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50 Best Movies of 2022 According to Rotten Tomatoes

By Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft Β· January 5, 2023

50 Best Movies of 2022 According to Rotten Tomatoes

Need a great New Year’s resolution? Watch the best movies of 2022 according to the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score. The score represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show. A Tomatometer score is calculated for a movie after it receives at least five reviews.

Notable films in the Top 50 include movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once, Turning Red, Top Gun: Maverick, The Woman King, and a rather unique sequel to the Predator franchise, Prey.

This Top 50 list is comprised of movies rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes β€” as opposed to box office success β€” you’ll find many movies that you likely haven’t heard of.

Here are the 50 Best movies of 2022, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: These ratings are as of the dat of publication. The first rating represents the critics while the second rating (if applicable) represents the Audience Score.

#1: No Bears

πŸ… 100%

Directed By: Jafar Panahi

Follow two parallel love stories in which the partners are thwarted by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition, and the mechanics of power.

#2: Happening

Β πŸ… 99% 🍿 74%

Directed By: Audrey Diwan

An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.

#3: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

πŸ…Β 99% 🍿 91%

Directed By: Dean Fleischer-Camp

Feature adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusk named Marcel.

#4: Girl Picture

Β πŸ… 99% 🍿 81%

Directed By: Alli Haapasalo

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.

#5: The Banshees of Inisherin

Β πŸ… 97% 🍿 76%

Directed By: Martin McDonagh

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

#6: Till

πŸ… 98% 🍿 97%

Directed By: Chinonye Chukwu

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.

#7: The Quiet Girl

πŸ… 98% 🍿 90%

Directed By: Colm Bairead

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.

#8: Jujutsu Kaisen O: The Movie

πŸ… 98% 🍿 98%

Directed By: Seong-Hu Park, Sunghoo Park

Yuta Okkotsu, a high schooler who gains control of an extremely powerful Cursed Spirit and gets enrolled in the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School by Jujutsu Sorcerers to help him control his power and keep an eye on him.

#9: To Leslie

πŸ… 98% 🍿 85%

Directed By: Michael Morris

Inspired by true events. A West Texas single mother wins the lottery and squanders it just as fast, leaving behind a world of heartbreak. Years later, with her charm running out and nowhere to go, she fights to rebuild her life and find redemption.

#10: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

πŸ… 98%Β  84%

Directed By: Pawo Choyning Dorji

An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia.

#11: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

πŸ… 97% 🍿 92%

Directed By: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson

A father’s wish magically brings a wooden boy to life in Italy, giving him a chance to care for the child. However, the two of them have to struggle to find a place for themselves as Italy becomes embroiled in fascism.

#12: The Duke

πŸ… 97% 🍿 84%

Directed By: Roger Michell

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.

#13: Hellbender

πŸ… 97% 🦠 56%

Directed By: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser

A lonely teen discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft.

#14: Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

πŸ… 97% 🍿 84%

Directed By: Mike Judge

After a “creative” judge sentences them to space camp, a black hole sends our adolescent heroes 24 years into the modern future where the duo misuse iPhones, embark on a quest to score, and become targets of the Deep State.

#15: Great Freedom

πŸ… 97% 🍿 91%

Directed By: Sebastian Meise

In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for everyone. Hans is repeatedly imprisoned under Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor.

#16: Top Gun: Maverick

πŸ… 96% 🍿 99%

Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

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.

#17: Aftersun

πŸ… 96% 🍿 79%

Directed By: Charlotte Wells

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.

#18: Official Competition

πŸ… 96% 🍿 82%

Directed By: Mariano Cohn, GastΓ³n Duprat

A wealthy businessman hires a famous filmmaker to help make a smash hit film.

#19: The Innocents

πŸ… 96% 🍿 73%

Directed By: Eskil Vogt

During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveals their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.

#20: EO

πŸ… 96% 🍿 78%

Directed By: Jerzy Skolimowski

Follows a donkey who encounters on his journeys good and bad people, experiences joy and pain, exploring a vision of modern Europe through his eyes.

#21: Neptune Frost

πŸ… 96% 🍿 74%

Directed By: Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman

An intersex African hacker, a coltan miner and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union.

#22: Sissy

πŸ… 96% 🍿 61%

Directed By: Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes

Teen best friends Cecilia and Emma, after a decade run into each other. Cecilia is invited on Emma’s bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully with a taste for revenge.

#23: Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

πŸ… 96% 🍿 100%

Directed By: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Amina, a practicing Muslim, lives with her daughter, 15-year-old Maria. When Amina learns Maria is pregnant and wants to abort the child, they face an impossible situation in a country where abortion is legally and morally condemned.

#24: Saloum

πŸ… 96% 🍿 67%

Directed By: Jean Luc Herbulot

In 2003, a trio of mercenaries escaping a coup in Guinea-Bissau take refuge in a hidden region on the Saloum river of Senegal. But something from beyond the grave awaits them there.

#25: Utama

πŸ… 96% 🍿 88%

Directed By: Alejandro Loayza Grisi

An elderly Quechua couple live a tranquil life in the arid Bolivian highlands. While Virginio takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, Sisa keeps house and walks for miles with other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, they must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city.

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#26: Everything Everywhere All at Once

πŸ… 95% 🍿 89%

Directed By: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

#27: Turning Red

πŸ… 95% 🍿 71%

Directed By: Domee Shi

A thirteen-year-old girl is torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the changes of adolescence. And as if the challenges were not enough, whenever she gets overly excited she transforms into a giant red panda.

#28: Belle

πŸ… 95% 🍿 95%

Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda

A high school student becomes a globally beloved singer after entering a fantastic virtual world. She soon embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of a mysterious beast who’s on the run from ruthless vigilantes.

#29: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

πŸ… 95% 🍿 93%

Directed By: Joel Crawford

Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

#30: A Love Song

πŸ… 95% 🍿 75%

Directed By: Max Walker-Silverman

Faye is a lone traveller who bides her time fishing, birding and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as she awaits the arrival of Lito, a figure from her past who’s navigating his own tentative and nomadic journey across the rugged West.

#31: Hit the Road

πŸ… 95% 🍿 83%

Directed By: Panah Panahi

A middle-aged couple and their two sons embark on a road trip across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of their journey, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown and fuss over their sick dog.

#32: Gagarine

πŸ… 95% 🦠 50%

Directed By: Fanny Liatard, JΓ©rΓ©my Trouilh

Yuri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarin Towers, a vast red-brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. He dreams of becoming an astronaut. When plans to demolish Gagarin Towers leak out, Yuri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save their home, which has become his “starship.”

#33: A Wounded Fawn

πŸ… 96% 🍿 68%

Directed By: Travis Stevens

A serial killer brings an unsuspecting new victim on a weekend getaway to add another body to his ever-growing count. She’s buying into his faux charms, and he’s eagerly lusting for blood.

#34: The Justice of Bunny King

πŸ… 95% —

Directed By: Gaysorn Thavat

A mother of two with a sketchy past earns her keep by washing windows at traffic lights, hoping to earn back the custody of her kids. After promising her daughter a birthday party, she fights the social services and break the rules to keep her word.

#35: The Woman King

πŸ… 94% 🍿 99%

Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Faced with a new threat, Gen. Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that’s determined to destroy their way of life.

#36: X

πŸ… 94% 🍿 75%

Directed By: Ti West

A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.

#37: Decision to Leave

πŸ… 93% 🍿 87%

Directed By: Park Chan-wook

A detective investigating a man’s death in the mountains ends up meeting and developing feelings for the dead man’s mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing.

#38: Emily the Criminal

πŸ… 94% 🍿 79%

Directed By: John Patton Ford

Saddled with student debt and unable to find work, a college graduate becomes involved in a credit card scam, acting as a dummy shopper and buying increasingly risky products with stolen credit cards.

#39: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

πŸ… 94% 🍿 93%

Directed By: Anthony Fabian

In 1950s London, a widowed cleaning lady falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, deciding she must have one of her own. After working to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris that will change not only her own outlook — but the very future of the House of Dior.

#40: Living

πŸ… 94% 🍿 85%

Directed By: Oliver Hermanus

A veteran civil servant receives a medical diagnosis that inspires him to move to the south coast and cram some fun into his remaining days. He meets a sunny young female colleague who seems to have the pep that had previously escaped him.

#41: Fire Island

πŸ… 94% 🍿 72%

Directed By: Andrew Ahn

A group of queer best friends gather in the Fire Island Pines for their annual week of love and laughter, but when a sudden change of events jeopardizes their summer in gay paradise, their bonds as a chosen family are pushed to the limit.

#42: The Sea Beast

πŸ… 94% 🍿 84%

Directed By: Chris Williams

A young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, turning his life upside down as they venture into uncharted waters.

#43: Enola Holmes 2

πŸ… 94% 🍿 78%

Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

Enola Holmes takes on her first case as a detective, but to unravel the mystery of a missing girl, she’ll need some help from friends — and brother Sherlock.

#44: Ali & Ava

πŸ… 94% 🍿 70%

Directed By: Clio Barnard

Two lonely people develop a deep connection despite the lingering legacy of past relationships and emotional turmoil.

#45: RRR

πŸ… 94% 🍿 94%

Directed By: S.S. Rajamouli

A tale of two legendary revolutionaries and their journey far away from home. After their journey they return home to start fighting back against British colonialists in the 1920s.

#46: Clara Sola

πŸ… 94% 🍿 80%

Directed By: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a 36-year-old woman, takes off on a journey to break free from social and religious conventions and become the master of her sexuality and newfound powers.

#47: The Long Walk

πŸ… 94% 🍿 82%

Directed By: Mattie Do

An old scavenger living on the fringes of a near-future society exploits a ghostly companion’s ability to traverse time, hoping to prevent his mother’s suffering from a terminal illness.

#48: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

πŸ… 93% 🍿 93%

Directed By: Rian Johnson

Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc is put on the case.

#49: Prey

πŸ… 93% 🍿 73%

Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

A skilled Comanche warrior protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe.

#50: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

πŸ… 93% 🍿 85%

Directed By: Sophie Hyde

Retired widow Nancy Stokes hires a good-looking young sex worker called Leo Grande, in the hope of enjoying a night of pleasure and self-discovery after an unfulfilling married life.

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Ken Miyamoto has worked in the film industry for nearly two decades, most notably as a studio liaison for Sony Studios and then as a script reader and story analyst for Sony Pictures.

He has many studio meetings under his belt as a produced screenwriter, meeting with the likes of Sony, Dreamworks, Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers, as well as many production and management companies. He has had a previous development deal with Lionsgate, as well as multiple writing assignments, including the produced miniseries Blackout, starring Anne Heche, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Zane, James Brolin, Haylie Duff, Brian Bloom, Eric La Salle, and Bruce Boxleitner, the feature thriller Hunter’s Creed, and many Lifetime thrillers. Follow Ken on Twitter @KenMovies