince Avalanche

This film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of two men (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) who spend a summer painting road lines together and form an unlikely bromance. Click here to read our review.


Jonathan Groff solidifies his place as breakout star in this film based on the life of author David Sedaris. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll really want to eat an apple. Click here to read our review.

The Lifeguard

This film out of Sundance stars Kristen Bell in a refreshingly dramatic role as a woman having an affair with a teenager. While the story itself has its flaws, it’s an interesting watch just to witness Kristen’s awesome range. Click here to read our review.

Crystal Fairy

Michael Cera is George Michael no more, or at least that’s what he seems to have been going for with this movie about a quest for hallucinogenic drugs. If that’s what you’re into.

Only God Forgives

This film reteams Ryan Gosling with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the story of a violent drug-smuggler in Bangkok. Its graphic violence will remind you that there’s a lot more to Gosling than The Notebook. Click here to read our review.


Remember when these movies came out? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want to watch them.

Side Effects

Here Channing Tatum tries to play a rich guy alongside Rooney Mara and Jude Law in a psychological thriller from Steven Soderbergh. Click here to read our review.

Olympus Has Fallen

Don’t get this one confused with White House Down. Despite both being about an attack on the White House, they are not the same movie. Mostly because this one doesn’t feature Channing Tatum shirtless.

Safe Haven

In the mood for a cheesy Nicholas Sparks adaptation where Julianne Hough tries to act? Then you’ll love hate-watching this movie. Click here to read our review.

Escape from Planet Earth

Do you like animated movies about aliens with the vocal talents of actors like Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba? That’s very specific taste you have there, and it might just be satisfied with this movie.

21 and Over

This one’s pretty much The Hangover recast with younger people and similar drunken shenanigans. If that’s what you’re into, stream away. Click here to read our review.

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    • Jenni

      Side Effects is the perfect Netflix movie. It’s entertaining, but not worth paying money to see. Also Channing plays a rich banker and it’s hilarious.

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      I just watched Olympus Has Fallen the other night. Kept waiting for Channing Tatum to show up. Otherwise, it was ok, even if it was Die Hard 2013.

      • Jennifer

        Olympus Has Fallen wasn’t all that great to me. Die Hard 2013 was full of action as you would expect from a Bruce Willis film.

      • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

        Oh I just meant that it was the script of Die Hard rewritten for Gerard Butler in a different building. Even with the handsome-guy-who-is-really-a-bad-guy sharing a smoke with Our Noble Hero during a moment of downtime.

    • Jennifer

      I have Netflix and Hulu plus with Verizon Fios *cue eyeroll* oh let’s not forget the infamous amazon Prime. With all those tied into my home I still pirate movies. Sometimes or I go to this certain website that let’s; me play movies that’re in theaters or already released.
      What I do is I take my iPad or any tablet or phone plug it into the TV via HDMI, and I go to the website via browser, and I search for the movie and BOOM!!. Netflix is pushing my patience. Might I add the site has shows as well so I may drop Netflix or Amazon Prime.

      • Keisha Kogalniceaunu

        I want this website. Text me NOW!!

    • CortCab

      I just watched Blackfish this week. I thought it was incredibly well done. I’ve been reading about whales and their history in captivity for days now; it really made an impression on me.

    • Ria

      Oh wow, thank you for posting these! We just canceled our cable after Comcast decided to up our bill $50 for no reason. We bought a Roku 3 and signed up with Netflix so I’ve been searching for some good things to watch:)

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Glad it was helpful!

    • What?

      Jill, 21 and over is nothing at all like the Hangover

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