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22nd Nov 2023

Here are the best movies leaving Netflix in December

Simon Kelly

Movies Leaving Netflix December

Watch them while you can.

While Christmas hurtles towards us as the speed of light, we all should be getting stuck into our lists by now. And we’re not talking present lists, we’re talking the list of movies we want to get through over the holiday break next month.

While Netflix has added 16 great movies this week, unfortunately they’re also getting rid of some gems that won’t last until Christmas, so they’ll have to shoot to the top of your list before they leave in just a few days.

Have a look below and get watching before it’s too late. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in December.

Movies leaving Netflix in December

As Good as It Gets (1997)
With Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt winning the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively in this rom-com-drama, As Good as It Gets features some powerhouse performances from its leads.

Nicholson stars as a misanthropic romance author who forms an unlikely relationship with a single mother and a gay artist after the artist falls victim to a robbery. There’s laughs, there’s tears and there’s a load of reasons why you should watch this flick before it leaves Netflix.

Pain & Gain (2013)
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie star in this Michael Bay-directed action film which focuses on the the unbelievable true story of the Sun Gym gang, a group of ex-convicts and bodybuilders in Miami in the mid-1990s.

While not for everyone – it’s got a middle of the road 50% Rotten Tomatoes score – it’s a Michael Bay film, which means it’s always going to entertain, at least in parts. Definitely worth a watch if you’re looking to scratch your silly crime comedy itch.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Alan Rickman star in this action adventure based on the age-old folk tale of the heroic outlaw.

Despite Costner’s ropey performance as the titular Prince of Thieves, the movie is worth the watch purely for Rickman’s BAFTA-winning performance as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

Sausage Party (2016)
If you’re in the mood for something a bit ridiculous and don’t mind a whole load of toilet humour, then this animated flick is the one for you. It’s got a stacked cast of all the usual suspects including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristin Wiig, Michael Cera and Danny McBride, as well as a tone of amazing cameos.

There are worse ways to spend an evening than watching Ed Norton playing a character called Sammy Bagel Jr.

Stand By Me (1986)
An all time 80s classic, Stand By Me is based on the short story The Body by Stephen King and is an absolute gem of a film about childhood friendships and adventure.

It’s one of those films that’s been parodied so much in pop culture that you’ll constantly be shouting “Oh that’s where that is from” at the screen while you’re watching it.

Led by one of the best child casts of all time, the coming-of-age drama stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell as friends who go on a hike to find the body of a missing boy. It’s probably our pick of the movies leaving Netflix in December.

Stuart Little (1999)
A perfect movie to watch this time of year, it’s a shame that Stuart Little is leaving Netflix before Christmas.

Starring Michael J. Fox as a mouse who gets adopted by a couple who want a brother for their son George (very weird), Stuart faces the wrath of the family’s pet cat and a gang of felines who want him gone from the house for good.

The surprisingly good sequel, Stuart Little 2, is also leaving Netflix in December.

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Starring the late, great Matthew Perry, there is no better time to catch this decent noughties comedy about a dentist whose life gets turned upside down when a notorious gangster (Bruce Willis) moves in next door.

Man of Steel (2013)
Leaving the streamer on December 2, Zack Snyder’s divisive Superman reboot is about as dark as a superhero movie can get.

Criticised for being quite dull in parts, Henry Cavill’s performance as the hero has also proven to be pretty divisive. However, it’s still worth a watch if you’re in any way into superhero flicks and is at least noteworthy for taking a different angle and going down a grittier, darker route than most in the genre.

Godzilla (2014)
Leaving the streamer on December 4, this monster flick about the legendary Japanese beast is a fun, big thrills, even bigger action romp that is a perfect popcorn flick.

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, the film focuses on the titular beast rising from the depths to take on malevolent beasts that threaten San Francisco. If you like big monsters smashing into buildings, look no further.

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