A normal night for me, typically, consists of me sitting in bed browsing through Netflix’s massive collection of movies and TV shows — so, to say Netflix is important in my life is an understatement. However, since I generally just end up watching old episodes of Bob’s Burgers, New Girl, or one of the many Disney movies available on the streaming video site to relive my childhood, half of the time I don’t even know which new films Netflix has taken off their system unless I look up lists online. So, for all of you out there who have the same issue, I feel it imperative to warn you that on Monday, Dec. 1, a large portion of movies streaming on Netflix will be leaving the site — so, if you didn't already have plans this weekend, they should definitely consist of binge-watching now.
Though the amount of movies on the list is nothing in comparison to the number of overall films Netflix has obtained, there are 70+ films old and new that you might miss out on if you don’t start watching them literally right this second. From dramas to thrillers to romance movies, you might even be surprised by the choices departing from Netflix: With classics like Dirty Dancing and Cry-Baby in the mix, it's a total tragedy to see these films go, even with new picks like The Wolf of Wall Street and Almost Famous taking their place. Since there are so many films expiring on Dec. 1, in an effort to make your binge-watching session a little easier, I've taken the liberty of choosing what I personally feel are the best ten films from the list to help you get started. Trust me, you should watch them all before they're gone, and you won't be sorry if you do.
An Officer and a Gentleman
If you thought you liked Richard Gere as the silver fox he is now, then you should definitely check him out as a young aviation officer candidate in this movie he starred in alongside Debra Winger. This was years before his role as Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman, and yet, he's still just as swoon-worthy.
Following the story of a boy and girl from differing social classes, this film starring a young Johnny Depp as rebel “Cry-Baby” Walker will make you root for the underdog. You might be thinking Sandy and Danny from Grease, but — without giving too much away — this movie is completely different from that, and definitely not what you’d expect.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and I cannot believe that Netflix is doing so by taking away this classic film. Seriously, what am I going to do without watching their final dance to Time of my Life on repeat? Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze forever.
Mission: Impossible III
Though I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan, I’d advise you all to at least watch this installment in the majorly popular Mission Impossible franchise while you can before Mission: Impossible 5 (yes, a fifth) hits theaters in 2015.
Night of the Creeps
When I first read this, I thought I saw Night of the Crepes and got pretty excited for a film about French food. As it turns out, though, this 1986 horror film is about aliens taking over human bodies on a college campus and turning them into zombies. Though super old and even more low budget, you might be surprised to hear that this actually scored a 69 percent with critics and received an audience score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Basically like I, Robot and Iron Man combined, you won’t want to miss out on this old classic about a Detroit cyborg police officer. I’m not going to say it’s the best movie out there, but it’s definitely worth watching if you want to get a feel for classic '90s sci-fi movies.
Don’t forget to spice up your life with this "oldie but a goodie" starring all of the Spice Girls! Aliens and British pop singers? Nothing beats that.
Star Trek: Generations
For all you Trekkie fans out there, you’ll have to say goodbye to Patrick Stewart and William Shatner in this old Star Trek film at the beginning of December. Are you feeling nostalgic yet?
The Talented Mr. Ripley
You may have thought Matt Damon was completely psychotic in Interstellar, but just wait until you see him in this film as Tom Ripley. Starring alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Damon is all sorts of creepy in this movie as he attempts to take on the life of a wealthy stranger.
Young Sherlock Holmes
Before there was Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, there was Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox in this version of Sherlock Holmes, following both characters during their youth. If you haven't heard of this movie before, rest assured it comes highly recommended: Roger Ebert gave the film 3/4 stars, and Steven Spielberg helped produce it.