My top movies to stream in June: 14 movies on Netflix, Max, Peacock and more

Adria Arjona and Glen Powell in Hit Man
Adria Arjona and Glen Powell in Hit Man (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

We've all been there: staring at the screen as we try to decide among hundreds of movies to watch on Netflix, Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Max or any of the other popular streaming services. It can be daunting, which is why it's always nice to have a little help from someone else. So allow me to humbly offer my services in suggesting movies to stream in June. 

While there are plenty of new movies to watch in movie theaters this month, June's slate of streaming offerings includes both new and classic movies for viewers to enjoy.

Here are my personal recommendations for movies launching on streaming services this month that you should watch, in alphabetical order for ease of reference:

1. About Time (Peacock)

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time (Image credit: Universal Pictures/AJ Pics/Alamy Stock Photo)

About Time is a better Richard Curtis movie than Love, Actually. Yeah, I said it. The time travel romantic comedy about a young man who discovers that the men in his family have the ability to time travel and decides to use it to fall in love with the girl of his dreams is an absolute charmer starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. With it hitting streaming, viewers can now travel back in time to when Hollywood studios were actively producing high-quality romantic comedies. 

2. Billy Elliot (Peacock) 

Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot (Image credit: Working Title/FlixPix/Alamy Stock Photo)

Peacock is getting a British invasion to its movie collection this month, as in addition to About Time, the Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry movie, Billy Elliot becomes available to stream. Julie Walter and Gary Lewis are joined in the movie by a young Jamie Bell as the titular Billy Elliot, a young boy who has a passion for ballet but has a family that looks down on boys doing such "girly" activities and who lives in a coal mining town in Northern England. It's a lovely little movie about family relationships and pursuing your dreams.

3. Brokeback Mountain (Peacock) 

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (Image credit: Focus Features/Alamy)

Brokeback Mountain is one of the most devastating love stories put to film probably ever. Directed by Ang Lee, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star as two cowboys who fall in love while working a summer job together, but are forced to live their lives apart and hide their true selves once the summer is over, with only the rare reunions allowing them to embrace their feelings. Brokeback’s Best Picture loss to Crash is still one of the most controversial in Oscar history. Find out why by watching the movie this June (which also happens to be Pride Month in the US).  

4. Dog Day Afternoon (Paramount Plus) 

Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon

Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (Image credit: United Archives GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo)

Few actors have ever racked up a string of great performances in a decade like Al Pacino did in the 1970s. Of course, we know about The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, but there was also Serpico, And Justice for All and, heading back to streaming this month on Paramount Plus, Dog Day Afternoon. Based on a real bank robbery, Pacino stars as the leader of three amateur criminals who see everything go wrong with their robbery attempt, leading to a standoff with police. Pacino, and frequent co-star John Cazale, are superb in this 70s classic. 

5. A Family Affair (Netflix)  

Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King in A Family Affair

Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King in A Family Affair (Image credit: Tina Rowden/Netflix)

Another Netflix original movie that has the potential to be a big hit with subscribers is the new romantic comedy A Family Affair starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King. The story follows a young woman (King) who is put in an awkward situation when her mom (Kidman) and her movie star boss (Efron) start dating. Netflix has been keeping the rom-com genre alive in recent years. Will A Family Affair join the likes of Set It Up, Always Be My Maybe and others among the great Netflix rom coms

6. Fight Club (Hulu) 

Brad Pitt in Fight Club

Brad Pitt in Fight Club (Image credit: 20th Century Fox/AJ Pics/Alamy Stock Photo)

Over the last 25 years, people have definitely talked about Fight Club (knowingly breaking the first rule), as the David Fincher movie has become a favorite of many for its satirical cut down of violence, male toxicity and more. But even if you ignore the underlying messages of the movie, Fight Club is a fun watch featuring great performances from Edward Norton and Brad Pitt and one of the standouts from a great year of movies (1999). 

7. Hit Man (Netflix) 

Glen Powell in Hit Man

Glen Powell in Hit Man (Image credit: Netflix)

Hit Man's short time in movie theaters comes to an end not too long into June as the new Glen Powell and Richard Linklater action comedy debuts on Netflix. But don't let that speak to the movie's quality (it's all about Netflix only giving movies short, if any, theatrical windows), as Hit Man has been one of the more buzzy titles in critics' circles for a while. Based on a true story, Powell stars as a professor who poses as a hit man for the police to catch criminals. However, things get complicated when he develops feelings for the latest target (Adria Arjona). This is one of the 2024 new movies that we are most excited to watch this summer. 

8. La La Land (Netflix)  

La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (Image credit: Lionsgate)

Thanks to Envelope-gate, La La Land is the Best Picture winner that wasn't, but that odd occurrence should not cloud just how great this movie is. The modern-day musical is a classic, with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling singing and dancing their way through a story about love and pursuing your dreams. Despite not taking home the Best Picture trophy, La La Land still won six Oscars, including Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Stone. It is absolutely worth a rewatch now that it is easily available on Netflix. 

9. The Lego Movie (Netflix) 

The Lego Movie poster

The Lego Movie (Image credit: Warner Bros./FlixPix/Alamy Stock Photo)

Before Barbie, The Lego Movie proved that you could truly make a great movie based on a toy line. This animated flick is perfect for all ages, as Lego construction worker Emmet goes on a wild adventure with classic characters, voiced by the likes of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day and Nick Offerman. Make it a double feature and pair The Lego Movie with its spinoff, The Lego Batman Movie, also arriving on Netflix this month.

10. Out of Darkness (Paramount Plus) 

Out of Darkness cast

Out of Darkness (Image credit: Bleecker Street)

Another 2024 new movie making its streaming debut this month is Out of Darkness, an engrossing pre-historic thriller/horror movie. Set during the Stone Age, a small tribe of early humans come ashore on a desolate new land. However, they soon learn that they are not alone, and whatever it is in the dark is tracking them and putting their lives at risk. Out of Darkness is a solid, well-crafted tense watch if you want to try for something different. 

11. Perfect Days (Hulu) 

Koji Yakusho and Arisa Nakano in Perfect Days

Koji Yakusho and Arisa Nakano in Perfect Days (Image credit: Master Mind/Wenders Images/TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy Stock Photo)

Perfect Days was one of my favorite movies of 2023, so I'm excited that it's hitting streaming and now available to as wide an audience as ever. Written and directed by Wim Wenders, the movie focuses on Hirayama, who simply goes about his life peacefully, working as a custodian for the public toilets in Japan. When his niece runs away from home and comes to stay with him, he teaches her about how he lives and the beauty of living in the moment. It may sound like a no-thrills watch, but star Koji Yakusho and Wenders deliver a joyous spirit to the proceedings to make it a rewarding experience. 

12. Problemista (Max) 

Julio Torres and Tilda Swinton in Problemista

Julio Torres and Tilda Swinton in Problemista (Image credit: A24)

Problemista came and went in movie theaters earlier in 2024 with little fanfare, but it is definitely one of the best movies that have been released so far this year. Hailing from fan-favorite mini studio A24, Problemista is from creator Julio Torres, who writes, directs and stars in the movie. The movie's about an immigrant with dreams of becoming a toy designer but who must work for a demanding and erratic art-world outcast (a brilliant Tilda Swinton) in order to renew his Green Card and stay in the US. Problemista is magical and hilarious and deserves to find its audience now that it has hit streaming.

13. There Will Be Blood (Paramount Plus) 

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (Image credit: GHOULARDI FILM COMPANY/Cinematic/Alamy Stock Photo)

Arguably the greatest actor of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis hasn't starred in a movie since 2017 as he is supposedly retired. So we'll just have to settle for watching some of his past brilliant performances, and there are few better than There Will Be Blood. As the ruthless oil prospector Daniel Plainview, Day-Lewis is immaculate and earned his second of three Oscars for Best Actor. While Day-Lewis is the main attraction, there's plenty in Paul Thomas Anderson’s period epic worth watching.

14. The Way Way Back (Paramount Plus)

Liam James in The Way Way Back

(Image credit: Fox Searchlight/AJ Pics/Alamy Stock Photo)

Perfect timing for June, The Way Way Back is a summer set movie about a shy, introverted teen who goes on a beach vacation with his mom to her boyfriend's beach house. While in town, he quickly finds himself drawn to the local waterpark, where he befriends the park's manager, played by Sam Rockwell, who helps him get out of his shell. Rockwell is fantastic in the movie, a well-written charming watch, which also features a rare instance where Steve Carell is a total jerk (not in the lovable, goofy Michael Scott way). 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.