Netflix reveals streaming giant’s all-time top ten most-watched ORIGINAL movies – which ones have you seen?
- Netflix revealed its most popular original films – 7 came out in the last two years
- Scorsese’s Irishman and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery were on the list
- Of the ten most-watched films five scored less than 60% on Rotten Tomatoes
Netflix has revealed its ten most-watched original films of all time, seven of which were released in the last two years, and most of which were not released to critical acclaim.
The two films with generally good reviews were Scorsese’s 2019 hit The Irishman, which was nominated for best picture at the Oscars, and more recently Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery in 2022, starring Daniel Craig.
Netflix’s ranking considers how many hours the film was viewed in the 28 days after they released. The list wouldn’t, therefore, credit films that grew in popularity a while after they came out.
It is also noteworthy that in the last five years, Netflix’s subscriber count has grown significantly, increasing the number of people who could access more recent films. When The Irishman was released in 2019, Netflix had 158 million subscribers, but when its most-viewed film Red Notice came out in 2021, it had 222 million.
Of the top ten, five have Rotten Tomatoes scores below 60 percent.
Netflix has revealed its ten most-watched original films of all time, seven of which were released in the last two years, and most of which were not released to critical acclaim
Netflix had 158 million subscribers when The Irishman released in 2019, but when its most-viewed film Red Notice came out in 2021, it had 222 million
1. Red Notice – 2021 – 364 million hours
Starring: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot
Rotten Tomatoes: 36 percent
In this action comedy Interpol agent attempts to track down and capture notorious international art thieves.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot star in Netflix’s most-watched film of all time, Red Notice (2021)
2. Don’t Look Up – 2021 – 360 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 56 percent
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet and Jonah Hill
A satirical film about two unknown astronomers who attempt to warn the world about a comet that is headed towards Earth.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays an astronomer on a mission to alert the world to an inbound comet in Don’t Look Up (2021)
3. Bird Box – 2018 – 282 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 64 percent
Starring: Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich
A horror thriller based on a 2014 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a woman and her children fighting to survive in a post apocalyptic world in which a mysterious entity is wiping out swathes of the population.
Sandra Bullock play a woman on a quest to save her children in Bird Box (2018)
4. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – 2022 – 280 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 92 percent
Starring: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton
A sequel to ta 2019 film, Knives Out, in which detective Benoit Blanc returns to take on a case involving a tech billionaire who hosts a murder mystery game on his private island in Greece.
Daniel Craig returns as detective Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
5. The Gray Man – 2022 – 254 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 46 percent
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans
Based on a 2008 novel, the film follows a CIA agent who discovers secrets about his superior, triggering a manhunt coordinated by an ex-colleague.
Ryan Reynolds plays a CIA agent who is hunted by an ex-colleague and assassins in The Gray Man (2022)
6. The Adam Project – 2022 – 233 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 67 percent
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo
A sci-fi film in which a time-traveling fighter pilot crash lands in 2022 and teams up with a 12-year-old version of himself to change the future and save the world.
Ryan Reynolds goes back in time and teams up with his former self in The Adam Project (2022)
7. Extraction – 2020 – 232 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 67 percent
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal
A former Australian SAS soldier turned mercenary is hired to track down an Indian crime boss’s missing son and embarks on a mission that goes awry in Bangladesh.
Chris Hemsworth starts in Extraction (2020) in which he is hired to rescue the son of a crime boss
8. Purple Hearts – 2022 – 229 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 35 percent
Starring: Sofia Carson, Nicholas Galitzine
A romance, based on a novel of the same name, in which a Marine and an aspiring musician marry to receive military benefits and pay off their debts.
Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine play aspiring musician and Marine in romance Purple Hearts (2022)
9. The Unforgivable – 2021 – 215 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 38 percent
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Bernthal
A woman who served 20 years in prison for a murder is reunited with her younger sister and tries to rebuild her life but people are reluctant to forgive her.
Sandra Bullock served 20 years in prison for a murder in The Unforgivable (2021)
10. The Irishman – 2019 – 215 million hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 95 percent
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham
A Martin Scorsese film which follows a truck driver who becomes involved with a Pennsylvania mobster and his crime family and goes on to become a top hitman.
Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in The Irishman (2019)
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