The streaming competition is intense these days! Every day, new films are hitting screens faster than a blink of an eye, leaving viewers spoiled for choice. Amidst the growing demand for new movies, movies zoom in and out quicker to keep up with what the public wants. However, it’s easy to feel lost in the shuffle. Fear not, as this list below will keep you up to date with the latest trending movies on streaming.

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Check out the list of the top 10 most streamed movies in the United States below, complete with snappy summaries to keep you in the know about these must-see flicks. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted watch or something more on the gritty side, this list has something for every movie preference.

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Editor’s Note: The Nielsen streaming data is delayed by four weeks, so this list reflects the top 10 from May 13 – 19, 2024.

10 ‘Thelma The Unicorn’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 216,000,000

Director: Jared Hess, Lynn Wang | Cast: Brittany Howard, Will Forte, Jemaine Clement, Edi Patterson, Fred Armisen

A new star is on the rise, and it’s a unicorn! Inspired by Aaron Blabey’s beloved books, Thelma the Unicorn tells the story of a small-town pony with big dreams of becoming a music sensation and performing at the coveted Spaklepalooza event. Despite her remarkable musical talent, Thelma (Howard) faces relentless bullying about her appearance. However, in a surprising twist of fate, she transforms into a unicorn and catapults to global fame, performing with her band, the Rusty Buckets, on the world’s grandest stages. Yet, Thelma isn’t entirely sure if the unicorn lifestyle is for her. This heartfelt tale of self-discovery appeals to both kids and adults as Thelma grapples with whether her fans love her for her music or her looks. But she must act fast, as rival music star Nikki Narwhal (Ally Dixon) is set to take away everything Thelma has worked hard for.

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Thelma the Unicorn (2024)

In a heartwarming animated adventure, Thelma the pony, who dreams of being a unicorn, finds herself swept into a whirlwind of fame after a fortunate accident makes her appear as one. As she navigates the complexities of her new celebrity life, Thelma learns important lessons about the value of self-acceptance and the true meaning of happiness beyond the glitter and spotlight.

Release Date
May 17, 2024

Director
Jared Hess , Lynn Wang

Runtime
93 minutes

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9 ‘The Idea of You’

Platform: Prime Video | Minutes Watched: 217,000,000

Director: Michael Showalter | Cast: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine

Summer’s about to sizzle with The Idea of You, inspired by Robinne Lee’s novel of the same name. 40-year-old Sophie (Hathaway) is an art gallery owner fresh out of a divorce. Now a newly single mom, she reluctantly accompanies her daughter to Coachella when her ex-husband is unable to. Little does she expect that she’ll meet one of the hottest boyband members in the music industry, Hayes Campbell (Galitzine) of August Moon. Despite their 16-year age difference, Sophie and Hayes find themselves having the hots for each other. But when their age gap draws plenty of attention, Sophie’s unsure if this is the kind of love she wants. Celebrating women in their 40s, the movie is a journey of self-discovery at a stage in life where society often overlooks women within the older age bracket, deeming them less attractive, relevant, or complete.

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The Idea of You (2024)

Solène, a 40-year-old single mom, begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet.

Release Date
May 2, 2024

Cast
Anne Hathaway Nicholas Galitzine , Ella Rubin , Annie Mumolo , Reid Scott , Perry Mattfeld , Jordan Aaron Hall , Mathilda Gianopoulos

Runtime
115 Minutes

Main Genre
Drama

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8 ‘Unfrosted’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 218,000,000

Director: Jerry Seinfeld | Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Max Greenfield, Hugh Grant, Amy Schumer

It’s the battle of the breakfast moguls in Unfrosted. Transporting audiences back to 1963 Michigan, the film pulls audiences into the heated rivalry between Kellogg’s and Post as they compete to create the ultimate sprinkle-covered breakfast pastry. Although it’s all business, the antics get wild, with grown adults wearing corporate suits yapping about what the best cereal shapes in ta boardroom. A fictionalized look at a competition that forever changed the cereal industry in America, the film literally feels like another dimension with its retro aesthetics, complete with witty dialogues that keep the momentum going as the competition heats up. You know what they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.

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7 ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 228,000,000

Director: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic | Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black

Inspired by the legendary Nintendo Mario games, The Super Mario Bros. Movie rekindles beloved childhood memories with an exciting adventure audiences won’t forget. Mario (Pratt) and Luigi (Day), Brooklyn plumbers by day and inseparable brothers for life, are the iconic global phenomenon best known for their distinct personalities – Mario’s fearless and adventurous nature contrasts with Luigi’s cautious and anxious demeanor. Despite their differences, the two stick together through thick and thin, including being sucked into a Warp Pipe that transports them into a different dimension. Upon arriving in the enchanting Mushroom Kingdom, the duo encounter a bunch of vivid characters, from the adorable and brave Princess Peach (Taylor-Joy) to the much-feared Bowser (Black). A nostalgic romp of a movie, it’s not just a movie, it’s an exhilarating blast from the past.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie

A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother Luigi, trying to save a captured princess.

Release Date
April 7, 2023

Director
Aaron Horvath , Michael Jelenic

Runtime
105 minutes

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6 ‘Moana’

Platform: Disney+ | Minutes Watched: 231,000,000

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements | Cast: Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

Wading through the azure waters of Polynesian islands, Moana tells the story of the nature-loving Moana Waialiki (Cravalho) as she embarks on an epic quest to save her home. As the adventurous daughter of a chief from a legendary line of navigators, Moana’s life is intertwined with the sea. When the island faces a dire crisis, with failing fish and crops, she learns that the mischievous demigod Maui (Johnson) has stolen the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti, causing the island’s woes. Determined and fearless, Moana sets sail across the Pacific to restore the heart and balance on the island. With a memorable score inspired by the sounds of South Pacific culture, pop, and Broadway, the film doesn’t feel too complicated for the young or too simplistic for the adult audiences, making it a tale interesting for all ages.

Moana

Release Date
November 23, 2016

Director
Ron Clements , Don Hall , John Musker , Chris Williams

Runtime
103

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5 ‘The Judge’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 239,000,000

Director: David Dobkin | Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong

The Judge dives headfirst into the murky waters where family loyalty meets legal turmoil, concocting a tale that’s as much courtroom theatrics as it is about the raw emotions of familial ties. Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.), a sharp-witted attorney thriving in Chicago, reluctantly returns to his quaint hometown of Carlinville, Indiana, following his mother’s passing, only to find himself thrust into the legal maelstrom surrounding his father, Joseph Palmer (Duvall), a revered judge now facing serious charges after a tragic accident. Caught between his career-driven cynicism and the pull of unresolved family drama, Hank is forced to confront the complex relationship he has with his father. Amidst the courtroom showdowns and moments of vulnerability, the root of the film lies in the idea of identity, forgiveness, and accepting where you come from.

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The Judge

Release Date
October 8, 2014

Runtime
141

Main Genre
Drama

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4 ‘Shrek’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 324,000,000

Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Once upon a time in Shrek, deep in a gloomy swamp, there lived a grumpy green ogre named Shrek (Myers), who cherished nothing more than his peaceful solitude. But as fate would have it, his tranquil existence is rudely interrupted when a motley crew of fairytale misfits, banished by the conniving Lord Farquaad (Lithgow), invade Shrek’s beloved swamp. Infuriated and determined to reclaim his home, Shrek strikes a reluctant deal with Farquaad: he’ll embark on a daring mission to rescue Princess Fiona (Diaz), locked in a tower guarded by a fearsome dragon, in exchange for his swamp’s restoration. Little does the ogre and his wisecracking sidekick Donkey (Murphy) know that Fiona has a surprising secret that will turn their adventure upside down.

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Shrek

An ogre named Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairy tale characters. To reclaim his peaceful solitude, Shrek strikes a deal with the diminutive tyrant Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle. An unlikely friendship forms between Shrek, Fiona, and a talkative Donkey, leading to comedic adventures and lessons about true love and acceptance.

Release Date
May 18, 2001

Runtime
90 minutes

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3 ‘Upgrade’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 482,000,000

Logan Marshall-Green as Grey Trace on a cropped poster for Upgrade (2018)
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Director: Leigh Whannell | Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson

Set in a near future where technology underpins every aspect of human life, Upgrade tells the story of Grey, a stay-at-home mechanic who ironically despises technology and prefers the old-fashioned ways of doing things. One night, Grey and his wife Asha experience a horrific accident when their self-driving car malfunctions, resulting in Asha’s death and leaving Grey a widowed quadriplegic. Overwhelmed by grief and frustration at the police’s inability to find their attackers, Grey reaches a breaking point. However, things started to look up when enigmatic tech mogul Eron Keen offered Grey a chance to walk again through the powerful STEM microchip. However, the potential long-term effects of this questionable cure pose massive risks. Faced with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Grey must decide whether to succumb to his never-ending despair or take on the chase to regain mobility – at a cost.

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Upgrade

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is a Sci-Fi, Action, and Cyberpunk film starring Betty Gabriel, Logan Marshall-Green, and Harrison Gilbertson. The plot sees a man suffering a tragic accident and becoming paralyzed as a result. He soon accepts a STEM implant that gives him back his body and much more.

Release Date
June 1, 2018

Director
Leigh Whannell

Runtime
96 mins

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2 ‘Mother of the Bride’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 554,000,000

Director: Mark Waters | Cast: Brooke Shields, Miranda Cosgrove, Benjamin Bratt, Sean Teale, Chad Michael Murray

It’s that time of year again – wedding bells are ringing, and Lana (Shields) is on a mission to ensure her daughter Emma’s wedding in Thailand is nothing short of magical. From dress fittings to leisurely hotel activities leading up to the big day, Lana is all in. But just when she thought she had all the details covered, fate throws her a curveball. Her long-lost ex-boyfriend, Will (Bratt), appears out of nowhere in the middle of wedding preparations. Lana and Will were once the couple everyone admired, their love story promising forever. Yet, Will disappears from Lana’s life without a trace, leaving behind a vow to never cross paths again. That is until Lana learns that WIll is none other than the father of the groom, RJ (Teale). Amidst the tropical splendor and wedding chaos, Lana and Will are thrust into a reunion that’s as unpredictable as it is emotionally charged in Mother of the Bride.

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Mother of the Bride

Lana’s daughter Emma returns from London and announces that she’s getting married next month. Things become more complicated when Lana learns that the man who stole Emma’s heart is the son of the man who broke hers years ago.

Release Date
May 9, 2024

Runtime
88 Minutes

Main Genre
Comedy

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1 ‘Madame Web’

Platform: Netflix | Minutes Watched: 1,162,000,000

Director: S. J. Clarkson | Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O’Connor, Tahar Rahim

The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Madame Web tells the origin story of Cassie Webb (Johnson), a New York paramedic who gains the power of clairvoyance, allowing her to see the future. Cassie discovers she must save three young women (Sweeney, Merced, O’Connor) from Ezekiel Sims (Rahim), who seeks to kill them to prevent them from becoming Spide-Women and eventually killing him. As Cassie digs deep into her past, she forms a bond with these women, who are destined for great power – if they can survive the dangers of the present. The film reimagines the mysterious comic book character’s background, offering a fresh origin story. In Marvel Comics, the original Madame Web is a blind woman from Salem, Oregon, with myasthenia gravis, a condition that leaves her physically weak but enhances her psychic and clairvoyant abilities.

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Madame Web

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Release Date
February 14, 2024

Runtime
1h 56m

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