Netflix Movies: The 10 Most-Watched In September

September saw many kids around the United States return to school, which means that the Netflix top 10 movie charts were less dominated by kids' films than it had been throughout the summer. Though animated movies like Pets United and two differents Smurfs movies made the chart this month, so too did grisly and very adult movies like The Devil All the Time and i.

But did your favorite movie on Netflix make the list of September's most-watched movies? If your favorite movie inexplicably is The Smurfs 2, then spoiler alert: yes. Otherwise, you will have to read on to find what films subscribers were streaming this month.

The 10 most-watched movies on Netflix in September

10. #Alive
Days on chart: 10
Highest position: 1

The only foreign-language film on this month's list (despite a later title literally being named after a French holiday), #Alive is a Korean horror about a man trapped inside an apartment block in a world besieged by zombies where the internet stops working. Quite what drew viewers to a film about a man trapped inside his house for days on end while a deadly plague infects the world, however, is a mystery...

9. The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Days on chart: 13
Highest position: 1

Many were nervous about returning to school this month, but it could be worse: Your schoolmates could be trying to sacrifice you as part of a satanic blood cult.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen is the latest Netflix original movie sequel, which Judah Lewis returning from the 2017 movie, which sees the cult return. Samara Weaving also returns, albeit in a much smaller role after the original Babysitter launched her career. The movie also sets up a third film, but it remains if the movie was watched by enough people to warrant a sequel.

8. Due Date
Days on chart: 13
Highest position: 2

Netflix is in many ways a prison for bad-to-terrible comedies from the 2010s, and the latest to be locked up on the streamer is Due Date, the movie that future Joker director Todd Philips made after The Hangover. A New York Post review seemed up the critical feeling about the film, which saw Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, "behaving as ridiculously as possible, in uninteresting ways devised by the dullest minds." Still, it has an extended riff about a masturbating dog if that's your kind of thing.

7. The Devil All the Time
Days on chart: 13
Highest position: 1

Netflix's latest prestige-lite original movie, which a starry cast including current and future superheroes Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Sebastian Stan as villagers in a bleak and violent location in the American south. The devil is all the time, as is the killing in this movie, which has a body count that might even make a Call of Duty player blush.

6. Love, Guaranteed
Days on chart: 13
Highest position: 1

As the podcast ads for a popular dating site continually remind us, online dating is on the rise in the Covid era. It was a perfect time, then, for Love, Guaranteed, a new rom com starring Rachael Leigh Cook as a pro bono lawyer who takes on the case of Damon Wayons Jr., who wanted to sue the titular "Love, Guaranteed" after nearly 1,000 dates definitely did not guarantee love in a movie RogerEbert.com called, "a Hallmark Channel movie that somehow broke loose and found its way to Netflix."

5. Bastille Day
Days on chart: 12
Highest position: 1

Another Netflix specialty is low-budget action films, of the sort that you might have gone straight to VHS back in the day where those letters meant anything to anyone. Though Bastille Day did make it to cinemas (where it made a respectable profit), the story of a petty thief who gets drawn into a heist has clearly found a second life in people's homes on Netflix, especially as its stars Idris Elba ad Richard Madden have become much more famous in the years since they made this film.

4. The Smurfs
Days on chart: 16
Highest position: 1

Many kids returning to school has led to fewer animated films in the Netflix movie charts, but parents still needed something to show children in counties where schools were shut. It seems they picked the 2010s The Smurfs movies as their go-to babysitters.

3. The Smurfs 2
Days on chart: 14
Highest position: 1

Nobody tell Gargamel: The Smurfs have thrived so much on Netflix that both of the live action movies made it onto the list, with 2 just beating the original movie in viewers. That does however raise the question of who these people are who are only watching the sequel and not the original—how are they going to catch all the nuances in this Razzie-nominated movie that way?

2. Pets United
Days on chart: 16
Highest position: 1

Talking animal movies are clearly also a big market for streamers, with The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Animal Crackers hitting the Netflix charts over the past few months and The One and Only Ivan proving a hit for Disney+. The most successful of all, however, seems to be Pets United, which was nearly the most-watched movie of September despite having none of the a-star names those other movies had.

1. The Social Dilemma
Days on chart: 20
Highest position: 2

The most-watched Netflix movie by far in September, however, is The Social Dilemma, its documentary about the problems caused by Facebook, Twitter et al. Some found the reenactments far too hokey, but clearly some found the message powerful, with numerous celebrities taking a day off social media once this movie started getting watched by people...who heard about it when other people started talking about it on social media. Who says irony is dead?

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