Netflix is Purging Tons Of Movies On January 1

Netflix is Purging Tons Of Movies On January 1

The news: The end of 2013 brings with it many horrors, but perhaps none greater than this: starting Jan. 1, 2014, a lot – and I mean a lot – of Netflix movies, and a few television shows, will no longer be available for streaming. What god-forsaken future is this?

Actually, this happens every year. The way Netflix streaming is set up, licensing deals made with production companies expire and get renewed on a regular basis. The end of the year always sees an exodus of Netflix Instant titles. But this year in particular sees more than usual get cut from Netflix’s archives. And, seeing as how pretty much all of America is at the mercy of the great Netflix, this year’s purge is a big deal. Alas, it is a cruel world. 

This purge occurs, of course, at the end of an absolute gangbusters year for Netflix. It saw its stock rise 296% by the end of the year – the second highest increase in the United States. And despite spending billions to provide that precious content to the spineless, addled masses, Netflix actually made a profit of $32 million in the third quarter of 2013. So while some might not like to see Netflix CEO Reed Hastings take home a 50% salary increase next year while his company slashes its movies available to stream, you can’t deny that the man has earned it.

OK, now for the sad part. The good folks at Reddit have compiled a list of all the movies being purged tomorrow. You have less than 12 hours to watch these. Choose carefully. Godspeed. 

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 

But wait! There is hope! With every purge comes rebirth, or in this case, new titles added to Netflix’s streaming archives. Streamers World has a list of all the newbies joining Netflix’s ranks tomorrow, with greats like Amelie and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and personal favorites from my childhood like Good Burger, Mouse Hunt, and Paulie. Thank the lord. So while we’ll mourn the ones we lose on January 1, we will have these new titles to console ourselves. And am I just trying to convince myself that this isn’t the end of the world, or is this way better?