When November rolls around, the floodgates will open and a giant wave of new movies will pour into Netflix’s database. And we’re excited about many of them—but we’re also sad about the movies that will be leaving the massive digital library.
Unfortunately, each new month sees just as many movies leave Netflix as enter Netflix. And November is no exception, as dozens upon dozens of films will be removed from the world’s most popular streaming platform. Which means you only have a couple more weeks to watch several of those soon-to-be-gone movies.
But how do you choose between them all? Hopefully, this list can help. Here are ten great movies to check out before they disappear from Netflix at the end of October.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Jim Carrey’s movie career didn’t start with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective—but it might as well have. This comedy classic was Carrey’s first big splash in Hollywood as a leading man. And to this day, it holds up thanks to Carrey’s incredible knack for physical comedy and one-liners.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective follows his character, Ace, who leads a wild investigation after the Miami Dolphins’ mascot is abducted.
Back in 2009, Neill Blomkamp made his presence known to the movie world with his first feature-length film, District 9. Instantly, the sci-fi venture became a classic that, over time, has amassed a huge following (a following that’s been anxiously awaiting a sequel that was teased long ago).
District 9 takes place in an alternate reality where aliens traveled to Earth in order to escape their dying planet. The movie follows a field agent who contracts a strange virus and is forced to hide out where the aliens are housed: “District 9.”
Wong Kar-wai houses an absolute treasure trove of great movies in his filmography. From Chungking Express to In the Mood for Love—to, of course, The Grandmaster—the Hong Kong director managed to churn out a classic film in three consecutive decades.
His most recent film, The Grandmaster, tells a tale from China’s last dynasty, when chaos and war plagued civilization. Within that setting, the movie follows the life and times of the now famous martial arts master Ip Man.
Long before Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool (and deemed as one of the sexiest men alive), he was busy rising up the ranks in Hollywood. After a string of TV show appearances, he transitioned to movies with projects like National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity and Waiting… But the first Ryan Reynolds movie I remember loving was Just Friends.
Just Friends follows Chris Brander, who left his hometown in shame after confessing his love to Jamie—who then told him she wanted to be “just friends.” Years later, Chris returns to his hometown to try and win her once again.
I feel like there’s an unfair connotation associated with Magic Mike. Many people are turned off by a film that features men stripping and dancing—but that’s only a small part of the story. With Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh delivered a thoughtful character study about realizing your full potential—with beautiful visuals and eye-popping choreography to boot.
Magic Mike follows a man named Mike who is a furniture entrepreneur by day, and a male stripper by night. He decides to take a new friend (dubbed “The Kid”) under his wing. And before long, he begins to fall for The Kid’s big sister.
Nights in Rodanthe
Where did all the good romances go? These days, if the story isn’t stuffed full of cliches or didn’t come from a young adult novel…it just doesn’t seem like it’ll get made by Hollywood. I mean, what happened to a good ole fashioned adult romance? Well, luckily we still have Nights in Rodanthe.
Nights in Rodanthe follows two people—one a woman whose life is in chaos, and the other a man tormented by a crisis of conscience—who are staying at a small-town hotel. They find one another just as a storm approaches their coastal setting.
Sleepless in Seattle
Over the course of 25 years, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan would star in five different movies together, three in which they would play the leads. The first was Joe Versus the Volcano and the most recent was You’ve Got Mail. But the third remains to this day the most quintessential Ryan-Hanks pairing: Sleepless in Seattle.
Sleepless in Seattle stars Hanks as Sam, who decides to move to Seattle with his son after the death of his wife. After Sam calls into a radio station to discuss his situation, a Baltimore reporter falls for him and writes him a letter to meet her at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.
It’s October, after all—so why not check out a horror movie before it disappears from Netflix? Sleepy Hollow—which was directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci—is less scary than it is mysterious, which makes for an enjoyable horror experience as opposed to an overtly tense one.
Sleepy Hollow follows in the footsteps of Washington Irving’s famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” in which the character Ichabod Crane investigates the decapitations of three different people—all rumored to be killed by the “Headless Horseman.”
The Silence of the Lambs
To this day, only one “horror” movie has ever won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. While a handful of other movies—like No Country for Old Men, Rebecca and Parasite—were able to take home the top prize despite being thrillers, The Silence of the Lambs is the only thriller in the bunch that also fits into the horror category.
This famous film follows Clarice Starling, who is one of the FBI’s top students. She is assigned to interview a violent psychopathic killer named Hannibal Lecter who is serving a life sentence in prison for murder and cannibalism. It turns out that Hannibal could provide some crucial insight into finding a new serial killer named Buffalo Bill, who makes a habit of killing women and removing their skin.
The Taking of Pelham 123
As is the case whenever Hollywood remakes a classic film, people (and I’m mostly eyeing movie critics, in this case) prefer the original The Taking of Pelham 123 from 1974. But, in my opinion, director Tony Scott absolutely killed it when he reimagined the film for the 21st century with Denzel Washington and John Travolta.
This classic story follows a group of hijackers led by a mastermind criminal named Ryder, whose team invades a subway train and holds the passengers hostage. While they demand their ransom, dispatcher Walter Garber attempts to outplay Ryder with his knowledge of the subway system.