Pretty Much All of the Good Movies on Netflix Will Disappear on January 1st

By December 27, 2013

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There’s no denying it: Netflix has had a profound impact on the way we consume media and has fundamentally changed the way the home video market functions. They’ve entered the television game with their own original shows, and not only held their own against much larger networks when it comes to awards, but succeeded in beating many of them when the Emmys rolled around earlier this year. Pretty damn impressive, wouldn’t you say?

But if you’re a longtime Netflix subscriber, you may have noticed that what isn’t exactly impressive anymore is the quality of the films available through their streaming service. I often scroll through the available options and don’t recognize most of the content that I see; much of it is direct to video nonsense that, presumably, the company can snag the rights to for relatively cheap. Netflix has contracts with major film studios about how long they can air their most recognizable films, and according to a report at Vulture, pretty much every good movie the streaming service offers is about to vanish on January 1st, 2014. Check out the full list:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Do the Right Thing
Can’t Hardly Wait
Miller’s Crossing
Being John Malkovich
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
Requiem for a Dream
Dark Shadows (TV series-all seasons)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Long Goodbye
The Kids in the Hall (all seasons)
War Games
The Young Girls of Rochefort
We Were Soldiers
Top Gun
Born on the Fourth of July
The Secret of Nimh
Roman Holiday
Session 9
Intolerable Cruelty
Foxy Brown
Dressed to Kill
Heaven’s Gate
Man on the Moon
As Good as It Gets
What Dreams May Come
Body of Evidence
In the Name of the Father
The Faculty
True Grit 
(John Wayne version)
Biloxi Blues
50 First Dates
Species II
Saturday Night Live: The 2000s 
(available until 12/31)
Inside Deep Throat
The Great Train Robbery
The Andromeda Strain
Far From Heaven
The Mask of Zorro
The Odd Couple
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Not Without My Daughter
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
For the Love of the Game
In Like Flint
Romeo and Juliet (1968 version)
Seed of Chucky
Hard Target
Scary Movie
The Skulls
Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood
Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
Rob Roy
Remo Williams
Street Fighter
Back to School
Ned Kelly
High Art
World Trade Center
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Troll 2
The Woman in Red
The Russia House
War and Peace
An Inconvenient Truth
A Shot in the Dark
Of Mice and Men
Cold Comfort Farm
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Talk Radio
F/X 2
October Sky
1492: Conquest of Paradise

Whoa. There are some stinkers in there, but overall, that’s a pretty solid list of titles, and it’s going to mean that when January hits in a few days, it’s going to be even harder to find something good to watch. Vulture does point out that some of these titles may only disappear for “a few months, a few days, or maybe even just a single day or a few hours” because of how vague the contracts are between Netflix and the various studios with which they’re dealing, so it’s possible that you won’t have to wait too much longer until they get reinstated. In the meantime, though, it might be time to look into some ancillary options for your streaming needs.

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.