My 50 Favorite Films: Prep for the 2022 Edition

Another Thanksgiving weekend has past, which for our family meant seeing how many meals the Thanksgiving leftovers would last, how many board games could be played, and who wanted to put what ornament on the Christmas tree. But it was also Thanksgiving weekend on an even year, which means it was time to start prepping for my biennial Favorite Films sort.

I’m a lifelong movie buff and have watched literally thousands of movies. Not all of them are good. Some of the good films are, nonetheless, not my favorite films. As I discuss elsewhere, I rank the films by the criteria of quality, watchability, and resonance.

A Venn diagram of the films I've seen, films I love, films most people consider good, and other films I'd like to rank.
You have no idea how many bad films I’ve seen. So, so many…

The entire stack of films I sort through every few years numbers around 500 films or so. There’s usually something of a lag between when a film comes out and when we get to see it. No longer can I see every film when it first comes out in the theater (even more so this year) and I’m also no longer a film completist. This is one of the reasons I term this a list of “favorites” not a “best of.”

In truth, I try and start forming that list of 500 in October, so that if there are films that have been in the Favorite 50 that I know I haven’t seen in a while or others that I think I need to revisit, I have time to rewatch them. As with the new films, I’d rate this as rigorous, but not precise — and so another reason I term these favorites and not a “best of.”

Here are films I’ve either watched anew –or for the first time in a long time– and made sure were in the sort as part of the 500-odd films:

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • The Adam Project
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • The Addams Family (2019)
  • The Addams Family 2
  • Addams Family Values
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
  • Amazing Grace (2006)
  • American Assassin
  • Aquaman
  • Army of the Dead
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • A.X.L.
  • Babe
  • Batman (1989)
  • The Batman (2022)
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman Returns
  • The Battle of Britain (1969)
  • Battleship
  • Beetlejuice
  • Beyond the Lights
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • Borg vs. McEnroe
  • Brute Force (1947)
  • A Call to Spy
  • Chappie
  • Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers
  • Collateral (2004)
  • Come From Away
  • Contagion (2011)
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Creation
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
  • The Darkest Hour (2011)
  • Darkest Hour (2017)
  • Death on the Nile (2022)
  • The Dig (2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Don’t Look Up (2021)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Dune (2021)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Elysium (2013)
  • Encanto
  • Eternals
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Firedrake the Silver Dragon (aka “Dragon Rider”)
  • Four Hours at the Capitol
  • Free Guy
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The General’s Daughter
  • Geronimo: An American Legend
  • Get Smart
  • The Giver
  • Gladiator
  • The Goonies
  • Gravity
  • The Gray Man
  • Gremlins
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Greyhound
  • Gunga Din
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Himalaya
  • Holes
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Ice Road
  • In the Heights
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Jungle Cruise (2021)
  • Jurassic Park
  • [Zach Snyder’s] Justice League (2020)
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • The Lake House
  • Level 16
  • The Lost City (2022)
  • Luca
  • Luck (2022)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • The Marksman (2021)
  • Marshall (2017)
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Matrix Resurrections
  • Men in Black
  • Men in Black II
  • Men in Black 3
  • The Midnight Sky
  • The Milagro Beanfield War
  • Miracle at Midnight
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Mobile Suit Gundam II: Electric Mecha Boogaloo
  • Mobile Suit Gundam III
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
  • Moonfall (2022)
  • The Most Hated Woman in America
  • Mulan (2020)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • The Naked Gun
  • Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Negotiator (1998)
  • The Net
  • News of the World
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • No Time to Die
  • The November Man
  • Operation Mincemeat
  • The Pelican Brief
  • Persuasion (2022)
  • Point Break (1991)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
  • Prey (2022)
  • A Quiet Place
  • A Quiet Place, Part II
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Red Notice
  • The Resistance Banker
  • The Return of Martin Guerre
  • Return to Oz
  • Robin Hood (2010)
  • Robin Hood (2018)
  • Safe House (2012)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
  • The Sea Beast (2022)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
  • Shutter Island
  • Sicario
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • Silverado
  • Snatch (2000)
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Sommersby
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Soul
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Spirited (2022)
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge on the Run
  • Stan & Ollie
  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
  • The Suicide Squad (2021)
  • Tears of the Sun
  • Tenet
  • The Thing (from Another World)
  • Things to Come (1936)
  • 13th
  • 13 Hours
  • Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Thunder Force
  • Time Bandits
  • The Tomorrow War
  • Total Recall (2012)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Treasure Planet
  • Turning Red
  • 12 Strong
  • The Two Popes
  • Under Siege
  • Up in the Air
  • The War of the Worlds (1953)
  • Wendell & Wild
  • West Side Story (2021)
  • Winchester ’73 (1950)
  • Wind River (2017)
  • Wish Dragon
  • Wolfwalkers
  • Woman in Motion
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Zone 414

You know some of these films won’t get very far, don’t you? Every year, hundreds of films don’t make the first cut. But hey, somebody’s gotta don the red shirt.

Expect this year’s list right around Yule.

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