The 7 Movies You Have To Watch Before They Leave Netflix In June

June is just around the corner, and with it will come the beginning of summer. If you're less stoked about the sun and the sand of the upcoming season and more interested in relaxing indoors with a good movie, we can't blame you. Lucky for you film lovers, Netflix is bringing a triple-scoop sundae of delicious offerings to its content catalog in June — but to make room for the new arrivals, several special titles are getting tossed in the trash. Such is life in the streaming world: sites give, but they also must take away.

Netflix just dropped the complete list of everything leaving the platform in June — from a bundle of beloved animated Disney films to a documentary about minimalism to two thirds of the Legally Blonde trilogy. Those departing picks may not make everyone shed a tear, but there are a number of undeniably kickass films that everyone should see before they're booted off Netflix in the coming weeks. 

Here's a last fond look at the movies you have to watch before they leave Netflix in June.

Apollo 13

Revered as a masterful effort in storytelling and the leading exemplar of space dramas, director Ron Howard's Apollo 13 rocked the world when it premiered in 1995, and has continued spellbinding cinema lovers ever since. The film takes its name from and tells the tale of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission that took place on April 11, 1970 — the Apollo space program's third attempt to land on the moon.

Adapted from the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, the Oscar-winning feature stars Tom Hanks as Commander Jim Lovell, Kevin Bacon as backup Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert, and Bill Paxton as Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise — the trio of men aboard the ship who experienced a mid-mission explosion that threatened their oxygen and power supplies. The unexpected detonation dashed NASA's dream of additional lunar exploration at the time, and turned the expedition from one filled with hope and possibility to a race to bring the men back to Earth in one piece.

There's a reason why Apollo 13 is regarded as a "soaring salute to space exploration" and Ron Howard's best film yet, and why it won all those Academy Awards at the 1996 ceremony. Netflix subscribers have until June 1 to discover the magic of Apollo 13 — or else they'll be left saying, "Houston, we have a problem."

Friday the 13th

If people can celebrate Christmas in July, who's to say you can't bask in some Halloween-style horror in June? Get into the spooky spirit a season early with Friday the 13th, the 2009 take on the horror movie classic from the 1980s.

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki leads the Friday the 13th refresh, which centers around his character, Clay, as he combs through the woods of the infamous Camp Crystal Lake to look for his missing sister, Whitney (Amanda Righetti). He soon discovers the remains of an abandoned cabin, thick with moss and deteriorating thanks to years of neglect, and later learns that something even eerier awaits him in the woodland: the machete-wielding, hockey mask-wearing serial killer Jason Voorhees.

While many still prefer the original over this late 2000s face-lifted revival, the Padalecki-topped Friday the 13th is as tense as its predecessors, more commercially successful than some of them, and satisfying in plenty of ways. Some longtime franchise fans dug the film so much that they have even placed it in the upper tier of their personal best-of-the-series lists.

Decide where you stand on the original-versus-remake debate before Friday the 13th disappears from Netflix on June 1.

I Am Legend

Before Will Smith was the singing-and-dancing big blue CGI Genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin, he was a bona fide leading man who played around in all sorts of film genres. One of his most memorable performances came in Francis Lawrence's 2007 film I Am Legend, in which Smith gives a hell of a turn as U.S. Army virologist Robert Neville, who lives in near-total isolation after a re-engineered measles virus meant to cure cancer wipes out the vast majority of the world's population and turns most of the survivors into deadly, light-sensitive creatures known as Darkseekers. Smith's dazzling performance is the best part of I Am Legend, described by one critic as the actor's "astounding one man show [that] is never less than physically and emotionally shattering."

Aside from all the soul Smith poured into I Am Legend, the film is great because it tickles the fancies of just about every kind of film fan: it's post-apocalyptic, it's sci-fi, it's horror, it's drama, it's a gritty "what if?" story, it's basically a dark version of Cast Away, and it's, at times, genuinely funny.

Those interested in catching I Am Legend on Netflix have until June 1 to do so.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2

Sound the iconic alarm: Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2 are going bye-bye from Netflix in June. 

Two impactful entries in director Quentin Tarantino's filmography, the Kill Bill duology features Uma Thurman at her most badass — she plays an expert assassin referred to as the Bride (real name: Beatrix Kiddo) and picks off fellow members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad whose betrayal landed her in a four-year-long coma. The Bride begins her crusade of vengeance in the original Kill Bill, which also stars Lucy Liu as the Bride's first target O-Ren Ishii, and continues slashing and slaying in the sequel, confronting Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Budd (Michael Madsen), Elle (Daryl Hannah), and the titular Bill (David Carradine), her former lover.

Homages to grindhouse cinema, each packed with nods to martial arts movies and spaghetti westerns, the two Kill Bill flicks are requisite viewing for any Tarantino fan. Those looking to binge-watch the filmmaker's full body of work ahead of the July launch of his newest feature, the '60s-set Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, had better get cracking. On June 1, Netflix will take a blade to Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2 much like the Bride took her sword to O-Ren Ishii's head.

District 9

Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi action flick District 9 is almost universally loved — and it isn't hard to see why. Blending together fictional found footage and traditional cinematic storytelling as it adapts Blomkamp's own short film Alive in Joburg, District 9 takes place in an alternate Johannesburg, South Africa, and ranges over a number of heavy-hitting themes in the process. Led by Sharlto Copley as the gentle-natured Wikus van de Merwe, a bureaucrat working for MNU Department of Alien Affairs, the film explores what it means to be a human, how segregation affects individuals, and the insidiousness of xenophobia as it tells the story of the South African government stumbling upon a group of malnourished aliens and then sequestering them on the internment camp known as District 9.

Nearly 30 years after the initial discovery, the government and the weapons manufacturer Multinational United (MNU) are relocating the resource-squandering aliens (a.k.a. "prawns") to a new location. An alien called Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope), his son, and his friend try to make a break for it — eventually crossing paths with van de Merwe himself. Things quickly go sour, and what follows is a thrilling and thought-provoking character drama wrapped up in sci-fi goodness.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, queue up District 9 on Netflix before it leaves the platform on June 4.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Not that it will take much to convince anyone to watch a Marvel movie, but we can think of several reasons why June 2019 is the perfect month to load Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on your small screen.

The spacefaring superhero sequel sees the titular Guardians team — Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) — face an attack from the Sovereign race and its leader Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) that spirals into a high-stakes adventure escaping imprisonment and discovering the truth about Star-Lord's father, the ancient Celestial Ego (Kurt Russell), who isn't going to win any Dad of the Year awards.

Now that the world has entered the post-Avengers: Endgame timeline, it's a waiting game to see what Marvel has up its sleeve for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still on the distant horizon, so all fans have to savor of the franchise for now is the first Guardians sequel.

Don't miss it before it flies off Netflix's content shelves on June 5.

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now is haunting, visually rousing, and valiant — one of cinema's most enduring pieces of art. Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando lead the film as U.S. Army special ops officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard and the highly feared, heavily decorated renegade officer Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, whom Willard is tasked with killing.

Though Apocalypse Now received mixed reviews upon its release in 1979, it went on to receive eight Academy Award nominations, be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and designated as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant," and get elected as one of the greatest films in history across various outlets' rankings. People are still praising Apocalypse Now to this day, writing that audiences will "never see the likes of Francis Ford Coppola's war epic again."

Apocalypse Now is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and will depart from Netflix on June 15, so there truly is no better time to revisit it or watch it for the very first time.