Netflix movies (April 2021): 50 best films to stream on the platform – For The Win

A new month means more movies to devour from Netflix’s extensive catalog, ranging from some old favorites to some new editions. We’ve sorted the best movies on the streaming service for the month of April. All of these movies are on Netflix, unless they are noted with an arrival date.
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Let’s get to the movies!
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As Batman, Lt. Gordon and the district attorney continue to dismantle Gotham’s criminal underground, a new villain threatens to undo their good work.
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
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As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.
Starring: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez
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An occupying Japanese general challenges Chinese men to duels to prove the superiority of the Japanese, but Ip Man refuses to fight — at first.
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan
Sparks fly when a newspaper columnist writes a one-sided, sexist story about a commitment-phobic bride who abandoned three men at the altar.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack
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A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
Starring: Craig Foster, Tom Foster
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A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ray Archuleta, John Wick
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A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears to be.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn 
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Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
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When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Starring: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc
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In this heartwarming tale, Julie Powell decides to spice up her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s classic cookbook.

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson 

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
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A father and daughter travel to an alien moon in search of a valuable gem but are forced to alter their plans when a nefarious outlaw gets involved.
Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal 
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An aspiring writer goes to the airport to pick up a high school friend returning from a trip to Africa but is disheartened to see her with another man.
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jone-seo
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
When dazzling L.A. sorority girl Elle Woods gets dumped by her snobby boyfriend, she decides to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge
Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Arliss Howard
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A mom and dad, who usually say no, decide to say yes to their kids’ wildest requests — on a whirlwind day of fun and adventure.
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega
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When a flood of natural disasters begins to destroy the world, a divorced dad desperately tries to save his family by outrunning the cataclysmic chaos.
Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Upon learning of her niece’s health issues, super-grandma and problem-solver Madea takes over once again, summoning together her fragmented clan.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow Wow

Famed Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this drama based on his memoirs.
Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay
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Eager to pay for his daughter’s pricey wedding, a suspended cop sets out to recover a valuable baseball card with the help of his loyal partner.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott
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When a recruiter and an art director strike up a friendship, they decide to capitalize on their chemistry with casual sex and no emotional attachments.
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson
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A family moves into a new home, where their son falls into a coma and series events begin to reveal something far more sinister is lurking in the house.
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye
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Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.
Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome
Incurable romantic Lotte finds her life upended when her plans for a picture-perfect wedding unravel — just as her self-absorbed sister gets engaged.
Starring: Yolanthe Cabau, Jim Bakkum, Noortje Herlaar
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In 1960s Paris, Madame Claude’s influence extends beyond the world of sex work — until an affluent young woman threatens to change everything.
Starring: Karole Rocher, Garance Marillier, Roschdy Zem
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During World War II, a young polish couple use their zoo to protect families hiding from the Nazis.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan HeldenberghMichael McElhatton
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Blindsided by the end of his marriage and hopeless at dating, Cal receives a helping hand from a smooth-talking player who’s about to meet his match.
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore
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After falling for Estrella, Ángel, a mechanic from the Madrid suburbs, dives into a world of heists and becomes the target of a relentless detective.
Starring: Miguel Herrán, Luis Tosar, Carolina Yuste
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Eight U.S. Army Rangers penetrate German-held territory during World War II to find and bring home a soldier whose three brothers have been killed.
Starring:Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Two sheepherders in 1963 Wyoming become involved in an increasingly passionate affair, but hiding the relationship from their wives proves agonizing.
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams

In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán 
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Businessman and activist Harvey Milk fights the system — and becomes a target — as he makes history as California’s first openly gay elected official.
Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin
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As Alfalfa tries to charm Darla, a group of pint-sized mischief-makers land in all sorts of antics. Inspired by Hal Roach’s “Our Gang” series.
Starring: Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes
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After a bitter divorce, a loan officer falls under the sway of a self-help guru who urges him to say yes to everything that comes his way for a year.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper
Ekah is determined to go to school in a village of fishermen where a girl child’s education is considered a taboo. Her drive to break this old adage gets her embroiled with her father, Solomon’s past.
Starring: Cosson Chinopoh, Faith Fidel, Onyama Laura 
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Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman
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THE STAND-IN is the story of a disaffected comedy actress and her ambitious stand-in trading places.
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller
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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
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In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.
StarringAnna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts
A robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Now it’s up to the Mitchells — the world’s weirdest family — to save the human race.
Starring: Olivia Colman, Eric André, Maya Rudolph
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