July 2022’s Freshest Films to Watch

Yoshiko Yap

Netflix is coming in hot with some seriously superb films and specials throughout July. This month, Netflix is welcoming in a whole array of terrific titles that will do everything from delight you with laugh-out-loud hilarity to invigorate you with interactivity, and more. Whether you’re looking for something relaxing, great for a date, or new from overseas, Netflix has got you covered. Keep reading for the streamer’s best new movies coming this July.

Netflix is starting the month off strong, kicking things off with tried and true fan-favorite movies like Old School and The Dark Knight Rises, in addition to serving up brand new Netflix Original titles like fun, summery romantic-comedy Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between and family-friendly animated adventure The Sea Beast.

Moving further into the month, the platform is debuting even more original titles to beef up their already-stacked catalog of hits. Mid-July releases like Persuasion and The Gray Man in particular are highly-anticipated releases with star-studded casts and heart-pounding plots that are sure to make them stand-out films destined for the Netflix Top 10.

If you’re looking for Netflix Originals with more of an international flare to make you feel like you’re taking a super summer vacation from the comforts of your couch, carve out some time for Germany’s For Jojo, The Philippines’ The Entitled, and France’s Dangerous Liaisons, which all premiere on the platform at various points throughout the month.

Want to know what other eye-grabbing movies are dropping on Netflix in the next month? Keeping scrolling to check out our full list of what movies to watch on Netflix in July.


Released July 15

Persuasion Photo: NICK WALL/NETFLIX

Adapted from Jane Austen’s highly underrated 1818 novel of the same name (which was also the the prolific author’s final novel), Persuasion is a romantic-drama film that follows Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson), who is still single at 27 years-old (the horror!), and as a result, is seen as past her prime for marriage. Eight years after Anne was persuaded not to marry Captain Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), a dashing man of humble origins, they meet again, giving her a surprise second chance to have a love story of her own. Henry Golding also stars alongside Johnson and Jarvis in this swoon-worthy new Netflix Original film that is the perfect watch for some good ol’ escapist summer streaming.

Stream Persuasion on Netflix


Released July 22

The Gray Man
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

This big-name action-thriller film revolves around CIA black ops mercenary (Ryan Gosling) known by the names of Court Gentry and Sierra Six, who has just accidentally uncovered some dark CIA secrets, therefore making him a prime target for international assassins. At the same time, Court is being hunted down by his psychotic former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), who is leading the fray when it comes to the “honor” of eliminating him. In addition to Gosling and Evans, this heart-pounding Netflix Original also stars Ana de Armas, Shanush, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Stream The Gray Man on Netflix


Released July 6

Photo: Michael Lewen courtesy Netflix

After making a pact to break up before college (how sensible of them), Clare (Talia Ryder) and Aidan (Jordan Fisher) spend their last evening as a couple on one last amazing date. But as they retrace the steps of their relationship through many of their major “firsts” (first hello, first kiss, first argument, etc), they edge towards a major turning point that leaves them wondering if they should really break it off for good or try to make it work after all. Find out which path they take in this Netflix Original romantic-comedy for some sweet summer viewing this July.

Stream Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between on Netflix


Released July 29

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Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Purple Hearts is a Netflix Original musical romantic-drama about struggling singer-songwriter Cassie (Sofia Carson) and troubled marine Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), who, despite their many differences, agree to marry solely for the military benefits. But when tragedy strikes, the line between real and pretend begins to blur, leading to an unexpected yet beautiful love story about how opposites can attract and how human beings come together to help one another heal in times of strife.

Stream Purple Hearts on Netflix


Released July 8

The Sea Beast
Photo: Netflix

Later this July, look forward to Netflix Original animated adventure-comedy The Sea Beast, which takes place in an era when scary and deadly beasts roamed the seas, leaving monster hunters lauded as heroes, none more so than the great Jacob Holland (Karl Urban). But when young Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator) stows away on his storied ship, he finds himself stuck with her as an unexpected ally. Together, they set forth on an epic voyage into uncharted waters and make history in the form of an entertaining adventure that will transport viewers to another world. The Sea Beast also features the vocal talents of Dan Stevens, Jared Harris, Zaris-Angel Hator, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Kathy Burke, and Kaya McLean.

Stream The Sea Beast on Netflix


Released July 8

Dangerous Liaisons (2022)
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In this French-language romantic drama film, innocent and book-smart Célène (Paola Locatelli) falls for popular bad-boy surfer Tristan (Simon Rérolle) at her new high school in Biarritz, France. Unfortunately for Célène, Tristan’s seeming-interest has been spurred on by a cruel bet he’s made with school social media queen Vanessa (Ella Pellegrini), setting the idealistic and unassuming former Parisian teen up for utter heartbreak. Will Célène get the happily ever after she hopes for, or will Tristan and Vanessa’s bet leave her broken? Find out in this Netflix Original film early in July!

Stream Dangerous Liaisons on Netflix


Released July 8

Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls
Photo: Netflix

To spice things up this July, try for a whole new streaming experience with this Netflix Original interactive special that allows you to click through and help unlikely (yet dynamic) duo superstar Indian actor Ranveer Singh and British adventurer Bear Grylls brave the Serbian wilderness to locate a rare flower that never dies. Singh hopes to present this flower to his wife, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, as symbolism of his eternal love for her, so if you want to feel like a part of this grand and lovely romantic gesture, then Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls is the special for you.

Stream Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls on Netflix


Released July 11

For Jojo
Photo: Netflix

This German-language Netflix Original film begins with inseparable friends Jojo (Nina Gummich) and Paula (Caro Cult) living their best lives together as young single women in Berlin. Things suddenly change, however, when Jojo falls desperately in love with a young man from her former hometown and wants to move away to settle down and build a life with him, taking her away from Berlin and, therefore Paula, who completely falls apart without her best friend around. Driven by the pain of separation and the fear of ending up all alone, Paula decides to do everything she can to keep Jojo from what she believes is the biggest mistake of her life… marriage.

Stream For Jojo on Netflix


Released July 29

The Entitled
Photo: Netflix

After being unexpectedly dropped into upper-class society in order to grow closer to her estranged father, an awkward woman named Belinda (Alex Gonzaga) struggles to fit in, bumbling her way through this unfamiliar sophisticate world with the help of a charming lawyer (JC de Vera). The Entitled is a rags-to-riches Filipino comedy film that stars YouTube sensation Gonzaga, with de Vera alongside her as her leading man.

Stream The Entitled on Netflix


Released July 1

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, from left: Tom Hardy, Christian Bale as Batman, 2012. ph: Ron Phillips/©Warne
Photo: Everett Collection

Eight years have passed since Batman (Christian Bale) successfully vanished into the night following the events of The Dark Knight. After conspiring with Gotcham City Police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman) to make sure Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) was seen as a hero while he, himself, was assigned responsibility for Harvey’s death, Batman has sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good. However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) force Batman out of self-imposed exile and drag him into a final brutal battle he may not be able to win. It’s hard to believe that this movie came out a decade ago, but it still holds up, so be sure to check it out this month on Netflix.

Stream The Dark Knight Rises on Netflix


Released July 1


After discovering his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has been regularly cheating on him while he’s away working, attorney Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson) feels his world fall apart. He then tries to get back on his feet and start fresh by moving into a new place in Upstate New York, which just so happens to be near fictional institution Harrison University’s campus campus. Two of Mitch’s best bros, Frank Ricard (Will Ferrell) and Beanie Campbell (Vince Vaughn), start hanging out at Mitch’s house, and end up eventually turning the place into a place for wild parties, much to the frustration and detriment of the college’s dean, Gordon “Cheese” Pritchard (Jeremy Piven). Relive the fun of this raucous 2003 comedy by giving it a watch this month on Netflix.

Stream Old School on Netflix

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