Ryan Gosling’s comic brilliance in The Nice Guys – and everything else leaving Netflix AU in May

As any Netflix viewer knows, with one hand the streamer may giveth movies and series, but with the other it taketh away… Steve Newall lets you know what’s leaving Netflix next month, so you can arrange some last-chance viewing accordingly.

Craig Mathieson’s 50 best movies on Netflix always requires a few adjustments each month—but May’s departing titles put a dent in the list. He’ll figure out suitable replacements soon enough, but for now, consider watching Best 50 selections Breaker Morant (leaving May 12), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (May 12), Heathers (May 8) and The LEGO Movie (May 15) before they leave Netflix.

One film that definitely deserves a watch is Shane Black’s excellent comic noir The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a great odd-couple, comprising a comically hapless PI (Gosling) and a rough-as-guts enforcer (Crowe). Careening around 1970s Los Angeles, the duo try to track down a missing young woman whose trail will lead them into the pornography industry and conflict with the city’s bureaucracy (and of course some hoodlums and assorted cannon fodder).

Shane Black was back at his best here after his comeback with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the chemistry between Gosling and Crowe is nothing short of magnificent. This is also a must-see for everyone who found Gosling hilarious in Barbie. The dude’s hilarious, the pic extremely rewatchable.

Read on for the full list of departing titles, and prepare yourself to farewell a large number of other faves, including the likes of Blade Runner 2049, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Dancing, Edge of Tomorrow,Fifty Shades of Grey, John Wick, Magic Mike, The Notebook and Training Day.

Multiple entries in the Lord of the Rings, Despicable Me, Shrek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series also leave Netflix in May—just in time for the end of the school holidays.

A big chunk of Australian classics sadly depart next month too, among them Bad Boy Bubby, BMX Bandits, Malcolm, The Nightingale, Puberty Blues, Shine, Sirens, Two Hands and Walkabout.

Leaving Netflix May 1

7 Days in Entebbe
Australian Rules
Blade Runner 2049
Catch Me If You Can
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Dirty Dancing
Dream House
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads: Season 1
Erskineville Kings
From Time to Time
Head On
John Wick
Kung Fu Panda 3
Last Holiday
Little Man
Lockie Leonard: Season 1
Man of the House
Pacific Rim
Perfect Stranger
Primal Fear
Proud Mary
Round the Twist: Series 1
Round the Twist: Series 2
Round the Twist: Series 3
Round the Twist: Series 4
Scream 4
Simon: Season 1
Simon: Season 2
Sincerely Yours, Dhaka
Spellbinder: Series 1
Spellbinder: Series 2
Stir of Echoes
Sun Cry Moon
Sur Sapata
The 5th Wave
The Hangove
The Last Airbender
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Notebook
The Tracker
Total Drama: All Stars
Total Drama: Pahkitew Island
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race
Total Drama: World Tour
Two Hands
White House Down

Leaving Netflix May 2

Bennett’s War
Boys Over Flowers: Volume 1
Cry Babies Magic Tears: Season 1
Lady Driver
Munafik 2
Star Trek Beyond
The Stand at Paxton County

Leaving Netflix May 3

Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 3
Don’t Breathe 2
School of Rock

Leaving Netflix May 4

Armageddon Time
Chris Distefano: Speshy Weshy

Leaving Netflix May 5

Angel Baby
Bad Boy Bubby
Dating the Enemy
Divinyls Live: Jailhouse Rock
Eat Drink Man Woman
Lilian’s Story
Love Serenade
Sniper: Ghost Shooter

Leaving Netflix May 6

In Our Mothers’ Gardens

Leaving Netflix May 7

City of God: 10 Years Later

Leaving Netflix May 8

An Angel at My Table
Babette’s Feast
Have You Ever Seen Fireflies? – Theatre Play
Heart of Champions
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Coca-Cola Kid

Leaving Netflix May 11

Halloween Ends
Illegal Woman

Leaving Netflix May 12

Assault on Precinct 13
BMX Bandits
Breaker Morant
Careful, He Might Hear You
Day of the Dead
Death Cheaters
Don’s Party
Monkey: Part 1
Monkey: Part 2
Puberty Blues
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
The Defected: Season 1
Watership Down

Leaving Netflix May 14

Mere Pyare Prime Minister
Rencor tatuado

Leaving Netflix May 15

A Bad Moms Christmas
Alien: Covenant
A Simple Favor
Big Momma’s House
Brand New Day
Edge of Tomorrow
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fat Pizza
I Hear You: Season 1
Magic Mike
Monster Family
Mr. Church
Paper Planes
San Andreas
Terminator Genisys
The Back of Beyond
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The Last Exorcism
The Last Vermeer
The Lego Movie
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Nice Guys
The Nightingale
The Right Kind of Wrong
The Spy Who Dumped Me
They’re a Weird Mob
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Wolf Creek 2

Leaving Netflix May 16

Bee Movie
Central Intelligence
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Fifty Shades of Grey
Girls Trip
Long Live the Bonus Family
Pure as Snow
Shark Tale
Sleepless Society: Two Pillows & A Lost Soul: Season 1

Leaving Netflix May 17

Born in Gaza
Born in Syria
Hwarang: Season 1
Love in the Moonlight: Season 1
Mokalik (Mechanic)
October 1
Phone Swap
The Bridge
The Figurine (Araromire)
The Producers: Season 1
Uncontrollably Fond: Season 1

Leaving Netflix May 18

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Dying to Tell
Shrek 2
Shrek the Third
Well-Intended Love: Season 1
Well-Intended Love: Season 2

Leaving Netflix May 20


Leaving Netflix May 21

The 100: Season 1
The 100: Season 2
The 100: Season 3
The 100: Season 4
The 100: Season 5
The 100: Season 6
The 100: Season 7
Until Midnight

Leaving Netflix May 22

ONE PIECE: Sky Island: Skypiea
ONE PIECE: Sky Island: The Golden Bell
ONE PIECE: TV Original 1
Sam Smith: Love Goes – Live at Abbey Road Studios

Leaving Netflix May 24

The Perfect Storm

Leaving Netflix May 25

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Numberblocks: Season 2
Numberblocks: Season 3
Numberblocks: Season 4
Numberblocks: Season 5
Numberblocks: Season 6
The Rover
Training Day

Leaving Netflix May 28

The Day I Lost My Shadow

Leaving Netflix May 31

Dirty Grandpa