The 17 best movies to watch on Netflix in December

The 17 best movies to watch on Netflix in December
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Sofia Boutella in "Rebel Moon."Netflix
  • These are the best best movies hitting Netflix in December.

  • Check out hit movies like "Blockers," "The Batman," and "She's All That."

  • Also see Netflix original movies like "May December," "Maestro," and "Rebel Moon."

This December, Bradley Cooper plays Leonard Bernstein in "Maestro," and Zack Snyder's "Star Wars"-inspired "Rebel Moon" hits Netflix.

Here's what to watch this month.

"The Batman" (December 1)

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Robert Pattinson as Batman in "The Batman."Warner Bros.

Watch Robert Pattinson in full brooding mode as The Dark Knight in this latest take on the comic book icon.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (December 1)

Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"Warner Bros. Pictures

Within the Zack Snyder era of DC Comic movies, this is the one that's still the most entertaining to watch. From the performances by Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, the battles between the two, and the "Martha" line, seriously, how can you not enjoy this movie?

“Black Swan” (December 1)

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Natalie Portman in "Black Swan."Fox Searchlight Pictures

Darren Aronofsky's fantastic psychological thriller stars Natalie Portman as a driven ballet dancer who begins to lose it leading up to her biggest night. Portman went on to win an Oscar for her performance. If you're looking for a movie that will freak you out, see this one.

“Blockers” (December 1)

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Kay Cannon's "Blockers."Universal

Out of all the coming-of-age sex comedies that have come out in the last five years, this is one of the best.

"Blockers" follows three high school seniors who are set to lose their virginity on the night of senior prom. But after their parents catch wind of the plan, they go all out to try to stop them.

John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz are great as the concerned parents.

“Boyz n the Hood” (December 1)

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Ice Cube in "Boyz n the Hood."Columbia Pictures

This classic from John Singleton is a must-watch. "Boyz" chronicles the lives of a group of friends living in South Central Los Angeles.

The movie received several Oscar nominations, is regarded as one of the best movies made in the 1990s, and turned Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut into stars.

“L.A. Confidential” (December 1)

Russell Crowe as Bud White and Guy Pearce as Ed Exley in "L.A. Confidential" (1997).
(L-R) Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce in "L.A. Confidential" (1997).Warner Bros. Entertainment

Based on the acclaimed pulp novel from James Ellroy, director Curtis Hanson examines corruption in 1950s Hollywood in a beautifully crafted police procedural.

Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito, and Kevin Spacey all deliver top-notch performances.

“May December” (December 1)

Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Berry and Julianne Moore as Gracie Atherton-Yoo in "May December."
(L-R) Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in "May December."Francois Duhamel/Netflix

The latest movie from acclaimed director Todd Haynes gets the Netflix original Oscar buzz treatment.

Natalie Portman plays an actress who travels to Georgia to spend time with a woman (Julianne Moore) she'll be playing in a movie, who is known for her marriage with a man (Charles Melton) who was a minor when they first met.

“She’s All That” (December 1)

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Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. in "She's All That."Miramax

This classic high school rom-com stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as a star jock who accepts a bet from his friend (Paul Walker) to take a random girl (Rachael Leigh Cook) and turn her into a prom queen.

Show up for the fun plot, but stay for the sudden choreographed dance during prom led by Usher as the DJ.

“She’s the Man” (December 1)

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Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes in "She's the Man."DreamWorks Pictures

I challenge you to not be filled with joy while watching this Amanda Bynes movie.

Bynes disguises herself as her twin brother to play for his boarding school's soccer team after the all-girls team she plays for is disbanded.

A then-unknown Channing Tatum also stars as her teammate.

“Suicide Squad” and “The Suicide Squad” (December 1)

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad
Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in both "Suicide Squad" and "The Suicide Squad."Warner Bros.

Double feature alert. Spend a night watching David Ayer and James Gunn's movies highlighting some of DC Comics' best villains, including Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

“Taken” (December 1)

Liam Neeson in "Taken"
Liam Neeson in "Taken."StudioCanal

Check out the movie that launched the over-50 action-hero craze.

Lian Neeson plays a man with a specific set of… well, you probably know the rest. This tough guy role would launch not just a franchise, but a genre with everyone from Kevin Costner to Michael Keaton playing old guy bad asses.

“Wonder Woman” (December 1)

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Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman."Warner Bros. Pictures

Look back on Patty Jenkins' thrilling big screen portrayal of one of the most iconic comic book characters, starring Gal Gadot in the lead role. The movie also features red-hot chemistry between Gadot and Chris Pine.

If you can't get enough, the sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984," is also available.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (December 3)

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Mario and Luigi in "The Super Mario Bros. Movie."Universal

This blockbuster hit brings the lovable plumbing brothers Mario and Luigi to animated life.

“Leave the World Behind” (December 8)

Mahershala Ali, Myha'la Herrold, Julia Roberts, and Ethan Hawke in a hallway
(L-R) Mahershala Ali, Myha'la Herrold, Julia Roberts, and Ethan Hawke in "Leave the World Behind."Netflix

This thriller from "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail follows a family visited by two strangers who warn of an imminent threat. We follow as creepy things begin to unfold.

Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Kevin Bacon star.

“Maestro” (December 20)

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Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in "Maestro."Jason McDonald/Netflix

Another Netflix original getting the big Oscar push is Bradley Cooper's biopic about legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.

Along with cowriting and directing the movie, Cooper also plays Bernstein. Carey Mulligan stars as his wife Felicia Montealegre.

“Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire” (December 22)

Sofia Boutella as Kora in "Rebel Moon."
Sofia Boutella as Kora in "Rebel Moon."Clay Enos/Netflix

Zack Snyder's long-awaited "Star Wars"-inspired franchise is now upon us.

In the movie, Sofia Boutella ("The Mummy") plays Kora, a woman looking to form a rebellion against the corrupt government that controls the universe.

Charlie Hunnam, Jena Malone, Djimon Hounsou, and Anthony Hopkins also star.

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