A handful of highly anticipated movies were released in 2018 from six Marvel films to a Harry Potter spin-off sequel and even a Star Wars anthology film. The year was definitely rich in surprises, both good and bad as any year of cinema always is. So, to celebrate 2019 which will no doubt be filled with equally great flicks, what better way than by reminding you of some of the most popular movies of 2018?

If you’re wondering what flicks to catch up on or what blockbuster to binge on during a night-in, here’s a selection of the best movies to have blessed the silver screen in 2018, from least to most popular (according to BoxOfficeMojo).

20. Crazy Rich Asians

In this romantic comedy film that follows and subverts the tropes of the genre, New York-based economist Rachel Chu joins her boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. But little does she know that Nick’s been hiding quite the secret from her by omission – his family is part of the top Chinese elite and he’s richer than Croesus. Introduced to this fancy new world, Rachel must fight for her romance whilst surrounded by her boyfriend’s jealous suitresses, Nick’s peculiar family, and above all – his extremely exigent mother who doesn’t exactly open her arms to any American girl…

Genre: Comedy, Romance
IMDb Rating: 7/10
2018 Gross: $238 Million
Did You Know? Crazy Rich Asians is actually based on a novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan – in fact, the story is based on his life experiences!

19. Halloween

40 years after Laurie Strode escaped death at the hands of mad killer Michael Myers on Halloween eve, the infamous murderer breaks free from an institution to slash, dash and kill more innocent folks. Though this time around, Laurie is more than ready to fight back against the man who traumatized her and ruined her younger days. Nostalgic fans of the Halloween franchise will be in slasher-movie heaven.

Genre: Horror, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 6.7/10
2018 Gross: $253 Million
Did You Know? The slasher film was released on October 19th in both the U.S. and U.K. This also happens to be Michael Myers’ birthday!

18. A Quiet Place

Considered one of the best-reviewed horror movies of 2018 by Rotten Tomatoes, A Quiet Place was surely as terrifying as many claimed. A family must survive in a world where any sound can cause alien-like creatures to chase them down and devour them instantly. The silent movie sees the characters speak mostly in subtitled sign language, and though this might put off some viewers, it works wonders and it is after all, what made this film all the more special and groundbreaking for the horror genre.

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
2018 Gross: $340 Million
Did You Know? Millicent Simmonds, who played a young deaf girl in A Quiet Place is deaf in real life! When she was a baby, Millicent had a medication overdose.

17. Solo: A Star Wars Story

In this stand-alone origin story, we meet Han Solo at a younger age, played by newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, long before the days of meeting Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The young man joins forces with the one and only Chewbacca and a group of smugglers to pay back his debts to Dryden Vos. During his journey, Solo meets none other than a young Lando Calrissian (in this movie played by the rapper and actor, Donald Glover) owner of a vessel that might also ring familiar – the Millennium Falcon. Although not the best of Star Wars movies, Solo is still a delight for all fans of the saga.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
IMDb Rating: 7.0
2018 Gross: $392 Million
Did You Know? There are several nostalgic Star Wars Easter Eggs in Solo, including a “cameo” of Han’s signature dice!

16. A Star is Born

In this Oscar-nominated and fourth remake of the heartbreaking 1937 film, musician Jackson Maine discovers a blooming talent in Ally, a struggling artist, who he mentors and helps find her way into the spotlight. The two rapidly fall in love, but just as Ally’s popularity explodes, that of Jackson’s ironically loses steam, leading him to be consumed by his own inner demons. A Star is Born is a musical paradise, especially for fans of the talented Lady Gaga. Tuck in to one of the most popular movies of the year for phenomenal performances and don’t forget a box of tissues, this romance flick is bound to make you cry.

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
2018 Gross: $423 Million
Did You Know? All musical performances in the movie were filmed live! Due to this, Bradley Cooper had to get extensive vocal training.

15. Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet was yet another good movie that came out in 2018. Six years after Ralph and Vanellope saved the arcade from Turbo, another mission faces our pixelated heroes – the Sugar Rush arcade has broken, and the two must now find the piece that will put the game back together. A sequel filled with quirky references to our real online world, those who adored the first opus will be equally entertained.

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
2018 Gross: $507 Million
Did You Know? Thought Stan Lee only featured in MCU movies? Wrong! In Ralph Breaks the Internet, he makes a brief cameo, too!

14. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Oh, how we’ve missed the world’s most miserable Christmas creature. This time round, we get to meet the animated version of the Grinch, embodied by the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. Living in isolation with his dog, Max on Mount Crumpet, the Grinch’s biggest beef with the world is with the town of Whoville. When the town celebrates Christmas in an even bigger fashion, the Grinch devises a strategy to zip it once and for all – by pretending to be Santa Claus and by stealing Christmas. It’s a fun and comedic adventure that all kids, and even adults will enjoy.

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
IMDb Rating: 6.3
2018 Gross: $510 Million
Did You Know? This is the first Grinch movie that doesn’t see the character be mean to his pet dog, Max.

13. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

We’re back with our beloved family of legendary monsters, and this time, they’ve gone on a vacation cruise made specifically for their kind. Everything is going just fine for our misfits, until Mavis, Dracula’s daughter voiced by none other than Selena Gomez, notices that her daddy has taken a liking to the cruise’s captain, Ericka. She seems charming at first sight, but Erika holds a secret that might just destroy everything the monsters hold dear. Fans of good animation and fun gothic adventures will have their thirst instantly quenched.

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
2018 Gross: $528 Million
Did You Know? Look out for the Bermuda Triangle scene – if you look closely, you’ll spot famous boats that reportedly disappeared there in the past!

12. The Meg

In this action-packed blockbuster, a giant prehistoric shark named the Megalodon becomes the biggest nightmare of a submersible crew. The gigantic sea creature that should have been extinct for thousands of years, returns, trapping everyone in the middle of the Pacific and leaving them with little time to find a solution. Tuck in as you watch the enormous shark threaten to devour people one by one like sushi. The Meg is a great time for anyone who loves improbable monsters and those nostalgic of Jaws.

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating: 5.7/10
2018 Gross: $530.2 Milion
Did You Know? The movie has a special little Jaws Easter Egg! When the Meg is about to attack Suyin in the shark cage, listen carefully and you’ll hear a fast paced version of the Jaws theme.

11. Ant-Man and the Wasp

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, the sequel to Ant-Man sees Scott Lang trying to navigate life between his overwhelming role of a superhero and the land of fatherhood. When Hope Van Dyne and her father, Hank Pym ask him for help, Scott has to turn back to his heroic life and join forces with the Wasp, Hope’s tiny alter-ego. As always, Marvel fans will love this movie which brings a refreshing twist to the “superhero” tropes – you don’t have to be big to save the world.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.1
2018 Gross: $622 Million
Did You Know? Secret nods and features in the MCU are common but one of the best is in Ant-Man 2 – look out for a hidden reference to The Matrix! 

10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In 2018, Potterheads were treated to yet another chapter from the Harry Potter prequel series. The second opus of the Fantastic Beasts saga sees the evil wizard Grindelwald threaten the Wizarding world with a pure-blood uprising against non-magical beings. Among several fantastic beasts and magic spells galore, the notorious Hogwarts director, Albus Dumbledore asks Newt Scamander to help him in this fight. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will in no doubt find their happiness during this new magical adventure.

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
2018 Gross: $653 Million
Did You Know? This movie was chock-full of Harry Potter references including a cameo by a young Professor McGonagall and a backstory for Voldemort’s snake, Nagini!

9. Deadpool 2

Once again, our favorite ever-cursing superhero, Deadpool, played by the hilarious, Ryan Reynolds is back and funnier than ever. Deadpool gets into mischief when he mets Russell, a mutant who’s being chased down by Cable, a genetically upgraded soldier from the future. To fight this powerful enemy, Wade Wilson teams up with a gang of mutants, bringing us all the comedy and violence that regular superhero movies neglect. An uncensored action movie with all the ingredients for a good time, Deadpool 2 is a great idea for a viewing between friends (no kids allowed).

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.8
2018 Gross: $778 Million
Did You Know? As fun Easter Eggs, Deadpool name-drops other movie characters including Logan, Batman and Thanos!

8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

In this new instalment of the long-running Mission Impossible franchise, Ethan Hunt and the IMF find an ally in the CIA assassin, August Walker to prevent a catastrophe. Indeed, a group of terrorists, the Apostles, intend to launch a nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem, and Mecca with the help of three plutonium cores. Ethan and his crew must hurry to find the missing weapons before everything goes awry. Fans of the popular franchise and action-packed movies will be more than satisfied by Ethan Hunt’s new antics.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 7.8
2018 Gross: $791 Million
Did You Know? Tom Cruise trained for a whole year so he could perfect the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) stunt in this movie!

7. Bohemian Rhapsody

In this biopic of the notorious British rock band fronted by the magnificently unapologetic and talented artist that was the late Freddie Mercury, we explore the rise to fame of the band, as well as their difficult times, their friendship and their lives behind the scenes. Whether or not you’re a fan of the iconic Queen, this popular movie will undoubtedly make you sing along, cry, and feel every emotion in the book. Tune in to watch the incredibly talented, Oscar winner, Rami Malek truly take on this role and channel every unique essence of Freddie Mercury.

Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
2018 Gross: $854 Million
Did You Know? In the movie, Freddie Mercury’s voice is mixed with Canadian singer Marc Martel’s as well as Rami Malek’s!

6. Venom

Determined young journalist, Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the ambitious and norm-defying founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s otherworldly experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien, Venom giving him superhuman strength and powers, as well as a terrifying and demanding alter-ego trapped inside him. Twisted, dark and fuelled by rage, Venom attempts to take over the powers that Eddie finds himself overwhelmed by. Fans of superhero movies will be more than satisfied by Tom Hardy’s gripping performance and the film’s stunning action scenes and visuals.

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
2018 Gross: $855 Million
Did You Know? One of the reasons Tom Hardy took on this role was to please his son – “I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people’s heads off”.

5. Aquaman

In this visually-stunning DC Comics adaptation, Aquaman, half-human, half-Atlantean, must find the Trident of Atlan and become protector of the threatened city of Atlantis. Watch as Aquaman fights to save the underwater world that was once the most prominent civilization on Earth and is now under rule by King Orm, a mad king obsessed with power, ready to conquer oceans and lands alike. As usual, fans of DC movies will enjoy this underwater adventure that explores the origins of one of the Justice League superheroes.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
IMDb Rating: 7.4
2018 Gross: $1.1 Billion
Did You Know? There are a bunch of Aquaman Easter Eggs in this particular DC movie including references to movies like Pinocchio, Annabelle and Karate Kid!

4. Incredibles 2

The wait is finally over after thirteen whole years since the last chapter of the animated superhero franchise. Picking up where it left off, Incredibles 2 sees the Parr family trying to juggle family life, the yet-to-be-understood powers of Jack-Jack, and a new mysterious threat that only a family of superheroes can aptly deal with. You know it’s a good one when the cinemas are filled with more adults than children. Bring out the kid in you and turn this one on, you’re promised some fun!

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.8
2018 Gross: $1.2 Billion
Did You Know? Incredibles 2 is the longest-running computer-animated feature film to date at one hour and fifty-eight minutes!

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It’s been three years since the amazing and incredibly deadly Jurassic World themed park collapsed. In this new opus, our favorite duo Owen Grady and Claire Dearing take a trip back to the island to save the dinosaurs that still inhabit it from a natural catastrophe that looms upon them – a volcano on the brink of eruption. Just like its preceding instalments, their mission is threatened by new breeds of bloodthirsty dinos. Visually epic and stunning, this movie will have aficionados of the “Jurassic universe” and any other viewer alike unable to take their eyes off the screen.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating: 6.2
2018 Gross: $1.3 Billion
Did You Know? Sam Neill, who played Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993) was asked if he could reprise his role in this film but the actor turned it down saying “I think it’s moved on. It’s different times.”

2. Black Panther

Black Panther was the first comic book movie to earn a best picture nomination at the Oscars and rightly so. The highly anticipated stand-alone Marvel movie dives into the hidden African land of Wakanda, which had previously only been briefly hinted at in other movies of the MCU. As prince T’Challa (who previously appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron) is crowned king, his reign and the secrecy and peace of his land are threatened when an enemy fuelled by a rage and a determination surges. Not only is Wakanda in danger, but the whole world is, too. Cue Black Panther to save the day. This is one of the best movies of the year so be sure to add it to your watch-list!

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating: 7.3
2018 Gross: $1.3 Billion
Did You Know? An interesting fact and Easter Egg in Black Panther is its use of real African dialects to truly hit that African authenticity.

1. Avengers: Infinity War – Number One Movie of 2018

Officially ranked as the best movie of 2018, the penultimate Avengers film finally introduced us to the great threat of the MCU – Thanos. Hold onto your seat (and yes, you’ll hold your breath a few times) as the Avengers assemble with other well-known Marvel heroes to take down and defeat the titan. Seeing the most unlikely superheroes in the same film together was a great joy for the biggest of Marvel fans. If you haven’t seen it yet, prepare the kleenex and enjoy the ride…this one knocked it out of the park.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
IMDb Rating: 8.5
2018 Gross: $2 Billion
Did You Know? Infinity War makes clever references to the Marvel comics, Flash Gordon and even McDonald’s!

With so many films to satisfy our needs this past year, we can only imagine what 2019 has in store. We can’t wait to see what amazing, groundbreaking, visually-stunning blockbusters cinema has to offer.

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Maria Supplisson

Maria Supplisson

Maria is a screenwriting student at the London Film Academy with a Bachelors' degree in English & Creative Writing, blogger and storytelling-obsessed, from literature to TV shows, movies to documentaries. During her time at the London Film Academy, Maria wrote two short films that were produced by the school, one of which was showcased at the BFI for graduation, and she is now working on multiple projects from a short film to a play, while also translating articles from English to French about film, series, and celebrities for a London-based entertainment news agency. Unhealthily addicted to Game of Thrones lore.

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