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5 Netflix movies to watch before they leave in August 2022

Tom Cruise scales a building in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Dozens of movies and shows are leaving Netflix in the month of August 2022, but you're in luck as there's plenty of time to watch them. 

At least many of the best Netflix movies and best Netflix shows remain, while titles that are new on Netflix will drop throughout the month. Netflix is constantly adding and subtracting stuff, though movies tend to cycle in and out more frequently than shows. We're not sure if any of these departures will push you to cancel Netflix, but their absence will surely be frustrating to some. 

With our recommendations, you'll have a better chance of making the most of your Netflix subscription this month. The list of departing movies has something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a retro comedy, a Martin Scorsese classic and one of Tom Cruise's best action flicks. 

Here's what to watch before they leave Netflix in August 2022. Plus, check out our guide on new movies and shows to watch this weekend and our picks for what to watch in August (opens in new tab) across all the best streaming services.

The best Netflix movies leaving in Augst 2022

The Conjuring

Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring

(Image credit: Michael Tackett)

The Conjuring has a throwback feeling with its use of old-school special effects to produce scares. It clearly works wells — the horror movie has spawned sequel after sequel and multiple spinoffs, with no signs of slowing down. At this point, The Conjuring Universe rivals the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The story follows a pair of real-life paranormal investigators, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) warren as they look into spooky happenings. This first chapter sees them checking out the Perrons' farmhouse, where a couple and their five daughters just moved in. The clairvoyant Lorraine senses dark forces at work which could endanger them all.

Leaving August 20 | Stream it on Netflix (opens in new tab)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Will Ferrell is the king of movies that you can watch again and again. In the highly repeatable Anchorman, he plays a chauvinistic 1970's anchorman named Ron Burgundy who thinks he's heaven's gift to women everywhere. His buddies back him up — sometimes literally, like during a street fight. But his worldview is turned upside down by the arrival of co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).

Leaving August 31 | Stream it on Netflix (opens in new tab)

Goodfellas

Celebrate the late, great Ray Liotta by watching Goodfellas before it leaves Netflix. Martin Scorsese's crime drama is widely considered one of the best movies ever made, with Liotta lauded for his lead performance as Henry Hill. 

Based on a true story, Goodfellas tracks Henry's rise from his poor Irish-Italian roots in 1950s New York City to wealth and status as a mafia wiseguy, then an FBI informant in the witness protection program. He starts out pulling off petty crimes, then moves into dealing cocaine and even committing murder. At his peak, he and associates (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci) spend their nights carousing at the Copacabana club. But it all comes crashing down when Henry is sent to prison and he realizes his family is being targeted. 

Leaving August 31 | Stream it on Netflix (opens in new tab)

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

The fourth installment is the Mission: Impossible film series is the best one. It achieved that feat with a jaw-dropping action sequence in which Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt scales the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. That was maybe the first (but certainly not last) time many people realized just how far Cruise was willing to go in pulling off incredible stunts.

Many people are rediscovering appreciation for Cruise as an old-school movie star and action icon, thanks to the gonzo success of Top Gun: Maverick. In Ghost Protocol, you can see when he really took personally executing stunts to the next level.

Leaving August 31| Stream it on Netflix (opens in new tab)

Wyatt Earp

Years before Kevin Costner was riding horses and shooting guns as a rancher in the hit series Yellowstone, he played the famous lawman Wyatt Earp in this 1994 Western. It chronicles his life from his Iowa farmboy childhood to his stint as a feared marshal to the feud in Tombstone, Arizona that led to the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight. 

Funnily enough, Wyatt Earp was one of two big-budget movies in that era with the same characters depicting similar events; the other was 1993's Tombstone. While the latter is somewhat more acclaimed, Wyatt Earp is credited as being more historically accurate. 

Leaving August 31 | Stream it on Netflix (opens in new tab)

Everything leaving Netflix in August 2022

Leaving 8/4/22
They've Gotta Have Us: Season 1

Leaving 8/5/22
Screwball

Leaving 8/7/22
We Summon the Darkness

Leaving 8/9/22
Demonic
The Saint

Leaving 8/10/22
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Leaving 8/15/22
Endless Love
Selfless

Leaving 8/20/22
The Conjuring

Leaving 8/23/22
Young & Hungry: Seasons 1-5

Leaving 8/24/22
The November Man
Wheel of Fortune: Season 35-37

Leaving 8/25/22
Taxi Driver
The Visit

Leaving 8/27/22
Wind River

Leaving 8/30/22
In the Line of Fire

Leaving 8/31/22
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Agatha Christie's Crooked House
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Cliffhanger
The Dark Knight Rises
The Departed
GoodFellas
Grown Ups
Halloween
Just Like Heaven
Kung Fu Panda 2
Major Dad: Seasons 1-4
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible II
Premonition
Public Enemies
Rise of the Guardians
Soul Surfer
Starship Troopers
Titanic
We Are Marshall
Wyatt Earp

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Kelly Woo
Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.