2018 Favorite Films + Oscar Highlights

by Sparse | created - 8 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Favorite Films From 2018

IMDb’s 2019 Oscar Highlights

This list combines the subjective quality of each film with my aesthetic sensibilities. They are loosely ranked.

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1. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 245,930 | Gross: $32.73M

#1: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Alex Garland (Writer/Director) • Mark Digby (Production Designer)

2. Paddington 2 (2017)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

88 Metascore

Paddington (Ben Whishaw), now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's (Imelda Staunton's) 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 50,094 | Gross: $40.44M

#2: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Paul King (Writer/Director)

3. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 48,334 | Gross: $17.49M

#3: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Boots Riley (Writer/Director) • Jason Kisvarday (Production Designer)

4. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Votes: 335,431 | Gross: $188.02M

#4: Personal Pick

5. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 117,937

#5: Oscar Pick, Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Alfonso Cuarón (Writer/Director/Cinematographer)

6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 279,717 | Gross: $190.24M

#6: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman (Directors)

7. Searching (III) (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Director: Aneesh Chaganty | Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La

Votes: 114,378 | Gross: $26.02M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Torin Borrowdale (Composer)

8. Blindspotting (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Director: Carlos López Estrada | Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Votes: 20,594 | Gross: $4.33M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs (Writers) • Robby Baumgartner (Cinematographer)

9. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

90 Metascore

A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Laura Dern, John Heard

Votes: 12,330

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Jennifer Fox (Writer/Director)

10. Jonathan (2018)

TV-MA | 95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day.

Director: Bill Oliver | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer

Votes: 4,532

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

11. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 138,148 | Gross: $34.24M

Honorable Mention: Oscar Pick, Personal Pick

12. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 41,761 | Gross: $3.31M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

13. Thoroughbreds (2017)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks

Votes: 27,917 | Gross: $2.83M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

14. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 99,059

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Carter Burwell (Composer)

15. Tully (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Asher Miles Fallica

Votes: 45,105 | Gross: $9.23M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Diablo Cody (Writer)

16. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 31,845 | Gross: $14.92M

Honorable Mention: Oscar Pick, Personal Pick

17. Madeline's Madeline (2018)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A theatre director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili

Votes: 2,822 | Gross: $0.18M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

18. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 554,008 | Gross: $700.06M

Honorable Mention: Oscar Pick, Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Ludwig Göransson (Composer)

19. Private Life (2018)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Gabrielle Reid, Amy Russ

Votes: 11,797

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

20. Disobedience (2017)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser

Votes: 20,454 | Gross: $3.48M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

21. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 170,491 | Gross: $48.69M

Honorable Mention: Oscar Pick, Personal Pick

Notable Names: • Terence Blanchard (Composer)

22. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 50,159 | Gross: $13.54M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

23. The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 22,837 | Gross: $29.72M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

24. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 94,111 | Gross: $47.84M

Honorable Mention: Oscar Pick

25. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 183,416 | Gross: $44.07M

Honorable Mention: Personal Pick

26. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 140,465 | Gross: $44.94M

Mention: Oscar Pick

27. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 395,436 | Gross: $216.43M

Mention: Oscar Pick

28. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 265,034 | Gross: $85.08M

Dishonorable Mention: Oscar Pick



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