1. Wet Hot American Summer
While summer has come to close, there is still time to reminisce on your camp days with this hilarious movie. Taking place at a summer camp in 1981, this movie is guaranteed to make you laugh at all of the ridiculousness that occurs for every character on the final day of camp for the season. And if you love the movie, Netflix has two special series with the original cast of the film: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. 1 hour 37 minutes.
2. City of God
This foreign film (Brazil) follows to young boys growing up in the favelas of Río de Janerio in the 1970s and the violence that unfolds around them via drug and turf wars. Chosen by TIME as one of the 100 greatest films of all time, this feature is bound to be impactful. As a disclaimer, there are incredibly high rates of violence in the film, though this contributes to the sense of authenticity; it was shot on location in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Río de Janerio. 2 hours 15 minutes. Available on Netflix.
3. The Little Prince
On a much lighter, but equally impressive, note, this adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s book brings this popular story to the big screen. In her adventures with the Aviator, The Little Girl learns what it really means to live and what is truly important in life. With an impressive Rotten Tomatoes rating (93%), this book-to-film adaptation will leave you grinning and yearning for childhood wonder. 1 hour 50 minutes. Available on Netflix.
4. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
While not technically a movie, this feature-length Netflix standup special presents the self-narrated life and times of rising comedian Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj tells of his experiences with love, work, and growing up as a child of immigrant parents. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and down-to-earth, this is Minhaj’s first Netflix stand-up special. With a 96% rating from Google users, this hilarious yet serious special will have you cry-laughing within the first 5 minutes. 1 hour 12 minutes. Available on Netflix.
5.The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium
Welcome the king of comedy back to the big stage. After a 10 year hiatus from a performance in Los Angeles, Dave Chappelle returns to perform at the Hollywood Palladium. Hitting on issues such as race, technology, and Bill Cosby, Chappelle is able to place his comedic vision on hard topics and engage his audience like never before. 1 hour 7 minutes. Available on Netflix.
6. Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust
Another Netflix stand-up special, Sarah Silverman comes to the stage with a refreshingly dry sense of humor. Certainly different, and tuned down, in comparison to her older work, Silverman no longer leads with shock value, but is still able to maintain her frankness in this feature. Mostly based in feminism and everyday issues, this special is equal parts relatable and hilarious. 1 hour 11 minutes. Available on Netflix.
In the spirit of Halloween, of course It is included on this list. This modern adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 book covers the first part of the novel, and while there are some clear departures from the book’s plot, the movie is still able to hold true to the original main storyline. The movie catalogues the experiences of seven kids that face a shape-shifting evil that presents itself every 27 years and prey’s on the town’s children. 2 hours 15 minutes. Available in theaters.
8. Hocus Pocus
A Halloween classic! This film is an essential movie for October. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, this film has all sorts of magical features. Following siblings Max and Dani, the audience is taken on a crazy fight-for-your-life trip when these kids release three evil witches and must stop them from becoming immortal. This movie brings laughs, screams and the spirit of Halloween to the big screen. 1 hour 36 minutes.
9.The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another October essential, this film is perfect for the end of the month to transition from Halloween to the holidays. From the wacky mind of Tim Burton, this movie follows Jack Skellington and his adventures ruining and saving Christmas. No matter how you feel about the holidays, this movie will have you laughing and amazed with its fantastic animation. 1 hour 16 minutes. Available on Netflix.