Netflix purges 79 movies, say goodbye to 'Taxi Driver'

The streaming service will pull dozens of titles from its streaming catalog on July 1, but it's also adding dozens of new titles.

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It's that time of year again when Netflix purges its streaming movie cache -- and this round could hurt some movie buffs.

Not only are classics like "Taxi Driver," "Spaceballs," and "Chinatown" getting nixed, but more modern movies like "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Resident Evil" are also being cut. A total of 79 titles will be eliminated and users only have until July 1 to watch them before they vanish (see full list below). The list only applies to US users, as the Netflix catalog differs from country to country.

The news comes from tech news site KnowTechie. While Netflix has made no public announcement, this type of information can apparently be sussed out from the company's public API. It's also in the fine print when looking at each movie's information on Netflix's site.

While it's hard not to lament to loss of many of these movies, Netflix is also adding dozens of new movies to its catalog, according to KnowTechie. Hits such as "Basic Instinct," "Boyz in the Hood," "Dead Man Walking," "Mean Girls," and "The Hunt for Red October" will be added (see full list below).

A Netflix spokesperson told CNET that movies available for streaming are constantly being added and taken away.

"Netflix is a dynamic service and we are constantly updating the TV shows and movies available," the spokesperson said. "By adding titles almost daily, Netflix offers a wide variety of content across all genres. Sometimes certain titles expire and will no longer be available on Netflix. As titles slide off the service, new ones are always sliding on."

Movies to be removed starting on July 1:

  • 10 Questions For The Dalai Lama
  • A Borrowed Life
  • A View to a Kill
  • AeonFlux
  • After Fall, Winter
  • Angel Heart
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Bad Company
  • Bang the Drum Slowly
  • Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Call Northside 777
  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
  • Chinatown
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Comic Book Villains
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Death Wish 3
  • Death Wish 4
  • Desert Fox
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dragonslayer
  • Event Horizon
  • Evil Dead II
  • Fist of the North Star
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Freedom Writers
  • From Russia With love
  • Future By Design
  • Gattaca
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Goldfinger
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Howard Stern's Private Parts
  • Killing Zoe
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Last Holiday
  • Less Than Zero
  • Live and Let Die
  • Look Who's Talking
  • Look Who's Talking Now
  • Look Who's Talking Too
  • Monkeybone
  • Naked Ambition
  • Never Say Never Again
  • Nick Of Time
  • No Way Home
  • Only the Strong
  • Palo Alto
  • Party Monster
  • Point Blank
  • Poolhall Junkies
  • Resident Evil
  • Robinson Crusoe On Mars
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rocky V
  • Roger Dodger
  • Rubber
  • Some Time, Next Year
  • Spaceballs
  • Spanglish
  • Spirit of the Marathon
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Stuart Saves His Family
  • Taxi Driver
  • Tentacles
  • The African Queen
  • The Dust Factory
  • The Little Prince
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Night of the Living Dead
  • The Odd Couple
  • The Rat Race
  • The Running Man
  • The Terminator
  • Tokyo Godfathers

Movies to be added:

  • 12 Angry Men
  • American Ninja (1985)
  • Ararat
  • Bad Santa
  • Basic Instinct
  • Best Defense (1984)
  • Blue Chips
  • Body of Evidence
  • Boyz In The Hood
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke
  • City of God
  • Crimson Tide
  • Croupier
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Don't Look Now (1973)
  • Eight Men Out
  • Fever Pitch (1997)
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Halloween Resurrection
  • Jersey Girl
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Madeline (1998)
  • Mean Girls
  • My Girl
  • My Girl 2
  • Patton (1970)
  • People I Know
  • Phantoms
  • Philadelphia
  • Primal Fear
  • Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek I The Motion Picture
  • Sugar Hill
  • The Babysitter
  • The Dark Half
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • The Karate Kid II (1986)
  • The Keys of the Kingdom
  • The Parent Trap (1998)
  • Venus
  • Walking Tall Part II

Besides the above list of new streaming movies coming on in July, the Netflix spokesperson told CNET the following movies and series will also be added within the month:

  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Funny Face
  • Hitch
  • Homefront
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Out of the Furnace
  • Renoir
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball
  • The Karate Kid III
  • The Last Days
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Master
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
  • Continuum: Season 3
  • Baby Daddy: Season 3
  • Hell on Wheels: Season 3
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 2
  • Knights of Sidonia: Season 1
  • Lost Girl: Season 4
  • Melissa & Joey: Season 3
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: Season 1

Updated July 1 at 11:10 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Netflix spokesperson and additional new titles to be added in July.