EXPIRING SOON (updated 12/21/14)

The Best of What's Leaving This Month*
For more detail, see December's Expiration Roundup

December 14

And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)
A Happy Event (2011)

December 15

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Broken Flowers (2005)

December 16

The Bay (2012)

December 18

Mystery Science Theater (various - check your queue)

December 21

The Avengers (2012)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

December 24

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

December 26

Certified Copy (2010)
Love Crime (2010)

December 29

Mystery Science Theater (remaining titles)

December 30

Bunraku (2010)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

December 31

12 Angry Men (1957)
Affliction (1997)
American Me (1992)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Backdraft (1991)
Bad Boys (1995)
Batman (1989)
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Beethoven (1992) / Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Big Bird Cage (1972)
Big Doll House (1971)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Boomerang (1992)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
Braveheart (1995)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Carrie (1976) - Review
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The Company Men (2010)
The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Duck Soup (1930)
Eat My Dust! (1976)
Endless Love (1981)
Far and Away (1992)
Fat Man & Little Boy (1989)
The Frighteners (1996)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
From the Hip (1987)
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
The Gambler (1974) - Review
Gandhi (1982)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Gladiator (2000)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Grand Theft Auto (1977)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Hard Way (1991)
Heart and Souls (1993)
Hit! (1973)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
House Arrest (1996)
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Imitation of Life (1959)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Love Actually (2003)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
My Girl (1991) / My Girl 2 (1994)
Narc (2002)
Nick of Time (1995)
Not of This Earth (1988)
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Novocaine (2001)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Paradise Road (1997)
The Parallax View (1974) - Review
The Parent Trap (1998)
Paths of Glory (1957) - Review
Rain Man (1988)
Red Dawn (1984)
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)
Rocky I­-V (1976­ - 1990)
Roman Holiday (1953) - Review
Saved! (2004)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Shivers (1975)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Slap Shot (1977)
Sneakers (1992)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Spaceballs (1987)
Starcrash (1979)
Stargate (1994)
Stealing Beauty (1996)
Titanic (1997)
Tombstone (1993)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Turner and Hooch (1989)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Women in Cages (1971)
You've Got Mail (1998)

Woody Allen (see Roundup)

Bananas (1971)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex... (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Love and Death (1975)
Interiors (1978)
Manhattan (1979)
Stardust Memories (1980) - Review
A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy (1982)
Zelig (1983)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) - Review
Radio Days (1987)
September (1987)
Alice (1990)
Shadows and Fog (1991)

January 1

Bad Boys (1983)
Blue Valentine (2010)

January 3

Brothers & Sisters (2006-2010)
Desperate Housewives (2004-2011)
Greek (2007-2011)
Kyle XY (2006-2009)
Scrubs (2001-2009)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2012)
Ugly Betty (2006-2009)

*List includes only WoNN-recommended titles and those too big to ignore. Feel free to add others in the comments below.

Tip #1: Regularly check your online Instant Queue/My List for expiration notices, listed in red in the Notes column. They're usually posted a week before a title expires.

Tip #2: You can watch a title past midnight if you start streaming it by 11:59pmas long as you don't back out or pause more than 15 minutes. On the east coast you may be able to go as late as 1:59am.


  1. The loss of the discovery channel shows really sucks. Anyone know why Netflix would do this?

    1. When titles expire from Netflix, it's not necessarily Netflix's fault. They negotiate contracts of certain lengths, and eventually those contracts expire. For all we know, Netflix tried to negotiate a new contract but the Discovery Channel was not interested in making them available anymore. In the years to come I suspect you will see more and more content providers (like Discovery) experimenting with different avenues to stream content to customers. Maybe they will start their own VOD services. Maybe they will sell to higher bidders, like Amazon or Hulu.

      I hate to say it, but I think that we will look back on these years as the golden years when you could pay a small fee and go to one source (Netflix) and find just about everything. The future of streaming content is probably going to look a lot like cable television, where you have to pay a large monthly price for a package of internet "channels". It is almost certainly with this view that Netflix and Amazon are both hastily developing their own content, with original series and soon even feature films.

  2. I know you publish films being deleted from streaming, but I also subscribe to the DVD service, as many more films are available there than on streaming. Today I got this post at the top of my DVD queue, which is the first time Netflex announced (to me) DVD deletions:

    The following movies have been removed from your Queue:
    We no longer offer these movies for rental. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you find many other movies to enjoy at Netflix.
    To Sleep With Anger
    The Merry Widow
    Killing Kasztner: Jew Who Dealt with Nazis
    The Crowd
    Sons of the Desert
    Promise Her Anything
    Love with the Proper Stranger
    7915 KM
    A Taste of Honey

    1. I had that too, they were all in my "saved" queue except for five titles that were marked as "very long wait". Looks like they did a purge of out of print discs.

    2. Thanks, guys. Definitely good to know for the DVD subscribers out there. It's unfortunate but, given the number of DVDs that continue to go out of print, understandable. Replacement discs can be in short supply.

    3. Got a message today that 10 more were removed, again mostly from my "saved" queue.

  3. Only peripherally on-topic: While I know that when titles EXPIRE on NetFlix (and Amazon Prime?) they remain saved and will reappear in your watch-lists as they become available to stream again. But does anyone know what happens to these watch-lists if you discontinue your NetFlix streaming account -- or if you allow your Amazon Prime subscription to expire? Do NetFlix and Amazon save these lists until you renew or do you lose the watch-lists and need to make another?

    I know this is a NETFLIX blog, but I am particularly interested in what happens with the AMAZON PRIME watch-list as my annual renewal date is approaching and I am considering letting it expire and picking it back up LATER.

    Has anyone had any experience dealing with any of this?


    1. I don't know about Amazon Prime, but last I heard, Netflix keeps your queue intact for a year after you cancel your subscription. You should probably call customer service, though, to be sure what their latest policy is.

    2. I checked with Amazon on this matter: and unlike Netflix, Amazon DOES NOT save your watchlist if you allow your Prime subscription to expire. If you pick the service back up at a later date you will need to rebuild your Prime watchlist all over again. Just a heads-up for everyone....

  4. 12/20

    Alaska State Troopers
    Locked Up Abroad
    [All these are from National Geographic, others of theirs could also be expiring]

    Little Men

    Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter

    1. Locked Up Abroad is no longer showing as expiring from my list -- so maybe NetFlix has renewed other National Geographic shows as well?

  5. 12/31 G.I. Joe: Renegades (expires 1/01/2015)

  6. 1/15 Transformers Series

  7. 1/1/15

    WWE: The Top 100 Moments in Raw History

  8. Streamageddon is back again, folks.

    Last Ride

    Broken Flowers

    The Expendables 2

    Rain Man
    The Usual Suspects
    Stargate (1994 movie)
    Hotel Rwanda
    Far and Away
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    Battle Beyond the Stars
    The Breakfast Club
    The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
    The Bad News Bears Go to Japan!
    Death Race 2000
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    The Frighteners
    Without a Trace
    Grand Canyon
    Beethoven's 2nd
    The Hard Way
    The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
    Annie Hall
    Slap Shot
    Where the Buffalo Roam
    Duck Soup
    12 Angry Men
    The Parent Trap (1998)
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
    Heart and Souls
    Going Ape!
    Can't Buy Me Love
    Witness for the Prosecution
    The Bells of St. Mary's
    The Company Men
    Turner and Hooch
    The Mighty Ducks
    D3: The Mighty Ducks
    Red Dawn (1984)
    From the Hip
    House Arrest
    Nick of Time
    Searching for Bobby Fischer
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
    Love and Death
    Stardust Memories
    A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
    The Purple Rose of Cairo
    Radio Days
    Alice (1990)
    Shadows and Fog
    The Gambler (1974)
    The Parallax View
    Paths of Glory
    Fat Man & Little Boy
    The Chronicles of Riddick
    The Fourth Angel
    The Mighty Macs
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Kramer vs. Kramer
    Bad Boys (1995)
    From Here to Eternity
    Death Race 2
    The Sons of Katie Elder
    My Girl
    My Girl 2
    Carrie (1976)
    The Rage: Carrie 2
    Titanic (1997)
    Fly Me to the Moon
    Big Trouble in Little China
    G.I. Joe (1983 cartoon)
    The Transformers (1984 cartoon)
    Beast Wars: Transformers

    (Source: Netflix)

    And these are just the ones from my list...I'm sure there's plenty more.

    1. Let me add a couple more from my list:

      1/1 (so last day to watch is 12/31)
      The Longest Yard (1974) - the Burt Reynolds original
      I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
      The Golden Bowl (2000)

      1/2 (last day to watch is 1/1)
      Bad Boys (1983) - with a very young, very charismatic Sean Penn

      And I think you got them all, Brian, but all the Woody Allen movies are expiring at the end of the month. I would hate to find that out with only one week to go. I like Woody and all, but too much of him all at once is impossible. I wish I didn't have to first pile my streaming queue on the bottom of my DVD queue and then thumb through all the titles to find this stuff out.

      And they'd better be adding more classic movies, man, because there aren't going to be any left.

    2. How do you access the expiration dates so far in advance? I used to use CineTap for that, before Netflix broke it recently.

    3. First of all, you must be a subscriber to both the streaming service AND the DVD-by-mail service.

      If you are, then you can go to the search bar at the top right of any page and type in the name of a title (Netflix will attempt to guess what you're trying to type and give you a drop down menu of options, but don't choose one of those...just type the entire title and press enter). When your search results come up, find the title you searched for, and if it is set to expire you'll see that the listing contains a line like "Availability: streaming until 1/1/2015". Netflix posts this information one month in advance.

      Do this for every title in your list. Yes, it takes a long time.

      Another option is to add every title in your streaming list to your DVD Queue, then hover the cursor over each title. A little window will pop up with info about the title and if it's set to expire within the month you'll see a line similar to the one I mentioned above. However, this option doesn't work for me because my streaming list contains 451 titles and my DVD Queue is already at its limit of 500 titles. But if you have the room to add a lot of titles to your DVD Queue this is a much faster way of doing things.

  9. Thanks Brian; that was eight from my queue that are now at the top of the list! - ck2films

  10. Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter (2012), a Swedish TV series, 6 Episodes, Last viewing date 12/30

  11. Netflix is carrying out quite a cull of its library here at the end of the year, and yet so far I haven't been able to find too many new titles being added in January. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I get the impression that Netflix is deciding to shift its resources to producing original content (mainly series) over acquiring the rights to existing content. While I understand their need to do this in order to be more competitive and plan for the future, I mainly use them as an alternative to renting movies and their streaming service will become much less valuable to me if the library shrinks.

    1. I share your concern, Brian. But since it's relatively early in the month, I'm not ready to write them off yet--despite the seemingly wholesale cutting of many classics. A similar thing happened this time last year (see my post from last December), but then January 1 brought an impressive slate of titles. If we still don't see a decent amount of upcoming new and returning titles by the last week of December, then I'll start to get worried--or rather, more worried, as it's pretty clear from their public statements that the company is leaning away from back catalog and towards original programming and new content. It's inevitable, unfortunately.

  12. 12/24/14

    Tales from The Golden Age

    (Source: Netflix)

  13. December 23:
    These Amazing Shadows
    (all titles listed are from Roku)

  14. 12/27/14
    Certified Copy
    (Source: Netflix)

  15. 12/31/14
    Absolute Wilson
    (Source: Netflix)

  16. 12/27/14
    The Time That Remains
    (Source: Netflix)

  17. 1/01/15
    Himalaya (1999)
    (Source: Netflix)

  18. streaming until 1/11/15

    The Intouchables (2011)

  19. This is apparently an official release from Netflix:


  20. However, the list at the link I just posted is still quite incomplete. Many titles that are listed on the website as expiring January 1 are not included. Still, it confirms a good number of the ones that have previously been posted here.

    1. Thanks, Brian. Looks like that list is showing up in a number of places today. I'll be pulling my own list together this week and posting a proper roundup soon.

    2. David,

      May I ask a favor?

      You've been keeping track of what's on Netflix for some time now and I'm sure you've noticed a pattern of certain movies that return often...can you look through the expiring titles and let us know (to the best of your ability, anyway) which titles are ones that seem to show up pretty regularly on Netflix and which ones we may not see again for quite some time (if ever)? It would be nice to know which titles fall into the latter category because I will want to be sure to watch them while I still have the chance.

      I know that's quite a request...hope it's okay.

    3. I've seen various Sean Connery/Roger Moore-era James Bond titles come in and out of circulation a few times. They never seem to stick around for long though.
      The same seems to apply to, at least some, Woody Allen titles from MGM. I can definitely say that for 'Alice' and 'Love & Death'.

      Other titles I've seen come and go:

      Anatomy of a Murder
      Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux - this one's not expiring, but is in and out all the time
      The Parallax View
      Paths of Glory
      Roman Holiday
      Witness for the Prosecution

    4. Brian: I'll see what I can do, but I hesitate to make any kind of predictions.

      Anonymous: Agreed on all of those except Witness for the Prosecution, which has stuck around since early 2012.

    5. Re: Witness for the Prosecution
      I'm pretty sure I had it in my streaming queue at some point (maybe prior to March 2012?!) and saw it disappear for a while and then reappear. I think it's one of those MGM catalog titles that goes in and out.

    6. Very possible. According to Instantwatcher, it's been streaming since March 2012. If it had expired since then and returned, then there would be a more recent date. And I've only been properly tracking this stuff since starting the blog in April 2013, so before that I couldn't say.

  21. 12/15 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    1. Oops, I mean 01/15, haha

  22. 1/14 Peep Show - from comedy team Mitchell & Webb

  23. 12/25:

    Electoral Dysfunction


    Love Crime
    Grey Owl

  24. 12/22
    Let the Bullets Fly 2010 with Yun-Fat Chow

  25. Even more, from CineTap (and yes, I did check for duplicates above):



    Soldiers of Fortune

    Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
    Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

    Sassy Pants

    6 Souls

    The Hanoi Hilton

    12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog
    Afghan Luke
    American Me
    Anatomy of a Murder
    Big Bird Cage
    Big Doll House
    Body Count
    Bol Bachchan
    Brain Dead
    Bratz: Babyz: The Movie
    Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever
    Caged Animal
    Chasing Christmas
    Cheerleader Massacre II
    Dinosaur Island
    Eat My Dust!
    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
    Endless Love
    Found Memories
    Fully Alive
    Galaxy of Terror
    Grand Theft Auto
    Hard Times
    House (2008 movie)
    Humanoids of the Deep
    I Am Slave
    Imitation of Life
    In Search of Santa
    Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
    Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Way of the Creature
    Legally Blondes
    Little Town of Bethlehem
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
    Love Ranch
    McHale’s Navy
    Not of This Earth
    Nowhere Boy
    Paradise Road
    Red Bull (several sports features)
    Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
    Rocky (all 5 movies)
    SEC Storied: Lolo Jones
    Smalltown, Italy
    Sniper: Reloaded
    Snow Day
    Sorority House Massacre
    Sorority House Massacre II
    Star Crash
    State Property
    Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon
    The Chinese Connection
    The Day I Saw Your Heart
    The Grapes of Wrath
    The Grudge 3
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987)
    The Next Karate Kid
    The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All
    The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown
    The Wash
    Top Dog
    We Are Family!
    Women in Cages
    WWE (several sports features)

    Blue Valentine
    Night of the Living Dead: Reanimation

    1. (I checked the comments. There is a bit of duplication with David's post at the top.)

    2. Thanks, Lisa. Looks like all the Corman films are getting the axe, too. Damn. I'll add those--and a couple of the others--to the list.

    3. CineTap? Really?! Are you just running searches using CineTap? Cause I can't even get it to connect to my Netflix account anymore.

    4. I have it on my iPad. It's still connecting to Netflix, and showing expiration dates 2 weeks in advance for movies and 1 month in advance for TV series.

    5. But can you access your queue(s)?

    6. Nope. The queue function is useless, stuck on what was in my queue several weeks ago. The way I use it is to scan the genre recommendations, and sort by expiration date. If we're getting close to a big expiration date, I also search and sort alphabetically.

  26. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is no longer set to expire according to my Netflix page on my Blu-Ray player app.

    1. Neither is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  27. Impossible to watch all the good ones before the end of the month. Bloody insanity!

  28. Annie Hall (1977) no longer has an expiration date @ Netflix.

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  30. I am not seeing Rain Main or Silence of the Lambs as expiring either on Netflix or on Roku, so those two appear to be safe now.

    There are some other films that I'll have to double check to confirm whether they're gone at the New Year or safe.

  31. 1/22/15 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040