A bit later than normal, because life, but here’s my favourite films of the past year. I contributed to both the HeyUGuys Online Critics Top Ten and Jumpcut’s Top 10 Films of 2018 this year as well so check out what took the top spot on both of those lists.
This Top Ten is based on UK releases in 2018. I reviewed most of these films so will link to my review if you fancy learning more about why I thought it was so good. I’ve put these films in a rough top ten but really the film that takes the number one spot is the one that is my all-out favourite and even though I’ve watched it five times in 2018, I still adore it.
This film was so sweet, funny and lovely. It was released in early December on Netflix and I watched it twice in about ten days. Dumplin’ made me laugh and cry and I can see it becoming a go to comfort film for me.
9. Game Night
I definitely need to rewatch Game Night to see if I laugh as much as I did when I saw it in the cinema. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I ended up having such a good time with it, and “Oh no he died!” is still my favourite line delivery in any film I saw last year.
8. The Hate U Give
I loved the book so was eagerly anticipating the film adaptation of The Hate U Give and it didn’t disappoint. Amandla Stenberg was fantastic, and I think the story was translated to the screen so well.
I love a heist film and Widows was brilliant. It’s a slow-build kind of film but all the characters are compelling and the performances in Widows should be getting more awards buzz than they are currently.
6. Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians was one of those surprising occasions where I liked the film way more than the book. It’s funny, big, bold and it also made me cry at the end.
5. Black Panther
Ever since I watched the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon I’ve loved T’Challa so I was super excited about his standalone film in the MCU. I loved the world of Wakanda, the characters and the story, I haven’t done an MCU ranking recently but I think Black Panther would be in my top 5.
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Well this was a non-stop thrill ride! Ghost Protocol is still my favourite Mission: Impossible film because that’s the team I like the most, but Fallout is definitely my second favourite and I really do think that Tom Cruise is super-human.
3. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
I grew up loving ABBA thanks to my mum and I think Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is just as good as the first film. I think how they combined a prequel and a sequel was great, I laughed, I tapped my feet, and I cried at the end.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I really want to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse again before it leaves the cinema because it deserves to be seen on the big screen. I loved the story, all the spider-people worked so well, I loved Miles, and the animation was stunning.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
I love Infinity War so so much. I think not only is it a great film, where I like all the characters and the different stores going on, but it’s an achievement really that ten years of build-up and stories works.
Those were my favourite films of 2018. What were your favourite films of last year? Do we have any in common.
I really need to watch Widows, Dumplin’ and Spiderman. I feel like I’m missing a lot of the awesome later releases! However I did really enjoy Game Night, it was a pleasant surprise because I used to think comedies like those are just popcorn movies that have no real value. I was so wrong! 🙂
Oh yeah I definitely don’t go to the cinema as much towards the end of the year/the beginning of the next year – there’s just so much going on in the autumn and winter months.
I love all the love for Game Night and it’s making me want to rewatch it even more! Definitely going to get my hands on the DVD asap! 🙂
Great choices! I really enjoyed Dumpin’ love that you’ve got it on your list!
Thanks! I think it’s so easy to forget about Netflix releases but there’s been some great ones in 2018 that I hope people remember/get around to watching. I say this as I still haven’t seen Beasts of No Nation – oops!
Quite a few of these I haven’t seen yet but most I really want to. I’ve been trying to see THUG for ages but my cinema seems to have decided 10am midweek and midnight are appropriate showing times.
I loved Dumplin so much more than I expected to. Hadn’t read the book but the film was surprisingly emotional. Another based on book film that probably makes my Top Ten is Love, Simon. Non book based, my fave was probably A Star is Born
Ugh it sucks when cinemas do that!
Oh yes! I liked Love, Simon a lot too and it narrowly missed out on my top ten. I’ve not seen the new A Star is Born but I’ve seen the one with Barbra Streisand recently, I liked it but I then didn’t feel like seeing the new version straightaway.
They seem to do it all the time with YA book based films, I really don’t get it.
I haven’t seen any of the previous Star is Borns but the new one is fantastic. Not an easy watch (could hear half the cinema crying at one point) but excellent. I’m tempted to watch the Streisand version but similar to you wanted to wait a bit.
I had no clue what to expect from Game Night but it was pretty fantastic. Also Dumplin and THUG were wonderful adaptations. I liked Crazy Rich Asians more as a movie, much easier to keep up with all the characters and the soundtrack was awesome.
Yes same! I only really watched Game Night because I was having a day in the cinema and its show time fitted in with what else I wanted to see but I’m so glad I saw it.
Great list! I’ve only seen Black Panther and Infinity war. Looks like I have some watching to do! 🙂
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Thank you! There has been so many great films released in the past year, I definitely missed a lot that some people loved. 🙂
This is an excellent list. It’s great to see some love for Avengers Infinity War and Widows. And you have persuaded me to see Game Night. I have unfortunately not seen Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse yet.
Here are my top ten films of 2018, if you’re interested: https://sgsonfilm.net/2018/12/30/my-top-ten-films-of-2018/
Ooh the pressure! Hope you like Game Night! It does feature the dog that also starred in Widows – that dog had a great year!