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Tom Cruise’s Top Gun (1986) Leaves Netflix This Month, Infuriating Fans

With new movies and seasons coming to the streaming juggernaut Netflix this year, it is an obvious tradition for fans to go back to the original for a quick recap. The latest releases this year have put Netflix in a prime spot for viewers to come back to. The Duffer Brothers’ creation, Stranger Things, is one of them. And now with the pandemic era launch of the record-breaking Top Gun: Maverick, fans as well as newcomers can only be expected to go back to Top Gun (1986) to catch up on those loose emotions that came with watching Maverick, Goose, and Iceman soaring in the air. Keeping all of that in mind, and knowing how easily all of us succumb to the temptations of binge-watching, it is only right for fans to be outraged when Netflix suddenly drops Top Gun from its platform after having had it for all of these years. As May comes to an end, let’s look at a few other additions and removals that took place on the streaming platform this month.

Top Gun to leave Netflix
A still from Top Gun (1986)

What’s New on Netflix?

With the world getting somewhat back to normal since 2019, it’s only expected for PVR and IMAX theatres to get their fair share of footfalls, popcorn, and eyes glued to the screen this year. But without the constant supply of new movies, it comes down to what our streaming home theatre has in store for us.

Netflix is known for expanding its boundaries from a mere hoard of movies to producing its own originals. Among those originals, Stranger Things is arguably the best thing to have happened to all of us for sure. With an entirely new season launching on May 27, viewers are rushing to binge-watch and catch up on the previous ones. Season 4 of the series will have 9 episodes in total of which viewers will only find the first 7 on launch day. The last two episodes, i.e. Stranger Things 4: Vol 2 will be feature-length and are expected on July 1.

Netflix Stranger Things Season 4
Stranger Things Season 4: Volume 1

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Apart from that, Netflix is bringing the rom-com Crazy Stupid Love, Clint Eastwood’s iconic movie, Dirty Harry, and another iconic film — Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump is coming to the platform as well. Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America, Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo, and Rambo: Last Blood, Brad Pitt’s Seven Years in Tibet, Cruise’s War of the Worlds, and Meg Ryan’s When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail is coming to Netflix as well.

Netflix Series Arrivals

Among new series, we have Mike Myers’ The Pentaverate and The Lincoln Lawyer, The Sound of Magic, Welcome to Eden, Outlander’s Season 5, Who Killed Sara? Season 3, Love, Death & Robots Season 3, and Love On The Spectrum U.S.

Also read: Best animated shows to watch on Netflix right now


Leaving Netflix in May 2022

All the new additions however don’t dampen the hurt that is now evident in the missing thumbnail of Top Gun (1986). Fans of the beloved Tony Scott classic will not get to see the original while anticipating the 36-years-late sequel Top Gun: Maverick. But in an even more devastating and personal loss, Netflix is losing one of its highly acclaimed period dramas, Downton Abbey. The British series brought fame to the highly talented Michelle Dockery.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey

Also read: How many of the British stereotypes that we see on Netflix are True?

Apart from that, Netflix is also letting go of the Hollywood ensemble Christmas movie New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet, Sniper: Legacy, Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side, The Devil’s Advocate, The Final Destination, and two of its sequels (3 and 5), and Zoolander.

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Written by Diya

With a degree in Literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has nearly 1500 published articles on FandomWire. Her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema while being a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh. Other skills include being the proud owner of an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists.