ByHeather Snowden, writer at
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Heather Snowden

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.

While I'm sure you've got the dates and deets for the wealth of original content coming our way over the next 6 months already penned in your planner, here are 8 movies that'll hit your screens in 2017 that you should probably have on your radar, too.

Comedies To Make You Laugh Out Loud

A Futile And Stupid Gesture

  • Who's in it? Natasha Lyonne, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Seth Green, Matt Lucas
  • 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.

Sandy Wexler

  • Who's in it? Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Kevin James, Rob Schneider
  • What's it about? Adam Sandler stars as the titular talent manager Sandy Wexler who's working on projecting his bunch of eccentric wannabes to the height of Hollywood during '90s — falling in love with one client in the process. The movie stretches over a decade and follows the relationship of these star-crossed lovers, but whether audiences will be star-crossed by yet another Sandler comedy remains to be seen.

Romance Movies To Help You Float Away

The Discovery

Rooney Mara in Carol
Rooney Mara in Carol
  • Who's in it? Rooney Mara, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Robert Redford, Jason Segel
  • 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 player in the romance genre.

Action Movies To Get Your Adrenaline Pumping


via Netflix
via Netflix
  • Who's in it? Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Tilda Swinton, Kelly Macdonald, Paul Dano
  • What's it about? The story follows a young girl, Mija, who's tasked with preventing a multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive creature called Okja. Set in South Korea, the movie is set to be a bold, global adventure and has involvement from Hollywood elite both before and behind the camera — and it's produced by Brad Pitt!


  • 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 armed with a powerful gun called the Gravitational Beam Emitter, which he 'aint afraid to use. Just one look at the teaser above should give you an idea of how beautiful this series will be.

Thrillers That'll Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat


Grillo in The Purge: Anarchy
Grillo in The Purge: Anarchy
  • Who's in it? The Purge's Frank Grillo
  • What's it about? Grillo helms as the wheelman, the getaway driver thrown headfirst 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 has 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!

Death Note

via Screenrant
via Screenrant
  • Who's in it? Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff
  • 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, begins penning the names he deems unworthy of life. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

And One Ungodly Drama To Sink Your Teeth Into

The Most Hated Woman In America

  • Who's in it? Juno Temple, Josh Lucas, Rory Cochrane, Vincent Kartheiser
  • 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 — and will have probably fallen in love with — 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.

Which movie are you looking forward to the most?