Forget Reptile, there’s a more highly-rated Netflix crime thriller worth watching this week

American Made
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The Netflix streaming charts are in and Reptile is topping the charts for the third consecutive week. The drama, featuring Benicio del Toro, Alicia Silverstone and – boooooooo! – Justin (who doesn't come out well in Britney's book) Timberlake, racked up 14.2 million views and 32.3 million hours. 

But we think there are two other movies in the top 10 most-watched films list this week that should be further up your to-watch list. Outside of the best Netflix movies, there's American Made, which is currently at number four on the best streaming service, and Get Out, which is currently sitting at number 10.

Why American Made is a must-watch

In American Made, Tom Cruise stars as Barry Seal. Seal was an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA. At the peak of his smuggling career, he was raking in half a million dollars per flight, transporting cocaine from Colombia to the US. 

Although it's a true story, the film takes a few liberties to make it more cinematic (and crashed a few planes with Cruise at the controls because he wanted to feel what a plane crash was like to experience). But the resulting film was a commercial and critical hit. 

It soared to the top of Netflix's chart when it debuted on the service, and it's currently sitting with an 85% score from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The Lexington Dispatch put it well: "It's the inherent ridiculousness of it all that makes the film so compelling."

Fancy something much more frightening? Then Get Out is the film for you.

Why Get Out should be at the top of your watch list

If you haven't already seen Get Out, you're in for a terrifying treat. Jordan Peele's claustrophobic masterpiece has a whopping 98% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, for good reason. It's an astonishing, uncomfortable, horrifying and thought-provoking film that's all the more frightening for being rooted in reality. In this world, the monsters are more likely to be suburbanites than supernatural.

I'm finding it hard to sell the film without spoiling it because Get Out is one of those rare movies that makes you want to talk about all of it with everybody. Despite the horror, it's also laugh-out-loud funny in parts and while it's very aware of horror tropes it never falls into lazy writing or film-making. The performances, particularly Daniel Kaluuya's, are astonishing and it's genuinely one of the best and most original movies of the last few years.

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Carrie Marshall

Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, is on sale now and her next book, about pop music, is out in 2025. She is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind.