These Are, Hands Down, The Best Movies Of 2018

What a year.
PHOTO: A Star Is Born/Warner Bros

1. Black Panther

What's your favorite Marvel movie? Cool. This one is better. The cast is phenomenal, the direction (by Ryan Coogler) is on point, and the message is essential. Wakanda forever.

2. A Wrinkle In Time

Based on the fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, this story follows a young girl (Storm Reid) and her brother as they search for their missing father who is trapped in a different ... realm? Astral plane? At any rate, the kids are on a mission to find their dad with the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah, respectively.

3. A Quiet Place

What happens when a supernatural entity can't hunt you unless it can hear you? You stay completely quiet. And so the premise of this movie, which follows a family that has learned to stay fully silent in their home. The film stars real-life husband and wife Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also directs).

4. Deadpool 2

The R-rated superhero returns! There isn't a ton of information available about the plot, but the sequel introduces X-Men character Cable (played by Josh Brolin)—and it doesn't look like the guys get along.

5. Ocean's 8

Rihanna's in it. Enough said.

6. Hereditary

A family dealing with the aftermath of a matriarch's death is scary enough, until creepy things begin to happen to Toni Collette and company. Still thinking about what's real and what's in your/their head, aren't you?

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7. Won't You Be My Neighbor?

BRB still crying about this beautiful documentary about Fred Rogers and the impact he made on the world.

8. Set It Up

Two assistants devise a grand plan to set up their bosses in order to have more free time for themselves in this low-commitment rom-com that has plenty of throwbacks to the genre.

9. Sorry To Bother You

Lakeith Stanfield's performance as a telemarketer who uses a white accent to succeed at his job is one of the best of the year. We are not worthy.

10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Expect more of the same as the first film: singing, dancing, and more incredible ABBA covers. The movie follows pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she reflects on the lessons she learned from her mom (Meryl Streep). Cher plays Sophie's grandma.

11. BlacKkKlansman

This Spike Lee joint tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in an undercover operation in the 1970s. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, and Laura Harrier. Topher Grace plays Klan leader David Duke.

12. Crazy Rich Asians

Expect this movie, based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel, to make you feel more broke than ever. (But it's going to be so good anyway.)

13. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Based on Jenny Han's bestselling novel of the same name, Netflix's adaptation of To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a heartwarming teen rom-com about a high school student who writes letters to her crushes without the intention of sending them. The film stars newcomer Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey and your crush of 2018 yup, Noah Centineo, as one of her crushes, Peter Kavinsky.

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14. Searching

John Cho plays a dad on a mission to find his missing teenage daughter in a film that mostly takes place on computer screens. Innovative and terrifying at the same time.

15. A Star Is Born

This remake of the classic rags-to-riches story is epic—don't let Lady Gaga haters tell you otherwise. It stars Bradley Cooper (who also directs), Stefani Germanotta, and a good boy named Charlie.

16. Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis is back! I repeat: Jamie Lee Curtis is back!

17. First Man

La La Land director Damien Chazelle re-teams with Ryan Gosling, this time on a biopic about Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon. (Gosling plays Armstrong.)

18. Widows

When four widows find themselves left broke by their criminal husbands, they decide to become criminals themselves. You can always count on women to get the job done, even when that job is a heist.

19. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The second movie in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them franchise, it follows Newt as he helps Dumbledore try to recapture Grindelwald. At the end of the first movie, Graves (Colin Farrell) was revealed to be Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in disguise.

20. Creed II

I give you, the best abs of 2018 (Michael B. Jordan's).

21. The Favourite

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz compete for the love and the coveted title of "favorite" of Olivia Colman's Queen Anne in this dark comedy-drama set in the 18th century. Joe Alwyn is delightful as a baron who's got moves on the dance floor and affections for Stone's character, Abigail Hill.

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22. Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who were both up for Best Actress Oscars this year, star in this biopic about Mary Stuart (Ronan), who returned to her native Scotland from France, where she served as queen, to reclaim the throne from Elizabeth I (Margot).

23. If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk is Barry Jenkins' first motion picture since Moonlight. KiKi Layne and Stephan James give exceptional performances as Tish and Fonny, a young couple expecting their first child together but must first try to get his name cleared for a crime he did not commit.

24. Mary Poppins Returns

A sequel to the 1964 classic, this musical fantasy is set 25 years later (so in the 1930s), when Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) revisits Jane and Michael Banks—who are now all grow up—after a death in their family. Its four Golden Globe nominations (including ones for Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda) don't lie.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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