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Each new month, the world’s biggest streaming platforms—which includes Netflix NFLX , Hulu, Amazon Prime AMZN and HBO—add a number of fresh titles to their movie libraries. And Netflix was especially active this month, as the world’s most popular streamer has added close to 100 movies to its digital database throughout the month of August.
But on the first day of each month, we also lose a lot of content. Between now and the end of August, Netflix will remove close to 50 movies. Luckily, you’ve got some time left to watch your favorites—or perhaps discover a new favorite.
In this article, I’ll pick out what I believe are ten highlights of the films exiting Netflix on September 1. And at the end of the article, you’ll find a full list of the movies leaving the platform.
Bad Boys & Bad Boys II
If you’ve followed any of my articles, then you know one thing to be certain about me: I love Michael Bay. And even if he’s not your favorite director, everyone can seem to agree that the Bad Boys movies are pretty great. Personally, Bad Boys for Life wasn’t for me. I prefer the Bay version of Bad Boys, which is impossibly wild and (admittedly ridiculous) fun from start to finish.
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Blue is the Warmest Color
Each year, there seems to be one foreign movie that captures American audiences by storm. And while on the film festival circuit back in 2013, I knew that Blue is the Warmest Color would become the foreign feature everyone would be talking about that year. Sure enough, the movie was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie follows a French teen who forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student.
Note: Blue is the Warmest Color leaves Netflix on August 25.
As if I wouldn’t include Clueless on this list! I’ve loved this movie for as long as I can remember. T this day, it remains a timeless project that doesn’t look or feel like any other movie. Amy Heckerling has a knack for taking movies to new, interesting places, and Clueless just never seems to let up. For those who haven’t seen it: Clueless follows a rich and socially successful student named Cher who decides to play matchmaker at her high school.
For a long time, I didn’t realize the philosophical beauty of Groundhog Day. I was always able to enjoy the movie as a fun romp that played with its fantastical formula very well. But upon further viewings, you truly start to understand the deeply profound take on Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence—no joke. There’s great sadness and clarity at the heart of the film, and it all highlights the importance of living every day to the fullest.
I feel like I’m obligated to include Jerry Maguire on this list. During my early college years, I claimed it to be my favorite movie of all time. And while my tastes have shifted since then, I’ve never been able to shake the feeling this Cameron Crowe film gives me. Tom Cruise delivers a legendary performance as the titular character, who tries to find fulfillment in his empty life after he loses his job at a high-powered sports agent firm.
The Lake House
I have to be clear right up front: I might love this movie for different reasons than you. I do think there’s genuine enjoyment to be found in the romance between Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in The Lake House. But…I also think this is a really goofy movie that’s often unintentionally hilarious. Either way you shake it, The Lake House is a great watch. The movie follows an architect and a doctor who write letters to one another…via a magical mailbox. If that description doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
Observe and Report
Warning: this movie isn’t for everyone. Psychotic behavior, random violence, lots of cursing—this Seth Rogen flick is a bit polarizing. But it’s also unlike any other movie I’ve ever seen. And for that, I strongly recommend it. Observe and Report follows Ronnie Barnhardt, the head of security at a small-town mall. When an out-of-control flasher begins to terrorize his place of employment, Ronnie goes on a mission to take the criminal down.
Perhaps the craziest fact about Tootsie is how much money it made in 1982. At the time, its $177.2 million cume was the second-largest of the year (second only to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982). That made Tootsie Columbia’s biggest domestic hit ever at the time. The movie follows a struggling New York actor who reinvents himself as an actress named Dorothy Michaels—and wins a part on a soap opera. He must then keep up the persona as he falls for his cast mate.
I wish this was a joke—but I truly do love Valentine’s Day. Where I found the similarly toned and structured New Year’s Eve to be plodding, meandering and predictable, Valentine’s Day feels honest, poignant and exciting. Each of the relationships explored in the film has its own aura and captivating angle, allowing the movie’s ensemble approach to reach its full potential in romantic comedy form.
The Wicker Man
It seems like most people who know The Wicker Man only know the 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. And while I strongly recommend the remake for so-bad-it’s-good reasons, I recommend the 1973 version of the film for so-good-it’s-good reasons. The film centers on a cop who investigates a missing child report on a remote Scottish island. And the more he learns about the islanders’ strange witch-like practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the child.
Note: The Wicker Man leaves Netflix on August 28.
Every Movie Leaving Netflix on September 1
- Bad Boys
- Bad Boys II
- Child’s Play
- Failure to Launch
- Get Him to the Greek
- Groundhog Day
- He’s Just Not That Into You
- Jerry Maguire
- The Karate Kid
- The Karate Kid Part II
- The Karate Kid Part III
- The Lake House
- Life as We Know It
- Murder Party
- Observe and Report
- One Day
- Public Enemies
- Rugrats Go Wild
- School Daze
- United 93
- V for Vendetta
- Valentine’s Day