Best Films of 2018

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.

7.8 Alice Rohrwacher: Lazzaro Felice/ Happy as Lazzaro

7.7 Hu Bo: An Elephant Sitting Still

7.5 Zhangke Jia: Jiang hu er nv/ Ash is Purest White
7.5 Bi Gan: Long Day's Journey Into Night
7.4 Chang-dong Lee: Beoning/ Burning
7.4 Patrick Wang: A Bread Factory
7.4 Yorgos Lanthimos: The Favourite
7.4 John Maringouin: Ghostbox Cowboy
7.3 Christian Petzold: Transit
7.3 Pawel Pawlikowski: Zimna Wojna/ Cold War
7.3 Jacques Audiard: The Sisters Brothers
7.3 Alfonso Cuaron: Roma
7.3 Matteo Garrone: Dogman
7.3 Nadine Labaki: Capernaum
7.3 Lila Aviles: La Camarista/ The Chambermaid
7.3 Mariano Llinas: La Flor
7.3 Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Ahlat Agaci/ The Wild Pear Tree (2018)
7.2 Joel Potrykus: Relaxer
7.2 Rick Alverson: The Mountain
7.2 David Robert Mitchell: Under the Silver Lake
7.2 Alonso Ruizpalacios: Museum/ Museo
7.2 Sheng Qiu: Suburban Birds
7.2 Ali Abbasi: Border
7.1 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Manbiki Kazoku/ Shoplifters
7.1 Francis Lawrence: Red Sparrow
7.1 Yeo Siew Hua: A Land Imagined
7.1 Ari Aster: Hereditary
7.1 Morgan Neville: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
7.1 Kent Jones: Diane
7.1 Jean-Bernard Marlin: Sheherazade
7.1 Debra Granik: Leave No Trace
7.1 Terry Gilliam: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
7.1 Jong-bin Yoon: The Spy Gone North
7.1 Johnny Kevorkian: Await Further Instructions
7.1 Julian Schnabel: At Eternity's Gate
7.1 Panos Cosmatos: Mandy
7.1 Olivier Assayas: Doubles Vies/ Non-fiction
7.1 Alex Garland: Annihilation
7.1 Radu Jude: Imi Este Indiferent Daca in Istorie vom Intra ca Barbari/ I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
7.1 Alex Ross Perry: Her Smell
7.1 Bruno Dumont: Coincoin et les Z'Inhumains/ CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans
7.1 Josephine Decker: Madeline's Madeline
7.0 Mike Leigh: Peterloo
7.0 Sriram Raghavan: Andhadhun/ Blind Tune
7.0 Mamoru Hosoda: Mirai
7.0 Rahi Anil Barve: Tumbbad
7.0 Gustav Moller: The Guilty
7.0 Ash Mayfair: The Third Wife
7.0 Alexandre Franchi: Happy Face
7.0 Jennifer Kent: The Nightingale
7.0 Kirill Sokolov: Why Don't You Just Die
7.0 Malgorzata Szumowska: Mug
7.0 Stephane Brize': At War
7.0 Roberto Minervini: What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire?
7.0 Blitz Bazawule: The Burial of Kojo
7.0 Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra: Birds of Passage
7.0 Milorad Krstic: Ruben Brandt Collector
7.0 Christophe Honore: Sorry Angel
7.0 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: Never Look Away
7.0 Peter Jackson: They Shall Not Grow Old
7.0 Laura Bispuri: Daughter of Mine
7.0 Julia Hart: Fast Color
7.0 Carolina Hellsgard: Endzeit
7.0 Benjamin Naishtat: Rojo
7.0 Henry Dunham: The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
7.0 Laszlo Nemes: Sunset
7.0 Sophie Lorain: Slut In A Good Way
7.0 Nia DaCosta: Little Woods
7.0 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Asako I & II
7.0 Bora Kim: House of Hummingbird
7.0 Peter Strickland: In Fabric
7.0 Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman
7.0 Christian Gudegast: Den of Thieves
7.0 Fangfang Li: Wu Wen Xi Dong/ Forever Young
7.0 Nicole Holofcener: The Land of Steady Habits
7.0 Phuttiphong Aroonpheng: Manta Ray
7.0 Emir Baigazin: Ozen/ The River
7.0 Pema Tseden: Jinpa
7.0 Steve McQueen: Widows
7.0 Soudade Kaadan: The Day I Lost My Shadow
7.0 Eva Husson: Girls of the Sun
7.0 Pete Billington: Wolves in the Walls
7.0 Karyn Kusama: Destroyer
7.0 Brady Corbet: Vox Lux
7.0 Ava DuVernay: A Wrinkle in Time
7.0 Wes Anderson: Isle Of Dogs
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: Unsane
7.0 Philip Groening: My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot
7.0 Aleksei German: Dovlatov
7.0 Adina Pintilie: Touch Me Not
7.0 Erik Poppe: U - July 22
7.0 John Krasinski: A Quiet Place
7.0 Kirill Serebrennikov: Summer
7.0 Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
7.0 Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book
7.0 Susanna Fogel: The Spy Who Dumped Me
7.0 Bing Liu: Minding the Gap
7.0 Rodrigo Cortes: Down a Dark Hall
7.0 Drew Goddard: Bad Times at the El Royale
7.0 Sebastian Silva: Tyrel
7.0 Joel & Ethan Coen: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
7.0 Alexandre Moratto: Socrates
6.9 Boots Riley: Sorry to Bother You
6.9 Hiromasa Yonebayashi: Mary and the Witch
6.9 Marcelo Martinessi: The Heiresses
6.9 Vanessa Filho: Angel Face
6.9 Benedikt Erlingsson: Kona Fer I Strid/ Woman at War
6.9 Matthew Porterfield: Sollers Point
6.9 Carla Simon: Summer 1993
6.9 Gustavo Letelier: El Destello de la Luna
6.9 Valerie Massadian: Milla
6.9 Robert Schwentke: The Captain
6.9 Aneesh Chaganty: Searching
6.9 Isabel Coixet: The Bookshop
6.9 Paul Weitz: Bel Canto
6.9 Eli Roth: The House With a Clock in Its Walls
6.9 Paul Dano: Wildlife
6.9 Matthew Heineman: A Private War
6.9 Bill Oliver: Jonathan
6.9 Adam McKay: Vice
6.9 Neil Burger: The Upside
6.9 Sebastian Lelio: Gloria Bell
6.9 Sang-soo Hong: Gangbyeon Hotel/ Hotel by the River
6.9 Peter Hedges: Ben Is Back
6.8 Joseph Kahn: Bodied
6.8 Gyorgy Palfi: His Master's Voice
6.8 Claire Denis: High Life
6.8 Zhang Yimou: Ying/ Shadow
6.8 Sameh Zoabi: Tel Aviv on Fire
6.8 Faraday Okoro: Nigerian Prince
6.8 Nick Park: Early Man
6.8 Paul Feig: A Simple Favor
6.8 Haifaa al-Mansour: Mary Shelley
6.8 Spike Lee Pass Over
6.8 Lav Diaz: Season of the Devil
6.8 Derek Nguyen: The Housemaid
6.8 Clint Eastwood: The 15:17 to Paris
6.8 Amber Sealey: No Light and No Land Anywhere
6.8 Andrew Dosunmu: Where Is Kyra
6.8 Serge Bozon: Mrs Hyde
6.8 Stephen Susco: Unfriended - Dark Web
6.8 Christina Choe: Nancy
6.8 Joe Penna: Arctic
6.8 Desiree Akhavan: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
6.8 Jordana Spiro: Night Comes On
6.8 Jon Chu: Crazy Rich Asians
6.8 David Lowery: The Old Man & the Gun
6.8 Reinaldo Marcus Green: Monsters and Men
6.8 Jaron Albertin: Weightless
6.8 Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade
6.8 Mamoru Hosoda: Mirai
6.8 Mazen Khaled: Martyr
6.8 Kristoffer Nyholm: The Vanishing
6.8 Isold Uggadottir: And Breathe Normally
6.8 Gaspar Noe: Climax
6.7 Michel Hazanavicius: Godard Mon Amour
6.7 Jafar Panahi: Se Rokh/ Three Faces
6.7 Jennifer Fox: The Tale
6.7 Joe Martin: Us and Them
6.7 Michael Sucsy: Every Day
6.7 Yen Tan: 1985
6.6 Jeremiah Zagar: We the Animals
6.6 Carlos Estrada: Blindspotting
6.6 Dominic Savage: The Escape
6.6 Marie Monge: Treat Me Like Fire
6.6 Jaume Collet-Serra: The Commuter
6.6 Raoul Peck: The Young Karl Marx
6.6 Alexandre Moors: The Yellow Birds
6.6 Xavier Giannoli: The Apparition
6.6 Tamara Jenkins: Private Life
6.6 Christine Crokos: Pimp
6.6 Daniel Robbins: Pledge
6.5 Nosipho Dumisa: Number 37
6.5 Kirill Serebrennikov: Leto/ Summer
6.5 Mahmut Fazil Coskun: Anons/ The Announcement
6.5 Justin Kurzel: True History of the Kelly Gang
6.5 Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms: Small Town Crime
6.5 Marielle Heller: Can you ever Forgive me
6.5 Barry Jenkins: If Beale Street Could Talk
6.5 Ali Soozandeh: Tehran Taboo
6.5 Al Pacino: Salome
6.5 John Cameron Mitchell: How to Talk to Girls at Parties
6.5 Sam Levinson: Assassination Nation
6.5 Kay Cannon: Blockers
6.5 Cory Finley: Thoroughbreds
6.5 Jennifer Yuh Nelson: The Darkest Minds
6.5 Crystal Moselle: Skate Kitchen
6.5 Andrew Niccol: Anon
6.5 Tyler Perry: Nobodyís Fool
6.5 Steven Caple: Creed II
6.5 James Marsh: The Mercy
6.5 Josie Rourke: Mary Queen of Scots
6.5 Christian Rivers: Mortal Engines
6.5 Mimi Leder: On the Basis of Sex
6.5 Travis Knight: Bumblebee
6.5 Clint Eastwood: The Mule
6.4 Robert Zemeckis: Welcome to Marwen
6.4 Pella Kagerman & Hugo Lilja: Aniara
6.4 Maria Pulera: Between Worlds
6.4 Diederik Van Rooijen: The Possession of Hannah Grace
6.4 Phil Johnston & Rich Moore: Ralph Breaks the Internet
6.4 David Rosenthal: How It Ends
6.4 Brian O'Malley: The Lodgers
6.4 Andrew Fleming: Ideal Home
6.4 Wes Ball: Maze Runner - The Death Cure
6.4 Xuan Liang & Chun Zhang: Big Fish & Begonia
6.4 Jason Reitman: Tully
6.4 Bjorn Runge: The Wife
6.4 Jonah Hill: Mid90s
6.4 Felix Van Groeningen: Beautiful Boy
6.4 Luca Guadagnino: Suspiria
6.3 Lynn Shelton: Outside In
6.3 Craig William Macneill: Lizzie
6.2 Reed Morano: I Think We're Alone Now
6.2 Neil Jordan: Greta
6.2 Dan Fogelman: Life Itself
6.2 Lasse Hallstrom: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
6.2 Albert Hughes: Alpha
6.2 Miguel Arteta: Duck Butter
6.2 John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein: Game Night
6.2 John Curran: Chappaquiddick
6.2 Brad Peyton: Rampage
6.2 Peter Farrelly: Green Book
6.2 Julien Landais: The Aspern Papers
6.1 Bruce LaBruce: The Misandrists
6.1 Sang-soo Hong: Claire's Camera
6.1 James McTeigue: Breaking In
6.0 Damien Chazelle: First Man
6.0 Wash Westmoreland: Colette
6.0 Michael Mayer: The Seagull
6.0 Bradley Cooper: A Star is Born
6.0 Michael Radford: The Music of Silence
6.0 Brett Donowho: Acts of Violence
6.0 Max Winkler: Flower
6.0 Yann Demange: White Boy Rick
6.0 Janus Metz: Borg vs. McEnroe
6.0 Dominic Cooke: On Chesil Beach
6.0 Marc Forster: Christopher Robin
6.0 Silas Howard: A Kid Like Jake
6.0 Ben Lewin: The Catcher Was a Spy
6.0 Gerard McMurray: The First Purge
6.0 Antoine Fuqua: The Equalizer 2
6.0 Elijah Bynum: Hot Summer Nights
6.0 Marc Turtletaub: Puzzle
6.0 Sylvain White: Slender Man
6.0 Andrew Bujalski: Support the Girls
6.0 Colin Minihan: What Keeps You Alive
6.0 Lenny Abrahamson: The Little Stranger
6.0 Ethan Hawke: Blaze
6.0 George Tillman: The Hate U Give
6.0 Sara Colangelo: The Kindergarten Teacher
6.0 Andy Serkis: Mowgli - Legend of the Jungle
5.9 Lars von Trier: The House That Jack Built
5.9 Nicolai Fuglsig: 12 Strong
5.8 Bavo Defurne: Souvenir
5.8 John Stevenson: Sherlock Gnomes
5.8 Jay Chandrasekhar: Super Troopers 2
5.8 David Leitch: Deadpool 2
5.8 Eva Vives: All About Nina
5.6 Joshua Marston: Come Sunday
5.6 Stefano Sollima: Sicario - Day of the Soldado
5.6 Anthony Burns: Our House
5.5 Greg Berlanti: Love Simon
5.5 Steven DeKnight: Pacific Rim Uprising
5.5 Bart Layton: American Animals
5.5 Jesse Peretz: Juliet Naked
5.5 Julius Avery: Overlord
5.5 Vladimir de Fontenay: Mobile Homes
5.5 Jen McGowan: Rust Creek
5.5 Manolo Caro: Perfectos Desconocidos/ Perfect Strangers
5.4 Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman: Ghost Stories
5.4 Steven Spielberg: Ready Player One
5.4 Paolo Virzi: The Leisure Seeker
5.4 Gary Ross: Ocean's 8
5.4 Gus Van Sant: Donít Worry
5.4 Amma Asante: Where Hands Touch
5.3 Drew Pearce: Hotel Artemis
5.3 Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse: Dear Dictator
5.3 Bill Holderman: Book Club
5.2 Brett Haley: Hearts Beat Loud
5.2 Ryan Coogler: Black Panther
5.1 Matthew Ross: Siberia
5.1 David Freyne: The Cured
5.0 Eli Roth: Death Wish
5.0 Susanne Bier: Bird Box
5.0 Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Wind
5.0 Brad Furman: City of Lies
5.0 Anne Fletcher: Dumplin'
5.0 Bob Fisher & Rob Greenberg: Overboard
5.0 Saul Dibb: Journey's End
5.0 Joao Dumans & Affonso Uchoa: Araby
5.0 Roland Joffe: The Forgiven
5.0 Sean Anders: Instant Family
5.0 Carlos & Jason Sanchez: Allure
5.0 Jose Padilha: 7 Days in Entebbe
5.0 Brad Anderson: Beirut
5.0 Richard Lanni: Sgt Stubby - An American Hero
5.0 Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein: I Feel Pretty
5.0 Peyton Reed: Ant-Man and the Wasp
5.0 Baltasar Kormakur: Adrift
5.0 Theresa Bennett: Social Animals
5.0 Simon Baker: Breath
5.0 Michael Noer: Papillon
5.0 Malcolm Lee: Night School
5.0 Karey Kirkpatrick & Jason Reisig: Smallfoot
5.0 David Mackenzie: Outlaw King
5.0 Joel Edgerton: Boy Erased
5.0 Jennifer Westcott: Elliot - The Littlest Reindeer
5.0 Adam Robitel: Escape Room
5.0 Meredith Danluck: State Like Sleep
4.9 Ben Falcone: Life of the Party
4.9 Raja Gosnell: Show Dogs
4.8 Genndy Tartakovsky: Hotel Transylvania 3 - Summer Vacation
4.8 Peter Berg: Mile 22
4.8 Jonathan Watson: Arizona
4.8 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
4.6 Shawn Christensen: The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
4.6 Adam Rifkin: The Last Movie Star
4.6 Lea Thompson: The Year of Spectacular Men
4.6 Brian Henson: The Happytime Murders
4.6 Peter Segal: Second Act
4.5 Hadi Hajaig: Blue Iguana
4.5 Tyler Perry: Acrimony
4.5 Christopher McQuarrie: Mission - Impossible - Fallout
4.5 Jon Turteltaub: The Meg
4.5 Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani: Let the Corpses Tan
4.5 Ruben Fleischer: Venom
4.5 Jason Reitman: The Front Runner
4.4 Jonathan Baker & Josh Baker: Kin
4.4 Pierre Morel: Peppermint
4.3 Aaron Horvath & Peter Rida Michail: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
4.3 Otto Bathurst: Robin Hood
4.2 Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit
4.2 Daniel Adams: An L.A. Minute
4.1 Nash Edgerton: Gringo
4.0 Corin Hardy: The Nun
4.0 Shane Black: The Predator
4.0 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
4.0 Charles Stone: Uncle Drew
4.0 Johannes Roberts: The Strangers: Prey at Night
4.0 Roar Uthaug: Tomb Raider
4.0 Joe and Anthony Russo: Avengers - Infinity War
4.0 Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig: Winchester
4.0 James Foley: Fifty Shades Freed
4.0 Director X: Superfly
4.0 Brad Bird: Incredibles 2
4.0 Jeff Tomsic: Tag
4.0 Shana Feste: Boundaries
4.0 David Zellner & Nathan Zellner: Damsel
4.0 Rawson Marshall Thurber: Skyscraper
4.0 Ol Parker: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
4.0 Victor Levin: Destination Wedding
4.0 David Gordon Green: Halloween
4.0 Ike Barinholtz: The Oath
4.0 Bryan Singer: Bohemian Rhapsody
4.0 David Yates: Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald
4.0 Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier: Dr Seussí The Grinch
4.0 Fede Alvarez: The Girl in the Spiderís Web
4.0 Fabien Constant: Here and Now
4.0 Etan Cohen: Holmes & Watson
4.0 Charles Martin Smith: A Dogís Way Home
4.0 James Wan: Aquaman
3.8 Juan-Antonio Bayona: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom
3.8 Ron Howard: Solo - A Star Wars Story
3.7 Rob Marshall: Mary Poppins Returns
3.6 Leo Zhang: Bleeding Steel
3.5 Ari Sandel: Goosebumps 2 - Haunted Halloween