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What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Movie Rankings on May 12

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Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, Dead Man Down

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, Dead Man Down

If you're looking for the most popular movies on Netflix, you could march on down to Netflix's headquarters and demand answers, or you could just see what's on Netflix's daily Top 10 list for movies. The Top 10 list of movies on Netflix for Wednesday, May 12 once again sees the animated movie The Mitchells vs. The Machines in the top spot, where it's been since it debuted almost two weeks ago. It's good, so I will allow it. The rest of the list doesn't hold any surprises, with the 2013 Colin Farrell film Dead Man Down in second, the Netflix original Monster in third, and Madagascar 3 in fourth.  

Netflix's Top 10 list of the most popular movies will tell you which movies everyone is watching, but which ones are actually good? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 movie 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.

Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Wednesday, May 12

1. The Mitchells vs. the Machines


For fans of: Recognizing celebrity voices, families saving the world | Is it good?: It's pretty cute

It's a safe bet that there's probably no other movie you've seen recently that has an internet famous dog in its cast. That honor belongs to the The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which centers around a family who find out they have to save the world while they're on a road trip. The dog in question is Doug the Pug, and his much less famous co-stars include Maya RudolphDanny McBrideAbbi JacobsonOlivia ColmanEric Andre, and Fred Armisen(Yesterday's rank: 1)


2. Dead Man Down


For fans of: Cinematic shoot-outs, Terrence Howard's whole deal | Is it good?: Not at all

Colin Farrell plays a man out for revenge against a powerful kingpin (Terrence Howard) who killed his wife and daughter. Expect a lot of people shooting guns at each other, and Isabelle Huppert, who plays a character in this. (Yesterday's rank: 2)


3. Monster


For fans of: Movies with timely premises | Is it good?: The cast makes it work

This film aired at Sundance in 2018, and though it's only getting its wide release now, it's more relevant than ever. It tells the story of a young, gifted Black teenager (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) who gets charged with murder and explores how he's seen as a "monster" by the legal system on account of the color of his skin. Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson also star. (Yesterday's rank: 3)

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4. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted


For fans of: The voice of Ben Stiller, talking animals | Is it good?: The other Madagascar movies are better, but it's fun!

Frances McDormand inexplicably does a voice in the final film in the Madagascar trilogy, which finds Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer), and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) joining a traveling circus (sure) on their latest quest to get back to the Central Park Zoo. (Yesterday's rank: 4)


5. The Whole Truth


For fans of: Twists that aren't earned, Keanu | Is it good?: The movie is guilty... of being bad

The only reason to watch this is if you need to complete Keanu Reeves' filmography. This drama stars Reeves as a defense attorney trying to get a teen off the hook for killing his wealthy father, but the truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but the truth is murkier than what's presented in the courtroom. (Yesterday's rank: 6)

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6. The Clovehitch Killer


For fans of: Bad dads -- like, really bad dads | Is it good?: It's pretty disturbing, if that's your thing

A teenager (Charlie Plummer) begins to suspect his dad (Dylan McDermott) might be the infamous serial killer that terrorized his town a decade earlier. (Yesterday's rank: 5)


7. Open Season


For fans of: Talking animals, constant poop jokes | Is it good?: Not everything can be Madagascar

Martin Lawrence voices a domesticated grizzly bear who teams up with his best friend, a deer voiced by Ashton Kutcher, to stop human hunters from killing other woodland creatures. (Yesterday's rank: 7)


8. Zombieland


For fans of: Headshots, Twinkies | Is it good?: It's one of the best modern zombie movies

Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg kill zombies in humorous fashion while Eisenberg makes the moves on Stone. (Yesterday's rank: 9)


9. G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra


For fans of: Destroying your childhood | Is it good?: You know it's bad, and knowing is half the battle

An impressive cast earned their paychecks in this 2009 action flick based on the toys and cartoons you grew up with. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)

10. Scarface


For fans of: Little friends, mountains of cocaine, chainsaws, GTA: Vice City | Is it good?: It's the best

A Cuban immigrant goes from a violent nobody to a violent kingpin in this 1983 crime classic starring Al Pacino in one of his most iconic roles. From its soundtrack to its costumes to its hairstyles, it's an incredible time capsule. (Yesterday's rank: 8)

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