The 10 Best Movies of 2022: From Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun: Maverick' to 'The Whale,' 'RRR'

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Blockbusters took center stage in 2022, delivering both quantity and quality. From Tom Cruise soaring in a cockpit to Indian superheroes taking the world by storm and Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl, big-time...

Blockbusters took center stage in 2022, delivering both quantity and quality. From Tom Cruise soaring in a cockpit to Indian superheroes taking the world by storm and Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl, big-time movies once again became an integral part of our cinematic lives. Surprisingly, many of them rivaled or even surpassed the critically acclaimed Oscar films that typically dominate year-end lists. While there were a few award-worthy flicks, this was undeniably an awesome year for film enthusiasts.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 movies of 2022, ranked and accompanied by details on where you can watch them:

10. 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) lives out several different realities, including one where she has hot dog fingers, in the sci-fi comedy "Everything Everywhere All at Once." Caption: Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) lives out several different realities, including one where she has hot dog fingers, in the sci-fi comedy "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

This dizzying sci-fi/family/kung fu adventure follows the journey of a laundromat owner who must save the multiverse. Michelle Yeoh shines as a Hollywood icon, while Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a performance worthy of an Oscar. Stephanie Hsu showcases her immense talent, and Ke Huy Quan, known for his roles in "The Goonies" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," makes a triumphant comeback.

Where to watch: Showtime, on-demand platforms

9. 'The Inspection'

Jeremy Pope (left) stars as a gay Marine recruit who confides in a drill instructor (Raúl Castillo) during boot camp in "The Inspection." Caption: Jeremy Pope (left) stars as a gay Marine recruit who confides in a drill instructor (Raúl Castillo) during boot camp in "The Inspection."

Director Elegance Bratton's auspicious feature film debut offers a fresh take on the well-known basic training drama. Jeremy Pope delivers a powerful performance as a young gay man seeking acceptance in an environment riddled with toxic masculinity. This moving narrative embodies rawness, all while offering glimmers of hope.

Where to watch: In theaters

8. 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) trains a squad of young fighter pilots for a dangerous mission in the sequel "Top Gun: Maverick." Caption: Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) trains a squad of young fighter pilots for a dangerous mission in the sequel "Top Gun: Maverick."

Tom Cruise orchestrates a remarkable comeback as he revisits his '80s action classic. "Top Gun: Maverick" embraces the essence of its predecessor while delivering its own airborne bravado and beach volleyball goodness. It's a macho romp that tugs at our rebellious streak, reminding us why we fell in love with the franchise in the first place.

Where to watch: Paramount+ (starting Dec. 22), on demand

7. 'The Fallout'

Vada (Jenna Ortega, left) and Mia (Maddie Ziegler) hide in the bathroom from a school shooter in "The Fallout." Caption: Vada (Jenna Ortega, left) and Mia (Maddie Ziegler) hide in the bathroom from a school shooter in "The Fallout."

Jenna Ortega delivers a powerhouse performance in this emotionally charged film about surviving a school shooting. "The Fallout" explores the aftermath of such a traumatic event and follows two teenagers as they navigate the challenges of healing. Director Megan Park crafts a gut-wrenching story that resonates deeply with parents and young individuals growing up in these worrisome times.

Where to watch: HBO Max, on demand

6. 'The Batman'

Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) and Batman (Robert Pattinson) partner up as allies (and love interests) when a serial killer is loose in Gotham City in director Matt Reeves Caption: Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) and Batman (Robert Pattinson) partner up as allies (and love interests) when a serial killer is loose in Gotham City in director Matt Reeves

Robert Pattinson breathes new life into the iconic character of Batman, offering a brooding and detective-driven performance. "The Batman" presents a grimy and realistic portrayal of Gotham City, introducing Zoë Kravitz as a feisty Catwoman and Paul Dano as an eerie Riddler. The film captures a fresh take on the beloved superhero mythos, while leaving us wanting more.

Where to watch: HBO Max, on demand

5. 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

Letitia Wright Caption: Letitia Wright

In the wake of Chadwick Boseman's untimely passing, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" stands as a testament to his legacy. Director Ryan Coogler and the cast deliver a remarkable sequel that honors both Boseman's iconic character and his enduring impact. Through a narrative that explores grief and geopolitical issues, the film showcases the strength and depth of Wakanda and its people.

Where to watch: In theaters

4. "Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio"

The title puppet (voiced by Gregory Mann) performs in Count Volpe Caption: The title puppet (voiced by Gregory Mann) performs in Count Volpe

Del Toro's stop-motion animated take on the classic fairy tale injects a twisted bliss into the story. Set in 1930s Italy, "Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio" combines whimsy with dark undertones, tackling mature themes with life-affirming zeal. With a star-studded voice cast and remarkable animation, this enchanting narrative explores war, fascism, and the yearning for authenticity.

Where to watch: Netflix

3. 'The Banshees of Inisherin'

Colm (Brendan Gleeson, left) warns his former BFF Pádraic (Colin Farrell) to stay away from him in the dark comedy "The Banshees of Inisherin." Caption: Colm (Brendan Gleeson, left) warns his former BFF Pádraic (Colin Farrell) to stay away from him in the dark comedy "The Banshees of Inisherin."

"The Banshees of Inisherin" takes the relatable experience of being ghosted and presents it against the backdrop of a remote Irish island in the 1920s. This dark comedy explores themes of isolation, desperation, and mortality while showcasing the remarkable talents of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Director Martin McDonagh weaves a story that will resonate with anyone who has navigated the complexities of broken friendships.

Where to watch: HBO Max and on demand

2. 'The Whale'

Charlie (Brendan Fraser) lives an isolated existence in his apartment in the psychological drama "The Whale." Caption: Charlie (Brendan Fraser) lives an isolated existence in his apartment in the psychological drama "The Whale."

Prepare to be astounded by Brendan Fraser's awe-inspiring performance in "The Whale." This immersive psychological drama directed by Darren Aronofsky delves deep into the struggles of a 600-pound man yearning to reconnect with his troubled daughter. It's an intimate story that appeals to the empathetic, capturing both the beauty and heartbreak of human connections.

Where to watch: In theaters

1. 'RRR'

Ram Charan (left) and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. play brothers in arms and revolutionaries in the Indian musical action epic "RRR." Caption: Ram Charan (left) and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. play brothers in arms and revolutionaries in the Indian musical action epic "RRR."

Director S.S. Rajamouli's "RRR" is an action-packed masterpiece that defies genres and delivers sheer joy. Set in 1920s India, this epic tale follows the journey of a loyal warrior on a rescue mission and an ambitious soldier who transforms from foe to friend. With historical fiction, breathtaking musical numbers, and jaw-dropping cinematic moments, "RRR" truly comes alive. The magnetic performances of the lead actors add an extra layer of brilliance to this cinematic extravaganza.

Where to watch: Netflix

And there you have it - a round-up of the best movies from 2022. Whether you're seeking thrilling action, heartfelt drama, or mind-bending storytelling, these films offer a diverse and captivating experience. Grab your popcorn and prepare to be transported to worlds that will leave a lasting impact.

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