We've already alerted Netflix fans as to the films coming and going on the streaming service next month. The movies and TV shows arriving are a solid group, but there's more than a couple great pieces of content expiring from Netflix in August as well. So, while we're excited to get all the new stuff, we're sad to the see the below films go. Luckily there are still a few more days left in July to watch them for the first time, or one last time.
1. Babe (1995)
Starring: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski
If you've never seen it, you won't believe how good Babe is. The gentle story of a sheepherding piglet unfolds in a lovely pastoral setting. Babe has a talent for herding sheep, yes, but he's also friends with the other animals — if not a little naive. Babe also gains the love of his human, Arthur Hoggett, who thinks he might have a prize-winning piggy on his hands. Also: Check out the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, which is on Netflix as well, but expiring in August.
2. Dope (2015)
Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, Tyga, A$AP Rocky
One of the most original films from 2015, Dope is not your usual ghetto movie. Set in present-day Inglewood, the story follows a teen "geek" named Malcolm who's obsessed with '90s culture and music. This is a movie with real style, but Malcolm runs into trouble when a local drug dealer hides his shit in Malcolm's backpack. Initially scared to death, Malcolm surprisingly turns the tables on the dealer and everyone else.
3. The Verdict (1982)
Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason
Back before every other movie was made in Boston, the city only had a few signature films to call its own. Director Sidney Lumet's The Verdict is one of them. Starring Paul Newman as a washed-up attorney who takes on the case of his life, The Verdict is a courtroom noir full of great performances. Newman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work, displays a raw vulnerability. James Mason was also nominated, and Charlotte Rampling stands out as the film's mysterious femme fatale.
4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik
This updated version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is about to disappear from Netflix so time to rewatch it once more. For the uninitiated, 10 Things I Hate About You follows Patrick (Ledger) and Kat (Stiles) as two high schoolers on a collision course. Patrick is an outcast and Kat is mature and extremely wary of romance after an incident years earlier. But Kat's little sister can only date if Kat does so she takes on the challenge of finding romance for her sibling which, of course, she does.
5. Prefontaine (1997)
Starring: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Amy Locane
This is a good one as sports movies go. It's also the better of two late '90s films based on the life of Olympic marathoner Steve Prefontaine, who died tragically at age 24. Jared Leto gives one of his best performances as the title character and the competition, partying, and Olympic stuff is all done well. The most interesting part of the film, however, is the inclusion of the Nike origin story. Prefontaine's track coach at Oregon was Bill Bowerman, who spent his free time making light running shoes for his star athlete. He would later co-found the biggest athletic shoe company in the world.