With Netflix's Ad-Tier, Here Are 258 Movies And TV Shows You Can't Watch (2023)

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The basic with ads tier on Netflix may be cheaper, but you'll be locked out from some of the streaming service's content.

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Netflix has introduced a new tier to its lineup for customers. Titled "Basic with ads," users pay $7 a month to watch the streaming service's content in 720p with ads. However, due to licensing rights, there are more than a few movies and TV shows not included in this plan. In fact, there are over 250 titles that are simply locked away from those using the ad tier.

The new ad-tier does a very good job at hiding content you can't access from your home screen. Occasionally, in the Top 10 sections, you'll see a movie with a red lock in the upper-right hand corner of the image. However, there's no real easy way to find all the content you can't watch with an ad-tier account.

So we went through Netflix's search, for hours, to find every movie and TV show we were locked out of, and there were a lot of surprises. Licensing agreements can be a bit tricky, and most of the time, we have no clue as to what the details are, but there were some obvious things we figured out along the way.

First and foremost, there is a lot of Netflix Original content you cannot access with this basic with ads account. The majority of it is tied to Dreamworks Animation. Boss Baby, Trollhunter, Madagascar, and more are locked. Of course, given that these are aimed at younger audiences, perhaps Netflix is looking into a way to make sure only age-appropriate ads are played.

Back in March, Amazon purchased MGM, so Prime Videos' movie catalog is growing by leaps and bounds. What's the biggest franchise to come out of MGM? Bond, James Bond. Most likely because of the new ownership of 007, Netflix can only include the Daniel Craig Bond movies in tiers without ads.In addition to Amazon-owned content, we found content from Telemundo locked as well.

On the straight-to-digital side of things, there are a surprising number of John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone movies from the past two decades that are locked out, and these are movies you may have never heard of before.

In order to watch all of these shows and movies, you'll have to upgrade your plan. There are three tiers higher than basic with ads, and none of them are ad-supported, but of course, you'll have to pay more. There's basic for $10 a month, which is the same as basic with ads but without the ads. There's standard for $15.50 a month, which bumps up the HD quality to 1080p. And there's premium for $20, which bumps the quality up to 4K UHD, though it's worth noting that every title isn't available in 4K. It's also worth pointing out that basic with ads is the only tier where you can't download content on a supported device to watch later.

Below, you'll find every TV show and movie locked for Netflix's basic with ads plan.

Note: This list applies to Netflix in the United States. Each country has their own licensing agreements and outside of the US, there may be items on this list that are watchable or items that are locked that are watchable in the US. Additionally, because there's no easy way to see what items are locked to ad-tier subscribers, there may be a select few missing from our list.

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Movies

  • 21
  • 28 Days
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • The Age of Adaline
  • Alpha and Omega
  • The Alpinist
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door
  • American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules
  • American Ultra
  • August: Osage County
  • Backtrace
  • The Bad Guys
  • Bad Words
  • A Baker and the Beauty
  • Battle: Los Angeles
  • Ben is Back
  • Big Eyes
  • Birth of the Dragon
  • Blackhat
  • Blade of the 47 Ronin
  • Blair Witch
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Blood and Bone
  • The Book of Henry
  • The Bounty Hunter
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • El Chema
  • Children of the Sea
  • Cleaner
  • Contraband
  • Crimson Peak
  • Daddy Day Camp
  • The Danish Girl
  • Darkest Hour
  • Delta Farce
  • Dope
  • Doom Annihilation
  • Dracula Untold
  • Dragonheart: Vengeance
  • The Duff
  • Effie Gray
  • Empire State
  • Endless Love
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • Falsa Identidad
  • Father Christmas is Back
  • Father Stu
  • Final Score
  • Fireworks
  • Five Feet Apart
  • The Forest
  • Funan
  • Geronimo: An American Legend
  • Get On Up
  • The Giver
  • Good Girls
  • A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
  • Good on Paper
  • Grand Daddy Day Care
  • The Green Inferno
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Hateful Eight: Extended Version
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hop
  • How High 2
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Honey Girls
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Imitation Game
  • Imposters
  • Incarnate
  • The Interpreter
  • The Interview
  • It Follows
  • Jarhead: Law of Return
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Jexi
  • John Carpenter's Vampires
  • Justice
  • King of Thieves
  • A Knight's Tale
  • Labyrinth
  • Land of the Lost
  • Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Legend (2015)
  • Les Misérables (2012)
  • Linewatch
  • The Little Rascals
  • The Little Vampire
  • LOL
  • Loving
  • Lowrider
  • Made of Honor
  • Man on a Ledge
  • Margin Call
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • Missing Link
  • The Mist
  • MFKZ
  • A Monster Calls
  • Morbius
  • Mr. Right
  • The Munsters
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Notting Hill
  • Oblivion
  • Okko's Inn
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Paddington
  • The Phantom Thread
  • Pineapple Express
  • Piranha (2010)
  • The Poison Rose
  • Pope Francis: A Man of his Word
  • Puerto Ricans in Paris
  • Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Rambo (2008)
  • Rambo: Last Blood
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Raw
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Riot
  • Road House
  • Robin Hood (2010)
  • RV
  • Rush
  • St. Vincent
  • Savages
  • Scary Movie V
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Seven Pounds
  • Seventh Son
  • The Shack
  • She's Funny That Way
  • Shooter
  • Siberia
  • Sing 2
  • Skyfall
  • Snatch
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Soul Plane
  • Speed Kills
  • The Spy Next Door
  • State of Play
  • Steve Jobs
  • Still Alice
  • The Stolen
  • S.W.A.T. Under Siege
  • The Take
  • Take the Ball Pass the Ball
  • Term Life
  • That's My Boy
  • Trading Paint
  • Tremors: Shrieker Island
  • Undercover Brother 2
  • Umma
  • Uncharted
  • Undefeated
  • Unfriended
  • In a Valley of Violence
  • Vampires vs. The Bronx
  • Vice
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Walking Tall
  • Walk of Shame
  • Wanted
  • We Die Young
  • Welcome to Sudden Death
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
  • Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
  • Wild Card
  • Wish Upon a Unicorn
  • Woman in Gold
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  • XV Beyond the Tryline
  • The Yeti Adventures
  • You Cannot Hide
  • The Young Messiah
  • Zathura
  • The Zookeeper's Wife

TV Shows

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  • All Hail King Julien
  • All Hail King Julien: Exiled
  • All Hail King Julien: Happy Birthday to You!
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door
  • Archibald's Next Big Thing
  • Arrested Development
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead
  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business
  • The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib
  • The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!
  • Captain Underpants: Epic Choice-O-Rama
  • Dawn of the Croods
  • Diary of a Gigolo
  • Dinotrux Happy Birthday to You
  • Dinotrux Supercharged
  • Dirty John
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders
  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders Huttsgalor Holiday
  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space!
  • El Final Del Paraiso
  • Fast & Furious: Spy Racers - Homecoming
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Gabby's Dollhouse
  • Go Dog Go
  • The Good Place
  • Greenleaf
  • High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule
  • House of Cards
  • The Inmate
  • Jenni Rivera: Mariposa De Barrio: La Serie
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • Knight Rider
  • Knight Rider 2000
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight
  • The Last Kingdom
  • The Magicians
  • Malverde: El Santo Patrón
  • Marlon
  • Minions & More 1
  • Monster High: Electrified
  • New Girl
  • No Te Puedes Esconder
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Playing with Fire
  • Queen of the South
  • She-Ra and the Princess of Power
  • The Sinner
  • Spirit: Riding Free
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Pony Tales
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Ride Along Adventure
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Riding Academy
  • The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-A-Ween
  • Stargate: SG-1
  • Team Zenko Go
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • Trollhunters: Happy Birthday to You
  • Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On
  • Uncoupled
  • Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie
  • Vampire Academy
  • Van Helsing
  • VeggieTales in the City
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
  • Wyonna Earp

All of the Netflix Originals listed below are already included in the TV Shows and Movies sections above and not part of the 250+ movies and TV show count.

Netflix Originals

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  • All Hail King Julien
  • All Hail King Julien: Exiled
  • All Hail King Julien: Happy Birthday to You!
  • Archibald's Next Big Thing
  • Arrested Development
  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business
  • The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib
  • The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!
  • Dawn of the Croods
  • Dinotrux Happy Birthday to You
  • Dinotrux Supercharged
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders
  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders Huttsgalor Holiday
  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space!
  • Fast & Furious: Spy Racers - Homecoming
  • Gabby's Dollhouse
  • Go Dog Go
  • High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule
  • House of Cards
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight
  • The Last Kingdom
  • Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale
  • She-Ra and the Princess of Power
  • Spirit: Riding Free
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Pony Tales
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Ride Along Adventure
  • Spirit: Riding Free - Riding Academy
  • The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-A-Ween
  • Team Zenko Go
  • Trollhunters: Happy Birthday to You
  • Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On
  • Uncoupled
  • VeggieTales in the City
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

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