New Netflix Summer Movies 2023: See Full List & Release Schedule
Summer is the perfect time to take a day off, kick back, and queue up a great movie — something Netflix knows all too well. The streaming giant just released its massive slate of upcoming movies for summer 2023 and there is truly something for everyone, from niche cinephiles to rom-com lovers to action heads alike.
Learn more about the late superstar Anna Nicole Smith in a documentary about her life. Catch Nina Dobrev in a comedy opposite Adam Devine. Watch JLo kick butt as an assassin trying to protect her daughter. Solve a sci-fi government conspiracy with John Boyega and the hilariously incomparable Jamie Foxx. Enjoy an animated retelling of an ancient Chinese tale alongside your entire fam. Hold on to your popcorn during a high-octane movie night with all the action movies on the way. Feed your curiosity about the ocean with a documentary on the free diving world. The possibilities are seriously endless. Everyone say thank you, Netflix!
Below, check out the complete list of new Netflix arrivals from May to August and start planning your movie nights ASAP, because summer will be here before you know it.
Release date: May 12
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Paez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, and Gael García Bernal
Synopsis from Netflix: A deadly female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men.
Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me
Release date: May 16
Director: Ursula Mcfarlane
Synopsis from Netflix: From director Ursula Macfarlane (Untouchable) and producer Alexandra Lacey comes an unflinching and humanizing examination of the life, death and secrets of Vickie Lynn Hogan — better known as model and actress Anna Nicole Smith. From her first appearance in Playboy in 1992, Anna Nicole’s dizzying ascent was the very essence of the American dream, brought to a tragic halt with her untimely passing in 2007. With access to never-before-seen footage, home movies, and interviews with key figures who have not spoken out until now, Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me reveals new insights into the story of the quintessential blonde bombshell hardly anyone really knew.
Release date: May 23
Director: Nancy Schwartzman
Synopsis from Netflix: On her first solo investigation, journalist Rae de Leon travels nationwide to uncover a shocking pattern: Young women tell the police they’ve been sexually assaulted, but instead of finding justice, they’re charged with the crime of making a false report, arrested, and even imprisoned by the system they believed would protect them.
Release date: June 16
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Daniel Bernhardt, and Tinatin Dalakishvili
Synopsis from Netflix: Chris Hemsworth returns as Tyler Rake in Extraction 2, the sequel to Netflix's blockbuster action film Extraction. After barely surviving the events of the first movie, Rake is back as the Australian black ops mercenary, tasked with another deadly mission: rescuing the battered family of a ruthless Georgian gangster from the prison where they are being held.
Take Care of Maya
Release date: June 19
Director: Henry Roosevelt
Synopsis from Netflix: When nine-year-old Maya Kowalski was admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2016, nothing could have prepared her or her family for what they were about to go through. As the medical team tried to understand her rare illness, they began to question the basic truths that bound the Kowalskis together. Suddenly, Maya was in state custody – despite two parents who were desperate to bring their daughter home. The story of the Kowalski family – as told in their own words – will change the way you look at children’s healthcare forever.
The Perfect Find
Release date: June 23
Stars: Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, Aisha Hinds, D.B. Woodside, Janet Hubert, Alani “La La” Anthony, and Gina Torres
Synopsis from Netflix: After a high-profile firing, Jenna’s fashion career comeback hits a snag when she falls for a charming, much younger coworker — who happens to be her boss’s son. As sparks fly, Jenna must decide if she'll risk it all on a secret romance.
Genre: Animation, fantasy
Release date: TBD in June
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Beck Bennett, Indya Moore, RuPaul Charles, Julio Torres, Sarah Sherman
Synopsis from Netflix: When a knight in a futuristic medieval world is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, the only one who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona — a mischievous teen who happens to be a shapeshifting creature he's sworn to destroy.
Release date: July 5
Director: Chris Smith
Synopsis from Netflix: In 1982, the best of friends and still teenagers — George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as WHAM! set out to conquer the world.bBy June of 1986 they played their very last gig at Wembley Stadium having done exactly that. Now for the very first time, told in their own words, the amazing story of how in four years they dominated the charts around the world with timeless and classic pop songs… WHAM! is a feature length documentary that captures this magical time, from director Chris Smith (Tiger King, Sr.) and producers John Battsek (The Deepest Breath) and Simon Halfon (Supersonic). With unprecedented access to both George and Andrew’s personal archive including remarkable and never-before-seen footage, alongside rare, candid and previously unheard interviews, WHAM! charts their incredible journey from school friends to superstars.
Genre: Action, comedy
Release date: July 7
Stars: Adam Devine, Nina Dobrev, Michael Rooker, Poorna Jagannathan, Julie Hagerty, Richard Kind, Lil Rel Howery, Blake Anderson, Lauren Lapkus, Laci Mosley, with Ellen Barkin and Pierce Brosnan
Synopsis from Netflix: Owen Browning (Adam Devine) is a straight-laced bank manager about to marry the love of his life, Parker (Nina Dobrev). When his bank is held up by the infamous Ghost Bandits during his wedding week, he believes his future in-laws (Pierce Brosnan, Ellen Barkin) who just arrived in town, are the infamous Out-Laws.
Bird Box Barcelona
Genre: Action, thriller
Release date: July 14
Stars: Mario Casas, Georgina Campbell, Diego Calva, Alejandra Howard, Naila Schuberth, Patrick Criado, Lola Dueñas, Gonzalo de Castro, Michelle Jenner, and Leonardo Sbaraglia
Synopsis from Netflix: From the producers of the global phenomenon, Bird Box, comes Bird Box Barcelona, an expansion of the film that riveted audiences in 2018. After a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, Sebastian must navigate his own survival journey through the desolate streets of Barcelona. As he forms uneasy alliances with other survivors and they try to escape the city, an unexpected and even more sinister threat grows.
The Deepest Breath
Release date: July 19
Director: Laura McGann
Synopsis from Netflix: A champion freediver and expert safety diver seemed destined for one another despite the different paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world. A look at the thrilling rewards — and inescapable risks — of chasing dreams through the depths of the ocean.
They Cloned Tyrone
Genre: Sci-fi, comedy, mystery
Release date: July 21
Stars: John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Grier, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Tamberla Perry, Eric Robinson Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Foxx
Synopsis from Netflix: A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (Boyega, Foxx, and Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper.
Happiness for Beginners
Release date: July 27
Stars: Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos, Blythe Danner, Ben Cook, Shayvawn Webster, Esteban Benito, Gus Birney, Julia Shiplett
Synopsis from Netflix: Helen has always lived her life as far from the edge as possible. Newly divorced, she joins a quirky group of strangers on a survival course for the “Adventure of a Lifetime” with the hope of learning how to live — and love — again.
Heart of Stone
Release date: August 11
Stars: Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Alia Bhatt, Sophie Okonedo, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jing Lusi, Paul Ready
Synopsis from Netflix: Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is an intelligence operative, the only woman who stands between her powerful global peacekeeping organization and the loss of its most valuable — and dangerous — asset.
The Monkey King
Genre: Animation, family, comedy
Release date: August 18
Stars: Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu, Andrew Pang, Andrew Kishino, Jodi Long, James Sie, and BD Wong
Synopsis from Netflix: The Monkey King is an action-packed family comedy that follows a charismatic Monkey and his magical fighting Stick on an epic quest for victory over 100 demons, an eccentric Dragon King, and Monkey’s greatest foe of all —vhis own ego! Along the way, a young village girl challenges his self-centered attitude and shows him that even the smallest pebble can have a big effect on the world.
You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah
Genre: Comedy, family
Release date: August 25
Stars: Idina Menzel, Jackie Sandler, Adam Sandler, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Samantha Lorraine, Dylan Hoffman, Sarah Sherman, Dan Bulla, Ido Mosseri, Jackie Hoffman, and Luis Guzmán
Synopsis from Netflix: Stacy and Lydia are BFFs who've always dreamed about having epic bat mitzvahs. But things start to go comically awry when a popular boy and middle school drama threatens their friendship and their rite of passage.
Genre: Interactive, rom-com
Release date: August 31
Stars: Laura Marano, Avan Jogia, Jordi Webber and Scott Michael Foster
Synopsis from Netflix: Cami Conway has it all. She’s got the job she wants and is headed towards engagement, marriage and kids with her wonderful boyfriend, Paul. And yet. She feels something is missing. Cami faces a kaleidoscope of tempting but tough choices: from serious ethical dilemmas to the frivolous “Truth or Dare.” What she chooses depends wholly on you, the viewer. But be careful! Things don’t always play out like you think!
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue
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