The 50 best movies of 2022 in the US – 50 to 31

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This database is compiled by the Guardian movie team, with each films released successful the US during 2022 successful contention. Check successful each weekday to spot our adjacent picks, and delight stock your ain favourite films of 2022 successful the comments below.



Billy Eichner’s ribald romcom, produced by Judd Apatow, saw 2 cheery men struggling with committedness and heteronormative expectations and was heralded arsenic being a groundbreaking queer archetypal wrong the consecutive and strait-laced workplace system. But, stake-claiming aside, it is besides genuinely comic and insightful. Read the afloat review


Rich and emotionally persuasive … Broker.
Rich and emotionally persuasive … Broker. Photograph: Zip/CJ ENM


Hirokazu Kore-eda enlisted Parasite’s Song Kang-ho for a affluent and emotionally persuasive play astir 2 friends stealing babies from extracurricular a religion and selling them connected the adoption parallel market. Read the afloat review


Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise returns astir 4 decades connected for different bout of velocity and need: this clip helium is the mentor to a caller procreation of navy combatant pilots, led by Miles Teller, playing the lad of Maverick’s precocious wingman, Goose. Read the afloat review


Paris, 13th District

The latest movie from Rust and Bone manager Jacques Audiard, present putting unneurotic a abbreviated communicative postulation of intersexual encounters and relationships successful Paris’ 13th arrondissement, changeable successful pugnacious black-and-white. Read the afloat review


Grisly … Holy Spider.
Grisly … Holy Spider

Holy Spider

Border manager Ali Abbasi returned to the Cannes movie festival this twelvemonth with a shocking enactment of provocation. A grisly thriller loosely based connected the existent communicative of a serial slayer targeting women successful Mashhad, it caused contention successful Iran but won Zar Amir Ebrahimi the pb histrion prize astatine the festival. Read the afloat review



Golden Lion-winning termination drama, much applicable than ever, from manager Audrey Diwan; a survey of a pistillate (played by Anamaria Vartolomei) who becomes large successful aboriginal 60s, pre-legalisation France. Read the afloat review


Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Entertaining 2nd dose of Rian Johnson’s labyrinthine transgression mystery, with Daniel Craig connected bully signifier arsenic Hercule Poirot-esque detective Benoit Blanc, present investigating a murder-themed enactment that turns deadly. Read the afloat review



Descent into dementia … Gasper Noé’s Vortex.
Descent into dementia … Gasper Noé’s Vortex

Split-screen dementia play from Argentine provocateur Gaspar Noé, starring Dario Argento and Françoise Lebrun arsenic an aged mates whose lives are dogged by the latter’s cognitive decline. Read the afloat review


The Woman King

Stirring play epic, starring Viola Davis arsenic the person of the Agojie, a brigade of pistillate warriors successful westbound Africa, who are attempting to spot disconnected threats from the Oyo empire arsenic good arsenic from slave-buying colonialists. Read the afloat review


Brian and Charles

David Earl and Chris Hayward’s communicative of an inventor’s narration with his instauration blends Caractacus Potts with Victor Frankenstein to heartwarming effect. Read the afloat review


We (Nous)

Loose and freewheeling … We (Nous).
Loose and freewheeling … We (Nous). Photograph: © Sarah Blum

French-Senegalese film-maker Alice Diop offers a delicate portrayal of the disparate communities that unrecorded on 1 of Paris’s commuter obstruction lines – predating her acclaimed fabrication diagnostic debut Saint Omer. Read the afloat review


The Eternal Daughter

Joanna Hogg reunites with Tilda Swinton for an antithetic shade communicative which sees the histrion playing dual roles successful a moving and thought-provoking play that exists wrong the aforesaid beingness arsenic her acclaimed autobiographical Souvenir films. Read the afloat review


Everything Went Fine

André Dussollier and Sophie Marceau are outstanding arsenic a begetter and girl whose tricky narration is upended erstwhile helium asks for her assistance to die, successful François Ozon’s wonderfully observed story. Read the afloat review



Terence Davies’ relationship of the beingness of Siegfried Sassoon (played by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi successful younger/older versions), tracing his vocation from lionised warfare writer to unhappy aboriginal life. Read the afloat review

On the mode   to warfare  … Benediction.
Melancholy survey … Sassoon biopic Benediction. Photograph: Photo Credit: Laurence Cendrowicz/Courtesy of Vertigo Releasing


Small Body

Mysterious fable from Italian manager Laura Samani, astir a pistillate hopeless to revive her stillborn babe who heads disconnected connected a quest to find the religion that whitethorn beryllium capable to execute it. Read the afloat review


Great Freedom

Intriguing German play astir a erstwhile attraction campy inmate imprisoned aft the 2nd satellite warfare for cheery enactment acts, and who develops a analyzable narration with his consecutive cellmate. Read the afloat review


All Quiet connected the Western Front

All Quiet connected  the Western Front.
‘Never fails to bash justness to its subject’ … All Quiet connected the Western Front. Photograph: Netflix undefined

Anti-war nightmare of bloodshed and chaos wherever teenage boys rapidly find themselves caught up successful the ordeal of trench warfare, successful a German-language adaptation of the archetypal satellite warfare novel. Read the afloat review


Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

Chadian auteur Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s quiescent fable, astir a pistillate torn betwixt societal proprieties and respecting her daughter’s determination to get an abortion. Read the afloat review


All That Breathes

Two Indian brothers dedicate themselves to rescuing birds that are being poisoned by contamination successful this analyzable and softly beauteous film. Read the afloat review



Vicky Krieps puts successful a prima crook arsenic lonely, patronised Elisabeth of Austria successful Marie Kreutzer’s austere play that functions arsenic a outcry of choler from the pedestal-prison of an empress. Read the afloat review


Crimes of the Future

As helium did with 90s deed Crash, David Cronenberg’s fearfulness sensation creates a bizarre caller nine of sicko sybarites wherever symptom is the eventual pleasance and “surgery is the caller sex”. Read the afloat review



Unflinching … Cow

American Honey manager Andrea Arnold delivers a meaty portion of bovine socio-realism, detailing the beingness of dairy cows with unflinching and empathic precision. Read the afloat review


No Bears

Complex metafiction of fearfulness successful which jailed manager Jafar Panahi plays a mentation of himself, forced to sprout his caller movie successful a municipality adjacent the borderline with Turkey. Read the afloat review


White Noise

Don DeLillo’s caller of field larks and eco dread gets an elegant, droll movie attraction from Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig. Read the afloat review


Fire of Love

Katia and Maurice Krafft successful  Fire of Love.
Dream lava … Katia and Maurice Krafft successful Fire of Love. Photograph: Image'Est

Romantic representation of passionate, doomed volcanologists embraces the mythology astir Maurice and Katia Krafft, the scientists who died successful the 1991 Mount Unzen disaster. Read the afloat review



Powerful documentary connected the bequest of slavery showing however an amerciable enslaved vessel led to the instauration of an Alabama assemblage of inherited trauma but besides defiance. Read the afloat review



Deeply disturbing play astir wide slayer Martin Bryant that shies distant from depicting the Port Arthur massacre itself – but outstanding performances mean it’s inactive a highly unsettling story. Read the afloat review


The Innocents

Creepy-kid fearfulness from Norwegian manager Eskil Vogt (co-writer of The Worst Person successful the World), astir 2 young sisters who marque friends with different children who seemingly person supernatural powers. Read the afloat review


The Northman

Alexander Skarsgard and Anya Taylor-Joy successful  The Northman.
Norse stars … Alexander Skarsgard and Anya Taylor-Joy successful The Northman. Photograph: Focus Features/Aidan Monaghan/Allstar

Brutal Viking saga based connected the aforesaid fable arsenic Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with Alexander Skarsgård arsenic the chieftain’s lad retired for vengeance connected the antheral who murdered his begetter and took his throne. Read the afloat review


Official Competition

Penélope Cruz is connected occurrence successful a delicious movie-industry satire successful which she plays an eccentric manager utilizing unorthodox techniques to negociate pb actors – and polar opposites – Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez. Read the afloat review

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