Netflix has made headlines in the past year for its innovative original programs, but it’s still a leading provider of rental and streaming services all over the globe. At the end of 2013, expired licenses required Netflix to take down hundreds of hit movies and TV series. However, the company has released a slew of new titles in the first quarter of 2014, and March is looking to be the best month yet.
No matter what your poison, Netflix has added something you’ll enjoy this month. Take a look at a few of the best bets in film.
1. Capote (2005)
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman won a Best Actor award at the Oscars for his portrayal of Truman Capote in this biopic. The film follows the writer as he crafts his sensational nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood. Capote also stars Clifton Collins Jr. and Mark Pellegrino as murder suspects Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, respectively, and Catherine Keener as Harper Lee, the To Kill a Mockingbird author and Capote’s childhood friend.
2. Dirty Dancing (1987)
This classic coming-of-age drama, which stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as the romantic leads, was an unexpected box office hit. It tells the story of Baby, an affluent high school grad who falls in love with Johnny, a dance instructor at the resort she’s vacationing at with her family. Though her father objects to Baby branching out — and falling in love — she defies him and learns some valuable lessons about life and herself in the process. Dirty Dancing was the first film to sell more than a million copies on video, and now a new generation can enjoy the film and its most iconic moments.
3. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
If you’re in the mood for a laugh, this Mel Brooks cult classic could hit the bullseye. Robin Hood: Men in Tights is both a musical comedy and a smart parody of other movies about the famous archer of Sherwood Forest. It stars Cary Elwes in the title role, Richard Lewis as Prince John, and features a slew of beloved actors and comedians, including Patrick Stewart, Dave Chapelle, Roger Rees, and Tracy Ullman.
4. The Ice Storm (1997)
Before winning accolades for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, director Ang Lee took a nostalgic, moody turn with this drama set in 1970s suburban Connecticut. The Ice Storm takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, as adults and teenagers alike attempt to feed their desires and make sense of their lives. While Lee’s direction is superb, the outstanding ensemble cast — featuring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood — is what makes this film chillingly memorable.
5. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
These days, most scary movies rely on plentiful amounts of guts and gore to get under viewers’ skin. But Jonathan Demme took a different approach in Silence of the Lambs, a gripping thriller about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s search for serial killer Buffalo Bill. The film stars Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer she enlists to help profile Bill. Silence of the Lambs took home five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. And many film historians and critics still consider it to be one of the best thrillers of all time.