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The 10 best films to watch on Netflix in February 2022

February is the month of love. Although Valentine’s Day is pretty overrated, humans, being social animals, tend to follow the norms and go on extravagant dates, plan surprises, dinners and subsequent movie nights. Netflix has always been the biggest support system on such days, being ever-ready with its vast selection of films and shows, ranging from various genres, including horror, romance, comedy, thrillers and more. 

February 2022 has a pretty interesting line-up of films and shows arriving on Netflix. From Netflix Original series to old classics and comedy flicks, the month of love seems to be brimming with content. 

Besides coming through with various thrilling Original releases, namely the gruesome Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as the more raunchy, Korean film Love and Leashes. They are also bringing back various classics like The Dark Knight, Caddyshack, The Addams Family and more, for cinephiles who cannot help but bask in the glory of their nostalgic past. 

Get ready for your date night and choose from this collection of 10 best films to watch on Netflix in February 2022: 

The 10 best films to watch on Netflix in February 2022

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

Set in the timeline within a year after Batman Begins, Batman, James Gordon and Harvey Dent are busy protecting the city against criminals when a sadistic and psychopathic criminal mastermind, The Joker begins to wreak havoc in Gotham. Batman’s rivalry with the Joker becomes extremely personal, leading to the epic emotional turmoil as a burgeoning love triangle between himself, Dent and Rachel Dawes, too, comes to the surface. 

One of the finest films in the history of superhero movies, it won the iconic Heath Ledger a posthumous Academy Award for his brilliant performance as the Joker, following his tragic demise. Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman were a part of the talented ensemble who added to the moody brilliance of the film. 

The film began streaming on Netflix on February 1st, 2022. 

The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)

The film arrived on Netflix on February 1st, 2022. 

Considered as one of the scariest and most iconic horror masterpieces, the film, starring Lina Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and others, has become a timeless classic. With various accidents and on-set mishaps adding to the general aura of hysteria and mystique surrounding the film, this 1973 film has a cursed reputation. 

Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, the film revolves around a young girl, Regan and her mother, Chris and how their lives go downhill after the girl is possessed by a demonic entity after messing with an Ouija board. The film is a must-watch for horror aficionados, a raw and harrowing portrayal of the fight between faith and evil. 

My Best Friend Anne Frank (Ben Sombogaart, 2021)

A horrifying portrait of the consequences of the Second World War, the film is equal parts heartbreaking and terrifying. It tells the story of the real-life friendship between Anne Frank and Hannah Goslar as well as their terrifying reunion in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. 

A tale of endurance, friendship and unwavering love, the film was warmly received by the real-life Goslar who was then living in Israel. With Josephine Arendsen and Aiko Beemsterboer playing Hannah and Anne, the actors have striking similarities with the real-life women and manage to evoke the right amount of sentimentality at their emotional reunion.   

The film began streaming on Netflix on February 1st, 2022. 

The Tinder Swindler (Felicity Morris, 2022) 

Based on the real-life events of an Israeli man’s Ponzi scheme via which he tricked three women and various others, this diabolical tale of financial scam is extremely intense and gripping. Adopting the alias of Simon Leviev and posing as an affluent diamond heir, the cunning man was able to extort money from these unsuspecting women after luring them in via a dating app named Tinder. 

Morris’s narrative upholds the public ridicule and shaming the women had to undergo without any fault of their own. It also shows how the justice system failed them as Leviev, despite his abhorrent schemes, is now a free man. The film is disturbing and the finest example of a modern-day horror story. 

The true-crime documentary film began streaming on Netflix on February 2nd, 2022. 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (David Blue Garcia, 2022)

The film is slated for a February 18th, 2022 premiere on Netflix. 

Based on the characters created by Tobe Hooper in the eponymous 1974 original film, the film takes off exactly five decades later. In Hooper’s film, after the masked maniac, Leatherface managed to kill the entire Hardesty family, Sally was the sole survivor. 

After a group of friends arrive at the ghost town of Harlow and accidentally rouse Leatherface, the psychotic villain once again wields his chainsaw to live up to his bloody legacy. Unfortunately for him, Sally Hardesty is out to seek revenge.  

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Phil Lord, Chris Miller, 2009)

With a brilliant ensemble voice cast comprising Bill Hader, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell and more, this slapstick family comedy has been a huge fan favourite ever since its release. Quirky, crazy and hilarious, the brilliant visuals synthesise well with the umpteen goofs, jokes and an underlying kind and compassionate tone. 

A treat for all ages, the film features a local scientist named Flint Lockwood who thinks of himself as a genius but is disregarded by all and considered an utter failure. However, when he ends up creating an invention that makes food rain down from the sky, he is lauded by all. However, much to his chagrin, chaos ensues and Flint is forced to make difficult choices.    

The film will be available for streaming on February 15th, 2022 on Netflix. 

Child of Kamiari Month (Toshinari Shinohe, Takana Shirai, 2022) 

This anime is set to debut on Netflix on February 8th, 2022. 

Previously, the film has premiered in Japanese theatres before being acquired exclusively by Netflix. Eloquent in vibrance and a fantastical setting with a brilliant voice-over cast, the film revolves around a young girl named Kanna who loses her love and inspiration for running following the tragic demise of her mother.

However, in a strange encounter with Shiro, the rabbit and an ogre boy named Yato, Kanna crosses the threshold between humans and gods to enter a realm of the unknown. Inspired by Japanese folklore about the assembly of gods at the eponymous auspicious place, the film weaves a story of resilience, perseverance, love, faith and indomitable spirit.  

Warrior (Gavin O’Connor, 2011)

This film is a treat for martial arts enthusiasts. Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgarton in one of their finest films, the duo had a brilliant camaraderie on-screen where they managed to uphold the complexities of their relationship as brothers, making the characters vulnerable and relatable.  

It sees two brothers pitted against each other in a legendary fight where each of them is driven by their individual reasons, frustrations and goals. A tale of family, betrayal and love, the film features an intense and gruelling narrative that is as gripping as the fight itself. 

The film began streaming on February 1st, 2022 on Netflix. 

Love and Leashes (Park Hyeon-jin, 2022) 

The film will premiere on February 11th, 2022 on Netflix.

In the first-ever South Korean version of Fifty Shades of Grey where the Korean industry will be seen venturing into the world of BDSM, an assistant manager and his subordinate get involved in a dominant-submissive relationship when she stumbles upon his secrets and kinks. 

Since Netflix decided to invest more in Korean content, this film will be one of its most highly-anticipated titles. Korean society is quite conservative and such a bold move on the part of a Korean rom-com that is usually supposed to be adorable and funny has made it seem quite intriguing. The film has already garnered quite the buzz way ahead of its release.  

Loop Lapeta (Aakash Bhatia, 2022)

In this Indian remake of the 1998 film Run Lola Run, the filmmaker uses the trope of getting stuck in a continuous-time loop to show a girl named Savi racing against time to save her boyfriend from the wrath of a mobster whose money the latter conveniently loses. With a comedic feel to it, the film stars the talented Tapasee Pannu in the lead and promises an interesting ride. 

Pannu is no stranger to such video game-type films, having appeared in Game Over previously. Netflix viewers who loved the Natasha Lyonne show Russian Doll will find themselves enjoying this film as it deals with the same idea of getting umpteen chances to make things right.  

The film will premiere on February 3rd, 2022 on Netflix.