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What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Movie Rankings on December 1

Bruised is beating the competition

Liam Mathews, Tim Surette
Halle Berry, Bruised

Halle Berry, Bruised

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If you're looking for a good movie to watch on Netflix, then a great way to get started is to crowdsource who is watching what by looking at the Netflix Top 10 Movies list, which tracks the most-watched movies on the streaming service. The list for Wednesday, Dec. 1 is topped by Bruised, the grittily inspirational MMA drama from director and star Halle Berry. It's followed by the cute Christmas movie A Castle for Christmas at No. 2, star-studded action-comedy Red Notice — which has officially become Netflix's most-watched movie in its first 28 days of release ever — at No. 3, and fantasy flick A Boy Called Christmas at No. 4. The new mountaineering documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible rounds out the top five.

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

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Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Wednesday, Dec. 1

1. Bruised

For fans of: Halle Berry, washed-up athletes | Is it good?: Berry's performance is better than the movie itself

Halle Berry's directorial debut comes in the form of this sports drama, which she also stars in. Berry plays Jackie Justice, a disgraced UFC fighter who returns to her roots for one last fight. In the middle of it all, the son she gave birth to and subsequently ignored shows up on her doorstep, forcing her to think about the direction her life has gone in. (Yesterday's rank: 1)

2. A Castle for Christmas

For fans of: Hallmark vibes, real estate | Is it good?: What is "good" when it comes to this type of movie, really?

Netflix's latest Hallmark-style Christmas movie has a premise genre fans should find as familiar and comfortable as a Scotsman's favorite kilt. After flopping and getting canceled, a famous author (Brooke Shields) decides to shake her life up and buy a castle in Scotland that has personal significance to her family. But there's a catch: The castle's current owner, the stuck-up Duke of Dunbar (Cary Elwes, doing his best burr), will continue to live in the castle alongside her until the escrow period ends on Christmas. He's planning to make her so miserable she leaves, after which point he'll keep her deposit and the castle. Of course, they develop real feelings for each other during their forced cohabitation and there are complications before the inevitable happy ending. Because if there's one thing Cary Elwes knows about, it's true love! (Yes, that's a Princess Bride reference.) (Yesterday's rank: 2)

3. Red Notice

For fans of: The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot | Is it good?: It's good if you don't want to think about anything for two hours

If you need to turn off your brain, you could do worse than to watch Red Notice, a movie starring Dwayne JohnsonRyan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot. Rocky and Ryan play a fed and an art thief, respectively, who team up to catch the world's most-wanted art thief (Gadot), and there are tons of fights, big action sequences with rocket launchers and helicopters, and one bit where the former Brahma Bull takes on a real bull in a bullfight. This would normally be a slam dunkarooni to watch, but the critics will tell you that it's a stinker that should be avoided. I'd counter that it runs on enough megawatts of Hollywood star power to mine two whole Bitcoins, rendering any criticism pointless. (Yesterday's rank: 3)

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4. A Boy Called Christmas

For fans of: Santa Claus, saying "is that Maggie Smith?" | Is it good?: It's cute and very much for kids

The Santa Claus origin story you've been looking for is right here! The Netflix original Christmas fantasy film adapts the 2015 book and tells the story of young Nikolas, who travels to the North Pole in search of his father and comes across a town of elves and other Christmas goodies. It's a family-friendly affair, as evidenced by the adorable CGI mouse that accompanies young Nik. Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, and Henry Lawfull star. (Yesterday's rank: 4)

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5. 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

For fans of: Fearless guys doing crazy stuff | Is it good?: It's a fascinating character study of someone who's built different

This documentary follows Nepali mountain climber Nirmal "Nimsdai" Purja on his quest to summit all of the world's 14 mountains over 8000m tall in just seven months, an extraordinary, death-defying feat. "If this was done by some Western climber, the news would have been ten times bigger than this," he says in the trailer, and he's absolutely right. But this documentary is sending his incredible story all over the world. 14 Peaks is produced by the filmmakers who made Free Solo, a similarly themed, Oscar-winning doc about a climber doing the impossible. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)

6. The Christmas Chronicles

For fans of: Santa Claus, adventure | Is it good?: Kurt Russell is always good

Kurt Russell plays an athletic, expectation-confounding version of Santa Claus ("I don't say 'ho ho ho,'" he says. "That's a myth") in this 2018 holiday hit from producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone). It follows two kids who accidentally cause Santa's sleigh to break down, then go on an adventure with him as they try to fix the sleigh and save Christmas. It doesn't rise to the level of Columbus' other family classics, but it's one of the best Netflix Original holiday movies. (Yesterday's rank: 6)

7. Spoiled Brats

For fans of: Schitt's Creek | Is it good?: It's cliched, but the performances are good

This featherweight French comedy is about a wealthy man who, fed up with his freeloading adult children's laziness, snobbery, and overspending, decides to give them some tough love. He tells them all his money is suddenly gone, and they all have to get jobs and learn how to work for a living. They learn how to be better people and become closer as a family. How nice for them! (Yesterday's rank: n/a)

8. The Christmas Chronicles 2

For fans of: America's sweethearts Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Christmas | Is it good?: The first is better, but it still gives a good dose of holiday cheer

In the Chris Columbus-directed sequel to The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus, which is pretty delightful all on its own. There's also a plot here, though, with Kate Pierce (Darby Camp), who has grown into a cynical teen, reuniting with the Clauses to help save Christmas after it's threatened by Belsnickel, an elf gone bad played by The Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison. (Yesterday's rank: 9)

9. Love Hard

For fans of: Christmas, catfishing | Is it good?: It is a truly silly delight

Nina Dobrev stars as a writer who seemingly meets her perfect man (Darren Barnet) via dating app, only finding out she's been catfished. The man who catfished her (Jimmy O. Yang!) offers to set her up with the guy she's interested in if she pretends to be his girlfriend for the holidays. There is nothing better than a ridiculous Christmas rom-com, and this one fully understands the assignment. (Yesterday's rank: 8)

10. Extinct

For fans of: Ice Age, mild rude humor | Is it good?: Not especially 

Your kids' enjoyment of Extinct may come down to whether or not they think the Flummels are cute or creepy. The Flummels are donut-shaped rodents (I guess?) from the Galapagos Islands in 1835 who discover portals that allow them to travel back and forth through time. And in the future, they discover that they've gone extinct. Heavy! But there's still a lot of room for goofy jokes and bright colors as the Flummels try to save their species from going the way of the dodo. The voice cast is led by Rachel Bloom and Adam Devine. (Yesterday's rank: 7)

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Margaret Qualley, Maid

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