Kanopy’s Most Viewed Films of 2021

With your library card, you can pick from thousands of titles to stream through Kanopy! Documentaries, kids shows, feature films, award winners, and more are available to you with 8 free streaming credits per month. Kanopy recently released their top 21 most viewed films of last year. These are the titles in no particular order:


Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Film at the Academy Awards. Winner of Best Foreign Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the Golden Globe Awards. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

What We Do in the Shadows

Nominated for Best Horror Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Nominated for Best Film in the Generation 14plus Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness Program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

I, Tonya

Winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Achievement in Film Editing at the Academy Awards


When she learns that the bank will foreclose on their home in just a few weeks, Alice becomes desperate and visits the same escort service that her husband Francois was addicted to in the hopes of finding a way to quickly make some cash and save the apartment.


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

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.


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.

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.

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.


Devoted partners Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) are traveling across England, visiting people and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, secret plans thoroughly test their love like never before.

Four Good Days

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


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.

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.

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

The Last Resort takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe.

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

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.

Another Round

Winner of the 2021 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, four teachers 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.

Save Yourselves!

Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, Jack and Su 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.

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.

The God Committee

An organ transplant committee has one hour to decide which of three patients deserves a life-saving heart. Seven years later, the committee members struggle with the consequences of that fateful decision.

Spokane Public Library’s Most Viewed Film of 2021: America: The Story of Us

From Jamestown to Plymouth, early settlers fight for survival. Tobacco sows the seeds of opportunity; the north becomes a powerhouse of trade.