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8 movies leaving Netflix you have to watch before August ends

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 2021-08-30

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Reese Witherspoon in "Election."
"The Big Lebowski"
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Jeff Bridges in "The Big Lebowski."

The Coen brothers' cult classic mixes stoner comedy with private eye detective movies to create a film that took years after it was released to finally be appreciated.

And a big reason is Jeff Bridges' perfect performance as "The Dude."

"Chinatown"
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Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in "Chinatown."

Roman Polanski's look at Hollywood's past highlights all its back-dealing ugliness as we follow private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) on the case that may break him.

It also features one of the greatest closing lines of any movie: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

"The Departed"
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(L-R) Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in "The Departed."

Marking the only Oscar win for director Martin Scorsese, here he puts his gangster movie spin on this Americanized retelling of the hit 2002 Hong Kong movie "Infernal Affairs."

Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson all give top performances in a movie where no one can be trusted.

"Election"
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Reese Witherspoon in "Election."

Reese Witherspoon scored a much-deserved Golden Globe nomination for her performance as a high-school overachiever who runs for student government president. But she meets her match in a teacher (Matthew Broderick) who can't stand her.

"Love, Actually"
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Hugh Grant in "Love, Actually."

Yeah, it's super hot out, but that might be the best reason to dive into this beloved holiday rom-com starring Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson.

"The Ring"
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"The Ring."

If you need a scare to end the month, you can't go wrong with this remake of a 1998 Japanese horror movie that launched a franchise here in the US. And it also will get you nostalgic for the days of VHS tapes (Google it, kids).

"The Social Network"
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(L-R) Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network."

David Fincher's look at the creation of Facebook has become an instant classic thanks to performances by Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield.

"Superbad"
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(L-R) Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in "Superbad."

You can't go wrong with this high-school comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as two buddies who are looking to lose their virginity before going to college.

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