Screen Rant's Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

5. Venom

The original Venom was an idea born of lunacy: what if a strange superhero suit burst to life, took over a human like a parasite, and turned them into a monster? And lo and behold, the movie version did exactly that to audiences the world over. Sony threw caution and taste to the wind, infecting Tom Hardy with the anti-superhero formula and letting him loose, and the results were as successful as his comic book predecessor. The film may not be for everyone, but Venom showed how many weird risks can still be taken in a genre overflowing with antiheroes - and what rewards can await those fearless enough to take them. - AD

I still maintain Venom would have been even better if the writers and director had leaned into the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom even more, but it’s still solidly fun. - MF

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4. Black Panther

The superhero fatigue making rounds with moviegoers over the past couple years is somewhat warranted - in terms of quantity at the very least. That said, Black Panther is one superhero movie that has proven that the genre can still be fresh. Even without its action set pieces, Black Panther holds its own with Ryan Coogler’s grounded direction, genuinely flawless performances throughout, and a villain that is arguably less morally flawed than the heroes. - DS

Black Panther fulfills the potential of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a richly crafted and politically-savvy superhero narrative, in addition to being a breakthrough in representation. - SS

I’m a sucker for the Marvel Studios formula (I’ll admit it!) but Black Panther really felt like a breathe of fresh air for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It had amazing world-building in Wakanda and fantastic character development. It really changed the game in terms of superhero movies. - MF

As important as Ryan Coogler's film was for the cause of diversity and representation in Hollywood, above all else, it's an amazing film full of exciting action, interesting characters, and a fully-realized fictional world. While I'm not ready to proclaim it the MCU's best work, it's certainly one of my favorites in the franchise to date, and I can't wait to see what Coogler does with Black Panther 2. - MD

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3. Annihilation

That Annihilation made such a big impression despite its thoroughly botched release is a testament to the sci-fi splendor of Alex Garland's second feature film - a follow-up to the equally enrapturing Ex Machina. With its eerie atmosphere and crazy visuals that twist humans, plants, and animals alike into beautiful and terrifying new shapes, Annihilation is absolutely one of the must-see movies of 2018. - HSW

The pool scene, the bear scene, the... everything in this movie is astonishing, captivating, and horrifying. - MM

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2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Into The Spider-Verse Poster

If Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was nothing but its animation style and direction, it would still be inspired enough to have audiences wondering if animation wasn't the best way to bring every superhero to life. But add in its story and characters - a love letter to Peter Parker, the legacy of Spider-Man, the promise of Miles Morales, Spider-Ham - and you have a superhero film better, purer than most others I've seen. One that finally tells viewers of every possible age, in big, block letters: it could be YOU under the mask. - AD

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been deservedly praised for its stunning animation and visuals, but ultimately what makes it great is the way it captures the core promise of the superhero genre: that anyone can become a superhero. It also somehow managed to take the ultra-confusing tangle of canon that is the Marvel multiverse and translate it into something that mainstream audiences can easily follow, which is a feat unto itself. - HSW

Spider-Verse is one of the most boldly animated films in recent memory and works as both a clever deconstruction of the Spider-Man mythology and a heartfelt (and funny) origin story for Miles Morales. - SS

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 - going all the way back to that 2017 CCXP trailer for the movie - and it somehow managed to live up to the HUGE expectations I had for it. It’s an superhero origin story with a twist that uses some seriously awesome animation, both things I love. - MF

After all these years, Sony is back on top and has delivered not only the best Spider-Man movie to date but one of the best superhero movies of all-time. It's an ode to comics and the superhero movie genre, and it's a very good one at that. - MM

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1. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible Fallout

That the sixth film in a movie franchise started in the 1990s as a reboot of a 1960s TV show is the best film of 2018 is something so delirious only Tom Cruise could have pulled it off. Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a stunning action film (shout out to a London action scene that actually understands London geography), although what really hit me was the emotion. When Julia, Ethan Hunt's estranged wife from a couple of movies ago turns up, I was in bits. - AL

A movie cannot survive on stunts alone, but the Mission: Impossible franchise proves that they can take you pretty far. Fallout's two-and-a-half hour runtime zips by as Ethan Hunt and co. hop around the globe trying to track down three plutonium cores that could wreak devastation upon the world, and Henry Cavill delivers a hugely entertaining bad guy (with epic facial hair). - HSW

Mission: Impossible - Fallout continues to push the envelope for practical stunt-work and action, yet also has something meaningful to say about the importance of old-school heroism in the face of a nihilistic threat. - SS

In what was considered an impossible task, Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise managed to top themselves with Fallout - and that applies to the story, the acting, and of course, the stunts. Mission: Impossible - Fallout isn't just one of the best films of the year, but it's also one of the best action movies of all-time. - MM

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