Summer is finally here, and for many of us, that means more time spent enjoying the weather and less time in front of the television – but the season also means that a slew of exciting titles will be added to Netflix. From critically acclaimed original series to old-school horror flicks, there’s something for everyone. Here are four cool movies and series to add to your Netflix queue.
1. Orange Is the New Black (Season 2), released June 6
The Litchfield gang is back with 13 new episodes that will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat. Taylor Schiller leads Orange Is the New Black’s exemplary ensemble as Piper, a free-spirited New Yorker who is sent to the slammer for her role in a global drug operation. She meets up with her ex-lover Alex (Laura Prepon) and finds unlikely allies and enemies while trying to keep a grasp on the world outside prison walls. The first season of Orange Is the New Black was a huge hit for Netflix, and if the reviews are any indication, Season Two will more than live up to the hype. You can watch the entire season now on Netflix.
2. Rudy (1993), released June 1
ESPN called this drama one of the best sports movies of all time, and it’s easy to understand why. The heartwarming film tells the true story of an enthusiastic underdog with big dreams of playing college football at Notre Dame. Rudy offers memorable performances from the Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin in the title role and Ned Beaty as his father. The movie reminds us that hard work and determination can sometimes make even the impossible seem possible.
3. Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979, 2001), released June 1
Once upon a time, director Francis Ford Coppola had the crazy idea to adapt Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and make a film about the Vietnam war. So he led an all-star cast that featured Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and Laurence Fishburne into the jungle. After a grueling shoot marred by seemingly never-ending complications, Apocalypse Now became a critical and commercial success. In 2001, Coppola rereleased the film with 48 minutes of added footage and named it Apocalypse Now: Redux. Now, new and old fans alike have even more of this epic film to sink their teeth into.
4. Carrie (1976), released June 1
This horror classic was revamped last fall for the 21st century crowd, but most film fans still prefer Brian DePalma’s original take on Stephen King’s first novel. Carrie tells the story of a high school outcast who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Between a radically religious mother and zealous high school girls bent on making Carrie’s life miserable, she struggles to keep her powers in check. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were nominated for their performances as the titular character and her mother, Margaret. Even though the film is nearly 40 years old, it still stands up as a truly chilling tale.