2022 is half-way finished, and so far, there have been some massive film hits. On the other hand, there have been noticeable misses. There are still some highly-anticipated films to come like Jordan Peele’s third film, Nope, and Olivia Wilde’s new, mysterious film starring Harry Styles, Don’t Worry Darling.
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Some of 2022’s best have been topping the box office, while some have flown under the radar and deserve more attention than they’ve received. From legacy sequels to directorial debuts, there’s a massive range of shining stars among this year's releases.
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10 Top Gun: Maverick Is The Perfect Legacy Sequel
Thirty-six years after Top Gun, Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick premiered at the end of April at CinemaCon and was released in theaters shortly after. It received nearly universal critical acclaim, with many critics believing it to be even better than the original film.
Maverick stars original cast members Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, as well as new additions Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Glen Powell. It follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise), now training a group of new TOPGUN graduates. Among them is Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, the son of Maverick's best friend who'd passed away years earlier.
9 Everything, Everywhere, All At Once Is The Best Multiverse Movie
Now A24’s top-grossing film of all time, Everything, Everywhere, All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Kwan as a Chinese-American family running a struggling laundromat. In a wild course of events, Yeoh’s character (Evelyn) is pulled into another universe by an alternate version of her husband, Waymond (Kwan) to save the multiverse.
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Considered by many critics to be the best multiverse movie of all time, the film was written and directed by the directing duo known as DANIELS, known for their film Swiss Army Man. Everything Everywhere is still earning at the box office and many believe it will receive attention during awards season.
8 Robert Pattinson Proves Himself In The Batman
When Robert Pattinson’s casting as the new Batman was announced, there was some hesitation concerning his ability to effectively capture Bruce Wayne's character. When The Batman was released, Pattinson proved he was one of the best Batmans ever.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, both in equally incredible performances. The film also boasts a stellar score by Michael Giacchino and stunning cinematography from Academy Award winner Greig Fraser.
7 Fresh Is A Fun Horror Comedy
Mimi Cave’s directorial debut, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan, is the horror-comedy Fresh. Like its title, it’s a fresh take on horror comedies, more subdued in its comedy, but still offering some humor. Fresh investigates the difficulties women face when dating in today’s world, from men who are simply undesirable to men who are downright dangerous.
Sebastian Stan has an especially impressive performance with his character being incredibly charming in the first act, until the twist of the second act. Then, he completely flips the switch on his performance, garnering comparisons to terrifying serial killers.
6 The Northman Is A Viking Revenge Story
Robert Eggers’ third film, The Northman, had an impressive ensemble cast that included Alex Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy. Swedish actor Skarsgård had always been fascinated with Viking history and wanted to make a Viking film for several years. When he met with Eggers, they decided it would become Eggers’ next film.
The Northman is based on the Viking legend of Amleth (the character Skarsgård plays) which is also the direct inspiration for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Northman is a dark revenge story many people missed out on, but it’s worth a watch for its performances and intense visuals.
5 Cha Cha Real Smooth Flew Under The Radar
Written, directed, produced by, and starring Cooper Raiff, Cha Cha Real Smooth released on Apple TV+ in mid-June. This under-the-radar film written, also starring Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann, followed college graduate Andrew (Raiff). Unsure of his post-graduate plans, Andrew meets and becomes close to a young mother named Domino (Johnson) and her autistic daughter, Lola.
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This heartfelt film captures the feeling of drifting through life after graduating from college and wondering where to go next, while capturing how alluring stability can appear. Raiff and Johnson’s performances are excellent, as is Raiff’s writing and direction.
4 Cage And Pascal Have Great Chemistry In The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is an action-comedy directed by Tom Gormican, starring Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish. It features Cage playing a fictionalized version of himself, struggling to find work. Pascal plays Javi, a billionaire from Majorca, who offers Cage $1 Million to appear at his birthday party
Haddish plays Vivian, a CIA agent who employs Cage as a secret agent because they believe Javi is running a crime ring. The film is full of action and hilarity, and Pascal and Cage have great chemistry together. Their characters eventually form a tight bromance over their love of film despite Cage’s secret CIA engagements.
3 Cronenberg Is At His Best In Crimes Of The Future
David Cronenberg’s first film in eight years, Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart. Falling into the science fiction and body horror genres, the film takes place in a future where climate change results in most humans losing the ability to feel pain, while others develop the ability to grow new organs.
As he often grows new organs, Saul (Mortensen) and his partner, Caprice, become performance artists where they surgically remove Saul’s new organs in front of audiences. While the Crimes of the Future is certainly disturbing in Cronenberg fashion, it's also beautiful at times and delivers striking moments of technical achievements. The visual effects are well-done and the multiple meanings behind the story make it worth watching.
2 Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Is A New MCU Look
Sam Raimi’s first time revisiting the superhero genre since Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is also his introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel to Doctor Strange, and the MCU’s continued exploration of the multiverse, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Xochitl Gomez, and Elizabeth Olsen in her followup to WandaVision.
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Raimi brings his unique style to the MCU and a touch of horror, making this one of the scariest MCU films yet. What this movie lacks in story, it makes up for in visuals and performances from its main cast.
1 Jackass Forever Is For Those In Need Of Some Nostalgia
Coming to theaters in May 2022, the Jackass crew reunites after twelve years for Jackass Forever. It features the majority of the original cast as well as new faces, including Zach Holmes, Jasper Dolphin, and Rachel Wolfson.
While Jackass films aren't for everyone, they're often a source of nostalgia for those who've been watching them since their youth. Seeing Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O back up to their old antics, although ramped up in this new installment, makes Jackass Forever one of the year’s best films so far.
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What are the top 10 movies right now? ›
- #1. Creed III (2023) 88% #1. ...
- #2. Cocaine Bear (2023) 69% #2. ...
- #3. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) 47% #3. ...
- #4. Jesus Revolution (2023) 62% #4. ...
- #5. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) 95% #5. ...
- #6. Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (2023) 50% #6. ...
- #7. We Have a Ghost (2023) 42% #7. ...
- #8. The Whale (2022) 65% #8.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had the highest weekend debut of 2022.What is the top 10 best movie? ›
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
- The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
- Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
- Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
- La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
- Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
- In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
The best movie of 2022 was also its highest-grossing one, according to one in five Americans. A recent OnePoll survey of 2,000 respondents found that 19% selected “Top Gun: Maverick” as one of their favorites for the year, making it the most popular choice among those polled.What is the #1 rated movie in the world? ›
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Over the course of several years, two convicts form a friendship, seeking consolation and, eventually, redemption through basic compassion.What is the #1 movie on Netflix? ›
Global Top 10.
|Films (English)||We Have a Ghost|
|Weeks in Top 10||2|
Billion dollar movies of 2022
With 1.49 billion dollars in revenue, Top Gun: Maverick was the highest-grossing movie of 2022, closely followed by Avatar: The Way of Water, which brought in 1.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide.
|3||Avatar: The Way of Water||2022|
Which movie has 9.5 rating? ›
💯 #Kantara is already winning hearts with 9.5 IMDB rating and has become India's highest-rated. The stars of #RRR, #RamCharan and #JrNTR have arrived at #Oscars95. Watch them as they share their thoughts on...What movie has a 100% rating? ›
To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.What is the #1 movie in US history? ›
|1||2015||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens|
|3||2021||Spider-Man: No Way Home|
|1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015)||$936 million|
|2. "Avatar" (2009)||$760 million|
|3. "Titanic" (1997)||$659 million|
|4. "Jurassic World" (2015)||$652 million|
|5. "Marvel's The Avengers" (2004)||$623 million|
The NC-17 rating is the highest rating (even higher than the R-rating) that a film can be given, and it means the movie is for adults only (ages 18 and older) and no one age 17 or younger will be admitted.What movie has a 5 star rating? ›
|1967||Cool Hand Luke||Drama, Comedy|
|2000||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Adventure, Action|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Fantasy, Drama|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Fantasy, Drama|
- 1 John Carter ($133-236 million)
- 2 The Lone Ranger ($186-221 million) ...
- 3 The 13th Warrior ($112-210 million) ...
- 4 Mortal Engines ($189 million) ...
- 5 Cutthroat Island ($187 million) ...
- 6 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas ($184 million) ...
- 7 Battleship ($177 million) ...
Films with the highest all-time worldwide box office grosses
"Avatar" leads with $2.9 billion. "Avengers: Endgame" and "Titanic" follow with $2.8 and $2.2 billion respectively.
|#||TV (English)||Weeks in Top 10|
|1||Outer Banks: Season 3||2|
|2||Sex/Life: Season 2||1|
|3||Perfect Match: Season 1||3|
|4||Outer Banks: Season 1||7|
- We Have a Ghost. #1 this week. Watch now. ...
- R.I.P.D. #2 this week. Watch now. ...
- This Is Where I Leave You. #3 this week. Watch now. ...
- The Hangover: Part III. #4 this week. Watch now. ...
- The Hunger Games. #5 this week. Watch now. ...
- Magic Mike XXL. #6 this week. ...
- Minions: The Rise of Gru. #7 this week. ...
- The Strays. #8 this week.
What are the top 10 movies being watched on Netflix? ›
- 'This Is Where I Leave You' ...
- 'The Hangover: Part III' ...
- 'The Hunger Games' ...
- 'Magic Mike XXL' ...
- 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' ...
- 'The Strays' ...
- 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' ...
- 'The Hangover Part II' Everett Collection.
1- Varisu. Thalapathy Vijay's film 'Varisu' has emerged as the highest-grossing movie of 2023.What is the most viewed movie in 2023? ›
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Disney. $192,708,428.
- M3GAN. Universal. $94,969,545.
- Creed III. MGM. $81,705,274.
- Cocaine Bear. Universal. $47,200,445.
- 80 for Brady. Paramount. $38,921,628.
- Jesus Revolution. Lionsgate. $35,698,451.
- Knock at the Cabin. Universal. $35,310,365.
- Missing. Sony. $32,315,992.
Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan's India Nett collection is 537 Cr, the highest grosser of 2023.What are the top 5 most watched movies on Netflix? ›
- 10 'The Irishman' (2019)
- 9 'The Unforgivable' (2021)
- 8 'Purple Hearts' (2022)
- 7 'Extraction' (2020)
- 6 'The Adam Project' (2022)
- 5 'The Gray Man' (2022)
- 4 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' (2022)
- Top Gun: Maverick ($718 million)
- Avatar: The Way of Water ($665 million*) ...
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($453 million) ...
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($411 million) ...
- Jurassic World: Dominion ($376 million) ...
- Minions: The Rise of Gru ($369.6 million) ...
- The Batman ($369.3 million) ...
- Begin Again. watch on netflix.
- Big Daddy. watch on netflix.
- Dope. Watch on Netflix.
- Easy A. watch on netflix.
- The Edge of Seventeen. Watch on Netflix.
- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Watch on Netflix.
- Fletch. watch on netflix.
- Glass Onion. watch on netflix.
- Avatar (2009), $2.9 billion.
- Avengers: Endgame (2019), $2.7 billion.
- Titanic (1997), $2.19 billion.
- Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), $2.06 billion.
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018), $2.04 billion.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), $1.9 billion.
MPAA has five rating categories
The new ratings system began with four categories: G (general audiences), M (mature audiences, changed in 1969 to PG, parental guidance suggested), R (restricted, no children under 17 allowed without parents or adult guardians), and X (no one under 17 admitted).
|Characteristic||Share of respondents|
What was the most watched movie in theaters? ›
|Rank||Admissions (millions)||Title (year) (studio)|
|1||225.7||Gone With the Wind (1939) (MGM)|
|2||194.4||Star Wars (Ep. IV: A New Hope) (1977) (Fox)|
|3||156.4||The Sound of Music (1965) (Fox)|
|4||148.4||ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Univ)|
According to the MPAA's website: “A motion picture's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating.”What is F movie rating? ›
Tarquini's classification awards an F rating to any film that is written or directed by one or more female film-makers, or features complex female characters who contribute significantly to the story. Films that feature all three of the criteria receive a triple F rating.Which movie has rating/10 out of 10? ›
|10||9.6||Band of Brothers (2001)|
|10||9.3||The Shawshank Redemption (1994)|
|10||9.2||The Godfather (1972)|
|10||9.1||The Godfather: Part II (1974)|
- Modern Times (1936) Stuck at home with the kids? ...
- Pinocchio (1940) ...
- Singin' In The Rain (1954) ...
- Mary Poppins (1964) ...
- The Terminator (1984) ...
- Toy Story (1995) ...
- Toy Story 2 (2000) ...
- The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2015)
|Film||Year||No. of reviews|
|Jaws: The Revenge||1987||41|
|Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||1987||19|
- You 92%
- The Last of Us 96%
- Rain Dogs 100%
- MH370: The Plane That Disappeared 80%
- History of the World: Part II 70%
- The Order 100%
- Daisy Jones & the Six 72%
- Poker Face 99%
Fastest to $1 billion
Titanic became the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide on March 1, 1998, in 74 days of release. The list below is restricted to the 10 movies that reached the milestone the fastest.
The film gained notoriety from its gross ticket sales of only $30 on its opening run, due to its intentionally limited release at a single cinema, making it the lowest-grossing film in U.S. history in terms of box office sales, but was bested by The Worst Movie Ever!, which ended up with just $11 during its run.What are the Big 5 in movies? ›
The "Big Five" Oscars award categories are those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, either Original or Adapted.
What movies won the Big 5? ›
As of the 94th Academy Awards (2021), a total of 43 films have been nominated in all five of these award categories. Only three films have won all five of these major awards: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).What was the 1st R rated movie? ›
MPAA instituted ratings on November 1st, 1968, and the first R-rated movie was released on November 4, 1968. It was The Split, starring Jim Brown and Gene Hackman.What is the 10 most popular series on Netflix? ›
- Married at First Sight.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks.
- Perfect Match.
- Next in Fashion.
- Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal.
- Outer Banks.
- Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.
To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.What is hot in Netflix now? ›
- The Next 365 Days.
- Magic Mike XXL.
- Lady Chatterley's Lover.
- 365 Days.
- No Limit.
- 365 Days: This Day.
- Deadly Illusions.
- Breaking Bad.
- The Walking Dead.
- Stranger Things.
- Pasión de Gavilanes.
- Jane The Virgin.
The Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year. The Apollo 11 Moon Landing was the most watched U.S. television event in history drawing nearly 150 million viewers.What is the most viewed movie on Amazon Prime? ›
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- The Tomorrow War.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- No Time To Die.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
- Thirteen Lives.
- Tom Clancy's Without Remorse.
- Clarkson's Farm.
So far Stranger Things season four has been the most watched Netflix series of all time, raking in an insane 1.352 billion hours watched in the first 28 days of its release.What is the most interesting series on Netflix? ›
- Sex Education (2019) Trailer. 81 % ...
- The Baby-Sitters Club (2020) Trailer. 87 % ...
- Sweet Tooth (2021) Trailer. 78 % ...
- Breaking Bad (2008) Trailer. 87 % ...
- The Queen's Gambit (2020) Trailer. 8.0/10. ...
- Squid Game (2021) Trailer. 81 % ...
- Arrested Development (2003) 78 % ...
- Peaky Blinders (2013) Trailer.
Who is best comedy movie? ›
- This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Film. Comedy. ...
- Airplane! (1980) Film. ...
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Film. Comedy. ...
- Annie Hall (1977) Film. Comedy. ...
- Groundhog Day (1993) Film. 'Well, what if there is no tomorrow? ...
- The Jerk (1979) Film. Comedy. ...
- Withnail & I. Film. Comedy. ...
- Team America: World Police (2004) Film.
- National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) R | 109 min | Comedy. ...
- Caddyshack (1980) M | 98 min | Comedy, Sport. ...
- Blazing Saddles (1974) R | 93 min | Comedy, Western. ...
- The Blues Brothers (1980) ...
- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) ...
- The Jerk (1979) ...
- Stripes (1981) ...
- Young Frankenstein (1974)
- Alpha Dog (2006) - 367 f-words. ...
- Straight Outta Compton (2015) - 392 f-words. ...
- Casino (1995) - 422 f-words. ...
- Nil by Mouth (1997) - 428 f-words. ...
- Summer of Sam (1999) - 435 f-words. ...
- Uncut Gems (2019) - 560 f-words. ...
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 569 f-words.
Look Who's Talking Now!How do I find good movies to watch? ›
- StayIn (Web): Quick Questionnaire for Mood-Based Recommendations.
- Suggest Me Movie (Web): The StumbleUpon for Movies.
- LazyDay (Web): Search for Anything, or Get Random Picks.
- CringeMDB (Web): Find Films Safe to Watch With Parents.