You could spend another frustrating night browsing Netflix and its cavernous virtual library of films for a movie to watch. Or you can see what everyone else is watching by perusing the most popular movies on Netflix. The Netflix Top 10 Movies list for Friday, Jan. 21 is topped by the new film The Royal Treatment, which is sort of like a non-Christmas The Princess Switch. Coming in second, where it's been all week, is the soapy thriller Brazen, an adaptation of a novel by Nora Roberts starring Alyssa Milano. Right behind that is the new Netflix addition Annabelle: Creation, a very scary horror horror movie that's part of the Conjuring franchise. After We Fell, a romance movie getting absolutely blasted by critics, is No. 4. Don't Look Up, the hit climate change satire that's Netflix's second-most-watched original film in its first 28 days of release ever, rounds out the top 5.
But which of the films in Netflix's Top 10 list of the most popular movies are actually good? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 Movies list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix's Top 10 TV shows, as well as Netflix's overall Top 10 list. We also have a list of the 50 best shows and movies to watch on Netflix right now, as well as the best movies on Netflix and the best TV shows on Netflix.
Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Friday, Jan. 21
For fans of: New Yawk accents, monarchies, fictional countries | Is it good?: No, but who cares?
A hairdresser from New York (and you know that because of Laura Marano's insane approximation of an accent) gets hired to do the hair for an upcoming royal wedding (sure!) in Lavania (you will never be Genovia) and obviously immediately falls for the prince (Mena Massoud) who is, of course, marrying for duty rather than love. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
For fans of: Airport novels, being able to predict the ending | Is it good?: Nah
Alyssa Milano returns to acting with this adaptation of Nora Roberts' romantic thriller Brazen Virtue. She plays Grace, a mystery novelist and crime expert whose own family becomes something out of one of her books when her sister, who was living a double life as a webcam performer, is murdered. As Grace works to catch her sister's killer, she finds herself drawn to the detective on the case, Ed (Sam Page), who has different opinions about how to go about the investigation. It's an instantly forgettable thriller that only exists as long as you're watching it. (Yesterday's rank: 2)
For fans of: Haunted dolls | Is it good?: It's super scary
This is for anyone who saw Annabelle and thought, "Cool, but where did this haunted doll even come from?" It tells the origin story of the titular Annabelle, and how she became the demonic toy we all know and fear. Annabelle: Creation is just one entry in the Conjuring film series, and as always, there are more nuns in these movies than you might expect. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
For fans of: Harry Styles fanfiction, bizarrely intense romance | Is it good?: It's certainly committed to how bad it is
If you can believe it, this is the third movie in the After film series, which are movies based on books based on Wattpad fanfiction about — wait for it — Harry Styles! This is all so dark, but these movies are insanely popular among a certain demographic, and in this one, Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) are just as in love as ever, but revelations about both of their families threaten to tear them apart. And don't worry, After We Fell is nowhere near the last movie in this saga. (Yesterday's rank: 1)
For fans of: Celebrities, veneers, general smugness | Is it good?: Ugh, no
In this Adam McKay satire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who realize that an extinction-level comet is on a collision course with Earth and go on a media tour to warn humanity. But their warning is met with hostility, hysteria, or indifference by government, media, and the public. Everyone is just talking about the people who disagree with them about the comet instead of doing anything about the comet. It's about as subtle as a comet smashing into the face of the Earth. The gratuitously star-studded cast includes Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep. (Yesterday's rank: 3)
For fans of: Good old-fashioned murder mysteries | Is it good?: It's all right
This movie from 2000 is a straightforward detective thriller about a murder investigation with lots of twists. Morgan Freeman plays a cop investigating his friend, a prominent lawyer played by Gene Hackman, because the lawyer is a suspect in the murder of two girls. And he seems so guilty that even his wife (Monica Bellucci) suspects him. But it's not that simple. It's no classic, but it will keep you engaged for an hour and a half. (Yesterday's rank: 4)
For fans of: Irish stuff, dancing | Is it good?: If you like Irish step dancing
Riverdance, the Irish step dancing stage show that was really big in the '90s, now has an animated movie. I wouldn't have thought Riverdance would have become a multimedia franchise like this, especially more than 25 years after it peaked in popularity, but it's happening. The movie is about some kids who have to save the river through the power of dance. You may be saying to yourself, "This is an Irish animated movie, so I bet Brendan Gleeson does one of the voices." And you are correct! He provides the voice of the movie's villain, the Huntsman. (Yesterday's rank: 5)
For fans of: Rom-coms, the Sandman wearing clothes he brought with him from home | Is it good?: It's dumb fun
In this Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston team-up, Sandler plays a caddish plastic surgeon who gets women to hook with him by pretending to be in a disastrous, failing marriage. Then he meets a woman (Brooklyn Decker) whom he wants to actually be with. So he convinces his friend Katherine (Aniston) to pretend to be the wife he's divorcing. What could go wrong, until it all goes right in the end? It's not a "good" movie, but if you're intentionally seeking something brainless, you might enjoy it. (Yesterday's rank: 6)
For fans of: Production design, being a little uncomfortable | Is it good?: Quality is in the eye of the beholder with this one
Johnny Depp is a really creepy Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Roald Dahl's famous novel. Some people really like this movie, while others are skeeved out by Depp's aloof kinda Michael Jackson-y thing. This is one of the weirder blockbusters of the 2000s. (Yesterday's rank: 7)
For fans of: Moral and ethical dilemmas, Julia Stiles | Is it good?: It's above average for a low-budget, straight-to-VOD drama
When a heart transplant patient dies before surgery, a team of doctors must decide who gets the heart: two poor people, or the son of rich person who's willing to make a big contribution to the hospital. And it's the doctor who's making the final decision's first day on the job. The eclectic cast includes Julia Stiles, Kelsey Grammer, Colman Domingo, Dan Hedaya, and Janeane Garofalo. (Yesterday's rank: 8)