First, Catching Up On 2017 Movies
I didn’t watch these last year in time for my 2017 movie rankings, but I’ve watched them now and recommend The Florida Project and Mother! The Florida Project is funny, moving, emotional, and unique. Mother! had very mixed reviews and reactions, but I thought it was brilliant – and weird.
Ranked Movie Lists
Similar to last year, and because I love making ranked lists, I’m ranking all of the 2018 movies I’ve watched – from my least favorite all the way up to my #1 favorite.
A couple of notes:
- Movies had to be released in 2018 to be considered.
- I’m not including documentaries or comedy specials, and the like. Still, you should watch Being Serena, available on HBO.
- I’m ranking these movies based on my favorites, not what the critics or anyone else may or may not think.
- While it’s my list, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Which movies did you love – and hate? Which movies do you think I may have missed and still need to watch?
- Of note this year, there are several Oscar nominees for Best Picture that I have not seen: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, and Vice.
- There were surprisingly no movies I was interested in seeing around Christmas time this year (at least that were playing at a theater near me), and I don’t think it was an especially strong year for movies overall. While I LOVED some of my top ranked picks, I also saw several movies I wouldn’t recommend or see again.
- I do still want to see Green Book and If Beale Street Could Talk but haven’t yet so they aren’t included in the rankings below.
Alright, let’s get to it!
Here’s My Official 2018 List
(controversial as it may be in some instances – and also quite challenging to commit to a final order myself)
#21 – The Party
- My reaction immediately after watching: “What was even the point of this?”
#20 – Nostalgia
- Somewhat thought-provoking but slow.
- This movie picks up in a big way…which I can’t even remember since watching this last February, so I’d say don’t bother.
#19 – Red Sparrow
- Way too intense for me.
- Jennifer Lawrence’s Russian accent distracted me from the actual movie, but she’s still one of my favorite actors.
#18 – I Feel Pretty
- Entertaining, funny, good music.
- Far from a perfect film, I did have fun watching it – and appreciate that it tried to tackle body image (despite some of the arguments against how it did so).
#17 – Game Night
- If you’re in a silly mood and have a theater laughing their heads off with you, it’s really quite a good time.
#16 – Crazy Rich Asians
- It’s fun to see the outfits, houses, and cars.
- I loved seeing a mostly Asian cast, and Awkwafina is funny, but some of this is totally cheesy (even and maybe especially after reading the book).
- Overall, this movie is easily forgettable.
#15 – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
- Released straight to Netflix.
- A good option to watch at home on a Friday night when you want to stay in – if you’re in the mood for a teen romance.
- There are some good messages inside this teen drama that features a mixed-race family, which is awesome to see more and more often.
#14 – A Quiet Place
- This isn’t bad, but I have problems with the plot, the rules of the world, and the ending.
- While watching, I kept wondering about these rules, asking myself questions, and finding holes which kept me totally distracted from the movie itself.
- Also, the ending. Why the ending?
#13 – Beast
- This is a very good movie: dark, thrilling, honest, raw…and sometimes disturbing.
- I’ve also practically forgotten all of it – but in a way that makes me want to watch it again…I think.
#12 – Christopher Robin
- Visually, this movie is beautiful.
- I love the portrayal of the Winnie the Pooh characters.
- A feel-good movie that, like pretty much all movies, could be shorter.
#11 – Tully
- I’m glad more movies with female leads about female-specific challenges are being made.
- This starts off slow, but I think that’s the point – and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.
- Definitely not what I expected it to be – in a good way!
#10 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
- Watching this film brought back memories of the show I didn’t know I still have.
- This is no fast-paced thriller, but it’s sincere and I learned a lot more about the story of Fred Rogers.
- I definitely appreciate a movie about kindness and hope in today’s world.
#9 – Ocean’s 8
- A stacked cast of boss ladies planning a heist at the Met Gala? Count me in!
- The outfits, actresses, and music are all on point.
- This is a fun movie to watch!
- Also, Rihanna. It has Rihanna.
#8 – The Old Man and the Gun
- This is solidly good – slow-ish but interesting, well acted, and based on a shocking true story.
- Robert Redford is still charming, even in his 80s.
- Casey Affleck’s hesitant, quiet character (despite controversies in his real life) is captivating, in a way I can’t quite explain. Maybe the role is so restrained it feels large and mysterious.
#7 – A Simple Favor
- I found this to be very entertaining with some laugh out loud moments.
- Just roll with the plot and have a great time.
- Plus, Blake Lively’s suits and outfits are amazing.
#6 – Love, Simon
- This is an easy-to-watch, feel-good, family movie, and I really liked it.
- It doesn’t ask you to think too hard, while still addressing real issues.
- I found the music to be quite good and appreciate the lessons it conveyed, even when oversimplified.
#5 – Bird Box
- Released straight to Netflix.
- This movie is intense and held my attention (which is quite noteworthy for me).
- Sandra Bullock is awesome.
- I’d say this is the MUCH better version of A Quiet Place.
- This movie brings together a diverse group of people stuck in one house, early in the film, and demonstrates how much diversity enhances and adds value.
#4 – Whitney
- It feels like more and more movies with and about music are being made, and I’m here for them (as evidenced by my rankings).
- This movie starts out exciting and fun with the audience in my theater laughing and singing along at times.
- Hearing Whitney sing with the sound technology of a movie theater is amazing.
- Then it turned dark, and you could hear a pin drop.
- If you like music documentaries, this one is worth the watch.
#3 – Bohemian Rhapsody
- Such a fun way to experience Queen music, while learning more about Freddie Mercury.
- I love the way they let close to the full performance of the Live Aid show run.
- The depiction of 70,000+ fans cheering them on at Wembley is awesome.
#2 – Hearts Beat Loud
- I love this movie.
- Music plays an important role, the original soundtrack is great, and the depiction of real, raw relationships is very well done.
- Overall, this is just a cool, moving film.
- I highly recommend it if this sounds like your type of movie!
#1 – A Star is Born
- So good!! Moving, emotional, and very well acted.
- This movie got me – and really stayed with me.
- After coming down from the emotion of this film, I listened to the soundtrack more and more and declared it my favorite album of 2018.
- Lady Gaga is amazing!