This morning, I ran across an article that listed the ten most rented movies from Netflix.  As a movie lover, I was curious to see which flicks made the list.  Most titles didn't shock me - with huge Hollywood names and couple golden statue owners, I can see each film garnering millions of rentals.  This list did sneak in a few surprises, but I couldn't help noticing a few rental snubs!

Listed first on the article, is 2007's No Country For Old Men.   Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem both own Academy Awards, Bardem for his portrayal Anton Chigurh in this very movie, a crime thriller, and the film won four of the famed golden statues including Best Picture.

Next on the list, Iron Man.  The 2008 action hero film stars the talented Robert Downey Jr. I'm not big on comic book material, but the film did make almost 600 million dollars at the the box office and also has Oscar winner, Jeff Bridges, and you can't go wrong with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Inception comes in next on the list, a 2010 sci-fi film staring Leonardo DiCaprio , rolled in over 825 million.  The film also has some classic star power in Oscar winner, Michael Caine.

Robert Downey Jr. is an actor that doesn't surprise me when I see his name on top 10 list more than once.  Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 remake on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, also stars Jude Law as Dr. Watson to play off of Downey as Holmes.  The film brought almost 524 million dollars to the box office.

The Departed, a 2006 goldmine of actors.   Leo making his second appearance on the list, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg,  and directed by Martin Scorsese.  Holy acting hardware, Batman.

The Hurt Locker making the Top 10 All Time Netflix Rentals list is a nice surprise to me.  I'm a Jeremy Renner fan and I know that not only did the film win the Oscar for Best picture, but Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for best director.   The film about US Army bomb defusers in the Iraq War didn't top 50 million at the box office and without a "big name" actor, this was a pleasant surprise to see on the list.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and grossed 333 million bucks at the box office.  Aside from  the unique story line of a man aging in reverse, I'd imagine that Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett helped boost rental totals.

The Bucket List, a move that made ol' Monte laugh and cry at the same time.  Jack makes the list again along with Morgan Freeman gets a Rob Reiner film in the top ten.  Two strangers living different life styles become friends on their death beds as they both do everything they've always wanted to do before they pass - love it.

Don Cheadle, another Monte fav, and Sandra Bullock are just a few of the stars in this 2005 Oscar winner for Best Picture.  A film about racial and social tensions in L.A., The Paul Haggis film had a budget of  6.5 million and grossed 98 million dollars at the box offices - amazing.

At number one, the most rented movie from Netflix, The Blind Side.  Loosely based on the life story of NFL player, Michael Oher, the film not only earned Sandra Bullock an Oscar, but cashed in HUGE at the box office. The budget was 29 million and the film raked in 309 million smackers.  Stars like country singer and actor, Tim McGraw and Oscar winner, Kathy Bates help tell the story of a run away foster child who becomes part of their family on his way to an NFL career.




The top two most rented movies on Netflix both star Sandra Bullock and brought in major dollars at the box office when compared to their budgets.  Clearly, the beautiful Ms. Bullock belongs on this list.  However, despite the fantastic films here, I'm a little shock that some of the all-time classics didn't make the list.   I thought Avatar would be on here but seeing as it grossed over 700 million in the US alone, I figure everyone saw it in the theatre and not on Netflix.   I'm shocked to not see any of the well liked Pirates of the Carribean series on here, or how about Harry Potter?  I'm not a fan personally, but can you argue with the dollars Potter brought in?  Titanic and Forrest Gump, a few forgotten titles while going through the rental list apparently.  However, there is one film that I'm shocked to not see.  Of all of my favorite movies, Shawshank Redemption didn't crack the top 10.   What do you think? Rental snub?  Did any of your favorite movies miss this list?