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The 25 Most Popular Movies On Netflix In 2021 (Updated March 27)

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It’s been an interesting week for Netflix’s Top 10 charts, which tracks which movies have been the most popular on the world’s most beloved streaming service. An unlikely candidate—the erotic thriller Deadly Illusions—upended Yes Day’s epic first-place run. Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal proved that documentaries without a true crime focus can work on Netflix. And Spenser Confidential made a surprising return to the Top 10 charts after a year away from the rankings.

This week brought a lot of new faces to the Top 10—which means there was plenty of movement on the yearly rankings. Each day, I keep track of where each movie ranks on the Top 10 list. Then, based on my scoring system, those movies receive a designated set of points.

Which brings us to the 2021 rankings. As of March 27, these are the 25 most popular movies on Netflix
this year (the bolded selections are newcomers to this list):

  1. We Can Be Heroes – 353 points
  2. Bigfoot Family – 171 points
  3. I Care a Lot – 169 points
  4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – 152 points
  5. War Dogs – 139 points
  6. Finding ‘Ohana – 138 points
  7. Yes Day – 130 points
  8. The Vanished – 124 points
  9. To All the Boys: Always and Forever – 118 points
  10. Homefront – 115 points
  11. 17 Again – 109 points
  12. Outside the Wire – 109 points
  13. The Dark Knight – 102 points
  14. Good Burger – 91 points
  15. Unknown – 90 points
  16. Parker – 90 points
  17. The Next Three Days – 88 points
  18. The Dig – 87 points
  19. Penguins of Madagascar – 83 points
  20. Training Day – 78 points
  21. All About the Benjamins – 77 points
  22. Deadly Illusions – 76 points
  23. Savages – 76 points
  24. Moxie – 75 points
  25. Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – 74 points

Click here if you’d like to see the 2021 show rankings as well.

While these list might not appear to be too different from last week’s rankings, there was actually some significant movement near the top. Specifically, Bigfoot Family over took I Care a Lot and moved from third place to second place after a 12-point showing. While the animated film has now exited the charts, Bigfoot Family did become just the fourth Netflix Original (and the ninth movie overall) to spend 26 consecutive days on the Top 10.

But the biggest change belongs to Yes Day, which—despite being dethroned by Deadly Illusions—went from 19th place to sixth place in just seven days. The Jennifer Garner film enjoyed six total days in third place. Altogether, this week added another 58 points to Yes Day’s 2021 total.

The other slight-but-significant jump came from The Secret Life of Pets 2, which spent every single day on the Top 10 this week in order to move from sixth place to fourth place. In total, The Secret Life of Pets 2 has spend 86 days on the Top 10 charts—which is second to only Despicable Me’s 111 days. This has allowed The Secret Life of Pets 2 to reach the seventh-place position on the all-time Top 10 rankings.

The three new entries on this edition of the yearly Top 10 rankings—Deadly Illusions, Savages and Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal—were all prominent players on this week’s charts. Specifically, Deadly Illusions had the best week of any movie on Netflix after scoring 69 points (of the maximum possible 70 points). That allowed the erotic thriller to move from 59th place into 22nd place.

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal had quite an impressive showing itself, pulling in 61 points thanks to six different second-place showings this week. That allowed the documentary to rise from 50th place to 25th place.

Finally, Savages continued its impressive run by appearing on the Top 10 charts every single day this past week. That showing amounted to 47 points, which catapulted the Oliver Stone film from 44th place to 23rd place.

There were three casualties this week: The Conjuring 2 (which currently has 69 points), Are We There Yet? (66 points) and Below Zero (66 points).

These rankings will continue to be updated weekly, so stay tuned next week to see which movies have moved up and down the list.

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