• Kyle OConnor

My Top 10 Movies Of 2018

Updated: Aug 3

Below is the list of my Top 10 Movies of 2018.




It's not an Oscars list or some high-brow 'film review' that was put together. It was simply the ten movies that I most enjoyed last year, in order. I'm just a guy that likes watching movies and hoping that maybe you'll like some of these too, if you haven't seen them yet.


I don't watch superhero movies so that fact alone is going to have this list differing from pretty much every other list out there. I'm also not that big into sci-fi, so that leaves another large chunk of movies.


There is a lot I haven't seen, with a quick excerpt about a few of them at the end of this post.


I tried to remember all that I watched and checked a few lists to review but in the end, I'm sure I missed some. You can let me know in the comments or on social media if there are any omissions that you liked.


The descriptions will (purposely) be very vague. Below, I'll list where you can watch them after the WATCH ON: tag for those of you that rent on iTunes or with various subscriptions.


1. A Star Is Born

The Oscars almost never go to the way it seems they should but Bradley Cooper deserves one or two this go round, as he starred in and directed this movie. And you could make the same argument for Lady Gaga as Lead Actress. KIND OF SPOILER AHEAD: Shortly after the movie ended, I went to the door at the theater to watch people as they left and it was just a flood of tears.


WATCH ON: iTunes


2. Leave No Trace

This was really close to the top spot. I'm a huge Ben Foster fan, most notably of Alpha Dog and Lone Survivor. This movie stars Foster as a father that lives off the grid in Oregon with his teenage daughter.


WATCH ON: iTunes, Amazon Prime


3. A Quiet Place

Similar to Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, John Krasinski directed and starred in this movie. But the lead actress opposite him was his real life wife, Emily Blunt. They, along with their children, live in a post apocalyptic world where humans are hunted from the sound they make, forcing them to be silent 24/7.


WATCH ON: iTunes


4. Searching

A seemingly well-behaved teenage girl goes missing, while her father must piece together clues from her digital life to find her. This entire movie is shown through phone cameras, webcams and security footage which ends up being pretty cool.


WATCH ON: iTunes


5. Creed II

After it was announced that Ryan Coogler would not be directing Creed II, I was a little nervous and expecting a bit of a disappointment. I was wrong. This was every bit as good, if not better, as the first Creed. Michael B. Jordan remains awesome.


WATCH ON: iTunes


6. Game Night

I like goofy comedies more than the average person. Not too many people will have two of them in their Top 10 movies of the year list. This one was my favorite, helped by the fact that I'm a massive fan of just about everything Jason Bateman is in.


WATCH ON: iTunes, Hulu, HBO GO, HBO NOW


7. Eighth Grade

A lot of places have this movie ranked higher, which I have no problem with. It's definitely a cringe-worthy watch but it's really well made and captures the awkward years of middle school so well, even when you are a decade plus removed like I am. Elsie Fisher was fantastic in the lead role, as well Bo Burnham in his debut writing and directing a feature film.


WATCH ON: iTunes


8. Beautiful Boy

This one is another tear-jerker. Tina was a disaster KIND OF SPOILER AHEAD: after A Star Is Born and not much better off after this one. Steve Carell beautifully plays the father of a meth-addicted teenage son, with the movie following his path from pre-addiction to the depths of his addiction. Really powerful.


WATCH ON: Amazon Prime


9. Tag

The second goofy comedy on the list. Tag has a bunch of actors I really like: Ed Helms, Hannibal Burress, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher, Jake Johnson and the criminally underutilized Lil Rel Howery (seriously, give this dude more roles). It follows the real life story of grown men that continue to play the game of Tag during the month of May every year, tracking each other down across the country to keep the game going.


WATCH ON: HBO GO, HBO NOW


10: Bird Box

This movie got a lot of heat for not being as good as it was hyped up to be but I really enjoyed it. I love psychological thrillers and this fits the bill. It stars Sandra Bullock navigating in a world where, if you look outside, some strange force drives you to commit suicide.


WATCH ON: Netflix


HONORABLE MENTIONS

Adrift, American Animals, Annihilation, Mid 90s, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, Sorry To Bother You, Thoroughbreds



Below are a list of movies that I haven't seen yet but I anticipate would land on one of the above lists.


Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Green Book, The Mule, Vice