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11 Great Movies That Are Leaving Netflix Instant on June 1

May 28, 2014  |  11:49am
11 Great Movies That Are Leaving Netflix Instant on June 1

Netflix keeps adding movies to its streaming service, but the company is also quietly removes films from its catalog, and on June 1, 2014, some great ones will no longer be available. If you haven’t taken advantage of the movies below, this weekend might be time for a full-on movie marathon full of romance, suspense, action and comedy. Here are 11 great movies that will no longer be available on Netflix on June 1:

lost-in-translation.jpg1. Lost in Translation
Year: 2003
Director: Sofia Coppola
Fueled by Bill Murray’s impeccable performance, Sofia Coppola delivered a picture of sublime nuance for her sophomore effort. The physical and emotional unavailability of spouses, words left unspoken, life’s missing purpose, an affair devoid of sex—absence is the looming presence here, and Coppola perfectly captured the ineffable human conditions of dislocation and ennui. Lost in Translation is a testament to the power of a raised eyebrow, a gentle touch and a parting whisper.—Tim Regan-Porter

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2. The Usual Suspects
Year: 1995
Director: Bryan Singer
The movie is a cheat and a fraud. It’s as manipulative as it is dishonest, but unlike many other far lesser films worthy of the same description, all this flick’s shamelessness is on purpose. When it was released The Usual Suspects left viewers gob smacked, staring at screens with expressions matching Michael Caine and Steve Martin on the runway at the end of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: at first confused, then maybe a little angry, but then ultimately delighted by how fooled they’d just been. Perfectly paced, brilliantly scored by director Bryan Singer and editor/composer John Ottman—the film never lets the marks know they’re being conned by the irresistible ensemble or Christopher McQuarrie’s dark, mischievous script. And then like that…it’s gone…—Bennett Webber

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3. There Will Be Blood
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Year: 2007
There’s a whiff of Citizen Kane about There Will Be Blood. Both Charles Foster Kane, the center of Orson Welles’ 1941 masterwork, and Daniel Plainview, the protagonist of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 gem, are Shakespearean in their contradictions—too creative and too wounded to be fully condemned, and too ruthless to be fully admired. Like Welles, writer/director Anderson fashioned an original cinematic language to reveal Plainview’s strange mix of genius and monstrosity. Long stretches are virtually dialogue-free, but the close-ups of Daniel Day-Lewis’ glowering face—splattered with blood, sweat and petroleum—and the long shots of rickety derricks and shacks perched precariously on a savage landscape say more than words ever could.—Geoffrey Himes

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Year: 1953
Director: William Wyler
Start by casting the male lead with one the most honorable, decent leading men in the history of American cinema. Then cast the female lead with one of the most graceful, beguiling women ever to appear onscreen. Add one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the music of Cole Porter and you’ve already got a worldbeater of a movie. But the beautiful, tentative, demure performances by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, and the greatest bittersweet romantic ending this side of Casablanca, seal the deal.—Michael Dunaway

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5. A Fish Called Wanda
Year: 1988
Director: Charles Crichton
This ensemble piece shows what can happen when four skilled comic actors (John Cleese, fellow Monty Python alum Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis) are given a script (written by Cleese) that puts them all on equal footing. The result is a tour-de-force of crisply delivered, character-driven comedy that, while tough on old ladies, fish and terriers, continues to reward new and returning viewers. (The film also broke through the Academy’s normal bias against comedies, winning Kevin Kline a richly deserved Best Supporting Actor for his role as Otto.)—Michael Burgin

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6. A Fistful of Dollars
Year: 1964
Director: Sergio Leone
The first big Spaghetti Western, A Fistful of Dollars would spawn an entire new genre. The story was adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film Yojimbo, making this early fruit of globalization something entirely new. Clint Eastwood’s nameless protagonist was the epitome of cool, playing factions against each other and always keeping the upper hand. The other two movies in the trilogy (For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) are still available on Netflix, so be sure to watch this first one while you can.

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7. After the Wedding
Year: 2006
Director: Susanne Bier
With previous productions like Open Hearts and Brothers, Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier had proven herself to be a master of the lacerating drama. After the Wedding may very well stand as her masterpiece. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen as a man who, in an attempt to gain a donation for his financially strapped orphanage, ends up attending the wedding of a prominent businessman’s daughter. Once there, he’s surprised to discover that not only is the mother-of-the-bride an old flame of his, but the the bride might very well be his biological daughter. What sounds like the set-up for your standard soap opera plot, however, becomes an emotionally complex and beautifully crafted family drama in Bier’s hands. It’s not always the easiest film to digest, but it’s also one that shouldn’t be missed for the world.—Mark Rozeman

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8. The Piano
Year: 1993
Director: Jane Campion
Without ever saying a word, Holly Hunter still has one of the great performances of the early ‘90s. The Piano also introduced the rest of the world to New Zealand’s Jane Campion, creator of Top of the Lake, and to actress Anna Paquin (True Blood). Set in 1850s New Zealand, the film tells of a mute, young mother trapped in arranged marriage and the farmworker (Harvey Keitel) who falls for her.

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9. True Grit
Year: 1969
Director: Henry Hathaway
You’ve probably seen the Coen Brothers’ remake with Jeff Daniels. But as much as we love The Dude, there’s no topping John Wayne as drunken U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn. With a cast that includes Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, country star Glen Campbell and Kim Darby as the stubborn young woman who talks Cogburn into helping her take revenge, True Grit is a true Western classic.

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10. Planet of the Apes
Year: 1968
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
With one of the greatest final reveals of movie history, this sci-fi cult classic stars Charlton Heston as an astronaut on a strange—and strangely familiar—planet, where the apes are in charge and the humans are in cages.

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11. Young Adult
Year: 2011
Director: Jason Reitman
For Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), high school was the best time of her life, and 20 years later, she hasn’t really moved on, ghostwriting soapy young-adult novels from a Minneapolis high-rise apartment decorated like a college dorm room. Mavis is sexy and clever but also oblivious and cruel, and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron embraces all of it, shoving her inevitable awkward humiliation at us. We can’t turn away, and as a result, finally, we see her. Re-teaming with her Juno director Jason Reitman, Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody refreshingly favors sour over sweet, but her the conclusion is more fitting and real than any Hollywood rom-com ending. (Note: this one doesn’t expire until June 2.)—Annlee Ellingson

Here’s what else is set to expire on June 1:
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Bedazzled (1967)
Brubaker (1980)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Diary of a Nymphomaniac (2008)
Escape from L.A. (1996)
The Final Cut (2004)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
A Good Woman (2004)
Hoffa (1992)
In & Out (1997)
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Love and a .45 (1994)
Lust in the Dust (1985)
Miss Firecracker (1989)
Mistress (1991)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Over the Top (1987)
River of No Return (1954)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Stuart Little (1999)
Super Troopers (2002)
Wild Things (1998)

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