Streaming in September: 26 Movies & Shows That'll Help You Say Farewell to Summer

Kiarra Sylvester | Aug 29, 2016 TV


Summer may be coming to a close, but September is a glorious month for many reasons -- one of which is that fall ushers in the perfect whether for binge-watching something ... anything. And it's only made better by the fact that your kids' bedtimes will be enforced once again, and that gives you more space for some downtime for you and your favorite streaming service. 

With the beginning of a new month, you can certainly anticipate a ton of new stuff that you'll love. Of course, if you're anything like me and have one too many streaming services, it can be hard to narrow it down -- so here are 26 movies and shows (some old and some new) that you'll definitely want to add to your queue for the month of September. 


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  • Footloose


    Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) moves from the big city to a small town, only to find that it's done the unthinkable -- banned dancing and rock music. Finding this as ridiculous as it sounds, McCormick sets out to change this (despite facing a challenge from a puritanical reverend) with the help of a few friends. The classic flick from the '80s returns to Netflix on September 1 (just in time for you to cut loose from summer activities).

  • Saving Private Ryan


    After discovering that three of four brothers have become victims of combat during the invasion of Normandy, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is determined to find the last living brother -- Private Ryan (Matt Damon). This intense depiction of war and its consequences (which debuted in 1998) follows Miller's men on their journey and is coming to Netflix on September 1.

  • Last Holiday


    When Georgia (Queen Latifah) discovers that she's terminally ill, she also realizes how completely unsatisfied she is with how she is living her life. So, in this 2006 film, she takes an uncharacteristic risk, emptying her life savings, jetting off to Europe, and hoping to do everything she's dreamed of. You can follow the Queen on her character's journey starting September 1 on Netflix.

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  • Jaws


    If you're still searching for an endless summer, then look no farther than Steven Spielberg's 1975 summer blockbuster adaptation of Peter Benchley's 1974 novel. Of course, the film definitely won't bring relaxing vibes (you know, with the shark attack and all) when it (along with the other two films in the trilogy) comes to Netflix on September 1 ... but you will be swept away in suspense as the town's mayor opts to keep the baches open despite the presence of the great white.

  • Sweeney Todd


    After losing the love of his life and mother of his child to an unjust system that sends him to jail for 15 years for a crime that he didn't commit, Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) returns to the real world a free but disturbed man. Determined to get revenge on the man who wrongly sent him away, Todd poses as a barber who actually murders his victims and sends their bodies to the meat-pie shop of Ms. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). Tim Burton adapted the chilling Broadway classic for the big screen in 2007 -- and now the musical production will be available on Netflix on September 1. 

  • Any Given Sunday


    This classic from the late '90s is all about the love of the game -- football, to be specific. Al Pacino plays a coach who loves the game more than life itself and, as a result, has neglected to take care of home. Instead, he continues to bank on the team legend (Dennis Quaid) whose glory days are numbered. The all-star cast (which also includes Cameron Diaz, LL Cool J, and Jamie Foxx) is all the more reason to check out Amazon Prime on September 1.

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  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me


    If the late '90s/early '00s did nothing else, it gave us the Austin Powers trilogy. And starting September 1, Amazon Prime will be streaming the second film in which Austin Powers (Mike Myers) gets to return to 1969 -- but unfortunately it's to stop his nemesis Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers, remember?) from his evil takedown plans and retrieve his coveted mojo. Of course, the journey to save the world and get back his swagger doesn't have a dull moment -- especially when Powers is the spy that "puts the gr in swinger." Suffice it to say, you won't want to miss this blast from the past.

  • Wiener-Dog


    It's not exactly a sequel to Todd Solondz's cult classic Welcome to the Dollhouse, but main character Dawn Weiner is back in this quirky film as a vet tech (this time played by Greta Gerwig) and just one of the many (rather eccentric) individuals whose stories are shaped by Wiener-Dog, an adorable dachshund. Watch the dog become a common denominator in their lives when this film streams starting September 1 on Amazon Prime.

  • Good Will Hunting


    A classic from 1997 that will make you laugh, cry, and ask "how about them apples?", this film -- written by buds Matt Damon and Ben Affleck -- will make you nostalgic for Robin Williams's acting prowess. In it, an MIT janitor (Damon) with a genius-level IQ manages to fly under the radar until he solves an insanely difficult math problem and is discovered by a professor (Stellan Skarsgard) who wants to take on Will as a mentee -- only thing is he's pretty resistant to the idea, until he finds himself in trouble with the law and is forced to see a therapist (Williams). It's basically worth every minute of viewing time when it starts streaming on Amazon Prime on September 1. 

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  • Caddyshack


    This movie follows the random and weirdly hilarious chain of events of Bushwood Country Club (er, the "snob-a-torium"), as Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) works as a caddy to earn money for his college education. In the end he gets way more bang for his buck as a gold guru (Chevy Chase) takes him under his wing. This throwback comedy from 1980 is streaming on Amazon Prime starting September 1.

  • Out of Time


    While going through a divorce, Florida police chief Matt (Denzel Washington) meets a new woman, Ann (Sanaa Lathan), only to find that she's terminally ill. Desperate to save her life, he steals money found in a drug bust -- but it all goes horrible wrong when she dies. Check it out on Amazon Prime on September 1 if you haven't yet seen this 2003 flick.

  • Narcos (Season 2)


    If you love a good mob movie, get your fix with this show that follow the rise and decline of the infamous Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). If you haven't seen season 1, be sure to make time for a binge sesh before season 2 arrives to Netflix on September 1.

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  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry


    Two best friends and partners at work, Chuck (Adam Sandler) and Larry (Kevin James), are in for an hilariously enlightening ride when they pose as a gay married couple in order to name Larry's two children the beneficiaries of his life insurance policy -- especially as they find themselves under investigation for suspected fraud. As sure as the sun shines, everything that Adam Sandler touches is gold -- so you owe it to yourself to rewatch (or watch) this hilarious flick when it hits HBO Now's (digital) shelves on September 1.

  • 300


    I promise you there's nothing like guys in Gladiator gear, but if you don't believe me, just take a look at Gerard Butler as King Leonidas while he leads his army into a battle unlike any other -- a battle in which the numbers just don't seem to favor them as they set out to take the Persian army down. Check out this classic tale of underdogs on HBO Now starting September 1.

  • Coyote Ugly


    Coyote Ugly was one of the movies that helped me figure out at a young age that I wanted to move to New York. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out. It's about adventure, love, and finding faith in the Big Apple despite how scary it can be at times -- oh, and dancing on bar tops in hot outfits to make ends meet until your dreams become a reality. Or at least that was the story of Violet (Piper Perabo), who just moved from a cozy town in Jersey. Join the Coyotes from your couch on September 1 when this cool coming-of-age flick comes to HBO Now.

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  • The Princess Diaries


    Mia (Anne Hathaway) lives every girl's dream when she finds out that she's not only the target of local mean girls, but she's in fact the rightful princess of Genovia -- except it's not quite 16-year-old Mia's dream. With "princess lessons" from her stern grandmother (Julie Andrews), she eventually learns to accept her role. This coming-of-age film will join the HBO Now collection on September 1, so tune in to see Hathaway pre-stardom in her breakout role from 2001 (still every bit as amazing today, obvi). 

  • I Love You, Man


    On September 1, get a taste of Paul Rudd's comic genius on HBO Now with this hilarious flick, as his character Peter Klaven sets out to establish a lasting bro-mance after realizing that he doesn't have a "bro" to call be his best man -- which is apparently a big deal. Of course, he finds that in Sydney (Jason Segel), but as their bond grows, it may cost him more than he imagined. 

  • The English Patient


    After Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes) is left for dead in the dessert after being burned in a plane crash, he is taken to hospital to recover. There, a nurse (Juliette Binoche) helps him fight for his life as he tries to piece together the pieces of his past. As bits and pieces of his story come to light, the nurse begins to grow more attached to her patient. This heart-wrenching love story from 1996 will be available to stream on HBO Now come September 2.

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  • Kazoops!


    Follow the adventures of Monty as he asks the big questions in life -- like do socks really need to match and so much more. This looks like a brilliant Netflix original, premiering September 2, that's perfect for you to watch along with your kiddos.

  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension


    While I didn't know that they were still releasing Paranormal Activity movies, I have to admit that -- while not totally scary -- this franchise can definitely get a little creepy at times. The Ghost Dimension follows the same concept, as a couple moves into a new house with their 7-year-old daughter and things take a strange turn. Eventually realizing that their daughter has become possessed, they must use a special camcorder that allows them to see evil spirits that are present in the room. This crazy-creepy movie comes to Amazon Prime on September 2.

  • Crash


    Featuring the likes of Sandra Bullock and Terrence Howard, this thought-provoking film touches on the ongoing racial tension that we face in our country -- especially focusing on the stories of several LA-based characters after 9/11. Watch this jaw-dropping, Oscar-winning movie from 2004 on Netflix starting on September 6. 

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  • Transparent (Season 3)


    Mark your calendars as season three of the Amazon original, Transparent, streams on September 23. The Pfeffermans are back -- with Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) continuing to come out of her shell as a trans woman -- and giving us a lesson in being "our best selves" as we watch the continued journey of a family that has begun (and continues to) to lay all their secrets on the dinner table.

  • Zootopia


    In the city of Zootopia (a "mammal metropolis"), Judy Hopps is the first of her kind to join the police forces. Determined to prove herself, she takes the latest mystery case to figure out who's behind a major conspiracy. This feminist flick for kids (and adults) explores a ton of social issues and will be available on Netflix starting September 20.

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  • No Place on Earth


    While exploring a Ukrainian cave in 1993, Christopher Nicola discovers a greater story than he'd ever imagined when he finds clues that tell a story of people who hid from the Nazis in the cave for over 500 days during World War II. You can find this inspirational and heart-wrenching true story on Amazon Prime on September 27. 

  • Luke Cage


    The Marvel figure is coming to life in this Netflix original series on September 30. Like some other superheros, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is the result of a science experiment gone bad, but his story takes an interesting turn as you find out that he's an ex-con only trying to clear his name when he decided to take on the real bad guys. 

  • Crisis in Six Scenes


    This series is an Amazon Original thought up by the controversial Woody Allen. It's a comical take on a tense period that took place during the '60s. Watch things get a little bit crazy when a visitor comes to shake things up on September 30.

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