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Movies from 2022 which I Rated 9+ on IMDb
This is effectively the long list which leads into my Top 10 of 2022 list. It contains every 2022 release which I have rated 9/10 or 10/10 on IMDb, taken from the 314 titles from 2022 which I have seen at the time of writing on 28 November 2022. This list contains narrative features only, my favourite documentaries from 2022 are listed separately . The titles are listed in alphabetical order.
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1. Aftersun (II) (2022)
R | 102 min | Drama
Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't...
Director: Charlotte Wells | Stars: Paul Mescal , Frankie Corio , Celia Rowlson-Hall , Sally Messham
2. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
PG-13 | 192 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their home.
Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington , Zoe Saldana , Sigourney Weaver , Stephen Lang
Votes: 319,787 | Gross: $659.68M
3. Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
A young man who works as a Bar Mitzvah party host strikes up a friendship with a mother and her autistic daughter.
Director: Cooper Raiff | Stars: Cooper Raiff , Dakota Johnson , Evan Assante , Vanessa Burghardt
4. Close (I) (2022)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi's mother. "Close" is a film about friendship and responsibility.
Director: Lukas Dhont | Stars: Eden Dambrine , Gustav De Waele , Émilie Dequenne , Léa Drucker
5. Decision to Leave (2022)
139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a man's death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing.
Director: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Park Hae-il , Tang Wei , Lee Jung-hyun , Go Kyung-Pyo
6. Emily the Criminal (2022)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.
Director: John Patton Ford | Stars: Aubrey Plaza , Theo Rossi , Bernardo Badillo , John Billingsley
7. Empire of Light (2022)
R | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s.
Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Olivia Colman , Micheal Ward , Colin Firth , Toby Jones
8. The Fabelmans (2022)
PG-13 | 151 min | Drama
Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Michelle Williams , Gabriel LaBelle , Paul Dano , Judd Hirsch
9. Final Cut (2022)
112 min | Comedy, Horror
Things go badly for a small film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie when they are attacked by real zombies.
Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Romain Duris , Bérénice Bejo , Grégory Gadebois , Finnegan Oldfield
10. Girl Picture (2022)
Unrated | 100 min | Romance
Three young women try to defy the persistent winter darkness in Finland. In the process, they move between dreams, reality, friendship and relationships, and try to make sense of the whole mess.
Director: Alli Haapasalo | Stars: Aamu Milonoff , Eleonoora Kauhanen , Linnea Leino , Sonya Lindfors
11. Glass Onion (2022)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case.
Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig , Edward Norton , Kate Hudson , Dave Bautista
12. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher, is yearning for some adventure, and some sex. And she has a plan, which involves hiring a young sex worker named Leo Grande.
Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Emma Thompson , Daryl McCormack , Isabella Laughland , Les Mabaleka
13. The Inspection (2022)
R | 95 min | Drama
A young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside.
Director: Elegance Bratton | Stars: Jeremy Pope , Gabrielle Union , Bokeem Woodbine , Raúl Castillo
14. A Jazzman's Blues (2022)
R | 127 min | Drama
Follows an investigation into an unsolved murder unveiling a story full of forbidden love, deceit and a secret.
Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Joshua Boone , Amirah Vann , Solea Pfeiffer , Austin Scott
15. Living (2022)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama
In 1950s London, a humorless bureaucrat decides to take time off work to experience life after receiving a grim diagnosis.
Director: Oliver Hermanus | Stars: Bill Nighy , Aimee Lou Wood , Alex Sharp , Adrian Rawlins
16. The Menu (2022)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Ralph Fiennes , Anya Taylor-Joy , Nicholas Hoult , Hong Chau
17. The Outfit (2022)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An expert cutter must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
Director: Graham Moore | Stars: Mark Rylance , Zoey Deutch , John Gumley-Mason , Stephen Knox
18. Prey (I) (2022)
R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche Nation, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: Amber Midthunder , Dakota Beavers , Dane DiLiegro , Stormee Kipp
19. The Quiet Girl (2022)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama
Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one.
Director: Colm Bairéad | Stars: Carrie Crowley , Andrew Bennett , Catherine Clinch , Michael Patric
20. The Swimmers (2022)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use.
Director: Sally El Hosaini | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer , Ali Suliman , Manal Issa , Nathalie Issa
21. Thirteen Lives (2022)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding.
Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Viggo Mortensen , Colin Farrell , Joel Edgerton , Tom Bateman
22. Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)
R | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
Director: George Miller | Stars: Tilda Swinton , Idris Elba , Erdil Yasaroglu , Sarah Houbolt
23. Till (2022)
PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1955, after Emmett Till is murdered in a brutal lynching, his mother vows to expose the racism behind the attack while working to have those involved brought to justice.
Director: Chinonye Chukwu | Stars: Danielle Deadwyler , Jalyn Hall , Frankie Faison , Haley Bennett
24. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Drama
After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jennifer Connelly , Miles Teller , Val Kilmer
Votes: 551,839 | Gross: $718.73M
25. Tori and Lokita (2022)
88 min | Drama
From two-time Palme d'Or-winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Tori and Lokita is a heart-stopping thriller that casts an unflinching eye on the trials of the young and dispossessed.
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne | Stars: Pablo Schils , Joely Mbundu , Alban Ukaj , Tijmen Govaerts
26. Triangle of Sadness (2022)
R | 147 min | Comedy, Drama
A fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich.
Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Thobias Thorwid , Harris Dickinson , Charlbi Dean , Jiannis Moustos
27. The Whale (2022)
R | 117 min | Drama
A reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Brendan Fraser , Sadie Sink , Ty Simpkins , Hong Chau
28. What's Love Got to Do with It? (2022)
108 min | Comedy, Romance
In London, an award-winning film-maker documents her best friend's journey into an assisted marriage in line with his family's Pakistani heritage. In the process, she challenges her own attitude towards relationships.
Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Mim Shaikh , Iman Boujelouah , Lily James , Emma Thompson
29. The Woman King (2022)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Drama, History
A historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Viola Davis , Thuso Mbedu , Lashana Lynch , Sheila Atim
Votes: 55,968 | Gross: $67.33M
30. Women Talking (2022)
Do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling a brutal reality with their faith.
Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Rooney Mara , Claire Foy , Jessie Buckley , Frances McDormand
31. The Wonder (I) (2022)
R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Florence Pugh , Tom Burke , Kíla Lord Cassidy , Niamh Algar
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User Rating of 9 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending) · 1. The Last of Us (2023– ) · 2. Attack on Titan (2013–2023) · 3. The Office (2005–2013) · 4. The Dark Knight (
9 Rating Movies · 1. Schindler's List (1993). R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History · 2. American Beauty (1999) · 3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) · 4.
Movies I Ranked 9 or Higher · 1. The Dark Knight (2008). PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama · 2. The Prestige (2006). PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi.
With Number 9 Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending) · 1. Living (2022) · 2. Carol (2015) · 3. Youth (I) (2015) · 4. On Chesil Beach (2017) · 5. Colette (I) (2018).
Movies i rated 9/10 · 1. Eternity and a Day (1998). Unrated | 137 min | Drama · 2. Days of Glory (2006). R | 120 min | Action, Drama, War · 3. Seven Years in Tibet
Movies above 9 · 1. A Clockwork Orange (1971). R | 136 min | Crime, Sci-Fi · 2. Anomalisa (2015). R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama · 3. The Shining (1980). R
Movies from 2021 which I Rated 9+ on IMDb · 1. Belfast (2021). PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama · 2. Black Widow (2021). PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci
3. The Dark Knight (2008). PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama. 9.0.
Movies from 2022 which I Rated 9+ on IMDb · 1. Aftersun (II) (2022). R | 102 min | Drama · 2. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022). PG-13 | 192 min | Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 9.0 - 9.9 ; 10 · 9.0 · 94% · DVD Logo · The Dark Knight (2008) ; 10 · 9.0 · 94% · DVD Logo · Pulp Fiction (1994) ; 9 · 9.0 · 98% · DVD Logo · The Good