Take a Look at the 8 Best New Movies Coming to Netflix in December 2022!

The final month of 2022 will bring to the service several massive new films, including major blockbuster films that were previously only available in theatres. Here are our top eight recommendations for films to watch in December 2022.

This preview will be divided in half. First, we’ll discuss our most anticipated global Netflix Originals released in December 2022, followed by four licensed titles exclusive to the United States. The availability of these licensed titles in other regions will vary.

For a complete list of what’s coming to Netflix in December 2022, view our monthly schedule.

Most Anticipated Netflix Original Movies Coming in December

A Knives-Out Mystery in Glass Onion

Arriving on Netflix on December 23

Knives Out 2 is released in theatres over the Thanksgiving holiday, but you’ll have to wait until December 23 to get it on Netflix.

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The sequel, which has received rave reviews (including one from us), will undoubtedly be one of Netflix’s most popular films of all time and features the return of director Rian Johnson and actor Daniel Craig.

In the second installment, the world-famous detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to unravel a mystery involving a tech tycoon and his diverse group of pals.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Arriving on Netflix on December 9

You are likely well familiar with the story of Pinocchio. Still, we encourage you to enter this recreated stop-motion animated film from Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro with no previous assumptions.

In the film, a father’s wish is granted when a wooden son comes to life in Italy, allowing him the opportunity to care for the child.

The nearly two-hour epic features the voices of Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tilda Swinton, among others.

White Noise

Will Arrive on Netflix on December 30

Can Noah Baumbach adapt previously deemed unadaptable source material by writing and directing it? At the end of December, we’ll discover the answer.


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Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, depicts an ostensibly normal family struggling with an ambiguous reality.

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Due to some controversy behind-the-scenes and mixed reviews, this film will likely not appeal to everyone, but the talent in front of and behind the camera makes it a must-see.

The Scrooge Christmas Carol

Arriving on Netflix on December 2

Klaus is one of the best films Netflix has ever released. Netflix’s animated Christmas films have been spectacular in previous years, and Klaus is one of the best of all time. The new animated adaptation of the well-known Charles Dickens story hopes to continue this trend at the beginning of the month.

The film, directed by Stephen Donnelly, is set on Christmas Eve and depicts Ebenezer Scrooge confronting a potentially bleak future by going back in time and, hopefully, making amends.

The voices of Luke Evans and Olivia Colman.

Bullet Train (2022)

Arriving on Netflix on December 3

Bullet Train, Brad Pitt’s summer epic, is coming to Netflix US as part of the Sony deal.

The plot of the action comedy revolves around an unlucky assassin who commits to one last task but becomes embroiled in a plot that pits him against many other assassins aboard a moving train.


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Netflix has collaborated with author Ktar Isaka to adapt his novel Seesaw Monster, which will feature Selma Hayek Pinault and Anne Hathaway.

Emily the Criminal (2022)

Arriving on Netflix on December 7

Emily the Criminal, a well-reviewed crime-drama film starring Aubrey Plaza, will make its SVOD debut exclusively on Netflix in December.


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Expect the following from the film directed by John Patton Ford:

Emily, who is burdened with student loan debt and barred from the job market due to a minor criminal record, becomes involved in a credit card scam that ultimately leads to her death.

After Ever Happy (2022)

Arriving on Netflix on December 25

After Ever Happy, the fourth installment in the wildly popular teen romance comedy film trilogy is the third and final SVOD release on our list.

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The extent to which this film will appeal to you will depend on your reaction to the first few minutes. If you did not enjoy any of those previously, you will not enjoy this one either.


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Unfortunately, Netflix is no longer the best place to watch all After films, as the first one has recently been removed from the service, while the second and third remain accessible.

Prisoners (2013)

Arriving on Netflix on December 10

Prisoners, the 2013 mystery thriller from Dune and Bladerunner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, is the only non-streaming video-on-demand debut on this list.


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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the film about the abduction of two young children in Pennsylvania and the subsequent search by police and a desperate father for their abductor.

The film was a critical darling and even made IndieWire’s list of the best of the year, despite its lack of commercial success.

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