Year in Review 2021

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2021 in Review

Nothing comforts anxiety like a little nostalgia. As we continue to navigate the many plot twists of the pandemic, 2021 saw us leaning on past favorites for reassurance, even as we met bright new faces from around the world.

Our passions were rewarded with deep fan service, epic revisitations and transformative representation. There were films that lifted our hearts, raised our spirits and took us to places physically beyond our reach. And art that opened our eyes, raised our fists and called us to action—because anywhere there’s people, there’s power.

Please enjoy our tenth annual retrospective, compiled by Letterboxd just for you.

Title illustration by Ilya Milstein.


To be included, films must be: narrative (except in doc and music categories); feature-length (except in miniseries); rated by a pre-determined threshold of members; and with a theatrical or streaming release in 2021.

Highest Rated

The highest-rated films overall, by genre, and in other categories, based on 168 million ratings cast by Letterboxd members in 2021. You ranked these the best of the best.

And our highest-rated film is… 🥁

All results are as at 1 January 2022.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home

“A gloriously fun movie that feels perfect for this moment. It’s hopeful, powerful, and made entirely to put smiles on its audiences’ faces. I haven’t ever had an audience experience quite like this one. In the midst of a pandemic that has dimmed the light of cinemas, it brought the power of movies back. Even if it’s fleeting and short-lived, that’s a powerful thing.” connor ! connor !

Average weighted rating: 4.0

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

2. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

“How do you live up to nine years of anticipation? How do you tie up the legacy of a timeless, influential piece of art? How do you send off characters that millions have grown to love and cherish? How do you do all of this, while also managing to tell a poignant, grandiose, human story of love, forgiveness, pain, sadness, anger, jealousy, failure, success, parenthood, and everything in between? Like this.” naanbred naanbred

Average weighted rating: 4.2


3. Yuni

“Another win for Indonesian cinema and Kamila Andini, who further proves herself as a filmmaker with a vital voice and sharp eyes. A candid portrait of what it’s like to be a young girl in Indonesia. Truthful in its depiction of the country’s gender constraints and traditional social belief. Some parts are hard to sit through, but it’s an important watch.” Reyzando Nawara Reyzando Nawara

Average weighted rating: 4.1

Highest Rated Overall—Next Ten

  1. Drive My Car
  2. C'mon C'mon
  3. Cleaners
  4. The Worst Person in the World
  5. Licorice Pizza
  6. Dune
  7. Judas and the Black Messiah
  8. The Souvenir: Part II
  9. Mass
  10. Red Post on Escher Street
  1. Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  2. Oasis: Knebworth 1996
  3. Flee
  4. The Rescue
  5. Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
  6. Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In
  7. TINA
  8. The Year Earth Changed
  9. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  10. The Velvet Underground

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

“Every scene in this doc is dedicated to the history of Harlem, how it relates to the Black liberation movement, and how Black/brown people were brought together in peace.”  Jack Jack

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. Yuni
  2. Drive My Car
  3. Cleaners
  4. The Worst Person in the World
  5. Red Post on Escher Street
  6. Petite Maman
  7. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  8. Sardar Udham
  9. Prayers for the Stolen
  10. The Great Indian Kitchen


“Memotret kehidupan remaja di daerah urban, film Yuni bertutur secara lugas & relevan tentang perempuan yang terkungkung norma, mitos & budaya. Yuni adalah film yang penting sebagai cermin sekaligus bahan diskusi. Sebuah pencapaian hebat bagi Kamila Andini & Arawinda Kirana.”  Yovan Nainggolan Yovan Nainggolan

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. Cleaners
  2. Mass
  3. My First Summer
  4. Prayers for the Stolen
  5. tick, tick...BOOM!
  6. Shiva Baby
  7. History of the Occult
  8. Nine Days
  9. Pig
  10. Gagarine


“Beautiful and powerful. This is one of those miracles of Filipino cinema, one of those weird projects that defies all expectations, that transcends whatever limitations are given to the filmmakers.”  Philbert Dy Philbert Dy

Average weighted rating: 4.2

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dune
  3. Sarpatta Parambarai
  4. The Last Duel
  5. The Green Knight
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  7. Freaks Out
  8. The Suicide Squad
  9. Minnal Murali
  10. Old Henry

Spider-Man: No Way Home

“Anticipation was high, expectations were even higher, and Spider-Man: No Way Home delivered on an epic scale. Emotionally charged and excellent direction, strong visuals, solid action sequences, and the pacing was perfect, a thrill ride.”  Daryl Daryl

Average weighted rating: 4.0

  1. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
  2. Flee
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  4. Luca
  5. The Summit of the Gods
  6. Encanto
  7. South Park: Post COVID
  8. Belle
  9. Raya and the Last Dragon
  10. Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

“A masterpiece and an amazing ending to Evangelion. Not only a perfect contrast to the darkness and the depression from Hideaki Anno at the start of Eva, it’s also the perfect close for the characters we all love.”  Spotless Spotless

Average weighted rating: 4.2

  1. Cleaners
  2. The Worst Person in the World
  3. Licorice Pizza
  4. Red Post on Escher Street
  5. Red Rocket
  6. Limbo
  7. The Hand of God
  8. CODA
  9. Shiva Baby
  10. The French Dispatch


“Completely reinvigorates Philippine cinema, and presents a world for these teenagers that is hopeful, in that their youthful vigor and restless optimism is bigger than any dire challenges they might face.”  Mac John Bautista Mac John Bautista

Average weighted rating: 4.2

  1. Sardar Udham
  2. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  3. Pig
  4. Joji
  5. Black Box
  6. A Family
  7. Titane
  8. Old Henry
  9. Malik
  10. Nightmare Alley

Sardar Udham

“A patriotic beast of a tale, grappling with a nation’s turbulent past while also critiquing the present state of the country. Refuses to yield to generic frills of this genre and delivers a noir-soaked, fuming gut-punch of a thriller.”  Tosin🍿 Tosin🍿

Average weighted rating: 4.0

  1. Yuni
  2. Drive My Car
  3. C'mon C'mon
  4. Judas and the Black Messiah
  5. The Souvenir: Part II
  6. Mass
  7. Petite Maman
  8. Help
  9. Prayers for the Stolen
  10. The Great Indian Kitchen


“Between the ruins of this system and the flawless direction that is carefully commanding, Yuni broke me. As simple as that. Kamila Andini is truly a master in crafting a story that manages to peruse women’s interior lives and their inevitable loss.”  Bintang Lestada Bintang Lestada

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. History of the Occult
  2. Titane
  3. The Innocents
  4. A Quiet Place Part II
  5. Last Night in Soho
  6. Fear Street: 1666
  7. The Night House
  8. Fear Street: 1978
  9. The Medium
  10. My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To

History of the Occult

“A stellar piece of vintage stylized horror. The fuzzy, black-and-white visuals are hypnotic. I loved the retro news station graphics and commercials, these television program antics cut between a journalistic race against the clock with a tense, noir-ish atmosphere.”  Freyr Freyr

Average weighted rating: 3.8

  1. The Worst Person in the World
  2. Licorice Pizza
  3. West Side Story
  4. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  5. My First Summer
  6. Little Fish
  7. In the Heights
  8. Paris, 13th District
  9. Supernova
  10. Benedetta

The Worst Person in the World

“Trier’s affecting, passionate and amusing romantic dramedy subverts the traditions of its genre ... [and] properly keeps the symmetry between its sardonic humor and emotional resonance, and in return, encapsulates the depth, fondness, loss and love adroitly.”  Abhishek Abhishek

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dune
  3. Labyrinth of Cinema
  4. Little Fish
  5. Nine Days
  6. Memoria
  7. Freaks Out
  8. A Quiet Place Part II
  9. Maanaadu
  10. Petrov's Flu

Spider-Man: No Way Home

“Somehow this bold, risky beast of a narrative pays off in spades. It’s low-key a miracle that this film is as good as it is. Everything comes together in such a compelling way that services character and narrative.”  Sam Thompson Sam Thompson

Average weighted rating: 4.0

  1. All Too Well: The Short Film
  2. Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
  3. Play It Safe
  4. Dear to Me
  5. Four Roads
  6. Shangri-La
  7. What Would Sophia Loren Do?
  8. The Last Cruise
  9. Lead Me Home
  10. Citadel

All Too Well: The Short Film

“There’s something so authentic about this. After three times watching it, I can’t help but feel just about every emotion by the time it ends. It’s a genuinely beautiful short, song and overall work of art.”  Olivia 🏳️‍⚧️ Olivia 🏳️‍⚧️

Average weighted rating: 4.3

  1. Save Ralph
  2. Us Again
  3. Louise
  4. Far from the Tree
  5. Twenty Something
  6. Robin Robin
  7. The Bones
  8. Blush
  9. Bobo the Monkey
  10. Nona

Save Ralph

“Very effective, straight to the point, honest and comical short about products being tested on innocent animals. As funny as the short is, the subject matter is serious. It’s a must watch!”  Voltron 2005 Voltron 2005

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. Move to Heaven
  2. It's a Sin
  3. Maid
  4. Tear Along the Dotted Line
  5. Vincenzo
  6. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
  7. The Underground Railroad
  8. Dopesick
  9. Mare of Easttown
  10. Scenes from a Marriage

Move to Heaven

“Original, poignant, moving and deep. The acting is superb and the storyline is as unique as it can get. While it does force you to come face-to-face with mortality each episode, there is also a sort of an acceptance that forms in watching each life unfold and close and reminds you that life is never permanent for anybody.”  jen jen 🍒 jen jen 🍒

Average weighted rating: 4.5

  1. The Beatles: Get Back
  2. O Caso Evandro
  3. Can't Get You Out of My Head
  4. McCartney 3, 2, 1
  5. Exterminate All the Brutes
  6. Pretend It's a City
  7. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror
  8. The Crime of the Century
  9. Q: Into the Storm
  10. Allen v. Farrow

The Beatles: Get Back

“The great postmodern narrative documentary chill-out stoner movie hybrid of our times. Probably the most laborious film about the creative process out there, this immerses you every step of the process to the point where you feel like you’re doing the project with them.”   Emma Chantiri Emma Chantiri

Average weighted rating: 4.5

  1. Bo Burnham: Inside
  2. Good Timing with Jo Firestone
  3. Friends: The Reunion
  4. James Acaster: Make a New Tomorrow
  5. Tig Notaro: Drawn
  6. Russell Howard: Lubricant
  7. Louis C.K.: Sorry
  8. Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American
  9. Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)
  10. Michael Che: Shame the Devil

Bo Burnham: Inside

“Brilliant, hilarious, intricate, emotional and raw. Provides much-needed laughter after all this time dealing with the pandemic, and the state of the world in general, all the while delivering to us what I believe is the most vulnerability and authenticity Bo has ever shown on screen.”  𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 🌷 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 🌷

Average weighted rating: 4.2

  1. BLACKPINK: The Show
  2. Adele One Night Only
  3. Come from Away
  4. Bo Burnham: Inside
  5. Kanye With Special Guest Drake Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert
  6. A Man Named Scott
  7. Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles
  8. Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
  9. Angèle
  10. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power


“Let’s talk about the visuals and choreos these girls gave us ’cause I’m still not over it? Everything about this was completely amazing and so well done! The stage, the outfits and everything. Forever in love with my girls.”  gabriel gabriel

Average weighted rating: 4.3

  1. West Side Story
  2. tick, tick...BOOM!
  3. Encanto
  4. Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas
  5. In the Heights
  6. Belle
  7. Sing 2
  8. Annette
  9. Everybody's Talking About Jamie
  10. Cyrano

West Side Story

“A staggering cinematic spectacle from start to finish. Sumptuous visual splendor fills every frame. The masterfully moving music is made new again. It’s impossible to leave without having your soul sincerely stirred.”  Zoë Rose Bryant Zoë Rose Bryant

Average weighted rating: 3.7

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  2. Malignant
  3. Candyman
  4. Dune
  5. The Suicide Squad

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

“A great martial arts film that’s bursting with stellar action choreography, Ghibli-style fantasy, insane visuals and a touching story about broken families, tragedy with lost ones and unique cultural values.”  MarMar MarMar

Average weighted rating: 3.6

The Year in Numbers


Films Marked Watched




Diary Entries







More Numbers

During 2021 we logged 126,301,569 hours watching films

And we wrote 1,219,447,437 words about them

Of all films watched, 18.4% were 2021 releases

On average, we’re 38.5% up on last year!

Crew Favorites


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Father Figures

And several about fatherhood and surrogate dads.

  1. King Richard
  2. CODA
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  4. Cowboys
  5. A Hero
  6. Luzzu
  7. C'mon C'mon
  8. Old Henry
  9. Nowhere Special
  10. Blue Bayou


A Splash of Color

Mostly monochrome films with a dash of color, if only in the end titles.

  1. Cleaners
  2. The French Dispatch
  3. Paris, 13th District
  4. Belfast
  5. C'mon C'mon
  6. History of the Occult


Drive My Car

There were numerous films with driving scenes in 2021 (scroll down), but these five put a vehicle on the poster too…

  1. Drive My Car
  2. F9
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  4. Escape from Mogadishu
  5. CODA


License to Drive

The 2021 transportation report: a supercut of the year’s best riding, cycling and driving scenes.


’Tis the Season

2021 was a good year for films with ‘Summer’ in the title.

  1. Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  2. Summertime
  3. My First Summer
  4. Best Summer Ever
  5. Last Summer

Poster Trends

Purple Reign

Purple (and pink) was the clear choice this season.

  1. Fear Street: 1994
  2. Afterlife of the Party
  3. Bingo Hell
  4. Diana: The Musical
  5. Yuni
  6. Belle
  7. Cinderella
  8. Werewolves Within
  9. The Beta Test
  10. Zola

Poster Trends

Sideways Glance

Posters featuring one or more women in profile.

  1. Sound of Violence
  2. There's Someone Inside Your House
  3. Passing
  4. Clara Sola
  5. The Souvenir: Part II
  6. Titane
  7. The Intruder
  8. The World to Come
  9. Violation
  10. Ride or Die

Poster Trends

Hug It Out

After that year, we all needed a nice, warm embrace.

  1. Parallel Mothers
  2. Our Friend
  3. Playground
  4. Supernova
  5. The Great Indian Kitchen

Poster Trends

Happy Meal

Posters with characters wearing or riding food items.

  1. Apples
  2. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  3. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  4. Red Rocket
  5. Shiva Baby

Poster Trends

One-Sheet Wonders

The Letterboxd crew’s favorite 2021 film posters.

  1. Benedetta
  2. Last Night in Soho
  3. Spencer
  4. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  5. The Card Counter
  6. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
  7. Censor
  8. Prisoners of the Ghostland
  9. The Green Knight
  10. Parallel Mothers

Women / BIPOC Directors

In 2021, nine women directors appear in our 50 highest-rated films overall (down from last year’s high of sixteen).

Again, we’re highlighting the work of BIPOC directors: 23 films in our top 50 are from directors of color (including two from Ryusuke Hamaguchi), up one from last year.

  1. Yuni
  2. The Souvenir: Part II
  3. Petite Maman
  4. My First Summer
  5. Prayers for the Stolen
  6. CODA
  7. Shiva Baby
  8. Happening
  9. The Power of the Dog
  10. Encanto


“Straight A++++++ … Most definitely one of my favorite movies this year. Akhirnya ada film coming of age Indonesia yang super realistis dan nyentuh banyak masalah penting sampe bikin bengong. Dari akting, cerita, setting, bahkan musiknya bener bener bagus! … Gonna watch it again when I’m feeling emo.”  raditasb raditasb

Average weighted rating: 4.1

  1. The Rescue
  2. Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
  3. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  4. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
  5. Controlling Britney Spears
  6. Sisters with Transistors
  7. In the Same Breath
  8. Val
  9. Listening to Kenny G
  10. Untold: Deal with the Devil

The Rescue

“A calculated miracle. The determined urge to persevere until all resources have been exhausted. Thorough logistical planning, engineering and compassion became the willpower which was initially sparked from pure benevolence.”  san san

Average weighted rating: 4.0

  1. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
  2. Yuni
  3. Drive My Car
  4. Cleaners
  5. Judas and the Black Messiah
  6. Red Post on Escher Street
  7. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  8. Sardar Udham
  9. Prayers for the Stolen
  10. The Great Indian Kitchen

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

“An absolute monster of a film, which not only shows how far Hideaki Anno has come as an artist and director since ’95, but also retroactively justifies the existence of the Rebuilds with such an incredible, life-affirming message [at] its center.”  alex (trentson) alex

Average weighted rating: 4.2

In Memoriam

AF archive / Alamy

In Memoriam

Christopher Plummer

1929 — 2021

“‘What have I done playing with all these children? Children and dogs steal scenes,’ Plummer recounted to CBC in a documentary two years after the release of the movie he often jokingly called The Sound of Mucus, or S and M. Plummer, however, also said that he had ‘terrific memories’ of making the movie, and forged a lifelong friendship with Andrews; he once said that working with her was like ‘getting hit over the head with a valentine’… Plummer was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station in 2010, and would win two years later in the role of Hal Fields, who, after the death of his wife, comes out as a gay man in Beginners. He stared at the golden statue onstage in Los Angeles and quipped, ‘You’re only two years older than me, darling, where you have been all my life?’” —Chris Iorfida

TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy

In Memoriam

David Gulpilil

1953 — 2021

My father Gulpilil was the bright star from Marwuyu, shining from the heart of Arnhem land. He came out of the bush. He was the first. He inspired all First Nations people from this land to rise up and shine brightly, right across the universe. He didn’t know how to read or write but he was wise and picked up everything from the mainstream world, using his Knowledge. He was a natural, a brilliant actor, dancer, singer, painter, Dalkarra and Djirrikay—he was the five-star man in all he did. Because of him, others can stand up, look upon the light, and rise up high. —Witiyana Marika, son to David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (whose family give their permission for his image and name to be used posthumously)


In Memoriam

Melvin Van Peebles

1932 — 2021

“Van Peebles was one of those figures in cinematic history who serves as a demarcation: movies were one way before him and totally different after him. He was raw and uncompromising, an icon. Some might describe him as radical, but Van Peebles never saw Blackness or Black art as radical. Liberation, empowerment, and artistic freedom were the deserved ethos of an artist who never wasted a single frame, a single word, or a single second… Everyone knew his impact on cinema. No one would or could forget him. He witnessed the generations who would follow and pay homage to him, and saw his movies return to prominence. That was the great gift of his life and career, the flowers rarely proffered to men who are ahead of their time. And in 2021, Melvin Van Peebles was still a man ahead of his time.” —Robert Daniels

Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

In Memoriam

Richard Donner

1930 — 2021

Always a competent-or-better craftsman, Donner’s work rose and fell relative to the material he worked with. Which varied widely, even wildly. Was he the actual opposite of what’s sometimes called an auteur, always on the lookout for films from which he can put across a personal point of view? It’s more likely that Donner, who was by all accounts a kind and personable man—Gene Hackman’s performance as what the actor called “a director of integrity” in Postcards from the Edge was the actor’s personal tribute to Donner—was someone whose desire to entertain was uppermost in his mind and heart. —Glenn Kenny

Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy

In Memoriam

Lina Wertmüller

1928 — 2021

“Wertmüller was born into an aristocratic Swiss family as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmueller von Elgg Spanol von Braueichjob. As a child, she would go to the movies with her grandmother and brother Enrico often during the week, fascinated by stories on the big screen and knowing that she wanted to be involved in that kind of entertainment… ‘It always depends on the story, but in general I try to entertain my audience and to capture their attention from the very beginning,’ she told Criterion. ‘I love grotesque poetry, and I think my films have that style, which combines humor and drama, irony and cynicism, comedy and tragedy. It allows you to play with different narrative tones and rhythms. It’s more than a style—grotesque narrative reflects my own personality.’” —Nardine Saad

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In Memoriam

Jean-Marc Vallée

1963 — 2021

“Jean-Marc was a singular poet. A man of high contrasts. He was charismatic, magnetic, of strong leadership, modest and shy all at the same time. He was flamboyant, mysterious and discreet. He was at the epicenter of all attention but highly protective of his privacy. He was gentle, lovely, warm but could be tempestuous. He was passionate and mindful. He hated squirrels and bad drivers. He was honest, authentic, truthful and incredibly generous. He was a nostalgic man and an ultra-modern artist. He was solid like a mountain but hyper-sensitive. He was a complex figure, to say the least.” —Denis Villeneuve

The Mosts

And finally, the actors, directors and films that took your fancy the most in 2021, and some that might in 2022.

All results are as at 1 January 2022.

  1. Bo Burnham: Inside
  2. Dune
  3. The Social Network
  4. The Suicide Squad
  5. Twilight

Bo Burnham: Inside

“Never have I witnessed anyone better articulate the crises of emotionality than Bo Burnham. To me, he is the voice of our jaded generation who possesses an uncanny ability to articulate the angst and anxiety of the internet age.”  Will Steele Will Steele

Average weighted rating: 4.2

  1. He's All That
  2. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  3. Old
  4. The Kissing Booth 3
  5. Spider-Man: No Way Home

He's All That

“I truly believe Netflix only ordered this for it to be hate-watched into relevancy, and I am no more than a cog in this machine.”  Julia Cudney Julia Cudney

Average weighted rating: 1.3

  1. Dear Evan Hansen
  2. Ride or Die
  3. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  4. Paper Lives
  5. Cherry
  6. Willy's Wonderland
  7. F9
  8. Bliss
  9. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  10. Clifford the Big Red Dog

Dear Evan Hansen

“They made a Goldbergian contraption comprised exclusively of wrong choices, it’s wondrous. Most movies aren’t good of course, and most of those movies that aren’t good aren’t worth the breath it takes to dismiss them. But Dear Evan Hansen, oh my lord what a gift… it is the rare movie that actually deserves your hate. A perfect film, five stars!”  kevintporter kevintporter

Average weighted rating: 2.2

  1. The Batman
  2. Thor: Love and Thunder
  3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  4. The Northman
  5. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  6. Don't Worry Darling
  7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon
  9. Avatar: The Way of Water
  10. Scream

Most Anticipated in 2022

The Batman

See the full list for 2022 and beyond…

  1. The Northman
  2. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  3. Turning Red
  4. Nope
  5. Top Gun: Maverick
  6. Babylon
  7. Crimes of the Future
  8. Poor Things
  9. Women Talking
  10. Both Sides of the Blade

Crew Picks for 2022

The Northman

  1. Gintama: The Very Final
  2. Who’s Stopping Us
  3. American Girl
  4. Rocky
  5. Toma
  6. Fabian: Going to the Dogs
  7. Cousins
  8. Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
  9. We Made a Beautiful Bouquet
  10. Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Ones to Watch

Gintama: The Very Final

The highest-rated films below our minimum ratings count.

“I never fit in for lots of reasons, but movies were always there for me.”

Katie Mitchell, in The Mitchells vs. The Machines, voicing what many of us feel. Thanks for being there for each other, and being here with us.

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