Netflix says goodbye to Lord of the Rings

The year is near its end, but so are a lot of movies and series over on Netflix. We know, it’s difficult to hear, but in January 2019, a lot of movies are leaving the platform. Some, perhaps, will return, while others won’t.

As many have already heard, Friends is here to stay for another year after fans of the show started freaking out on the Internet, but others aren’t so lucky. Whether we’re talking about newer titles or some that are as old as we are, Netflix has it all and sometimes, they need to leave to make room for other movies.

Let’s see what movies you should go ahead and watch while you still have time, complete with their expiration dates. We’re going to include some IMDB links to help you out with fuller reviews and a short description, in case the title doesn’t tell you much.

January 1

  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventurecomedy, fantasy – Who doesn’t love the cute Saint Bernard pup that wreaks havoc everywhere he goes? This time, Beethoven goes on to rescue one of Santa’s Elves to save Christmas for everyone.
  • Bladeaction, horror, sci-fi – Perhaps one of the few good-ish vampire movies, Blade puts the spotlight on a half-vampire half-mortal man who seeks to protect humans from evil vampires.
  • Blade IIaction, horror, sci-fi – The sequel to the previous movie sees Blade form an alliance with the vampire council to combat another threat.
  • Bram Stoker’s Draculahorror – Netflix seems to be going after vampire movies in January, it seems, and axes this Gary Oldman movie too.
  • Catwoman action, crime, fantasy – Halle Berry plays Catwoman, a woman that’s having a hard time deciding if to be a villain or a hero.
  • Face/Offaction, crime, sci-fi – An FBI agent goes through a facial transplant surgery to assume the identity of a terrorist, while the terrorist takes the face of the FBI agent. Confusing, we know, but you’ve probably seen this 1997 movie a time or two.
  • Finding Neverland – biography, drama, family – This is the story of J.M. Barrie’s friendship with the family that inspired the creation of the classic Peter Pan character.
  • Friday Night Lights – drama, sport – The series focuses on the life of small-town Texas football players. The series ended back in 2011 after five seasons.
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – comedy, romance – This 2003 movie has Kate Hudson playing a magazine writer assigned to write a controversial article about making a guy dump her after just ten days. Instead, she falls in love with her “target” played by Matthew McConaughey
  • I Am Ali – documentary, biography, sport – The documentary makes use of unique audio journals of the famous boxer, interviews, and testimonials to set light on who Muhammad Ali was.
  • Interview with the Vampir – drama, horror – Vampire movies used to feature big Hollywood stars back in the 90s and this Anne Rice-inspired movie certainly does so – Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and a young Kirsten Dunst.
  • Into the Wildadventure, biography, drama – The movie follows a recent University graduate who gives up everything he owns to live int he wilderness of Alaska.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth – action, adventure, family – A man sets out to find his missing brother along with his nephew and their mountain guide, but instead discover a fantastic lost world in the center of the earth.
  • Kung Fu Panda – animation, action, adventure – An obese panda who’s new to martial arts is mistakenly bestowed with the Dragon Warrior Mantle and now has to protect Chian from the savage Tai Lung.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – crime, drama, mystery – The Special Victims Unit is overseen by a group of a specially trained squad of detectives. Netflix is losing several seasons – 15, 16, and 17. Thankfully for fans, there are plenty left.
  • Like Water for Chocolate – drama, romance – Old traditions aren’t always good, especially when they prevent true love. A young woman discovers a unique talent for cooking after she is prevented from marrying the man she loves.
  • Love Actually – comedy, drama, romance – Eight different couples deal with their love lives in their unique ways, and their stories are loosely interrelated in a movie that’s set ahead of Christmas in London.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africaanimation, adventure, comedy – Our band of zoo animals set out on another adventure as they try to fly back to New York City, but end up in an African wildlife refuge instead, where Alex the lion reunites with his parents.
  • Marie Antoinette – biography, drama, history – Kirsten Dunst is Marie Antoinette in this Sofia Coppola movie, telling the queen’s story from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI to the end of her reign.
  • Meet the Fockers – comedy, romance – When Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, and Owen Wilson play in the same movie, you can rest assured you’re going to laugh until your sides split.
  • Meet the Parents – comedy, romance – This is Greg Focker’s first meet with is girlfriend’s parents before proposing and the whole thing is a nightmare you’ll laugh at.
  • Million Dollar Baby – drama, sport – Directed by Clint Eastwood, this 4-time Oscar winning movie follows the story of a woman (Hilary Swank) who does her best to become a professional boxer.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens – animation, action, adventure – As alien masterminds threaten Earth, a team of monsters gets sent to take care of business by the US government.
  • Mortal Kombat – action, adventure, fantasy – Martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to face against each other in a tournament. The outcome will decide the fate of the world.
  • Rent – drama, musical, romance – The film takes after the Broadway musical about New York City bohemians struggling with day to day life, love, and AIDS
  • Sharknado – action, adventure, comedy – A hurricane comes down over Los Angeles and thousands of sharks terrorized the population
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One – action, adventure, comedy – The hero couple that survives the first movie go over to New York only to face the same issue when a hurricane lands in NYC.
  • Sharknado 3 – action, adventure, comedy – Same story, different setting. This time, it’s Washington D.C.
  • Sharknado: The 4th Awakens – action, adventure, comedy – After a somewhat peaceful five years, sharks and tornadoes start popping up in unexpected places.
  • Sharknado 5 – action, adventure, comedy – Yes, someone made five of these movies. It’s not just America that’s threatened this time, but the whole world.
  • The 6th Day – action, mystery, sci-fi – A man meets a clone of himself and discovers a conspiracy where clones are ready to take over the world.
  • The Godfather – crime, drama – The first Godfather movie tells the story of an aging mob boss who decides it’s time for power to switch hands to his son when all hell breaks loose.
  • The Godfather: Part II – crime, drama – The saga of the Corleone crime family continues with a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and New York, but also follows Michael Corleone in the 50s.
  • The Godfather: Part III – crime, drama – Don Corleone takes his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing as he tries to make up for past sins.
  • The Green Mile – crime, drama, fantasy – Death row guards face a moral dilemma when they discover that one of their prisoners has a special gift.
  • The Iron Giant – animation, action, adventure – A government agent wants to destroy a giant robot that came from outer space, but the robot finds a friend in a young boy.
  • The Princess Diaries – comedy, family, romance – Genovia has a new heir to the throne, but Mia Thermopolis is barely learning how to be a royal.
  • The Queen of the Damned – drama, fantasy, horror – The last title featuring Aaliyah is based on an Anne Rice novel and follows the vampire Lestat becoming a rock star only for his music to awaken Akasha, the queen of all vampires.
  • The Reaping – horror, thriller – A woman tries to debunk religious phenomena until she goes to investigate a small town that seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.
  • The Shining – drama, horror – A horror classic that features the head of a family turning to violence after visiting an isolated hotel full of evil spirits.

January 4

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World – animation, adventure, drama – Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle as she sets on a journey to England.

January 13

It Follows – horror, mystery – A mysterious presence follows a young woman before it all turns into a full horror story as she and her friends try to escape.

January 14

Armageddon – action, adventure, sci-fi – An asteroid is heading to Earth, so NASA recruits a team to head it off and save Earth.

January 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – action, adventure, sci-fi – The Rebel Alliance try to steal the Death Star plans with the help of the daughter of an Imperial scientist.

January 19

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – adventure, drama, fantasy – Peter Jackson’s first foray into the world of Tolkien follows an unlikely team on the first leg of the journey to destroy the One Ring.

Now that you know what’s going away, what movie will you hurry to watch before it expires and gets the boot on Netflix? Let us know in the comments section below, and please share the article online, if possible. Follow TechNadu on Facebook and Twitter for more tech news.