Since Americans began taking measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the use of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video has increased significantly. Not only have millions of new customers subscribed to these platforms since the pandemic began, but also previous subscribers have increased the amount of content they watch.
In order to keep up with this increased demand, streaming providers have been continuously releasing new content to their platforms. The past few weeks have been no different, with a great number of movies both old and new being added to the most popular streaming sources.
To assist readers in deciding which films deserve consideration, 24/7 Tempo has identified the 25 best movies to stream this week. Each of these films is newly available to the most popular streaming platforms as of the past two weeks and is highly ranked based on critic and audience ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
The best movies to stream this week can be found on Netflix, HBO Now, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon Video. Genres of the movies on the list vary greatly — including dramas, comedies, children’s films, documentaries, and more — as do the films’ original release years, which range from the 1950s to contemporary films released as recently as this year.
And while some of the films featured on this list are original to the streaming platforms, others have been released to theaters and have developed exceptional reputations over the many years and are now considered classics of cinema. These are the 100 best movies of all time.
To determine the best movies to stream this week, 24/7 Tempo identified all of the movies newly available on streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO Now, and Apple TV Plus from April 20 through May 4 based on data from streaming data site JustWatch. We then created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating.
We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.