American subscription streaming service and production company Netflix is now one of the biggest media companies in the world.
The company has now expanded to the point that it’s producing films that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, rivaling the more established Hollywood studios. Here are the 12 movies that cost Netflix the most to make.
12. The Ridiculous 6 (2015, directed by Frank Coraci)
Budget: $60 million
The Ridiculous 6 is a Western action comedy. It’s about six men who discover they have the same father – a bank robber – and set out to reunite with him.
The less said about this movie, the better. It angered people with its racial attitudes, stereotypes, and offensive depiction of women. It’s a dopey mess and thoroughly earns its rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a shame because it should be better with a cast that includes Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Will Forte, and Nick Nolte.
11. Project Power (2020, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman)
Budget: $85 million
Project Power is a sci-fi action movie. It’s about a drug dealer, a police officer, and a former soldier who must team up. Their aim? Prevent a pill that gives people who take it superpowers for five minutes from being distributed.
This movie has a great premise that it doesn’t take full advantage of, but it’s still thrilling, slick, and very entertaining. It feels very fresh, and Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are excellent in it – although it does feel as though their characters could have been the subject of a little more exploration and development.
10. Army of the Dead (2021, directed by Zack Snyder)
Budget: $90 million
Army of the Dead is a zombie heist movie and the spiritual successor to Zack Snyder’s 2004 debut film, Dawn of the Dead. It’s about a group of mercenaries planning and executing a Las Vegas casino heist in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
This ambitious movie is over-the-top and overblown in the best possible way. It’s more clever than a zombie movie has any right to be and is a lot of fun. Dave Bautista shines as the leading man. Its only major problem is its ungodly and unnecessary runtime of 148 minutes.
9. The Midnight Sky (2020, directed by George Clooney)
Budget: $100 million
The Midnight Sky is a sci-fi movie based on the 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It’s about an aging scientist who has to venture across the Arctic Circle to warn a returning interplanetary spaceship that Earth has experienced a global catastrophe.
It’s an ambitious but mediocre movie that lacks the drama its premise promises. George Clooney is excellent as its star, and the whole thing is poignant with some emotional themes, but it fails to pack the punch you expect. It’s paced poorly, is far too derivative of several better movies, and has an uneven tone.
8. Bright (2017, directed by David Ayer)
Budget: $106 million
Bright is an urban fantasy action movie in an alternate present where humans and mythical creatures co-exist. It’s about an LAPD police officer and his orc partner who confront racism and police corruption while protecting an elf girl and the powerful magic wand she wields.
Pretty much everything about this movie is terrible. It looks awful, the dialogue is clunky, there’s no genuine attempt at world-building, it’s incredibly derivative, and it’s generally dull. A potential sequel is no longer happening after its star, Will Smith, had his altercation with Chris Rock at the Oscars, and that should be a massive relief to us all.
7. The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021, directed by Mike Rianda)
Budget: $110 million
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a computer-animated sci-fi comedy. It’s about the highly dysfunctional Mitchell family, as they find themselves saving the world from a global robot uprising while on a road trip.
This movie’s amazing and talented voice cast includes Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Conan O’Brien, and, bizarrely, Doug the Pug. It’s a bona fide feel-good movie that looks great, is full of energy, and provides plenty of laughs. Animated or not, the whole family will love this brilliant film.
6. Triple Frontier (2019, directed by J. C. Chandor)
Budget: $115 million
Triple Frontier is an action-adventure movie about a group of former U.S. Army Delta Force operators who reunite to organize a heist against a South American crime lord.
It’s worth getting excited about this movie’s cast. Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal are among its stars, and it’s terrific. It’s gritty and ambitious, and everything from the script to the movie’s direction is top-class.
5. Outlaw King (2018, directed by David Mackenzie)
Budget: $120 million
Outlaw King is a historical action drama movie about Robert the Bruce. It chronicles the 14th-century Scottish King’s actions as he launches a guerilla war against the considerably larger English army.
This movie has a strong cast that includes Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and James Cosmo, but it’s still best described as only average at best. It’s bloody and muddy, as you’d expect of a movie set in medieval times, and the battle scenes are aplenty, but it’s hugely inaccurate in a historical sense.
4. 6 Underground (2019, directed by Michael Bay)
Budget: $150 million
6 Underground is a vigilante action thriller. It’s about a group of people who fake their deaths and decide to form a vigilante team to stage a coup d’état against a ruthless dictator.
Ryan Reynolds stars in this one alongside an accomplished supporting cast that includes Mélanie Laurent, Ben Hardy, and Dave Franco. It’s a typical Michael Bay movie in that it’s loud, action-packed, completely chaotic, and utterly absurd. Action fans will get what they need out of it, but anyone looking for an intelligent movie will be disappointed.
3. The Irishman (2019, directed by Martin Scorsese)
Budget: $160 million
The Irishman is an epic crime drama based on the 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It’s about Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with a mobster and his crime family, and includes Sheeran’s time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa.
It’s a movie directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It has a supporting cast that includes Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, and Harvey Keitel. With that all in mind, of course, it’s good. It’s incredibly long at 209 minutes, but it’s worth the extended viewing. It’s excellently performed, poignant, funny, and entirely entertaining.
2. Red Notice (2021, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber)
Budget: $200 million
Red Notice is an action comedy about an FBI agent who reluctantly teams up with an international art thief to catch an even more notorious robber, with the incentive being that the thief he teams up with will become the world’s best if they imprison the other one.
Despite its trendy all-star cast of Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Gal Gadot, Red Notice isn’t very good. Don’t get us wrong, it’s decent mindless fun, but that’s where the praise stops. The whole thing feels painfully unoriginal and teems with predictable clichés, and it’s a shame, given how likable its stars are.
1. The Gray Man (2022, directed by the Russo Brothers)
Budget: $200 million
The Gray Man is an action thriller based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney. It’s about a CIA agent known as “Sierra Six” who has to run from a sociopathic ex-CIA agent and mercenary who has unearthed corrupt secrets about his superior.
The ensemble cast in this one is star-studded and includes Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. However, it’s a pretty mediocre movie. There are plenty of action sequences and thrills, but it feels like an inferior version of dozens of far better films. The best compliment we can pay The Gray Man is that it’s undoubtedly one you should watch if you’re an action movie fan.
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