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As Apr comes to a close, some notable films and shows are leaving both Netflix and Hulu. In the wake of social distancing and shelter-in-place directives, streaming platforms accept certainly seen an uptick in the amount of time subscribers are spending with their programming. Fifty-fifty though many of united states have more time to marathon a few movies or seasons of TV, it’s still downright incommunicable to consume all the amusement we desire to, thanks to the well-nigh-unlimited offerings.

Nonetheless, if you’ve been putting off watching some classic films from the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s, our list might take you second-guessing your watchlist, particularly since these bonafide classics will be leaving popular streaming services in May. Grab some popcorn and go set to sentry while you lot can!

My Best Friend’south Wedding (1997)

When Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) discovers that her best friend, Michael (Dermot Mulroney), with whom she had a backup marriage pact, is on rail to marry another woman (Cameron Diaz), she decides to break up the wedding and win over her pal. But things take an uncomfortable turn in this rom-com as erstwhile as time when Julianne’south actions go more and more heinous.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?
Throughout the film, Julianne’s best bud, George (Rupert Everett), urges her to only tell Michael how she feels. Like any good rom-com, this i follows the “too little, too late,” unrequited love track, merely it eschews last-ditch grand gestures of romance for manus-wringing and a kind of messiness that subverts the typical comedic fare and cements this one’s status as a classic.
My Best Friend’southward Wedding
doesn’t seem interested in excusing those actions, merely every bit Vanity Off-white states, it’s “brave enough to describe an unvarnished beloved story about three deeply messed-upwards people.”
Scout it on Hulu.

Based on Stephen King’s classic novel of the aforementioned name,
The Shawshank Redemption
chronicles the experiences of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a successful banker who is wrongfully imprisoned in Shawshank afterwards being charged with a law-breaking he didn’t commit. While there, he befriends his boyfriend inmates, namely Red (Morgan Freeman), and curries favor with the prison’south dastardly guards — all of which adds to Andy’due south dull-burn, long-game programme to leave Shawshank behind.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?
When information technology comes to successful adaptations of Male monarch’southward piece of work,
Shawshank
is up there with the likes of
Carrie
(1976),
The Shining
(1980) and
Stand past Me
(1986). Moreover, information technology’s directed by horror icon Frank Darabont, who adapted Rex’south
The Green Mile
(1999) and
The Mist
(2007) and was responsible for executive producing early seasons of AMC’s
The Walking Dead
— you know, back when that evidence was great. While
Shawshank
has its flaws — a lack of women, for starters — information technology has certainly had a lasting impact on filmmakers and audiences alike for many good reasons.
Watch information technology on Netflix.

28 Days Later on (2003)

Directed by
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) and
Trainspotting‘southward (1996) Danny Boyle, the post-apocalyptic
28 Days Afterward
depicts the breakdown of guild following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus. Four survivors — played by Cillian Potato, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns and Brendan Gleeson — try to cope with the downfall of literally everything and evade the virus and the zombie-like victims in this blockbuster.

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Why’due south It Worth Watching?
Often, this film is credited with reinvigorating the zombie subset of the horror genre, in office for its depiction of terrifyingly fast-moving zombies. (Nope.) If you lot’ve recently marathoned FX’s slow-burn sci-fi miniseries
Devs, which was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina,
Annihilation), you’ll be happy to know that
28 Days Later on‘s screenplay bears his signature marks. For some folks, a motion-picture show similar this signifies a fun, escapist romp, but if you lot cramp at watching apocalyptic horror right now, we don’t blame you for skipping this classic.
Picket information technology on Hulu.

Blade Runner: The Terminal Cutting (1982)

Feeling supremely let downwards by Amazon’s finale to
The Man in the High Castle? Check out some classic Philip K. Dick fare instead. Based on Dick’s novel
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,
Blade Runner
is gear up in a dystopian Los Angeles — what filmmakers imagined 2019 would expect like — in which synthetic humans, or replicants, are created past the shady Tyrell Corporation to work on off-earth colonies. At the flick’south onset, we run across Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a cop/”blade runner” whose job is to rails and “retire” rogue replicants. After some light blackmail, a reluctant Deckard is brought dorsum into the fold to retire fugitive replicants who have illegally returned to Earth.

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Why’s Information technology Worth Watching?

Directed by Ridley Scott of
Alien
(1979) and
Thelma & Louise
(1991) fame, this film is neo-noir cinema at its finest — and it helped inspire and popularize elements of the cyberpunk genre. Despite its engrossing aesthetics and earth-edifice,
Bract Runner
was misunderstood when it offset hit theaters, but it has since been hailed as a sci-fi archetype for its deep, Greek tragedy-esque interrogation of man nature. Already seen information technology? Well, like replicant Rachael, you probably “tin can’t rely on [your] memories,” and so it’s certainly worth a rewatch.
Watch it on Netflix.

The Craft (1996)

Troubled teen Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) moves from San Francisco to Los Angeles and strikes up a quick friendship with a group of outcast girls — Bonnie Harper (Neve Campbell), Rochelle Zimmerman (Rachel True) and Nancy Downs (Fairuza Cramp). The rest of the schoolhouse deems the young women “witches,” mostly because the other students are bullies — though it’s also truthful that Bonnie, Rochelle and Nancy worship a deity named Manon. Sarah falls for the popular male child, but that typical teen storyline is thrown off course when she and her new pals dabble in witchcraft for their own gain, just to discover some…negative repercussions.

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Why’due south It Worth Watching?
When information technology was released in the mid-90s,
The Craft
was a surprise hit, grossing $55.half dozen million worldwide — impressive for a film with a $15 one thousand thousand budget. Despite some initial mixed reviews, the film ultimately gained quite the cult following, which seems extremely appropriate given the subject thing. For horror enthusiasts and fans of teen dramas alike, this 1 is a must-meet, especially ahead of the reboot, which was announced in 2019 by the prolific horror production company Blumhouse.
Watch information technology on Netflix.

The West Fly (1999-2006)

President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) isn’t afraid to speak his listen — and his cutthroat advisors aren’t afraid to mix their personal and professional lives. This Aaron Sorkin classic may feel too politics-heavy for some correct now, but it’south also Boob tube comfort food at its best. Apart from Sheen, the ensemble cast included a staggering number of acting greats like Allison Janney, John Spencer, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney and Stockard Channing.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?

Praised past poli-sci professors and former White House staffers,
The Due west Wing
won two Peabody Awards and a whopping 26 Emmys. Also, it gave u.s. the “walk-and-talk.” What more could nosotros inquire for, actually? Admittedly,
West Wing‘s departure from Netflix is still a bit nebulous, but it seems likely that it will get yanked this month when HBO Max debuts. The new streaming service has very openly nabbed the rights to
The West Fly
and quite a few other classics, like
Friends
and
Gossip Girl.
Picket information technology on Netflix.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Scott Hastings, the frustrated son in a family of ballroom dancers, struggles to plant his ain fashion of dance when his steps are accounted not “strictly ballroom.” (Yup, we said the matter.) After losing a competition due to his originality, Scott finds himself without a trip the light fantastic partner — well, that is until Fran, an disregarded beginner at Scott’due south mom’s studio, approaches him, intrigued by his inventive steps.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?

Baz Luhrmann’s directorial debut,
Strictly Ballroom, also launched his “Red Drape Trilogy,” which went on to contain
Romeo + Juliet
(1996) and
Moulin Rouge!
(2001), both decidedly more pop than the moving-picture show in question. Nonetheless, this Aussie rom-com is worth your fourth dimension, specially if yous’re a fan of Luhrmann’s signature bombastic way, which both embraces and mocks tropes and gives the creative person a heightened earth in which to create their work.
Sentry it on Netflix.

National Lampoon’s Holiday (1983)

Eager to spend more than fourth dimension with his family, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) plots a cross-country trek from their home in Chicago’s suburbs to a So-Cal amusement park known as Walley World — “America’south Favorite Family Fun Park.” Although Clark’s wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), wants to fly, Clark insists that the trip is about bonding with her and their kids, Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron). Needless to say, hilarious road trip antics (and spits of bad luck) ensue.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?

Written by John Hughes — and based on his short story “Vacation ’58,” which appeared in the National Lampoon mag —
Holiday
was a box-role hitting that earned $60 million in the U.Due south. against its $fifteen one thousand thousand upkeep. It likewise spawned a well-loved series of
Vacation
films, all starring the amiable Griswold family, and it continues to be a staple on “all-time of” comedy lists. Whether you love a good transport up, Hunt’s signature comedic rants or y’all simply want a reason to not pine for the unfortunate events that can plague a family holiday, this archetype is worth the watch.
Watch it on Netflix — forth with
European Vacation



(1985) and
Christmas Vacation



(1989), both of which are also leaving the platform in May.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Based on the masterful Patricia Highsmith novel of the same proper name,
The Talented Mr. Ripley
stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a man who plays the piano at fancy parties and, in a twist of fate, is approached past a aircraft magnate who swears Ripley attended Princeton with his son, Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) — probably because Ripley is wearing a borrowed Princeton jacket. The magnate enlists Ripley to travel to Italian republic and persuade Dickie to return dwelling house, but in one case abroad, Ripley finds himself then drawn to Dickie’due south extravagant lifestyle that he becomes obsessed with the homo — so much so that he fifty-fifty dresses as Dickie in private — only to find himself replaced as Dickie’due south go-to all-time pal.

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Why’s Information technology Worth Watching?
In this psychological thriller, anybody has secrets to hibernate — and everyone has a penchant for manipulation. Tense and troubling,
The Talented Mr. Ripley
explores the horrors that mannerly people are able to hibernate, every bit well as how their “power,” in part, comes from those around them. Not to mention, Damon’southward dark, subtly unsettling performance and Law’due south manic, manipulating smugness imbue the film with such intrigue. The v-time Oscar nominated picture’s impressive cast is rounded out past the likes of Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Spotter it on Netflix.

Space Jam (1996)

“Hither’s your chance, do your trip the light fantastic at the Space Jam — ” well, for a limited time only. Soon plenty, this ’90s hit will exist dribbling right off Netflix’s servers. Co-starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, the film showcases a fictionalized account (we hope) of what happened between Jordan’s initial NBA retirement in ’93 and his legendary ’95 comeback. Co-ordinate to
Space Jam, he was drafted by the Looney Tunes characters to help them win their freedom from a ruthless amusement park owner, Mr. Swackhammer, by beating the magnate’south Monstars — a villainous group of toons who stole the talent of other real-life NBA players — in a basketball game match.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?

When it premiered,
Space Jam
was panned past critics, but the flick proved to be a slam douse with audiences — and at the box office. Information technology reeled in a whopping $230 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing basketball film of all time. The slapstick Looney Tunes humor bolsters the film and makes its outlandish premise all the more mannerly and fun. Needless to say,
Space Jam
feels like something that but the ’90s could give us — in the very best way — so comprehend the nostalgia sooner rather than later.
Watch information technology on Netflix.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Directed by Ang Lee,
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
is set during China’s Qing Dynasty. At the film’s onset, achieved Wudang swordsman Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) decides to give up his legendary sword, Green Destiny, due to the fact that it holds too many memories of a by he would rather forget. He entrusts fellow warrior (and would-be-lover) Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) with the sword, so that she can present it as a souvenir to benefactor Sir Te (Sihung Lung). When a masked thief sneaks into Sir Te’s manor and steals the Green Destiny, Shu Lien teams up with Master Bo (Xian Gao), who serves Sir Te, to retrieve the fabled sword.

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Why’s It Worth Watching?

Some prominent martial arts styles are believed to have been originated past women and
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
does right by this history past centering Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien. The moving-picture show had a successful box office run, cemented Lee’s place as one of Hollywood’south most impressive and masterful filmmakers and nabbed 4 of its 10 University Award nominations. By deftly mixing martial arts, cute scenery and dramatic, sweeping storylines, the film is a bonafide masterpiece.
Watch it on Netflix.

Other Noteworthy Departures

Whether yous’re looking for a family-friendly popcorn picture show or a one-act that will accept your mind off things, these soon-to-be-gone titles shouldn’t exist missed either.

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Good Burger
(1997):

Kenan and Kel, alums of Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series
All That, star in this striking comedy almost two competing burger joints.
(Netflix)


Scream 2
(1997) &
Scream iii
(2000):

Fan of smart horror-comedy? Check out these sequels to the 1996 meta slasher picture classic.
(Netflix)


Spy Kids
(2001):

In this fun family fare, a sister and brother discover that their parents are spies, and they have to have up the family unit business organization in order to save mom and dad.
(Netflix)


Bridget Jones’s Diary
(2001):

Adamant to better herself, a woman keeps a diary for a yr, only to detect herself caught up in a express joy-out-loud, classic rom-com predicament.
(Hulu)


Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
(2004):

In this first installment of the stoner comedy series, titular best pals endeavour to satisfy their post-pot-smoking munchies by hitting upwardly White Castle, but they are plagued by a series of misadventures along the way.
(Netflix)


Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
(2004):

Earlier the Netflix original serial, at that place was a film adaptation of the beloved kids’ books. It’s full of wit, fun and Jim Carey.
(Netflix)


American Experience: The Circus
(2018):

This compelling documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of this unique brand of American entertainment.
(Netflix)


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