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The 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in the world, with nearly 250 million subscribers. And just what do those people tend to watch? In particular, what is the most popular movie on Netflix? The streaming service releases a list of its 10 most-watched movies over the past week to keep subscribers in the loop regarding its most popular titles.

Lift, Kevin Hart’s new heist film, debuts in the top spot on this week’s chart. New to the top 10 is After Everything, the final film in the After series. The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues to impress, staying in the top 10 for the seventh week. Below, we’ve listed the top 10 movies in the U.S. from January 8 to January 14, along with general information about each film, such as genre, rating, cast, and synopsis.

Thieves hang out in a hangar in Lift.

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10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)

10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
69 %
pg 84m
Genre Animation, Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton
Directed by Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail

Every major superhero is seemingly getting a superhero movie made about their life, except for the Teen Titans. Titan leader Robin (Scott Menville) concludes that to get a movie made about the team, he needs to find an archenemy. Enter Slade (Will Arnett), a supervillain who steals a valuable crystal from S.T.A.R. Labs.

Robin and the rest of the Titans – Cyborg (Khary Payton), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Raven (Tara Strong), and Starfire (Hynden Walch) – head to Hollywood to pitch a movie to famous filmmaker Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell). At first, Jade denies the Titans’ request, but after the group steals back the crystal, she reconsiders their movie pitch. As the Titans prepare to shoot a movie, Slade lurks in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to strike and enact his evil plan.

9. Trapped (2002)

9. Trapped
77 %
r 106m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon
Directed by Luis Mandoki

Will (Stuart Townsend) and Karen (Charlize Theron) Jennings face a parent’s worst nightmare when their young daughter Abby (Dakota Fanning) is taken for ransom by a group of kidnappers – Joe Hickey (Kevin Bacon), his wife Cheryl (Courtney Love), and cousin Marvin (Pruitt Taylor Vince). The kidnappers plan to extort the wealthy Jennings family.

What starts as the perfect crime turns into a nightmare for the abductors as Will and Karen fight back. Things continue to unravel when Abby suffers from an asthma attack. To save their daughter, Will and Karen must outsmart their kidnappers and escape from captivity, something that’s easier said than done.

8. The Flintstones (1994)

8. The Flintstones
38 %
pg 91m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Stars John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis
Directed by Brian Levant

The famous prehistoric family receives the live-action treatment in The Flintstones. Based on the animated series from the 1960s, The Flintstones stars John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, a resident of a town called Bedrock. Fred lives with his wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) and daughter Pebbles (Elaine and Melanie Silver). Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis), Fred’s best friend, is married to Betty (Rosie O’Donnell), and with Fred’s help, the couple adopt a son named Bamm Bamm (Hlynur and Marinó Sigurðsson).

Barney returns the favor by helping Fred get a promotion at their job, but it eventually sours their friendship. Fred soon learns the promotion is a way to act out an embezzlement scheme by the company’s new Vice President, Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan). To win back his old life, Fred must prove his innocence and stop Vandercave’s plan before it’s too late.

7. The Croods (2013)

7. The Croods
55 %
pg 98m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Action
Stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

Head back to prehistoric times and meet the Croods, a cave family that survives several natural disasters due to their refusal to leave their cave. Grug Crood (Nicolas Cage) is the overprotective father who believes new is “bad.” Grug’s family is made up of teenage daughter Eep (Emma Stone), wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), son Thunk (Clark Duke), young daughter Sandy (Randy Thorn), and grandma Gran (Cloris Leachman).

When an earthquake destroys their home, the Croods are eventually rescued by Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a more evolved caveman who takes a liking to Eep. Grug doesn’t trust the new addition to the crew, but it’s clear that Guy and his methods work, and if the Croods want to survive, they will have to do the one thing they’ve refused over the years: adapt.

6. After Everything (2023)

6. After Everything
r 93m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Mimi Keene
Directed by Castille Landon

After four films, the love story between Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) comes to an epic conclusion in After Everything. When we last saw our star-crossed lovers, Tessa broke up with Hardin after discovering he published a book about their relationship without her permission.

One year later, Hardin misses Tessa and struggles to write a follow-up to his best-selling book. Seeking penance for his past mistakes, Hardin flies to Lisbon to make amends with Nathalie (Mimi Keene), a girl he wronged in his past. Hardin believes that if he can patch things up with Nathalie, he will have the courage and confidence to do the same with Tessa.

5. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

5. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
46 %
pg 93m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day
Directed by Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath

Thanks to NBCUniversal’s deal with Netflix, one of the biggest titles of 2023 – The Super Mario Bros. Movie – is available to stream. Based on the hit characters from the Nintendo games, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an origin story for Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day), two Italian-American brothers working as plumbers in Brooklyn, New York.

While fixing a water main leak, the two brothers are sent down the Warp Pipe into two kingdoms. Mario lands in the Mushroom Kingdom with Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), while Luigi appears in the Dark Lands ruled by Bowser (Jack Black). Featuring other notable characters like Toad (Keegan-Michael Key) and Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen), Mario sets out to find Luigi and save the world from Bowser’s reign.

4. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014)

4. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
31 %
pg-13 111m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Directed by Tyler Perry

Five single moms – Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Hillary (Amy Smart), Esperanza (Zulay Henao), May (Nia Long), and Lytia (Cocoa Brown) – are brought together when their teenage children vandalize the school’s buildings and smoke on the grounds. All five women volunteer to organize the school’s fundraiser and dance to save their children from expulsion.

Despite coming from different backgrounds, the group bonds over the hardships of motherhood and starts the Single Moms Club to support other women in the same situation. With new friends to rely on, the women gain the confidence to make changes in their lives. Will it be enough to keep their kids in the school? 

3. The Equalizer 3 (2023)

3. The Equalizer 3
58 %
r 109m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Eugenio Mastrandrea
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

It’s the end of the trilogy for Robert McCall in The Equalizer 3. After spending years as a government assassin, Robert (Denzel Washington) has retired to live in Southern Italy. Instead of working as a hired gun, Robert now serves those who need his help the most: the oppressed. After escaping death while trying to bust an illegal drug trade at a winery, Robert is saved by a doctor in the small town of Altamonte.

While in Altamonte, Robert witnesses the town’s residents being harassed by members of the Camorra. The Italian criminal organization wants to take over Altamonte for their business operations, meaning they must force the residents out of their homes. That doesn’t sit well with Robert, who vows to protect his new friends and take down the mob.

2. Society of the Snow (2023)

2. Society of the Snow
71 %
r 144m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt
Directed by J. A. Bayona

J.A. Bayona’s Society of the Snow is based on the true story of a rugby team whose plane crashed in the mountains. In 1972, a rugby team boarded Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 to Chile. Unfortunately, the plane never reached its destination and crashed in the Andes mountains. Of the 45 passengers, 12 died on impact, and only 29 lived to the second day. The plane could not have crashed in a worse place – the snowy land is inaccessible, and the temperatures are well below zero.

Despite several search-and-rescue attempts, the search is eventually called off, and the survivors are presumed dead. Society of the Snow is the harrowing tale of how a select group of passengers on the brink of death fought off harsh conditions to survive over two and a half months.

1. Lift (2024)

1. Lift
40 %
pg-13 106m
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime
Stars Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Worthington
Directed by F. Gary Gray

Kevin Hart attempts an impossible heist in Netflix’s new action film, Lift. Cyrus Whitaker (Hart) is a professional thief who can steal anything. Cyrus completes his robbery with the help of his crew: pilot Camila (Úrsula Corberó), engineer Luke (Viveik Kalra), inside man Denton (Vincent D’Onofrio), safecracker Magnus (Billy Magnussen), and hacker Mi-Sun (Kim Yoon-ji).

When three members of the crew are implicated in a robbery, Interpol agent Abby Gladwell (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who happens to be Cyrus’ ex-girlfriend, convinces the crew to help the agency catch Lars Jorgenson (Jean Reno), a mastermind planning a terrorist attack. The crew learns that Jorgenson will give the terrorists untraceable gold as payment for the attack. To prevent the attack, they need to steal the goal. The only way to commit the heist is to intercept the airliner carrying the payment in mid-air. Cyrus’ crew can steal anything, but can they execute a heist at 40,000 feet?

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