Netflix puts out a lot of original movies. Some of them are trying to be good, though they rarely achieve greatness. Most of them are content with being bad. Sometimes the good ones are hits, but the bad ones tend to be more popular. We're seeing that trend play out on the Daily Top 10 movies list for Wednesday, Jan. 26. The No. 1 movie is The Royal Treatment, a frothy romance flick that you can tell is a bad movie from hearing Laura Marano's attempt at a New York accent. Even if you like it, you can admit that part of its appeal is that it's formulaic and cheesy. That's in contrast to the No. 2 movie, Munich — The Edge of War, a tense drama about World War II with former Oscar winner Jeremy Irons in a prominent supporting role. It wants to seem like a good movie, though it's not as good as you'd hope, which is the case with a lot of good Netflix movies. And it's popular, but not as popular as The Royal Treatment.
So which of the films in Netflix's Top 10 list of the most popular movies are truly 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 Wednesday, Jan. 26
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: 1)
For fans of: Espionage movies, alternate history | Is it good?: Yes
This spy thriller is set in 1938, just before the start of World War II. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons) doesn't want war. It falls to a British civil servant named Hugh Legat (George MacKay) and a German diplomat named Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner) to obtain a document that will expose Hitler's plans and hopefully avert the war. Spoiler alert: It doesn't work. Knowing the outcome aside, this is a well-made espionage drama, with a typically charismatic performance from Jeremy Irons. (Yesterday's rank: 2)
For fans of: Shameless exploitation, total trash | Is it good?: Not at all
It's pretty audacious that anyone would make another movie about serial killer Aileen Wuornos after Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning Monster, but writer-director Daniel Farrands specializes in pulp exploitation movies based on real crimes (he made a movie called The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson), so fear of not measuring up to the original doesn't come into play here. Cobra Kai's Peyton List stars as a younger version of America's most notorious female serial killer more than a decade before her killing spree when she briefly married a rich older man, played by Saw's Tobin Bell. It's a serial killer origin story, and it's in unrepentantly poor taste. Also, the title makes her sound like a woman who likes to boogie, not the monster they were going for. (Yesterday's rank: 4)
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: 3)
For fans of: Crime thrillers, world cinema | Is it good?: It's pretty cool
Two brothers. One is a cop, the other a criminal. They love each other, but their lives put them in conflict. What will become of them? Find out in this South African drama from writer-director Nerina De Jager. (Yesterday's rank: 7)
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: 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: 10)
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: 6)
For fans of: Cranky men becoming better people by taking care of children | Is it good?: It's sappy but effective
In this Turkish drama, a violin virtuoso who lost contact with his family because he was so committed to his career becomes the guardian of his 8-year-old niece after his brother dies. He and the girl learn a lot from each other, you know? You've seen movies like this many times before, but maybe not in Turkish. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
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: 9)