The Top 10 Movies on Netflix to Watch Right This Second (Including a Star-Studded Animated Comedy at #1)

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​​There are countless streaming options available at our fingertips, but not all Netflix movies live up to our expectations. That’s why we often turn to the top 10 movies list on Netflix, which ranks titles based on who’s watching what. Not only does it include the most popular new releases (like Players, Orion and the Dark), but it also features a few old favorites (like Crossroads). The best part? The top 10 movies on Netflix are updated on a daily basis, so there’s never a shortage of new options.

From Thanksgiving to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, keep scrolling for a list of the best movies on Netflix and our editor’s pick of the week.

Editor’s Pick of the Week: The Heartbreak Agency  (2024)

  • Cast: Rosalie Thomass, Laurence Rupp, Cora Trube

  • Run Time: 94 minutes

  • Genre: Romantic Comedy

A skeptical journalist named Kari agrees to start heartbreak therapy at an agency, but unbeknownst to his therapist, his main goal is to expose the entire business as a hoax. Over time, however, he warms up to his therapist, Maria, and embarks on a mission to find love.

Is it predictable? Well, yes, but it's a charming, feel-good romance that will help anyone unwind after a long day.

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1. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

  • Cast: Lana Condor, Toni Collette, Colman Domingo, Annie Murphy

  • Run Time: 91 minutes

  • Genre: Action Comedy

After her mother bans her from going into the ocean, 16-year-old Ruby Gillman goes against her mom's wishes and discovers that she's the heir to a kingdom of mythical sea creatures known as Krakens. With her newfound abilities and knowledge, she must protect her home from a powerful threat.

This movie is a fun watch for all ages, and it includes positive themes about identity, self-acceptance and parent-child relationships.

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2. Thanksgiving (2023)

  • Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brook

  • Run Time: 106 minutes

  • Genre: Slasher

After a tragic incident occurs at a Black Friday riot, a mysterious killer in a John Carver mask starts to terrorize the people of Plymouth, Massachusetts. As residents continue to get murdered, it's soon revealed that the killer has set a sinister plan in motion. Will the town catch the killer before it's too late?

The movie is based on Eli Roth's fictitious Grindhouse trailer, and this marks the third feature-length adaptation, after Robert Rodriguez's Machete and Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun.

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3. The Abyss (2023)

  • Cast: Tuva Novotny, Kardo Razzazi, Felicia Maxime

  • Run Time: 103 minutes

  • Genre: Action Thriller

Set in a small Swedish town, this intense thriller follows a security manager named Frigga, who must fight to rescue her loved ones as the entire city starts collapsing into the world's biggest mine.

Although the plot is entirely fictional, the film was partially inspired by true events. (In May 2020, an earthquake triggered by extraction activity in a local mine hit the Swedish town of Kiruna.) Still, it’s a must-watch for anyone who enjoys high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat disaster movies.

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4. Lover, Stalker, Killer (2024)

  • Cast: Dave Kroupa

  • Run Time: 90 minutes

  • Genre: True-crime documentary

The true-crime documentary introduces viewers to Dave Kroupa, who’s determined to find love after divorce. After signing up for an online dating website, he finally hits it off with a single mom. Since the relationship is casual, he begins talking to another woman. It doesn’t take long for jealousy to get the best of them.

The doc is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys edge-of-your-seat thrillers, like American Nightmare. But be warned, it will make you think twice before online dating.

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5. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

  • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Pratt, Charlie Day

  • Run Time: 92 minutes

  • Genre: Family comedy

Meet Mario and Luigi, plumber brothers who are working on a water main in Brooklyn. When the pipe leads to a mysterious new world, they embark on an epic adventure to find their way back.

The comedy is a must-watch for anyone who played the namesake video game. Not only is the movie filled with familiar references, but it also features a stellar cast including Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Charles Martinet, Seth Rogen and Keegan-Michael Key.

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6. Players (2024)

  • Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Joel Courtney, Augustus Prew

  • Run Time: 105 minutes

  • Genre: Romantic Comedy

Mack is a sports writer who prides herself in scoring multiple casual hookups, thanks to her foolproof playbook. However, she considers ditching the system altogether when she meets and falls for a guy who's worth playing for keeps. Can she go from being the ultimate player to being girlfriend material?

According to Greta Heggeness, Senior Editor of News & Entertainment at PureWow, it's not your typical, run-of-the-mill rom-com. She wrote, "The film leans heavily into comedy with a minor focus on romance. It offers an eye-opening lesson on hookup culture and how it can affect one’s ability to maintain a committed relationship."

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7. Einstein and the Bomb (2024)

  • Cast: Rachel Barry, Simon Haines, Aidan McArdle

  • Run Time: 76 minutes

  • Genre: British Documentary

Given the massive success of Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, it comes as no surprise that this documentary made it to the top ten. With archive footage and dramatizations, the film explores the mind of the legendary genius, his complicated relationship with Hitler and his connection to the first atomic bomb.

FYI, this isn't the first time McArdle has portrayed the famous genius. He also starred as Einstein in the TV movie, E=mc2, and he appeared as the scientist once again in a series called Nova in 2005.

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8. Crossroads (2002)

  • Cast: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall

  • Run Time: 93 minutes

  • Genre: Comedy Drama

After reuniting to dig up a "wish box" that they buried years ago, childhood besties Lucy, Kit and Mimi embark on a road trip, each with different goals in mind. While Mimi is heading to L.A. for a record contract audition, Lucy plans to surprise her mom with a visit and Kit plans to see her boyfriend. However, things don't go according to plan.

The teen comedy-drama, which was written by Shonda Rhimes, was a major box office success, grossing $61.1 million worldwide. The soundtrack also features a few of Spears's classic hits, like "Overprotected" and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman."

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9. Minions (2015)

  • Cast: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton

  • Run Time: 90 minutes

  • Genre: Family comedy

The family-friendly movie tells the origin story of the Minions, who are tired of serving unsuccessful masters. Everything changes when one Minion, Kevin, embarks on a journey to find a new evil boss.

Although Minions is a spin-off of Despicable Me (2010), it technically serves as a prequel to the original movie. Once you’ve watched Minions, be sure to tune into Yellow Is the New Black (2018) and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022).

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10. Orion and the Dark (2024)

  • Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Angela Bassett

  • Run Time: 92 minutes

  • Genre: Family comedy

Meet Orion, a young boy with a huge imagination. The only problem is he’s majorly afraid of the dark. He must face his worst fear when he’s taken by a mysterious creature, named Dark, who’s determined to show him there’s nothing to be afraid of.

The animated movie is ideal for families, especially if your kids are afraid of the dark. Cast members include Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Angela Bassett, Colin Hanks, Natasia Demetriou and Golda Rosheuvel.

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