The top movies and K-drama series Filipinos watched on Netflix in 2020 2
Just some of the year's Pinoy faves. Image from Netflix Philippines

The top movies and K-drama series Filipinos watched on Netflix in 2020

An unprecedented year can only yield surprising results 
ANCX Staff | Dec 10 2020

The most popular Filipino film on Netflix this year is the Alessandra de Rossi-Paolo Contis romantic drama, ”Through Night and Day,” reports the biggest streaming platform in the world. Netflix Philippines released the list of movies that most Filipinos watched in 2020 and this heartwarming story about an engaged couple’s prenup trip to Iceland garnered the most viewership. 

Other romance titles popular in the streaming platform this year included sequels: "The Kissing Booth 2," "The Princess Switch: Switched Again" and "To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You." Meanwhile "Start-Up," "Crazy Rich Asians," "Once Before," "The Hows of Us," "It's Okay to Not Be Okay," "Alter Me," and "Just a Stranger" were also tops on the romance list. Romance viewing on Netflix Philippines in 2020 increased by almost 400% compared to 2019, according to the report.

ANCX asked how Netflix measures viewership and a rep from Netflix Philippines said it looks at the number of accounts that chose to watch at least 2 minutes of a title during its first 28 days on the streaming service. 

“Enola Holmes,” the adventure film starring Millie Bobby Brown, lorded it over the list of drama movies Pinoys watched this year, followed by the weirdly titled film about an alcoholic and the man who wants to be her savior, "On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets," and the story of chess prodigy Beth Harmon, "The Queen’s Gambit." Other popular dramas on Netflix Philippines include "Ordinary People," "21 Bridges," "How She Let Me," "Unforgettable," "Cuddle Weather" and "Lucifer: Season 5." Drama viewing was up more than 150%.

Reigning mightily on the K-dramas of 2020, at least on Netflix Philippines, is "The King: Eternal Monarch," which heralded actor Lee Min-Ho’s long-awaited comeback. Slaying in this category as well are "Kingdom: Season 2," and the mental health drama "It’s Okay to Not Be Okay" which is also the most enduring title of 2020 on Netflix Philippines by staying in the Top 10 for 103 days. Other drama titles many Pinoys patronized include the riveting and inspiring underdog drama "Itaewon Class," and another romance that revolves around the world of business, "Start-Up." Other popular Korean dramas include "The World of the Married," "Record of Youth," "Extracurricular," "The School Nurse Files," "VIP" and "Hi Bye, Mama!" Compared to 2019, K-drama viewing was up more than 350% in 2020. 

The surprise in this list is really "Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap," this year’s most popular comedy in the Philippines. The film about a gang of petty thieves performed poorly in the box office when it premiered in theaters in 2018–although to begin with, without a big star in its cast, it already struggled getting cinemas to put it on their programming. "Pangarap Kong Holdup" is followed by the series people love to hate on social media but watches anyway, "Emily in Paris." Other popular titles in this category include Viva’s "Jowable," along with "Sex Education 2," "Holidate," and "Hubie Halloween." The docu slash standup special, "Jo Koy: In His Elements", also made the cut. Comedy viewing almost doubled from 2019, according to the Netflix Philippines report. 

In the horror genre, "#Alive" and "Train to Busan" are the popular titles as well as "Metamorphosis," "The Maid," "The Babysitter: Killer Queen," "The First Purge," and "The Haunting of Bly Manor." Top thriller titles are "Money Heist: Part 4" and "The Platform," followed by "Kingdom: Season 2" and the Park Shin-Hye-starrer, "The Call." American thrillers like "Spenser Confidential" and "Dangerous Lies" also had Pinoys on the edge of their seats. Action titles that reigned supreme were "Extraction," "The Old Guard," "Anna," "The Meg," "Project Power," "Charlie’s Angels" and the time traveling adventure "The Umbrella Academy." 

Netflix Films from the Philippines that ruled the year include "Hayop KaI The Nimfa Dimaano Story," "Alter Me" and "Finding Agnes." However, "Through Night and Day" remains to be the most popular Pinoy film on Netflix. Other popular Filipino titles include "Pangarap Kong Holdap," "Love the Way U Lie," "Once Before," "On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets," "Ordinary People," "The Hows of Us," "Jowable," "How She Left Me," "Unforgettable," "Just a Stranger," and "Cuddle Weather." 


Here are the most popular titles of 2020 on Netflix Philippines by genre:

  • Romance: "Through Night and Day"
  • Drama: "Enola Holmes"
  • K-Drama: "The King: Eternal Monarch"
  • Comedy: "Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap"
  • Kids & Family: "Over The Moon"
  • Action: "Extraction"
  • Thriller: "Money Heist: Part 4"
  • Horror: "#Alive"
  • Documentary: "American Murder: The Family Next Door"
  • Anime: "Weathering With You"