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The Top 10 Movies on Netflix to Watch Right This Second (Including a New Enticing Thriller 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 The Abyss, Players), but it also features a few old favorites (like Minions). 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 Mea Culpa to Thanksgiving, 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: Waves (2019)

  • Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Genre: Romance Drama

Arriving on Netflix on February 1, Waves follows a suburban African American family. After experiencing a tragic death that alters their lives forever, the family must overcome grief while trying to navigate forgiveness, love and new beginnings.

From the powerful performances to the stellar writing, the A24 film is truly an emotional watch. It's a multifaceted story about a Black family living in America dealing with their personal adversities and unfortunate woes.

1. Mea Culpa (2024)

  • Cast: Kelly Rowland, Trevante Rhodes, RonReaco Lee, Shannon Thornton
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Legal thriller

Kelly Rowland portrays a criminal defense attorney who takes on the case of a charming artist accused of murdering his girlfriend. But the lines between work and pleasure become blurred when they form a burning connection—that soon turns dangerous.

In an exclusive interview with TUDUM, the film’s writer and director Tyler Perry shared that his idea for the film came from “older thrillers” of the ’80s and ’90s. “It was fun to explore the best and worst of humanity through the genre of an exotic thriller,” he explained.

2. 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.

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.

4. 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.

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.

6. Through My Window 3: Looking at You (2024)

  • Cast: Clara Galle, Julio Peña, Natalia Azahara
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Genre: Romance Comedy

In the third and final installment of the Spanish romance film series Through My Window, Ares and Raquel decide to part ways. When they cross paths again in the winter, they start to question whether they should have ended their relationship.

Inspired by the novels written by Ariana Godoy, the film series consists of two additional films: Through My Window (February 2022) and Through My Window: Across the Sea (June 2023).

7. 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." 

8. Dune: Part One (2021)

  • Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-fi

This live-action adaptation draws inspiration from the book series written by Frank Herbert. Set in the distant future,  Dune: Part One centers around a young named Paul Atreides, who is born into a great destiny beyond his comprehension. To secure the safety of his people, he must travel to a dangerous planet with unlimited resources. But, it comes with great risk. 

Dune: Part One was a box office success, grossing $402 million on a $165 million budget in October 2021. Dune: Part Two just premiered in theaters on February 25, 2024. As for the third installment? According to Variety, Dune: Part Three has been greenlighted by Warner Bros. If the studios move forward with production, the third installment will be the final part of the film series.  

9. 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.

10. 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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