It’s not your imagination — there’s less to watch on Netflix than ever before. A new report claims that the online streaming service has cut its streaming library in half since 2012, from 11,000 titles to around 5,500.
The reason is obvious to anybody who has tried to keep up with all the new shows on Netflix knows. The company is shifting decisively towards original content — not only new shows dropping every Friday, but Netflix-produced comedy specials, documentaries, even independent movies it bought at film festivals.
So catch them while you can, especially classic movies that seem to really fall by the wayside on Netflix. Here are five that are disappearing on Oct. 31.
“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” — It’s hard to believe Netflix families aren’t firing up Steven Spielberg’s classic boy-meets-alien tale enough to keep it.
“Almost Famous” — Take one last trip on the road with Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical tale of an idealistic young Rolling Stone writer who follows one of his favorite bands on tour.
“Into the Wild” — Sean Penn directed this 2007 film, based on Jon Kraukauer’s bestseller, about a young man who strayed too far off the grid.
“Rounders” — John Dahl’s 1998 thriller featuring Matt Damon as a gifted law student and card sharp is immensely entertaining.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” — This 2004 movie used (then-modern) CGI effects and green screen to pay delightful ode to old movie serials of the 1930s.
Also leaving Netflix Oct. 31: “Deliverance,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Angel Heart,” “Major League.”