2022 was a great year for film lovers, and if you missed out on any of the releases that came out, you’re going to want to go and fix that. From an Indian epic about two unlikely allies fighting the Raj to an everything bagel that is going to destroy the universe, there was definitely a healthy variety of movies to watch. We took a look at every film that came out in 2022 and put together a list of some of the best movies from 2022 that you need to see if you haven’t already.
If you’re not a fan of Bollywood, then good news, RRR is Tollywood. Tollywood is Bollywood’s sibling and utilizes Telugu rather than Hindi, but is often just as epic and entertaining. RRR is a high-budget film that focuses on two real-life revolutionaries in a fight against the British Raj. The movie is clearly a fictional retelling, as we watch impossible stunts and feats of strength or agility regularly take place, but it still is an epic story of two bros fighting against imperialism.
Till is a reminder that the dark past of America’s history is just one or two generations away and that we are still dealing with the residual racism and hatred today. For those out of the loop, Till is the true story of a boy named Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy who was lynched in Mississippi after being accused of whistling at a White woman. This film is even more impactful due to the fact that Carolyn Bryant, the White woman in question, was living alive and well in Mississippi during the film’s release, even after confessing that she had lied.
All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front might just be the best anti-war movie to come out in recent times. There is nothing glorious or redeeming about the battles that Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) finds himself in after signing up with the Imperial German Army to fight in World War I. Besides the horrors of WWI you might have learned about, you immediately know that Paul is doomed after his uniform still has the name of its previous owner—who was killed in battle.
One of the better original horror films released in the last decade, Smile is a tale of a neverending descent into madness. After Rose (Sosie Bacon) witnesses one of her patients kill herself by slitting her throat while smiling during a therapy session, she suddenly finds herself heading down a rabbit hole of strange occurrences and terrifying events. Smile is easily one of the best films of 2022 and one of the best horror films of 2022.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Often shortened to EEAAO, this film is the Daniels’s best work yet, and easily one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2022. It’s a wild ride filled with absurdism, existentialism, and nihilism, all told from the point of view of a family of immigrants. It has an absolutely stellar cast with Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more. EEAAO is the most-awarded movie ever, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to.
The 2021 French drama Happening is a chilling story of a woman in France trying to get an abortion before it was legal. With Roe v. Wade being overruled in June 2022, this film is a grim reminder of what women have to go through when they do not have access to proper medical care. As Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) struggles to find someone who is willing to give her an abortion, she finds herself risking prison—and death—over her own bodily autonomy.
Aftersun is an absolute gut punch disguised as a father-daughter vacation in Turkey. 31-year-old Calum (Paul Mescal) is on vacation with his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie (Frankie Corio). It soon becomes clear that Calum is struggling as a young, divorced father, something he tries to hide from Sophie but ultimately cannot. Calum tries to prepare Sophie for adolescence during their short time together and be the father he’s supposed to be, but it’s clear there is something underneath the surface.
Top Gun: Maverick
If you go into this understanding that it’s basically an ad for the military combined with high-budget action, you’ll have a good time. Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun and sees Tom Cruise return as Maverick alongside Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and other A-list actors. It’s a great follow-up to a movie almost 40 years old, and the fact that Tom Cruise can easily revive a 40-year-old role shows that he is one of the best.
The Banshees of Inisherin
Fans of In Bruges will be happy to hear that Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are together as a dynamic duo again in The Banshees of Inisherin. The jist is that a lifelong friendship is suddenly ended by one of the two, but it winds up having disastrous consequences for both of them. It’s a great look at male loneliness and toxic masculinity that often forces men to hide their emotions.
Alexander Skarsgård stars in this Viking epic that is based on the legend of Amleth. Amleth is a Viking prince set to take the throne. After a palace coup, Amleth’s father is beheaded by his uncle, and Amleth is forced to flee. Vowing vengeance, The Northman follows Amleth as he sets out on a quest for revenge and justice. The Northman received critical acclaim for its direction, screenplay, and cinematography, making it one of the best films released in 2022.