The Top 10 Most Popular Movies on Netflix Today, April 19

Iola Evans and Asa Butterfield, Choose or Die

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The Daily Top 10 Movies on Netflix list for Tuesday, April 19 is dominated by Shrek. Ogre films account for 30 percent of the list. Shrek Forever After is at No. 4, the original Shrek is at No. 6, and Shrek 2 is at No. 10. Shrek the Third isn’t on Netflix for some reason, otherwise it would probably be on the list, too. (Shrek the Third is available to stream on HBO Max.) 1 movie is Choose or Diea Black Mirror-esque horror movie about a haunted video game. No. 2 is Samuel L. Jackson-led noir thriller Cleaner. And No. 3 is the very scary supernatural flick Ouija: Origin of Evilone of horror director Mike Flanagan’s breakthrough films.

But which films in Netflix’s Top 10 list of the most popular movies are worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 Movies list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix’s Top 10 TV shows, as well as Netflix’s overall Top 10 list. We also have recommendations for the 50 best movies on Netflix and the 50 best TV shows on Netflix to watch right now.

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Based on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies from Tuesday, April 19

For fans of: ’80s nostalgia, dangerous video games | Is it good?: It’s fine

Sex Education‘s Asa Butterfield stars in this nostalgia-heavy thriller about two coders who play a mysterious ’80s video game in the hopes of winning prize money, only to discover that the choices they make in the game have consequences on their real lives. This is a very literal interpretation of the worry that video games are ruining kids’ lives. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)

For fans of: Neo-noir, Samuel L. Jackson | Is it good?: It has a great cast, but it doesn’t really work

Samuel L. Jackson plays a retired cop-turned-crime scene cleaner who gets caught up in a dangerous cover-up involving corruption in the police department and reconnects with his former partner (Ed Harris) to try to figure out what’s really going on — and how to get out of it. It’s a dirty little noir thriller that unfortunately doesn’t live up to its potential due to choices made by director Renny Harlin. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

For fans of: Movies based on board games that are actually good | Is it good?: Hell yeah

Mike Flanagan, the prolific horror maestro behind the Haunting franchise, wrote and directed this supernatural spooker, one of three movies he made in 2016. It’s about a family that does seance scams for money and introduces a Ouija board to their repertoire, which leads to the youngest daughter getting possessed by an evil spirit. This movie preys on people’s real fear of Ouija boards. A lot of people really don’t play around with that dark-sided stuff! So this can be watched as a cautionary tale. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

For fans of: midlife crises It’s a Wonderful Life | Is it good?: It’s no Shrek 2

The fourth (and claim final, though we can never really say never) Shrek film is kind of a dud, sadly. The movie puts Shrek (Mike Myers) in crisis mode as he struggles with the responsibility of being a husband and father, believing it’s made him less than an ogre. He meets Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), who interferes by letting Shrek spend a day living in an alternate reality where he never met Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and instead lives among “real” ogres. You can imagine the disastrous results this has. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)

For fans of: Movies made in 2013 that seem much older, suspense | Is it good?: It’s just OK

In this thriller, Halle Berry plays Jordan Turner, a 911 operator still dealing with the guilt of botching a call from a girl who was later killed by a home invader. Months later, Jordan receives a call from a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin) and has to take charge in order to help save her life. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

For fans of: The song “All Star” by Smash Mouth | Is it good?: Memes would have you believe it’s the best movie ever made

So yeah, it’s Shrek. I don’t have to explain what it is, because you definitely already know. Mike Myers provides the voice of a green ogre who seems mean but is actually nice. It has a lot of jokes for grown-ups, but kids love it. It won the first Best Animated Film Oscar and was inducted into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2020. It’s “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

For fans of: Easter, human-animal friendships, the voice of Russell Brand | Is it good?: The kid in your life will love it

There aren’t a ton of Easter movies out there for kids (Christmas seems to get them all), but there is one that is sure to delight the young ‘uns. The 2011 film Hope stars James Marsden as a man who literally runs into a young rabbit named EB (voiced by Russell Brand). EB is supposed to be the next Easter Bunny, but has other aspirations. Together, they have to save Easter and EB’s father from a potential coup by the Easter Bunny’s second-in-command, Carlos the Chick. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)

For fans of: Movies that didn’t age well, Sandra Bullock | Is it good?: Nah

The Blind Side Being in the Netflix top 10 reminds me of that time The Help was the No. 1 movie on Netflix. The 2009 sports drama about Michael Oher, an NFL player who was adopted by a white family as a teenager, wasn’t all that well received when it came out, and is most memorable for the fact that it won Sandra Bullock an Oscar. The movie’s white savior narrative and portrayal of Oher seem like glaringly bad missteps that a movie probably wouldn’t get away with today, but then again, Green Book won Best Picture in 2019, so who knows? (Yesterday’s rank: 10)

What to Watch from Netflix’s Overall Top 10

For fans of: Ryan Reynolds, time travel, 13 Going on 30 | Is it good?: It proves that there’s such a thing as too much Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds stars as Adam, a time-traveling pilot who crash lands in 2022 and teams up with his 12-year-old self (Walker Scobell) to save the future. The movie itself isn’t all that great, but it does have a 13 Going on 30 reunion going for it, as Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner playing Young Adam’s parents. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)

For fans of: Ogres, donkeys, magic, “I Need a Hero” | Is it good?: It’s The Godfather Part II of kids’ movies

Did you know that Shrek 2 competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes? Hell yeah it did, because Shrek 2 follows in the great cinematic tradition of sequels that are better than the original. In this one, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) brings Shrek (Mike Myers) home to meet her parents, only for them to express their disapproval when they learn she married an ogre. From there, the movie deals with magic curses, transformation potions, and a very villainous Fairy Godmother. The Shrek franchise is pretty much all downhill from here, but this one is so good that it doesn’t even matter. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

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