7 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire This Month

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Netflix certainly has a robust library of movies to watch at any given time, but they’re not there forever. Sure Netflix originals like Enola Holmes or Set It Up are always available to rewatch over and over again, but their library titles depend on licensing details for their longevity. Some seem to stay on the streaming service forever, while others depart almost as soon as they arrive.

With this in mind, we’ve singled out the best movies due to leave Netflix in February for you to prioritize while you’re watching Netflix this month. Whether you’ve seen them before or this is your first time, we can guarantee each of these seven films is well worth checking out before it’s gone.

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The Other Guys

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Leaving on: February 11th

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay and Chris Hency

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson

Before Adam McKay won an Oscar for The Big Short, he was making incredibly silly and incredibly funny comedies. In truth, 2010’s The Other Guys feels like a precursor to McKay’s more serious fare as he infused this twist on the buddy cop formula with a socio-political point of view. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as two extremely lowkey cops who are thrust into the forefront and end up investigating an elaborate Wall Street scam. The film isn’t as straightforward as it seems – Ferrell’s character sings a song about being a pimp and Wahlberg’s character does a full-on dance as a peacock — so it’s in lockstep with McKay’s other silly comedies like Step Brothers and Anchorman. Have a laugh with this one before it’s too late.

Watch The Other Guys on Netflix

Hostiles

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Leaving on: February 14th

Director/Writer: Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, and Timothee Chalamet

If you’re into Westerns but don’t mind them being bleak, Scott Cooper’s 2017 indie Hostiles could be up your alley. The film tells the story of a U.S. Captain (Christian Bale) in 1892 who is tasked with one last act before retirement: escort a dying Cheyenne war chief—who is being held in prison—to his tribal land in Montana, under directive from President Harrison. He is joined in his journey by a widow (Rosamund Pike) who lost her family to violent Native American attackers as well as fellow cavalrymen, all of whom have nothing but disdain for their prisoner and his family members. This is an incredibly intense, violent Western drama that confronts America’s reprehensible treatment of Native Americans in a unique way, while also telling a story about empathy and collaboration.

Watch Hostiles on Netflix

Easy A

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Leaving on: February 28th

Director: Will Gluck

Writer: Bert V. Royal

Cast: Emma Stone, Dan Byrd, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Hayden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Cam Gigandet, Patricia Clarkson, and Stanley Tucci

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date movie, definitely circle Easy A for consideration. This 2010 romantic comedy is partially inspired by The Scarlet Letter as Emma Stone plays a charismatic high schooler named Olive who, on a whim, pretends to hook up with a classmate to help hide the fact that he’s gay. This leads to many other classmates coming to her asking her to lie about hooking up in exchange for gifts (and their boosted reputation), leading to a sullied reputation for Olive that she embraces a la The Scarlet Letter. It’s incredibly funny and smart, but also doesn’t shy away from some real emotional sincerity. This one kind of works on every level – it’s funny, it’s romantic, and it’s a little sad — and Emma Stone proves why she’s a movie star, even at this young age.

Watch Easy A on Netflix

The Gift

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Leaving on: February 28th

Director/Writer: Joel Edgerton

Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebeccal Hall, and Joel Edgerton

If thrillers are more your speed, do not miss out on this underrated gem. The 2015 indie follows a married couple (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) who move to Los Angeles and are confronted by a man (Joel Edgerton) from Bateman’s character’s past. This man begins delivering strange gifts to their house and starts showing up unannounced, but there’s much more happening here beneath the surface. You’re not really prepared for the twists and turns that ensue, and The Gift manages to be terrifying without any gore or violence – it’s pure tension and atmosphere. Bateman delivers one of the best performances of his career here, and Edgerton proves he’s a filmmaker to watch.

Watch The Gift on Netflix

Goodfellas

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Leaving on: February 28th

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese

Cast: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Joe Pesci, and Paul Sorvino

If you’ve never seen Goodfellas, I implore you, take this opportunity to move it to the top of your list. Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic is not only one of the best movies ever made, it’s also one of the most entertaining. The film charts the life of a gangster from his youth, when he was first introduced to the idea of the mafia, to the excess and danger of becoming a full-on associate in adulthood. Ray Liotta is phenomenal in the lead role of Henry Hill as the character’s rise and fall is charted with aplomb by Scorsese, packed with an incredible soundtrack and a third act that’s still being copied to this day. There’s a reason people keep coming back to Goodfellas as one of the best films in the history of the medium, and the film pairs wonderfully with Scorsese’s more muted, introspective gangster saga The Irishman – also on Netflix.

Watch Goodfellas on Netflix

Haywire

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Leaving on: February 28th

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Lem Dobbs

Cast: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas

From Ocean’s Eleven to Contagion to Erin Brokovich, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has proved himself capable of tackling pretty much any film genre, and that extends to action with his underrated 2011 thriller Haywire. The film stars Gina Carano as a black ops operated who is betrayed by her employers and targeted for assassination. On the run, she must gather intel and unravel a conspiracy before it’s too late. The movie is littered with extended cameos as Carano’s character fights her way to the top – including one absolutely brutal sequence involving Michael Fassbender – and Ewan McGregor proves to be a tremendous Big Bad.

Watch Haywire on Netflix

Saving Mr. Banks

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Leaving on: February 28th

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writers: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell

If you’re looking for something to watch with the whole family, Disney’s 2013 crowdpleaser Saving Mr. Banks might be more your speed. The film chronicles the making of the Disney classic Mary Poppins – specifically Walt Disney’s wooing and pursual of P.L. Travers to obtain the rights to her book. And while Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Disney is charismatic, those looking for an unvarnished portrayal of some of Disney’s more aggressive mannerisms won’t find that here. This is, of course, a Disney-certified biopic and thus smooths over some of the rougher edges of this period in time. Still, the performances are delightful and there’s enough of a historical hook to keep those curious about the making of Mary Poppins engaged.

Watch Saving Mr. Banks on Netflix

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