I watched so many movies this year, over 100 of them, and all for the first time. After watching each film, I rated them on Letterboxd. I wrote this article to discuss the plot of each film without any spoilers, what I rated them after watching, and if I think each film is worth you watching. All of my suggestions are based off of my opinion.
There are so many movies to watch with so little time to watch all of them, so I wanted to create a guide each year of what movies I think are worth watching. Here, you will find movies from the '80s to recent releases, dramas, comedies, thrillers, family friendly films, and horror movies. The order in which I share each movie is the order in which I watched them throughout the year. Enjoy!
Children are disappearing and a child psychologist may be behind the disappearances.
Yes, I would recommend watching this movie at least once.
A college student fights for her survival on her road trip home.
Yes, if you like thrillers, then I recommend you watch this one.
ariana grande: excuse me, i love you
A behind-the-scenes view of Ariana Grande's Sweetener tour.
No, I would only watch this if you are a fan of Ariana Grande.
To be quite honest, I don't remember much of this movie.
No, I do not recommend this movie because it was not rememberable.
Truth and Lies: Jonestown
A documentary about Jim Jones and his religious movement that ended in tragedy.
Yes, I would watch this documentary if you are interested in cults and religion.
The Evil in Us
This is another film that I do not remember much about.
No, I would not recommend you watch this film.
A woman who has been held captive her whole life discovers the outside world for the first time.
Yes, I really liked this movie and would recommend it.
Big Time Adolescence
A high schooler becomes best friends with a college dropout.
Yes, It's a different coming-of-age story.
A documentary about 12 conspiracies.
No, I wouldn't recommend this.
A woman is kidnapped and escapes a cold-blooded killer.
Yes, this movie had me on the edge of my seat.
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
A comedian talks about struggles of their mid-twenties, calling it a quarter-life crisis
No, this comedy special was only okay.
A woman loses her sight and is placed into an environment to help her adjust to her new life.
No, I think there are so many movies just like this but better.
Malcolm & Marie
A young couple unpacks their night after an award show.
No, unless you like watching people argue.
Framing Britney Spears
A documentary on Britney Spears's conservatorship.
Yes, I enjoyed this documentary enough to write an article about it.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
A documentary series about a serial killer in L.A., based on true events.
No, unless you want to instill fear onto yourself.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Two best friends befriend a girl who is sick with cancer.
Yes, especially if you like movie adaptations of books.
A brain implant allows people to inhabit other people.
Yes, you should watch this film! The idea is so clever.
Love Potion No. 9
Two veterinarians try a potion that will make them find their true love.
No, I would not recommend watching it.
An author is trapped in her reality that feels off.
No, I would not recommend this film.
I Care a Lot
A legal guardian gets herself into some trouble.
Yes, I would watch this film at least once.
A young woman does anything to make money to get out of her hometown.
No, I wouldn't recommend this movie.
A married couple discovers how much they don't want to be married during their honeymoon.
I would recommend watching this film at least once!
An assistant becomes aware of abuse at her job.
Yes, I found the acting to be really good in this film.
A group of friends wake up with bombs strapped to their chests and have to figure out how to remove them.
No, the concept was interesting but the ending sucked.
A psychologist wakes up in the same mental institution in which she is employed.
Yes, this movie deserves to be watched!
To be honest, I don't remember anything about this movie.
No, it's okay to skip this film.
A Halloween theme park has an undercover killer.
No, I would not recommend watching this movie because it kind of sucked even though I liked it.
A couple takes a no-phone vacation and misses the news that the world is under attack.
Yes, please watch this movie at least once! It's quirky and cute.
But I'm a Cheerleader
A cheerleader is sent away to "sexual redirection" school after having thoughts of being a lesbian.
Yes, watch this movie!
A group of friends go on a cave expedition and try to find their way out, only to realize they aren't the only ones there.
Yes, this is one of my favorite movies I watched this year, and definitely one of my favorite horror films now.
I vaguely remember this film, sorry.
No, this film was not rememberable.
A girl wakes up with a tattoo.
No, it's okay if you skip this film.
A dinner party turns deadly but one guest is not here for it.
Yes, please watch this movie!
I don't remember much of this film besides it being so bad, but I could have also sworn it was titled something else when I watched it.
No, this movie is not important.
Eric Andre pulls pranks on people in public.
No, don't watch this unless you find Eric Andre's humor funny.
A dad who lives in the forest with his children ventures back into society when their mother passes away.
Yes, I would watch this movie at least once.
Little kids are murdered and three teenage boys could be behind it.
Yes, I liked this film.
A documentary about the horrible Harvey Weinstein.
Yes, if you like watching documentaries about abusers.
A guy who talks to the dead tries to find a ghost who is threatening his town.
Yes, especially if you like Kat Dennings.
What Lies Below
Something is off about a teen's mom's new boyfriend.
No, I barely remember this movie.
An almost stepmom is snowed in with her soon to be stepdaughters.
Yes, I enjoyed this film!
Two vampires decide if they want to be dead forever once love enters their life.
No, I thought this film was going to be better than it was.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
A documentary following the disappearances within a family.
No, unless you're a true crime junkie for some reason.
Two best friends accidentally turn themselves into superheroes.
No, this is not a good or funny movie.
A man goes to the future to try and change his current reality.
Yes, although this movie isn't that great.
A documentary about the pollution in the ocean.
Yes, I think it's important to watch this documentary.
Death of Me
A couple wakes up without recollection of what happened to them after a night spent on a remote island.
No, this movie was boring.
WeWork: of The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn
A documentary about the making and breaking of a cult, excuse me, company.
No, this is a really boring documentary.
Paramedics become curious about a synthetic drug that is causing a trail of deaths
Yes, this was better than I expected.
The Stand In
An actress asks her stand in to take her place in a rehab facility.
Yes, I liked the concept of this film.
A documentary about a white boy in the middle of a drug operation in Detroit, Michigan.
No, I only watched this documentary because I am from Michigan.
Two cowboys share a summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship.
Yes, please watch this! It's a good slow burn.
A man discovers that his reality may not be real.
Yes, this one is considered a classic.
A sister comes home after a long time with no explanation.
No, this movie was not that interesting.
Roll Red Roll
This documentary follows a sad story about a girl and a high school football team.
No, unless you love documentaries as I do.
As aliens land on earth, a language expert is asked to talk to them to see if the aliens are friends or foes.
Yes, it's a different aspect of an alien invasion.
The Disaster Artist
An aspiring actor accidentally makes the worst movie ever with the help of a friend.
Yes, especially if you've watched The Room.
A group of waiters and waitresses try to find the meaning of life while attending a job they don't like.
No, unless your humor is still stuck in the early 2000s.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
A police officer begins to solve murders but ends up being a part of the murderer's games.
Yes, especially if you are a fan of the Saw franchise.
Blast from the Past
A man who has lived underground for over 30 years ventures above ground to find groceries and a wife.
No, you do not need to see this movie.
A genetic engineer creates a flower that is supposed to make people happy.
No, although the concept is interesting.
My Cousin Vinny
After being mistakenly arrested and accused of murder, two friends rely on a cousin who is a lawyer.
Yes, this movie is good.
A lonely man finds companionship in a host of a VHS film.
Yes, I haven't seen a movie like this in a while.
Army of the Dead
During a zombie apocalypse, a team of people ventures to Vegas to claim a stash of money.
Yes, I found this film to be entertaining, but I gave it a low rating because there were too many plot holes for me.
The Quiet Place Part II
A family continues to venture to safety without making a sound in this sequel.
Yes, especially if you've seen the first one.
An alien invasion thought to come in peace is misinterpreted.
Yes, I guess this movie is considered a cult classic.
A music-obsessed reporter lands a gig with The Rolling Stone to follow one of his favorite bands on tour.
Yes, I actually want to watch this film again.
A nurse and newfound Christian take care of an ex-dancer.
Yes, even though there are many movies like this.
Fear Street: 1994
There's a series of deaths in a town and teens try to figure out who is doing it.
Yes, Netflix did a good job at adapting the Fear Street stories.
Fools Rush In
A woman becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and the man has to decide if he wants to make a life with her or choose his career.
Yes, even though it's unrealistic, I found it cute.
As Above, So Below
An archeologist and a camera crew go through the Catacombs below Paris to find a powerful stone.
No, watch The Descent instead.
Fun with Dick and Jane
After losing jobs, a couple has to do crime to pay back their debt.
Yes, especially if you're in a silly, goofy mood.
Fear Street: 1978
A camp counseler goes on a killing spree while the camp kids try to figure out why.
Yes, this is part two of Netflix's adaptation of Fear Street.
What Dreams May Come
A man dies goes to heaven, but has to find his wife when she dies.
Yes, especially if you want to cry.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
Two musicians become friends and go on a quest to become the best musicians ever.
Yes, especially if you are a fan of Jack Black.
Fear Street: 1666
A witch hunt leaves a curse across town for centuries to come.
Yes, it's the third part of Netflix's adaptation of Fear Street.
A couple heads to a family home for a getaway only to be tortured by masked people.
Yes, this movie is so good.
A dancer is convinced by her dancer friend to go on a trip to make some quick cash.
Yes, this movie is based off real events that were told as a Twitter thread.
Paitents who have life-changing phobias are in a doctor's care, only for their fears to be intensified.
Yes, I found this premise to be interesting.
Attack the Block
A group of teens protects their neighborhood from an alien attack.
Yes, it's a funny movie.
He's All That
As a spin-off of She's All That where the roles are flipped.
No, save yourself from the bad acting.
star-crossed: the film
Kacey Musgraves visualizes her divorce album.
Yes, it's very camp.
Love and Monsters
After being underground for seven years since monsters took over the surface, a man travels across towns to reconnect with his girlfriend.
Yes, I thought this movie was cute.
1 Night in San Diego
Two best friends venture to San Diego to meet up with their high school crush.
No, this is an awful movie.
A girl has to save her baby brother from the goblin king.
Yes, this movie is a classic.
A married couple on the rocks spends their anniversary night at a remote location, only for the wife to wake up the next day handcuffed to her dead husband.
Yes, I thought this movie was great.
A photographer captures the stories of the rich, famous, and the world's obsession with wealth.
Yes, I found this documentary to be intersting.
A group of influencers and celebrities attend a game show where they compete to win money.
No, there are other films that do better at this storyline.
Trick 'r Treat
Real ghosts and other creatures wreak havoc on a town when jack-o-lanterns are smashed before midnight.
Yes, this is a good movie to watch on Halloween.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A killer haunts teenagers in their dreams and in real life.
Yes, this is a great slasher film.
Michael Myers is still alive as the town and his victims try to kill him again for good.
Yes, especially if you are a fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
People discover tapes that are disturbing to watch.
Yes, especially if you like live footage films.
A girl is re-discovering herself as she gets through her last week of middle school after a tough year.
Yes, this is such a great film!
Sound of Metal
A drummer loses his hearing and has to learn how to live without one of the five senses.
Yes, this movie is really good.
A young couple so badly want to find the perfect house, and once they find it, it won't let them leave.
Yes, I found this aspect to be intersting.
A woman is sent her ex-husbands manuscript of his new book, and as she reads it, she is reimagining her past.
Yes, I liked the aspect of this film.
A traumatized girl grows up into a woman and has to learn how to make friends.
Yes, I think this movie is underrated.
The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand to Die For
A documentary about the brand Von Dutch and who claims to have created it.
No, this is one of the worst documentary series I have ever seen.
Queen of the Damned
A vampire summons the queen of all vampires with his music.
Yes, if not for Aaliyah then for the music.
The Neon Diamond
A young model moves to Los Angeles to become a model and is loved by photographers and agents and hated on by other models.
Yes, although it is kind of a slow burn.
Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street
A documentary crew follows five heroin addicts over the course of two years.
Yes, this is a really good documentary on addiction.
The Harder They Fall
A cowboy and his gang come together to get revenge on an enemy.
Yes, this movie is so good and has great actors in it!
After getting out of her relationship and trying to get back to herself, a woman seeks help from a therapist.
No, this is not a good movie.
A group of men try to recover from their addiction issues.
Yes, another good documentary on addiction.
A stranger arrives and people get murdered.
No, this movie is long and takes a long time to get to the point.
A family inherits a house from a dead family member only to realize that it is inhabitat with ghosts.
Yes, this movie is great.
A set of brothers get caught in a robbery and one brother tries to keep out of jail.
Yes, especially if you liked Uncut Gems.
Don't Look Up
A life-ending comet is discovered by a PhD student and an astrologer and they try to warn the world how little time they have left.
Yes, this movie has a good message and is uncomfortably relateable.
Better Watch Out
A babysitter is left to protect herself and the kid she's babysitting from home invaders.
Yes, this is an amazing Christmas movie for those that like horror films.
The Ramen Girl
A women moves to Tokyo for her boyfriend--only for him to leave her--so she makes a life for herself in a ramen shop.
No, this movie did not age well, but RIP Brittany Murphy.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
A pseudo-documentary about a serial killer in New York.
I only recommend this movie if you can stomach torture, violence, and true crime stories.
That's all, folks!