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Though Netflix has becoming a winning provider of original TV series, including “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “BoJack Horseman,” it’s streaming library often lacks in the movie department, even for some of the most popular films in most recent years. Recently, the Streaming Observer ran an analysis on the content of Netflix’s movie library, specifically how many films it has off of the IMDb’s Top 250 list, and it turns out U.S. Netflix library only has 33 films off the top 250. But now, the Observer has cross-referenced the Netflix libraries across different countries and have found the United States and the United Kingdom libraries are the worst of the top markets.
The study shows that the United Kingdom and the United States have only 28 and 33 films off the Top 250 list. On the other hand, Canada has 49, Germany has 56, and at the top of the heap, Brazil has 85 films off the list. The Observer also published a giant chart showing which films were on the most countries’ markets, some of these include “Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Though the IMDb voting system has come under scrutiny in recent years, such as when users flooded the new all-female “Ghostbusters” film with negative reviews even though most hadn’t seen the film, and the Top 250 doesn’t come close to representing an objective “best films” list, the Observer’s study is a good indication of the flaws in the Netflix streaming library.