Lots of Great Movies Leaving Netflix in October

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So many great movies, so little time. Netflix has released its list of movies leaving their streaming catalog during October, and it includes more of the site’s 100 best movies than any month since we’ve been keeping track. But it’s already September 29, so we’ll limit it to our Top 5 picks to watch before flipping your calendar to the photo of the puppy dressed up as a pumpkin. Though you also couldn’t go wrong with This Is Spinal Tap, Nightmare on Elm Street, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Charlie Bartlett or Romeo + Juliet. But seriously, how do you let The Exorcist leave Netflix during the month of Halloween?

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

5. Days of Heaven

Year: 1978
Director: Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick recreated the biblical story of Abraham and Sarah as an American myth as large as the southwest it’s supposed to take place in. One of the most immediately noticeable aspects of the film is its stunning cinematography. Following the tradition of the French New Wave and other independent American pictures from the ‘70s, director of photography Nestor Almendros rejected artificial lighting as much as he felt he could and the result is a picture that feels like nothing else from the period. With Badlands Malick found out how to make a film, but it was with Days of Heaven that he found his mature style, and since then he’s used the same elliptical, minimalist storytelling and improvised scenes in everything he’s done.—Sean Gandert

4. The Big Lebowski

Year: 1998
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
If you truly loved your kidnapped trophy wife, would you really ask a guy like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski to deliver ransom money to her captors? Sure, he’s got plenty of time on his hands—enough to while away the days chasing down a stolen rug, at least—but he can hardly get himself dressed in the morning, chugs White Russians like it’s his job (incidentally, he doesn’t have a real one) and hangs around with a bunch of emotionally unstable bowling enthusiasts. Any mission you set him off on seems bound to fail. And yet that’s the great joy, and the great triumph, of the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski and its consummate slacker-hero. The Dude is a knight in rumpled PJ pants, a bathrobe his chainmail, a Ford Torino his white horse. Strikes and gutters, ups and downs, he takes life in ambling, unshaven stride—and more than dashing good looks and unparalleled strengths, isn’t that something we should all aspire to?

3. The Exorcist

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Year: 1973
Director: William Friedkin
There is no horror film currently streaming on Netflix better, more influential or just plain scarier than The Exorcist. The film radiates an aura of dread—it feels somehow unclean and canted, even before all of the possession scenes begin. Segments like the “demon face” flash on the screen for an eighth of a second, disorienting the viewer and giving you a sense that you can never, ever let your guard down. It worms its way under your skin and then stays there forever. The Exorcist constantly wears down any sense of hope that both the audience and the characters might have, making you feel as if there’s no way that this priest, not particularly strong in his own faith, is going to be able to save the possessed little girl. Even his eventual “victory” is a very hollow thing, as later explored by author William Peter Blatty in The Exorcist III. Watching it is an ordeal, even after having seen it multiple times before. The Exorcist is a great film by any definition.—Jim Vorel

2. Dead Man Walking

Year: 1995
Director: Tim Robbins
Any film that addresses one of the big, divisive issues of our day (abortion, immigration, homosexuality, etc.) runs the risk of being preachy. But the subject of this death-penalty film isn’t some wrongly accused saint. Sean Penn’s Matthew Poncelet is a murderer and the point of view of the victims’ family isn’t belittled. Still, the story’s heroine, the nun played by Susan Sarandon, finds empathy for all involved, and seeing that play out in all its cosmic difficulty is wonderfully redemptive.—Josh Jackson

1. Annie Hall

Year: 1977
Director: Woody Allen
Annie Hall is the sole best picture winner in Woody Allen’s canon. The film is also one of the best romantic comedies ever, simply because it takes the time to show all of the moments that happen in a relationship—the wide spectrum of happy and sad, of bittersweet and just plain bitter. From fighting over which movie to see, to laughing while chasing down lobsters in the kitchen, Allen perfectly encapsulates the delicate beauty found in the highs and lows of a relationship. It doesn’t hurt that his wit and humor is perfectly matched by Diane Keaton, in her iconic, Oscar-winning performance. Funny with a perceptively intellectual undercurrent, Annie Hall is an enduring classic.—Jeremy Medina

Leaving 10/1/15

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
American Masters: Billie Jean King (2013)
Analyze That (2002)
Analyze This (1999)
Angela’s Ashes (1999)
Annie Hall (1977)
Baby’s Day Out (1994)
Bandits (2001)
Barnyard (2006)
Beyond Borders (2003)
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Collection
Buying & Selling: Season 1-2
Caprica: Season 1
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Clockstoppers (2002)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Destination Truth: Season 4
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
Down to Earth (2001)
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Hawaii Five-O (1968): Season 11-12
Hotel Impossible: Season 1-2
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
L!fe Happens (2011)
L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)
Maverick (1994)
Nature: Ireland’s Wild River (2014)
Nature: Leave It to Beavers (2014)
Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom (2013)
Nature: My Bionic Pet (2014)
Nature: Parrot Confidential (2013)
Nature: Saving Otter 501 (2013)
Nature: Snow Monkeys (2014)
Nature: Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch (2014)
Off Limits Collection: Collection 1-2
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Plankton Invasion (2012)
Restaurant: Impossible Collection: Impossible
Rob Roy (1995)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 37
Sid the Science Kid: Season 1
The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
The Dead Files: Season 1-2
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Pioneer Woman Collection: Collection 1
The Producers (1968)
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2011)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Twilight (2008)
Twins (1998)
Windtalkers (2002)
You Got Served (2004)

Leaving 10/4/15

Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1

Leaving 10/7/15

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (2013)
Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games (2014)

Leaving 10/8/15

Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy (2012)

Leaving 10/9/15

Crank (2006)

Leaving 10/12/15

Bratz Kidz: Fairy Tales (2007)

Leaving 10/15/15

Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Pinky Dinky Doo: Season 1
Play with Me Sesame: Season 1
Sesame Street: Animals and Nature: Season 1
Sesame Street: Classics: Vol. 1-2
Sesame Street: Cookie and Friends: Season 1
Sesame Street: Creativity and Imagination: Season 1
Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends: Season 1
Sesame Street: Everyday Moments: Season 1
Sesame Street: Music and Dance: Season 1
Sesame Street: Numbers and Letters: Season 1

Leaving 10/16/15

Brüno (2009)
Chico & Rita (2010)

Leaving 10/20/15

Freelancers (2012)

Leaving 10/22/15

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

Leaving 10/25/15

Nanny 911: Season 1

Leaving 10/26/15

Bratz: Genie Magic (2006)

Leaving 10/27/15

Alexandria (2010)

Leaving 10/29/15

America’s Sweethearts (2001)

Leaving 10/30/15

Life in Our Universe: Season 1

Leaving 10/31/15

Braxton Family Values: Season 3