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This one stat shows just how much content Netflix has lost in the past two years

October 11th, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Two years ago, a Redditor by the name of clayton_frisbie cross-referenced IMDb’s list of the 250 top rated movies with the Netflix streaming catalog. He found that 49 of the top 250 movies were available on Netflix US — not an incredibly impressive percentage, but a solid selection of well-regarded films nonetheless.

Since 2014, Netflix has lost a great deal of content. In fact, the content library has nearly been cut in half since 2012, and with it have gone many popular films.

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This week, Streaming Observer went back to the IMDb Top 250 to see how many films still remained on Netflix. It turns out that Netflix US now only has 31 movies of the top 250 movies. Here they are in order of where they appear on the list:

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Forrest Gump
  3. The Usual Suspects
  4. Saving Private Ryan
  5. Back to the Future
  6. Gladiator
  7. Sunset Boulevard
  8. Cinema Paradiso
  9. Django Unchained
  10. The Shining
  11. American Beauty
  12. Reservoir Dogs
  13. Braveheart
  14. Amélie
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird
  16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  17. Amadeus
  18. The Hunt
  19. Good Will Hunting
  20. V for Vendetta
  21. Trainspotting
  22. No Country for Old Men
  23. Into the Wild
  24. There Will Be Blood
  25. Spotlight
  26. The Princess Bride
  27. Zootopia
  28. The Truman Show
  29. Jaws
  30. Ip Man
  31. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Netflix has made it increasingly clear that it would rather focus on providing quality original programming than licensing deals, but it is a bit surprising to see so many popular and critically-acclaimed movies leaving the service.

As long as Netflix exists, it will continue to license movies and television shows that it thinks will keep old customers on board and bring new customers into the fold (as evidenced by our monthly New on Netflix posts). But as the company continues to focus on original content, licensed content will vanish.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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