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From Tim Burton to Rian Johnson: 7 films to watch on Netflix before they leave in June 2022

Netflix is constantly adding new titles to its shelves to entertain its subscribers. Despite a massive subscriber exodus and falling stock prices, the streamer has consistently added promising content in June 2022.

June 2022 has witnessed the release of the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders, the popular Adam Sandler film Hustle, Jennifer Lopez’s halftime, Chris Hemsworth’s Spiderhead etc.

The dysfunctional Hargreeves family will soon make an appearance alongside their alter-egos, the Sparrows in the third season of The Umbrella Academy.

However, in order to make space for new titles, some older ones will be leaving the streamer, much to the chagrin of fans. This legion includes one of the scariest and most famous horror films of all time, the 1973 William Friedkin film The Exorcist

As a final call for you to watch these brilliant titles before they leave the streamer forever, here is a list of seven films on Netflix you must watch before they leave in June 2022:

7 films to watch on Netflix before they leave in June 2022

Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012)

Netflix has a pretty complicated relationship with this film as it keeps adding and removing the title to its shelves. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro among others, the film is a brilliant old-school romantic comedy which sees great camaraderie between the characters, perfectly balancing romance, melodrama and cynicism.

After being discharged from the clinic, pat, who suffered from severe bipolar disorder, is sent back to his home in Pennsylvania. Fixated on winning back his estranged wife, he strikes a deal with a young widow where he helps her in a dance competition while the latter aids him in his struggle to win over his wife. Sparks fly and undeniable attraction ensues, only to be hindered by the wedding rings on their respective fingers.

The film left Netflix on June 17th, 2022.

The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)

Starring Linda Bair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and several other actors, The Exorcist is an iconic horror masterpiece that has prevailed as a timeless genre classic. Various accidents and mishaps on the sets of the film add to the mysterious hysteria and mystique surrounding its creation; The Exorcist has quite the cursed reputation and is an absolute delight for horror aficionados.

The film is based on Wiliam Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. It revolves around the possession of a young girl named Regan by a dangerous demonic entity called Pazuzu while she messes around with her Ouija board. As things for awry for Reagan and her mother, Chris, the film details a raw and harrowing fight between good and evil, shaking the foundations of faith and belief.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.

Corpse Bride (Tim Burton, Mike Johnson, 2005)

Starring an incredible ensemble cast, namely Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Emily Watson and others, the film is a quintessential fun and macabre Burton musical dipped in chaotic romance, brilliant visuals and humour. With several emotional twists and turns and whimsical characters, the film is an animated delight.

The son of a noveau-rich merchant family named Victor is nervous about his marriage to the beautiful Victoria. As he practices his vows with a tree and places his wedding ring on the root, the root turns out to be the finger of Emily, a revenant woman who rises from the dead as his wife. An epic love triangle ensues as Victor is caught in a web of love, lies, heartbreak and longing.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.

Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012)

Starring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano among others, the film is highly underrated and perhaps one of Willis’ best. It revolves around Willis’ character, Joe, who travels in the past to meet his older self. The film is set in a dystopian future where hitmen can be sent to the past or future by mob bosses to dip their toes into the grimy waters of crime and violence. 

Willis, too, considers the film the best of his career. Besides showering the director with high praise, he once said, “It’s better than anything I’ve ever done. … [director] Rian [Johnson] did an amazing thing.” he said,  “It’s a story people are going to talk about, and see twice. And argue about. I was arguing with myself about the story when I read it the first time.” The film has brilliant misleading facial prosthetics that made Gordon-Levitt bear an uncanny resemblance to Willis’ younger days, which “kind of freaked Bruce out”, according to the director.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.

Shrek Forever After (Mike Mitchell, 2010)

The Shrek franchise became extremely popular on Netflix after it was added to the streamer, especially the final instalment, Shrek Forever After. Starring voice-overs from Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews and many more, the film was a massive box office hit.

After Shrek settles down with Fiona, the film chronicles the trials and tribulations of fatherhood and the ensuing responsibilities of a domesticated ogre as he yearns for singlehood and solitude. Lured in by the evil Rumplestiltskin, the ogre is soon forced into signing away everything that he holds dear to him which might have disastrous, life-altering consequences.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.

Memoirs of a Geisha (Rob Marshall, 2005)

Marshall’s Academy Award-winning film is a luscious and colourfully curated creation which gives an intimate insight into the world of the geisha house and the life of the geishas. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe and several other actors.

While the film was heavily criticised in China and Japan, it was a box office success and has recently topped global charts on Netflix. It is adapted from Arthur Golden’s 1997 novel of the same name and presents the sacrifices and hardships the geishas endure in a pre-World War II society.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.

Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

Brilliant and profound, Spike Jonze’s Her is an eclectic blend of sci-fi and rom-com genre elements, focusing on an insightful and unsettling futuristic tale that questions love, loneliness and heartbreak. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and an omnipresent voice-over from Scarlett Johansson, this immersive tear-jerker is both peculiar and poignant.

It focuses on a lonely and depressed recluse named Theodore who struggles with his divorce from his childhood sweetheart before finding solace in an AI named Samantha. Soon, he falls in love with Samantha despite how unbridgeable the gap is between their real and virtual existence.

The film is scheduled to leave Netflix on June 30th, 2022.