The r/movies Reddit page has over 26.8 million users and has been around since January 25, 2008. With the Golden Globes already on January 9, moviegoers are gearing up for the Oscars on March 27 and flooding the page with discussions of the best movies of the past year and which of those movies will win big.
With a wide selection to choose from, Reddit users have found themselves with some of the same favorite releases. Many movies that users agreed were the best releases of 2021 even made it onto former President Barack Obama’s list of his top movies of the same year.
ten The last duel
Based on a true story, director Ridley Scott’s film The last duel is set in medieval France during the reign of King Charles VI. After the wife of the knight Jean de Carrouges accuses her husband’s friend Jacques Le Gris of rape, the two men are ordered by the king to settle the dispute in a duel in France’s last trial by combat.
Reddit users praise the unique filming used to show character perspectives, framing, and changing lens types between actors and situations. Fans also salute the acting of Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer throughout this thrilling historical film full of intense fight scenes and emotional storytelling.
9 The French Dispatch
Beloved director Wes Anderson graced audiences with great performances from Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody in the form of The French Dispatch. In this film, a collection of stories from the latest issue of an American magazine published in French comes to life after the death of The French Dispatch editor Arthur Howitzer Jr.
Fans took to Reddit to point out the homages Anderson included in his film to French films of the 50s-70s. These references gave fans a better appreciation for the film’s intricacy, and moviegoers were blown away by the gorgeous sets and scene layouts throughout each individual story.
8 Licorice Pizza
Licorice Pizza is set in 1970s California and details the lives of main characters Alana Kane and Gary Valentine, played by Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman respectively. The film is a coming-of-age comedy that deals with first love, business, run-ins with the law, and growing up.
Reddit users frequently point out funny and memorable lines from the movie as well as relatable moments that happened in the movie that happened to some during their teenage years. Users also point to Bradley Cooper’s “unbalanced and hilarious” performance as 1970s hairdresser and former boyfriend of Barbara Streisand, Jon Peters, for bringing an influx of laughs and thrilling unpredictability to the film.
seven drive my car
Japanese director and screenwriter Ryüsuke Hamaguchi adapted a series of short stories by author Haruki Murakami to create the film Drive my car. drive my car focuses on widowed main character Yusuke Kafuku and his search for a driver and his attempts to build a relationship with whoever his mechanic recommends him to.
Fans come back to reflect on the film’s touching themes and brilliant acting from Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura, even comparing it to the genius of Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 film. Parasite. drive my car won 54 awards, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language at the most recent 79th Annual Awards.
6 go! Go on
go! Go on centers on a radio journalist named Johnny, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who takes his nephew on a cross-country roadtrip. The film shows the characters establishing a relationship during multiple harrowing family perils and the connection between the children and the adults in their lives.
The film immediately stands out from other entries by being entirely black and white. Fans praise this unique feature as well as the film’s realism and precision in showing the struggles children go through. Fans are also in love with the honesty and authenticity of the film’s themes and dialogue.
5 The Suicide Squad
After the disastrous release and reception of 2016 suicide squad, director and screenwriter James Gunn took it upon himself to revamp the film, and it paid off. The Redeemed Movie The Suicide Squad once again focuses on supervillains uniting to form a supergroup to battle other villains. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn while a slew of other misfits replace the 2016 group.
Fans’ disdain for the first film’s character development was quickly erased by the witty one-liners, intense combat, and fleshed-out villains that film had to offer. The R rating also helped boost The Suicide SquadThe popularity of , as well as blood and gore fans have been waiting to see in this type of film.
4 The green knight
Based on the Arthurian legend of the same name, The green knight follows King Arthur’s nephew on his perilous journey to prove himself to his family and defeat the mighty Green Knight. Dev Patel plays the main character, Sir Gawain, who will stop at nothing to complete his mission.
Reddit users praise the narration of Sir Gawain’s inner struggles to stay true to himself. Viewers were taken aback by the character’s emphasis on morality, but Patel’s true portrayal of the character won fans over. The dialogue also thrilled fans, providing hard-hitting lines that had fans sitting in awe.
Adapted from the science fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, Dunes is an action-adventure drama that follows the main character Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet. The Atreides family owns the most valuable asset in the galaxy and to protect it, Paul travels to a dangerous planet to save his entire universe, people and family.
Dunes is highly regarded for its soundtrack composed, directed and produced by the legendary Hans Zimmer. Fans were also blown away by the visuals and how faithful they were to the book. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score at their 79th annual awards ceremony.
Titanium is a sci-fi horror film that follows main character Alexia after a titanium plate is placed in her head following a severe skull injury. After being released from the hospital, Alexia turns completely against her family and embraces what nearly killed her in the most unsettling way.
Fans were absolutely shocked by some of the unthinkable things that happened in the movie, but were still captivated by the story. Fans also praise the story for having a deeper meaning, its uniqueness, and its approach to certain topics.
With Nicholas Cage, Pork, centers on a hunter named Rob who lives alone in the Oregon wilderness and returns to Portland on the intense search to retrieve his beloved pig who has been kidnapped.
Countless fans were left in tears throughout this movie and were brought up countless times in Reddit users’ lists of their favorite movies of 2021. Fans were overwhelmed with themes of grief and recovery and by the heartbreaking acting of everyone in the movie. Pork won 25 awards, including 11 for Nicholas Cage for Best Actor.
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