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21 Most Watched Films of 2021

Being popular has its pros and cons, but when it comes to film it is a measure of how stories connect with an audience. Explore a list of the 21 Most Watched Films of 2021 on Kanopy.

Kevin Sayar

Kanopy CEO

 Alice
(2019) on IMDb

Alice

Alice (Emilie Piponnier) is the perfect wife and mother, living happily with her husband Francois and their son in an apartment in Paris. When her credit cards are declined one day while shopping, Alice discovers that Francois has been living a secret life, spending all of their money at a high-end escort service and leaving them completely bankrupt. Alice becomes desperate and visits the same escort service that Francois was addicted to in the hopes of finding a way to quickly make some cash and save the apartment.

 All of Me
(1984) on IMDb

All of Me

A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. However, something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer’s body – together with the lawyer.

 Ammonite
(2020) on IMDb

Ammonite

In 1840s England, acclaimed fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

 An Impossible Love
(2018) on IMDb

An Impossible Love

At the end of the 1950s, Rachel (Virginie Efira), a young office clerk living in a provincial town, meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived romance, from which a daughter is born. Over the next 50 years, their lives will be shaped by the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, overshadowed by the impossible love of a woman for a man that rejects her, and of a daughter for an absent and abusive father.

 Another Round
(2020) on IMDb

Another Round

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness.

 Barry Lyndon
(1975) on IMDb

Barry Lyndon

Ryan O’Neal and Marisa Berenson star in director Stanley Kubrick’s lavish adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic 18th-century novel about the rise and fall of a sensitive and dashing rogue, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. Forced to leave Ireland after killing an English officer in a duel, handsome young Redmond Barry (O’Neal) seeks his fortune as a soldier in Prussia, as a spy then as a gambler living among the elite of Europe. He changes his name and marries an aristocrat (Berenson) for her wealth, but the acceptance he seeks finally eludes him.

 Coda
(2019) on IMDb

Coda

A famous pianist (Patrick Stewart) struggling with stage fright late in his career finds inspiration with a free-spirited music critic (Katie Holmes). Coda also stars Giancarlo Esposito.

 Four Good Days
(2020) on IMDb

Four Good Days

A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.

 Gettysburg
(1993) on IMDb

Gettysburg

In the summer of 1863, the Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania, as Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge, the fate of “one nation, indivisible” hangs in the balance.

 I, Tonya
(2017) on IMDb

I, Tonya

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a dark comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.

 Joe Bell
(2020) on IMDb

Joe Bell

The true story of a small town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay.

 Lansky
(2021) on IMDb

Lansky

When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated one last time by the Feds who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster spins a dizzying tale, revealing the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.

 Parasite
(2019) on IMDb

Parasite

Greed and class discrimination threaten the relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan in Bong Joon Ho’s darkly hilarious modern fairytale.

 Queen of Hearts
(2019) on IMDb

Queen of Hearts

Anne is a lawyer with a beautiful home, family, and life. When her troubled step-son comes to live with them, she forms an intimate bond with him. Initially a liberating move, soon turns into a disturbing story with devastating consequences.

 Save Yourselves!
(2020) on IMDb

Save Yourselves!

Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it.

 Suzi Q
(2019) on IMDb

Suzi Q

Singer, songwriter, bass player, bandleader, actress, radio-presenter, poet – there is only one Suzi Q. This film focuses on the pint-sized, leather-clad rocker who has sold more than 50 million records and in 2019 released a new album, celebrating 53 years as a working musician.

 The Last Resort
(2018) on IMDb

The Last Resort

An uncannily revealing portrait of American photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe and the vibrant community of Jewish retirees they obsessively focused their camera’s lens on in the sunburned paradise of 1970s Miami Beach.

 The Mole Agent
(2020) on IMDb

The Mole Agent

In this 2021 Oscar-nominated documentary, 83-year-old Chilean Sergio is sent as an undercover spy to a retirement home to investigate suspected neglect. Through the lens of the hidden camera in his decoy glasses, viewers watch as Sergio struggles to balance his assignment while becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

 Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump
(2020) on IMDb

Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump

After years of empirical observation, for the first time ever, prominent mental health professionals present their observations on camera as part of their ethical “Duty to Warn” the public of imminent danger. Medical doctors and mental health professionals go on camera, on the record, for the record – it’s an eye-opening discussion, analysis, and science-based examination of the behavior, psyche, condition, and stability of President Donald Trump. #UNFIT also examines Trump’s effect on our citizenry, culture, and institutions.

 What We Do in the Shadows
(2014) on IMDb

What We Do in the Shadows

Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, & Jonathan Brugh) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They are just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000-year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.

 Wild Mountain Thyme
(2020) on IMDb

Wild Mountain Thyme

Family conflicts arise when the patriarch threatens to give their farm over to an American nephew as opposed to his own son.

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