Five Great Movies Leaving Netflix in July

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Netflix is letting go of some great movies next month to clear the virtual shelves for some, er, less good ones. Leaving the library include Schwartzenegger at his best, a classic ’90s rom-com and Ang Lee’s mesmerizing kung-fu epic. So if you have a subscription to Netflix’s instant streaming catalog, we recommend you plan your remaining June movie nights around the following titles.

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Year: 1991
Director: James Cameron
That rare sequel that trumps its predecessor, James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher Jr. crafted a near-perfect action-movie script that flipped the original on its head and let Ahnold be a good guy. But it’s Linda Hamilton’s transformation from damsel-in-distress to bad-ass hero that makes the film so notable. Why should the guys get all the good action scenes? This may not be the best film on this list, but it’s the best sci-fi movie. It hits the target it’s aiming for squarely in the bullseye.—Michael Burgin

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Year: 2000
Director: Ang Lee
Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning epic is not only the highest-grossing foreign film ever, but also happens to be yet another foreign film that changed the cinematic landscape: a kung fu flick with heart and soul. Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi play 19th-century warriors whose loyalty and vitality are tested by a series events that lead each to contemplate their life’s decisions. Beyond the entracing and lyrical storytelling, Crouching Tiger stands as a rare, beautiful beacon of hope: a foreign film that was actually universally embraced by Western audiences. Here’s to hoping that happens more often. —Jeremy Medina

3. Three Kings

Year: 1999
Director: David O. Russell
Armed with invention, flare and an unflinching point of view, indie filmmaker David O. Russell charged into Hollywood and made an absolutely stunning war film—honest and unapologetic in its depiction of the Gulf War. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze play American soldiers who witness the collateral damage of the war as they attempt to smuggle some of Saddam Hussein’s gold out of Iraq. The film mixes political commentary, wartime character studies and madcap surrealism, emphasized by Newton Thomas Sigel’s gritty, vibrant experimental cinematography. The audience must follow the characters on their journey and witness their discoveries, their failures and their desperation. The film also helped establish Clooney as a leading man willing to take on thoughtful, difficult content.—Jeremy Mathews

4. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Year: 1994
Director: Mike Newell
The first of several Richard Curtis-penned rom-coms starring Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral follows our favorite bumbling Englishman as he repeatedly runs into the love of his life at—you guessed it—four weddings and a funeral. While much of the movie is lighthearted and some of it borders on cheesy (see Andie MacDowell’s infamous “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed” line in its finale), its graver moments, like Fiona (Kristen Scott Thomas) dealing with unrequited love or the titular funeral, remind us that love may be goofy and complicated and wonderful, but finding that one true love is serious business. The Academy agreed, nominating the film for Best Picture in a stacked year that included Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption.—Bonnie Stiernberg

5. Big Fish

Year: 2003
Director: Tim Burton
It is hard to take a dysfunctional father/son relationship and make it into a magical fantasy world, but that’s just what Burton did in Big Fish. The director takes viewers on a journey of the life of Edward Bloom, an ordinary man who through his own storytelling has lived an extraordinary life. In just two hours Burton addresses death, infidelity and the feelings of estrangement with ease, but he never loses his sense of fantasy. By the end of the movie, Burton has you seeing magic in even the most mundane events and believing in the impossible.—Laura Flood

Other recommendations to watch before they’re gone: Bowling For Columbine, Cast Away, Fried Green Tomatoes, Moonstruck, Natural Born Killers, Patton, Seven Years in Tibet, Stephen King’s The Stand

Movies and TV Leaving Netflix July 1

Beauty and the Beast: Season 1­3
Big Fish (2003)
Big Top Pee­wee (1988)
Bratz: Fashion Pixiez (2007)
Bratz Kidz: Sleep­Over Adventure ?(2007)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Cast Away (2000)
Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
Descent (2007)
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Harper’s Island: The Complete Series
Hawaii Five­O (1968): Season 1­10
Jack Frost (1997)
Knight Rider: Season 1­4
Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2009)
Melrose Place 2.0
Melrose Place: Season 1­7
Mission: Impossible: Season 1­7
Moonstruck (1987)
Natural Born Killers: Director’s Cut (1994)
Patton (1970)
Racing Stripes (2005)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
She’s All That (1999)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Stephen King’s The Stand (1994)
Super Troopers (2001)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
The Fly 2 (1989)
The Langoliers (1995)
The Last Samurai (2003)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Three Kings (1999)
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
Wings: Season 1­8
X­Men: Evolution: Season 1

Leaving Netflix July 3

Myth Hunters: Series 1

Leaving Netflix July 4

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Leaving Netflix July 6

The Last Stand (2013)

Leaving Netflix July 14

Shipping Wars: Season 1­3
Wahlburgers: Season 1

Leaving Netflix July 15

Dragnet: Season 1­4
Miami Vice: Season 1­5

Leaving Netflix July 25

The Inbetweeners: Season 3

Leaving Netflix July 30

Leave It to Beaver: Season 1­6
Magnum P.I.: Season 1­8