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The hallowed streaming site has become as famed for its impeccable original content as it has for its wealth of top-quality shows, and while having a one-stop-shop for all your favorite movies and TV series is awesome, it's Netflix's homegrown stuff that has us squealing with excitement.

Over the next 12 months the wealth of brilliant, original movies heading our way will be enough to pique the interest of even the most lackadaisical movie viewer. From war flicks starring Brad Pitt to Broad City's Abbi dealing with a junkie brother, to a film about greetings cards, here there really is something for everyone.

1. 'Girlfriend's Day' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • What's it about: Starring Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk, Girlfriend's Day is the savagely funny tale of a greetings card writer caught in a web of lies, deceit and his shitty life as he vies with other writers to create the best card for a new holiday: Girlfriend's Day.

2. 'Burning Sands' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris
  • Genre: Drama
  • What's it about: If you thought your fraternity was 50 shades of f****ed, you 'aint seen nothing yet. Taking place during "Hell Week," one favored pledgee has to choose between breaking a code of silence or exposing the groups violent underground hazing.
  • Netflix release date: March 10

3. 'A Futile And Stupid Gesture'

  • Who's in it? Natasha Lyonne, Domhnall Gleeson, Seth Green
  • Genre: Comedy
  • What's it about? Set to be a "who's-who of comedic icons," A Futile and Stupid Gesture will chronicle the life and career of National Lampoon co-founders/media empire builders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard. Based on Josh Karp's 2006 best-selling book of the same name, not only will this star a handful of comedy big guns, but it's given a helping hand by Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

4. 'The Discovery' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jason Segel
  • Genre: Sci-Fi/Romance
  • What's it about? A gripping love story set 12 months after scientists verify the existence of an afterlife. Redford stars as the scientist responsible for the discovery and Jason Segel plays his son, a man who falls for a woman haunted by a tragic past — Rooney Mara. With such an awesome cast and totally original premise, this movie has the potential to be the next big sci-fi player.
  • Netflix release date: March 31

5. 'Deidra & Laney Rob A Train' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson
  • Genre: Comedy/Crime/Drama
  • What's it about: What do you do when your single mother gets thrown in jail and you've no means to make ends meet? Rob a train, of course — and that's exactly what these two sisters plot to do.
  • Netflix release date: March 17

6. 'Okja' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Tilda Swinton
  • Genre: Action
  • What's it about? The story follows a young girl, Mija, who must prevent a multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive creature called Okja. Situated in South Korea, the movie is set to be a bold, global adventure and has involvement from Hollywood elite's both before and behind the camera — it's produced by Brad Pitt!
  • Netflix release date: June 28

7. 'BLAME!' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Unknown
  • Genre: Action
  • What's it about? BLAME! is an anime adaptation of the 10-volume manga series released in 1998 and created by Tsutomu Nihei. Set in a dystopian future, we meet Killy, our quiet protagonist. Killy's searching for something called Net Terminal Genes and is armed with a powerful gun called the Gravitational Beam Emitter, which he 'ain't afraid to use. Just one look at the teaser above should give you an idea of how beautiful this series will be.
  • Netflix release date: May 20

8. 'I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow
  • Genre: Crime/Thriller/Comedy
  • What's it about? A depressed citizen turned vigilante who, with the help of her obnoxious neighbor — a.k.a. Elijah Wood in a tracksuit — begins hunting down the villains, giving her life new purpose. Unfortunately however, the pair soon find themselves way out of their depth.
  • Netflix release date: February 24

9. 'Wheelman'

  • Who's in it? The Purge's Frank Grillo
  • Genre: Thriller
  • What's it about? Grillo helms as the wheelman, the getaway driver thrown head first into a high-stakes survival race following a botched attempt at a bank robbery. He's been double crossed — but by whom? That's something he has to figure out as he races against the clock with a car full of cash and his family on the line. Sounds like your standard heist fair, but that's not to say it won't be awesome!
  • Netflix release date: October 20

10. 'Death Note' — Available Now

'Death Note: Light Up the New World' [Credit: Warner Bros]
'Death Note: Light Up the New World' [Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Who's in it? Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff
  • Genre: Thriller
  • What's it about? Adapted from the popular manga franchise of the same name, Death Note tells the story of a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that gives him the ability to kill. By inscribing a name into it while picturing their face, that person will die and, taken with his new godlike power, he begins penning the names of those he deems unworthy of life. Brutal.
  • Netflix release date: August 25

11. 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter Of Cambodia Remembers'

  • Who's in it? Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata
  • Genre: History/Drama
  • What's it about: Based on the memoir penned by author and human rights activist Loung Ung and directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is a harrowing recount of the horrors suffered by Ung while under the rule of Khmer Rouge.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

12. 'Mute'

'Mute' [Credit: Netflix]
'Mute' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Who's in it? Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux, Paul Rudd
  • Genre: Sci-fi/Thriller
  • What's it about: A mute bartender going head-to-head against Berlin's mob in a bid to discover what happened to his missing girlfriend. Set in Berlin 40 years into the future, Mute is a mystery-thriller pegged as the spiritual sequel to Moon. Color me intrigued.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

13. 'Our Souls At Night' — New In September

'Our Souls at Night' [Credit: Netflix]
'Our Souls at Night' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Who's in it? Robert Redfort, Jane Fonda
  • Genre: Drama
  • What's it about: Michael C. Weber, the man behind The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, brings us Our Souls at Night, a story about two widowed neighbors seeking solace in each other's company.
  • Netflix release date: September 29

14. 'War Machine' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Tilda Swinton
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • What's it about: Inspired by bestselling novel The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, War Machine is a satirical comedy on America's war on Afghanistan. And Brad Pitt's in it.
  • Netflix release date: May 26

15. '6 Balloons'

  • Who's in it? Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Tim Matheson
  • Genre: Drama
  • What's it about: Starring one mini-Franco and Broad City bae Abbi Jacobson, 6 Balloons is a rather blue number about a woman discovering that her brother — a former heroin addict — has relapsed on the 4th of July, with his 2-year-old daughter in his custody.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

16. 'Tramps' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Mike Birbiglia
  • Genre: Comedy/Romance
  • What's it about: Tramps made waves at Toronto Film Festival, which certainly bodes well. This drama centers on petty criminal Danny who, during a shady deal, picks up the wrong briefcase and must embark on a wild trek with his driver in tow to correct the blunder.
  • Netflix release date: 21 April 2017

17. 'I0'

  • Who's in it? Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualle and Danny Huston
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • What's it about: Imagine if Earth turned cataclysmic and humans started leaping upon shuttles, fleeing to some distant space colony and you're left stranded. That's exactly what 10 is about: the last survivors on an abandoned planet.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

18. 'Sand Castle' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Logan Marshall-Green
  • Genre: Drama
  • What's it about: Another Iraq-based war drama, except this one stars Nicholas Hoult as a young machine gunner whose platoon is tasked with fixing a broken water system in a village deemed very dangerous. Sand Castle is based upon the real-life experiences of Chris Roessner.
  • Netflix release date: April 21

19. 'The Most Hated Woman In America' — Available Now

'Prisoners' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Prisoners' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Who's in it? Melissa Leo, Juno Temple, Josh Lucas
  • Genre: Drama
  • What's it about? Who is The Most Hated Woman in America? Well, by the end of this dramatic offering from Netflix you'll surely be well versed in the life of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the woman who founded the American Atheist Association and held its presidency for 13 years — becoming the most loathed woman in America in the process.
  • Netflix release date: March 24

20. 'Little Evil'

  • Who's in it? Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas
  • Genre: Horror comedy
  • What's it about: Adam Scott has just married the woman of his dreams, but unfortunately for him her 6-year-old son seems to be the Antichrist. Bummer.
  • Netflix release date: Late 2017

21. 'Mudbound'

  • Who's in it? Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary — MF'in — Blige!
  • Genre: Drama
  • What it's about: It's post WWII and two families are battling against social hierarchies, heritage, families and an unforgiving landscape, all factors that challenge the new lives they must make for themselves.
  • Netflix release date: November 17

22. 'The Babysitter'

  • Who's in it? Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Samara Weaving
  • Genre: Horror Comedy
  • What it's about: A 12-year-old kid who falls in love with his babe of a babysitter— that is, until he finds out she's part of a satanic cult that wants him dead.
  • Netflix release date: TBA

23. 'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)'

  • Who's in it? Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • What it's about: From Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha!) comes this cute comic tale of adult siblings and their overbearing father.
  • Netflix release date: October 13

24. '1922'

  • Who's in it? Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid
  • Genre: Horror
  • What it's about: An adaptation of Stephen King's novel — his work is getting a lot of action this year! — this harrowing tale depicts a man's confession to his wife's murder, for after her death he believes he's being terrorized by rats. And his dead wife.
  • Netflix release date: October 20

25. 'Bushwick' — Available Now

  • Who's in it? Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Christian Navarro
  • Genre: Action
  • What it's about: Arriving back in Brooklyn with a new boyfriend, Lucy is met with a bloodbath. The neighborhood is experiencing an uprising, and she finds herself taking refuge in the basement of an old war veteran — much to his reluctance.
  • Netflix release date: August 25

26. 'Bright'

  • Who's in it? Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • What it's about: Suicide Squad's David Ayer is heading to Netflix to bring us a cop drama that centers around two policemen who find themselves tasked with protecting a relic, and the future of the everything.
  • Netflix release date: December 22, 2017

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