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Top 10 Releases Coming to and Leaving Netflix in June 2019

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands
Who's ready for some fresh content? Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for Top 10 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in June 2019.

For this list, we're looking at 5 of the best properties that Netflix will sadly be dropping come June 2019, as well 5 of the best incoming titles for you to get excited about.
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Top 10 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in June 2019

Who’s ready for some fresh content? Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for Top 10 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in June 2019.

For this list, we’re looking at 5 of the best properties that Netflix will sadly be dropping come June 2019, as well 5 of the best incoming titles for you to get excited about.

#5: “Stargate” (1994)
Leaving: June 1st, 2019


It might not sit on the pop culture top shelf alongside Star Wars or Star Trek, but Stargate is an excellent sci-franchise in its own right - one deserving of more attention. Of those who are familiar of the franchise, it’s often the television series that they’ve watched. Now, there’s no denying that the world-building is better in the series -that’s the strength of television as a medium- but it’s well worth exploring the franchise roots; and it all started with this 1994 film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. For the uninitiated, the basic premise centers on a portal -the titular “Stargate”- that allows users to jump to distant points in space. Sadly, as of June 1st, 2019, you’ll have to jump elsewhere to watch it.

#5: “The Dark Knight” (2008)
Coming: June 1st, 2019


It’s no secret that we here at WatchMojo have a soft spot for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy - especially the middle chapter. But hey, it redefined the superhero genre and helped broaden the mythos of the Gotham’s beloved caped crusader thanks to the filmmaker’s unique and specific vision for the character. Of course, while Christian Bale is our hero, it’s Heath Ledger’s inspired take on the Joker that really makes this second installment the stuff of legend. From the film’s practical effects to its unconventional plotting, it’s thus far aged incredibly well and continues to satisfy after many repeat viewings. And with “Batman Begins” arriving on the streaming service alongside it, Bat-fans have much cause to rejoice in June 2019.

#4: “District 9” (2009)
Leaving: June 4th, 2019


Director Neill Blomkamp’s filmography has arguably been something of an exercise in diminishing returns. “Elysium” underwhelmed while “Chappie” proved seriously divisive. Be that as it may, his feature film debut, “District 9” remains a hugely influential, moving and original piece of sci-fi cinema -and as such we’re very sad to see it go from Netflix. The film explores themes of xenophobia, discrimination and segregation, set against the backdrop of an extraterrestrial apartheid in South Africa. When an accident sees a lowly bureaucrat begin to transform into one of the aliens, he takes viewers on a journey into the shoes of the marginalized other. And really, what is the purpose of sci-fi if not to help us better understand our own society and its shortcomings?

#4: “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” (2019)
Coming: June 12th, 2019


Attach Martin Scorsese’s name to just about anything and people will line up in droves to see it. But a film about the elusive Bob Dylan? That’s an absolute must-watch. In Rolling Thunder Revue, a Netflix original film, Scorsese takes viewers on a trip through time back to Bob Dylan’s legendary 1975 tour by the same name. Of course, Bob Dylan being the subject of the film, very little can be said with any level of certainty, and so it’s presented as a “story” - a “mix of fact and fantasy” that promises a backstage experience like no other. Remember, it was Scorsese who made the excellent 2005 Dylan documentary “No Direction Home”, which gives us even more reason to hope for the best.

#3: “Apollo 13” (1995)
Leaving: June 1st, 2019


As Anthony Kiedis once sang “space may be the final frontier, but it’s made in a hollywood basement”. Well, in the case of “Apollo 13”, we quite frankly can’t get enough of what hollywood sets have to offer. This 1995 film, directed by Ron Howard, has an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. It tells the story of what would have been America’s third manned mission to the moon, which ultimate turned into a battle for survival following a major technical issue mid-fight. Expertly acted and directed, and boasting special effects that still hold up incredibly well today, it’s a film we’ll gladly watch again and again. Sadly, as of June 1st, 2019, it will have officially left Netflix’s atmosphere.

#3: “Jessica Jones” (2015-) Season 3
Coming: TBD


The swan song of the Netflix branch of the MCU, the third and final season of Jessica Jones is sure to be bittersweet. But it will hopefully also serve as a strong finish for this remarkable world of small scale superheroes that Marvel built in conjunction with the streaming service. Of all these interconnected series, Jessica Jones has always arguably felt the edgiest and most pressing in terms of its exploration of contemporary social issues. We would’ve gladly followed Kristen Ritter’s titular heroine for many more seasons of gritty crime-fighting, but considering the unceremonious ending that Luke Cage got, we’ll gladly take what we can get with Jessica Jones and cherish it while it lasts.

#2: “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003)
Leaving: June 1st, 2019


As these things tend to go, just as we’re all gearing up for Quentin Tarantino’s next big film, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, the filmmaker’s past oeuvres start disappearing from Netflix. Talk about inconvenient timing! We would have liked nothing better than to take a bloody trip down memory lane with Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo by revisiting gory and hyper stylish martial arts film. Tarantino’s fourth film, “Kill Bill” follows our heroine as she slices and dices her way through her ex-teammates, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad to get at her mentor and ex-lover, the titular Bill. Of course, this duology is a real package deal, and so as “Kill Bill: Volume 1” exits Netflix stage left, its sequel goes with it.

#2: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
Coming: June 26th, 2019


The first two Spider-Man movies still rank highly with both comic book lovers and general cinema-goers alike. After “Spider-Man 3” and the Andrew Garfield reboot however, the fans seriously lost faith in Sony’s ability to do right by the webslinger. And so, admittedly, there were some who approached this theatrical animated feature film with extreme trepidation. But boy oh boy did Sony and the creative team ever hit it out of the park with this one! Not only did legacy Spider-Man Miles Morales finally get his time in the spotlight, but the filmmakers delivered a thrilling story that embraced the source material - all wrapped up in some truly inspired animation. And as of June 26th... we can rewatch it to our hearts content!

#1: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)
Leaving: June 5th, 2019


Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been forever changed as we know it. Though we’re excited to see what they have in store for us next, it’s comforting to look back at the past films and remember a simpler time in the MCU. Sadly, fans will have to go elsewhere to get their Guardians of the Galaxy fix, as volume 2 is officially leaving Netflix. From Groot’s opening dance number, to Quill’s complex meeting with his father, to Yondu’s Mary Poppins impression, the film delivers hearty laughs and heartwarming moments in equal measure, making for great replay value. Hmm… maybe there is room for a Disney+ subscription in addition to Netflix in the entertainment budget after all!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions

“Dark” (2017-) Season 2
Coming: June 1st, 2019

“Legally Blonde” (2001)
Leaving: June 1st, 2019

“50/50” (2011)
Coming: June 1st, 2019

#1: “Black Mirror” (2011-) Season 5
Coming: June 5th, 2019


Yes, there are purists out there who believe that “Black Mirror” was at its best before Netflix got ahold of it. Maybe! But we can argue the relative quality of each season for ages. At the end of the day it remains the best anthology series currently in production and we’re just happy to be getting more of it. Season 4 took us on a darkly comedic ride in space on the USS Callister, through the anxieties of parenting and deep into moral dilemmas following a hit-and-run. Season 5 again brings big name stars, including the likes of Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus. And as for plotlines, get ready for consumer robo-friends, fertility apps and gun-wielding taxi drivers.
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