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While there are many wonderful new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in December and January, that means many have to leave the online streaming service too. With only three weeks left in the month (and year for that matter), here are 21 movies on Netflix that you have to watch now before they expire on January 1st. Happy Streaming!
- Titanic. James Cameron’s Titanic is the second highest grossing movies of all-time. It won all the Academy Awards for the movies released in 1997 and it’s still as enjoyable as it was back then too. Watch Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet constantly call out for “Jack” and “Rose,” while Billy Zane plays one of the best movie villains of the 90s. Watch Now.
- 12 Angry Men. Sidney Lument’s directorial debut 12 Angry Men earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1957. It’s one of the few movies that will make you excited for jury duty. Watch Now.
- You’ve Got Mail. The 1998 movie reunites Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan from the success of Sleepless in Seattle and Joe Versus The Volcano. While the technology is extremely dated (I mean, it’s a movie about AOL), the movie still works as a wonderful romantic comedy. Watch Now.
- Big Trouble in Little China. The exciting genre movie from 1986 stars Kurt Russell in his third film for John Carpenter (Escape From New York and The Thing, and later Escape From L.A.). Big Trouble in Little China features one of the best and memorable death scenes in movie history. Watch it before it’s too late. Watch Now.
- The Brady Bunch Movie. This movie was part of the trend of adapting TV shows from the 60s and 70s into campy feature films (along with The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Little Rascals). The Brady Bunch Movie features America’s favorite TV family alive and well living in the 90s instead of the 70s. It’s loads of fun and genuinely a weird movie. Watch Now.
- Roman Holiday. William Wyler’s classic feature Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck doing cute things in Italy. Watch Now.
- Bad Boys. Michael Bay’s debut feature film Bad Boys shows off what the director can do with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. While the film isn’t as good as its sequel, it also shows off Michael Bay’s knack for Mise-en-scène. Watch Now.
- Duck Soup. This Marx Brothers movie is probably their most well known and funniest. Directed by Leo McCarey, Duck Soup is pure comedy and anarchy. While it was made in 1933, it still appeals to modern audiences and tastes today, so go watch it! Watch Now.
- Gladiator. Ridley Scott’s Oscar winning Best Picture from the year 2000 features Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, as a gladiator slave going head-to-head against the Emperor of Rome. It’s one of those old fashioned Hollywood Epics that they simply don’t make today. Watch Now.
- Love Actually. It’s likely that you’ve watched Love Actually a few times during the holidays, so watch it a few more times before it expires on January 1, 2015. Watch Now.
- Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy stars in Beverly Hills Cops, a fish-out-of-water story where a cop goes from Detroit to Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his friend. Watch Now.
- Manhattan. Arguably, Woody Allen’s best movie, Manhattan is the love story to New York City and a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dating a 17-year-old girl, played by Mariel Hemingway. Watch Now.
- Batman. The original Batman from 1989 kicked off Hollywood’s modern fascination with superheroes. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, Batman is still one of the directors best movies. Watch Now.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Guy Ritchie’s directorial debut introduced the world to Jason Statham and Vinny Jones as no-nonsense action stars. Produced by Matthew Vaughn, you can see where the modern gritty British crime genre started. Watch Now.
- Kramer vs. Kramer. It’s one of the best films of 1979, as it won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman, and Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep. Watch Now.
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Frank Capra’s pre-WWII classic features James Stewart, as Jefferson Smith, a man that goes on a 24-hour a filibuster on the Senate floor. Capra made this movie before he fought in WWII, so his point-of-view is a bit more cheery (not as much) than his films after he returned to the United States. Watch Now.
- The Breakfast Club. John Hughes’ classic teen film follows five high school students sitting in a library all day during Saturday detention. While The Breakfast Club is always on cable TV, it’s worth watching unedited. Watch Now.
- The Mighty Ducks. The movie that kicked off the Mighty Ducks film franchise will expire on Netflix on January 1st. This is your last time to watch pee-wee hockey as it was meant to be played. D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks will also leave Netflix. Watch Now.
- Boyz n the Hood. John Singleton’s Academy Award nominated film is one of the best movies of the 90s. Singleton was nominated for Best Director and remains one of the youngest to do so. He was 21 at the time. 21! Watch Now.
- Can’t Buy Me Love. Watch Patrick Dempsey screw up getting the girl of his dreams in Can’t Buy Me Love. I do really like this movie, but it upsets me that he broke Cindi Mancini’s heart. She liked him before the stupid makeover and he had to ruin it by wanting to be popular in high school. I still makes me upset! Watch Now.
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Sidney Poitier had a really good 1967. He starred in two very good movies about race relations in America in 1967, In the Heat of the Night, which also won Best Picture, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Watch Now.
Check out the complete list of movies that will expire on January 1st below:
12 Angry Men (1957)
A Mighty Heart (2007)
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Bad Boys (1995)
Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
Duck Soup (1933)
Far and Away (1992)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Seasons 1–2 (1983–1986)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Good Burger (1997)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Love Actually (2003)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
My Girl (1991)
My Girl 2 (1994)
Red Dawn (1984)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless (2010)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan! (1978)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The Company Men (2010)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
The Parent Trap (1998)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Transformers: Generation 1, Seasons 1–4 (1984–1987)
Turner and Hooch (1989)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)