Best Movies of 2021

10. The WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

124 LISTS | 12 TOP SPOTS
Joachim Trier | 127 mins | Comedy/Drama/Romance
Renate Reinsve | Anders Danielsen Lie | Maria Grazia Meo | Herbert Nodrum

“Worst has no shortage of gorgeous-people problems — more than enough, in fact, to fill 12 cinematic “chapters” — but it vibrates with real life, a film so fresh and untethered to rom-com cliché it might actually reshape the idea of what movies like this can be.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

9. Titane

132 LISTS | 11 TOP SPOTS
Julia Ducournau | 108 mins | Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Vincent Lindon | Agathe Rousselle | Garance Marillier | Lais Salameh

“Ducournau’s insistence on taking this scenario to unimaginable extremes may occasionally distance us from the humanity she’s also clearly interested in, but there’s no denying that her handling of craft and form—particularly the way the reddish-pink glow of a fire-truck’s flashing light filters much of the imagery—is masterful.” – Josh Larsen, Larsen on Film

8. Summer of Soul

138 LISTS | 12 TOP SPOTS
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson | 118 mins | Documentary/Music
Stevie Wonder | Nina Simone | Gladys Knight | B.B. King

“It’s a music documentary like no other, because while it’s a joyful, cataclysmic, and soulfully seductive concert movie, what it’s really about is a key turning point in Black life in America.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

7. Pig

143 LISTS | 14 TOP SPOTS
Michael Sarnoski | 92 mins | Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Nicolas Cage | Alex Wolff | Adam Arkin | Cassandra Violet

“Like the animal itself, Pig is considerably smarter and more ardent than it appears at first glance, and unearths treasures that are barely evident on the surface level. We’d have settled for much less, but what a rare treat to be offered a great deal more.” – Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

6. The Green KNight

175 LISTS | 13 TOP SPOTS
David Lowery | 130 mins | Adventure/Drama/Fantasy
Dev Patel | Alicia Vikander | Joel Edgerton | Sarita Choudhury

“If the result sends viewers scuttling back to Armitage’s uniquely accessible version of the source text, then that would be marvellous indeed. But there is enough here that is dazzling and enthralling for Lowery’s movie to stand proudly as a grand work of poetry in its own right.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

5. West Side Story

191 LISTS | 15 TOP SPOTS
Steven Spielberg | 156 mins | Drama/Musical/Romance
Ansel Elgort | Rachel Zegler | Ariana DeBose | David Alvarez

“It’s a wonderful musical, and an unabashed Steven Spielberg movie. And the moments in which it most comfortably allows itself to be both of those things at once leave you convinced that some harmonies are worth waiting for, even if it seems like they’ve been always been around the corner and whistling down the river.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

4. Dune

232 LISTS | 22 TOP SPOTS
Denis Villeneuve | 155 mins | Action/Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi
Timothee Chalamet | Rebecca Ferguson | Zendaya | Oscar Isaac

“It’s an immersive, transporting, intriguing, fully-realized world that we can enjoy spending time in without rating against our ideas of which characters should “win” in that world. I don’t know how this story plays out but for now I’m content to bask in the spice glow.” – Vince Mancini, UPROXX

3. Drive My Car

258 LISTS | 44 TOP SPOTS
Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 179 mins | Drama
Hidetoshi Nishijima | Toko Miura | Reika Kirishima | Yoo-rim Park

“Nearly every scene of this richly novelistic movie — which won the festival’s screenplay prize — teems with ideas about grief and betrayal, the nature of acting, the possibility (and impossibility) of catharsis through art, and the simple bliss of watching lights and landscapes fly past your car window.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

2. Licorice Pizza

267 LISTS | 37 TOP SPOTS
Paul Thomas Anderson | 133 mins | Comedy/Drama/Romance
Alana Haim | Cooper Hoffman | Sean Penn | Bradley Cooper

“It was always going to be an emotional experience watching the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son Cooper Hoffman make his acting debut. His father, an Oscar-winning genius, died in 2014…What we never could have imagined, though, is that Cooper’s freshman performance (he’s so green, his IMDB page doesn’t have a photo yet) would be one of the best of the year in what is easily the best film of 2021, Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliant Licorice Pizza. This wonderful kid should be in the Oscar race, but we’re too predictably infatuated with big names. Let’s fix that.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

1. The Power of the Dog

349 LISTS | 61 TOP SPOTS
Jane Campion | 126 mins | Drama/Romance/Western
Benedict Cumberbatch | Kirsten Dunst | Jesse Plemons | Kodi Smit-McPhee

“This is an exquisitely crafted film, its unhurried rhythms continually shifting as plangent notes of melancholy, solitude, torment, jealousy and resentment surface. Campion is in full control of her material, digging deep into the turbulent inner life of each of her characters with unerring subtlety.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Full List:

RTITLEL#1ARL%#1%
1The Power of the Dog349614.0750%11%
2Licorice Pizza267374.1938%7%
3Drive My Car258443.8937%8%
4Dune232225.0033%4%
5West Side Story191154.8227%3%
6The Green Knight175135.1125%2%
7Pig143145.4520%3%
8Summer of Soul138125.2620%2%
9Titane132115.0119%2%
10The Worst Person in the World124124.8218%2%
11The French Dispatch12085.2117%1%
12Memoria116174.1717%3%
13CODA10885.3515%1%
14Annette10585.1015%1%
15The Card Counter9926.2814%0%
16Belfast98193.4514%3%
17The Lost Daughter9766.2914%1%
18The Souvenir, Part II9564.7614%1%
19Red Rocket9236.1713%1%
20Petite Maman9185.3813%1%
21Spencer9045.9513%1%
22C'mon C'mon8846.1913%1%
23tick, tick... BOOM!8805.6713%0%
24Passing8416.4712%0%
25King Richard8035.3911%1%
26Flee7945.6611%1%
27Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy7885.0311%1%
28Spider-Man: No Way Home7684.7511%1%
29The Last Duel7536.3811%1%
30The Mitchells vs. the Machines7375.3110%1%
31Parallel Mothers7215.9310%0%
32Zola7065.5910%1%
33The Tragedy of Macbeth6735.4510%1%
34Bergman Island6656.029%1%
35Benedetta6625.439%0%
35In the Heights6626.029%0%
37Mass6345.479%1%
38Bad Luck Banging or Looney Porn6155.349%1%
39Judas and the Black Messiah6035.509%1%
40Nightmare Alley5835.848%1%
41The Velvet Underground5726.038%0%
42No Time To Die5326.248%0%
43Shiva Baby5107.067%0%
44Days5054.497%1%
45Don't Look Up4935.727%1%
46Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings4806.507%0%
47Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar4736.487%1%
48What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?4555.246%1%
49The Harder They Fall4236.396%1%
50The Suicide Squad4116.276%0%

Lists Included 702

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#1% Percentage of mentions where the film was selected as the best film of the year
TCL Number of times that the film was selected as one of the top 10 films of the year on top critics’ lists
TCL1 Number of times that the film was selected as the best film of the year on top critics’ lists
TCL% Percentage of times that the film was selected as one of the top 10 films of the year on top critics’ lists
TCL1% Percentage of lists where the film was selected as the best film of the year on top critics’ lists