10 Biggest Netflix Movies Of All Time (2023)

Netflix has released a flurry of original content over the last decade, and the streaming service's 10 biggest movies of all time include some surprising entries. The streaming giant currently has over 223 million subscribers across the globe, with many logging in hundreds of millions of hours watching new films and television series that are released each week. The last few years have been a testament to how popular Netflix is, and its popularity won't be decreasing any time soon. While many of their projects are hit or miss, some stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Netflix has released many notable movies that didn't make their top 10 all-time list such as Enola Holmes and Army of the Dead, the latter of which was recognized at the 94th Academy Awards for winning the Oscars Fan Favorite contest. The service is so beloved that a campaign was recently launched for Netflix to save the Snyderverse, which had recently come to an end due to the reinvention of the DC Universe. While that likely won't happen, Netflix has been open about wanting to create a major franchise that could rival some of the biggest currently in the film industry. Potentially drawing inspiration from one of its top 10 titles of all time.

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10 The Irishman

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Martin Scorsese's The Irishman saw the reunion of some the greatest actors of all time including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. The gangster film focuses on De Niro's Frank Sheeran, a truck driver that became a hitman involved with Pesci's mobster character, Russell Bufalino, and Pacino's Jimmy Hoffa. Based on the nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, the three-and-a-half-hour-long drama exemplified Scorsese's exceptional talent in The Irishman's plot.

Upon its release in the fall of 2019, The Irishman was viewed by 17.1 million people during its first five days, including 3.9 million on the day of release. The movie gained more traction during the Thanksgiving period, becoming the fourth most-watched Netflix film of the year and the fifth most popular overall at the time. Netflix eventually revealed The Irishman had been watched by 64 million households over the first four-week period, and the movie now sits at 214.57 million total hours watched.

9 The Unforgivable

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Based on the British miniseries Unforgiven by Sally Wainwright, The Unforgivable had a remarkable cast with the likes of Sandra Bullock, Jon Bernthal, and Viola Davis. Bullock's character Ruth is released from prison after 20 years for murdering a sheriff who evicted her and her sister from their home, however, she struggles to rejoin society as they condemn her for her actions, and she sets out to find her sister. The movie received mixed reviews due to its story, but it was the most-watched film on Netflix's English-language charts during its release week, with over 85 million hours viewed.

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According to TV Time, The Unforgivable was the most-streamed movie on Netflix in the United States and held its top position on the streamer's charts the following week. It became Bullock's second film to land on Netflix's all-time top 10 list with a current total of 214.70 million hours watched. Despite its neutral reception, The Unforgivable's hopeful ending contributes to it being one of the service's biggest movies ever.

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8 Purple Hearts

Panned by Rotten Tomatoes for looking "super-cheap" and lacking "any coherent sense of self," Purple Hearts is based on the book of the same name by Tess Wakefield. A hopeful singer-songwriter marries a Marine in order for them to receive military benefits and pay off their individual debts, but a tragedy turns their fake relationship into a real one. Its negative reviews didn't stop Purple Hearts from its overwhelming success and quickly becoming a hit for Netflix, with casual talks of a potential sequel happening.

Along with the poor critical reception, Netflix's Purple Hearts had controversies that led to an overwhelming amount of online backlash. Despite this, Purple Hearts managed to dethrone The Gray Man in its daily popularity chart after spending a single day on the streaming service. Furthermore, Netflix's Global Top 10 chart revealed the film had over 48 million hours watched in its first week, with an additional 55 million hours added the following week. To date, the movie has totaled 228.69 million hours streamed, and it was confirmed by Netflix to be the third most-watched movie of 2022 on the streamer.

7 Extraction

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Released shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown occurred, Extraction set numerous records for Netflix. Serving as one of the best action movies of 2020, the film sees a ruthless mercenary on a mission to save the kidnapped son of a crime lord. Written by Joe Russo of the Russo Brothers directing duo and directed by stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, Extraction received overwhelming praise for its action sequences, including its 12-minute one-take fight scene. Quickly becoming Netflix's biggest premiere at the time, the movie was watched by nearly 100 million households during its first four weeks of release.

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With 231.3 million hours viewed, the reception for Extraction quickly got a sequel greenlit, with Russo, Hargrave, and star Chris Hemsworth returning. Set to release on June 16, 2023, Extraction 2 will explain how Taylor Rake is still alive after his apparent demise. It's also said the film will be part of a larger cinematic universe set around the world of Extraction that the Russo Brothers hope to be developing for Netflix. An origin story for the character Saju was also rumored to be in development as of 2021.

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6 The Adam Project

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Featuring the debut performance of upcoming Percy Jackson star Walker Scobell, The Adam Project tells the story of a time-traveling fighter pilot who lands in the year 2022 and teams up with his younger self to save the future. Despite not being one of Netflix's highest-rated movies, the starring cast including Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldaña, were praised for their performances. Named as one of the best sci-movies of 2022, it's not a new genre for many of these actors. However, its creativity led to its rapidly increasing popularity.

During its first weekend streaming, The Adam Project was watched by three million households in the US. As of January 2023, the movie has a worldwide total of 233.15 million hours streamed. Entertaining and compelling from start to finish, The Adam Project was also named the Comedy Movie of 2022 by the People's Choice Awards.

5 The Gray Man

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Following their crowning achievements, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Russo Brothers teamed up with Chris Evans once again to make Netflix's most expensive movie The Gray Man. Also starring Ryan Gosling and based on the titular book series written by Mark Greaney, the plot focuses on Gosling's CIA agent codenamed Sierra Six who is on the run from an ex-agent and mercenary after discovering corrupt information. With a budget of $200 million, it was a huge move for Netflix that seems to be paying off.

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Receiving mixed reviews due to its "clichéd script and breakneck pacing," the movie was watched for 88.55 million hours in its first three days by approximately 43.55 million people. It was the most-watched Netflix film in 84 countries and currently has a worldwide total of 253.87 million hours viewed. Similarly to Extraction, a franchise will be launched due to The Gray Man's sequel setup with Ryan Gosling and the Russo Brothers returning to their roles. Additionally, a spin-off project centering around The Lone Wolf is in the works, which will focus on a different aspect of The Gray Man universe.

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4 Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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The most recent movie to make Netflix's top 10 all-time list, Glass Onion is the sequel to 2019's smash hit Knives Out. Featuring another ensemble cast led by the return of Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc, Rian Johnson's follow-up film takes a different approach to this murder mystery. While still including twists and turns, the plot revolves around the mystery surrounding a tech billionaire and his eccentric group of friends. Released in theaters for a single week, Glass Onion has had rapid success after landing on Netflix.

As one of the highest-rated movies on Netflix, Glass Onion's twist ending immediately landed it on the National Board of Review's list of the best films of 2022. With 273.2 million hours clocked in, Rian Johnson already confirmed Knives Out 3 is in the works since Netflix holds the rights to at least another sequel in the franchise. Johnson and Daniel Craig have also expressed interest in expanding the universe as long as they get to continue working together. The reinvention of the murder mystery genre makes the Knives Out movies instant classics.

3 Bird Box

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Bird Box is not only Sandra Bullock's second film to be included in Netflix's overall top 10 movies, but it's also the oldest one to still have a place on the coveted list. One of Sandra Bullock's best horror films, Bird Box is based on the book of the same name written by Josh Malerman and sees Bullock's character trying to protect herself and two children during a post-apocalyptic event. Upon its release in 2018, the movie quickly rose to become the most-watched film on Netflix within its first four weeks.

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It may have received mixed reception, but Bird Box's success helped it retain its top spot for three years. Now watched for 282.02 million hours, the initial worldwide viewing figure was said to have been more than 45 million in a seven-day period. A study from Barclay even suggested that if Bird Box was released in theaters with a traditional release window, it likely would have received about $98 million worldwide. To date, Bird Box is still among Netflix's biggest movies.

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2 Don't Look Up

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Arguably the most divisive film to make Netflix's top 10 most popular movies list, Adam McKay's Don't Look Up received criticism for its satirical tone, but scientists ultimately felt differently about how it was handled due to its accuracy at depicting non-responses to climate change. The National Board of Review and American Film Institute named it one of the best movies of 2021, and it went on to receive four Academy Award nominations. Telling the story of two astronomers seeking to warn the world of an impending global disaster that would lead to human extinction, the A-list cast drastically contributed to its immediate success upon its release.

During the final week of 2021, Don't Look Up set viewership records despite its divisive reception. A total of 111.03 million hours watched made it the second-highest amount of views for a film during its release weekend on Netflix. Eventually leading to the current total of 359.79 million hours streamed, Don't Look Up has been watched for over 2 billion minutes, making it one of the most successful movies on the streaming giant.

1 Red Notice

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The success of Netflix's Red Notice shouldn't come as a surprise due to its expensive production and all-star cast. While it isn't an amazing film due to its script and predictability, it could lead to Netflix's biggest franchise to date. Red Notice 2 needs to fix its usual approach with The Rock and Ryan Reynolds. This contributed to the movie's predictability because the actors tend to play the same kind of character in their respective careers. But regardless, the cast will certainly draw attention for the sequel.

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On its release, Red Notice became the most-viewed film on Netflix and the second most-streamed movie in the United States during its debut weekend. That weekend, it was watched for 148.72 million hours, the highest viewership for any film on Netflix during its release weekend. Now sitting at an unbelievable 364.02 million hours streamed worldwide, the worthy sequel setup can make Red Notice 2 better than the first along with the fact that more planning will be involved since the sequels will be filmed together. The negative reception doesn't change the fact that the Red Notice franchise could very well become the most successful franchise on Netflix.

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What is the #1 Netflix movie ever? ›

"Red Notice" is Netflix's biggest original movie ever, with 364 million hours watched in its first month. "Glass Onion" is the most recent addition to the list, bumping "The Gray Man" to No. 5.

What are the top 10 most watched movies on Netflix? ›

The 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now
  • Dog Gone (2023) 39 % 6.0/10. ...
  • The Bad Guys (2022) Trailer. 64 % ...
  • The Pez Outlaw (2022) 76 % 7.2/10. ...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) Trailer. 77 % ...
  • Trolls (2016) 55 % 6.4/10. ...
  • JUNG_E (2023) 53 % 5.4/10. ...
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) 81 % 7.4/10. ...
  • Sing 2 (2021) Trailer.
3 days ago

What was on Netflix top 10 the longest? ›

TOP 10 on Netflix in the World with the longest streak
1.Squid Game53 days
2.Ginny & Georgia49 days
3.The Queen's Gambit46 days
4.Stranger Things44 days
5.Bridgerton39 days
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What is the most watched on Netflix? ›

Watched for 45.74 million hours this week. Watched for 43.29 million hours this week.
Most Popular TV (English)
#TV (English)Hours viewed in first 28 days
1Stranger Things 41,352,090,000
2Wednesday: Season 11,237,150,000
3DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story856,220,000
4Bridgerton: Season 2656,260,000
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What has the highest ratings on Netflix? ›

With Netflix (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. That '90s Show (2023– ) TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance. ...
  2. Wednesday (2022– ) TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy. ...
  3. You People (2023) ...
  4. Ginny & Georgia (2021– ) ...
  5. The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  6. The Pale Blue Eye (2022) ...
  7. That '70s Show (1998–2006) ...
  8. Glass Onion (2022)

What are 5 most watched Netflix? ›

Netflix: The most watched series of all time
  • Stranger Things Season 4. Netflix. ...
  • Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Netflix. ...
  • Wednesday. VLAD CIOPLEANetflix. ...
  • Bridgerton Season 2. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX. ...
  • Bridgerton Season 1. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX. ...
  • Stranger Things Season 3. Netflix. ...
  • Lucifer Season 5. JOHN P. ...
  • The Witcher Season 1.
Dec 27, 2022

What is #1 in the US on Netflix? ›

You People

What is the top 10 best movie? ›

Best movies of all time
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
  2. The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
  3. Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
  4. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
  6. La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
  7. Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
  8. In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
Jan 25, 2023

What movie has a 100% rating? ›

Critics Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.

What is hot on Netflix right now? ›

Popular on NetflixExplore more
  • Wednesday.
  • Breaking Bad.
  • The Walking Dead.
  • Stranger Things.
  • Orange Is the New Black.
  • Manifest.
  • La Reina del Sur.
  • Outlander.

What country has the best Netflix? ›

In 2021, Japan received the best Netflix catalog score of “100,” which is the highest a streaming service can receive.

What Netflix shows are US only? ›

US TV Shows
  • Wednesday.
  • Ginny & Georgia.
  • The Big Bang Theory.
  • Young Sheldon.
  • Friends.
  • The 100.
  • Lucifer.
  • Orange Is the New Black.

What is the longest Netflix series ever? ›

(Surprisingly, no Netflix show has run for more than 100 episodes.) The current record-holder for Netflix's longest running series is Grace and Frankie, the sitcom starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin whose lives are thrown upside when their respective husbands announce they are leaving them to marry each other.

What are the top 10 longest running shows in history? ›

Longest Running TV Shows
  • The Simpsons (1989– ) TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy. ...
  • Gunsmoke (1955–1975) TV-PG | 60 min | Western. ...
  • Law & Order (1990– ) ...
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ) ...
  • Lassie (1954–1974) ...
  • Family Guy (1999– ) ...
  • NCIS (2003– ) ...
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

What are the top 10 longest movies ever made? ›

Top 10 Longest Films of All Time
  • Ambiancé (2020) TV-14 | 43,200 min | Documentary. ...
  • Modern Times Forever (2011) 14,400 min | Documentary. ...
  • Svalbard Minute by Minute (2020 TV Special) ...
  • Beijing 2003 (2004) ...
  • Matrjoschka (2006 Video) ...
  • Ekalavya (2022) ...
  • The Cure for Insomnia (1987) ...
  • Unter der schwarzen Sturmfahne (1933)

What is the oldest Netflix original? ›

Netflix debuted its first original content series, "Lilyhammer," in 2012 and introduced the binge-watching concept of releasing TV series all at once; "House of Cards" arrived the following year. Three years later, Netflix was touting roughly 126 original series or films.

Which actor has the most movies on Netflix? ›

Adam Sandler is by far the person with the most Netflix original movies or shows. The actor has starred in eight movies for the streamer, with two more on the way.

What is the longest ever movie? ›

Guinness World Records says the longest film ever made is "The Cure for Insomnia" released in 1987. The 85-hour experimental film was directed by John Henry Timmis IV.

What show has the most seasons on Netflix? ›

Although it came to an end last April 2022, Grace and Frankie is the longest-running Netflix Original Series with seven seasons under its belt.

What is the most watched television episode? ›

The following is the list of the all-time most watched single-network television broadcasts in the United States by average viewership, according to Nielsen. Of the 32 most-watched broadcasts, 30 are Super Bowls. Super Bowl XLIX, with 114.4 million viewers, is number one.

What's the longest TV show ever? ›

The Simpsons

What is the top 5 biggest movies of all time? ›

Top 10 highest grossing films of all time
  • Avatar (2009), $2.9 billion.
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019), $2.7 billion.
  • Titanic (1997), $2.19 billion.
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), $2.06 billion.
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018), $2.04 billion.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), $1.9 billion.
Oct 19, 2022

What is technically the best movie of all time? ›

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

What are the top 3 biggest movies of all time? ›

Top Lifetime Grosses
RankTitleLifetime Gross
2Avengers: Endgame$2,799,439,100
4Avatar: The Way of Water$2,129,714,940
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