The 10 Most-Watched Movies On Netflix, Ever

Netflix keeps its ratings pretty private, but with 222 million subscribers worldwide and a culture dedicated to marathon binging sessions, it’s safe to say they’re posting some pretty staggering numbers.



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Netflix is ​​both a streaming service and a movie studio; its original content ranges from Oscar-nominated to critically acclaimed. But while the accolades are sweet, Netflix movies exist for one reason and one reason only: to rack up those watch hours. Netflix has compiled a list of its ten most popular English-language films based solely on hours watched in their first 28 days of release.

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‘Spenser Confidential’ – 197,320,000 viewing hours

Mark Wahlberg plays Spenser, an ex-cop fresh out of jail who should quickly flee Boston but stays behind to help his former boxing trainer (Alan Arkin) with his promising new intern. Duke Winston plays the tough MMA fighter, and he comes in handy when Spenser’s former associates wind up murdered, and Spenser recklessly decides to investigate.

Award-Winning Rotten Tomatoes Spenser Confidential just 37%, and the public didn’t rate it much higher, but with Wahlberg starring, they were clearly ready to give it a chance. Most found it derivative and boring. Some reviewers even wondered if it was written entirely by Netflix’s charmless algorithm. Spenser Confidential probably would have flopped at the box office, but since it was “free” to watch with a paid Netflix subscription, a lot of people did.

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‘6 Underground’ – 205,470,000 hours

Ryan Reynolds plays a billionaire philanthropist who fakes his own death to form a team of vigilantes. He recruits five other specialists to join his band of ghosts: Two (Melanie Laurent) is a super spy, Three (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) a hitman, Four (Ben Hardy) a parkour pro and a thief, Five (Adria Arjona) a doctor, and Six (David Franco), a driver.

Director Michael Bay vies for Netflix’s second highest budget (behind Scorsese The Irishman) of $150 million, most of which is spent blowing up expensive cars. Its promising, high-octane trailer hooked subscribers, resulting in huge success in terms of hours watched, but even Reynolds’ charm failed to outweigh Bay’s worst instincts, creating a another tribute to military misogyny. Netflix quietly dropped plans for a sequel.

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‘The Kissing Booth 2’ – 209,250,000 hours

In the first film, She (Joey King) and his best friend Lee (Joel Courtney) had a very specific set of friendship rules that Elle passionately violates in pursuit of her lifelong crush… Lee’s older brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi). In the sequel, Noah is in college and Elle strikes up a new friendship with Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), and their chemistry is undeniable.

Although critics weren’t impressed, fans of the franchise enjoyed it. The King’s Eccentric Antics in the first and hoped for more. Unfortunately, the original film’s dreamy relationship quickly turned toxic in the second, and the director’s lingering fascination with a teenage girl left some of his audience uneasy. Unfortunately, the damage was done, with enough viewing hours racked up to launch a third film.

“The Irishman” – 214,570,000 hours

robert de niro plays Frank, a hitman who has dedicated his life to serving the Bufalino crime family loyally. As an old man, he reflects on his life in the crowd, and the audience watches as humanity is ripped from him. Faced with his own mortality, this sociopath is alone, and rightly so. The relative ease with which he takes out his supposed friend Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) belies his inability to form an attachment, and as he contemplates his sins, he expresses no regret, sorrow, loneliness, or even any feelings.

This movie looks like a Martin Scorsese highlight favorite themes and greatest hits. The Mafia is the perfect setting for his elegy; unlike his lifestyle glamorization in previous films, The Irishman is gloomy and introspective. The stellar cast, including Harvey Keitel, jesse plemons, Joe Pesciand Anna Paquinall reflect different aspects of Frank’s impoverished soul, and Scorsese’s condemnation of his choices seems stark and perhaps even personal.

“The Unforgivable”: 214,700,000 hours

Sandra Bullock plays Ruth, a woman fresh out of prison after committing a violent crime. She returns home, only to find that the house is unwelcoming, unable to forgive her past. With few options, Ruth realizes her only hope for redemption lies with the little sister she left behind.

Critics criticized the contrived plot but praised Bullock’s performance. Audiences clearly responded to his counter-type performance and appreciated the equally talented cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Viola Davisand Rob Morgan. The film’s sense of broken justice and sacrifice clearly struck a chord.

The son of an incarcerated Indian drug lord is kidnapped, but his father refuses to pay the ransom. Instead, black market mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is called for a successful miraculous extraction. He would have succeeded, too, had it not been for a last-minute double cross that threw everything into chaos.

This film is useless in terms of plot or characterization. Fans watch for one reason only: the action. First Time Director Sam Hargrave first met Chris Hemsworth as Chris Evans‘/Captain America’s Stuntman. Marvel was so impressed that he became the MCU’s go-to choreographer. In ExtractionHargrave leans heavily on the throttle, filming car chases strapped to the front of cars and immersing audiences with a continuous eleven-and-a-half-minute action sequence. Expect a sequel later this year.

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‘The Adam Project’ – 233,160,000 hours

12-year-old Adam Reed is mourning the recent loss of his father when he comes across a bloodied pilot who happens to be an older time-traveling version of himself. 12-year-old Adam instantly hates Big/Future Adam, played by Ryan Reynolds, but is convinced to help him when he learns the mission involves going even further to find their father (Marc Ruffalo) and fix things.

Fans of Reynolds’ unique blend of charm, sarcasm and brawn will find plenty to love The Adam Project, though sci-fi fans might find that a bit lacking. Director Shawn Levy reaches find the heart of the movie, hiding among as many clever Easter eggs as the viewer cares to hunt. Levy and Reynolds previously collaborated on free guy and will be again on the next Dead Pool 3.

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‘Bird Box’ – 282,020,000 hours

Five years after the world was taken over by insidious species that drive people to suicide, Malorie, mother of two young children played by Sandra Bullock, has been hiding in a safe house with a random selection of other survivors. Predators can’t hurt those who can’t see them, so blindness protects you. Now is the time to move on, but a perilous river escape must be undertaken blindfolded, and the slightest glance can be deadly.

This movie offers real thrills and haunting possibilities. Bullock carries the film on his strained shoulders, but a talented ensemble including Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Danielle Macdonaldand Lil Rel Howery brings tasty nuance and new angles of dread to an already stunning film.


“Don’t Look Up” – 359,790,000 hours

Two humble astronomers, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, find out that a comet is hurtling towards Earth, ready to extinguish all life when it hits in about six months. When neither the President (Meryl Streep) nor his son Chief of Staff (Jonah Hill) seems to care, they decide to speak about it themselves to the media. People’s reactions are mixed, with much of the rhetoric reminiscent of pandemic paranoia and anti-science talk.

The Oscar-nominated comedian, writer-director Adam McKaymay have built his career on steamy comedy, but he took an incisive turn towards political satire. It elicits interesting performances from an ensemble comprising Cate Blanchett, Tyler PerryRob Morgan, Marc Rylance, Timothée Chalamet, Himesh Pateland Melanie Linkey. Holding up a discouraging mirror to toxic anti-science culture and impending doom has never been so much fun.


‘Red Notice’ – 364,020,000

FBI Agent John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) investigates the theft of one of the three eggs once offered to Cleopatra by Marc Antoine. Johnson retrieves the missing egg from notorious art thief Booth (Ryan Reynolds), but another thief, Black, disguised as a member of the strike team, trades the real egg for a fake one. Agent Hartley is blamed for the theft of the egg, and he and Booth are imprisoned together. Black (Gal Gadot) asks Booth to help him steal the next two eggs. He refuses, but he and Hartley eventually hatch a plan to steal the second egg under Black and then try the third, the whereabouts of which only Booth seems to know. Let the double crossing begin.

As this is Reynolds’ third appearance on this list, it’s clear that his name is a big draw for Netflix audiences. Johnson proves the perfect receptacle for Reynolds’ jokes and barbs; the chemistry between them means their buddy flick nearly topples the intended one. Gadot is a welcome addition, but despite the megawatt power, the film rises above mediocrity. It has useful action and a decent enough premise to bring together three of today’s biggest movie stars. The movie isn’t more than that, but Netflix audiences didn’t seem to care. Two suites are already planned.

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