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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Avengers
  • Black Panther
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Captain America: Civil War

The MCU, ranked

26 films

Conventional critical wisdom holds that the floor and the ceiling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not so far apart—that…

  • Some Kind of Heaven
  • Identifying Features
  • Saint Maud
  • Judas and the Black Messiah

The A.V. Club's best films of 2021 so far

20 films

This list uses U.S. theatrical and streaming release dates only.

Right now, at the midway of 2021, a couple things…

  • American Graffiti
  • Dazed and Confused
  • SubUrbia
  • House Party
  • Superbad

18 movies about coming of age in under 24 hours

18 films

"Yesterday’s history. Tomorrow’s the future. Tonight’s the party.”

A list of movies about kids having one, momentous day that sets…

  • The Old Guard
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Wonder Woman
  • Deadpool

Age Of Heroes: the most important superhero movie of every year

33 films

With Age Of Heroes, Tom Breihan picks the most important superhero movie of every year, starting with the genre’s early…

  • Extraction
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
  • Mandy
  • Wolf Warrior 2
  • SPL II: A Time for Consequences

A History Of Violence: the most important action movie of every year

53 films

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s…

  • Scanners
  • Black Moon Rising
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Screamers
  • Fierce Creatures

The January Canon: 16 good movies released during Hollywood’s dump month

16 films

Historically and annually speaking, January is a bad month for Hollywood movies. It’s a “dump month,” that time of year…

  • First Cow
  • Nomadland
  • The Assistant
  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  • Lovers Rock

The A.V. Club's best films of 2020

25 films

This list uses U.S. theatrical release dates only.

In this year without blockbusters (and less middlebrow awards contenders), our critics…

  • Cropsey
  • The Cheshire Murders
  • The Nightmare
  • Hell House
  • There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

9 genuinely frightening documentaries

9 films

For those seeking a different and maybe deeper chill than the kind your typical Halloween staple provides, there’s a growing…

  • Jaws
  • Scream
  • Suspiria
  • Halloween
  • Night of the Living Dead

The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history

25 films

The A.V. Club is counting down the scariest, creepiest, and most nerve-shredding opening scenes in horror-movie history.

The scenes themselves…

  • The Room
  • The Wicker Man
  • Alone in the Dark
  • Dreamcatcher
  • From Justin to Kelly

The best bad movies of the ’00s

15 films

Here are our picks for the most entertaining bad movies produced in the ’00s.

Get our full breakdown here


  • Yi Yi
  • Beau Travail
  • You Can Count on Me
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • American Psycho

The A.V. Club's best movies of 2000

25 films

To narrow things down, we as usual limited ourselves to films released in America sometime over the year in question.…

  • Out of Sight
  • Rushmore
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Celebration
  • Taste of Cherry

The A.V. Club's best movies of 1998

20 films

We’ve singled out the 20 best movies that opened in American theaters in 1998, from the multiplex hits to the…