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Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Scott Meaney


Netflix in January: Binge THEN Purge

Netflix is losing all of the good movies! The sky is falling! This is the end! Everything sucks!

Settle Down Beavis

Everybody calm down. This happens all the time. 

It seems like most of the movie-loving Internet has been reposting this Reddit list of dozens of streaming movies that are expiring in January:

Leaving Streaming


  • Dark Shadows (original from late 1960s)
  • Saturday Night Live The 2000s
  • Mr Bean
  • The Kids In The Hall
  • Perfect 10 Model Boxing (Volume 1)


  • Transformers Dark Of The Moon


  • The Rundown
  • Brick
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Back To School
  • Battle Of Britain
  • Born On the Fourth Of July
  • Braveheart
  • Body Of Evidence
  • Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Man On The Moon
  • Lionheart
  • 1492 Conquest Of Paradise
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • FX
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Desperado
  • Up In Smoke
  • Can’t Hardly Wait
  • Capote
  • Biloxi Blues
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Jarhead
  • As Good As It Gets
  • In The Name Of The Father
  • Inside Deep Throat (documentary)
  • I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
  • In Like Flint
  • Hard Target
  • Foxy Brown
  • Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
  • Gallipoli
  • Half Baked
  • Flashdance
  • 50 First Dates
  • For The Love Of The Game
  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
  • The Bad News Bears
  • The Russia House
  • The Secret Of Nimh
  • Revenge OF The Ninja
  • Roman Holiday
  • Rob Roy
  • Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Remo Williams
  • Requiem For A Dream
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Platoon
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
  • October Sky
  • Mystery Men
  • The Skulls
  • Titanic
  • Ronin
  • Romeo And Juliet (1968)
  • Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood
  • Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
  • The Woman In Red
  • Top Gun
  • Street Fighter
  • TNT Jackson
  • Serpico
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Scary Movie
  • Running Scared
  • Troll II
  • True Grit (1969)
  • War And Peace
  • Talk Radio
  • War Games
  • We Were Soldiers
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Windtalkers
  • World Trade Center
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Odd Couple (1968)
  • The Mask Of Zorro
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Faculty
  • The Dream Team
  • Best Of Times
  • Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Species


  • Alice In Wonderland (1951 Disney)
  • Immortals
  • Dynamite Warrior
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

Whatever will we do without Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot?

Okay. I admit that this looks bad. If you don’t pay much attention to your queue, it probably seems like Netflix is at death’s door. This is actually just business as usual though.

This is just life with Netflix’s revolving library. Due to licensing deals made with the studios, certain content is rotated in and out of Netflix’s streaming catalog at different intervals. All things considered, it has been a fairly reliable cycle over the years.

The best advice I can give you is to watch what you can, but don’t start purging your Instant Queue. When the movies or shows return to the service—and they usually do—they’ll automatically be re-added to your List. Seriously, this must be the third time Serpico has disappeared and/or reappeared for me.

And hey, buck up. We may be losing some great content but here is some of the awesome new stuff that’s arriving on January 1st:

Joining Streaming 

  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Thelma And Louise (1991)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  • Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Bull Durham (1988)
  • Red Dawn (1984)
  • Mouse Hunt (1997)
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • The Chinese Connection (1972)
  • Amelie (2001)
  • Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
  • Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (1987)
  • Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Days Of Thunder (1990)
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  • Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • Ghost (1990)
  • Good Burger (1997)
  • Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Friends, don’t mourn the movies we’ve lost. Instead, rejoice in the movies we’re getting. Especially Amélie. Watch Amélie. It’s the greatest feel-good movie of all time. I mean, look at this thing:

Hey, SquarePoppers: come read all of my movie nerdery at I’ll be focusing on Netflix throughout the week.

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Scott is a massive film nerd, yet spends half his time arguing the artistic merits of Robocop 2 and Crank. Follow him on twitter:

3 Responses to Netflix in January: Binge THEN Purge

  1. Scott Meaney says:

    I also enjoy my own article.

  2. joe says:

    Vital information.

    Boy I’m gonna miss watching Kids in the Hall while I work…… Oh well, at least there’s still Whitest Kids you Know. Now all we need is strangers with candy.

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