February 1, 2023

This list has been compiled by the Guardian film team, featuring all films released in the UK in 2022. Check in every weekday to see our next picks, and share your own favorite movies of 2022 in the comments below.

50

Compartment No. 6

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen directed this answer to Before Sunrise, about an archeology student who shares a train compartment with a crass Russian; the pair bond despite their differences. Read the full review

49

Top gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise returns nearly four decades for another onslaught of speed and need: this time, he mentors a new generation of Navy fighter pilots, led by Miles Teller, who plays the son of Maverick’s late wingman, Goose. Read the full review

48

Paris, 13th arrondissement

A sexy movie about sexiness… Paris, 13th arrondissement.
A sexy movie about sexiness… Paris, 13th arrondissement. Photo: Shanna Besson

The latest film from Rust and Bone director Jacques Audiard, in which he compiles a collection of short stories about sexual encounters and relationships in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, shot in bold black and white. Read the full review

47

happens

Golden Lion-winning abortion drama, more relevant than ever, from director Audrey Diwan; a study of a woman (played by Anamaria Vartolomei) who becomes pregnant in the early 1960s, pre-legalization France. Read the full review

46

Glass Onion: A Mystery of the Blades

Entertaining second installment of Rian Johnson’s labyrinthine crime mystery, with Daniel Craig in fine form as Hercule Poirot-esque Detective Benoit Blanc, here investigating a murder-themed party that turns deadly. Read the full review

45

Vortex

Descending into dementia… Gasper Noé's Vortex
Descending into dementia… Gasper Noé’s Vortex

Split-screen dementia drama from Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé, starring Dario Argento and Françoise Lebrun as an elderly couple whose lives are ravaged by the latter’s cognitive decline. Read the full review

44

The Queen of Women

Riveting epic period starring Viola Davis as the leader of the Agojie, a brigade of women warriors in West Africa trying to fend off threats from the Oyo empire and slave-buying colonialists. Read the full review

43

Brian and Carl

David Earl and Chris Hayward’s story of an inventor’s relationship with his creation mixes Caractacus Potts with Victor Frankenstein to heartwarming effect. Read the full review

42

A tender homage to the unnoticed… We (Nous).
A tender homage to the unnoticed… We (Nous). Photo: Sarah Blum

we (well)

French-Senegalese filmmaker Alice Diop paints a sensitive picture of the disparate communities living along one of Paris’ commuter rail lines in a documentary that predates her critically acclaimed feature debut, Saint Omer. Read the full review

41

Everything went well

André Dussollier and Sophie Marceau excel in François Ozon’s beautifully observed story of a father and daughter whose troubled relationship comes to a head when he asks her for help dying. Read the full review

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