15 Must-See Shows & Movies Leaving Netflix in August
The Netflix streaming service is like a carousel for movies and TV shows. Unless it is a Netflix original, shows get on the carousel and ride around for a while. Eventually, though, the music ends and the shows have to exit the ride. Luckily, not everything is leaving at the beginning of August, but if your child wants to see Finding Dory one more time, you have just a couple of days left.
There are also some comedic gems you’ll want to stream, like St. Vincent, starring Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, the classic 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, and For a Good Time Call…, starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller Rogen (Seth Rogen’s wife).
On the more serious side, The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, is an adult dystopian fairy tale and Being Flynn is a father-son psycho-drama starring Paul Dano and Robert De Niro.
Whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone on our list of shows leaving Netflix very soon.
1. Finding Dory
If your little ones haven’t seen this sequel to Finding Nemo, now’s the time. Ellen DeGeneres voices the forgetful royal blue tang fish Dory, and her sweet adventure is the underwater antidote to Shark Week.
2. The Killing (seasons 1 – 3)
Based on the terrifying Danish TV series Forbrydelsen, Mireille Enos stars as police investigator Sarah Linden, who’s hunting down the killer of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay), who was brutally murdered. Catch up on this great murder mystery before season four drops on Netflix Aug. 1.
3. Adventures in Babysitting
Going all the way back to 1987, Elisabeth Shue stars as a babysitter who must use her wit, charm and survival instinct to protect the three children in her care from the violent reality of the big city.
4. Welcome to Me
This brutally honest look at mental illness is told with both humor and heartbreak. Kristen Wiig stars as Alice Klieg, a lottery winner who starts her own Oprah Winfrey-like talk show and neuters dogs while descending into madness.
5. Can’t Buy Me Love
This prime '80s flick follows a nerdy teen boy (Patrick Dempsey) who out of desperation pays a pretty girl (Amanda Peterson) to be his date at the school dance. Major life lessons are learned when things don’t go as planned.
6. St. Vincent
Bill Murray is at his cynical best in this film from 2014. As Vincent, Murray befriends the son of Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and teaches him some questionable life lessons, like how to bet on horses. While there’s some great humor in the film, it also has a lot of heart. This trailer is super-cute.
7. For a Good Time Call…
Odd-couple roommates Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller Rogen turn to running a phone sex business to make ends meet in New York City. Sometimes, entrepreneurship can push the boundaries of morality and mischief.
8. Help, I’ve Shrunk the Family
Based on the beloved children’s book Wiplala by Dutch author Annie M. G. Schmidt, a boy discovers a magical little man in his cupboard who accidentally shrinks the boy’s family down to his size. Will they ever return to normal? Think Ant-Man for little kids.
9. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
From 2005, Steve Carell is adorable as the nicest guy in the world who can’t help but bungle all his interactions with women. Now, his friends are on a quest to get him laid, but can he find true love in the process? This movie is famous for the scene in which Carell gets his very thick chest hair waxed on camera.
10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
In this dark comedy, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley have three weeks to get to know each other and possibly find love before an asteroid hits planet Earth, destroying everything.
11. Jem and the Holograms (seasons 1 – 3)
This adorable, girl power show tells the story of a young singer-songwriter who’s secret music videos transform her and her three sister into international celebrities. This show deals with the themes of believing in yourself and providing emotional support to family.
A young poet in Brooklyn searches for acceptance and love as she struggles with her sexual identity. Funny, heartfelt and risk-taking, this film captures the essence of what it’s like to be a LGBTQ teenager in New York.
13. Being Flynn
Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) discovers his con artist father, Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro) at a homeless shelter where he’s volunteering. Though Nick’s instincts tell him not to reach out to his estranged dad, that familial connection proves too strong, sending him on an emotional roller coaster.
14. Sausage Party
From the demented minds of James Franco and Seth Rogen, this adults-only animated film is crass, raunchy and hilarious. There are also some really fun Pixar Easter eggs. Serving as a cynical metaphor for the mystery of what happens after death, eat an edible and enjoy this comedy before it goes away.
15. The Road
Based on the harrowing book by Cormac McCarthy, The Road follows a father and son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) who struggle to survive the apocalypse brought about by unknown circumstances. This film explores the best and worst of humanity.