Movie reviews on a phone.
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Amazon Prime has the most highly rated movies because it has the most movies in general. HBO Max has the highest percentage of top-rated movies in its catalog.

The number of movies on a streaming service doesn’t matter much if all the movies are bad. So which service has the highest rated movies? We combed through Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and others, and did the math for you.

Streaming services can easily stuff their libraries with junk to pump up their numbers. This is why it’s easy to get lost scrolling through titles looking for something worthwhile to watch. We wanted to find out which service has the best movies.

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The Research

The first thing we need to do is decide how to determine what makes a movie “good.” Thankfully, there are a plethora of movie reviews on the internet. For our purposes, we’ll be using Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

For Rotten Tomatoes, we’re using the “Tomatometer”—it’s the average score from film critics. Movies rated above 60% are “Fresh,” and those above 75% are “Certified Fresh.” We included both of those in our results.

IMDb’s system is much easier. Movies are rated on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best. To match Rotten Tomatoes, we included all movies rated 6/10 or better in our results. This data was collected from JustWatch.com.

The Results

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the data. We’ll start by seeing how many of the “best” movies are available on each service, according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Then we can compare that to the total library size to figure out which service has the highest percentage of quality movies to watch.

Streaming Services by Movie Ratings.
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The results are comparable between both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, though IMDb seems to be more generous in how it rates movies. The one exception is Netflix, which is fourth by RT reviews, but second by IMDb reviews.

The Math

Let’s do some math. We can take the number of movies we’ve determined are the “best” and compare that to the total size of each service’s library. That will tell us what percentage of the movies available are actually good movies.

Percentage of movies on service that are good.
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What does this tell us? Amazon Prime Video has the most highly-rated movies, but since its library is so large, there’s also a lot of not great content to scroll through. People like to complain about Netflix having a lot of filler content, but it actually fared pretty well here.

HBO Max might be the overall winner. It has a healthy library size and a solid percentage of highly-rated movies. In the future, HBO Max will be merged with Discovery+, and the new combined service may get a new name.

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