Here are the best films of 2018, as voted by Screen Rant's editorial team. We've collected everybody's top 10, and from there calculated a definitive (and surprising) site-wide list.
2018 sure has been an unpredictable year for movies. There's been some of the biggest of all time - Marvel's double-tap of cultural event Black Panther and narrative culmination Avengers: Infinity War - paired alongside shocking bombs - Solo: A Star Wars Story - with many critical hits languishing underseen and duds becoming smashes. There were gambles on all sides, and while the box office gulf between blockbusters and independent film is set to be a big issue going forward, in the past twelve months there's no denying it's led to some weird and wonderful movies.
To calculate our best of 2018 list, Screen Rant editors submitted their top 10 favorite movies of the year, and the results were ranked by volume (with any ties decided by placement in individuals' lists). This has led to a truly eclectic list that embraces big hits but also eschews predictability - there's movies on here that would make the bottom 10 for others - which speaks to the wealth of different movies appealing to different audiences this year (or that Screen Rant editors just really like Tom Hardy).
As with our TV list (coming tomorrow), a lot of great films got multiple votes but couldn't quite inch onto the Top 10. We still really enjoyed these films and they definitely deserve a shout out.
Four votes (but lower placement):
- Game Night
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Avengers: Infinity War
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- First Man
- Ready Player One
Between its simply but sleekly-designed vision of the near-future and fight scenes quite unlike anything you've seen before, Leigh Whannell's Upgrade breathed new life into the well-worn genre of regular-guy-turned-super-soldier movies. The whole thing is held together by a strong central performance from Logan Marshall-Green, who effectively conveys the idea of a body effortlessly decimating opponents in a fight, while his head is just along for the ride. - Hannah Shaw-Williams
An Oscar-winning arthouse director going action doesn't have to mean selling out. To be fair, Widows may as well have been tailor made for me: Steve McQueen is one of the most affecting filmmakers working today and I'll always have a soft spot for the thriller genre. But that doesn't make its achievement any more startling. It's an ensemble where no one steals the spotlight yet everyone delivers, a plot with obvious subtext that is used to comment on something considerably more complex. That it's become an also ran in awards' season is the real crime. - Alex Leadbeater
Widows succeeds at marrying the thematic scope and layered narrative of a high-art film with a mainstream thriller full of clever twists and turns. - Sandy Schaefer
8. Eighth Grade
As a socially awkward youth, so much of what happens in Eighth Grade rang unpleasantly true for me, and left me thinking about embarrassing events I hadn't thought about in years. Yet, the experience of watching it was quite cathartic, and served to remind me that those days do eventually end, and that my experience is a lot more common than I once thought. - Michael Kennedy
Eighth Grade truly captures the excruciating nature of being in middle-school through an empathetic, thoughtful, and painfully funny portrait of teenaged life in the digital era. - SS
Eighth Grade is a haunting film, for two reasons: it's an aboveboard, accurate depiction of middle school life in the United States, especially in this social media age, and it contains scenes in which the dialogue and implications can make viewers squirm in their seats - and the movie is worth watching for both of those reasons. - Mansoor Mithaiwala
I'm still recovering from the shock coming out of Bumblebee (or How To Train Your Iron Giant) that the sixth Transformers film isn't just a good movie, but by a Cybertronian inch the best blockbuster of 2018 (for me if not the whole SR staff). I was never a fan of the Robots in Disguise growing up and suffering through Michael Bay's films turned me against the very idea of Transformers, but Bumblebee is a tightly-written movie with such heart, humor and character detail (tracking all the Smiths nods and arcs is a delight) I fell in love. - AL
As someone who fell off the Transformers franchise 2-3 movies ago, I was still intrigued by the grounded tone of the Bumblebee trailers. And the movie ended up delivering the Transformers movie I didn’t even know I wanted. It made me cry, a Transformers movie had enough heart to make me cry! - Molly Freeman
Bumblebee marries the Transformers mythology with a coming of age narrative in funny and touching ways that improve upon the formula established by the original Transformers film. - SS
It took 11 years, but Paramount finally delivered a true Transformers movie with Bumblebee. All of its beats work, including Hailee Steinfeld's Charlie Watson, who brings Bumblebee's story down to earth. - MM
6. A Quiet Place
It's the perfect example of a premise that sounds too good to be true (pun intended), but somehow, A Quiet Place makes an alien invasion/survival horror story centered on a single family ruthlessly riveting, without even hearing them speak. You can heap praise on the cast and its leading lady, but for those who were lucky enough to see the movie in a theater as silent as the characters, as I was, the silence itself was absolutely deafening. A neat premise, but the execution made it a thriller unlike any I'd seen before (how rare is that?). - Andrew Dyce
In the hands of someone like William Castle, the plot of A Quiet Place might feel a bit gimmicky. With John Krasinski at the helm, though, it’s a layered, subtle, and tragic creature feature that does the genre proud by leaning on subtlety over shock value. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s aesthetically similar to M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs (cornfields are always a creepy touch). - Danny Salemme
Using sound (and silence) as a foundation, A Quiet Place became one of the most inventive thrillers in years. It's not just a stepping stone for John Krasinski as a director but an achievement in filmmaking. - MM
When I first learned that Jim from The Office was making a horror movie, I can't say I expected much. What I ultimately got was the emergence of John Krasinski as a formidable director/actor/writer triple threat, and a horror effort so dripping with tension and suspense that I could've heard a pin drop in the theater. - MK