Between Disney+’s tenfold expansion of their catalog and several dramatic biopics that may have slipped under many people’s radars, there are some wonderful movies from 2021 for cinema enthusiasts to discover on various streaming platforms, not to mention in theatres.
But, what are the top movies to come out in 2021? IMDb may provide the answers for many folks seeking the year’s must-see film experiences.
Judas & The Black Messiah – 7.5/10
Judas and the Black Messiah, like The Mauritanian, is a historical drama based on actual events. It is one of the most powerful biopics of the twenty-first century. It follows William O’Neal as he infiltrates the Black Panther Party while working for the FBI, and the film couldn’t have arrived at a better moment because it is about racial injustice.
And it awarded Daniel Kaluuya the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the outstanding Fred Hampton, the head of the Black Panther Party.
The Mitchells Vs. The Machines – 7.7/10
Netflix has probably out-Pixared Pixar this year, with The Mitchells vs. the Machines being comfortably comparable to The Incredibles. Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the minds behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and The Lego Movie, they hit it out of the park yet again by creating one of the year’s most relatable animated films.
There’s so much that parents will nod along to, whether it’s locking horns over family dinner or dealing with adolescent emotions. The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of Netflix’s finest movies of 2021, as well as their most engaging family film.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 8.1/10
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a first in the film business, and while there have been numerous director’s edits before, none have been exactly like this. After the lukewarm response to the first theatrical release of Justice League in 2017, when production was taken over by Joss Whedon, Warner Bros. granted Snyder the opportunity to realize his vision, and the outcome is spectacular.
It was universally lauded by fans and even reviewers who loathed the original, owing to the fact that it neatly wrapped up many loose ends. And, while this is the end of Snyder’s career with the DC Extended Universe, the four-hour film is more than plenty for fans to chew on for years.
Dune – 8.2/10
After filmmaker David Lynch’s famously problematic first cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic science-fiction novel Dune, the expectation for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation was high, especially after his breakthrough sci-fi films Arrival and Blade Runner 2049.
Villeneuve’s film exceeded expectations, with epic music by Hans Zimmer and spectacular graphics throughout. Though it only covers half of the novel’s plot, a sequel is already set to begin filming in 2022, and it appears like this might be the start of the decade’s defining sci-fi series.
Spider-Man: No Way Home – 8.8/10
The fourth and final MCU film of 2021 revitalized the box office in ways that many had begun to assume were no longer conceivable after such a lengthy spell of no billion-dollar hits. Spider-Man: No Way Home rapidly became not just the highest-grossing Spider-Man film of all time, but also the most successful Sony release of all time in the United States.
It’s little surprise that No Way Home almost instantly got regarded as the greatest movie of 2021 on IMDb, with actor Tom Holland seeming to be secure in the main role for some time to come.