11 best movies new to streaming to watch in January 2022 (2023)

Welcome to 2022! It’s the start of a brand new year, filled with exciting possibilities and new hopes, not mention a whole slew of films to look forward to. Between Scream 5 and Morbius, not to mention other highly anticipated releases such as Matt Reeves’ The Batman and Pixar’s Turning Red, the first quarter of the year promises to one filled with fantastic movies worth getting excited for. The same could be said for streaming as well, as the first month of the new year boasts several critically-acclaimed classics and memorable new additions to stream from home.

From Christopher Nolan’s cerebral neo-noir revenge thriller Memento to David Fincher’s Panic Room, Rob Reiner’s classic coming-of-age drama Stand By Me to Neil Jordan’s gothic horror film Interview with the Vampire, there’s no shortage of great films to stream and watch on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Criterion Channel, and more.

Read on for 11 of the best movies new to streaming services in January.


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Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi noir Alphaville stars Eddie Constantine as Lemmy Caution, a secret agent and saboteur sent into the heart of a dystopian metropolis where free will, love, poetry, and emotion have all been outlawed in order to uncover the dark secrets of the city’s founder, Professor von Braun. Against his better judgement Caution falls in love with Natacha, von Braun’s daughter, and is forced to destroy the malevolent artificial intelligence governing Alphaville before his own individuality is stripped away. Filmed entirely in and around Paris with no special sets or props, Alphaville is a stylish, inscrutable, and fascinating film that abounds with philosophical flourish. —TE

Alphaville is available to stream on Criterion Channel.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, an inquisitive 6-year-old girl living with her father in a small community on an island in the Louisiana bayou called “the Bathtub.” When nature is suddenly thrown into disarray, causing mammoth prehistoric beasts known as aurochs to reawaken as the ice caps melt, Hushpuppy’s father falls ill. In an effort to restore balance to the universe and bring her father back from the brink of death, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother for answers and respite. A whimsical coming-of-age drama with beautiful cinematography, Beasts of the Southern Wild is an eccentric premise made memorable and beautiful through the power of Wallis’ stirring lead performance, which earned her an Academy Award nomination at the age of 9. —TE

Beasts of the Southern Wild is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Interview with the Vampire

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Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star in Interview with the Vampire as Louis de Pointe du Lac, an 18th century vampire weary of his immortal life of loneliness and hunger and Lestat de Lioncourt, the elder vampire who sires him. Relating his life story to a reporter with his own personal agenda, Louis recounts the long decades of love, betrayal, and death that have plagued his existence, from the adoption and siring of a young vampire named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) to Lestat and Louis’ dramatic (and deadly) falling out. Dark, erotic, and entertaining, both Anne Rice’s original novel and the film rejuvenated the subgenre of vampire horror fiction and spawned a generation of countless imitations in its likeness. —TE

Interview with the Vampire is available to stream on Netflix.


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Christopher Nolan’s Memento stands the test of time as one of the most thoroughly fascinating films he has ever produced. Starring Guy Pearce, the film centers on the story of Leonard Shelby, a former insurance investigator who embarks on a mission of revenge following the rape and death of his wife Catherine. Having developed as anterograde amnesia, a condition which impairs his mind from creating and storing new memories, Leonard relies on a polaroid camera along with tattoo notes to himself in order to continue his search for his wife’s killer. The structure of the film is its most enduring achievement, placing audiences into the unique point of view of Leonard’s mind by presented two opposite sequence of events playing in linear and reverse chronological order, with the climax of the film technically taking place where two sequences meet in the middle. Far from a mere quirk of presentation, the effect of is uniquely memorable and devastating; a story of loss and revenge where obsession and deception preclude any hope of true redemption or a brighter future. —TE

Memento is available to stream on HBO Max.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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Is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol the best Mission Impossible movie? That’s debatable. But is it the funniest Mission Impossible movie? No question. The 2011 entry from director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) finds Tom Cruise’s super spy Ethan Hunt and his IMF colleagues disavowed in the wake of a horrific attack on the Kremlin. Tasked with clearing their names and bringing the true culprits to justice, Hunt and IMF technician-turned-field operative Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) are joined by intelligence analyst William Brandt (Avengers star Jeremy Renner) and handler Jane Carter (Paula Patton) as they globetrot from Moscow to Dubai and Mumbai on the trail of a rogue nuclear terrorist known only as “Cobalt.” The big set-piece scene of Ethan scaling the side of a skyscraper is an exquisitely nail-biting performance of mounting tension and hilarious comedic timing. —TE

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Panic Room

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Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart star in David Fincher’s Panic Room as a recently divorced mother and her asthmatic teenage daughter who have recently moved into a brownstone home in New York City’s Upper West Side. When a trio of armed robbers invade their home during their first night after moving in, the pair retreat into the building’s built-in panic room, sparking a deadly contest of wills as the robbers attempt to make off with their ill-gotten gains … with no witnesses. Though nowhere near as complex or cerebral as Fincher’s prior thrillers such as The Game or Seven, Panic Room is nonetheless a terrific film elevated by the chemistry between Foster and Stewart and a fantastic score by Howard Shore. —TE

Panic Room is available to stream on Hulu.

Red Eye

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Wes Craven’s 2005 Red Eye stars Rachel McAdams as Lisa Reisert, a hotel manager who meets a charming man named Jack Rippner (Cillian Murphy) just before embarking on a flight to her home in Miami following the funeral of her grandmother. What at first appears to be the sort of meet-cute one would typically expect of a late ’90s rom-com however quickly reveals itself to be a product of malicious calculation, as Lisa inadvertently finds herself caught in a sinister plot whose failure would result in the death of her father Joe (Brian Cox). McAdams and Murphy’s performances are the driving force of the film, as prey and predator clash amid dozens of other passengers essentially trapped in a plane mid-flight. Talk about high-stakes horror. —TE

Red Eye is available to stream on Hulu.

Scary Stories: To Tell In The Dark

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Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is a classic of children’s horror literature, each installment chock full of spine-tingling stories paired with the dark, unnerving, and iconic illustrations of artist Stephen Gammel. Trollhunter director André Øvredal’s 2019 film adaptation weaves Schwartz’s short stories into a narrative centered on a group of teenage friends in the rural town of Mill Valley who are stalked night after night by ghoulish creatures conjured from out of the notebook of a vengeful, long-dead woman. Co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film does an admirable enough job of emulating the characteristic horror of the original series, but the real stars of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are the monster designs which uncannily resemble the surreal eeriness of Gammel’s remarkable artwork. Watch out for the pale lady. —TE

Scary Stories: To Tell In The Dark is available to stream on Netflix.

Stand by Me

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Based on the Stephen King novella, “The Body,” Stand by Me is a coming-of-age film about four 12-year-old boys who set out to find the body of a missing kid. The boys trek across the Oregon forests, running into local hoodlums and speeding trains. But despite the dangers, the real thrill of the movie comes from the transformative power of childhood friendships. The main character closes the movie with a line that basically sums it all up: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” —Petrana Radulovic

Stand by Me is available to stream on Netflix.

The Killing

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Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing is a heist film par excellence, a labyrinthine drama composed of expert performances interlocking with one another like the tumblers of a lock before culminating in a frantic, engrossing conclusion. Sterling Hayden stars as Johnny Clay, an ex-convict who assembles a gang to pull off a $2 million hold-up of a racecourse. Supported by a cast of performances including Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Sawyer, Jay C. Flippen, and more, The Killing was touted by no less than Kubrick himself as his first mature feature. Today, it’s a film whose influence can be felt and seen in everything from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs to 2008’s The Dark Knight. —TE

The Killing is available to stream on Criterion Channel.

When Harry Met Sally

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Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally is considered an unassailable classic among romantic comedies. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the film follows the story of the title characters’ blossoming friendship and eventual romance through 12 years of chance encounters. More than just a question of “will they or won’t they,” the drama, humor, and heart of When Harry Met Sally is rooted in the question of whether men and women can ever be friends? In search of that answer, Harry and Sally find both that and so much more. They find each other. –TE

When Harry Met Sally is available to stream on HBO Max.


11 best movies new to streaming to watch in January 2022? ›

Most Streamed Movies in 2022

As you can see from the chart below, Top Gun: Maverick was the most streamed movie, along with being the box office king. Then, comic book movieslikeThe Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Spider-Man: No Way Hometook the next three spots.

What is the number one streaming movie in 2022? ›

Most Streamed Movies in 2022

As you can see from the chart below, Top Gun: Maverick was the most streamed movie, along with being the box office king. Then, comic book movieslikeThe Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Spider-Man: No Way Hometook the next three spots.

What film to watch tonight? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and Streaming
  • #1. The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023) ...
  • #2. Barbie (2023) ...
  • #3. Heart of Stone (2023) ...
  • #4. Oppenheimer (2023) ...
  • #5. Meg 2: The Trench (2023) ...
  • #6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) ...
  • #7. LOLA (2022) ...
  • #8. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

What movies are coming out in january and february 2022? ›

Here is a list of movies to look forward to in January & February...
  • Scream. Out now in cinemas. ...
  • Moonfall. Premiering on 4 February 2022. ...
  • Death on the Nile. Premiering on 11 February 2022. ...
  • Kongsi Raya. Premiering on 3 February 2022. ...
  • Wrath of Man. Premiering on 20 January 2022. ...
  • Breakout Brothers 2. Premiering on 20 January 2022.
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What is playing on Netflix? ›

New ReleasesExplore more
  • Heart of Stone.
  • The Pope's Exorcist.
  • Untold: Hall of Shame.
  • Roja.
  • Yuddham Sharanam.
  • Eye of the Storm.
  • Jagun Jagun.
  • Kavacham.

What is on HBO Max right now? ›

The best shows on Max (formerly HBO Max) right now
  • Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022) new. tv-ma 2 Seasons. ...
  • Full Circle (2023) 1 Season. ...
  • My Adventures with Superman (2023) ...
  • Harley Quinn (2019) ...
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons (2020) ...
  • White House Plumbers (2023) ...
  • The Righteous Gemstones (2019) ...
  • Rick and Morty (2013)
Aug 5, 2023

What movie is trending today? ›

Most Popular Movies
  • 1 ( ) Oppenheimer. 20233hR. ...
  • 2 ( ) Barbie. 20231h 54mPG-13. ...
  • 3 ( ) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 20232h 30mPG-13. ...
  • 4 ( 2) Meg 2: The Trench. 20231h 56mPG-13. ...
  • 5 ( 1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. 20231h 39mPG. ...
  • 6 ( 1) Talk to Me. ...
  • 7 ( 217) Heart of Stone. ...
  • 8 ( 19) Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

What Netflix film should I watch tonight? ›

The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
  • Set It Up (2018) Run Time: 1 hr 45 min | Genre: Romantic Comedy | Director: Claire Scanlon. ...
  • The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) Image Via Netflix. ...
  • The Deepest Breath (2023) Image via Netflix. ...
  • They Cloned Tyrone (2023) ...
  • WHAM! ( ...
  • The Out-Laws (2023) ...
  • Nimona (2023) ...
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What film is better at night? ›

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What was the number one movie in january 2022? ›

Domestic Box Office For January 2022
1Spider-Man: No Way HomeSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
2ScreamParamount Pictures
3Sing 2Universal Pictures
4The King's Man20th Century Studios
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What movies release in January? ›

Read on for the most anticipated movies of January!
  • M3GAN (2022)
  • Plane (2023)
  • A Man Called Otto (2022)
  • Infinity Pool (2023)
  • Missing (2023)
Jan 4, 2023

Which movie is coming on 26 january 2022? ›

'Bachchan Pandey' will hit the silver screens on Republic Day 2022. The action drama will release in the theatres on January 26 next year.

What is the #1 Netflix series right now? ›

Top 10 By Country
#TV in the United StatesWeeks in Top 10
1Painkiller: Limited Series1
2The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 26
3Gabby's Dollhouse: Season 81
4Suits: Season 18
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What's on American Netflix? ›

US TV Shows
  • The Good Doctor.
  • The Vampire Diaries.
  • Young Sheldon.
  • The Blacklist.
  • Shameless (U.S.)
  • Suits.
  • Gilmore Girls.
  • Manifest.

What is good on TV this week? ›

What else to watch:
  • Celebrity MasterChef – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Kate Garraway's Life Stories – 9pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103)
  • Made In Chelsea: Corsica – 9pm, E4 HD (CH 106)
  • Annika – 9pm, Alibi HD (CH 114)
  • The Girl From Plainville – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/108)
  • Empire Builders – 10pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 131)
Aug 10, 2023

What movie should I rent? ›

  • Nobody. StarringBob Odenkirk. 2021, R, CC. ...
  • The Little Things. StarringDenzel Washington. From $3. ...
  • The Black Phone. StarringEthan Hawke. From $3. ...
  • The Whistleblower. StarringRachel Weisz. ...
  • Game Night. StarringJason Bateman. ...
  • Top Gun: Maverick. StarringMiles Teller. ...
  • Jurassic World Dominion. StarringChris Pratt. ...
  • Watcher. StarringMaika Monroe.

Will Where the Crawdads Sing come to Netflix? ›

Where the Crawdads Sing is coming to Netflix on November 12, 2022.

What romcom should I watch? ›

Throughout the chaos, they get to know each other and realize they don't hate each other that much after all.
  • The People We Hate At The Wedding. Rotten Tomatoes Trailers. ...
  • Wedding Season. Netflix. ...
  • Someone Great. Netflix. ...
  • Set It Up. Netflix. ...
  • Always Be My Maybe. Netflix. ...
  • When We First Met. Netflix. ...
  • The Perfect Date. Netflix. ...
  • Holidate.
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