My Top 10 Movies of the Year — 2021

Michael J. Vowles
14 min readDec 30, 2021

It’s that time of year again. Ranking my favorite films of the year is one of my most treasured traditions on this site. I was even more excited than usual this time around, because 2020 was so shit. Much as I’d like to support cinemas during the pandemic, I simply didn’t feel safe. And even so, the few films that managed to come out last year didn’t tempt me at all. But in 2021, there were quite a few releases that intrigued me, and by the end of the summer I was fully vaccinated, so it was nice being able to enjoy the cinema experience again. I do like the convenience of streaming platforms, especially for TV shows, but returning to movie theaters in the autumn of this year really did make me appreciate how special the experience is. Going to watch a film on the big screen that I’ve been excited about for a while, followed by a meal at a nice restaurant, is my ideal evening out.

More than any other year I’ve done this post, 2021 was by far the most difficult when it came to deciding the order of the films. I feel like all the films on this year’s list would be top 5 worthy in any other year. In 2020 for example, the only film I felt strongly attached to was the number one film, which, whether you’ve read my post or not, I’m sure you can guess quite easily. I’d still take that film over any that came out this year, but every other film on the 2020 list I have little affection for whatsoever. 2021, by contrast, was full of some absolute bangers. So without further ado, here are my favorite movies for 2021, starting of course with some honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Director: Lili Horvát

Genre: Psychological Drama/Romance

Country: Hungary

Review: This was unique little drama about a Hungarian doctor, working in the U.S.A., who meets an falls in love with a Hungarian doctor at a medical conference. She then goes back to her native Hungary to be with him- only to find that once she gets there, he claims not to know who she is. While…



Michael J. Vowles

Freelance writer, occasional traveler, full-time ice cream taster. I run a blog at where I ramble with enthusiasm.