35 best new Netflix movies and shows to watch in October 2019

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) - Breaking Bad _ Season 5, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC
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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 14: Actor Johnny Depp (R) and actress Penelope Cruz attend the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 14: Actor Johnny Depp (R) and actress Penelope Cruz attend the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) /

31. Blow

Release Year: 2001

Directed By: Ted Demme

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Max Perlich, Miguel Sandoval, Ethan Suplee, Ray Liotta, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kevin Gage, Tony Amendola, Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael Tucci, Monet Mazur, Lola Glaudini, Jennifer Gimenez, Emma Roberts, Jaime King

Release Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1

Be honest: You’re probably missing Narcos and its spin-off series. You’re not alone, and nothing could possibly replace one of Netflix’s best binge-watches. But for the same effect, the streamer welcomes a 2000s film centered in the same world of drug smuggling and even features a bit of Pablo Escobar’s story. Blow arrives in your watch list this October, and it’s one of the best new release throwback movies available to stream.

Based on the 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All by Bruce Porter, Blow stars Johnny Depp as cocaine smuggler George Jung. The former all-American high school football star became involved in the turbulent international drug trade in the 1970s and quickly grew into the leading importer of cocaine. But as fast as he rose into power with Colombia’s  Medellín cartel, he crashed and burned — dare we say blew it — just as rapidly and harshly.

Blow comes from director Ted Demme, who also directed such films as Beautiful Girls and Life. The film was a modest box office success, bringing in over $83 million worldwide against its budget of $53 million. Still, Blow earned middling reception from critics, as reflected in its down the middle 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Neither a true hit or a major miss, Blow pushed the envelope and remains a worthy watch almost 20 years later. Add it to your list when it begins streaming on Netflix at the top of October.