New on Netflix Instant | February 2014

Netflix February

February may be the month of love, but Netflix has decided to make it the month of classics.

Great oldies like Sunset Boulevard, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and MASH were added to Netflix at the beginning of this month.

Some great indies have also been added this month, like The Dancer Upstairs and A Life Less Ordinary.

There's always so much to choose from, so check back throughout the month to see if there's something that piques your interest!

You can also check out our breakdowns of what's added weekly:

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The Usual Suspects

When five unacquainted crooks are hauled into a police station to appear in a criminal lineup, they decide to pull off a heist together. The plan gets complicated, however, when they intermix with an underworld kingpin named Keyser Söze.

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Benicio Del Toro

Available as of February 1
 

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

In this feature spinoff of the creepy television anthology, psycho chef Betty plans to cook a little boy. The crafty tyke, however, stalls the violence by distracting Betty with three tales of terror.

Director: John Harrison
Starring: Deborah Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi

Available as of February 1
 

Sunset Boulevard

Running from debt collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond. As he begins penning a comeback screenplay for her, their professional relationship evolves into something more.

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring:William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Available as of February 1
 

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Captain Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew on a mission to free kidnapped diplomats. Arriving at the planet Nimbus III, Kirk and crew come face-to-face with the captor: a smiling Vulcan named Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) who's Mr. Spock's half-brother. Obsessively searching for God, Sybok hijacks the Enterprise and sets a course for the center of the galaxy. The film marks Shatner's directorial debut.

Director: William Shatner
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Available as of February 1
 

Queer as Folk

The lives and loves of five gay men living in Pittsburgh provide the drama in this American edition of the acclaimed British series. Amid the usual ups and downs of relationships, the friends grapple with everything from health issues to politics.

Creators: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman
Starring: Michelle Clunie, Robert Gant, Thea Gill, Gale Harold

Available as of February 1
 

Patriot Games

CIA desk jockey Jack Ryan plunges into the heart of international terrorism after spoiling an assassination attempt on a British royal family member. Ryan's heroics earn him noble gratitude -- and a death warrant from the Irish Republican Army.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean

Available as of February 1
 

North Dallas Forty

Wide receiver Phil Elliott is fighting to keep his career off the sidelines in this gritty gridiron classic. Elliott has done it all: drugs, booze, playing through injuries. But now he's asking questions management doesn't want to answer.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon

Available as of February 1
 

The Naked Gun

While seeking his partner's ruthless killer, incredibly thick police officer Frank Drebin finds an equally dim-witted love interest and stumbles upon on a sordid plot to off Queen Elizabeth.

Director: David Zucker
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy

Available as of February 1
 

MASH

Director Robert Altman's thinly veiled Vietnam War satire is indicative of when the spirit of the 1970s went mainstream, with Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland and Tom Skerritt as Army doctors fighting military insanity and healing wounded soldiers during the Korean War. Featuring an Oscar-winning score and standout work from a huge ensemble cast (including Robert Duvall and Sally Kellerman), M*A*S*H is a masterpiece of '70s cinema.

Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Available as of February 1
 

Marathon Man

When his CIA agent brother (Roy Scheider) is killed, graduate student Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself trapped in a deadly game with a Nazi fugitive (Laurence Olivier), a sadist who uses dental instruments as tools of torture in this Oscar-nominated film based on William Goldman's novel. As Levy turns from pacifist to street-smart cynic, director John Schlesinger's thriller barrels toward its fever-pitched conclusion.

Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Available as of February 1
 

A Life Less Ordinary

Determined to live "a life less ordinary," Robert (Ewan McGregor), a down-and-out janitor, kidnaps narcissistic heiress Celine (Cameron Diaz) in hopes of pulling in a big ransom. Unfortunately for Robert, Celine embraces her life as a captive and enjoys Robert's bungling attempt at retrieving a payoff. Add two angels (Delroy Lindo and Holly Hunter) who try to make Robert and Celine fall in love, and the situation becomes extraordinary.

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo

Available as of February 1
 

Leap of Faith

The Rev. Jonas Nightingale uses his spiritual influence for financial gain, lining his pockets with the faith of generous believers he encounters as a traveling evangelist. When he gets stranded in a small town, Jonas falls for an affirmed skeptic.

Director: Richard Pearce
Starring: Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson

Available as of February 1
 

Harold and Maude

Hounded by his mother to get out and date, death-obsessed teen Harold would rather attend funerals. But when he meets the feisty Maude, a geriatric widow who's high on life, they form a bond that turns into an unconventional romance.

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Available as of February 1
 

The Hard Way

An actor needs to get under a cop's skin to research an upcoming role, and he picks an irritable New York City hard case as his source material. As if dealing with the pesky thespian weren't enough, the cop has a serial killer to catch.

Director: John Badham
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Woods

Available as of February 1
 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)

While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffre

Available as of February 1
 

Flashdance

Alex works as a welder by day and a stripper by night, but she dreams of training at the local conservatory and becoming a professional dancer. Meanwhile, she navigates a romance with her boss at the steelyard.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Available as of February 1
 

A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

The first film in director Sergio Leone and star Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" trilogy finds a world-weary gunman in a town torn apart by warring gangs. He agrees to work for both sides, ultimately pitting the two factions against each other.

Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, John Wels, W. Lukschy

Available as of February 1
 

Failure to Launch

In a desperate attempt to push their thirtysomething son Tripp out of the nest, a frustrated mother and father hire a beautiful "relationship consultant" with a patented plan to move him out of the house.

Director: Tom Dey
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha

Available as of February 1
 

Down Periscope

Bumbling Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But the pressure's on when his nemesis assigns him to the Stingray, a submarine that can barely keep afloat.

Director: David S. Ward
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton

Available as of February 1
 

The Dancer Upstairs

Augustin Rejas attempts to find the mysterious Ezequiel, the leader of a revolution being fermented by native people of a Latin American nation. But weighing equally heavy on Rejas's psyche is his attraction to his daughter's ballet teacher.

Director: John Malkovich
Starring: Javier Bardem, Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Mínguez

Available as of February 1
 

City of Men (Cidade dos Homens)

In director Paulo Morelli's follow-up to Fernando Meirelles's Oscar-nominated City of God, 18-year-old best friends Acerola and Laranjinha are struggling to come to terms with the pressures of manhood in the midst of a bloody neighborhood gang war.

Director: Paulo Morelli
Starring: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

Available as of February 1
 

Bubba Ho-Tep

In this black comedy, Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) is an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home who switched identities with an impersonator years before his "death" and missed his chance to switch himself back. When the King teams up with a fellow resident (Ossie Davis) who thinks he's John F. Kennedy, the two old codgers prepare to battle an evil Egyptian entity that's chosen their long-term care facility as its happy hunting grounds.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout

Available as of February 1
 

Broken

In this poignant coming-of-age tale, Skunk, a precocious and diabetic 11-year-old, lives happily with her brother and father in a suburban English neighborhood until an act of violence initiates her into the often-baffling world of adulthood.

Director: Rufus Norris
Starring: Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear

Available as of February 1
 

The Borgias

Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan helms this lavish period drama series about the notorious Borgia family, a clan headed by plotting patriarch Rodrigo, who will stop at nothing to become pope, and his beautiful but treacherous daughter, Lucrezia.

Creator: Neil Jordan
Starring: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Available as of February 1
 

Bates Motel

Everyone knows what happened in Psycho, but this chilling series takes viewers inside Norman Bates' world before Marion Crane checked in. The story opens following Mr. Bates' death, as Norman and his mother buy the motel that will bear their name.

Creator: Anthony Cipriano
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

Available as of February 1
 

Airplane!

In this classic, joke-a-second parody of disaster movies, traumatized former combat pilot Ted Striker, an airplane passenger, is forced to land the plane when food poisoning strikes the crew and there's no one else on board who can do the job.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen

Available as of February 1
 

Airheads

The Lone Rangers have heavy-metal aspirations and a single demo tape that they can't get anyone to play. The solution: Hijack a radio station and hold the deejays hostage until they agree to broadcast the band's tape.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Available as of February 1
 

Jesus Christ Superstar

The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Broadway collaboration gets the Hollywood treatment from director Norman Jewison with a format inspired by Shakespeare's "Henry V." In this version, a traveling troupe performs the rock opera in the Israeli desert. Texas rocker Ted Neeley stars as Jesus with Carl Anderson as Judas. Webber, Andre Prevín and Herb Spencer shared an Oscar nomination for Best Score Adaptation.

Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Available as of February 2
 

Adore

In this seaside drama adapted from a novella by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other's teenage sons must carry out their affairs in relative secrecy.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Starring: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville

Available as of February 2
 

Nobody's Fool

Paul Newman received an Oscar nod for his turn as Donald, a loner who walked out on his family years ago and now lives in a small town in New York, spending his days working for a contractor named Carl (Bruce Willis) and flirting with Carl's wife (Melanie Griffith). One day, Donald's estranged son (Dylan Walsh) shows up with his own son, sparking reconciliation and a renewed stance on life for Donald. The drama is Jessica Tandy's last film.

Director: Robert Benton
Starring: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

Available as of February 5
 

Brother Bear

In this animated tale, the brother of an Indian brave killed by a bear vows revenge but is transformed by the Great Spirits into the very thing he sought to slay. As he attempts to regain human form, he begins to see the world from a new viewpoint.

Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis 

Available as of February 6th
 

Saving General Yang

In northeast China, 986 AD, the Khitan army abducts a general, leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him -- and fall into their deadly trap. The young men set out with a band of fighters to face an army of thousands and bring their father home.

Director: Ronny Yu
Starring: Xu Fan, Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Yu Bo 

Available as of February 8th
 

The Seasoning House

Angel, a deaf and mute orphan, is enslaved to care for the girls of the Seasoning House, who are forcefully prostituted to the military. As Angel moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the brothel, she plots her escape and her brutal revenge.

Director: Paul Hyett
Starring: Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton 

Available as of February 8th
 

The Summit

Combining interviews, archival footage and re-creations, filmmaker Nick Ryan sets out to uncover what went wrong when 11 people died on their way up the infamous K2 -- the deadliest day in modern mountaineering history.

Director: Nick Ryan

Available as of February 12th
 

The Network

This documentary tells the story of TOLO, Afghanistan's first independent TV network, and the family that grew it into the nation's largest broadcaster. The film follows the expansive staff, which faces an uncertain future as foreign troops withdraw.

Director: Eva Orner

Available as of February 12th
 

Haunter

Putting a new spin on spooky, the haunted soul in this film -- 15-year-old Lisa -- is long dead, and the ghost she senses is a flesh-and-blood teen. Once Lisa figures out the score, she must help her real-life haunter unravel their house's secrets.

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Stephen McHattie 

Available as of February 12th
 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

On a mission in Egypt, adventurer Adèle must retrieve a sarcophagus and tote it back to Europe, while fending off her nemesis, archaeologist Dieuleveult. But her efforts are complicated by a scientist who has let loose a Pterodactyl above Paris.

Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve 

Available as of February 12th
 

Cloudburst

Stella and Dot, a lesbian couple, escape from their nursing home and head to Canada to get married. Along the way, they pick up a young male hitchhiker, a troubled soul who has much to learn about courage from the two ladies.

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Starring: Olympia Dukakis, Ryan Doucette, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth 

Available as of February 12th
 

Passion

Christine, an ad exec whose veins run with ice water, has no qualms about taking the credit for a plum idea dreamed up by her mousy assistant, Isabel. But the incident sparks shy, passive Isabel to undertake a campaign of revenge against her boss.

Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson 

Available as of February 14
 

House of Cards: Season 2

The Underwoods continue their ruthless rise to power. New alliances form while old ones succumb to deception and betrayal. Francis and Claire must battle threats past and present to avoid losing everything.

Creator: Beau Willimon
Starring: Constance Zimmer, Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, Corey Stoll, Sakina Jaffrey 

Available as of February 14
 

Somewhere

This atmospheric dramedy centers on hard-living actor Johnny, whose life is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo, pays him a surprise visit. As the two become better acquainted, Johnny realizes he needs to make changes.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Erin Wasson 

Available as of February 16
 

The Dynamiter

After their unstable mom leaves them at home alone, 14-year-old Robbie has no choice but to look after his half-brother, Fess, through the long days of a rural Mississippi summer -- until his feckless older brother returns and alters everything.

Director: Matthew Gordon
Starring: William Patrick Ruffin, Patrick Rutherford, John Alex Nunnery, Ciara McMillan 

Available as of February 16
 

Violet & Daisy

Teen assassins Violet and Daisy are normally unaffected by the gruesome details of their job. But when their latest target turns out to be someone unexpected, a simple hit becomes much more complicated in this vivid thriller.

Director: Geoffrey Fletcher
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo 

Available as of February 18
 

The Four-Faced Liar

Four twentysomethings struggling to find direction and meaning in their lives meet by chance in a New York City Irish tavern. After bonding over drinks, they proceed to put each other through an emotional wringer.

Director: Jacob Chase
Starring: Daniel Carlisle, Todd Kubrak, Emily Peck, Marja Lewis Ryan 

Available as of February 19
 

Cult: Season 1

Production assistant Skye Yarrow teams up with journalist Jeff Sefton to investigate her popular show's obsessive fans -- and their possible involvement in copycat crimes drawn from the program.

Creator: Rockne S. O'Bannon
Starring: Matthew Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper 

Available as of February 19
 

Crossing Lines: Season 1

With a team that includes an American cop, an Italian interrogator, a German tech guru and an Irish weapons expert, the International Criminal Court's special crime unit hunts down lawbreakers whose offenses cross borders in Europe.

Creator: Edward Allen Bernero
Starring: William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession 

Available as of February 19
 

The City Dark

Taking cues from New York City's unnaturally bright nighttime sky, documentarian Ian Cheney sets out to explore the science of darkness and investigate the effects of light pollution on human health, global security and the natural world.

Director: Ian Cheney

Available as of February 19
 

A Young Doctor's Notebook

Set during the Russian Revolution, this comic miniseries is based on a doctor's memories of his early career working in an out-of-the-way village. The medicine man's experiences with his patients fuel his thoughts on the physician's role in society.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Adam Godley, Rosie Cavaliero

Available as of February 20
 

Wishmaster

Accidentally released after being trapped inside a gemstone for centuries, a demonic entity sets out to grant three wishes to regain its human form. Though the genie makes dreams come true, it also wreaks havoc on those who succumb to its offer.

Director: Robert Kurtzman
Starring: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon 

Available as of February 20
 

Best Man Down

After casting a raucous shadow over Scott and Kristin's wedding, hard-partying best man Lumpy dies, derailing the couple's honeymoon plans. But as they plan Lumpy's funeral, the newlyweds uncover some surprising facts about their obnoxious friend.

Director: Ted Koland
Starring: Justin Long, Tyler Labine, Jess Weixler, Addison Timlin 

Available as of February 20
 

Jesus Camp

Operated by pastor Becky Fisher, the Kids On Fire School of Ministry aims to indoctrinate children into a Christian movement that blends political activism with religion. This documentary follows three kids at the controversial summer camp.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Available as of February 21

 

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) turns his acute focus on convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, reproaching him and other legislators for their negative impact on U.S. politics. Gibney's film plays less like a dry treatise and more like a high-stakes political thriller, fearlessly examining the ways American policies and political processes are undermined by an endless quest for power.

Director: Alex Gibney

Available as of February 21

 

The Returned

On returning home and finding they're believed to be dead, a collection of near-strangers from the same village try to find a reason for their plight. Among the returnees are Claire and daughter Camille, whose twin sister, Lena, is still living.

Creator: Fabrice Gobert
Starring: Anne Cosigny, Frederic Pierrot, Clotilde Hesme, Céline Salette

Available as of February 24
 

The Guild

Fantasy and reality collide in this engaging Internet series that follows a quirky group of gamers, including Codex (Felicia Day) and Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh), as they struggle to balance real-world relationships with their commitments to playing an addictive online video game. Bound in a tight-knit guild dubbed the Knights of Good, these hopeless geeks confront stiff challenges from controlling mothers, rival factions and, at times, each other.

Creator: Felicia Day
Starring: Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen

Available as of February 25
 

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adèle)

Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it's a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest. Soon, Adele is exploring her desire for girls as she negotiates her way to becoming a woman.

Director: Abdel Kechiche
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens

Available as of February 25