The Best Movies of 2021

2021 is drawing to a close, and of course, that means we here at JoBlo wanted to count down the ten best movies of the year. Now, it’s worth noting that, just like 2020, this year comes with a significant asterisk next to it. Tons of movies have been delayed, with films like Top Gun: Maverick still sitting on the shelf, waiting to get released. Still, starting in the spring, Hollywood began to put more films out theatrically as restrictions started to get lifted. Heck, for a while in the late fall, it was almost seeming like business as usual until the sequel no one wanted, Omicron, came out and screwed things up. Nevertheless, we end 2021 on a more hopeful note than 2020 and can say with a straight face that some legitimately awesome movies came out this year.

Our lists are pretty eclectic, with a healthy mix of superhero spectacle (we couldn’t not include Spider-Man: No Way Home, now could we?) and some more off-kilter, personal choices that we think a lot of you will enjoy if you give them a chance (Riders of Justice being one, along with honorable mentions like Pig and The Green Knight).

The video list above represents the site as a whole, including our reader reactions, but we also wanted to include some personal picks from the staff, so check out some favourites below.

Let us know your top 10 picks in the comments!

JimmyO (Critic)

  1. Cyrano
  2. Belfast
  3. Dune
  4. The Suicide Squad
  5. Mass
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  7. Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar
  8. A Quiet Place 2
  9. Fear Street Trilogy
  10. CODA

Chris Bumbray (Managing Editor)

  1. Riders of Justice
  2. Dune
  3. The Last Duel
  4. Belfast
  5. The Power of the Dog
  6. Titane
  7. No Time to Die
  8. Nobody
  9. Licorice Pizza
  10. Malignant

Steve Seigh (News Editor)

  1. The Green Knight
  2. Candyman
  3. Pig
  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  5. The Suicide Squad
  6. Dune
  7. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. Eternals
  10. Malignant

Alex Maidy (TV Critic)

  1. Dune
  2. Belfast
  3. Last Night In Soho
  4. The Beatles: Get Back
  5. Nightmare Alley
  6. The Green Knight
  7. The Power of the Dog
  8. Titane
  9. The French Dispatch
  10. Pig

Gaius Bolling (News Editor)

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Tick, tick…Boom!
  3. Dune
  4. Malcolm & Marie
  5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  6. King Richard
  7. Free Guy
  8. Malignant
  9. The Night House
  10. Antlers

Nick Bosworth (Editor, Director of Licensed Content JoBlo YouTube Network)

  1. Dune
  2. No Time To Die
  3. Psycho Goreman
  4. The Green Knight
  5. Malignant
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  7. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  8. The Last Duel
  9. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  10. Luca

Matt Rooney (Film Critic)

  1. The Green Knight
  2. The Power of the Dog
  3. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  4. West Side Story
  5. Pig
  6. Tick, Tick…Boom!
  7. Petite Maman
  8. Saint Maud
  9. The Novice
  10. Flee

About the Author

Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.