Top 3 new movies to watch on Netflix for August 2023

From Gal Gadot to Ghostbusters, here’s what you can stream this month

Gal Gadot in Heart of Stone
(Image credit: Robert Viglasky / Netflix)

Netflix is in full overdrive with the summer season now well underway, meaning lots of new original blockbusters and experimental indie dramas will be arriving on the streaming platform to keep you busy for the next few months. Everything from spy thrillers to sci-fi comedies to biographical dramas headline the month of August.

Every month T3 rounds up what's trending, what's got people talking and what are the biggest films set to hit Netflix. Before jumping in, it’s worth knowing that these picks are specifically aimed at those in the UK with a Netflix account. The good news, however, is that the majority of these movies – especially any Netflix Originals – are available worldwide. 

Another alternative is to take out one of the best VPNs on the market, to make sure you can access all of Netflix’s offerings wherever you are based. It’s also useful for catching up on any shows you’ve missed when out of the country, or generally just useful for improving your internet privacy. With that out the way, let’s dive straight into the top new movies to watch on Netflix for August 2023. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife takes place 31 years after the events of Ghostbusters II, as Egon Spengler’s daughter (played by Carrie Coon) and her children inherit a rundown farm that belonged to the scientist in Oklahoma. Soon after moving in, the group discover numerous strange happenings that lead all the way back to the original Ghostbusters. The supernatural comedy is directed by Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman, with Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace and Paul Rudd all appearing. With a direct sequel set to hit cinemas later this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available to stream on Netflix from August 10th, 2023.

Heart of Stone 

Gal Gadot in Heart of Stone

(Image credit: Robert Viglasky / Netflix)

Step aside, Tom Cruise! Gal Gadot is here to take on the Mission: Impossible franchise in the new spy action thriller, Heart of Stone, from director Tom Harper. The Wonder Woman star plays secret agent Rachel Stone, a member of an elusive and mysterious group of elite spies known as the Charter, who is tasked with keeping a mysterious MacGuffin from falling into enemy hands. The globetrotting adventure – that was filmed in London, Reykjavik, Italy and Lisbon – is set to open in cinemas in early August before then landing on Netflix in mid-August. 

Heart of Stone will be available to stream on Netflix from August 11th, 2023. 

The Founder

Michael Keaton in The Founder

(Image credit: The Weinstein Company)

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Croc in a blazing performance that tells the cruel story of how the businessman forced out the original founders of Mcdonald's and helped it to become the global fast-food restaurant chain powerhouse it is today. A strong supporting cast also features Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern and B.J. Novak. Don’t sleep on this biographical drama that shows all the good and bad of American capitalism. 

The Founder will be available to stream on Netflix from August 15th, 2023.

Looking for more films to stream? Check out T3's top recommendations for the top new movies to watch on Netflix for July – including, a Jaime Foxx sci-fi comedy mystery that gives big Black Mirror vibes. 

On top of this, we've rounded up the best Netflix movies of 2023 so far, from a heartwarming British biopic to a blockbuster action sequel with Chris Hemsworth. 

Matt Poskitt
Freelance Writer

Matt is a freelance writer for T3, covering news and keeping up with everything games, entertainment, and all manner of tech. You can find his work across numerous sites across the web, including TechRadar, IGN, GamesRadar, Tom's Guide, Fandom, NME, and more. In his spare time, Matt is an avid cinema-goer, keen runner and average golfer (at best). You can follow him @MattPoskitt64