EXPIRING SOON (updated 11/23)

The Good & the Notable*
(viewable until 11:59pm on the dates below)

November 20

Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

November 21

End of Watch (2012)

November 24

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

November 25

The King's Speech (2010)

November 29

Black Moon Rising (1986)
The Boys Next Door (1985)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Helvetica (2007)
House (1986) / House II (1987)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
The Stuff (1985)

November 30

1941 (1979) - Review
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
Better than Chocolate (1999)
Blood & Chocolate (2007)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Chaplin (1992)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) - Review
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) / The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Double Indemnity (1944) - Review
En la Cama (2005)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
First Knight (1995)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Free Men (2011)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
House of Voices (2004)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ishtar (1987) - Review
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
King of the Hill (1993) - Review
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Magic Trip (2011)
Magicians (2007)
Mission Impossible III (2006)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) - Review
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
'night Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Opal Dream (2006)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2 (1978)
Our City Dreams (2008)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Parole Officer (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
School Ties (1992)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Spice World (1998)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Walker (1987)
Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live (1997)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

*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 it 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. 11/15
    Donnie Darko

    Jet Li's Fearless

    End of Watch

    The King's Speech

    The Philadelphia Experiment
    Transylvania 6-5000

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    The Other Side of the Mountain
    Joe Kidd
    The Great Waldo Pepper
    The Constant Gardener
    The Apostle
    The Man Who Cried
    I'm Not Rappaport
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Going Berserk
    Paradise Alley
    Uptown Girls
    Double Indemnity
    The Proposition
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    Audrey Rose
    Mr. Mom
    The Believers
    Event Horizon
    Monkey Shines
    The Presidio
    Young Sherlock Holmes
    Vampire in Brooklyn
    'night Mother
    Minnie and Moskowitz
    The Promise
    Robocop 2
    Mission Impossible 3
    First Knight
    The Untouchables

    1. Wow, Brian, that's awfully early. You sure about those?

    2. Netflix prints these dates one month in advance...if you check back you'll see my posts have always been this early!

      Of course, sometimes there are some last minute renewals, so it's possible that a few of these will be removed from the list as the month goes on.

    3. One more thought...

      I know that those who only subscribe to Netflix streaming can't see them at this point, but don't worry, you can trust these dates because they come from Netflix's own website (for those who subscribe to the DVD service).

      The value in having expiration dates one month in advance is that it gives us plenty of time to decide which ones to watch before they're gone. The earlier these titles are posted here, the more valuable this blog will be to readers...

      I challenge anyone to find another site that has expiration information made available this far in advance.

  3. 12/1
    Blue Mountain State (TV Series)
    18 To Life (TV Series)

  4. 12/1
    The Other Side of the Mountain: Part 2

  5. Why would they remove Goosebumps? It was only up for a year Netflix is continuing to disappoint customers.

    1. I dunno. I continue to think NetFlix is BETTER than all the other streaming services. Its not that I don't agree with your frustration -- its more that I look at other services offerings and realize they have very little I want to watch.

    2. My grandkids are thrilled - they put Goosebumps back on! Netflix doesn't remove movies on a whim or just to make people unhappy! It's all about renewing contracts and such. They may remove some because nobody ever watches them, but I suspect that rarely happens.

  6. 11/29
    Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

    Walker (1987)
    Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

    1. Consolidated titles from Anonymous:

      12/1 (really 11/30)
      Eye for an Eye (1996)
      Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
      Reds (1981)

      12/3 (12/2)
      Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

  7. 11/9
    Celluloid Bloodbath

    New Legend of Shaolin
    Swordsman 2
    Tai Chi Fist
    The Altlantis Conspiracy
    The Warring States
    What Women Want

    7 Khoon Maaf
    All She Can
    An African Election
    Coldplay Live 2012
    I Am Not a Hipster
    Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
    Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
    The Last Circus

    The One

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 (several)
    The Gundown
    The Magic School Bus [postponed from 2 weeks earlier]

    Alter Egos
    Zombie Apocalypse

    Pearl Jam Twenty
    The Measure of a Man

    30 for 30: Bad Boys

    Henry’s Crime
    Snowman’s Land

  8. November 24:
    The Sword in the Stone
    Union Square

  9. RE Tip #2: If you start streaming something by 11:59pm, you can continue watching it past midnight--as long as you don't back out of it or pause it more than 15 minutes.

    If you are on the east coast I've noticed that you can start up to 2am -- I think this is so the movies are unpluggged for everyone at the same time, less headaches and complaints for Netflix.

  10. Most (not quite all) of these look fairly awful, but here they are:

    Dragon Crusaders
    Paradise: Love
    The Northerners

    American Street Ballers
    I Sell the Dead

    Creepshow 2
    Dead End Drive-In
    Dead Heat
    House II: The Second Story
    Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under
    Return of the Killer Tomatoes
    Return to Horror High
    The Details
    The Vineyard

    1. Thanks, Lisa. Our awful may be someone else's genius, so it's good to at least note them here. ;-)

    2. David, I totally agree, and that's why I include everything I see that's expiring. I can picture somebody having a great Thanksgiving doing a B horror movie marathon. And I'd be happy to see a listing from anyone here of a title that might be a 1 or 2 for you, but a 4 or 5 for me.

      I really appreciate the way you've chosen to set up your blog, with some thoughtful selection in your main list on this page and commentary on other pages about which films you recommend, but a free invitation to anyone else to contribute to a list of what's expiring.

    3. HELVETICA is a *fantastic* documentary on the most pervasive type font of modern times. I don't watch documentaries much, but I saw this one twice. Well recommended -- and not a B movie!

    4. I'd heard similar things about HELVETICA and was definitely planning to add it to the list. Thanks.

      Lisa: Glad the blog's approach works for you. As for those people who watch bad horror movies on Thanksgiving--the more outlandish, the better--you just described my family! It's long been the holiday tradition, and trust me, it ain't always pretty. ;-)

    5. Along the lines of Ll's philosophy, of "it ain't my cup of meat" but it may be yours, (to quote Mrs. Zimmerman's little boy Bobby), in "Return to Horror High" a very young George Clooney has a small appearance in the 1st 15 minutes. I think it was his 1st movie (vs. TV) role.

  11. Replies
    1. Not really. House is the film with William Katt as a writer who must overcome his demons in the Vietnam War which is manifested in the house. Enjoyable horror comedy.

    2. I have not yet seen the 1986 film, but from the description, it sounds like it is very loosely based on the 1977 Japanese film. The 1977 film is a real hoot, a prototypical weird, comedy, horror film. I haven’t seen anything to compare it to. It is available for streaming as part of the Criterion Collection On Hulu Plus.

  12. 12/13
    The Bothersome Man

  13. 11/30
    Black Moon Rising
    The Boys Next Door

    Funny Lady
    Night of the Creeps
    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    The Paper Chase
    Going All the Way
    The Girl from Petrovka
    Flight of the Intruder
    They Might Be Giants
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    The Big Hit
    Count Yorga, Vampire

  14. The Dictator (2012 - Sacha Baron Cohen) just popped up today that it was expiring tomorrow (11/19/14). I was just online yesterday checking my queue and reordering movies and that WAS NOT listed as expiring. Weird.

    1. No, I am also seeing this movie in my queue as expiring on 11-19-2014.... so looks like TODAY is the last day to watch this streaming.

    2. Already gone! That's definitely not like Netflix to wait until the last moment to notify people, and then remove it before the actual expiration date!

    3. Wow, that's definitely strange--but unfortunately not unprecedented. See the bottom of my 8/11/14 post:


      That was never explained (or corrected), and it makes you wonder what else may have suddenly disappeared.

  15. 12/1

    The Colombian Connection
    Body count

  16. 12/14
    And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

  17. 11/30 (Netflix date 12/1)
    A Murder of Crows
    Audrey Rose
    Blood & Chocolate
    D2: The Mighty Ducks
    Fairy Tale: A True Story
    Five Easy Pieces
    Flight of the Intruder
    Free Men
    House of Voices
    Imagining Argentina
    Joe Kidd
    Magic Trip
    Mission: Impossible
    Opal Dream
    Our City Dreams
    Paper Soldiers
    Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
    Restless City
    RoboCop 2
    School Ties
    Set Up
    The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County
    The Parole Officer
    The Presidio
    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Year of the Hourse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live

  18. I saw that you have Batman (1989) listed as expiring. I do not believe this is correct...its listing shows no expiration date.

    1. It was on Lisa's list. She uses a different source than you (and I) do, and she's usually pretty accurate. I'll keep an eye on that one, though. Thanks, Brian.

    2. It's unlikely that it's expiring after appearing on Netflix streaming for less than one month.

    3. Such a one-month "rental" is not beyond Netflix, as we've seen on more than one occasion, but I'll take it off the list until we can confirm otherwise.

    4. I don't see Batman expiring on 12/1 either. Although the one month rental has happened recently (see The Fourth Angel and Robocop 2), I do believe that my primary source would show it by now if it was going to happen.

  19. Also her list shows "Mission: Impossible" expiring. If she's referring to the TV show, it does not show any expiration date. If she's referring to the 1996 film, it currently is not available on streaming, although it will become available on 12/1.

    The only "Mission: Impossible" title that is expiring is "Mission: Impossible 3", which is on the list I posted above.

  20. Brian, thanks for catching these. Mostly I rely on the CineTap app, but I think I had seen "Batman" listed on another site. Good that somebody's checking the details.

  21. One of many Netflix anomalies. I've seen this before:
    Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast
    If "My List" is set to "Netflix Suggests," it shows as "Available until 12/19/14" (last day to watch 12/18/14). However, if the order is set to "Manual" no expiration date is shown. None shows if you hover your cursor over the movie in Search results or any other mode. No expiration date comes up on the page with Member Reviews etc. for that movie either. Finally, I don't see this behavior with the 3 or 4 other MST 3000 movies I have in the same list.

    1. I now have 2 more movies in my list showing the same behavior as described above.
      What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
      Beyond the Myth
      Both showing as "Available until 12/01/14" (last day to watch 11/30/14) but only if "My List" is set to "Netflix Suggests," no place else.

    2. My source (Roku) has both listed as expiring on 12/1. So if you want to see either one/both, I would get to watching them soon.

  22. Star Trek: Generations is also expiring 12/1.

  23. 12/1

    1970 The Vampire Lovers
    1971 The Return of Count Yorga

  24. Expiring 12/1:

    Spice World
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Killer at Large
    The Sci-Fi Boys
    The Cold Light of Day
    Foreign Student
    Prairie Love
    Corpo Celeste

    Expiring 12/22:

    Woody Allen: A Documentary

  25. Expiring 12/1


    Steel Magnolias (2012)

  26. The Choirboys on 12/1