If you want to know what movies people are watching the most on Netflix, you can stop everyone you pass on the street and ask, or you can just look up Netflix’s Top 10 movies list. Netflix’s Top 10 list of movies on Friday, Sept. 24 tells us a story about safety. The new most popular movie on Netflix is the home invasion thriller Intrusion, which knocked Safe House out of the top spot. Is that some sort of planned viral marketing? Your house isn’t safe anymore, Denzel! It’s getting intruded upon! At No. 2 is the comedy Grown Ups, an Adam Sandler vacation with his friends that was filmed and became a movie, basically.
Netflix’s Top 10 list of the most popular movies will tell you which movies everyone is watching, but which ones are actually good? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 movie 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, September 24
For fans of: Predictable twists, home invasions, did we mention predictable twists? | Is it good?: Nope!
Frieda Pinto stars as a woman who moves out of the big city and into an amazing new house in a small town with her husband, but their lives take a turn for the worst when a home invasion ends in a death. And THEN the truly predictable stuff begins to happen! If you haven’t predicted what happens at the halfway point, then congratulations on watching your first movie ever. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)
2. Grown Ups
For fans of: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider | Is it good?: It’s certainly a movie
This is one of those “Adam Sandler needed some money to add an extra wing onto one of his many houses” movies. It’s about four childhood friends (played by Sandler, Rock, Spade, and James) who reunite after their high school basketball coach dies. I haven’t seen it in many years, but the major thing I remember from it is a scene where Kevin James pees in a public pool and turns the water blue, so that’s the kind of stuff you should expect from this one. Did you know Grown Ups came out 11 years ago? Just something to think about. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)
3. Safe House
For fans of: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, the Central Intelligence Agency | Is it good?: It’s just fine
Ryan Reynolds plays a CIA officer tasked with looking after an international fugitive (Denzel Washington), but after the two are attacked by mercenaries they’re forced to — did you see this coming? — work together in order to stay alive. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)
4. The Father Who Moves Mountains
For fans of: Dads, sons, the anxiety of waiting for an avalanche | Is it good?: It’s exciting and visually beautiful
This Romanian thriller centers around a dad who has to trek through a treacherous, snowy mountains while searching for his missing son, who got lost during a hike. I’m already cold. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)
For fans of: Assassins, death sentences, Woody Harrelson | Is it good?: It should be, but it’s kinda boring
You’d think a movie where Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an assassin who’s been given 24 hours left to live, which she decides to spend exacting revenge on her enemies, would be a tad more exciting. You’d be wrong: This one’s a snoozer despite the violent action. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)
What to Watch from Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows
For fans of: The voice of Lin-Manuel Miranda, singing animals | Is it good?: It’s cute!
Lin-Manuel Miranda lends his voice to this movie about Vivo (Miranda), a kinkajou who spends his days playing music in Cuba with his owner, Andres (Juan de Marcos González). When Andres’ former partner announces her farewell concert in Miami, Vivo decides to travel there in order to help reunite the two. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)
What to Watch from Netflix’s Overall Top 10
For fans of: Drunk guys talking about scars, fins, red water | Is it good?: Dude, it’s one of the best of all time
Steven Spielberg was only 26 years old when he directed Jaws, which, to me, is still his greatest film. The 1975 movie about a really, really big great white shark chomping on vacationers in Massachusetts was such a hit that it has become the model for the modern blockbuster. But look deeper than the monster fish and you’ll find a masterclass in direction and potent themes on the importance of science. (Yesterday’s rank: 9)
8. Go Go Cory Carson: Chrissy Takes the Wheel
For fans of: Cars that talk like babies | Is it good?: For a movie about cars that talk like babies, sure!
Cory Carson’s little sister goes big time with a movie of her own in this flick strictly for the wee little ones. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)
For fans of: Kids horror between Goosebumps and Fear Street, Krysten Ritter. hairless cats | Is it good?: It’s pretty cool for kids and tweens who can handle scares
This adaptation of the 2018 children’s fantasy-horror book by J.A. White is the perfect movie for the young horror fan in your life who is too old for things like Goosebumps but not quite ready for the teen-slasher gore of the Fear Street movies. It follows a young boy who is captured by a witch (a delectable Krysten Ritter) and bargains for his life by agreeing to tell her a new scary story that he writes each night. While there’s no real blood and gore, there’s definitely some creepy things — Sam Raimi is a producer — that will give some young ones nightmares for weeks, so make sure your kiddo is mentally prepared before they sit down to watch this. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)
For fans of: The vocal stylings of Rihanna, cute aliens | Is it good?: It’s a sweet movie
This is a classic buddy comedy about a young girl (voiced by Rihanna) who teams up with an alien (voiced by Jim Parsons) to try and find her mother (voiced by Jennifer Lopez). The aliens in Home definitely feel like knockoff Minions, but it’s an adorable movie nonetheless. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)