If you’re looking for movies to stream over the holidays, it might be good to focus on the ones that will be gone with a wink and a nod on January 1. Just as Netflix kicks off each month with a bunch of new movies, it often quietly drops others. Sometimes they go to other streaming sites like Hulu and Amazon Prime, sometimes they resurface back on Netflix a few months later, sometimes — well, who knows where they go?
Here are five good movies that are confirmed to be leaving Netflix on Jan. 1. Watch them while you can:
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — Bummed to see that one of my oldest daughter’s favorites will be leaving Netflix, with Blake Edwards’ sparkling and a little sad comedy about a New York party girl (Audrey Hepburn) embodying the romance and the possibilities of the Big Apple — even if you’re faking it till you make it.
“Saving Private Ryan” — Not exactly light-hearted holiday fare, but Steven Spielberg’s World War II movie recalibrated war movies for a new generation.
“Ghost Town” — I’m a big fan of David Koepp’s charming sleeper about a jerky New Yorker (Ricky Gervais) who finds that the dead (including a dapper Greg Kinnear) can communicate with him. And they want favors.
“Dazed and Confused” — Richard Linklater’s ode to ’70s teen life seems to go off and on Netflix all the time, so I wouldn’t freak out just yet.
“The Italian Job” — I thought this 2004 remake of the campy ’60s Michael Caine classic was pretty solid, with Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron leading an army of thieves (and several Mini Cooper) looking for revenge against an old partner (Edward Norton).
Also leaving Netflix: “Little Black Book,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Hairspray,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Crash.”