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The Most Watched Movies on Netflix This Week

Need something new to watch? These are the most popular movies on Netflix and other video-streaming services this week, courtesy of Reelgood.com.

Father Soldier Son (Image: Marcus Yam/New York Times)

It used to be finding a movie to watch at the rental store was a chore. Now there are services like Reelgood.com that can tell you in an instant where to find the film (and TV shows) you might have an interest in streaming. 

With 4 million-plus users searching each week for new films, Reelgood extrapolates those queries into a list of the top movies of the week on Netflix. Not just the high-octane originals, but also classic films that are getting new attention, as well as obscure films—especially from overseas—that might be worth your time. Plus we throw in its list of the top films across all the major streaming services at the end. Take a look and see if your favorite flick is on the list; maybe you’ll find a new favorite to view tonight. 

The Kissing Booth 2

The Netflix Original romantic comedy about a booth for kissing now has a sequel. Watch it if only to clock the wig star Joey King wears the whole movie. 

Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro’s turn as taxi driver Travis Bickle is a classic look at mental instability and post-Vietnam PTSD in 1976 New York, with a focus on Bickle's misguided effort to save a young prostitute (played by Jodie Foster).

Offering to the Storm

The third and final film of the Spanish-language Baztan Trilogy (after The Invisible Guardian and The Legacy of the Bones, both also on Netflix) wraps up the investigations into supernatural killings galore. 

Schindler’s List

Steven Spielberg’s career is littered with masterpieces, but none as harrowing as the Oscar-winning true tale of Oscar Schindler’s work to save thousands of Jewish prisoners from the Nazis. 

The Silence of the Lambs

The legendary performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins anchor this 1991 tale of serial killers and FBI agents using each other for their own means. 


Just the latest in a long line of films that prove how important intrepid reporting is, Spotlight is about the group of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe that cracked open the Catholic abuse scandal that continues to have repercussions today.

Back to the Future

The ultimate classic of time travel and 1980s fashion, watch as Marty McFly travels back to 1955 and meets his old (younger?) friend Doc Brown and tries to save the day. (Watch it while you can; the trilogy is leaving Netflix this week, along with its sequels.)

Fatal Affair

In Fatal Affair, Nia Long regrets running into her ex, Omar Epps, who goes full-on Fatal Attraction on her, which is probably why it has that similar-sounding title. 

Father Soldier Son

The New York Times followed one military family across a decade, and its story was turned into a Netflix documentary that explores the challenges one single father faced while deployed and recovering at home after an injury, physically and emotionally.

The Old Guard

Charlize Theron returns to ass-kicking mode leading a group of immortal warriors who not only discover a new immortal, but find themselves being hunted for their long-lived genetic code. 

Most Watched Streaming Movies This Week

Netflix is far from alone in the world of movie streaming. Here is the list of the top movies across all the video-streaming services.

15. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney+)

14. Jurassic Park (Peacock)

13. Joker (HBO Services)

12. Back to the Future (Netflix)

11. Fatal Affair (Netflix)

10. Father Soldier Son (Netflix)

9. Ad Astra (HBO Services)

8. The Dark Knight (Hulu)

7. The Shawshank Redemption (Hulu, Starz)

6. Parasite (Hulu)

5. The Matrix (Peacock)

4. Knives Out (Amazon Prime Video)

3. Greyhound (Apple TV+)

2. Palm Springs (Hulu)

1. The Old Guard (Netflix)

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About Eric Griffith

Eric Griffith
Eric has been writing about tech for 28 years. He was on the founding staff of Windows Sources, FamilyPC, and Access Internet Magazine (all defunct, and it's not his fault). He's the author of two novels, BETA TEST ("an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale"--Publishers' Weekly) and KALI: THE GHOSTING OF SEPULCHER BAY. He works from his home in Ithaca, New York. 

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