What a year it has been! Next month we will have our full feature with all of our writers’ input on why they chose these films for our top list. For now, we just wanted to share our picks for the best films of 2022. Happy Holidays!

Honorable mentions: Resurrection (Andrew Semans), God’s Creatures (Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis), Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (Ana Lily Amirpour), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), Highway One (Jaclyn Bethany), I’ll Show You Mine (Megan Griffiths), Battleground (Cynthia Lowen), My Love Affair with Marriage (Signe Baumane), Runner (Marian Mathias), Fixation (Mercedes Bryce Morgan), Relative (Michael Glover Smith), Babylon (Damien Chazelle), The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier), Alis (Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas Van Hemelryck), and Monica (Andrea Pallaoro).

  1. Women Talking – Directed by Sarah Polley
  2. The Woman King – Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  3. Happening – Directed by Audrey Diwan
  4. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – Directed by Sophie Hyde
  5. Palm Trees and Power Lines – Directed by Jamie Dack
  6. Aftersun – Directed by Charlotte Wells
  7. Medusa – Directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira
  8. You Resemble Me – Directed by Dina Amer
  9. Clara Sola – Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
  10. Saint Omer – Directed by Alice Diop
  11. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Directed by Laura Poitras
  12. Beba – Directed by Rebeca Huntt
  13. Girl Picture – Directed by Alli Haapasalo
  14. The Blue Caftan – Directed by Maryam Touzani
  15. Till – Directed by Chinonye Chukwu
  16. Pleasure – Directed by Ninja Thyberg
  17. Turning Red – Directed by Domee Shi
  18. Murina – Directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
  19. Anonymous Sister – Directed by Jamie Boyle
  20. Mothering Sunday – Directed by Eva Husson
  21. Nanny – Directed by Nikyatu Jusu
  22. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  23. The Justice of Bunny King – Directed by Gaysorn Thavat
  24. Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. – Directed by Adamma Ebo
  25. Everything Everywhere All At Once – Directed by Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
  26. Please Baby Please – Directed by Amanda Kramer
  27. The Year Between – Directed by Alex Heller
  28. Neptune Frost – Directed by Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman
  29. She Said – Directed by Maria Schrader
  30. Triangle of Sadness – Directed by Ruben Östlund
  31. Master – Directed by Mariama Diallo
  32. Bodies Bodies Bodies – Directed by Halina Reijn
  33. Fire of Love – Directed by Sara Dosa
  34. I Blame Society – Directed by Gillian Wallace Horvat
  35. Roving Woman – Directed by Michal Chmielewski
  36. Band – Directed by Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir
  37. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Directed by Kasi Lemmons
  38. Joyland – Directed by Saim Sadiq
  39. Bones and All – Directed by Luca Guadagnino
  40. Provo – Directed by Emma Thatcher
  41. Don’t Worry Darling – Directed by Olivia Wilde
  42. The African Desperate – Directed by Martine Syms
  43. Emily the Criminal – Directed by John Patton Ford
  44. Watcher – Directed by Chloe Okuno
  45. Good Girl Jane – Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Mintz
  46. Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches – Directed by Julia Marchesi
  47. Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché – Directed by Paul Sng, Celeste Belle
  48. Sirens – Directed by Rita Baghdadi
  49. Sisters Rising – Directed by Brad Heck, Willow O’Feral
  50. elephant – Directed by Maria Judice

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