Say it ain't so! Are you sitting down? I'd advise you to be as I deliver this news: Annie Hall, The Big Lebowski, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a bevy of other classic titles are leaving Netflix this October. Excuse me as I shudder in horror. Everyone's favorite streaming service just announced all the titles that are coming and going this month, and, while I'm excited for the new stuff, 'sup with all good things having to come to an end?!
I know, I know, there are some pretty impressive titles that we can all look forward to watching unhealthy amounts of (Million Dollar Baby, Beasts of No Nation, August: Osage County, to name a few), but that's not to say I won't lament the imminent exclusions resulting from October's purge. I mean seriously, Netflix? Annie Hall? That one cuts deep. Real deep.
So, what else will be missing come October? Take a look at some of the titles below, and get ready to do whatever it takes (i.e. call in sick from work, cancel plans with friends, cease all lines of communication with the outside world, etc.) to watch them before they officially say goodbye to us forever — unless you visit a RedBox or something.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (October 1)
Ah, an original Wes Craven masterpiece. Also, Johnny Depp's first film. (If fetus Johnny Depp doesn't make you want to watch this, I don't know what will convince you.)
Annie Hall (October 1)
One of the most beloved Woody Allen films to date, probably because it encompasses what Allen does best: neuroses and romantic relationships. Plus Diane Keaton's performance is epic.
The Big Lebowski (October 1)
After their cult classic, Fargo, the Coen brothers hit a stride. If you enjoy unconventional films (or anything else by the Coen bros), give this one a watch. If you've already seen it, then "obviously you're a golfer." But seriously, go watch.
The Exorcist (October 1)
Truly a horror classic.
Cold Mountain (October 1)
An epic civil war drama, starring an impressive cast that includes the likes of Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Natalie Portman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Clocks in at a little over two and a half hours of running time, but is totally worth the watch.
Days of Heaven (October 1)
One of Terrence Malick's first films boasts some of the most beautiful cinematography in his repertoire (and that's really saying a lot).
Interview with The Vampire (October 1)
Before Damon and Stefan, there was Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as the original vampire hunks in this 1994 horror classic.
This is Spinal Tap (October 1)
A satirical mockumentary directed by the legendary Rob Reiner. Hilarious and way ahead of its time.
Twilight (October 1)
Probably won't ever secure a place in the National Film Registry, but, if Bella and Edward are your thing, make sure to catch this one before it leaves.
Romeo + Juliet (October 1)
Baz Luhrmann's modern version of Romeo and Juliet is, in true Luhrmann fashion, opulent and kind of insane, but nonetheless an interesting take on the most classic love story of all. Also, LEO.
The Producers (October 1)
One of the first meta pieces of our time — a movie about theatre that turned into a play about the movie about the theatre.
Bruno (October 16)
A Sacha Baron Cohen comedy that is definitely not for the easily offended.
America's Sweethearts (October 29)
A rom-com that didn't bode so well with the critics in 2001, but still proved to be a worthwhile film with a pretty impeccable cast: Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, and Billy Crystal.
But seriously, why? Why do they have to leave?! Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by Netflix.
Still love you though, Netflix.