The beauty of Netflix is that a selection of the best films and shows are available for anyone to stream at a moment’s notice. But the downside is that, unless they were produced by Netflix, they won’t be there forever. Every month, Netflix cycles its content and says farewell to fan-favorite movies and series, while adding new options to replace them.
Fortunately, you still have the opportunity to carve out some time to catch these 10 movies before they disappear from Netflix at the end of September and a new wave of on-demand content appears. Some of them may eventually return, but why take a chance? After all, they’re available to watch right now if you can beat the clock.
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Welcome to the Medieval Age of rock and roll! A Knight’s Tale famously used modern music to chronicle the rise of William Thatcher, a common man who followed his dreams to become a knight. The late Heath Ledger looks like he was having the time of his life as William, and he was surrounded by a game supporting cast as well. Paul Bettany also has a very memorable turn as Geoffrey Chaucer, the iconic writer who acts as Sir William’s hype man. This movie can be a bit silly at times, but it will rock you, if you let it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell
Director: Brian Helgeland
Runtime: 132 minutes
Despicable Me (2010)
It’s a rare movie that can launch two franchises at once. But Despicable Me pulled off that trick by introducing viewers to Felonious Gru (Steve Carell) and his hilariously bumbling Minions. As a supervillain, Gru wants to leave his mark on the world by literally stealing the moon from the sky. As part of his plan, Gru adopts three orphan girls: Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Unfortunately for Gru, his growing paternal feelings for the sisters is distracting him from the heist of a lifetime. That’s why Gru has to choose between his new family or his ambitions, before the choice is taken out of his hands.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Runtime: 95 minutes
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Johnny Depp stars as the title character of Donnie Brasco, a small-time jewel thief who works his way into the mafia. However, there is no “Donnie.” He’s actually an FBI agent named Joseph Pistone, and he has earned the trust of Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino) and other key figures in the Bonanno crime family. But as Joe gets deeper into the fold, he finds himself morally compromised by his own actions. Joe also realizes that his duty could ultimately cost Lefty his life, which leads to some hard choices in the name of justice.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen
Director: Mike Newell
Runtime: 127 minutes
Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is based on Michael Crichton’s classic novel, and it was an instant classic film, too. The story follows John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) as he summons Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to his private island in order for them to bear witness to the rebirth of dinosaurs. However, life finds a way, and those clever raptors soon cause havoc in the park. The film’s masterful mixture of CGI and animatronic dinosaurs still makes this the movie to beat.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 126 minutes
Menace II Society (1993)
The Hughes Brothers’ Menace II Society is an unflinching and unforgettable film that works equally well as both a drama and a tragedy. Tyrin Turner stars as Kaydee “Caine” Lawson, with Larenz Tate as his best friend, Kevin “O-Dog” Anderson. Caine and O-Dog have survived the streets of Watts, only to become caught in an unending cycle of violence and murder. Caine’s friend, Ronnie (Jada Pinkett), offers him a way out of that life for good. But it’s a solution that Caine is reluctant to embrace even as his life in Los Angeles starts to crumble around him.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett, Bill Duke
Director: The Hughes Brothers
Runtime: 97 minutes
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Clint Eastwood directed Million Dollar Baby, and also starred in the movie as Frankie Dunn, a boxing trainer who has seen better days. Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) eventually wears down Frankie’s defenses and convinces him to train her as a boxer. When Maggie proves to be a natural fighter, Frankie guides her through a successful run of bouts while forming a paternal bond with her. The natural chemistry between Eastwood and Swank is on full display, especially when fortune turns against them. Regardless, Maggie and Frankie have a bond that can’t be broken, even by tragedy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
Director: Clint Eastwood
Runtime: 132 minutes
Schindler’s List (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s best film is beautifully made, and extremely difficult to watch due to its realistic depiction of Nazi atrocities during World War II. Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a real-life figure who saved hundreds of Jewish lives during the war. At the beginning of the film, Schindler only hires and shelters Jewish workers because they are cheaper. However, Schindler is so profoundly horrified by the Nazis’ actions that he ultimately sacrifices all of his wealth to save as many lives as possible. Schindler’s List remains a powerful experience to this day, and all too timely as well.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Liam Neeson. Ben Kingsley. Ralph Fiennes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 195 minutes
Starship Troopers (1997)
Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel, Starship Troopers, was completely reenvisioned for the big screen by director Paul Verhoeven. While the basic story remains the same, Verhoeven also offers additional layers of satire via propaganda reports that attempt to put a positive spin on a very one-sided war between humanity and giant alien bugs. Casper Van Dien stars in the film as Johnny Rico, a soldier-turned-officer who finds himself on the frontlines of the conflict. Neil Patrick Harris also has a strong performance as Carl Jenkins, a psychic whose powers may prove to be very useful in the ever-escalating space war.
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer. Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Runtime: 129 minutes
The Social Network (2010)
Before Jesse Eisenberg went on to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he arguably portrayed an even bigger supervillain in The Social Network. Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg is ruthless, cold, and self-centered as he makes Facebook into a cultural phenomenon that extends into the present. Along the way, Zuckerberg casually betrays his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), rips off the Winklevoss twins (both played by Armie Hammer), and dumps Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) from the company at the exact moment his usefulness comes to an end. We don’t need a sequel to this film. We’re living in it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Director: David Fincher
Runtime: 120 minutes
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are the titular characters of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, who somehow find themselves living in a horror story. After the shy mountain men rescue Allison (Katrina Bowden) from drowning, her friends come to believe that Tucker and Dale are crazed murderers who are out to kill them all. Much to Tucker and Dale’s shock and confusion, Allison’s friends subsequently meet their own grisly ends while trying to “rescue” her. But there’s only one real villain in this movie, and they aren’t Tucker or Dale.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
Director: Eli Craig
Runtime: 89 minutes