Lots of Great Movies Leaving Netflix in November

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It’s always sad when a movie leaves Netflix, because where does it go?? To some kind of movie retirement home, where people promise to visit but never do? Boy, that’s a depressing thought! Lucky for you, we’re giving you a chance to say one last goodbye.

Netflix has just released the list of movies leaving the streaming service in November, and it includes a murderer’s row of horror classics (including every single Saw film)—none of which are apparently wanted after Halloween. We’re also losing a David O. Russell gem, and perhaps the best music documentary ever made. Most importantly of all, the Coen Brothers classic Fargo is hitting the old dusty trail on Nov. 1. Please, please, please make time to watch it in October if you’ve never seen it before—it’s one of the great movies of its decade. I recommend it so much that I’m not even including it in the five features picks below…you just have to trust me.

In conclusion, make sure you see these films before they’re gone for good. And while you’re at it, check out the 100 best movies streaming on the site at this very moment.

Catch these five films before they’re no longer streaming on Netflix:

5. Funny Games

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Year: 1997
Director: Michael Haneke
A friend of mine once compared filmmaker Michael Haneke to a scientist: In his movies, Haneke locates a functioning system, introduces an external stimulus, and observes the results. In Caché, his brilliant 2005 film, a bourgeois French family receives anonymous video tapes that show the exterior of their house, and they take them, as many of us might, to be some kind of threat. Haneke’s task is to observe their telling response. But often the subject of his experiment isn’t the family on the screen but the people in the theater, and there may be no clearer example than Funny Games, both his own 2005 remake and this, the original.—Robert Davis

4. Saw

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Year: 2004
Director: James Wan
Whether you love or hate entries in the so-called “torture porn” subgenre of horror, one at least has to admit how influential Saw was, not only in the films it so clearly inspired but in the fact that it gave us a first look at director James Wan. If not for Saw, we wouldn’t have everything from Insidious (not on Netflix) to The Conjuring (not on Netflix) to even Furious 7, which proved that Wan is now a major Hollywood director. The first of the Saw films isn’t even all that “torture”-heavy; rather, it’s more of a criminal mystery of figuring out how these poor characters ended up in such a terrible predicament and who’s thrusting these terrible choices on them. A little overwrought and twisty, perhaps, but still a grounded story compared to the increasingly crazy and gimmick-heavy nature of the many sequels. —Jim Vorel

3. Stranger by the Lake

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Year: 2013
Director: Alain Guiraudie
Thrillers and horror movies have long benefited from their ability to juxtapose sex and death, the mixture of ecstasy and terror creating a bewitching combination. But this moody French thriller is an especially chilly brew. Writer-director Alain Guiraudie takes us to the French countryside, to a lovely beach overlooking a quiet, clear lake that’s a favored summer spot for gay men looking for random, no-strings-attached hookups. Eventually, the repercussions of certain actions come to the fore, and Stranger by the Lake reaches a wonderfully Hitchcockian level of precise, sustained suspense.—Tim Grierson

2. Three Kings

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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

1. The Last Waltz

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Year: 1978
Director: Martin Scorcese
A disclaimer at the beginning of the film insists that “THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!” What follows is one of the most incredible sets of performances ever caught on film. After 16 years on the road, The Band decided to finally say goodbye. Farewell concerts have become extremely commonplace nowadays, and the farewell usually just lasts until the artist/group decides they want more money. But The Band knew how to say goodbye before saying goodbye was cool…In between their former employers, like Bob Dylan, the show featured performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and many more.—Wyndham Wyeth

Leaving Nov. 1


1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
America in Primetime (2011)
Bali: Season 1 (2006)
Balto 3: Wings of Change (2004)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Best Kept Secret (2013)
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Cleopatra (1963)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Death Warrant (1990)
?Fargo (1996)
Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon (1982)
Funny Games (1997)
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2012)
Hero and Terror (1988)
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
Lunopolis (2009)
Move Over, Darling (1963)
Norman (2010)
Pajanimals: Season 1 (2010)
Rudy (1993)
?Saw (2004)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Saw V (2008)
Scream (1996)
Secrets of Mary Magdalene (2006)
Soul Plane (2004)
Stand by Me (1986)
Taking Lives (2004)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Core (2003)
?The Last Waltz (1978)
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Three Kings (1999)
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008)
Year of the Dog (2007)
Your Inner Fish (2014)

Leaving Nov. 3


Bratz: Good Vibes (2011)

Leaving Nov. 5


The Perfect Stranger (2011)

Leaving Nov. 7


Shanghai Noon (2000)

Leaving Nov. 8


My Hope America with Billy Graham (2013)

Leaving Nov. 9


The Road (2011)

Leaving Nov. 10


Bratz: Pampered Petz (2010)

Leaving Nov. 12


A Girl Walks into a Bar (2011)

Leaving Nov. 13


Stranger by the Lake (2014)

Leaving Nov. 15


Fleabag Monkeyface: Season 1 (2012)

Leaving Nov. 16


Teen Beach Movie (2013)

Leaving Nov. 17


Bratz: Diamondz (2006)

Leaving Nov. 19


Breaking the Girls (2013)
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)

Leaving Nov. 22


Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave (2014)
Bel Ami (2012)
??Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012)

Leaving Nov. 24


Art of Flight: The Series (2012)

Leaving Nov. 27


Burning Man (2011)
Leviathan (2012)

Leaving Nov. 28


Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

Leaving Nov. 29


Romanzo Criminale: Season 1-2
Salamander: Season 1 (2012)

Leaving Nov. 30


Jesus Henry Christ (2011)
Virginia (2010)