A strong mix of Netflix go-tos are expiring from our favorite instant-viewing service in May, starting with time-honored classics like Bridget Jones’s Dairy, Field of Dreams, and The Hurt Locker on May 1 before moving into Disney Channel throwbacks like Hilary Duff’s Cadet Kelly and Disney’s masterful live-action remake of The Jungle Book as the month goes on. Ahead, the eight movies to catch—or re-watch—before they vanish from your queue next month.
1 May 1: ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’
In the 2001 rom-com Bridget Jone’s Dairy, Renée Zellweger plays a quick-witted hopeless romantic who pens her most self-deprecating and erotic thoughts on love in her bedside notebook. Sadly, this hysterical early-2000s hit is leaving Netflix this month, but you can still catch the befuddled mom-to-be in her recent comeback, Bridget Jones’s Baby.
2 May 1: ‘Field of Dreams’
Even if you’re not a baseball aficionado, Field of Dreams is a must-watch for any movie buff. The plot line follows Kevin Costner’s protagonist, Iowa farmer Ray, as he builds a baseball diamond over his cornfield, then is visited by the ghosts of great players past. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “If you build it, they will come”—this 1989 sports flick is to blame.
3 May 1: ‘GoodFellas’
Directed by Martin Scorsese, GoodFellas tells the coming-of-age tale of a young mobster. If you’re at all intrigued by organized crime and haven’t yet appreciated this 1990 classic, plan a movie night ASAP.
4 May 1: ‘Ocean’s Eleven’
It doesn’t get much better than a vintage George Clooney. The first iteration of the Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s Eleven, is only made better by the additions of other Hollywood all-stars like Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Warner Bros. is also in the midst of making Ocean’s 8, a star-studded, girls-only remake starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Rihanna.
5 May 1: “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”
If you’re in the mood for a scary movie in the next few nights, consider streaming The Exorcism of Emily Rose before it disappears from Netflix. Laura Linney plays a defense lawyer who take on a negligent homicide case involving the church-sanctioned exorcism of a young girl. Creepy, but good.
6 May 1: “The Hurt Locker”
Director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director for her 2008 war thriller, The Hurt Locker—and for good reason. The film follows Staff Sgt. William James (played by Jeremy Renner) as he commands a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad during the war in Iraq. If you’re looking for a thrilling drama to get wrapped into this Friday night, this is your jam.
7 May 2: ‘Cadet Kelly’
We all remember when Hilary Duff lived our worst nightmare—her stepfather shipping her off to boot camp boarding school—in the mid-aughts TV movie classic Cadet Kelly. That, and so many other Disney Channel favorites, including The Cheetah Girls and High School Musical expire from Netflix next month.
8 May 30: ‘The Jungle Book’
The 2016 live-action remake of Disney’s 1967 animated feature is actually really well done. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Bill Murray as a computer-generated jungle of animals—and shouldn’t be skipped.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US