New on Netflix Instant | August 2013

August is the last month of summer, and many people are either getting ready for school or falling back into the daily work-sleep routine. Lucky for you, you have Netflix Instant and can spend the rest of your lazy summer days lounging around in the air conditioning and watching some excellent films.

This month Netflix added a handful of classic Oscar picks including Titanic and Zodiac. Or if you're looking for a great film that missed its chance at the Academy Awards, you can click play for Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

There's also a good amount of high school dramedies for those who are having the back-to-school blue. The Breakfast Club and Saved! are both wonderful coming-of-age high school stories that work for all ages, and definitely surpass the test of time.

Or maybe you've noticed that there's quite a bit of James Bond films available on Instant now? Although most of the Bond films are now available, for the sake of keeping the list short we added a quick-link to the classic and supposed best Bond film Goldfinger.

But surely you want something different that'll take you away from the excess of summer blockbusters? Antiviral, My Amityville Horror, and the Indian film Jab We Met are three films that will make you feel like a film snob.

Or if none of the films below are to your liking, you can try these other films --

Arbitrage, Poster Girl, The Sword with No Name, It's a Disaster, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Stargate

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Zodiac

Based on events in the 1960s and '70s, this chilling drama recounts the actions of a killer who stalked the streets of San Francisco and left clues in the newspaper, relating the mystery through a cartoonist who became obsessed with the case.

Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas 

 

Titanic

This cinematic spectacle -- winner of 11 Oscars -- follows society girl Rose and penniless artist Jack as they fall in love just as tragedy strikes. Rereleased for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the stirring romance remains timeless.

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart 

 

The Breakfast Club

In writer-director John Hughes's seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the princess (Molly Ringwald) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal (Paul Gleason).

Director: John Hughes
Starring: Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason 

 

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

When platonic pals Zack and Miri find themselves in financial hot water, they make an adult film with amateur actors -- including themselves -- to bring in easy money. But their unspoken feelings for each other might threaten the whole enterprise.

Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Gerry Bednob, Edward Janda, Nicholas Lombardi 

 

Do the Right Thing

What begins as an uproarious comedy evolves into a provocative, disquieting drama as director Spike Lee chronicles trivial events that bring festering racial tensions to the surface on a sweltering day in a largely black Brooklyn neighborhood.

Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee 

 

Goldfinger

The third installment in the 007 series -- which racked up an Oscar for Best Sound Effects -- finds uberspy James Bond trying to thwart baddie Auric Goldfinger and his elaborate gambit to corner the gold market by contaminating Fort Knox.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata 

 

Saved!

When Mary, a devout senior at a Christian high school, accidentally gets pregnant, she starts to see her peers and her faith in a whole new way in this darkly comic coming-of-age story that was produced by R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe.

Director: Brian Dannelly
Starring: Mandy Moore, Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit, Heather Matarazzo, Eva Amurri Martino 

 

Jab We Met

Changing fortunes await wealthy but dejected industrialist Aditya when he meets a spirited chatterbox named Geet on a train. Geet's on her way to elope with her secret beau, but fate has other plans.

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Shahid Kapur, Kareena Kapoor, Tarun Arora, Dara Singh, Pavan Malhotra, Kamal Tiwari 

 

The Prince of Egypt

Born into slavery and cast adrift on the Nile, Moses is reared as the son of the pharaoh. After Moses learns of his true ancestry, he answers God's call and accepts his destiny: to lead the Hebrews out of slavery and into freedom.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
Starring: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover 

 

My Amityville Horror

In this riveting documentary, Daniel Lutz discusses what happened in 1975 when his family was plagued by supernatural happenings at the notorious Amityville house in Long Island. Psychologists, reporters and eyewitnesses examine Daniel's testimony.

Director: Eric Walter
Starring: Daniel Lutz 

 

Antiviral

This wild sci-fi vision imagines a freaky future where diseases caught by celebrities are put on the market for injection by their obsessed fans. Virus dealer Syd March makes a big mistake when he gives himself the same bug that killed a superstar.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell, Sheila McCarthy