Netflix’s 10 most viewed original films, from Sandra Bullock’s horror thriller Bird Box to George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky

Netflix’s Murder Mystery, Bird Box and Extraction. Photos: @Filmofilofilmu/Twitter, Netflix

Need some TV viewing inspiration for those cosy nights at home on the sofa? Netflix has revealed their most watched original films of all time, so if you haven’t watched the films below yet, you’re probably missing out.

10. (tied) Army of the Dead – 72 million

Matthias Schweighöfer as Dieter and Dave Bautista as Scott Ward in Army of the Dead. Photo: Netflix

Description: “After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 70 per cent

What critics said: “Snyder understands the tonality of a modern zombie film. Like Dawn of the Dead, it’s where his trademark snark shines best.” – Polygon

10. (tied) The Midnight Sky (2020) – 72 million

George Clooney as Augustine and Caoilinn Springall as Iris in Netflix’s The Midnight Sky. Photo: Netflix/TNS

Description: “In the aftermath of a global catastrophe, a lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts with a warning not to return to Earth.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 50 per cent

What critics said: “The Midnight Sky is a good example of a movie that sells itself short by trying to be one thing – serious, heavy, emotional – when, by all available indicators, it should be more of a thriller, or more ridiculous, or at the very least more fun.” – Rolling Stone

8. Project Power (2020) – 75 million

Netflix’s Project Power. Photo: @outsidelongbox/Twitter

Description: “An ex-soldier, a teen and a police officer collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 61 per cent

What critics said: “A film built on the thrill of the now, the hyper-modernity on show in hip-hop trappings, tricks lifted from gaming and yes, the availability of the whole thing at the push of a button in the palm of your hand.” – Financial Times

7. Enola Holmes (2020) – 76 million

Millie Bobby Brown in the movie Enola Holmes. Photo: Legendary/TNS

Description: “While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91 per cent

What critics said: “Enola Homes is the kind of movie that the preteen set will surely delight in and watch over and over. I know I would have.” – Associated Press

6. The Old Guard (2020) – 78 million

Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne in a scene from The Old Guard. Photo: Netflix via AP

Description: “Four undying warriors who’ve secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal.”

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 80 per cent

What critics said: “The Old Guard asks some existential questions that leave the audience wanting more.” – Vox

5. (tie) Murder Mystery (2019) – 83 million

Netflix’s Murder Mystery. Photo: @Filmofilofilmu/Twitter

Description: “On a long-awaited trip to Europe, a New York City police officer and his hairdresser wife scramble to solve a baffling murder aboard a billionaire’s yacht.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 44 per cent

What critics said: “Every Adam Sandler comedy abides by a trope as hoary as ‘the butler did it’. At some point in the shenanigans, Sandler’s schlub has gotta get a chance to prove he’s the bravest boy in the world.” – Variety

5. (tie) 6 Underground (2019) – 83 million

A scene from the film 6 Underground. Photo: Netflix/TNS

Description: “After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 36 per cent

What critics said: “This is a terrible action movie that utilises Michael Bay’s worst instincts and none of his best.” – Newsday

3. Spenser Confidential (2020) – 85 million

Spenser Confidential. Photo: @film.consigli/Instagram

Description: “Spenser, an ex-police officer and ex-con, teams up with aspiring fighter Hawk to uncover a sinister conspiracy tied to the deaths of two Boston police officers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37 per cent

What critics said: “An ending that teases the possibility of sequels, with Wahlberg’s Spenser tackling more cases of police officers and emergency personnel who have been falsely accused of crimes, should elicit nothing but groans.” – A. V. Club

2. Bird Box (2018) – 89 million

A still from Bird Box. Photo: Netflix

Description: “Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63 per cent

What critics said: “Bird Box’s pieces feel forcibly screwed together, a movie marionetted by strings of data code. There’s good scenes and smart ideas, but overall, the movie mostly clomps.” – Guardian

1. Extraction (2020) – 99 million

Extraction. Photo: Netflix

Description: “A hardened mercenary’s mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he’s sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67 per cent

What critics said: “The fight scenes are plastic and glossy. Hargrave mistakes gore for cool and technical prowess for choreography, deploying overlong one-take shots that look like Call of Duty outtakes.” – New York Times

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This article originally appeared on Business Insider

  • Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box comes in at No 2 despite how it ‘mostly clomps’ according to critics, while George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky is tied at No 10
  • Meanwhile, Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Holmes scored 91 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, is said to delight preteens, and ranks No 7 – but which film is No 1?