The most-watched films in Netflix history
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The most-watched films in Netflix history

Terming the most prominent hit films on the streamer is always a subjective ask. Thus, it is essential to understand that there are several criteria that are in place while making lists such as these. Previously in Netflix history, shows were rated according to the number of views based on each account. However, most-watched films are now determined by the number of hours spent watching them. 

Weekly Netflix releases reports based on their top ten films spread across four categories simply based on the hours watched. If you are curious to find out their latest news on global top ten lists, you can find it here on their official site. 

The following list, however, contains the top ten films across all those four categories that are considered to be the most-watched films in the history of Netflix. It’s a collection of blockbuster titles and heavy-hitting Hollywood stars.

Expect to see Ryan Gosling, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and more.

The most-watched films in Netflix history

10. The Irishman (2019)- 214,570,000 hours

The world loves a good story of a classy hitman, but this film makes it even better when Robert De Niro is the one playing the role. Learn how the life of a sociopath is revealed as humanity gets sucked out of him. The sheer indifference he felt towards people who felt attached to him.

But did he ever really care? Does he care that he is perhaps one of the loneliest people out there?

9. The Unforgivable (2021)- 214,750,000 hours 

Sandra Bullock has been your favourite at some point or other. She is known to produce strong performances enough to stir the flattest plots. However, The Unforgivable is here to offer much more than a flat plot. Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) has just been released from prison after serving her sentence.

The only problem, the crime she committed was quite violent. How does Ruth manage to re-enter society as we know it? Is it possible to re-enter a world that is adamant about refusing to forget her past?

8. Purple Hearts (2022)- 228,690,000 hours

As struggling individuals, Cassie (Sofia Carson) and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine) decided to get married to maximise military benefits, and they realised this arrangement was much more than a mere agreement. Giving all romance ones yet another fake dating trope. However, with persuasive characters this time.

7. Extraction (2020)- 231,345,000 hours

A pinnacle of an action film, Extraction revolves around the star of the show Chirs Hemsworth. A fast-paced, non-stop entertainment beaker all put in one film. And, of course, Chris Hemsworth speaking Bengali is a delight to watch. He did not compromise a single bit in what he does best, entertain and fight to entertain.

Filled with car chases and intense one-take experiences, this movie is a must-watch for all action lovers. 

6. The Adam Project (2022)- 233,160,000 hours 

A star-studded sci-fi drama starring our favourite Ryan Reynolds playing the role of Adam Reed who accidentally lands in 2022 and reunites with his younger self. Adam’s younger version has been portrayed by young and talented actor Walker Scobell. The end mission? A final attempt at saving the future!

You will find other gifted artists starring in the film, including Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldaña, and Jennifer Garner, for a truly blockbuster event.

5. The Gray Man (2022)- 253,860,000 hours 

Another all-star cast, this time with a special bag of spies. Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Rege-Jean Page, Dhanush, and other well-known actors appear in the film. The Gray Man, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, is a nonstop thrill ride. The plot revolves around the CIA’s most valuable asset, who discovers certain secrets that expose the agency. Because no one knows his true identity, the world comes to a halt when his own colleagues launch a global manhunt. What comes next? Watch to find out!

4. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)- 279,740,000 hours

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Rian Johnson’s follow-up film to Knives Out, is currently streaming on Netflix. This film is a must-see due to its star-studded cast and top performances from each iconic actor. Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, and Dave Bautista are among them. Daniel Craig literally kills it as the dashing detective Benoit Blanc once more.

Things get out of hand when Benoit travels to a Greek island to attend a murder mystery party. When a murder occurs at a party hosted by the one and only billionaire Miles Bron, played by Edward Norton.

3. Bird Box (2018)- 282,020,000 hours 

A very interesting post-apocalyptic horror thriller movie directed by Susanne Bier. The film is written by Eric Heisserer and is based on the novel by Josh Malerman. The most interesting aspect of this film is that the monster in the film is never revealed.

The film is based on this mysterious force which decimates the population; the only thing to maintain is the lack of eye contact. If you see this force, you die. The only way to survive is to avoid coming face to face with that entity that dresses into one’s worst fears.

2. Don’t Look Up (2021)- 360,290,000 hours

Don’t Look Up has to be on any list that includes the best movies as well as those that were nominated for Oscars. This film is a must-see, with a star-studded cast and a disturbing plot that highlights the world’s greatest threat.

Astronomers Leonardo Di Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence are on a life-or-death mission to make the easily distracted world aware of the comet that is about to wipe out all life on Earth. What is the response? Check it out for yourself!

1. Red Notice (2021)- 364,020,000 hours

If the most Hollywood blockbuster made ever had a name, it would be called Red Notice. With gravity-driven big stars like Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot as the face of the film. Not the biggest surprise that this film made it to the top of the list of the most-watched films on Netflix. With a flat plot, the film will surely serve one thing, which is run at mindless entertainment.

The film really comes down to a mega heist for special eggs that were once given to Cleopatra by Marc Antony. It’s a rip-roaring joy.