Top 10 Movies of 2021

2021 brought the return of movie theaters, and the release of many films once scheduled to release in 2020. While 2021 will be known for many things, it was certainly a notable year for movies. Here are the Top 10 movies of 2021, equitably ranked on their overall popularity, success, and its critical acclaim. 

   Number 10: Venom Let There be Carnage

       This movie was a sequel to the original Venom, and allowed for more insight on the duo of Venom and Eddie Brock. While the story was a bit slow and odd at times, Venom: Let There be Carnage performed well at the box office, and was rated higher than the first film, Venom, which released in 2018.

Number 9: Eternals

    The highly anticipated Marvel film left some fans disappointed, and was the least successful Marvel film released in 2021. Many viewers found the movie visually stunning, but felt there were too many characters and not enough time spent on development. The film did well in theaters, but critics and moviegoers agreed that Eternals was not the best marvel film of the year.

Number 8: Don’t Look Up 

   Don’t Look Up is another highly anticipated film with a star studded cast and a late release in December of 2021. Those who have watched the film enjoyed the movie and its message, however its late release has led to less success so far than other films on this list. It has been well liked by critics, and has continued to be heavily streamed on Netflix so far.

Number 7: Black Widow 

   The long awaited film was a hit or miss amongst fans, with many feeling disappointed in the result. However, as one of the first major films back in theaters, Black Widow performed exceptionally well at the box office. The film included action packed sequences, and introduced new fan favorite characters. 

Number 6: Luca

    The 2021 Pixar film was a pleasant favorite of last year, and became one of the most popular movies streamed on Disney+. It was popular amongst families, and served as a favorite film of the summer. Many enjoyed the lighthearted feeling of the movie, including the audience and critics. 

Number 5: Dune 

    This film was one of the most talked about movies of 2021, mainly due to the popularity of the original book of which the film was based on and the star studded cast. Many who read the book adored the film, while those who didn’t were somewhat confused by the plotheavy movie at times. Dune also included great visual effects and incredible costuming that transpired audiences to the complex world of the film. 

Number 4: West Side Story

    While this movie also had a delayed release, it was beloved by critics, and became incredibly popular during the holiday season. The retelling of the classic film brought the story to younger audiences, and proved how timeless the tale is. 

Number 3: Encanto 

    Many audiences and critics alike loved this film, with its colorful animation and vibrant music throughout. The public also enjoyed the heartfelt story and emphasis on the importance of family. Encanto performed well both at the box office and on the streaming service, Disney+.

Number 2: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

   While many were skeptical of the film, due to the fact that Shang-Chi is not as well known as the Spider-Man franchise, the movie was very well received. It performed well at the box office and on the Disney+ streaming service, while also being highly praised by critics. The quality of the movie was definitely unexpected by many, but left viewers pleasantly surprised.

Number 1: Spider-Man No Way Home

   The number one movie of 2021 is of course the latest installment of the Spider-Man franchise. The film broke various box office records, with numerous moviegoers seeing the film multiple times. It was the most anticipated film of 2021, and fans were “far from” disappointed. Many have even called Spider-Man No Way Home Marvel’s best film, earning this movie the number one spot for the top 10 movies of 2021.