The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from 'Concrete Cowboy' to 'Legally Blonde'

Travis Clark
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"Concrete Cowboy" Netflix
  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily top-10 lists that week.

  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.

  • The Netflix drama "Concrete Cowboy," starring Idris Elba, was the streamer's most popular movie this week.

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9. "Sky High" (2021, Netflix original)

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Netflix

Description: "After falling for Estrella, Ángel, a mechanic from the Madrid suburbs, dives into a world of heists and becomes the target of a relentless detective."

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8. "White Boy" (2017)

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Transition Studios

Description: "This true-crime documentary exposes new facts about alleged teen drug lord 'White Boy Rick' and his lesser-known role as an FBI informant."

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7. "Legally Blonde" (2001)

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Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde." MGM

Description: "When dazzling L.A. sorority girl Elle Woods gets dumped by her snobby boyfriend, she decides to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 70%

What critics said: "The movie is a lot like 1995's Clueless, which was also totally cute, in that it has a brain and a heart. And like its heroine, it's a lot smarter than it looks." — Associated Press

6. "Bad Trip" (2021, Netflix original)

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Netflix

Description: "In this hidden-camera prank comedy, two best friends bond on a wild road trip to New York as they pull real people into their raunchy, raucous antics."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 74%

What critics said: "As if to counteract the bummer of watching a raucous comedy on Netflix ... Bad Trip comes equipped with its own crowd energy — a collective faith that there's no idiotic stunt that can't be pulled back from the brink of disaster." — AV Club

5. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)

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From left, Tom Hanks as Capt. John Miller and Matt Damon as Pvt. James Francis Ryan, in "Saving Private Ryan." CBS via Getty Images

Description: "Eight U.S. Army Rangers penetrate German-held territory during World War II to find and bring home a soldier whose three brothers have been killed."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93%

What critics said: "The visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion that will leave viewers silently shaken ... If words occasionally fail the picture, the images speak indelible volumes." — Hollywood Reporter

4. "Sniper: Ghost Shooter" (2016)

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Destination Films

Description: "Snipers ordered to protect a gas pipeline from terrorists suspect a security breach when they're targeted by a ghost shooter who knows their location."

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3. "What Lies Below" (2020)

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DRF Productions

Description: "Back home at her lake house, a teenager begins to suspect that a sinister force lurks beneath the surface of her mother's too-perfect new lover."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 62%

What critics said: "The denouement when it comes is meant to be shriek of pure sci-fi horror; but really, you'd find better entertainment — and more energetic acting — watching a fish tank." — Guardian

2. "Friends With Benefits" (2011)

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Screen Gems

Description: "When a recruiter and an art director strike up a friendship, they decide to capitalize on their chemistry with casual sex and no emotional attachments."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: "Anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy before knows where this one is going." — The Wrap

1. "Concrete Cowboy" (2021, Netflix original)

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Idris Elba in "Concrete Cowboy." Netflix

Description: "Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 78%

What critics said: "[A] sentimental father-son drama that doesn't break new ground, but milks the fascinating backdrop for all its formulaic potential and winds up compelling enough." — Indiewire

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