Top 10 Releases Coming to and Leaving Netflix in August 2019
WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands
Good things come to those who wait! Today, we're looking at the best releases coming to and leaving Netflix in August 2019 - bidding a fond farewell to Will Hunting, Tony Montana, and the Supreme Being, but a delighted hellooo to Rocky, Wanheda, and gelflings! What release are YOU most excited to watch? Let us know in the comments!
Script written by Michael Wynands
Top10 Releases Coming to and Leaving Netflix in August 2019
Top 10 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in August 2019
Some new content this way comes! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for Top 10 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in August 2019.
For this list, we’re looking at 5 of the best properties that Netflix will sadly be dropping come August 2019, as well as 5 of the best incoming titles for you to get excited about.
#5: “Good Will Hunting” (1997)
Leaving: August 1, 2019
This is really the film that put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the map. Directed by Gus Van Sant, and written by co-stars Damon and Affleck, “Good Will Hunting” follows a brilliant young janitor working at MIT who, through court-ordered therapy, re-evaluates his relationships and comes to terms with his potential. Affleck and Damon may be household names now, but this is a reminder of how they got here. The brilliance of Robin Williams as therapist Dr. Sean Maguire alone is worth the rewatch. The film was rightfully nominated for nine Academy Awards, so yeah... we’re sad to see it leave Netflix! Speaking of Oscar darlings we’re losing August 1st, “The Hurt Locker” is also on the way out.
#5: “GLOW” (2017-) Season 3
Coming: August 9th, 2019
On paper, a comedy about professional wrestlers in the 80s might sound more like a SNL sketch than one of Netflix’s best original series. But here we are three seasons in, and there’s no denying that this ensemble comedy starring Alison Brie is a force to be reckoned with. Seasons one and two have both been met with critical acclaim. The series is seriously funny, but knows how to hit the dramatic beats when it needs to. And with the action moving to Las Vegas, season three shows no signs of slowing down. Speaking of great Netflix original series, be sure to also check out the new seasons of “Mindhunter” and “Dear White People”, also coming in August.
#4: “Scarface” (1983)
Leaving: August 1st, 2019
Say goodbye to this cult classic, friends. [parody of “Say hello to my little friend”] Easily one of Al Pacino’s most iconic roles - which is saying something - “Scarface” is widely regarded as being one of the greatest gangster films ever made. It’s place in pop culture is so omnipresent, in fact, that most people have all but forgotten that it’s a remake of a 1932 film of the same name. You know what else most people have forgotten? That at the time of its release, this film was actually met with negative reviews from critics due to its violence and profanity. But, as we’re often reminded, time and enduring appeal often serve as the real judge of a film’s legacy.
#4: The “Rocky” franchise (I-V)
Coming: August 1st, 2019
The Italian Stallion, the Pride of Philadelphia, the Iron Horse, Rocco, Unc ... he goes by many names, but there’s only one Rocky Balboa. And as of August 1st, 2019, you can follow his early exploits on Netflix. Take a trip down memory lane with Sylvester Stallone’s most beloved character, as Rocky goes from underdog southpaw to heavyweight champion, and relive all the ups and downs along the way. With Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago, this franchise has given us some of the greatest fictional bouts in cinematic history. Unfortunately, fans looking to watch the 2006 instalment, “Rocky Balboa”, will have to look elsewhere - same goes for the two “Creed” spin-offs, but we’re more than pleased with what we’re getting.
#3: “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
Leaving: August 16th, 2019
It might be hard to remember now, but there was once a time when Steve Carrell wasn’t a household name and instantly recognizable face. The “40-Year-Old Virgin” came out in 2005, the same year that “The Office” debuted on NBC. It was a good year for Carrell. While his work as Brick in 2004’s “Anchorman” forced people to pay attention, it wasn’t until we saw him take center stage in “40-Year-Old Virgin” that we realized just how massively talented he actually was. Few comedies from the early aughts have aged gracefully, but this film’s careful balance of tenderness and sexual humor makes it a pleasure to rewatch. It leaves Netflix August 1st, but speaking of virgin-centric content, “Jane the Virgin” season 5 arrives August 8th.
#3: “The 100” (2014-)
Coming: August 14th, 2019
Season six of this CW series actually premiered on April 30th. But for many younger viewers, cable or satellite isn’t so much of a thing anymore, since streaming services offer a more convenient and affordable alternative. And so a new season of a popular series coming to Netflix within days of its finale is a BIG deal - especially for a show that’s resonated so much with younger fans. The season 5 finale saw the plot having jumped forward a staggering 125 years, so it’s safe to say that in season 6, the rules have completely changed. Must-watch television? You bet. On August 14th, the whole thing becomes available on Netflix in a conveniently bingeable format.
#2: “The Fifth Element” (1997)
Leaving: August 1st, 2019
Sure, director Luc Besson may be responsible for the box office bomb “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Plnets”. But he’s also responsible for one of the most beloved science-fiction action movies of all time. Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman, “The Fifth Element” polarized critics at the time of its release. But it’s now widely considered an oddball classic of the genre. It also features Chris Tucker in what’s undoubtedly his most outlandishly memorable role, as Ruby Rhod. The plot is a bit too convoluted to be done justice here, so if you haven’t seen it before, do yourself a favor and go check it out - hopefully before August 1st.
#2: “Groundhog Day” (1993)
Coming: August 1st, 2019
Don’t get us wrong, we’re sad to see “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” go. But if subscribers had to pick one comedy for Netflix to lock into a 20 year contract, it’s safe to say that many would vote for “Groundhog Day”. Widely considered to be among the greatest comedy films ever made, the film follows Bill Murray as cynical Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors, who finds himself stuck in a time loop. The day in question? Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a small town for which he makes no effort to hide his disdain. As Phil is forced to relive the same day over and over, much hilarity ensues, as well as plenty of self-discovery. Seriously, talk about a great addition to the library.
#1: “Zombieland” (2009)
Leaving: August 1st, 2019
Ever notice how films seem to disappear just as a sequel is prepping to hit theaters? You know… right when you really want to rewatch it? Sadly, it’s happening yet again, this time with this hilarious 2009 undead comedy. The film follows an unlikely foursome of survivors in a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip in search of sanctuary. Naturally, they meet Bill Murray along the way, because hey, that guy pops up everywhere! With “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” hitting theaters on October 18th, we’re sure we won’t be the only ones scrambling to rewatch the original before it’s gone from Netflix on August 1st. That and “Hot Fuzz”, another great action comedy leaving the same day.
#1: “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (2019-)
Coming: August 30th, 2019
Yes… waiting until the end of August for this Netflix original series to be released does feel like a form of torture. But considering we’ve been waiting since 1982 for more “Dark Crystal”, we guess we can hang on just a little bit longer. A prequel series to the much-beloved and groundbreaking film by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, “Age of Resistance” follows three Gelflings as they plant the seeds of rebellion against the villainous Skeksis. In this age of CGI overload, seeing super high quality puppets and top notch practical effects executed on such a massive scale feels like a breath of fresh air. There’s really nothing else like this on Netflix - or anywhere on television for that matter!