25 best new Netflix movies coming in July 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17:Actress Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" hosted by The Cinema Society at SVA Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17:Actress Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" hosted by The Cinema Society at SVA Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) /
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HOLLYWOOD – DECEMBER 12: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor George Clooney participates in a Q&A session at the Variety Screening Series of “Good Night And Good Luck” at the Arclight Theaters on December 12, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD – DECEMBER 12: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor George Clooney participates in a Q&A session at the Variety Screening Series of “Good Night And Good Luck” at the Arclight Theaters on December 12, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) /

23. The American

Release Year: 2010

Directed By: Anton Corbijn

Starring: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund, Johan Leysen, Filippo Timi, Anna Foglietta, Björn Granath

Release Date: Monday, July 1

There are very few movie stars who have such a universally likable approval rating that casual moviegoers will see just about anything that they star in. George Clooney happens to be one of the modern movie stars whose films are almost always a solid bet when heading to the theater for a matinée. Thanks to streaming, now we can click on his and any other movie star’s face when a film we’ve somehow haven’t seen pops up on Netflix, not unlike The American.

Based on the 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth, The American stars George Clooney as master assassin Jack as he retreats to Italy after a mission in Sweden goes awry. He intends to keep a low profile, but Jack uncharacteristically befriends a priest and engages in a romantic relationship with Clara (Violante Placido). However, taking a chance on coming out of the shadows might be much more of a mistake than a long-awaited liberation.

Upon release, The American received acclaim from critics, earning the film a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though moviegoers weren’t as pleased with its lack of action judging by its D- CinemaScore. Still, the film brought in $67.9 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million, proving the star power of George Clooney. If you missed The American the first time around or want to give it a second chance, be sure to add it to your watch list when it arrives on Netflix for streaming at the top of the month.