2021 will have been another great year for the Netflix platform with, in particular, its share of success and sometimes even global phenomena. Here are the rankings of the best films and series according to the ratings of the spectators.
The Top 10 Netflix Series 2021 according to viewers *
The closure of movie theaters during the first 5 months of 2021 has allowed platforms to gain a foothold in the daily lives of French people. On Netflix, a handful of titles stood out from the many additions, either by their critical success or with the public. Some have even become real phenomena, like the Avalanche Squid Game, which has even been invited into schoolyards, to the chagrin of adults.
The series winners are marked by real diversity. The genres are multiple, from drama to fantasy through science fiction, but also the countries of origin. There are two South Korean series (Squid Game and My Name), a Danish series (October), another Swedish (Young Royals), but the first place in the ranking is reserved for a Franco-American production: Arcane. The animated series, which takes place in the universe of League of Legends, wins the honors of viewers.
1- Arcane 4.8 / 5
Created by Alex Yee & Christian “Praeco” Linke
Champions of their twin cities and rivals (the posh Piltover and the underground Zaun), two sisters Vi and Powder fight in a war raging magical technologies and diametrically opposed perspectives.
2- Young royals 4.4 / 5
Created by Lisa Ambjörn
When Prince Wilhelm arrives at the prestigious Hillerska boarding school, he finally sees the opportunity to discover who he really is and the kind of life he wants to lead. Wilhelm finds himself dreaming of a future where he enjoys full freedom and unconditional love, free from any royal obligation.
3- Maid 4.2 / 5
Created by Molly Smith Metzler
Single mom struggling to make ends meet finds a job as a housekeeper … According to the memoir of Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.
4- My Name 4.2 / 5
Created by Kim Jin-min
Motivated by revenge, a woman joins a criminal network and becomes an undercover police officer in order to find her father’s murderer.
5- Squid Game 4/5
Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk
Tempted by a tempting prize in case of victory, hundreds of penniless players agree to compete in games for children with deadly stakes.
6- Ginny & Georgia 4/5
Created by Sarah Lampert
Ginny Miller is fifteen. She sometimes feels more mature than her mother, the irresistible and dynamic Georgia. After many years of wandering across the country, the latter finally decides to settle somewhere. Ginny is going to learn what normal teenage life is like …
7- Sweet tooth 4/5
Created by Jim Mickle & Beth Schwartz
Several years after the mutations caused by the “Great Collapse”, a half-boy, half-stag hybrid befriends, against all odds, with a lonely marginal. Together, they embark on an adventure through a ravaged planet, wondering if the notion of home still makes sense.
8- Shadow and Bone 4/5
Created by Eric Heisserer
The kingdom of Ravka has been cursed for millennia. Her fate now rests on the shoulders of an orphan. Alina has been recruited by the Army to accompany the Grisha, powerful magicians who fight against the evil fog that is tearing the land apart. When her childhood friend comes close to death during this raid, Alina must face her fears and her destiny.
9- October 4/5
Created by Soren Sveistrup
Two detectives from Copenhagen are investigating a high-profile murder case.
10- Always there for you 3.9 / 5
Created by Maggie Friedman
Over thirty years, the ups and downs of Kate and Tully who, since adolescence, have been best friends and support each other in good times and bad. One day, an unthinkable betrayal is committed, their beautiful friendship is shattered. Will they be able to reconcile?
* According to AlloCiné spectator ratings, as of December 22, 2021, for new series with at least 300 ratings.
The Top 10 Netflix Movies 2021 according to viewers *
On the cinema side, the Netflix films that have left their mark on viewers are surprising. Among the 10 feature films selected, one title stands out from the rest: The Witcher: le cauchemar du Loup, animated prequel to the eponymous series. It is the only one that belongs to a strong brand of the platform. The others are more dramatic in a more intimate style, such as The Dig, Pieces of a Woman or Malcolm & Marie.
There are once again foreign films, such as the Polish thriller The Taste of Hate or the Dutch The Battle of the Scheldt. This is the biopic on Jonathan Larson, Tick, Tick… Boom !, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which comes in number one. Worn by a manned Andrew Garfield, the film is even one of the big favorites for the Oscars in 2022.
1- Tick, Tick… Boom! 4/5
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
As he approaches his 30s, a promising young composer juggles love, friendship and the desire to achieve something grand before it’s too late.
2- The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare 3.8 / 5
Directed by Kwang Il Han
Vesemir is a true father figure of Geralt of Rivia. The story explores his early years as the Witcher after the mysterious Deglan claimed him through the Law of Surprise.
3- Malcolm & Marie 3.7 / 5
Directed by Sam Levinson
After the preview of his latest film, a filmmaker returns home with his girlfriend. While it is certain that his film will meet with critical and commercial success, the evening takes an unexpected turn: the two lovers must face certain truths about their relationship that test the strength of their feelings …
4- The White Tiger 3.7 / 5
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Balram Halwai recounts with dark humor his meteoric rise from penniless villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero manages to become the driver of Ashok and Pinky, who have just returned from America …
5- The Taste of Hatred 3.7 / 5
Directed by Jan Komasa
While working in the world of defamation on social networks, an unscrupulous young man quickly learns the very real consequences of virtual vitriol.
6- The Dig 3.7 / 5
Directed by Simon Stone
A wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to unearth a burial on her property. They then discover an ancient Saxon funeral vessel and its treasure that could turn human history upside down. Together, they must stick together in front of the British Museum, which intends to seize the vessel by claiming to have discovered it …
7- Penguin bloom 3.7 / 5
Directed by Glendyn Ivin
The true story of Sam Bloom, a mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident left her unable to walk.
8- Pieces of a Woman 3.7 / 5
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Living in Boston, Martha and Sean Carson are preparing to become parents. But the couple’s life is turned upside down when the young woman gives birth at home and loses her baby, despite the assistance of a midwife, soon prosecuted for negligence. Martha must then learn to grieve, while undergoing an intrusive mother and an increasingly irritable husband.
9- The Battle of the Scheldt 3.7 / 5
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
During the Battle of the Scheldt, the lives of a glider pilot, a Nazi soldier and a reluctant Resistance recruit tragically intersect.
10- An outstanding dad 3.7 / 5
Directed by Paul Weitz
After the death of his wife, a new father takes the reins of the most difficult job in the world: that of parenting. Inspired by a True Story.
* According to AlloCiné spectator ratings, as of December 22, 2021, for films with at least 250 ratings.